Real Turkey

15 Days | Coastal cruising to city schmoozing – see it all, Turkish style

4.8 out of 5 based on 50 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
EUR €1,166
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

See the real Turkey on this 15-day adventure through the best bits. Discover the cultural melting pot that is this fascinating landscape, which straddles both Europe and the Middle East. Indulge in some incredible local bites (and maybe some shisha, too), explore ancient ruins and walk in the footsteps of Marc Antony, Cleopatra and the Trojan army. Wander Istanbul at your own pace, then hit the coast to swim and sunbake in the Dardanelles Strait, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, sailing along the south coast. Learn about the practices of Sufism and the art and performance of the whirling dervish, then spend a few days getting to know otherworldly Cappadocia. Wander the fairy chimneys, get up early to see the iconic sight of hot air balloons floating along the city’s skyline and maybe even treat yourself to a ride at sunrise! This trip is all the best bits of Turkey and more! What more could you need?

Trip overview

Map of Real Turkey including Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
18 to 35s
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Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 41 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Eat, swim, sunbake, repeat – that’s what will happen when you get cruising along Turkey's Mediterranean coastline. The choice is yours if you’d like to go exploring or just relax on deck. 
  • Delight your tastebuds with exceptional Turkish cuisine, from kebabs to coffee and the famous Ayvalik tost – a Turkish-style toasted sandwich. Then, dine in the home of a local family, where you’ll be treated to a traditional home-cooked Turkish meal.
  • Thought all the best Roman ruins were in Italy? Think again! Turkey is home to one of the best-preserved classics of Ephesus – so discover it just like Anthony and Cleopatra did 2000 years ago. 
  • Explore the weird and wonderful world of Cappadocia – this might be the most unusual place in Turkey. Learn all about its fairy chimneys and sprawling rock formations from your expert local leader. 
  • Wade through the scenic hot springs at Pamukkale – pure white calcium deposits that cascade down the cliffs overlooking the town, are said to have magical healing properties.

Is this trip right for you?
  • You’ll get an extra taste of local life on this trip, with most travel done on public buses. There are loads of reasons why this is great, but here are just a few: it minimises our carbon footprint, gives you a real chance to interact with the local community, and these aren’t your regular buses. Most Turkish buses have wi-fi, in-seat entertainment and serve refreshments.
  • Lots of time allocated for optional activities means freedom and flexibility, but it does require a level of independence. Only are few meals are included, so mostly you'll find your own (with plenty of suggestions from your leader of course) – a great way to mingle with locals and discover unexpected delights! This trip puts it in your hands with the option of free time or taking optional tours. Maybe budget a little extra cash for activities that aren’t included.
  • The cobblestone streets, narrow steps and tiny bridges of Turkey are very romantic. They’re also another good reason to pack light and leave the wheeled suitcase at home. You'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the buses, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find specifics under ‘Packing’ in the ‘Essential Trip Information’ section.
  • Summer temperatures can be very high in Turkey (over 40°C), which can make things uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. The weather can be hot in July and August, but keep in mind that this is the best time to enjoy the clear water of the Mediterranean. It can also get quite cool in these destinations, particularly from October to April, so don't forget to pack extra layers if travelling at this time.
  • While this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to take part in all activities. You’ll need your walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen, and a daypack to explore some of historical sites. All site tours are guided, but you can wander at your own pace if you prefer.


Map of Real Turkey including Turkey



12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner


Ferry, Local bus, Private Bus, Boat, Overnight Bus


Hotel (8 nights), Pension (3 nights), Multi-share guesthouse (2 nights), Overnight Bus (1 night)

  • Gallipoli - Battlefields Tour
  • Ayvalik - Copmadam Visit (trashyteyze / Tara Hopkins)
  • Ayvalik – Orientation Walk
  • Ephesus - Archaeological site visit
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis and Travertines National Park
  • Kekova - Turkish Coast day sailing
  • Antalya - Kaleici Walking Tour
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Dinner at Local Family Home
  • Cappadocia - Sunset Hike
  • Cappadocia - Pigeon Valley and Devrent Valley
  • Cappadocia - Pottery demonstration
  • Istanbul - Historical Peninsula Tour
Add on activities
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque Visit - Free
  • Istanbul - Bosphorus Boat Cruise (Public Boat) - TRY150
  • Istanbul - Whirling Dervish show - TRY1500
  • Istanbul - Turkish Hamam (inc. massage) - EUR100
  • Istanbul - Galata Tower - EUR30
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - EUR25
  • Istanbul - Archaeology Museum - EUR15
  • Istanbul - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - EUR17
  • Troy - Guided visit - EUR27
  • Selcuk - Basilica of St John - EUR6
  • Selcuk - Meryemana (Mary's House) - EUR15
  • Ephesus - Terrace Houses entry - EUR15
  • Pamukkale - Cleopatra Ancient Pool - TRY200
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis Museum - Free
  • Antalya - Mermerli Beach Kaleici - TRY250
  • Antalya - Antalya Museum - EUR15
  • Antalya - Aspendos Ancient City - EUR15
  • Cappadocia - Hamam Turkish Bath - EUR100
  • Cappadocia - Hot Air Balloon Regular Flight - EUR260
  • Cappadocia - Hot Air Balloon Deluxe Flight - EUR330
  • Goreme - Whirling dervish performance - EUR30
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum - EUR20
  • Goreme - Bike Riding - EUR230

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip and is subject to availability. The single supplement excludes Day 3 & 4 (multi-share Guesthouse) and Day 13 (Overnight Bus).
2. Some accommodation on this tour is is multi shared. Multishare typically includes triple and quad rooms. You may be required to share with group members of same gender. People travelling together may occasionally be separated due to rooming configurations.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 50 reviews submitted.
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Daniel · Traveled June 2024
Nehir was an awesome tour guide, he is a knowledgeable and reliable tour guide. Thanks to his personality, he helped the group get to know each other well.
Review submitted 13 Jun 2024

Priscilla · Traveled May 2024
Our Guide Ata was fantastic. We didn’t have to put too much thought into everything which was very relaxing for us all. Remember to buy water often and that the trip will have many types of transport, so while you can bring large baggage, it is more comfortable and less stress to travel light. Bring a bathing suit and prepare to have the most fun. I absolutely loved my Real Turkey 18-35s tour. We had a fun group around my age, had an amazing time.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Matthew · Traveled May 2024
Beykan was incredible. So fun, knowledgable and helpful. By far the best tour I’ve ever been on.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Bethany · Traveled May 2024
This was a fantastic intrepid tour - met a super fun group of like-minded travellers and learnt lots about Turkey and its history thanks to the guidance of our tour leader Beykan.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Lewis · Traveled May 2024
Real Turkey captures it all - ruins from ancient civilisations, beautiful turquoise seas along the Aegean Coast, traditional Turkish coastal towns, and of course, Cappadocia and its alien landscape, mostly using public transport and meeting locals. This trip is a must-do if you want to see what Turkey is really like!
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024
Real Turkey
EUR €1,166