Turkey Encompassed

15 Days | Take an all-encompassing adventure through the contrasting landscapes of Turkey

4.8 out of 5 based on 179 reviews submitted.
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Experience the stunning sights and tantalising tastes of Turkey on this two-week adventure that takes in all the highlights and then some. Become acquainted with illustrious Istanbul, behold landscapes like no other around Cappadocia and sail the all-too-pretty islands off Kekova. Marvel at the ancient ruins of Ephesus, settle in for a spectacular soaking in Pamukkale’s thermal hot springs and reflect on the tragedies and gallantries that took place along Gallipoli’s windswept peninsula. Brimming with history, bustling with progress and bursting with flavour, Turkey intrigues and delights at every turn of this perfectly paced small group adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Turkey Encompassed including Turkey
Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Turkey
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ERKT
This trip generates 34 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.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Spend three nights staying in the incredible region of Cappadocia, explore the caves, chimneys and the honeycombed terrain of this fascinating place.
  • Discover the iconic sites of Gallipoli, Ephesus and Pamukkale with your locally-based leader by your side to teach you all about the history and culture intertwined here.
  • Be welcomed into a local cave home and treated to a special home-cooked lunch prepared by your host. Tuck into delicious food and friendly conversations and top off your meal with a bite of traditional Turkish delight.
  • Rub shoulders with friendly locals during a relaxing boat cruise through a series of picturesque islands and enjoy another homemade Turkish lunch with your hosts on board.
  • Marvel at Istanbul's most revered sites during a guided walk where you'll discover the 17th century Blue Mosque, and head to the ancient Hippodrome to see intriguing monuments like the Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, CYDD (Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği). Donations help them provide scholarships and educational programs for economically disadvantaged youth in Turkey.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip covers a lot in two weeks, so there are some long travel days, however all travel is in comfortable air-conditioned private buses, stops are frequent, and the scenery is superb. Please refer to the Itinerary for travel durations.
  • You will need sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a day pack to explore the historical sites. All site tours are guided but you can wander at your own pace if you prefer.
  • Don’t underestimate the weather at any time of year in Turkey. In the summer months, heat can be extreme. In winter months, some travellers have been surprised at how low the temperatures go. A hat, sunscreen, and clothing that can be layered will serve you well year-round.

Itinerary

Map of Turkey Encompassed including Turkey

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches

Transport

Private Bus, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights)

Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque Visit
  • Istanbul - City Tour
  • Beypazari - Yasayan Muze (Living Museum of Beypazari)
  • Cappadocia - Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia - Pottery demonstration
  • Cappadocia - Pasabag and Devrent Valley walk
  • Cappadocia - Home-cooked lunch
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City
  • Antalya - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antalya - Kaleici visit
  • Antalya - Antalya Museum
  • Kas - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Kas - Sailing trip with seafood lunch
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis and Travertines National Park
  • Selcuk - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Sirince - Village visit and fruit wine tasting
  • Ephesus - Archaeological site visit
  • Selcuk - Gozleme making demonstration and lunch
  • Canakkale - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Gallipoli - Battlefields visit
Add on activities
  • Istanbul - Bosphorus Boat Cruise (Public Boat) - TRY150
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace Combined Ticket (Topkapi Palace + Hagia Irene + Harem) - TRY1500
  • Istanbul - Galata Tower - EUR30
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - EUR25
  • Goreme - Whirling dervish performance - EUR30
  • Cappadocia - Hot Air Balloon Regular Flight - EUR260
  • Cappadocia - Hot Air Balloon Deluxe Flight - EUR330
  • Goreme - The Dark Church Entry - EUR6
  • Ephesus - Terrace Houses entry - EUR15
  • Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological Museum - EUR10

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 179 reviews submitted.
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Anne Marie · Traveled May 2024
Initially I had some issues with the booking process but the trip itself was fantastic. Great guide, Barboros and driver Mustafa. Covered all the “must see” sites. The tour is full on but well worth it. A lot of driving, with rest stops, and you see a lot of Turkey.
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Maxine · Traveled May 2024
This Turkey encompassed trip is amazing. It takes you to the main areas of Turkey that enable a good cross section of Turkish culture, geography and history. From the bright lights and bustle of Istanbul to the rural more layed back areas , and then the beautiful mediterainian coast and finishing up back in Istanbul ( with Gallipoli visit) You get to see so much without feeling rushed or crammed. There’s time to relax as well as get out and about to take in the Turkish way of life. Having the same mini the whole trip made it so easy and carefree . Our guide Elif was amazing!!!! I had a great time!!!
Review submitted 23 May 2024

Linda · Traveled May 2024
Highly recommend visiting Turkey it is a place enriched in so much history & forever changing landscapes so Beautiful.
Review submitted 23 May 2024

Sam · Traveled May 2024
Turkey Encompassed is a wonderful way to experience the country’s highlights in a short time. Highly recommended, particularly for a solo traveller.
Review submitted 23 May 2024

Melinda (Mindy ) · Traveled May 2024
I always dreamt of travelling to Turkey and not only did I tick this off my bucket list but I left enriched with the culture and made some excellent friends along the way, our intrepid guide was phenomenal and really elevated the experience!
Review submitted 16 May 2024
Turkey Encompassed
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