Sink your teeth into a Turkish adventure from Istanbul to Ephesus, Antalya and Cappadocia
Historically rich with its medieval Ottoman period and chronicle of Gallipoli, and fashionably chic with the cosmopolitan buzz of Istanbul and celebrity getaway of Antalya, Turkey is an unmissable country that overflows with character. It is where Noah’s Ark (allegedly) landed, Santa Claus originated and Hemingway was inspired. It's a place where the yin and yang of old and new complement each other - contemporary galleries stand next to cathedrals, stylish cafes sit alongside bazaars and trendsetting bars float over turquoise waters. Travel from Istanbul through the very best of Turkey - Gallipoli, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Antalya, Cappadocia and Mount Nemrut - and discover the people, history, cuisine and landscapes that make this destination such a treasure.
Explore the continent-straddling metropolis of Istanbul, and step back in time to when it was Constantinople with the backstreets of the Grand Bazaar, the majestic Blue Mosque, and in the taste of real Turkish Delight.
Reflect on battles fought and lives lost with a moving visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula, a serene stretch of coastline where it's now hard to picture the horrors of war.
Hike into the Valley of Love in Cappadocia and be wowed by the fantastical natural sculptures of spires, domes, and pinnacles.
Be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean and laze the days away in Antalya.
Meet eyes with the ruins of the colossal stone heads that sit atop Mount Nemrut.
This trip includes a night in a homestay with a local family – a great way to enjoy genuine Turkish hospitality. Be prepared to share some space with your fellow travellers, with women and men sleeping in separate rooms.
The weather can be hot in July and August, but this is also the best time to enjoy the clear water of the Mediterranean – don’t forget your swim gear.
This trip gives you lots of control over your travels, with some included site visits and lots of choices for your free time. If you want expert local advice and like to get off the beaten track, then this trip is for you.
This trip is part of our Basix range: local experiences, local guide, local transport and clean comfortable hotels, all with minimum impact and maximum sustainability – the responsible way to travel.
You’ll need your walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen, and a daypack to explore the historical sites. All site tours are guided, but you can wander at your own pace if you prefer.
The included Southern Coast Cruising overnight excursion is on board a traditional boat called a 'gulet'. Sleeping arrangements will be multi-share: the group will sleep on the deck of the gulet where you can stargaze and fall asleep to the sounds of the gently lapping Mediterranean. All bedding is provided. The gulet has shared bathroom facilities. You'll perfect the beach-style hairdo, as there is limited fresh water for rinsing off salt water.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Turkey Explored trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
Day 8 Overnight Boat (1 night)
Day 15 Homestay (1 night)
2. On Day 17 there is an included internal flight from Adiyaman to Istanbul. The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 15kgs per person plus hand luggage.
Site Closure: - The Blue Mosque will be closed for restoration work from 1st March to the 15th of May 2018. It will still be possible to view the Mosque grounds and take photographs from the outside.
Departure 22nd April 2018 ERRT180922
This departure includes attendance at the 2018 ANZAC commemorative service at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsular. The evening of day three on this Tour will not include accommodation, you will spend the night under the stars in ANZAC cove watching the pre service programme and attending the dawn service. It is likely to be very cold at night and we recommend that you be prepared with warm clothing and sleeping bag. Your Tour Leader can assist with this on arrival before departure to Gallipoli if you do not want to carry a sleeping bag .
Attendance passes are required for the 2018 commemorative service at Gallipoli. As this tour is on a join in small group basis for individuals we will not be applying for attendance passes and you will be required to do this in advance, at the websites below. Passes are available in electronic format if you are travelling and unable to receive your pass. It will also be necessary to carry this pass and your personal identification at all times whilst on site. For those that arrive with out a pass you can apply before the tour departs Istanbul OR at the coach registration upon arrival but passes will not be guaranteed, and will be dependent on site capacity. We recommend you use the links below to obtain your pass.
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
Our Turkey Explored trips score an average of 4.91 out of 5 based on 23 reviews in the last year.
Wonderful trip, it really in Turkey explored. Key tips - pack lightly, pack for cool and hot, learn some basic words and practice often, dress conservatively and enjoy!
Review submitted 10 Jun 2018