Essential Turkey

10 Days | Take an adventure along the coast of Turkey

4.8 out of 5 based on 42 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
EUR €784
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

See some of the best bits of Turkey – a cultural melting pot that straddles Europe and the Middle East – on this 10-day trip with likeminded travellers. Indulge your senses with traditional Turkish food (don’t forget to try a coffee and some shisha, too!), explore ancient ruins and walk in the footsteps of Marc Antony, Cleopatra and the Trojan army. Dip your toes in the Dardanelles Strait, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea and sail along the south coast, uncovering the mysteries of ancient sunken cities. With so much on offer, what more could you ask for.

Trip overview

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Istanbul, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey
18 to 35s
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Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 38 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, chill, 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.
  • Discover one of the best-preserved classics of Ephesus just like Cleopatra and Marc Antony did 2000 years ago – not all Roman ruins are in Italy!
  • 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.
  • Explore the city that straddles the continents and discover its incredible and varied history – the thriving metropolis of Istanbul is where East literally meets West.
  • Learn the history of the Gallipoli Peninsula, and hear the harrowing stories of the ANZACs and one of the most infamous battles of World War I.

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.
  • This trip is a great way to see a lot in a short period of time and it can be part of a longer itinerary if you have more time to explore. You might like to check out Real Turkey.


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9 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Ferry, Local bus, Private Bus, Boat, Tram


Hotel (4 nights), Pension (3 nights), Multi-share guesthouse (2 nights)

  • 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
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

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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).
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 42 reviews submitted.
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Daniel · Traveled June 2024
Turkey is one of the most history diverse countries you can visit, the country takes care to preserve its varied history of various civilizations which makes for a fascinating learning experience of the interaction between eastern and western societies. Nehir was an awesome tour guide, and I really appreciated the care he took to ensure a seamless and enjoyable travel experience.
Review submitted 19 Jun 2024

Justin · Traveled May 2024
Awesome trip. We got to see all the main sites in the little time we have with a decent time for relaxation. The fast pace isn’t for everyone though. You won’t regret booking this trip!
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Jennifer · Traveled May 2024
I had so much fun on this tour! Turkey is a beautiful country and our guide Ata did an amazing job of showing it to us. 5 stars ✨
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Stephanie · Traveled May 2024
Excellent tour! Everyday was full with activities; included and optional. Ata always made sure we were safe and have options for food and activities and helped out with any situation. Ata made this tour amazing and always have a great time and love everyone on tour!!
Review submitted 24 Jun 2024

Mark · Traveled May 2024
Ata was an exceptional tour guide who truly adored Türkiye. His passion for his country was evident in every detail he shared. His positive attitude and deep knowledge of the history added a whole new level of appreciation to the tour. Ata's enthusiasm and expertise made the experience truly unforgettable!
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024
Essential Turkey
EUR €784