Going cold Turkey has never been so easy.
Generally perceived as a summer destination, Turkey has a lot to offer the traveller who is prepared to forgo summer temperatures and Mediterranean resorts for stunning landscapes of snow-capped mountains, iced lakes and fairy chimneys dusted in white. Istanbul begins winding down in October as temperatures start to drop, giving way to winter cuisine of Salep (a cream drink served hot made from the root of wild orchids), mulled wine and steaming bowls of mercimek corba (lentil soup). The famous sites are still there but the crowds are not, so if you're prepared to rug up then this winter discovery is the perfect way to discover Turkey and its fascinating history.
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Istanbul, arguably one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, comes alive in winter with Salep (creamy beverage made from the root of the wild orchid), mulled wine and steaming bowls of Corba. Visit the city minus the crowds: you wont have to queue and you may just get that perfect shot of the Blue Mosque.
Visit the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia, and maybe, just maybe, the fairy chimneys will be covered in a dust of white, the rock cut churches will be empty and the testi kebab can take the chill from your bones.
Visit Lake Cildir, the second-largest lake in eastern Anatolia. It's frozen for 7 months of the year and is a winter wonderland like no other.
Jump on the Dogu Express, the overnight train from Ankara to Erzurum and squash your nose against the window as you pass through some of the most beautiful destinations in Turkey.
Its cold temperatures can vary considerably from 20 degrees to 15 below celsius. February and December are the coldest months but in March, October and November, temperatures in Kars can be zero or just below at night.
You need to have cold-climate clothing for this trip, and be prepared for the possibility of a shower or two.
This trip has an 20-hour train journey, the couchettes are first class and the train is heated. There are limited food on board but your leader will suggest packing a picnic
You will need to carry your own luggage off and on transport and into hotels.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Turkey Winter Discovery trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
This trip operates in February, March, October, November and December and temperatures at this time of the year in the destinations visited can vary from 20 degrees to -15 celcuis. Kars in February is often 15 below. You need to be prepared for all temperatures and pack accordingly. Hotels and transport are all heated but walking in below zero temperatures requires warm clothing and accessories. February and December are the coldest months that this trip operates
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