Depart on an adventure through the magical landscapes of Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
623kg pp per trip


  • Wind and weave a trail through captivating Istanbul
  • Duck underground for an unusual city tour of Derinkuyu
  • Be treated to a local lunch while sailing around Kekova
  • Bliss out on the beaches of Fethiye
  • Wander through the fairy-like landscape of Cappadocia
  • Walk the deserted streets of Kayakoy’s haunting ghost town
  • Take a dose of history - straight from the horse’s mouth - at legendary Troy
  • Pay your respects to the fallen at Gallipoli


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Arrive in Istanbul and get to know this fascinating city on your own terms before meeting up with your group and trip leader in the evening.
Head out on a guided morning walk of Istanbul’s Old Town that takes in the resplendent Blue Mosque. Later, drive to the country’s capital, Ankara.
The next three days are dedicated to exploring the domed, rock-hewn dwellings and chapels dotting the landscape and learning about the region’s local traditions and handicrafts. For the ultimate vantage point of this make-believe landscape, join an optional sunrise hot air balloon flight.
Get a taste of traditional village life on a walk through the Ihlara Valley.
Stop in at the mausoleum of Mevlana, founder of the Whirling Dervish order, en route to Antalya – Turkey’s premier coastal tourist destination.
Amble among the ancient ruins of Phaselis, a Lycian trading city founded in the seventh century BC. Soak up the area’s serene natural beauty before continuing on to the charming fishing village of Kas. Cruise out into the deep blue Mediterranean yonder, visiting the island hamlets of Ucagiz and Simena.
Ponder the past of desolated Kayakoy, and pamper the senses in picture perfect Fethiye.
Take a restorative dip in the thermal hot springs of Pamukkale before visiting the ethereal travertines, Turkey’s most surreal natural phenomenon.
Admire the astonishingly well preserved Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus and learn what life was like during this empire’s reign.
Come face-to-face with myth and legend on an exploratory tour of Troy. Then relax in the water-side town of Canakkale.
Wander the sombre grounds of Gallipoli and be moved by the relentless courage and epic tragedy that was the culmination of so many young lives. Return to Istanbul for a final night in this fascinating city before this trip comes to an end.
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14 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Hotel (14 nights)
Included activities
  • Agzikarahan Kervansaray Visit
  • Aksaray - Ihlara Valley Walk
  • Goreme - Carpet shop visit & demonstration
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City tour
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
  • Goreme - Pottery Demonstration
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
  • Pasabaglari Valley
  • Selcuk - Ephesus archaeological site
  • St Simeon Chapel Pasabaglari
  • Troy Visit
  • Xanthos


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Important notes

An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking. Included arrival transfer applies from Istanbul Ataturk airport (IST) only.

A single supplement is available on this trip.

Please note that luggage on this trip must be restricted to 1 piece at 20kg per person. Any additional bags can be stored at the start point hotel.

This trip is operated by Peregrine Adventures and you will be joined by other like minded Intrepid and non Intrepid travellers. Single travellers will share accommodation with another traveller of the same sex.

Trip notes

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