Discover Turkish delights on this short but sweet trip from Istanbul to Antalya

Fairies, valleys, kebabs ­– oh my! You've got a handful of days to get to grips with cracking Cappadocia and here’s how you do it: get totes historic in Kaleici, go underground in Kaymakli,  hike Love or Red Valley and enjoy local wine and awesome sunsets 

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Antalya, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Destination
Turkey
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
ERYC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

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Why you'll love this trip

  • The weird and wonderful world of Cappadocia might be the most amazing place in Turkey. Its fairy chimneys and sprawling rockscapes look like they were cut out of a science-fiction cartoon

  • You'll have the chance to take a hot air-balloon ride over the top of it all, giving you the ultimate view of this awesome landscape

  • Exploring the underground city of Kaymakli is mind-blowing – explore four levels underground and discover where thousands of people used to live

  • Work off some of that delicious gözleme with a hike through valleys like Love or Red or Rose

  • Get a dose of good old-fashioned Turkish hospitality, staying with a local family in a traditional guesthouse in Ortahisar

Is this trip right for you?

  • There's plenty of free time on this trip, which means you're able to take advantage of many optional activities. You will need some extra cash to do so, however.

  • Unlike most other Intrepid Adventures, this trip starts early on the morning of Day 1, instead of in the afternoon. Consider arriving a few days earlier to make the most of your time in Antalya.

  • Some of the sites visited involve walking on rocky and/or steep hillsides, so it's important to bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and a hat. Long sleeves are also a good idea, of course.

  • It can get quite cool in these destinations, particularly from October to April, so don't forget to pack some extra layers.

  • There are a couple of long bus rides. The good news is, public buses in Turkey are pretty cool and comfortable.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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Your trip starts in Antalya at 8 am. Meet your leader and the rest of your group, then head to the bus station to travel to Goreme (Cappadocia) by local bus (approx. 9.5 hours). Tonight we'll stay at Nazim's house in Ortahisar, an amazing spot with views over a secluded valley. Tonight Nazim and his lovely family will treat you to some true Turkish hospitality with some stellar home-cooked food, Cappdocia style. Take a walk around with your leader on arrival and maybe visit the Ortahisar Castle in the afternoon. Ahh the serenity.
Accommodation
  • Pension (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Dinner at Cappadoccian Family House
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Meeting for this tour is:
Dream Time Hotel
Hasim Iscan Mh. 1306 Sk No:35 Antalya / Turkey

Additional accommodation can be reserved in Antalya, please discuss with your booking agent.

Accommodation in Cappadocia is on a multi shared basis, same gender
Phallic rocks, fairy chimneys and underground cities: Cappadocia has it all. This morning you have the option of taking a very early hot air balloon over the crazy landscapes at sunrise (those who choose to take this optional extra will have a seriously excellent time, and your friends back home might think you've been to another planet when they see your photos). Later in the morning it's time to go underground and explore the cities down there. There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia; the widest is Kaymakli, the deepest is Derinkuyu. These rabbit-warren metropolises were lovingly carved into the earth by the Hittites around ,500 years ago and if that doesn’t get you excited, you’re a robot.

Discover the highlights of the region this afternoon, places like Pigeon Valley, Deverent Valley, your leader will know all the best places to stop for the best instagram moments.  Later this afternoon back on deck in Nazims place grab some wine and some local cheese and find a valley spot to enjoy the sunset.

Maybe this evening you can check out the nightlife of Goreme, or hit up a Whirling Dervish 'Sema' performance (optional). 

Notes: The hot-air balloon activity can only be booked locally. Please speak to your trip leader on Day 1 to organise this.
Accommodation
  • Pension (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cappadocia -Kaymakli Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Highlights
  • Cappadocia - Wine and Sunset
  • Cappadocia - Pottery Demonstration
Optional Activities
  • Goreme - Whirling Dervishes - Sema Performance - EUR25
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight - EUR195
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight - EUR250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Put your boots on and hike the hills and mountains to Goreme. Arrive in Goreme and spend the rest of the afternoon resting, maybe pull up a bean bag at "Fat Boys"  or If your muscles are a little sore from all the walking then you can always try a local hamam too.  You may want to stay for the evening, dont worry Nazim will wait up for us.
Accommodation
  • Pension (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cappadocia - Valley Hiking
Optional Activities
  • Goreme -Hamam Turkish Bath - EUR25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spend the day exploring the Cappadocia area some more. If you like, you can stop by the Göreme Open Air Museum, a medieval wonderland of old rock-cut churches and frescoes. For a very different taste of the dizzyingly diverse landscape around here, you could check out Avanos, or hire a bike and ride through the valleys out to Cavusin.  Soganli Valley is another cool spot a bit of drive but worth it and a great place for some local lunch and churches with awesome frescoes. Tonight it's time to say goodbye to Cappadocia (take a couple of last photos as you fight back the tears) and catch your overnight bus to Istanbul (approximately 10–12 hours).
Optional Activities
  • Goreme- Bike Riding - TRY80
  • Cappadocia - Goreme - Open Air Museum - TRY45
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Optional activities listed are entry fees only and exclude any transport costs. Your Tour Leader may suggest a group tour of the region complete with guiding and entry fees. Alternatively there are local "dolmus" (mini buses) available to local attractions or join in tours you can book onto including "red tour" and "green tour"
Your trip comes to an end this morning on arrival into Istanbul. But it's a great idea to stay a little longer. So many activities, so little time. You can get all cultural at the Blue Mosque, splash some cash at the Grand Bazaar (the rugs ain't cheap, but they are beautiful and handmade), take a ferry cruise along the blue waters of Bosphorus (this is awesome and only costs a few Turkish Lira, unlike the some of the houses you will see on the shore as you cruise past), or just eat your weight in last-minute pides. You can’t really go wrong.

Please note: if you wish to book a flight out of Istanbul today, we recommend avoiding flights before 1pm to allow for any delays on your overnight bus.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your trip will end at the Bunk Hostel, please refer to your booking agent know if your like to reserve additional accommodation in Istanbul with Intrepid.

Bunk Hostel
Address: Inonu Mahallesi, Papa Roncalli Sk. No:34, 34373 Şişli/İstanbul
Phone: (0212) 343 00 95

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Public bus, Private vehicle, Overnight bus

Accommodation

Local Pension (3 nights) Overnight Bus (1 night)

Included activities

  • Goreme - Dinner at Cappadoccian Family House
  • Cappadocia -Kaymakli Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Highlights
  • Cappadocia - Wine and Sunset
  • Cappadocia - Pottery Demonstration
  • Cappadocia - Valley Hiking

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Important notes

GROUP MEETING:
Group meeting on this trip takes place at 0800 on day one, you need to be on time for this as directly following group meeting you head out by local bus to Cappadocia. Please refer to our joining point instructions in this document (essential trip information) for the joining point for your departure.

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation on this trip is multi share same gender

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 4 (Overnight bus) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

FINISHING POINT:
This trip will finish on the morning of day five in Istanbul. There is no accommodation included on day five. Transportation from the bus-station to the Bunk Hostel in Istanbul will be included. Arrival time should be between 0700-0830 however we recommend not booking onward travel until after 1300 to allow for delays.
Bunk Hostel
Address: Inonu Mahallesi, Papa Roncalli Sk. No:34,
34373  Sisli/Istanbul 
Phone: (0212) 343 00 95

TURKEY:
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

Essential trip information

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