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15 Days | Journey into the historic heart of Turkey

4.6 out of 5 based on 139 reviews submitted.
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Get to the heart of Turkish culture and history on this whirlwind Premium adventure. Discover stunning islands and a sunken city on a locally guided boat cruise, get hands-on in a Turkish cooking class using homegrown ingredients and join a local woman in her home for a specially prepared feast. Enjoy guided tours of Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Antalya and more, and marvel at diverse landscapes, from the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia to the glittering Mediterranean Coast. Fall in love with Turkey’s mystery, legacy and beauty on this two-week odyssey.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Turkey In Depth including Turkey
Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Turkey
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ERPT
This trip generates 49 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
  • Join an experienced local leader as you stroll the ancient streets of Ephesus, uncover the secrets of Sagalassos, explore the legendary ruins of Troy and discover Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and the Million.
  • Enjoy a cruise around the hidden coves and islets of Turkey’s southern coast during an Exclusive Experience guided by a local couple who have been navigating the waters for years.
  • Feast your eyes on the best of Turkey's otherworldly sights, from the Cotton Castle of Pamukkale to the psychedelic rock-scapes of Cappadocia.
  • Step into a fairy tale during your Feature Stay at an enchanting cave hotel in Cappadocia, where you’ll enjoy elegantly decorated rooms carved from stone.
  • Get to know the real Turkey on Exclusive Experiences, including a cooking class with a celebrated chef, a visit to an empowering carpet weaving cooperative and a traditional dinner at a local's home in Cappadocia.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, CYDD (Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği). Donations help them provide scholarships and educational programs for economically disadvantaged youth in Turkey.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip has a couple of long drives, particularly on Day 6. These journeys are in a private vehicle, so they're a great chance to sit back and enjoy the passing scenery and chat with your fellow travellers.

Itinerary

Map of Premium Turkey In Depth including Turkey

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat, Plane

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (11 nights), Feature Stay (3 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Istanbul - City Tour
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque Visit
  • Istanbul - Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Gallipoli - Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair
  • Troy - Archaeological site visit
  • Selcuk - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Ephesus - Archaeological site visit
  • Sirince - Village visit and fruit wine tasting
  • Selcuk - Cooking class
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis and Travertines National Park
  • Kayakoy - Village visit
  • Kas - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Kas - Sailing trip with seafood lunch
  • Antalya - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antalya - Antalya Museum
  • Sagalassos - Archaeological site visit
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Cappadocia - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cappadocia - Sunset drinks
  • Cappadocia - Valley walk
  • Cappadocia - Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia - Carpet weaving co-op
  • Cappadocia - Pottery demonstration
  • Cappadocia - Ozkonak Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Kizilcukur Valley
  • Cappadocia - Home-cooked dinner
Add on activities
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - Free
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irine (Excluding Harem) - TRY750
  • Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological Museum - TRY220
  • Ephesus - Terrace Houses entry - TRY320
  • Goreme - Whirling Dervish Show - EUR25
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight - EUR270
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight - EUR320

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip starts at 1pm on Day 1 in Istanbul. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore the city with your leader.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 139 reviews submitted.
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Evan · Traveled October 2023
Great trip with a great leader, great people and great views. Recommended to anyone
Review submitted 15 Nov 2023

Sonia · Traveled October 2023
A trip that would make you fall im love with turkey and leave you with wanting to go back again. The itinerary covers the best of the best giving you time to soak up the culture and history of turkiye. Semih the trip guide made it even better with his in depth knowledge about the history and culture of this amazing country.
Review submitted 17 Nov 2023

Ann · Traveled October 2023
Turkey came as a delightful surprise. It is hard to describe the stunning living history of the various civilisations, sitting beside a modern clean safe friendly environment
Review submitted 07 Nov 2023

Susan · Traveled October 2023
This trip was excellent. It was exactly as described in the Essential Trip information, with a couple long days driving which were well broken up with interesting sites and clean rest stops. Our guide Busra was excellent and made the trip an experience of a lifetime. Turkiye and a beautiful country and its people are warm and welcoming.
Review submitted 11 Nov 2023

Pamela · Traveled October 2023
Our guide, Tarik, is the gold standard in tour leaders. His historical knowledge is phenomenal. He always had excellent suggestion for lunch and dinner, and frequently accompanied us, instead of leaving us to find our own places to eat. He was always smiling, helpful, considerate and kind. I can't fault him in any way. Our driver Yilmas(not sure of the spelling) was accomplished and punctual.
Review submitted 01 Nov 2023
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