Turkey Backroads

5 Days | Picturesque villages, local delicacies and an Istanbul crash-course

4.4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
USD $484
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Set out on a five-day trip through Turkey, packed full of ancient monuments and local moments. Wander through Turkey's capital of Ankara, learn about the country's deep history, explore the Mausoleum of Atatürk and then roam around the picturesque streets of Eskişehir, enjoying a gondola ride on the Porsuk river. Stroll the lively streets of Istanbul with your local leader and let them show you where to get the best islak burger in town. This trip is designed so that even if you’re short on time, you can explore the backroads of Turkey and uncover all the good stuff.

Trip overview

Map of Turkey Backroads including Turkey
Goreme, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 41 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.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover UNESCO world heritage site - Hattusas Ancient Site - known for its well-preserved temples and royal residences.
  • Explore Turkey's capital of Ankara during a guided orientation walk that will lead you to the Mausoleum of Atatürk, founder, and first president of the Turkish Republic.
  • You'll dig into local Turkish delicacies like the famous wet burgers, enjoy a local lunch at a traditional Aspava and get your taste buds tingling with a borek tasting.
  • Be mesmerised by the picturesque streets of Eskişehir and enjoy a gondola ride on the city's Porsuk river.
  • Wander the continent-straddling metropolis of Istanbul, strutting your stuff with the locals on a popular street, sipping rich coffee and discovering the secret corners of the city.
  • 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 is made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary has a mix of included activities and free time when your leader will offer suggestions. Please budget spending money for optional activities you want to partake in.
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in July and August, though the east will be cooler than the city.
  • As this trip departs Cappadocia early on Day 1, we highly recommend staying a few extra days before your tour to enjoy all this great destination has to offer. 
  • Public transport is better for the environment, and you’ll get an authentic look at daily life, but keep in mind that local transport between locations on this trip can be pretty basic. Travel times may vary depending on traffic conditions, so books, podcasts and car games will be your best friend.


Map of Turkey Backroads including Turkey



4 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Private Bus, Train, Tram, Funicular


Hotel (4 nights)

  • Bogazkale - Hattusha UNESCO Archaeological Site
  • Ankara - Orientation Walk
  • Ankara - Mausoleum of Ataturk
  • Ankara - Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
  • Eskisehir - Odunpazarı Village Visit
  • Eskisehir - Ci Borek Cooking Demonstration
  • Istanbul - Taksim District Orientation Walk
  • Istanbul – Street Food Tasting (Wet Burger)
Add on activities
  • Ankara - Independence War Museum - EUR6
  • Eskisehir - Gondola Ride - TRY50
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace Combined Ticket (Topkapi Palace + Hagia Irene + Harem) - TRY1500
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - EUR25

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip (subject to availability). Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip commences in Goreme in Cappadocia and finishes in Istanbul. Overnight buses are readily available for booking from Istanbul to Cappadocia and the region is serviced by two airports, Kayseri and Nevsehir. Additional accommodation is available for pre-booking with your booking agent.
3. Please refer to the joining instructions in this essential trip information document for the exact meeting place to join this trip. If you would like to be picked up at an alternative location in Goreme, please advise your booking agent 15 days prior to departure.
4 Turkey is a world of endless possibilities – that’s why our trips are designed so they fit together. This means that while you might just be starting your trip, some of your new travel mates may have been travelling together for a week or more on a previous adventure. They will definitely have some great tips for you.
5. 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 - http://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

Essential Trip Information

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4.4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
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John · Traveled May 2024
Thanks to Ilter, our Turkey trip exceeded expectations. His expertise and personable approach made every moment enriching. From historical insights to local cuisine discussions, Ilter's guidance was invaluable. Patient, knowledgeable, and approachable, he transformed our journey into an unforgettable experience. Highly recommend this trip with 10/10 enthusiasm!
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Alexander · Traveled May 2024
I loved the trip and learnt so much about the history of Turkey on this trip. I saw a side to the country that I haven’t seen on many other trips to the country.
Review submitted 29 May 2024

Sophie · Traveled October 2023
This is a great introduction to Turkey-our guide Kübra was outstanding-nothing was too much trouble and her unfaltering kindness and warmth really made the trip. Turkey is a wonderful country and this gives you a good insight into what it has to offer-Istanbul was fabulous
Review submitted 24 Oct 2023

Marialyce · Traveled October 2023
Skip this trip. Go to Cappadocia and explore it on your own. Take the train to Ankara and explore the mausoleum and learn about Ataturk. Then go to Istanbul by train. The time spent getting from Cappadocia to Istanbul is not a great use of resources, and our guide was less than than enthusiastic.
Review submitted 14 Oct 2023

Vipin · Traveled September 2023
This is a really good trip to get a feel for Turkey and see some interesting places. Turkey Backroads is quite short so there are longer trips available but for a short one this is really good.
Review submitted 01 Oct 2023
Turkey Backroads
USD $484