Uncover Turkish mysteries from iconic Istanbul to ancient Ephesus
Explore the mysterious land of the Ottomans Intrepid-style. Marvel at Mehmet Aga's masterpiece, the Blue Mosque, and bargain for trinkets in Istanbul's massive Grand Bazaar. Try delicious Turkish snacks, be mesmerised by the Whirling Dervishes and discover the underwater treasures of the Mediterranean on a relaxing boat cruise. From the laneways of ancient Ephesus to the bizarre landscapes of Cappadocia - take the plunge and discover a unique travel adventure waiting for you in Turkey.
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Be mesmerised by the hypnotic rituals of the devout Whirling Dervishes in their home of Konya
Explore thousands of years of history hidden within the remarkable ruins of Ephesus, and taste Turkey in the local produce of the mountain village of Şirince
Paddle through the magical healing hot springs at Pamukkale and uncover the streets of Hierapolis that Cleopatra once walked
Discover the atmospheric remains of a Ghost Village and trek along the ancient trail of the Lycian Way to a lagoon of unforgettable turquoise
Set sail on the Mediterranean – explore sunken cities and hike to a knight’s castle
Walk into valleys honeycombed with caves churches, underground cities, prehistoric rock formations and fairy chimneys in Cappadocia
We recommend packing light, as you’ll need to carry your own luggage on and off transport and to and from hotels.
You’ll need your walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen, and a daypack to explore some of historical sites. All site tours are guided, but you can wander at your own pace if you prefer.
This trip includes a memorable night on a boat cruising the southern coast. Cabins and bathroom facilities are shared and not air-conditioned. Most travellers prefer to grab the mattress, blankets and pillows and sleep on the deck under a bed of Mediterranean stars.
This is a classic Intrepid Original Tour, featuring the highlights of Turkey along with off the beaten track local experiences. Accommodation is comfortable and locally owned, supporting local economy.
This trip uses a combination of public and private transport, and all vehicles are modern and have air-conditioning and most are fitted with seat belts. Some journeys can be long in order to maximise the areas visited, but this gives you a chance to interact with the local community and see more of the country. You'll also be pleasantly surprised to find most Turkish buses have Wi-Fi and serve coffee and cake!
Please note that some meals are included seasonally which is dependant on staying on the boat on in Kas Day 8 & 9
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Welcome Meeting starts at 1pm on Day 1
A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
Days 8-9 Overnight boat (Day90 seasonal)
This itinerary operates on a seasonal Itinerary. See Trips notes for further information.
On the final day, this trip finishes at the Ataturk Airport between 1pm - 4pm. Transport facilities are available at the Airport including Metro, Local Bus and Taxi to take you anywhere in the greater Istanbul
Following recent safety incidents 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
Our Best of Turkey trips score an average of 4.94 out of 5 based on 35 reviews in the last year.
Well organised, value for money, enthusiastic and amazingly knowledgeable guides, time for "me time", a little of everything - history, culture, food, geography and music
Review submitted 12 Nov 2017
Best of Turkey his a perfect mixture of history, culture and nature. The diversity in each city had amazed me. We had an excellent, cordial, funny team leader- Iskender with in-depth knowledge of the country. With him we were able to experience the local culture and different regional foods. Highlights for me were Hike from Kayakoy to Fethiye and the paragliding in Fethiye over the Mediterranean Sea, Swimming in the midst of the Sea in Kas, Formations and Hot air Balloon in Cappadocia. Must must must have sweets if you have sweet tooth are Kunefe, Halva with Ice-cream in Konya (Alladin Hill), Baklava, Turkish Delights and Turkish Ice-cream.
Review submitted 05 Nov 2017