Six Days in Turkey

6 Days | From the south coast to the north, explore central Turkey and Cappadocia

4.1 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

Spend six days discovering some of the best bits of central Turkey and the mystical Cappadocia. From the Mediterranean Sea in the south to the northern capital city of Istanbul, immerse yourself in the culture and history of this truly unique country. Explore Konya and maybe learn about the practices of Sufism and the art and performance of the whirling dervish. Spend three days in Cappadocia among the fairy chimneys and hot air balloons. Hike through the rocky landscape and marvel at the natural sandstone monoliths that make this place so otherworldly. After a week of local hospitality, authentic food and bucket list experiences, make your way to Istanbul – the city that melds European and Middle Eastern cultures into one – where your Turkish adventure comes to an end (hopefully with a suitcase full of Turkish delight)!

Trip overview

Map of Six Days In Turkey including Turkey
Start
Antalya, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Theme
18 to 35s
Destinations
Turkey
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
ERYC
This trip generates 38 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
  • Dine in the home of a local family, where you’ll be treated to a traditional home-cooked Turkish meal and have the opportunity to learn about life in the desert.
  • Explore the weird and wonderful world of Cappadocia – this might be the most unusual place in Turkey. Learn all about its fairy chimneys and sprawling rock formations from your expert local leader.
  • Wander the warrens of underground cities, homes and churches carved straight into the sandstone of the Cappadocian desert, and maybe opt to gaze down at the city from above on a sunrise hot air balloon ride.
  • Learn about the history and culture that was born in Konya, from the teachings of Sufism to the art and skill of the whirling dervish.
  • The thriving metropolis of Istanbul is where East literally meets West. Discover the highlights and the history of this incredible city that melds the cultures of two continents.
  • 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?
  • You’ll get an extra taste of local life on this trip, with most travel done on public buses. There are loads of reasons why this is great, but here are just a few: it minimises our carbon footprint, gives you a real chance to interact with the local community, and these aren’t your regular buses. Most Turkish buses have wi-fi, in-seat entertainment and serve refreshments.
  • Lots of time allocated for optional activities means freedom and flexibility, but it does require a level of independence. Only a few meals are included, so mostly you'll find your own (with plenty of suggestions from your leader of course) – a great way to mingle with locals and discover unexpected delights! This trip puts it in your hands with the option of free time or taking optional tours. Maybe budget a little extra cash for activities that aren’t included.
  • Summer temperatures can be very high in Turkiye (over 40°C), which can make things uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. The weather can be hot in July and August, but keep in mind that this is the best time to enjoy the clear water of the Mediterranean. It can also get quite cool in these destinations, particularly from October to April, so don't forget to pack extra layers if travelling at this time.
  • While this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to take part in all activities. 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.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Public Bus, Overnight Bus, Tram

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Overnight Bus (1 night)

Activities
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Dinner at Local Family Home
  • Cappadocia - Sunset Hike
  • Cappadocia - Pigeon Valley and Devrent Valley
  • Cappadocia - Pottery demonstration
  • Istanbul - Historical Peninsula Tour
Add on activities
  • Goreme -Hamam Turkish Bath - EUR80
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight - EUR270
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight - EUR320
  • Goreme - Whirling Dervishes - Sema Performance - EUR30
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum - TRY480
  • Goreme - Bike Riding - EUR130

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Important notes

1. Single supplement is bookable on this trip and is subject to availability. The single supplement excludes Day 4 (Overnight Bus).

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Reviews

4.1 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
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Chelsea · Traveled October 2023
Our experience in Cappadocia was incredible, it is a magical place. Unfortunately the entire first day is on a bus (12 hours), which was very exhausting and boring. The last day doesn’t include official tour time in Istanbul, so the ‘5-Day Cappadocia tour’ is really only 3 days plus 2 very long bus-rides. Most activities require additional cost, so became very expensive. Overall it was a great experience!
Review submitted 30 Oct 2023

Catherine · Traveled October 2023
A lovely trip and amazing way to see Cappadocia. We joined in with a tour from Istanbul but our host and the people were really welcoming. Taha (host) was amazing. Would recommend!!
Review submitted 23 Oct 2023

Amber · Traveled September 2023
The trip was incredible! I would definitely recommend going! The location is stunning, and the hot air balloon is a once in a lifetime experience, the underground city was incredible to see, but above all that our tour guide ĺlter was amazing!
Review submitted 18 Sep 2023

Rachel · Traveled August 2023
This tour is a great way to spend time in Cappadocia and do the sunrise balloons. Be aware that you are joining onto an already established Intrepid trip however it is still a good way to meet new people.
Review submitted 30 Aug 2023

Maxim · Traveled July 2023
The Real Turkey tour, was a great experience to learn the intricate culture and history of Turkiye. The tour guide Ziver provided an exceptional service and was a very welcoming individual to talk to on the tour, his knowledge on the sites was great and that too made the tour great.
Review submitted 27 Jul 2023
Six Days in Turkey
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