Best of Turkey

Best of Turkey information and booking

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  • Duration
    15
    days
  • Physical rating
    4
  • Culture Shock
    6

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Schedule Details

Departs from
Istanbul
Accommodation
Guesthouse, Hotel
Group Size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group
Transportation
Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Gulet, Overnight bus, Taxi
Important Notes
A single supplement is available on this trip. This trip includes an overnight bus from Goreme to Istanbul on Day 14. Please see the 'Important notes' sectopn of the trip notes for more information about purchasing an optional flight back to Istanbul instead.

Highlights

Discover lesser known sights on an Istanbul city walking tour, Visit Konya, home to the mesmerising Whirling Dervishes, Explore the ruins of Ephesus, Soak away worries in the Hierapolis hot springs, Taste traditional Turkish fruit wines, Admire the travertine pools of Pamukkale, Trek along part of the Lycian Way, Sail over a sunken city on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, Enjoy a home-cooked meal with a Cappadocian family, Travel across the Turkish plains to the Anatolian Steppe

Tour description provided by Intrepid

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.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Istanbul
Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.
Days 1-2 Istanbul
Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.
Day 3 Bursa
Once the capital of the Ottoman State, Bursa has a rich architectural heritage. It's also famous for being the home of the Iskander (doner) kebab.
Day 3 Bursa
Once the capital of the Ottoman State, Bursa has a rich architectural heritage. It's also famous for being the home of the Iskander (doner) kebab.
Days 4-5 Selcuk
Selcuk's claim to fame is its proximity to the amazing ruins of Ephesus, although it has its own charm with its orchards, forests and strong cultural roots.
Days 4-5 Selcuk
Selcuk's claim to fame is its proximity to the amazing ruins of Ephesus, although it has its own charm with its orchards, forests and strong cultural roots.
Day 6 Pamukkale
The arresting cascade of travertines and nearby hot springs have attracted visitors to Pamukkale since ancient times.
Day 6 Pamukkale
The arresting cascade of travertines and nearby hot springs have attracted visitors to Pamukkale since ancient times.
Days 7-8 Kayakoy
Once a small Greek town, Kayakoy is now virtually a ghost town and maintained as a museum with fascinating ruins, especially of the two churches.
Days 7-8 Kayakoy
Once a small Greek town, Kayakoy is now virtually a ghost town and maintained as a museum with fascinating ruins, especially of the two churches.
Days 9-10 Kas / Turquoise coast overnight boat cruise
Sunken cities, Mediterranean beaches, a whitewashed Old Town, spectacular cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere are all found in delightful Kas.
Days 9-10 Kas / Turquoise coast overnight boat cruise
Sunken cities, Mediterranean beaches, a whitewashed Old Town, spectacular cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere are all found in delightful Kas.
Day 11 Konya
Home to the mesmerising Whirling Dervish sect of Islam, Konya has strong theological roots, remarkable architecture, a historical market district and excellent museums.
Day 11 Konya
Home to the mesmerising Whirling Dervish sect of Islam, Konya has strong theological roots, remarkable architecture, a historical market district and excellent museums.
Days 12-14 Goreme
Sculptured by millenniums of erosion and centuries of human craftsmanship, Goreme is a truly magical place with fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches and underground cities.
Days 12-14 Goreme
Sculptured by millenniums of erosion and centuries of human craftsmanship, Goreme is a truly magical place with fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches and underground cities.
Day 15 Istanbul
The wonderful city of Istanbul has an incredibly rich history, amazing array of architectural styles, a delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, fascinating culture and oodles of style. We will be arriving back into Istanbul's Esenler Otogari Bus Station early in the morning. As there can be traffic delays we recommend that international flights shouldn't be booked prior to 1:00pm.
Day 15 Istanbul
The wonderful city of Istanbul has an incredibly rich history, amazing array of architectural styles, a delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, fascinating culture and oodles of style. We will be arriving back into Istanbul's Esenler Otogari Bus Station early in the morning. As there can be traffic delays we recommend that international flights shouldn't be booked prior to 1:00pm.