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15 DAYS

1220 $

Trip Rating

Best of Turkey

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.

Start   : Istanbul, Turkey

Finish : Istanbul, Turkey

Destination :Turkey

Style :  Original

Theme : Explorer

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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

Inclusions

Meals 

11 Breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 Dinner

Transport

Public bus, Private bus, Train, plane, Gulet

Accomodation

Hotel (13night), overnight Boat (1night)

Included Activities

  • Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour

  • Bursa - Dervish Lodge Visit

  • Ephesus - archaeological site

  • Selcuk - Gozleme making demonstration and lunch

  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park

  • Kayakoy- Ghost Village

  • Lycian Way - Hike from Kayakoy to Oludeniz

  • Kas - Leader led orientation walk

  • Kas - Handicraft market

  • Konya - Mevlana Museum

  • Goreme - Valley walk

  • Goreme - Dinner at Cappadoccian Family House

Turkey Family Holiday