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White-cliff waterfalls and the glimmering Blue Mosque, experience the best of Turkey's historical highlights and natural wonders in one incredible tour. Begin your trip roaming the palaces of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre underground cities and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Stick to public bus and budget accommodation, which not only keeps costs down but gives you a chance to really meet the locals. From the ancient Roman streets of Ephesus to bustling bazaars, follow your curiosity and spend 15 days discovering the culture and natural beauty of this fascinating region.


Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126627
Starts: Istanbul, Turkey Finishes: Istanbul, Turkey
You will visit
  • Istanbul
  • Istanbul

Itinerary

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Day 1: Istanbul

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Istanbul/Göreme (1B)

View the sights on an orientation walk, then spend some free time exploring the city. Travel by overnight bus to Cappadocia.

Additional Notes:
In the evening, set off for the bus station to board the overnight bus, departing at 6pm.

Included Activities:
Istanbul Orientation Walk

Transport:
Overnight bus (12.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Göreme

One of the best ways to explore Cappadocia is on foot. Opt to join a trekking tour through one of the beautiful valleys guided by the CEO. Ask the CEO about the many other walking and hiking options available in the area.

There will be the chance to visit a local pottery centre – take the opportunity to create your own masterpiece. Watch a carpet demonstration to learn more about the process involved in making these Turkish works of art or go to a Turkish performance with group members to experience a taste of local dances and music.

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Day 4: Göreme (1B, 1D)

One of the best ways to explore Cappadocia is on foot. Opt to join a trekking tour through one of the beautiful valleys. Ask your CEO about the many other walking and hiking options available in the area.

There will be the chance to visit a local pottery centre – take the opportunity to create your own masterpiece. Watch a carpet demonstration to learn more about the process involved in making these Turkish works of art or go to a Turkish performance with group members to experience a taste of local dances and music.

Additional Notes:
If you have pre-booked the Hot Air Balloon Ride, you will be flying today.

05

Day 5: Göreme/Antalya (1B)

Enjoy more free time to explore beautiful Cappadocia. Overnight bus to Antalya.

Transport:
Overnight bus (8.00 hour(s))

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Day 6: Antalya/Olympos (1B)

In the morning, set off for a journey along the coast. Passing through the stark Anatolian landscape, enter the richly forested mountain region which leads to the coast and the small village of Olympos. There is time to relax and hit the beach before taking a short drive in the evening to Olympos Mountain. Enjoy a brief walk to see the spectacle of the chimera, a phenomenon where flames mysteriously rise from cracks within the local rocks.

Included Activities:
Olympos Mountain Flames Walk

Transport:
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Olympos/Kekova (1D)

Continue to the beautiful coastal village of Kekova where we board our boat for an unforgettable night at sea.

Additional Notes:
Please note that even during these months the overnight boat trip will still be dependent on weather conditions. The facilities are very basic on board.

Included Activities:
Overnight Boat Trip

Transport:
Local bus (2.50 hour(s))

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Day 8: Kekova/Dalyan (1B)

Opt to embark on a boat excursion for a close-up view of the famous Carian rock tombs and some remains of the ancient city of Kaunos and Dalyan. Cruising to Iztuzu Beach, past rock faces peppered with ancient tombs, there is time to relax at the beach and enjoy a cold drink. There is also the chance to visit to some local mud baths.

Transport:
Local bus (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 9: Dalyan (1B)

Enjoy free time to hit the mud baths, explore more of the area, or just relax.

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Day 10: Dalyan/Pamukkale (1B)

Time to leave sea level behind, passing through fruit orchards we make our way to Pamukkale. In the afternoon, opt to visit the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale.

We also have the opportunity to explore the ancient site of Hierapolis built on top of the white "castle". This UNESCO World Heritage Site is evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since the 2nd century BC.

Transport:
Local bus (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 11: Pamukkale/Selçuk (1B)

Opt to visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. One of the foremost cities of the world in its time, with a strategic location on the trade route, this well-preserved city is one of the best places in the world to get a real feeling of what life must have been like during Roman times.

Other options include a walk up to the remains of the St John Basilica, visit the mosque of Isa Bey or just wander the streets and cafes of this vibrant Turkish town. Catch a local “dolmus” bus 8kms to the picturesque village of Sirince where you can sample some of the local wine or shop for crafts. The beach at Pamucak is also within reach for the dedicated sunseekers.

Transport:
Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 12: Selçuk (1B)

Enjoy free time for optional visits to St John's Basilica and the Mosque of Isa Bey as well as the nearby picturesque village of Şirince.

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Day 13: Selçuk/Çanakkale (1B)

Travel to Çanakkale. Upon arrival, opt to visit the world famous Troy.

In the afternoon, opt to visit Gallipoli, where thousands gave their lives during WWI in the battle of the same name.

Enjoy the harbour town of Çanakkale, a busy port with a thriving student population. Join the crowds as they stroll the waterfront nightly, enjoying the atmosphere of the night.

Transport:
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Çanakkale/Istanbul (1B)

We'll continue our journey to Istanbul where there will be the opportunity to continue your sightseeing or get in some last minute shopping. Why not top off a wonderful adventure with an optional dinner at one of Istanbul's atmospheric restaurants.

Transport:
Local bus (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 15: Istanbul (1B)

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please note that check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. We are able to organise extra post-trip accommodation if you wish to extend your stay for a few more days. Please ask at the time of booking.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Orientation walk of Istanbul
    • Dinner with a local family in Cappadocia
    • Overnight boat trip with dinner (Aegean Sea)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (11 nts), overnight buses (2 nts), boat (1 nt, multi-share, Nov-Apr spent in a hotel)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover historic cities and extraordinary scenery
  • Get cultured in local villages
  • Relax on an overnight boat trip
  • Explore the bustling streets of Istanbul.