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Absolute Turkey: Winter

15 days, Istanbul to Istanbul

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On the winter edition of our comprehensive Turkey tour, you'll see the country's incredible sights without battling the crowds. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the ancient city of Hierapolis to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul, our local Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.

15 days

Istanbul to Istanbul

From$11259HKD
Valid on Nov 19 2022
Trip Code: ETAW

Need a flight? We can help.

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On the winter edition of our comprehensive Turkey tour, you'll see the country's incredible sights without battling the crowds. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the ancient city of Hierapolis to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul, our local Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

15 days

Istanbul to Istanbul

From$11259HKD
Valid on Nov 19 2022
Trip Code: ETAW

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

100

Map of the route for Absolute Turkey: Winter

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Istanbul/Bolu

Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the small, but vibrant city of Bolu.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Bolu/Göreme

Visit Anitkabir before driving to the Cappadocia region. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Dinner with Local Family

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Days 4–5Göreme

Enjoy an included visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Enjoy a guided walk through the valley with a visit to an underground city.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Göreme/Konya

Visit Konya and continue to Beyşehir. Visit the Esrefoglu mosque, one of the unique mosques in the country.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Konya/Antalya

Wander the cobbled streets of the old harbour.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Antalya

Enjoy more time in Antalya to explore.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Antalya/Pamukkale

Guided walk of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Pamukkale/Selçuk

Visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Selçuk

Free time to walk up to the remains of St John's Basilica, visit the mosque of Isa Bey or just wander the streets and cafés of this vibrant Turkish town. Enjoy a cooking class in a nearby village in the afternoon.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Cooking Class

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12Selçuk/Bergama

Travel to the market town of Bergama, and explore the Acropolis of ancient Pergamon.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13Bergama/Çanakkale

Visit the G-supported handicraft workshop in Ayvalik, before enjoying free time in the surrounding area. Visit the ancient city of Troy en route to Çanakkale.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Çöp(m)adam Visit

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Çanakkale/Istanbul

Guided tour of Gallipoli, including ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, and Lone Pine.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Istanbul

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Çöp(m)adam Visit, Ayvalık
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Local Living Moment: Dinner with Local Family, Çavuşin
  • Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Selçuk
  • Istanbul walking tour
  • Visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum
  • Guided walk in a valley with Underground City exploration
  • Traditional dinner with local family (Cappadocia)
  • Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk
  • Ephesus entrance and visit
  • Cooking class in a nearby village
  • Troy entrance and guided visit
  • Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit

Accommodations

Hotels (14 nts).

Meals

14 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Allow USD285-370 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private air-conditioned van.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Alternative Istanbul Walking Tour and Bosphorus Cruise - From $589.00

Go even deeper into Istanbul, discovering diverse and lesser-visited districts with your CEO, and some of the best photography spots in the city! Today we will walk along the ancient Constantinople city walls; see Istanbul's best Roman mosaics and frescoes at the Kariye Mosque (formerly the Chora Church); stroll through the photogenic Fener (Greek) and Balat (Jewish) districts, known for their colourful wooden houses; enjoy lunch together; and cruise the Bosphorus Strait for stunning views of Ottoman palaces and the city skyline. Please note: this is a full day (6+ hours) day excursion. Lunch is included. Your CEO will collect you from the hotel lobby at 9am. Please bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and modest clothing/coverings for shoulders and upper legs for visiting religious sites.

Whirling Dervishes - From $159.00

Witness this spellbinding dance-like worship, practiced by followers of the Mevlevilik Sufi order.

My Own Room - From $2109.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Absolute Turkey: Winter

| 15 days - Istanbul to Istanbul - from $11259 HKD