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Ultimate Turkey

21 days, Istanbul to Istanbul

Hot air balloons float above rock formations in Cappadocia, Turkey
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Combining the best of western and eastern Turkey, this comprehensive adventure offers a sweeping view of this fascinating country. From the architectural highlights of Istanbul's long history, make your way east for a glimpse of Turkey’s less travelled and more traditional side. Explore exotic covered bazaars and mud brick cities, and experience life in a place where time seems to stand still. From its incredible Mediterranean beaches to the unreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and giant stone heads of Nemrut Dagi—uncover all that Turkey has to offer.

21 days

Istanbul to Istanbul

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There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: ETUT

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Combining the best of western and eastern Turkey, this comprehensive adventure offers a sweeping view of this fascinating country. From the architectural highlights of Istanbul's long history, make your way east for a glimpse of Turkey’s less travelled and more traditional side. Explore exotic covered bazaars and mud brick cities, and experience life in a place where time seems to stand still. From its incredible Mediterranean beaches to the unreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and giant stone heads of Nemrut Dagi—uncover all that Turkey has to offer.

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

21 days

Istanbul to Istanbul

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: ETUT

Need a flight? We can help.

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

Map of the route for Ultimate Turkey

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Istanbul/Ankara

Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the capital city of Ankara.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Bolu/Cappadocia

Drive 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 4–5Cappadocia

Enjoy an included visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Opt to see it from above on a hot air balloon ride.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Cappadocia/Konya

Explore one of the many underground cities in the region. Visit Konya before spending the night in a local Turkish village. Experience a homestay as the guest of a local family.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Turkish Village Homestay

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Konya/Antalya

Wander the lovely seaside town of Antalya.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Antalya/Kekova

Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner before sleeping aboard a boat under the stars on the Mediterranean Sea.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9Kekova/Kaş

Opt for a morning swim and some relaxation before travelling on to Kaş.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Kaş/Selçuk

Guided walk of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis en route to Selçuk.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Selçuk

Visit ancient Ephesus. Optional visits to St John's Basilica and the Mosque of Isa Bey as well as the nearby picturesque village of Şirince.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Selçuk/Ayvalık

Spend the night in a converted Ottoman mansion. Visit the G-supported çöp(m)adam handicraft workshop during an orientation walk of Ayvalik, before enjoying free time in the surrounding area or opting for a boat trip or visit to the beach.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Çöp(m)adam Visit

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13Ayvalık/Çanakkale

Visit the ancient city of Troy en route to Çanakkale.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Çanakkale/Istanbul

Guided visit of the Gallipoli battlefields. Continue on to Istanbul for more sightseeing.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Istanbul/Kars

Fly to Kars and visit the pinkish stone ruins of Armenian cathedrals, homes, fortresses, and palaces at nearby Ani, the former capital of the Armenian Empire. Opt to visit the Kars Castle for panoramic views of the city.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 16Kars/Van

See Ishak Pasha Palace and Mount Ararat en route to Van, the cultural centre of the area's Kurdish majority. Opt to visit the ruins of the Fortress of Van.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 17Van/Mardin

Travel to Mardin early in the morning. En route, enjoy an Akdamar Island boat trip and church visit before exploring Hasankeyf.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 18Mardin

Take an orientation walk in old Mardin. Visit Deyrulzafaran Monastery before spending some time getting to know the city.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 19Mardin/Kâhta

Travel to Kahta and explore the area around Mt Nemrut. Visit the Karakus Tumulus (Women's Monument), Severan Roman bridge, and the site of ancient Arsameia at the giant burial monuments.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 20Kâhta/Sanliurfa

Visit beehive houses at Harran. Enjoy a guided walk to Golbasi Park and the covered bazaar of Urfa, the supposed birthplace of Abraham and an important Islamic place of pilgrimage.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 21Sanliurfa/Istanbul

Fly back to Istanbul where the tour ends on arrival at the airport. Onward travel can be booked for 5pm or later.

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 Local Living Moment: Turkish Village Homestay, Güneysınır
  • Istanbul city walking tour
  • Visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum
  • Traditional dinner with local family (Cappadocia)
  • Underground city exploration
  • Village homestay
  • Overnight boat trip (Aegean sea, weather permitting)
  • Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk
  • Ephesus entrance and visit
  • Ottoman mansion stay
  • Troy entrance and guided visit
  • Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit
  • Stone ruins of Ani visit
  • Ishak Pasha Palace entrance and visit
  • Akdamar Island boat trip
  • Hasankeyf visit
  • Mardin orientation walk and sights
  • Nemrut Dagi excursion including Karakus Tumulus, Severan Bridge and Arsameia
  • Harran beehive houses visit
  • Golbasi park and Sanli Urfa bazaar guided walk
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (18 nts), boat (1 nt, multi-share, hotel stay if inclement weather), homestay (1 nt).

Meals

20 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Allow USD395-515 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private air-con bus, boat, plane

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Departures

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

Ultimate Turkey

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