Turkey On A Budget
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.
- Istanbul guided city walking tour, dinner with local family in Cappadocia, overnight boat trip with dinner.
- 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners. (Allow USD285-375 for meals not included)
- Hotels (11 nts), overnight bus (2 nts), boat (1 nt, multi-share, Nov-Apr spent in a hotel).
- Local buses, boat
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
Day 1 Istanbul
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Istanbul (1B)
View the sights on an orientation walk, then spend some free time exploring the city. Travel by overnight bus to Cappadocia.
Day 3-5 Cappadocia (2B,1D)
Sample the local cuisine with a home-cooked dinner with a local family. Hike in the area, explore its underground cities, and enjoy the incredible fairy chimneys dotting the landscape. Consider an early morning hot air balloon trip. Overnight bus on Day 5 to Antalya.
Day 6-7 Çirali/Kekova (1B,1D)
See the flames of Olympos Mountain at night then enjoy a freshly cooked dinner before sleeping aboard our boat under the stars of the Aegean Sea on Day 7.
Day 8-9 Dalyan (2B)
Back on land at Ucagiz, travel up to the charming Dalyan—hit the mud baths, or swim and chill out at the beach.
Day 10 Pamukkale (1B)
Visit the beautiful white cliffs of Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the ancient site of Hierapolis.
Day 11-12 Selçuk (2B)
Check out the sights—Ephesus and its museum, St John's Basilica, the mosque of Isa Bey, as well as the nearby picturesque village of Sirince where you can sample some local wine.
Day 13 Troy/Çanakkale (1B)
Optional visit to Troy and Gallipoli.
Day 14 Istanbul (1B)
Back to the big city for one last night out with the group.
Day 15 Istanbul (1B)
Depart at any time.
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