Discover historic cities and extraordinary scenery, get cultured in local villages, relax on an overnight boat trip, explore the bustling streets of Istanbul.
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.
- 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.
- 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners. (Allow USD285-375 for meals not included)
- Simple hotels (11 nts), overnight buses (2 nts), boat (1 nt, multi-share, Nov-Apr spent in a hotel).
- Public bus, 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 of 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 to Antalya.
Day 6-7 Çirali/Kekova (1B,1D)
See the flames of Olympus Mountain at night. The next night, enjoy a freshly cooked dinner before sleeping aboard a boat under the stars of the Aegean Sea.
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 to explore and 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 with the group.
Day 15 Istanbul (1B)
Depart at any time.
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