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Best of Turkey

15 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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Days 1-2 Istanbul
Kickstart the adventure by checking out some lesser-known sights of Istanbul city on an orientation walk. In free time, why not drop by the famed Topkapi Palace, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts or head underground to see the eerie Basilica Cistern.
Day 3 Bursa
Depart Istanbul and travel to Bursa. Relax in a traditional Turkish bath, stop by a local teahouse, nosh on a hearty iskender - the local style of kebab - or explore the bazaar in this former capital of the Ottoman Empire. In the evening, visit a Dervish lodge and be treated to a mesmerising sema performance.
Days 4-5 Selcuk
Allow history to come alive while strolling through ancient Ephesus, the former capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. Learn how to make delicious gozleme and taste aromatic fruit wine in Sirince. In free time, perhaps take a walk through the Ephesus Museum to uncover myths of the Roman Empire or take a look inside the Basilica of St John.
Day 6 Pamukkale
See the fascinating, chalky terraces of Pamukkale and take the opportunity to bathe in the healing thermal waters of the nearby hot springs. While here, maybe delve further into local history with a vist to the Hierapolis Museum.
Days 7-8 Kayakoy
Discover ghost houses or play backgammon and sip tea with the locals in Kayakoy. Set out on a half-day trek along the rugged coastline of the Lycian Way, and cool off with a dip in the beautiful Oludeniz lagoon.
Days 9-10 Kas / Turquoise coast overnight boat cruise
Travel to Kas and cast away on a cruise along Turkey's Mediterranean coastline, which boasts shimmering crystal waters, an ancient sunken city and mysterious Lycian tombs. Drift off to sleep under a blanket of stars. Back on dry land, spend time appreciating the distinctively Mediterranean feel of Kas.
Day 11 Konya
Move away from the coastline and travel to the plains of the Anatolian Steppe. Stop to take a walk through a unique Cappadocian valley. Then, arrive in Konya, a city intimately connected with the Whirling Dervish sect of Islam and boasting a large student population. Learn more about the Dervishes on an optional visit to Mevlana Museum or get lost amid the commotion of the local bazaar.
Days 12-13 Goreme
Be astounded by the quirky rock formations of Cappadocia, which jut from the ground like mushroom-shaped fairy houses. Why not take in this surreal landscape from a unique vantage point - floating over the region in a hot air balloon - or head below into one of Goreme’s underground cities. Afterwards, be treated to warm Turkish hospitality while breaking bread with a local family in their home.
Day 14 Ankara
Travel by bus to Ankara.
Day 15 Istanbul
Arrive back to Istanbul where the call to prayer echoes over the cobbled streets. Perhaps visit a traditional hamam, be wowed by the intricate detail of the Blue Mosque or take a boat cruise on the mighty Bosphorus.
All This Included
Explore the mysterious land of the Ottomans Intrepid-style. Marvel at Mehmet Aga's masterpiece, the Blue Mosque, and bargain for trinkets in Istanbul's massive Grand Bazaar. Try delicious Turkish snacks, be mesmerised by the Whirling Dervishes and discover the underwater treasures of the Mediterranean on a relaxing boat cruise. From the laneways of ancient Ephesus to the bizarre landscapes of Cappadocia - take the plunge and discover a unique travel adventure waiting for you in Turkey.
  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transportation: Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Gulet, Private Bus, Taxi
  • Bursa - Dervish Lodge Visit, Goreme - Home-cooked dinner, Goreme - Valley walk, Kayakoy - Ghost Village, Kayakoy - Lycian Hike, Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park, Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological site, Selcuk - Gozleme making demonstration and lunch, Selcuk - Sirince visit & fruit wine tasting
  • Admire the travertine pools of Pamukkale
  • Discover lesser known sights on an Istanbul city walking tour
  • Enjoy a home-cooked meal with a Cappadocian family
  • Explore the ruins of Ephesus
  • Sail over a sunken city on Turkey's Mediterranean coast
  • Soak away worries in the Hierapolis hot springs
  • Travel across the Turkish plains to the Anatolian Steppe
  • Trek along part of the Lycian Way
Guesthouse (2 nts)
Hotel (11 nts)
Overnight boat (1 nt)
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 16.
  • Ages: Min 15.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip.
  • Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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