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Best of Turkey

15 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Days 1-2 Istanbul
Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.

Day 3 Bursa
Once the capital of the Ottoman State, Bursa has a rich architectural heritage. It's also famous for being the home of the Iskander (doner) kebab.

Days 4-5 Selcuk
Selcuk's claim to fame is its proximity to the amazing ruins of Ephesus, although it has its own charm with its orchards, forests and strong cultural roots.

Day 6 Pamukkale
The arresting cascade of travertines and nearby hot springs have attracted visitors to Pamukkale since ancient times.

Days 7-8 Kayakoy
Once a small Greek town, Kayakoy is now virtually a ghost town and maintained as a museum with fascinating ruins, especially of the two churches.

Days 9-10 Kas / Turquoise coast overnight boat cruise
Sunken cities, Mediterranean beaches, a whitewashed Old Town, spectacular cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere are all found in delightful Kas.

Day 11 Konya
Home to the mesmerising Whirling Dervish sect of Islam, Konya has strong theological roots, remarkable architecture, a historical market district and excellent museums.

Days 12-14 Goreme
Sculptured by millenniums of erosion and centuries of human craftsmanship, Goreme is a truly magical place with fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches and underground cities.

Day 15 Istanbul
The wonderful city of Istanbul has an incredibly rich history, amazing array of architectural styles, a delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, fascinating culture and oodles of style.
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Map
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 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.
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Gulet, Overnight bus, Private Bus, Taxi
  • Bursa - Dervish Lodge, Goreme - Home-cooked dinner, Goreme - Valley walk, Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour, Kas - Turquoise coast overnight boat cruise, Kayakoy - Ghost Village, Kayakoy - Lycian Hike, Kayakoy - Oludeniz Blue Lagoon, Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park, Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological site, Selcuk - Gozleme making demonstration and lunch, Selcuk - Sirince visit & fruit wine tasting
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • 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
  • Taste traditional Turkish fruit wines
  • Travel across the Turkish plains to the Anatolian Steppe
  • Trek along part of the Lycian Way
  • Visit Konya, home to the mesmerising Whirling Dervishes
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Guesthouse (2 nts)
Hotel (10 nts)
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Overnight bus (1 nt)
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12.
  • 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. Turkey and its eastern neighbours are a fascinating mixture of East and West, as Europe and Asia come together. This can, and often does, mean that you will discover a region which is different to those you have experienced before. There are strong Islamic influences throughout the region, becoming more orthodox the further east you travel. There can be very different attitudes to time-keeping, public cleanliness and service, calls to prayer at 4.30am, lack of hot water and little English spoken. Naturally, this can all test the patience but if you can see this as an exciting new challenge rather than a setback, and if you are able to travel with a lot of patience and a sense of humour, then we know that you - like all of us - will be captivated by everything that Turkey and the Middle East has to offer.
  • Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey. The walk along the Lycian way is on a rough track and steep in some places but suitable for the majority of our travellers.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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