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Turkey Explored

Turkey Explored
From £ 1198
Duration 12 Days
From £1198
Duration 12 Days

Fascinating culture paired with stunning scenery make a tour of Turkey a truly unforgettable experience. Starting in the historical grandeur and modern wonder that is Istanbul, we’ll check out ancient ruins before being swept away by the otherworldly Cappadocia and gorgeous coastal villages on the Mediterranean. Along the way there’s local cuisine and traditional hospitality to look forward to.

Tour Itinerary

Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive, check in and dump your gear. Meet the crew, get the lowdown on local etiquette and culture, then get your Turkish love affair started with your first taste of local cuisine. That’s right, dinner’s on us.

Meals:
-Dinner

Istanbul to Eskisehir

This morning is one big Istanbul bucket list. Tick off the city sites on a walking tour. Then, why not do the optional activity and get yourself entry to the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern? After, grab a quick bite before we set off to experience the bustling student life in the city of Eskisehir tonight.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Istanbul

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
Entry to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern

Eskisehir to Cappadocia

If the promise of a drug-free psychedelic daydream doesn’t get you out of bed, what will? Cappadocia next. Cue alien landscapes, fairytale mountainside villages and epic hiking potential. But that’s not before a photo stop at the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Gordion and a visit to an underground city. Pretty cool, huh?

Included today:
-Visit Gordion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
-Photo stop at Salt Lake

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Visit Saratli Underground City

Cappadocia

Wander the streets of Göreme, fall in love at Love Valley and check out the Uchisar Castle (optional) for more epic views. Tonight: get your groove on at an optional Turkish dance show.

Included today:
-Visit Love Valley

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit Göreme Open-Air Museum
-Visit Uchisar Castle
-Traditional Turkish dance show

Cappadocia to Antayla

Kick back on today's drive to Antalya where more otherworldly landscapes await. Tonight is a good time to see a man about a kebab. The food here is famous for a reason (we’re talking about slow-roasted mutton the local way).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit Sultan Han

Antayla to Fethiye

Fethiye and another fifty shades of blue. And white beaches. Wade through the icy blue to waterfalls set against limestone canyon walls on an optional visit to Saklikent Gorge. Locals call this place a paradise granted to Earth by God. When you see the beaches, you'll know why. Ready for it?

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Visit Saklikent Gorge

Fethiye

Like most rivieras, this place doesn't lack options of places to worship the sun. Check out tombs carved into rock cliffs or alternate between dips in the water and sandy naps on the beach. This afternoon: set sail on an optional boat cruise. Then, mingle with the newbies joining tonight or split off to dig into some more local cuisine.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Islands of Fethiye boat tour

Fethiye to Kusadasi

On to Pamukkale for a dip in the best natural hot tubs in Turkey. Then, take a tour of the ancient Roman city Hierapolis before we roll into Kusadasi in the early evening.

Included today:
-Visit the ruins at Hierapolis-Pamukkale

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Kusadasi

More Indiana Jones vibes today as we check out the ruins of the Roman city Ephesus. Apart from buildings dating back to 3,000 BC, this is also the home of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. See forgotten city halls, a former library, a Greek amphitheatre and a stadium whose last race saw chariot and horses compete. The rest of the day is free to explore Kusadasi. Flex your haggling skills at the Grand Bazaar, hit the beach or go baklava hunting. You can't go wrong.

Included today:
-Visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus

Meals:
-Breakfast

Kusadasi to Çanakkale

On to Troy. Yep: an ancient battle, hidden soldiers and that movie with Brad Pitt. But first, a visit to the ruins of Pergamon to see the Acropolis. Spend the night in Çanakkale after a photo op with the notorious wooden horse. New profile pic?

Included today:
-Visit Pergamon Acropolis

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit Troy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Çanakkale to Istanbul

Today we take on a more sombre tone. On to the WWI-scarred shores of Gallipoli for one of the most defining events in the histories of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Pay your respects at the Australian War Memorial at Lone Pine and the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair. Visit ANZAC Cove and the Turkish Memorial. Then more Turkish delight and teary goodbyes at our farewell dinner in Istanbul this evening.

Included today:
-Gallipoli visit including Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and ANZAC Cove

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Istanbul

You can never have enough baklava. Eat yourself into a food coma this morning. We're out of here after breakfast.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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