Turkey Uncovered

Turkey Uncovered

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Turkey Uncovered

14 Days Starting in Istanbul and ending in Goreme

Visiting: Istanbul, Gallipoli - Canakkale, Selcuk, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Southern Coast Cruising/Kekova, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Cappadocia

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

ERRS

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

15-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Beach Tours, History

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Tour Overview

See the best of Turkey on this 14-day trip travelling from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Experience cosmopolitan cities, historic battlegrounds, glittering beaches, cities carved from rock and rugged coast. Enjoy an itinerary that takes you to Turkey’s essential destinations, a local leader for insider info and plenty of flexibility and free time to explore at your own pace. With optional excursions to historical sites, abandoned villages and underground cities, you can create the Turkey tour that’s perfect for you.

Highlights

  • Discover the Old City of Istanbul on a walking tour that includes the majestic Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome of Constantinople and the Grand Bazaar.

  • Explore Cappadocia’s wild natural rock formations while hiking through valleys, and see incredible stone-carved buildings in Goreme.

  • Board a ‘gulet’ boat for a day and night on the sea. Cruise over the sunken city around Kekova Island, swim in crystal-clear water and relax on deck.

  • Reflect on battles fought and lives lost with a moving visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula, touring former battlefields and the remains of Turkish trenches.

  • Spend two days exploring the cliffside waterfalls, cobblestone alleyways and ancient ruins of Antalya, a city on the Mediterranean Coast.

  • Board a ‘gulet’ boat for a day on the sea. Cruise over the sunken city around Kekova Island, swim in crystal-clear water and relax on deck.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, CYDD (Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi). Donations help them provide scholarships and educational programs for economically disadvantaged youth in Turkey.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation: Hotel

Hosgeldinz! Welcome to Istanbul, a bustling mega-city with a rich history and food scene waiting to be explored. Your trip begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, where you will meet your leader and fellow travellers. After the meeting, you might want to head out as a group to grab dinner and get to know each other.

Optional Activities:
-Istanbul - Spice Market - Free
-Istanbul - Bosphorus Boat Cruise (Public Boat)
-Istanbul - Topkapi Palace Combined Ticket (Topkapi Palace + Hagia Irene + Harem)
-Istanbul - Turkish Hamam (inc. massage)
-Istanbul - Galata Tower
-Istanbul - Hagia Sophia
-Istanbul - Archaeology Museum

Day 2: Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Meet your local guide early this morning for a guided tour of Sultanahmet AKA the Old City, formerly Constantinople, to see Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy free time for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Maybe visit the jaw-dropping Hagia Sofia, said to have changed the history of architecture. Or maybe enjoy a steam session at a traditional hamam (public bath). Your tour leader knows all the best places, so they can recommend some great options for places to eat.

Included Activities:
-Istanbul - Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:
-Istanbul - Turkish Hamam (inc. massage)
-Istanbul - Hagia Sophia

Day 3: Gallipoli - Canakkale

Location: Gallipoli - Canakkale

Accommodation: Pension

Meals Included: breaksfast

Head for the shores of Gallipoli, the site of the ANZAC landings, one of the most disastrous Allied campaigns of WWI. Visit the battlefields of Nek and Lone Pine and encounter remnants of trenches used by the Turkish soldiers. Hear stories of the heroism and camaraderie that unfolded among the tragedies and take the time to read moving inscriptions etched onto a sea of gravestones. There will also be the option to visit the Kabatepe Museum, which includes interactive presentations of the battle, as well as numerous relics from the campaign. Then, take the short ferry ride from Europe to Asia across the Dardanelles to Canakkale, a charming traditional fishing town that has a great range of dinner and nightlife options, not to mention medieval ruins to explore.

Included Activities:
-Gallipoli - Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair

Day 4: Selcuk

Location: Selcuk

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

After breakfast, take a local bus to the traditional farming village of Selcuk. Take a guided walk around the town and the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill in the afternoon. See the 14th-century Isa Bey Mosque, the imposing the Grand Fortress and the ruins of the Basilica of St John. According to Christian lore, St John came to Ephesus with the Virgin Mary from Jerusalem and lived here until his death sometime around AD 100. The basilica stands over his alleged burial site. Your evening is free.

Included Activities:
-Selcuk - Leader-led orientation walk

Day 5: Selcuk

Location: Selcuk

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today, choose whether you would like to take a guided tour of Ephesus with your tour leader or strike out on your own via a dolmus (local bus). One of the best-preserved Greco Roman cities in the world, Ephesus once had running water, public toilets, in-house heating, a renowned medical institute, and Roman baths. In the afternoon, you can choose to join an optional excursion to Sirince to taste some local wines.

Optional Activities:
-Ephesus - Archaeological site visit
-Ephesus - Terrace Houses entry
-Selcuk - Basilica of St John
-Selcuk - Meryemana (Mary's House)

Day 6: Pamukkale

Location: Pamukkale

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Take a train inland to one of Turkey's most photographed sites, Pamukkale, which literally translates to ‘cotton castle’. Here spectacular natural hot springs with high calcium bicarbonate content cascade over the edge of the cliffs, leaving white terraces (the ‘cotton’). It's been used as a spa since 200 BC. Though you won't be able to bathe in these travertines, you can take a walk through them (after removing your shoes). You can choose to take an optional excursion to the ancient city of Hierapolis in the afternoon – speak to your leader for more information.

Optional Activities:
-Pamukkale - Cleopatra Ancient Pool
-Pamukkale - Hierapolis and Travertines National Park

Day 7: Fethiye

Location: Fethiye

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Take a local bus to Oludeniz and enjoy some time at the three-kilometre-long beach. Please note you will need to pay a small fee if you want to access the Blue Lagoon. Later, transfer to the quaint town of Fethiye. If conditions allow, it is possible to take an optional excursion to Kayakoy ghost village, an abandoned town that is both eerie and beautiful. This evening, enjoy a walk by the harbour and look up to see massive Lycian rock tombs cut from the cliffside.

Optional Activities:
-Kayakoy - Village visit

Day 8: Southern Coast Cruising/Kekova

Location: Southern Coast Cruising/Kekova

Accommodation: Guest house

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

This morning take a local bus to Ucagiz. Board a boat for a memorable voyage along the Turquoise Coast, viewing some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the world. Cruise to the sunken cities around Kekova Island, where ancient remains can be viewed just below the water’s surface, and take a walk to Simena Castle, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding bays and islands. Late afternoon, transfer to Kekova and spend a night in this lovely town.

Included Activities:
-Kekova - Turkish Coast day sailing

Day 9: Antalya

Location: Antalya

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

After breakfast, continue to Antalya, your base for the next two nights. Enjoy free time on arrival to explore at your own pace. It’s hard to get a bad photo of Antalya due to it charming cobblestone streets, historic Old City, vibrant marina and the Taurus Mountains framing the city. You may like to take a walk around the markets, jump on the old Nostalgic Tram or go to Konyaalti Beach for some more time chilling out beachside. If you're in the mood for some history, check out some of the best museums in the country, or get theatrical at Aspendos ancient city with a beautiful, intact theatre from Roman times. Tonight, why not stake out some food and shisha with your group – Antalya has a thriving nightlife scene, so use it to your advantage.

Optional Activities:
-Antalya - Antalya Museum

Day 10: Antalya

Location: Antalya

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Enjoy a free day to explore at your own pace. There are a number of optional excursions to choose from if you want a little guidance. For those after a nature fix, Duden Waterfalls is a lovely spot to relax. If you’re interested in visiting historical sites, there are optional excursions to Termessos, Aspendos or Side to choose from. Alternatively, stay in Antalya and soak up the charms of this seaside town.

Optional Activities:
-Antalya - Aspendos Ancient City

Day 11: Konya

Location: Konya

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning take a local bus inland to Konya, a traditional Turkish city where mainstream tourism is yet to arrive. The city is closely linked with the Whirling Dervish sect of Islam developed in the 13th century by Rumi (or Mevlana). Get your bearings on an orientation walk with your leader and enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the many tea gardens. Later this evening, maybe join your group for some central Anatolian cuisine.

Included Activities:
-Konya - Leader led orientation walk

Day 12: Cappadocia

Location: Cappadocia

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning after breakfast, travel by local bus to Goreme, Cappadocia, a city made from the soft volcanic rock of the region. On arrival stretch your legs with an orientation walk with your leader.

Included Activities:
-Cappadocia - Valley walk

Optional Activities:
-Goreme - Whirling dervish performance

Day 13: Cappadocia

Location: Cappadocia

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today is free for you to explore Goreme and surrounds, including the World Heritage-listed Goreme Open Air Museum, a monastic complex is composed of churches, rectories and dwellings carved from the earth. Perhaps explore one of the region’s underground cities, the largest of which are almost ten levels deep with narrow passages connecting the floors like hamster tunnels. If you’re a hiker, you may like to walk the valleys of Red, Rose, or Love. Your leader is available help you organise your day.

Optional Activities:
-Goreme - Open Air Museum
-Cappadocia - Derinkuyu Underground City
-Cappadocia - Hot Air Balloon Regular Flight
-Cappadocia - Hot Air Balloon Deluxe Flight
-Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City

Day 14: Cappadocia

Location: Cappadocia

Meals Included: breaksfast

With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the accommodation at any time after breakfast, provided you comply with your accommodation’s internal check-out times. If you'd like to spend more time discovering Cappadocia, just get in touch ahead of time and we'd be happy to arrange extra accommodation for you (subject to availability).

What's Included

  • Cappadocia - Valley walk

  • Kas - Overnight Boat trip

  • Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour

  • Gallipoli - Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair

  • Meals

    13 breakfasts, 1 dinners

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (11nights), Pension (1 nights), Boat (1 night)

  • Transport

    Public bus, Private Bus, Train, Gulet

  • Istanbul - Orientation Walk

  • Selcuk - Leader-led orientation walk

  • Kekova - Turkish Coast day sailing

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Included Activities

  • Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour
  • Gallipoli - guided visit
  • Kas - Overnight Boat trip
  • Cappadocia - Valley Walk

Transport

  • There are some long travel days and some rough travelling in areas away from main tourist routes. Windy roads, rough surfaces and cramped conditions make for some challenging travel experiences. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination. If you experience travel sickness we recommend you consider medication to help ease the discomfort.
  • Turkey - Public Transport
  • When and where possible we will use public buses to travel between cities on this trip.
  • However due to weather and seasonal bus schedules we may find it necessary to substitute public buses with private transport on some days.
  • Public buses in Turkey don't have toilets on board. Breaks are normally scheduled at rest stops every 2-3 hours.

Accommodation

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Important Information

  • 1. A single supplement is bookable if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
  • 2. Most entrance fees are not included. If you wish to take part in these activities, you pay these fees as you go along.
  • 3. This trip ends on Day 14 in Cappadocia, there is no included transfer back to Istanbul. Overnight buses are readily available for booking and Cappadocia is serviced by two airports, Kayseri and Nevsehir. Additional accommodation is available for pre-booking with your booking agent.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, except optional activities

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are international flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Is this trip right for you

    The weather can be hot in July and August, but this is also the best time to enjoy the clear water of the Mediterranean – don’t forget your swim gear.

    This trip gives you lots of control over your travels, with some included site visits and lots of choices for your free time.

    You’ll need walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a daypack for the Gallipoli site visit and the valley walk in Cappadocia. These tours are guided, but you can wander at your own pace if you prefer.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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