Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 10.
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels (12 nts), simple village homestay (1 nt), boat (1 nt, multi-share, hotel stay if inclement weather).
Discover historic cities and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, marvel at the extraordinary scenery of Cappadocia, enjoy dinner in a local family home, relax on an overnight boat trip, live like a local in a Turkish village.
This comprehensive tour of Turkey combines history and beaches, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming culture. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the amazing white cliff waterfalls of Pamukkale to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul, our local CEOs will show you the region's hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after youve left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2020
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Istanbul||Day 1 Istanbul|
There are no activities planned until our evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt to join your CEO and fellow travellers for dinner. Get the most out of your time in Istanbul by pre-booking one of the following full-day activities to experience before your tour starts: Istanbul Backstreets Walk or DolmabahCe Palace Visit and Bosporus Cruise. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night pre-tour. And don't worry if you can't decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, while any of the optional activities listed can be booked independently upon arrival in Istanbul. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Bolu||Day 2 Istanbul/Bolu (1B)|
Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the city of Bolu. Included Activities: Istanbul Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Goreme||Day 3 Bolu/Goreme (1B, 1D)|
Transfer to the town of Goreme, the base for exploring Cappadocia. With 2.5 days free to explore, there will be plenty of time to tour the area by bike, visit neighbouring villages, trek regional valleys or try a hot air balloon ride. During one of the evenings, travel to a nearby village and enjoy dinner with a local family. Additional Notes: The local dinner may take place on any night in Goreme based on the familys availability. Included Activities: Dinner with Local Family Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Days 4-5||Goreme||Days 4-5 Goreme|
Outdoor enthusiasts Hire a bike to get around on two wheels or join your CEO on an optional trekking tour through one of the beautiful valleys of the region. If you want to go further afield, take a local bus to explore nearby villages. Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tours Pre-booking is available for Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Whirling Dervishes. Any of the optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival. If you pre-booked the Cappadocia hot air balloon ride, you will be flying today (weather permitting). Included Activities: Goreme Open Air Museum Guided Tour
|Day 6||Guneysinir||Day 6 Goreme/Guneysinir (1B, 1D)|
Depart Goreme and head to an underground city to explore. Have a quick lunch before journeying to the region of Konya. Travel about 1 hour to a local village for a cozy homestay. On the way, visit Catalhoyuk, a uniquely well-preserved Neolithic site. Upon arrival in the village, learn about local life and visit a community park and cooperative supported and developed by G Adventures before enjoying a home-cooked dinner tonight. Included Activities: Underground City Visit Guneysinir Community Park Catalhoyuk Visit Turkish Village Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
|Day 7||Antalya||Day 7 Guneysinir/Antalya (1B)|
Arrive at Antalya around lunchtime. With a free afternoon, wander the charming cobbled hillside streets of the district of Kaleici, a great place to stop and have a drink with amazing views of the marina below. For a break from the hustle and bustle, head for the greenery and teashops at one of Antalyas beautiful parks or catch some sun at a nearby beach. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Kekova||Day 8 Antalya/Kekova (1B, 1D)|
Drive to the beautiful coastal village of Demre for lunch. After, board our boat for an unforgettable night on the Mediterranean Sea. The boat trip includes sailing around Kekova Island, with plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine and scenery. Later, walk to Simena Castle to enjoy the views and archaeological ruins. Then opt to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters or just relax on deck. Additional Notes: The evening may be very cold- please come prepared with appropriate shoes and clothing. We will provide bedding but it is recommended that you bring a personal sleep sheet to place inside. Included Activities: Overnight Boat Trip Simena Castle Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Kas||Day 9 Kekova/Kas (1B)|
Wake up on board and enjoy breakfast in the fresh morning air. Opt for a swim before returning to Demre, and continuing on to the coastal town of Kas. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 10||Selcuk||Day 10 Kas/SelCuk (1B)|
Leave the beautiful sea behind and head to Pamukkale, passing through fruit orchards on the way. Visit the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale and the ancient site of Hierapolis before continuing on to SelCuk. Included Activities: Hierapolis and Pamukkale Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Selcuk||Day 11 SelCuk (1B)|
Visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. After, head to town and enjoy some free time to explore. Opt to walk to the remains of St Johns Basilica, visit the Mosque of Isa Bey or wander the streets of this vibrant Turkish town. Or catch a local "dolmus" bus to the picturesque village of Sirince (8 km) to sample some local wine or shop for crafts. For dedicated sunseekers, the beach at Pamucaki is also within reach. Included Activities: Ephesus Visit
|Day 12||Ayvalik||Day 12 SelCuk/Ayvalik (1B)|
Ayvalik's blend of Ottoman architecture, cobblestoned streets, and attractive harbour make this stop a highlight. The beach of Sarimsakli is a quick bus ride away and the harbour in town offers short cruises. After exploring, head down to one of the waterside restaurants for a sunset drink or meal. Then enjoy the hospitality and beautiful views from the family-run pension in a restored Ottoman mansion. Included Activities: COp(m)adam Visit Ottoman Mansion Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))
|Day 13||Canakkale||Day 13 Ayvalik/Canakkale (1B)|
Enjoy a visit to the world-famous city of Troy. After exploring the site, continue to the harbour town of Canakkale, a busy port with a thriving student population. Included Activities: Troy Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 14||Istanbul||Day 14 Canakkale/Istanbul (1B)|
Make an early morning visit to Gallipoli, where thousands gave their lives during WWI in the battle of the same name. Take in the sights and learn the sombre story. Continue on to Istanbul for the opportunity to finish up your sightseeing or get in some last minute shopping. Included Activities: Gallipoli Battlefields Guided Tour Transport: Once in the Gallipoli peninsula, transfer by bus to the Gallipoli battlefields (20 mins). Ferry (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 15||Istanbul||Day 15 Istanbul (1B)|
Your tour might be finished, but the adventure's far from over. Pre-book one of the following activities to experience after your tour ends: DolmabahCe Palace Visit and Bosporus Cruise or Istanbul Backstreets Walk. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night in Istanbul. And don't worry if you can't decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, or they can be booked upon arrival in Istanbul.
Local Flights: If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
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