Turkey Explored

12 Day Guided Tour from Istanbul to Istanbul with Topdeck

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Topdeck's 12 Day Turkey Explored. A unique blend of fascinating culture and stunning scenery, Turkey is a truly unforgettable country. After kicking things off amidst the historical grandeur and modern wonders of Istanbul, we'll...read more

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1 Istanbul, Turkey
Arrive, check in and dump your gear. You're finally here! 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! (D)
2 Istanbul to Eskisehir
This morning is basically one big Istanbul bucket list. Tick off the city's many varied sights on a walking tour, then get yourself some optional entry passes to the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Then: grab a quick bite to eat before we head off to Eskisehir to experience the bustling student nightlife. (B)
3 Eskisehir to Cappadocia
If the promise of a drug-free psychedelic daydream doesn't get you out of bed, what will? Cappadocia is next! Expect alien landscapes, fairytale mountainside villages and epic hiking potential. But first: a photo stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gordion and a visit to an underground city. Pretty cool, huh? (B/D)
4 Cappadocia
Wander the streets of Göreme, fall in love with Love Valley and check out the Uchisar Castle (optional) for more epic views. Tonight: get your groove on at an optional Turkish dance show. (B)
5 Cappadocia to Antayla
Kick back on today's drive to Antalya – where more breathtaking landscapes await. Tonight is a good time to see a man about a kebab. The food here is famous for a reason! (B)
6 Antayla to Fethiye
Wade through blue waters to beautiful cascades set against limestone canyon walls on an optional visit to Saklikent Gorge. Locals call this place a paradise granted to Earth by God – and when you see the beaches, you'll know why. Ready for it? (B/D)
7 Fethiye
Like most rivieras, Fethiye comes complete with plenty of awesome places to worship the sun. Check out tombs carved into rock cliffs, alternate between dips in the water and sandy naps on the beach, then round of the day with an optional boat cruise. Later on, why not mingle with the newbies joining the trip or split off to dig into some more local cuisine? (B)
8 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. (B/D)
9 Kusadasi
First up today: channel those Indiana Jones vibes as we check out the ruins of the Roman city of Ephesus. This place is the home of the Temple of Artemis – one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Amongst the many buildings (dating back to 3,000 BC), you'll see forgotten city halls, a former library, a Greek amphitheatre and a stadium whose last race saw chariots and horses compete. The rest of the day is yours to explore Kusadasi as you please. Flex your haggling skills at the Grand Bazaar, hit the beach or go baklava hunting. You can't go wrong. (B)
10 Kusadasi to Çanakkale
Next stop, Troy! Think: an ancient battle, hidden soldiers and that movie with Brad Pitt. But first: a visit to Pergamon Acropolis. We'll spend the night in Çanakkale after a photo op with a certain wooden horse. New profile pic? (B)
11 Çanakkale to Istanbul
On to the shores of Gallipoli, where a WWI military campaign changed the histories of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey forever. After paying our respects at the Australian War Memorial at Lone Pine and the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair, we'll visit ANZAC Cove and the Turkish Memorial. Then: prepare yourself for a few teary goodbyes at our farewell dinner in Istanbul this evening. (B/D)
12 Istanbul
You can never have enough baklava. Eat yourself into a food coma this morning before we go our separate ways. (B)

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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Walking tour of Istanbul
  • Visit Gordion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Photo stop at Salt Lake
  • Visit Love Valley
  • Visit the ruins at Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  • Visit Pergamon Acropolis
  • Gallipoli visit including Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and ANZAC Cove
Trip Inclusions
  • 11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • 11 nights in hotels (twin or double)
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Reviews (1)

12 Day Turkey Explored reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Fantastic value for money”
- QLD, Australia May 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this 2 week trip around Turkey. Excellent included and optional activities, acceptable accommodation and overall fantastic value for money. The tour guide was a disappointment however for me this did not detract from the trip as I used the tour more as a means of getting around Turkey as opposed to a guided tour. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see all the main sites of this incredible country.

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