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G Adventures
Istanbul to Istanbul
15 days
From $1,529
Tour code: ETAT

Highlights

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 (Chief Experience Officers) will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Meals

14 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Transport

Private air-conditioned van, boat, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels (12 nts), simple village homestay (1 nt), boat (1 nt, multi-share, hotel stay if inclement weather).

Included activities

Your G for Good Moment: Güneysinir Community Park , Güneysınır Your G for Good Moment: Çöp(m)adam Visit, Ayvalık Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Dinner with Local Family, Çavuşin Your Local Living Moment: Turkish Village Homestay, Güneysınır. Istanbul city walking tour. Visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum. Underground city exploration. Overnight boat trip (Mediterranean sea, weather permitting). Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk. Ephesus entrance and visit. Ottoman mansion stay. Troy entrance and guided visit. Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Istanbul
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Meet Your CEO and Group

Optional activities:

  • Dolmabahçe Palace Visit and Bosporus Cruise
  • Istanbul Backstreets Walk
Day 2
Istanbul - Bolu
Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the city of Bolu.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Istanbul Orientation Walk

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Bolu - Cappadocia
Visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the father of the Modern Turkish Republic, en route to Cappadocia region. The local dinner may take place on any night in Cappadocia based on the family's availability.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Visit to the Mausoleum of Atatürk, Dinner with Local Family

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 4
Cappadocia
Enjoy an included visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Want to do more with your tour? 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: Göreme Open Air Museum Guided Tour

Optional activities:

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Turkish Night
  • Turkish Bath
  • Whirling Dervishes
  • Pottery Center Visit
  • Carpet Demonstration

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Cappadocia
Enjoy an included visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Want to do more with your tour? 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: Göreme Open Air Museum Guided Tour

Optional activities:

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Turkish Night
  • Turkish Bath
  • Whirling Dervishes
  • Pottery Center Visit
  • Carpet Demonstration

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Cappadocia - Güneysınır
Explore one of the many underground cities in the region. Visit Konya before spending the night in a local Turkish village. Visit a community park and cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures. Experience a homestay as the guest of a local family.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Underground City Visit, Güneysinir Community Park , Catalhoyuk Visit, Turkish Village Homestay

Optional activities: Mevlana Museum Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 7
Güneysınır - Antalya
Wander the lovely seaside town of Antalya.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Optional activities: Antalya Archaeological Museum Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 8
Antalya - Kekova
Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner before sleeping aboard a boat under the stars on the Mediterranean Sea. 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.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Overnight Boat Trip, Simena Castle Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 9
Kekova - Kaş
Opt for a morning swim and some relaxation before travelling on to Kaş.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Meals: breakfast

Day 10
Kaş - Selçuk
Guided walk of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis en route to Selçuk.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Hierapolis and Pamukkale Visit

Optional activities:

  • Hierapolis Archeological Museum
  • Swim in an Ancient Pool

Meals: breakfast

Day 11
Selçuk
Visit ancient Ephesus. Optional visits to St John's Basilica and the Mosque of Isa Bey as well as the nearby picturesque village of Şirince.

Included activities: Ephesus Visit

Optional activities:

  • Saint John's Basilica Visit
  • Mosque of Isa Bey Visit
  • Şirince Village Visit
  • Selçuk Cooking Class

Meals: breakfast

Day 12
Selçuk - Ayvalık
Spend the night in a converted Ottoman mansion. Visit the G-supported handicraft workshop during an orientation walk of Ayvalik, before enjoying free time in the surrounding area or opting for a boat trip or visit to the beach.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Ottoman Mansion Stay, Çöp(m)adam Visit

Optional activities: Ayvalik Boat Tour

Meals: breakfast

Day 13
Ayvalık - Çanakkale
Visit the ancient city of Troy en route to Çanakkale.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Troy Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 14
Çanakkale - Istanbul
Guided tour of Gallipoli, including ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, and Lone Pine.

Transport: Ferry, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Gallipoli Battlefields Guided Tour

Optional activities:

  • Archaeological Museum
  • Topkapi Palace Visit
  • Hagia Sophia (or Aya Sofya) Visit
  • Great Palace Mosaic Museum
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Dolamabahçe Palace
  • Galata Tower
  • Hagia Sophia Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 15
Istanbul
Depart at any time.

Meals: breakfast

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