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Istanbul to Istanbul
15 days
From $1,599
Tour code: ETAW

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.

On the winter edition of our comprehensive Turkey tour, you'll see the country's incredible sights without battling the crowds. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the ancient city of Hierapolis to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul, our local Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) 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, 2 dinners

Transport

Private air-conditioned van.

Accommodation

Hotels (14 nts).

Included activities

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 Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Selçuk. Istanbul walking tour. Visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum. Guided walk in a valley with Underground City exploration. Traditional dinner with local family (Cappadocia). Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk. Ephesus entrance and visit. Cooking class in a nearby village. Troy entrance and guided visit. Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit.

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 small, but vibrant city of Bolu.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Istanbul Orientation Walk

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Bolu - Göreme
Visit Anitkabir before driving to the Cappadocia region. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family. The local dinner may take place on any night in Göreme based on the family's availability.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Anitkabir Visit, Dinner with Local Family

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 4
Göreme
Enjoy an included visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Enjoy a guided walk through the valley with a visit to an underground city. 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 on Day 4 or 5 (weather permitting).

Included activities: Göreme Open Air Museum Guided Tour, Underground City Visit

Optional activities:

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Whirling Dervishes

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Göreme
Enjoy an included visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Enjoy a guided walk through the valley with a visit to an underground city. 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 on Day 4 or 5 (weather permitting).

Included activities: Göreme Open Air Museum Guided Tour, Underground City Visit

Optional activities:

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Whirling Dervishes

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Göreme - Beyşehir
Visit Konya and continue to Beyşehir. Visit the Esrefoglu mosque, one of the unique mosques in the country.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Private Vehicle

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Beyşehir - Antalya
Wander the cobbled streets of the old harbour.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Optional activities: Antalya Archaeological Museum Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 8
Antalya
Enjoy more time in Antalya to explore.

Optional activities: Antalya Archaeological Museum Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 9
Antalya - Pamukkale
Guided walk of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Hierapolis and Pamukkale Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 10
Pamukkale - Selçuk
Visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Ephesus Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 11
Selçuk
Free time to walk up to the remains of St John's Basilica, visit the mosque of Isa Bey or just wander the streets and cafés of this vibrant Turkish town. Enjoy a cooking class in a nearby village in the afternoon.

Included activities: Cooking Class

Optional activities:

  • Saint John's Basilica Visit
  • Mosque of Isa Bey Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 12
Selçuk - Bergama
Travel to the market town of Bergama, and explore the Acropolis of ancient Pergamon.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Meals: breakfast

Day 13
Bergama - Çanakkale
Visit the G-supported handicraft workshop in Ayvalik, before enjoying free time in the surrounding area. Visit the ancient city of Troy en route to Çanakkale.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Çöp(m)adam Visit, 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

Meals: breakfast

Day 15
Istanbul
Depart at any time.

Meals: breakfast

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