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White-cliff waterfalls and the glimmering Blue Mosque, experience the best of Turkey's historical highlights and natural wonders in one incredible tour. Begin your trip roaming the palaces of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre underground cities and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Stick to public bus and budget accommodation, which not only keeps costs down but gives you a chance to really meet the locals. From the ancient Roman streets of Ephesus to bustling bazaars, follow your curiosity and spend 15 days discovering the culture and natural beauty of this fascinating region.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ETTO/126627
  • Starts: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Finishes: Istanbul, Turkey
You will Visit
  • Istanbul

Itinerary

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Day 1: Istanbul

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening. After, opt to head out to dinner in a local restaurant with the group.

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 Dolmabahçe 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.

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Day 2: Istanbul/Göreme

View the sights on an orientation walk, then spend some free time exploring the city. Travel by overnight bus to Cappadocia.

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Day 3: Göreme

Enjoy free time to explore Cappadocia. Opt to hike in the area, explore its underground cities, and enjoy the incredible fairy chimneys dotting the landscape. Consider a hot air balloon trip at sunrise.
One of the best ways to explore Cappadocia is on foot. Opt to join a trekking tour through one of the beautiful valleys guided by the CEO. Ask the CEO about the many other walking and hiking options available in the area.

There will be the chance to visit a local pottery centre – take the opportunity to create your own masterpiece. Watch a carpet demonstration to learn more about the process involved in making these Turkish works of art or go to a Turkish performance with group members to experience a taste of local dances and music.

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Day 4: Göreme

Enjoy free time to explore Cappadocia. Opt to see it from above on a hot air balloon ride, or witness a spellbinding Whirling Dervishes ceremony.
One of the best ways to explore Cappadocia is on foot. Opt to join a trekking tour through one of the beautiful valleys. Ask your CEO about the many other walking and hiking options available in the area.

There will be the chance to visit a local pottery centre – take the opportunity to create your own masterpiece. Watch a carpet demonstration to learn more about the process involved in making these Turkish works of art or go to a Turkish performance with group members to experience a taste of local dances and music.

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Day 5: Göreme/Antalya

Enjoy more free time to explore beautiful Cappadocia. Overnight bus to Antalya.

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Day 6: Antalya/Olympos

Upon arrival to Antalya, continue to the village of Olympos on the Mediterranean coast. Relax and enjoy the beaches of Olympos. Set off on a walk to see the flames of Mount Olympos at night.
In the morning, set off for a journey along the coast. Passing through the stark Anatolian landscape, enter the richly forested mountain region which leads to the coast and the small village of Olympos. There is time to relax and hit the beach before taking a short drive in the evening to Olympos Mountain. Enjoy a brief walk to see the spectacle of the chimera, a phenomenon where flames mysteriously rise from cracks within the local rocks.

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Day 7: Olympos/Kekova

Continue to the beautiful coastal village of Kekova where we board our boat for an unforgettable night at sea.

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Day 8: Kekova/Dalyan

Back on land at Ucagiz, travel up to the charming Dalyan—hit the mud baths, or swim and chill out at the beach.
Opt to embark on a boat excursion for a close-up view of the famous Carian rock tombs and some remains of the ancient city of Kaunos and Dalyan. Cruising to Iztuzu Beach, past rock faces peppered with ancient tombs, there is time to relax at the beach and enjoy a cold drink. There is also the chance to visit to some local mud baths.

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Day 9: Dalyan

Enjoy free time to hit the mud baths, explore more of the area, or just relax.

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Day 10: Dalyan/Pamukkale

Enjoy free time to visit the beautiful white cliffs of Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ancient site of Hierapolis.
Time to leave sea level behind, passing through fruit orchards we make our way to Pamukkale. In the afternoon, opt to visit the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale.

We also have the opportunity to explore the ancient site of Hierapolis built on top of the white "castle". This UNESCO World Heritage Site is evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since the 2nd century BC.

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Day 11: Pamukkale/Selçuk

Head back to the coastal town of Selçuk and check out the sights.
Opt to visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. One of the foremost cities of the world in its time, with a strategic location on the trade route, this well-preserved city is one of the best places in the world to get a real feeling of what life must have been like during Roman times.

Other options include a walk up to the remains of the St John Basilica, visit the mosque of Isa Bey or just wander the streets and cafes of this vibrant Turkish town. Catch a local “dolmus” bus 8kms to the picturesque village of Sirince where you can sample some of the local wine or shop for crafts. The beach at Pamucak is also within reach for the dedicated sunseekers.

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Day 12: Selçuk

Enjoy free time for optional visits to St John's Basilica and the Mosque of Isa Bey as well as the nearby picturesque village of Şirince.

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Day 13: Selçuk/Çanakkale

Travel north, then opt to visit Troy and Gallipoli.
Travel to Çanakkale. Upon arrival, opt to visit the world famous Troy.

In the afternoon, opt to visit Gallipoli, where thousands gave their lives during WWI in the battle of the same name.

Enjoy the harbour town of Çanakkale, a busy port with a thriving student population. Join the crowds as they stroll the waterfront nightly, enjoying the atmosphere of the night.

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Day 14: Çanakkale/Istanbul

Back to the big city for one last night with the group.
We'll continue our journey to Istanbul where there will be the opportunity to continue your sightseeing or get in some last minute shopping. Why not top off a wonderful adventure with an optional dinner at one of Istanbul's atmospheric restaurants.

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Day 15: Istanbul

Depart at any time.
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: Dolmabahçe 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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Orientation walk of Istanbul
    • Dinner with a local family in Cappadocia
    • Overnight boat trip with dinner (Aegean Sea)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (11 nts), overnight buses (2 nts), boat (1 nt, multi-share, Nov-Apr spent in a hotel)
    • 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover historic cities and extraordinary scenery
  • Get cultured in local villages
  • Relax on an overnight boat trip
  • Explore the bustling streets of Istanbul.