Turkish Explorer

Istanbul - Istanbul

14 days through Turkey
FROM: $2080 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle
Two Dragoman Crew Members
Comfortable Hotel 2 nights
Multishare Hostel 9 nights
Basic Hotel 1 night
Guesthouse 1 night
Breakfasts x 8, Lunches x 0, Dinners x 2
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

Turkey is a country that's hard to pin down. Nestled on the intersection of Europe and Asia, it's a spellbinding blend of familiar and unfamiliar, a land in which the Romans, Ottomans and Byzantines have all made their mark. From ancient ruins to modern cities, from sun-drenched coasts and coves to olive groves and hillside villages and otherworldly rock formations, its landscape is wonderfully diverse; and that's before we get to the heart of Turkish culture by sampling its aromatic and flavourful cuisine, a fusion of both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences.

There are plenty of sights to see on this tour, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the ruins of the lost city of Troy. For many a highlight is the geological wonder of Cappdocia with its magical hoodoos and undulating valleys of pink and white rock, over which we can take a hot air balloon ride.

We have no shortage of optional activities to take up, including quad biking, horse-riding, and learning to make dolma and sarma at a Turkish cooking class.

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Explore the amazing sights of Istanbul
Guided tour of Ancient Troy
Visit the Gallipoli Peninsular and the battlefields
Ancient ruins of Ephesus
Olympos Beach and Fire mountain
Ancient Mountain City of Termessos
Take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia
Guided tour of the valley & underground cities of Cappadocia

A comfortable cultural and historical journey through a country with well-developed infrastructure. There is no camping on this tour and we'll be staying in good local hotels/hostels. The standard itinerary isn't physically demanding, but there are opportunities to get involved with a few active pursuits.

Pay your respects to the fallen at Gallipoli on a guided tour through the battlefields

Guided tour around the ancient ruins of Troy

Guided Tour of Ephesus Ruins and the Terraced Houses

Hike up Chimera Mountain and witness the natural phenomenon of never ending fires emerging from the rocks.

Stop off for a visit to Termessos the ancient mountain top city

Day 1 - Istanbul

Border Information: If joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IATA code: IST).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10.00am - on arrival please look out for a note from your leader with more information about this important meeting.

The afternoon will be free to explore the many sights of the incredible exotic city of Istanbul, including the Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus River, Hagia Sophia and the phenomenal Blue Mosque!

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Istanbul before the start of your trip with us - please contact your travel consultant if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Istanbul.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Explore the colossal markets of the Grand Bazaar - once the centre of all trading between Europe and Asia and the most visited tourist attraction in the world

Price: Free

See the splendour of Istanbul from a boat trip on Bosphorus Strait which marks the boundary of Europe and Asia

Half Day Cruise: 17 USD

Explore the phenomenal Blue Mosque built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I - a stunning icon of Istanbul

Entrance is free but can give a donation: Free

Visit the incredible Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia built in the 6th century

Entrance to the gallery: 40 TRY

Explore the atmospheric underground Basilica Cisterns built by the Byzantines in the 6th century

Entrance: 20 TRY

Explore the majestic Topkapi Palace the huge palace of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years

Entrance & Treasury: 40 TRY

Day 2 - Gallipoli
Day 3 - Gallipoli
Day 4 - Selcuk
Day 5 - Selcuk
Day 6 - Pamukkale
Day 7 - Olympos
Day 8 - Olympos
Day 9 - Egirdir
Day 10 - Goreme
Day 11 - Goreme
Day 12 - Goreme
Day 13 - Istanbul
Day 14 - Istanbul - End Date