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Highlights
  • Discover historic cities and ancient roman ruins
  • Enjoy dinner in a traditional family home and sample local treats
  • Relax on a boat excursion on turquoise waters in the mediterranean sea
  • Meet local people and explore ancient and modern culture
  • Investigate a mysterious underground city and a ghost town

Marvel at painted churches chiseled into rock, descend into underground cities, walk through ancient towns and savour fresh seafood in seaside villages as you discover the treasures of Turkey. Travel days are well paced, with 2 included flights allowing you the time to really experience Turkey's riches. And while enjoying its coastline, you'll return each night to a cozy bed so you're fresh each morning. This trip offers all the adventure activities, culture and vivid history of this magnificent land for those who prefer a more comfortable option.

Trip Description
Turkey Explorer
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Activities
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 15,008 Great 4,930 Average 1 Disappointing 1 Terrible 3
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Turkey Explorer

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Recommends

I loved the small group and the personal experience. I work in the travel industry and it is not uncommon to have groups of 40 to 50, which can ruin the entire trip! May 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing Trip!

Operator G Adventures

M

Recommends

I liked that the group was relatively small and I appreciated the way the trip was organized! May 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Memorable, enjoyable, an experience I will treasure, thank you!

Operator G Adventures

C

Recommends

Great tour guide and overall service December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great trip! The best way to see Turkey.

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

The trip was well planned for maximum experiences, excellent guiding & a truly wonderful country to visit ! November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I felt that the trip provided a broad coverage of western Turkey - urban & rural, and a real sense of the history of the peoples living there over time - their influence & contribution to the culture & architecture still existing today.
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Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

It was a really fantastic trip, our guide was very accommodating and helpful throughout. November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My experience on the Turkey trip was fantastic. Our guide was really great and there was so much history and information that I got to learn about. I would definitely recommend G-Adventures to others.

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul, the city where East meets West. A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable hotel. Additional Notes: If you arrive early, visit the atmospheric Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays). Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Istanbul (1B)

Afternoon is free to explore at leisure. The boutique hotel is within walking distance of all the sites and shopping in the old city. Option to visit Topkapi Palace, or relax at a café overlooking the water and sip some sweet Turkish tea with the locals. Included Activities: Istanbul Guided Walking Tour

Day 3 Istanbul/Göreme (1B, 1D)

Flight to Cappadocia to explore some of the local villages and valleys. In the evening, have dinner with a local family, enjoying a homemade menu with dishes that change according to season. Talk to the friendly hosts about life in rural Cappadocia. Included Activities: Dinner with Local Family Transport: Plane Private Vehicle

Day 4 Göreme (1B)

Excursion to the Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval cave churches. After, continue to Avanos for a visit, then enjoy a walk in one of the valleys. The evening is free for dinner with the option to enjoy a Turkish folk night - a multi-course meal followed by local entertainment. Additional Notes: Please note: if you have pre-booked the Turkey Hot Air Balloon Adventure, you will be flying on Day 4. Included Activities: Göreme Open Air Museum Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Göreme/Beyşehir (1B)

Departing Göreme, explore an underground city. First built by the Phrygians between the eighth and seventh centuries BC, this underground city was most famously used as the hiding place for the first Christians of the area, when they were escaping from the persecution of the Roman Empire between the fifth and tenth centuries AD. After, head to the city of Konya. Konya was the capital of the Seljuk Turks, and is home to some of the best Seljuk architecture in the country. Wander the streets and enjoy these beautiful and historic buildings. In the 13th century, it was here that the poet, Mevlana Rumi, founded the mystic Islamic sect, known as the Whirling Dervishes. Consider visiting the museum, dedicated to Mevlana Rumi. As well as finding out more about the history of the Dervishes, it is a fascinating place to people watch. The museum's continuously flooded with faithful pilgrims coming to pay homage. In the afternoon, travel to Beysehir to spend the night. Included Activities: Underground City Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Beyşehir/Antalya (1B)

Travel by private vehicle directly to the city of Antalya. Arrive around lunchtime and spend time wandering the charming cobbled hillside streets of the district of Kaleici. It's a great place to stop and have a drink at one of the restaurants with great views of the marina below. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Antalya/Kaş (1B)

Continue the journey, arriving at the beautiful coastal village of Kas. After arrival, enjoy free time to explore the town or enjoy a drink at a seaside cafe. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Kaş (1B, 1L)

Head to the small village of Uçagiz to board the boat. Enjoy an excursion on the beautiful Turkish waters. Return to our hotel in Kas this evening. Included Activities: Kas Boat Trip Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 9 Kaş/Dalyan (1B)

Travel the stunning Mediterranean coast to the city of Fethiye. Visit the Kayakoy ghost town and Blue Lagoon beach en route to Dalyan. Included Activities: Kayakoy Ghost Town Guided Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 10 Dalyan (1B)

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. Included Activities: Dalyan Boat Trip

Day 11 Dalyan/Pamukkale (1B)

In the morning, head to the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale for a day of exploring. Visit the ancient site of Hierapolis, which was built on top of the white "castle" of Pamukkale. Included Activities: Hierapolis and Pamukkale Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 12 Pamukkale/Selçuk (1B)

Visit the picturesque village of Sirince and sample some of the local wine or shop for crafts. On the return to Selçuk, see the remains of the town's hilltop castle or just wander the streets and cafés of this vibrant Turkish town. Included Activities: Şirince Village Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 13 Selçuk (1B)

One of the foremost cities of the world in its time, with its strategic location on the trade route, well-preserved Selçuk is one of the best places in the world to get a real feeling of what life must have been like during Roman times. The massive, preserved theatre dominates the view down Harbour Street, which leads to the long-silted-up harbour. The impressive two-storey library, whose façade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, was built in AD 125, and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. There is even a chance to see 2,000-year-old public toilets! Once part of Ephesus itself, but now found on the outskirts of Selçuk, are the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Today, only one column remains of this ancient structure. Included Activities: Ephesus Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 14 Selçuk/Istanbul (1B)

In the morning, head to the airport for a short flight back to bustling Istanbul. After transferring to the hotel, enjoy some free time for last minute sightseeing and shopping before meeting the group for a final optional dinner to celebrate your journey. Transport: Plane

Day 15 Istanbul (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,499

Price Per Day:

$ 167 per person
 
Usually included in international flight tickets.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Local Living: Dinner with Local Family
  • Çavuşin
  • Arrival transfer
  • Walking tour of old Istanbul including the Blue Mosque
  • Hippodrome and Aya Sofya
  • Dinner in a local family's home
  • Visit the Göreme Open Air Museum
  • Guided visit to an underground city
  • Orientation walk in Antalya
  • Boat trip from Kas with local lunch
  • Boat excursion on the Dalyan Delta to view rock tombs and ancient city ruins
  • Guided walk in the village of Kayakoy
  • Guided visit of Pamukkale and Hierapolis
  • Guided tour of the ruins of Ephesus
  • Visit to the village of Sirence
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate air-con van, boat, plane, walkingTransport on this trip will mainly be by private air-conditioned minivan and flights.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 12, Avg 10.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Comfort hotels (14 nts).
On this trip we will stay in comfortable local hotels. Rooms will be on a twin-share basis unless you have booked our My Own Room service. You can expect the rooms to have air-conditioning, private bathrooms and breakfast will be included daily. Some hotels may also have swimming pools and/or other recreational facilities.
Start City
Istanbul
End City
Istanbul
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

RAMADAN According to the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between May 15th and June 14th, 2018. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-Muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time. EXTRAS Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.

Meals

Breakfast Many breakfasts are included as part of your tour. Turkish breakfasts are very different from your usual cereal and toast morning fare - when was the last time you had olives for breakfast? In most cases they consist of large slices of fresh "french style" white bread accompanied by slices of tomato, cucumber, white and yellow cheeses, olives, jam and honey. This is accompanied by tea or coffee (usually instant coffee). You will of course want to sample the famous Turkish coffee, but it is usually taken after a big lunch or dinner, or in the late afternoon with a pastry. While we think these breakfasts are absolutely delicious, some travellers do find them a bit repetitive and enjoy buying market fruit the day before and eating this for breakfast. Lunches Lunches will usually be simple and on the run. They are a great chance to try Turkey's delicious and healthy array of "fast foods". This may include, "gozleme", a type of Turkish savory crepe, "chorba", delicious lentil soup, and of course doner kebabs in both beef and chicken varieties. You won't want to miss the chance to try "pide", Turkish pizza, and lahmucan- thin crust pizza you fold greenery into You may also find "kumpir", Turkish stuffed potatoes. Dinner Most Turks start their dinners with a couple of mezes- small taster dishes such as grilled octopus, aubergine salad, and many more. You could also choose a soup made of fresh local ingredients. Main courses tend to be based around fresh seafood if you are near the coast (expect to pay around 15 lira for a whole fish)or the ubiquitous kebab- skewers of charcoaled meat which comes on bread with salad. There are plenty of variations of the kebab-many regions have their own specialty so be sure to ask your leader. Desserts Baklava (about 2 TKL a piece) is something of a national obsession and it is believed the best comes from the East. There are endless varieties of pastries and milk based deserts available and you are sure to spend at least some time in a Turkish bakery taste testing. Snacks Don't miss trying a simit, a Turkish pretzel or perhaps some grilled sweet corn to get you through between meals. Drinks Tea, served in small tulip glasses, is the number one beverage of choice in Turkey. It is freshly brewed and a tea bag is a rare thing. Turkish coffee is wonderful thing to try. The national beer is named Efes and is very good (usually 4-5 TKL a bottle) Wine is made in Turkey and is getting better every year (expect to pay around 6-7 liras for a glass in a restaurant). Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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