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Turkey straddles two continents -- Europe and Asia -- but even the smaller European section, on the western side of the Bosporus, has a strong Middle Eastern feel. The star attraction of the European side is Istanbul, with its iconic Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The Asian side features classical ruins at Ephesus, cave dwellings at Cappadocia, and beach resorts along the coasts. It's a don't-miss destination, whichever continent you're exploring.

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Turkey Tour Reviews - Summary
96% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 648 Great 218 Average 22 Disappointing 7 Terrible 6
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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A good trip October 2018

4.0

Walking in Cappadocia

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Trip started badly as I was unwell and spent the first day recovering. The
course leader (Alkan) was helpful and arranged for the bus to take me to meet
up with the other members of the group. I was coughing a lot when I started
but this got better and i was alright by the end of the walk. Another
"patient" was helped in the same way. The group was 17 strong and this took
all his resources.
The chance to see the underground city.


He was always good humoured full of knowledge of all the sites. He was always
prepared to come with us to see us ready to take on the system of shopping
and other sightseeing. as well as available on the walks and meal times to
give the instructions.


Take plenty of tea and coffee with you - the local stuff is undrinkable.
Remember to buy some alcohol before the meal times!


No.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Highlights of Turkey October 2018

5.0

Highlights of Turkey

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderful introduction to this huge and beautiful country.
Ancient history, beautiful coastlines, Turkish Baths, friendly people,
gorgeous food
The Wow moment was the Roman theatre at Aspendos,


Aysenur Geng was excellent, her depth of knowledge was incredible and her
organisational skill very good. Personally I did have some problems with her
pronunciation of English


\be prepared for anything


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AMAZING Spectacular Greece August 2018

5.0

Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This tour of Greece was AMAZING! We returned 2 weeks ago and my heart still skips a beat when I look at our pictures. Granville was personable, great at making sure we got where we needed to go, and shared stories that made the places we visited come alive. You could tell the country and people of Greece touch his heart. The local guides that met us at various points were delightful. Two in particular were Fuelia at Ephesus and Susie on the island of Patmos. The staff on the cruise ship were kind, efficient, helpful and tireless! The tour of the islands offered a postcard picture opportunity at every turn and the people of the islands were warm and welcoming. For the second half of the tour we were blessed with the WEALTH of knowledge that was Kassandra Porioti. Her vast and varied comprehension of the historical sights we visited was astounding. She knew backstories and dates like the back of her hand and as a bonus she took us to wonderfully scenic and quaint coffee stops along the way and recommended the BEST restaurants in each town.We LOVED our time in Greece, and wouldn't hesitate to go with smarTours again. In fact, even though it was our first tour, several of the people in our group had been on MANY trips with smarTours all over the world, which was a huge compliment to the standards of the company.Thank you, thank you. We are forever grateful for this opportunity. Read more

Operator SmarTours

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Very good week walking August 2018

5.0

Walking in Cappadocia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We really enjoyed the trip with excellent local guide Alcan. Great scenery
well balanced walks and good variety of restaurants the balloon flight is a
must all in all 5 stars. Well organised trip from start to end .Nice simple
hotel ideal as a base . Good transport with excellent driver . Nothing to
much trouble for our guide or driver
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Operator Exodus Travels

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Great trip! August 2018

5.0

Walking in Cappadocia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a great trip and we had a lovely group. I travelled from the end of
April to early May. The weather was great. Although rain and storms were
forecasted while I was there, we had beautiful sunshine with some picturesque
white clouds (look great on my pictures) and it was quite hot so make sure
you take your sunscreen and a sunhat. Mornings were a bit chillier but not
too cold and the weather warmed up quickly during the day. If you are
considering the ballooning, take some warmer clothes too.
The walks were lovely and all quite different. We saw some interesting rock
formations on the way, not to mention the stunning landscapes. Some of the
walks are flat while others are quite steep and slippery so good walking
boots and walking poles come handy. Don't underestimate a moderate trip.
Water from a big water container was provided on the bus as well as in the
hotel. Make sure you have your own bottle so you can keep refilling it. If
you have a hiking hydration bladder bag, that is the best to take. We also
stopped at little local cafes during our walks. My favourite was the freshly
squeezed orange and pomegranate juice (mixed). Make sure you try that!
Our leader was a character, entertaining, knowledgeable and helpful. The
locals are friendly.
The hotel was 3 star, a bit tired but for only 10 minutes walk from the town
so it was convenient, we could easily walk there for some souvenir shopping
in our free time.
All meals were included on my tour and the portions were generous... Lucky we
did all that walking!!
If you are considering doing this trip, I recommend budgeting in the balloon
ride. It is such an amazing experience. I am afraid of heights and I was a
bit worried but it is so relaxing up there with such a wonderful view that I
even forgot about feeling scared.
The hot balloon ride definitely. Cappadocia is the place to do it. Love
Valley was a highlight too.


Alkan has a great knowledge of the area and looked after the group well. He
was funny and engaged with us. Also offered to take us to places that were
not part of the original itinerary. He has a real passion for his country and
he wanted to share that with us.


Make sure you take a water bottle and your walking poles.


This trip is great value for money.
My group flight was through Istanbul so I did a stopover on the way back. It
is worth doing.


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Operator Exodus Travels

Turkey Tours and Travel Guide


Turkey Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Turkey straddles two continents -- Europe and Asia -- but even the smaller European section, on the western side of the Bosporus, has a strong Middle Eastern feel. The star attraction of the European side is Istanbul, with its iconic Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The Asian side features classical ruins at Ephesus, cave dwellings at Cappadocia, and beach resorts along the coasts. It's a don't-miss destination, whichever continent you're exploring. 

Istanbul alone is worth the trip to this fascinating country that spans two continents, Europe and Asia. In fact, greater Istanbul itself spans two continents, with ferry boats making continual trips across the Bosphorus between the western and eastern sides of the city.

Istanbul’s Glories

Istanbul is rich in architectural and historic treasures. The city’s two iconic landmarks, the enormous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia -- a onetime Greek Orthodox basilica turned mosque and museum -- stand near each other within easy viewing distance of the Bosphorus. With their minarets and domes, especially when illuminated at night, the two help create as distinctive a skyline as any city in the world.

You could easily spend days examining the wealth of jewelry, china, costumes and carvings at the Topkapi Palace museum, most of them dating from the era of the old Ottoman Empire, which at one point dominated much of Europe and the Middle East. A jeweled dagger featured in the 1964 Peter Ustinov heist film Topkapi remains the top draw.

The Turkish Coast

Much of southwestern Turkey is lined with Aegean and Mediterranean Sea beach resorts, often packed with Europeans on holiday. The largest is Antalya, whose old section of winding cobbled streets sits on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean and is the site of numerous boutique hotels and chic shops. Antalya is said to be the third most visited city in the world after Paris and London, largely based on cruise ship stops and packaged flights from northern Europe.

Kusadasi on the Aegean coast is another popular resort, but many foreign visitors go there to see the nearby ruins of Ephesus, a 3,000-year-old Greek commercial center that was the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (a single column remains). Ephesus later played important roles in the Roman empire and early Christianity, and the ruins of the House of the Virgin Mary are said to be the last home of Jesus’ mother. The most striking ruin is probably the Library at Celsus, whose dramatic facade is still standing, though vast streets lined with ruins of temples and ancient house foundations can hold your interest for hours.  

Cappadocia

Cappadocia, a World Heritage site in central Turkey’s Goreme Valley, has become a must-stop on many Turkish tour itineraries. Not only does it contain strange volcanic rock formations produced by age-old forces of wind and rain, but dwellings and even churches have been chiseled out of the soft rocks. You can also find entire troglodyte cities connected by underground tunnels -- some dating from as early as the 5th century AD. Ancient monks decorated many of the chapels with striking Byzantine art.

Hot air balloon rides have become a popular way to view the unusual valley landscape, and are options offered by many tours.

Culture and Cuisine

Turks can sometimes seem aggressive, especially when trying to sell you something, but if your tour encompasses elements of cultural exchange, you’ll find the typical citizenry to be gracious hosts.

One highlight is the fine Turkish cuisine, epitomized by the mezes -- hummus, stuffed grape leaves, baba ghanoush (pureed eggplant), olives, and pita bread that constitute the start of just about any Turkish meal. These could be followed by lamb or vegetable stews or grilled kebabs, all aromatic of exotic spices.

If your mouth is watering for some of these dishes -- or just for a taste of Turkey in general -- let Stride help you plan your ideal multi-day tour to Istanbul and beyond.    

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