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Top Turkey Attractions

Blue Masque

Blue Lagoon

Topkapi Palace

Turkish Riviera

Gallipoli Peninsula

Hagia Sofia

Ruins of Ephesus



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Top Activities in Turkey

Adventure and Adrenaline


Cultural Immersion

History and Culture


Festivals and Special Events

Cooking and Wine Tasting

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Classic Turkey Itineraries

Turkey in 1 Week 

There’s a lot of ground to cover in Turkey, depending on what you’d like to get out of your tour. This week-long guided Turkey itinerary focuses first on Istanbul’s highlights before delving into the archaeological treasures of Ephesus.

Alternatively, you might look for tours that move from Istanbul to Cappadocia if you’re more interested in unique land formations and mysterious landscapes.

Day 1, Istanbul: Start your immersive Turkey week as soon as you arrive - most transatlantic flights will land late morning, so you’ll have time to regroup, then head out to visit the old city of Sultanahmet and the Blue Mosque, perhaps the ancient underground Yerebatan Cistern and the St. Savior in Chora church, famous for its Byzantine mosaics. 

Day 2, Istanbul: You’re ready to roll on your second day in Istanbul. Join your small group tour for visits to Topkapi Palace, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and the Grand Bazaar. 

Day 3, Cruise on the Bosphorus: Today, your tour guide take you on a half-day guided sightseeing tour up the Bosphorus, stopping at the Egyptian Bazaar, Rumeli Castle and to the appealing seaside village of Ortaköy.

Day 4, Ephesus: Your Turkey vacation continues with a flight to Izmir, where you’ll stay in either Selçuk or Kusadasi as a homebase for Ephesus exploration. Visit the Ephesus Museum, Temple of Artemis, St. John’s Basilica and more. 

Day 5, Pamukkale: Spend a day with your expert local guide in Pamukkale, a must-see Turkey destination, particularly for archaeology buffs. Don’t miss taking a dip in the Sacred Pool.

Days 6-7, Bodrum: Lovers of Greek history adore this part of their tour, exploring the ancient sites of Priene, Miletus and Didyma. Continue on to Bodrum to visit the Underwater Archaeology Museum, St. Peter’s Castle and the waterside village and submerged ruins of Gümüslük.

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Turkey and Beyond

While Turkey offers such a breadth of experience for the world traveler, if you’ve flown so far, why not take the time to add on a neighboring country to up the ante on your European vacation?

Turkey’s enviable position in Europe and Asia, and on both the Mediterranean and Black seas, making it an easily combinable trip with other cultures.

Here are a couple ideas of countries that match up well with a guided tour of Turkey:

Turkey and Greece: Lovers of antiquity will enjoy small-group tours of Turkey and Greece. The two countries are geographically close, making it easy to combine them, and both have a plethora of beautiful landscapes, storied history and rich culture to share. 

Turkey and Georgia: Consider an off-the-beaten path tour of Georgia as an add-on to your vacation in Turkey. Experience the melting pot of diverse cultures in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, and its impressive Forte Narikala. From there, it’s easy to hop over to Istanbul for an in-depth visit to Turkey. 

Turkey and Uzbekistan: It’s unlikely you’ll meet too many friends and travelers who have visited Uzbekistan. Combine this exotic country with your Turkey trip and you’ll have so much to share at your next dinner party! It’s less than a five-hour flight from Istanbul to the ancient city of Tashkent. Once there, your tour guide can lead you to incredible Islamic architecture the Khast Imam temple, the Chorsu bazaar and so much more. 

Turkey and Egypt: Topping many a traveler’s bucket list, Egypt is another country that combines easily with a Turkey tour vacation. Hop a quick flight from Istanbul to Cairo and find yourself in Egypt’s chaotic and exotic capital, with incredible museums, sarcophagi and, of course, the Pyramids of Giza nearby.

Read more about great tours to Greece, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Egypt and consider adding at least one or two to your Turkey travel itinerary.

Reviews of Turkey Tours
96% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 678 Great 220 Average 22 Disappointing 7 Terrible 6
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals



Ancient Lands Moderate October 2017


Ancient Lands Moderate Summer 2018

Our trip included a cruise on the Celestyal Olympia. We loved being able to see multiple islands, but the time spent on each island seemed a little rushed.

Operator Trafalgar



The best of Turkey August 2016


Highlights of Turkey

A diverse trip, packed with lots of places to see over 2 weeks, yet it didn't feel too rushed and we had more free time than I have had on other similar holidays.
Too many to mention but Capadoccia, Ephesus and the underground city at Derinkuyu were all highlights. Istanbul is fascinating, with plenty to see and do and the hotel in Cunda was especially nice, with dinner on a private jetty.

Fatih Develi was knowledgeable, calm and professional and went out of his way to arrange different things for us to see on the way, including a wine tasting, which everyone really enjoyed. He is passionate about his country and knows so much about its history and culture, there wasn't a question he couldn't answer - and we put him to the test!! We couldn't have asked for a better guide and our driver Mustafa was great too, always with a ready smile and there were some long drives.

Spend extra time in Istanbul at the end of the holiday if you can, as there is so much to see there - a boat trip is definitely worth doing. Pack a good mix of clothes - in early September, it was hotter than expected, so take some things to layer up. A spare battery for your camera is also a good idea, one I wish I had had when my camera died while at Ephesus!

Consider a change of hotel in Istanbul - all the hotels were good, but the Istanbul choice was probably everyone's least favourite. It would also be nice to go to more authentic Turkish restaurants in the evening, but depending on where you are, this is not always possible.

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Operator Exodus Travels



A good tour with sufficient variety to satisfy all February 2016


Absolute Turkey: Winter

A good tour with sufficient variety to satisfy all

Operator G Adventures



Terrific December 2015


Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

I really enjoyed my tour of Greece.We were impressed with our leader and how he finagled our own little lounge to give us tour info and the speedy way he got us off the boat to have more time. It was disappointing to get to an island in tne dark. I really enjoyed Elana , She has a great personality and would love to know when she has her baby. The Mt climbing was a little rough on my knees,but I never felt rushed. I has just studied about John and Ephesus this fall so it was so meaningful to me. I was really awed. ONe highlight for me was seeing the original huge vase in the Nat. museum of one my husband had brought for me many years ago. One suggestion is to tell people the temp in the Mt is colder than Athens . Also warn them about losing day light saving. Read more

Operator SmarTours



I enjoyed the tour a lot,think that December 2015


Transylvania Tale

I enjoyed the tour a lot,think that 2 days in Edirne is too much, 1 night or a few hours is fine then could have spent longer in Bucharest&Istanbul, especially the Romanian part as only 1 Romanian tour available. Would have liked longer in Baia Mare too. Read more

Operator Tucan Travel



The trip was amazing, great scenery, lots October 2015


Turkey Explored

The trip was amazing, great scenery, lots of opportunities to learn about the culture, food._x000D_
I would like to spent more time at the attractions than at the bus.

Operator Intrepid Travel

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