21 days,Istanbul to Istanbul

Dine in a local family home and taste regional delicacies, relax on an overnight boat trip, explore ancient ruins and bargain in bazaars, watch the sunset over Nemrut Dagi surrounded by mysterious rock sculptures, marvel at the landscapes of Cappadocia

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Combining the best of western and eastern Turkey, this comprehensive adventure offers a sweeping view of this fascinating country. From the architectural highlights of Istanbul's long history, make your way east for a glimpse of Turkey’s less travelled and more traditional side. Explore exotic covered bazaars and mud brick cities, and experience life in a place where time seems to stand still. From its incredible Mediterranean beaches to the unreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and giant stone heads of Nemrut Dagi—uncover all that Turkey has to offer.

What's Included

  • Istanbul city walking tour. Visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum. Traditional dinner with local family (Cappadocia). Underground city exploration. Village homestay. Overnight boat trip (Aegean sea, weather permitting). Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk. Ephesus entrance and visit. Ottoman mansion stay. Troy entrance and guided visit. Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit. Stone ruins of Ani visit. Ishak Pasha Palace entrance and visit. Akdamar Island boat trip. Hasankeyf visit. Mardin orientation walk and sights. Nemrut Dagi excursion including Karakus Tumulus, Severan Bridge and Arsameia. Harran beehive houses visit. Golbasi park and Sanli Urfa bazaar guided walk. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 20 breakfasts, 3 dinners. (Allow USD380-500 for meals not included)
  • Hotels (18 nts), boat (1 nt, multi-share, hotel stay if inclement weather), homestay (1 nt).
  • Private air-con bus, boat, plane
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10
Day 1 Istanbul

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Istanbul/Ankara (1B)

Istanbul city orientation walk, transfer to Ankara.

Days 3-5 Cappadocia (3B,1D)

Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family. Option to visit the Göreme Open Air Museum and hike in the Rose Valley.

Day 6 Konya/Village Stay (1B,1D)

Explore one of the many underground cities in the region. Explore Konya before spending the night in a local Turkish village as a guest of a local family and visit the local market.

Day 7 Antalya (1B)

Explore the lovely seaside town of Antalya.

Day 8 Kekova/Aegean Sea (1B,1D)

Enjoy a freshly cooked dinner before sleeping aboard a boat under the stars of the Aegean Sea.

Day 9 Kas (1B)

Opt for a morning swim and some relaxing before travelling to Kas.

Day 10-11 Pamukkale/Selçuk (2B)

Guided walk of ancient city of Hierapolis and Pamukkale en route to Selçuk. Visit ancient Ephesus. Optional visits to St John's Basilica and the Mosque of Isa Bey, as well as the nearby picturesque village of Sirence.

Day 12 Ayvalik (1B)

Spend the night in a converted Ottoman mansion. Optional boat trips and visit to swimming beaches.

Day 13 Troy/Çanakkale (1B)

Guided visit of Troy.

Day 14 Gallipoli/Istanbul (1B)

Guided visit of the Gallipoli battlefields.

Day 15 Kars (1B)

Fly to Kars and visit the pinkish stone ruins of Armenian cathedrals, homes, fortresses and palaces at nearby Ani, the former capital of the Armenian Empire. Opt to visit the Kars Castle for panoramic views of the city.

Day 16 Van (1B)

Visit Ishak Pasha Palace en route to Van, the cultural centre of the area's Kurdish majority. Option to visit the ruins of the Fortress of Van.

Days 17-18 Mardin (2B)

Enjoy an Akdamar Island boat trip and church visit before exploring Hasankeyf. Orientation walk of Mardin including Ulu Mosque and a visit to Deyrul Zaferan Monastery. Option to visit a local hammam.

Days 19 Mount Nemrut/Kahta (1B)

Visit the Karakus Tumulus (Women's Monument), Severan Roman bridge and the site of ancient Arsameia at the giant burial monuments atop Mount Nemrut.

Day 20 Sanli Urfa (1B)

Visit beehive houses at Harran and enjoy a guided walk to Golbasi Park and the covered bazaar of Sanli Urfa, the supposed birthplace of Abraham and an important Islamic place of pilgrimage.

Day 21 Istanbul (1B)

Return flight to Istanbul where the tour finishes on arrival. Onward travel can be booked from 5pm.

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