Absolute Turkey: Winter

15 days,Istanbul to Istanbul

Discover historic cities and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, marvel at the extraordinary scenery of Cappadocia, enjoy dinner in a local family home, meet a local family on a homestay

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This comprehensive tour of Turkey combines history, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming culture. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the amazing white cliff waterfalls of Pamukkale to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul, our local CEOs will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.

What's Included

  • Istanbul walking tour
  • Visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum
  • Traditional dinner with local family (Cappadocia)
  • Village homestay
  • Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk
  • Ephesus entrance and visit
  • Cooking class at Kirazli village
  • Ottoman mansion stay
  • Troy entrance and guided visit
  • Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit
  • 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners. (Allow USD285-375 for meals not included.)
  • Private air-con van
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10
  • Hotels (13 nts), simple village homestay (1 nt).

Day 1Istanbul

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Istanbul/Ankara(1B)

Istanbul city orientation walk. Transfer to the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Day 3Ankara/Göreme(1B, 1D)

Drive from Ankara and visit an underground city en route. Walk through the valley and enjoy an included visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family. Spend free time on Day 5 exploring this area.

Days 4–5Göreme(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Göreme.

Day 6Göreme/Güneysınır(1B, 1D)

Discover 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.

Day 7Güneysınır/Antalya(1B)

Wander around the lovely seaside town of Antalya.

Day 8Antalya(1B)

Free day to explore.

Day 9Antalya/Pamukkale(1B)

Guided walk of the ancient city of Hierapolis and Pamukkale.

Day 10Pamukkale/Selçuk

Visit ancient Ephesus. Cooking class in Kirazli village. Optional visits to St John's Basilica and the mosque of Isa Bey as well as the nearby picturesque village of Sirence.

Day 11Selçuk(1B)

Cooking class in Kirazli village. Optional visits to St John's Basilica and the mosque of Isa Bey as well as the nearby picturesque village of Sirence.

Day 12Selçuk/Ayvalık(1B)

Spend the night in a converted Ottoman mansion. Free time to enjoy the area.

Day 13Ayvalık/Çanakkale(1B)

Visit to the ancient city of Troy.

Day 14Çanakkale/Istanbul(1B)

Guided tour of Gallipoli, including ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, and Lone Pine.

Day 15Istanbul(1B)

Depart at any time.

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