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21 days,Istanbul to Istanbul
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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

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)
  • Private air-con bus, boat, plane
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10
  • Hotels (18 nts), boat (1 nt, multi-share, hotel stay if inclement weather), homestay (1 nt).

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Cappadocia Balloon Ride

Cappadocia is captivating from the ground, but that’s just the half of it. See the seemingly hand-painted landscapes of Cappadocia as they deserve to be seen, from the air aboard a hot air balloon. Take to the skies in one of the most favoured places in the world to experience a hot air balloon ride.

Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Istanbul/Ankara(1B)

Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the capital city of Ankara.

Day 3Ankara/Göreme(1B, 1D)

Visit Anitkabir before driving to the Cappadocia region. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.

Days 4–5Göreme(1B)

Enjoy an included visit to the Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Opt to see it from above on a hot air balloon ride.

Day 6Göreme/Güneysınır(1B, 1D)

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

Day 7Güneysınır/Antalya(1B)

Wander the lovely seaside town of Antalya.

Day 8Antalya/Kekova(1B, 1D)

Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner before sleeping aboard a boat under the stars on the Aegean Sea.

Day 9Kekova/Kaş(1B)

Opt for a morning swim and some relaxation before travelling on to Kaş.

Day 10Kaş/Selçuk(1B)

Guided walk of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis en route to Selçuk.

Day 11Selçuk(1B)

Visit ancient Ephesus. Optional visits to St John's Basilica and the Mosque of Isa Bey as well as the nearby picturesque village of Şirince.

Day 12Selçuk/Ayvalık(1B)

Spend the night in a converted Ottoman mansion. Opt for a boat trip or to visit the beach.

Day 13Ayvalık/Çanakkale(1B)

Visit the ancient city of Troy en route to Çanakkale.

Day 14Çanakkale/Istanbul(1B)

Guided visit of the Gallipoli battlefields. Continue on to Istanbul for more sightseeing.

Day 15Istanbul/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 16Kars/Van(1B)

See Ishak Pasha Palace and Mount Ararat en route to Van, the cultural centre of the area's Kurdish majority. Opt to visit the ruins of the Fortress of Van.

Day 17Van/Mardin(1B)

Travel to Mardin early in the morning. En route, enjoy an Akdamar Island boat trip and church visit before exploring Hasankeyf.

Day 18Mardin(1B)

Take an orientation walk in old Mardin. Visit Deyrulzafaran Monastery before spending some time getting to know the city.

Day 19Mardin/Kâhta(1B)

Travel to Kahta and explore the area around Mt Nemrut. Visit the Karakus Tumulus (Women's Monument), Severan Roman bridge, and the site of ancient Arsameia at the giant burial monuments.

Day 20Kâhta/Şanlıurfa(1B)

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

Day 21Şanlıurfa/Istanbul(1B)

Fly back to Istanbul where the tour ends on arrival. Onward travel can be booked for 5pm or later.

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