Fairytale landscapes, beaches and antiquities
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Group Size: Avg. 12, max. 18
Trip code: ETTO
Duration: 15 days
There’s so much more to Turkey than its coastal resorts. With the richest of histories, diverse landscapes, adventure activities, mouth-watering food and welcoming locals, it’s the destination that’s got it all. This sensational 15-day trip takes in world-famous classical sites from Ephesus to Troy, surreal landscapes in Goreme and Pamukkale and beautiful beaches in Fethiye and Kekova. You’ll explore the fairy-chimneys of Cappadocia, take an overnight boat trip, immerse yourself in antiquities and see the highlights of the iconic city of Istanbul. What are you waiting for?
- Explore the bustling streets of Istanbul
- Sleep under the stars on an overnight boat trip
- Explore the other-worldly landscape of Cappadocia
- Discover Ephesus, Europe’s most complete classical city
- Visit the scene of the Iliad in Troy
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Day 1: Istanbul. Arrive into Istanbul and make your way to your starting accommodation. Meet your guide and group this evening and head out to explore Istanbul’s lively nightlife.
Day 2: Istanbul. Kick off today with a walking tour of the city. See iconic city highlights such as Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque as well as the bazaars. Explore the city at your own pace this afternoon before taking the overnight bus to Cappadocia.
Days 3 - 5: Goreme. Arrive in honey-coloured Goreme, in the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia. You choose how to spend the next few days.Visit the rock citadel of Uchisar, soak in some Turkish baths, watch the whirling dervishes or indulge in a hot air balloon ride over the plains. On day 5, take an overnight bus to the coast.
Day 6: Olympos. Our destination today is the laid-back town of Olympos. Hit the beach and take a dip in the crystal-clear sea, before driving to Olympos Mountain to see the Chimera, a natural phenomenon where flames mysteriously rise from cracks in the rocks.
Day 7: Overnight boat trip. Continue along the coast to Kekova, where we’ll board the boat for our overnight cruise. We’ll have dinner on the boat and sleep on deck under a canopy of stars – it’s an unforgettable experience.
Days 8 - 9: Fethiye. Head to the pretty coastal town of Fethiye. Chill on the beach, learn about the area at Fethiye Museum and watch the yachts come and go. Adrenaline junkies might like to try canyoneering in the Saklikent Gorge, or the famous hike between Kayakoy and Oludeniz.
Day 10: Pamukkale. Head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale. Opt to visit the famous white and turquoise travertine terraces and the ancient site of Hierapolis, where you can bathe in the warm, mineral rich water.
Days 11 - 12: Selcuk. Spend two days in Selcuk town, exploring the area and its antiquities. Don’t miss the optional trip to Ephesus, Europe’s most complete classical city. You can also walk to the St John Basilica, the mosque of Isa Bey, take a cooking class and try local wine in the village of Sirince.
Day 13: Canakkale. Travel to the small atmospheric city of Canakkale. Take an optional visit to the legendary city of Troy. Don’t forget to take a selfie with a Trojan horse! Enjoy the buzzing nightlife on the waterfront this evening.
Day 14: Istanbul. Join an optional excursion to the Gallipoli Battlefields this morning before continuing on to Istanbul. Round your adventure off with some more sightseeing or last minute souvenir shopping. Then enjoy one last night out with your travel buddies.
Day 15: Trip end. All good things come to an end and it’s time to pack your bags, say your goodbyes and head to the airport.
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Fly into Istanbul on day 1 of your trip or earlier. Day 1 is an arrival day and there are no activities planned apart from your welcome meeting in the evening, so arrive at a time that suits you.
You’ll need to make your own way to your starting accommodation in the Sirkeci area. A metered taxi will take around 1 – 1.5 hours depending on traffic. You can also take a shuttle bus followed by tram.
Your trip ends in the same location on day 15. You’ll need to make your own way back to the airport.
Please note, we can arrange a airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
14 nights of accommodation are included. You’ll mostly stay in small family-run hotels, in twin share rooms. We’ll spend two nights on overnight buses and one night on a boat (hotel for trips from Nov – April). We’ll sleep under the stars on the boat with mattresses and bedding provided.
14 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included as part of your tour. This gives you maximum flexibility to eat where and when you like and to sample the delicious local cuisine. Included breakfasts are Turkish style with bread, salads, cheeses, olives and jams. Food in Turkey is generally affordable and delicious and you’ll have a great time exploring the local eateries.
You need to be a minimum of 18 years old to join this trip. The trip is designed for travellers aged from 18-39.
British citizens can enter Turkey for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.