Classic: Absolute Turkey: Winter (ETAW)
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 10.
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Discover historic cities and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, marvel at the extraordinary scenery of Cappadocia, enjoy dinner in a local family home.
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 youve left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Istanbul||Day 1 Istanbul|
There are no activities planned until our evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt to join your CEO and fellow travellers for dinner. Get the most out of your time in Istanbul by pre-booking one of the following full-day activities to experience before your tour starts: Istanbul Backstreets Walk or DolmabahCe Palace Visit and Bosporus Cruise. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night pre-tour. And don't worry if you can't decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, while any of the optional activities listed can be booked independently upon arrival in Istanbul. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Ankara||Day 2 Istanbul/Ankara (1B)|
Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the capital city of Ankara. Included Activities: Istanbul Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Goreme||Day 3 Ankara/Goreme (1B, 1D)|
Visit Anitkabir before transferring to the town of Goreme, the base for exploring Cappadocia. With two and a half days free to explore, there will be plenty of time to tour the area by bike, visit neighbouring villages, trek regional valleys or try a hot air balloon ride. During one of the evenings here, travel to a nearby village and enjoy dinner with a local family. Additional Notes: The local dinner may take place on any night in Goreme based on the familys availability. Included Activities: Anitkabir Visit Dinner with Local Family Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Days 4-5||Goreme||Days 4-5 Goreme|
Outdoor enthusiasts Hire a bike to get around on two wheels or join your CEO on an optional trekking tour through one of the beautiful valleys of the region. If you want to go further afield, take a local bus to explore nearby villages. Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tours Pre-booking is available for Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Whirling Dervishes. Any of the optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival. If you pre-booked the Cappadocia hot air balloon ride, you will be flying today (weather permitting). Included Activities: Goreme Open Air Museum Guided Tour Underground City Visit
|Day 6||Beysehir||Day 6 Goreme/Beysehir (1B, 1D)|
Visit Konya and continue to Beysehir. Visit the Esrefoglu mosque, one of the unique mosques in the country. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
|Day 7||Antalya||Day 7 Beysehir/Antalya (1B)|
Arrive at Antalya around lunchtime. With a free afternoon, wander the charming cobbled hillside streets of the district of Kaleici, a great place to stop and have a drink with amazing views of the marina below. For a break from the hustle and bustle, head for the greenery and teashops at one of Antalyas beautiful parks or catch some sun at a nearby beach. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Antalya||Day 8 Antalya (1B)|
Enjoy more time in Antalya to explore.
|Day 9||Pamukkale||Day 9 Antalya/Pamukkale (1B)|
Passing through fruit orchards on the way to Pamukkale. In the afternoon, visit the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale and the ancient site of Hierapolis, built on top of the white "castle". This UNESCO World Heritage Site is evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since the second century BC. Included Activities: Hierapolis and Pamukkale Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
|Day 10||Selcuk||Day 10 Pamukkale/SelCuk (1B)|
Travel to the town of SelCuk. In the afternoon, visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. Included Activities: Ephesus Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Selcuk||Day 11 SelCuk (1B, 1D)|
Opt to walk to the remains of St Johns Basilica, visit the Mosque of Isa Bey or wander the streets of this vibrant Turkish town. Or catch a local "dolmus" bus to the picturesque village of Sirince (8 km) to sample some local wine or shop for crafts. For dedicated sunseekers, the beach at Pamucaki is also within reach. Late in the afternoon, drive to a nearby village for a local cooking class. Our host will demonstrate some Turkish dishes for everyone to enjoy at the end of the class. Included Activities: Cooking Class
|Day 12||Bergama||Day 12 SelCuk/Bergama (1B)|
Travel to the market town of Bergama, and explore the Acropolis of ancient Pergamon. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.25 hour(s))
|Day 13||Canakkale||Day 13 Bergama/Canakkale (1B)|
COp(m)adam began as an experimental project in Western Turkey, meant to address lack of employment opportunities for women alongside the importance of recycling/re-using. The co-op aims to use waste in a creative, aesthetic, and unique way, all while providing work for women from impoverished communities. When G Adventures travellers visit the workshop, they can purchase souvenirs and handicrafts that directly support the women that made them. After a visit to this project, continue exploring the seaside town of Ayvalik. Afterwards, enjoy a visit to the world-famous city of Troy. Continue to the harbour town of Canakkale, a busy port with a thriving student population. Included Activities: COp(m)adam Visit Troy Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 32km)
|Day 14||Istanbul||Day 14 Canakkale/Istanbul (1B)|
Make an early morning visit to Gallipoli, where thousands gave their lives during WWI in the battle of the same name. Take in the sights and learn the sombre story. Continue on to Istanbul for the opportunity to finish up your sightseeing or get in some last minute shopping. Included Activities: Gallipoli Battlefields Guided Tour Transport: Once in the Gallipoli peninsula, transfer by bus to the Gallipoli battlefields (20 mins). Ferry (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 15||Istanbul||Day 15 Istanbul (1B)|
Your tour might be finished, but the adventure's far from over. Pre-book one of the following activities to experience after your tour ends: DolmabahCe Palace Visit and Bosporus Cruise or Istanbul Backstreets Walk. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night in Istanbul. And don't worry if you can't decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, or they can be booked upon arrival in Istanbul.
Local Flights: If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.