Best of Turkey by Land Small Group

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Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide you with more space for your comfort and pleasure. Discover the ancient wonders of Turkey in our 12 day Best of Turkey by Land tour. Embrace the culture and history of Istanbul & Gallipoli, ride through the magnificent Aegean Coast and in-land wonders of Anatolia. Start your tour exploring the magnificent museums and mosques of Istanbul and then travel south along the Aegean Coast, capturing wonderful visions of ancient cities. After, we’ll head inland to experience the incredible natural marvels of fairy chimney formations in Cappadocia.

Duration
12 Day
Destination(s)
Turkey
Starts in / Ends in
Istanbul / Istanbul
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
5&4 Star
Average Tour Group Size Avr. Group Size
12 People Max.

Why You’ll Love This Tour

  • Journey with a small group of 12 travellers at most, enjoy more personal space and embark on Safe Travels.
  • Feel the beating heart of Istanbul from your hotel in the old town beside monumental landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia. Join an optional Bosphorus Cruise to watch Europe and Asia unfold on your sides.
  • Stay in hand-picked, centrally located and authentic 5 & 4-Star hotels, and travel in private modern coaches with an expert local guide throughout your trip.
  • Travel with an expert local guide throughout your trip, get the best introduction and insights into Turkish culture.
  • Visit the shores of Gallipoli to honour the fallen during one of the greatest battles of WWI & tour famous ancient cities in Anatolia; Troy, Pergamum, Asklepion and Cappadocia.
  • Explore the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus delving into ancient times and soak in the gorgeous Library of Celsus.
  • Enjoy the pristine bays and turqouise waters of Fethiye, visit the natural wonderland of Saklikent Gorge and take a boat trip to Dalyan along caretta carettas.
  • Walk among cottonlike pools of travertine in Pamukkale and soak in the magical landscape of Cappadocia with options for an unforgettable hot-air ballooning adventure and Turkish Bath.
  • No night drives; however some long rides are required to cover all these incredible places. You may check other tour options in Turkey for alternative routes including flights.

Sight Visited

  • Asklepion
    Asklepion

    The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

  • Blue Mosque
    Blue Mosque

    The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

  • Cappadocia
    Cappadocia

    A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

  • Dalyan
    Dalyan

    Home of the famous Caretta Caretta turtles. Take the most popular mud bath in Turkey, and then a fantastic boat trip is to take you to Iztuzu beach.

  • Ephesus
    Ephesus

    The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.

  • Gallipoli
    Gallipoli

    Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

  • Hagia Sophia
    Hagia Sophia

    The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

  • Pamukkale
    Pamukkale

    Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.

  • Topkapi Palace
    Topkapi Palace

    Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.

  • Troy
    Troy

    The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other and visit the famous Trojan horse, awaits you.

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! At the Istanbul airport terminal keep your eyes peeled for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. Meet in the hotel lobby at 7:00pm for an informal meeting with your group and guide. Until then, you can start to explore Istanbul like climbing to the top of the Galata Tower for epic views or splash some cash at the Grand Bazaar. After the meeting, join in an optional group dinner at a local restaurant to get to know your new travel mates.
  • Accommodation
    Ottoman Legacy Hotel – 5 Star
  • Included Activities
    Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities
    Group Dinner
2
Day 2: Istanbul
After breakfast, we begin to experience the magnificence of Istanbul. We will stroll through the historical heart of the old city, making stops along the way to the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia. In the afternoon take an optional cruise down the Bosphorus river and see the epic skyline.
  • Accommodation
    Ottoman Legacy Hotel – 5 Star
  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Blue Mosque
    Sightseeing of Hagia Sophia
    Sightseeing of Topkapi Palace Museum
  • Optional Activities
    Bosphorus Boat Cruise - EUR 10
  • Entrance Fees
    Blue Mosque - Free
    Hagia Sophia - Free
    Topkapi Palace Museum 100 TL
3
Day 3: Gallipoli
Today we depart for the shores of Gallipoli. A place of important significance for Aussies and Kiwis, we will visit the beach and cemeteries at ANZAC Cove, before paying our respects at memorial sites Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.
  • Accommodation
    Kolin Hotel - 5 Star
  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Anzac Cove
    Sightseeing of Beach Cemetery
    Sightseeing of Lone Pine
    Sightseeing of Chunuk Bair
    Sightseeing of War Trenches
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Day 4: Troy, Kusadasi
You may of heard of Troy from Greek mythology or maybe just watched the Brad Pitt movie, but now you will visit the ruins and archaeological site of the city of Troy, and of course the famous wooden horse. Spend the afternoon in the the seaside town of Kusadasi.
  • Accommodation
    Marina Hotel - 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Troy Ancient City
  • Entrance Fees
    Troy Ancient City - 50 TL
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Day 5: Ephesus, Fethiye
After breakfast, our first stop is the spectacular, well preserved ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus was cited in the book of Revelations, and historians believe the Gospel of John was written here. Famed for the Temple of Artemis which was completed around 550 BC and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In the afternoon we depart for Fethiye where we can explore the buzzing resort town.
  • Accommodation
    Greenland Hotel - 4 Star
  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Ephesus Ancient City
  • Entrance Fees
    Ephesus Ancient City - 100 TL
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Day 6: Fethiye,Saklıkent,Oludeniz
After breakfast we make our way to Saklikent, one of the deepest canyons in the world. We will then continue our journey to Oludeniz. Besides its spectacular beaches, glittering waters and breathtaking natural scenery, Oludeniz is also popular for its water sport. Here you can relax on the exquisite beach or join one of the adventure activities including paragliding and microlighting. Late in the afternoon we depart for our overnight stay in Fethiye.
  • Accommodation
    Greenland Hotel - 4 Star
  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Saklikent
    Sightseeing of Oludeniz
  • Optional Activities
    Paragliding - EUR 120
  • Entrance Fees
    Saklıkent - 10 TL
    Oludeniz Beach - 7 TL
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Day 7: Fethiye, Dalyan, Fethiye
Our next stop is Dalyan, a small town situated along the south-western coast popular for its natural and unspoiled beauty. We will join a boat trip to visit the most popular mud bath in Turkey, and we then continue to Iztuzu beach, homeland of world famous Caretta Caretta turtles. After a fantastic boat ride we will reach Iztuzu sandbar with fine sand and turquoise sea.
  • Accommodation
    Greenland Hotel - 4 Star
  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Dalyan Boat Trip
    Mud Bath
    Iztuzu Beach
  • Optional Activities
    Mudbath
    Iztuzu Beach
  • Entrance Fees
    Mud Bath - 8 TL
    Iztuzu Beach - 1 TL
8
Day 8: Fethiye, Pamukkale
It's time to get your cameras out, because today is a photographers dream! Today we will visit Pamukkale, or ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish. Pamukkale is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertine, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Spend time bathing in its pools, or explore the natural and unusual landscape.
  • Accommodation
    Hierapark Hotel - 4 Star
  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Pamukkale White Terraces
  • Entrance Fees
    Pamukkale White Terraces - 80 TL
9
Day 9: Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Today we sit back and relax on the coach, as we head to Cappadocia. Watch the amazing Turkish scenery unfold before us and see small towns and villages as we pass on by. In the afternoon, we will visit Derinkuyu Underground City, a city complete with a church, wells, food stores, and even stables which is all located 60m under the ground. End the day with an optional traditional Hamman (Turkish bath).
  • Accommodation
    Avrasya Hotel - 4 Star
  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Derinkuyu Underground City
    Sightseeing of Ihlara Valley
  • Optional Activities
    Turkish Bath Experience - 130 TL
  • Entrance Fees
    Derinkuyu Underground City - 50 TL
10
Day 10: Cappadocia
Rise and shine, it will be an early start for our optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscapes and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Or if preferred enjoy a leisurely start to the morning before we all fill up on breakfast. We will explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Göreme, and tick off bucket list sights along the way including Göreme Musuem, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar and Cavusin. In the afternoon we will visit local handicraft manufacturers and learn about traditional art. Tonight get your dancing shoes on for our optional Turkish night.
  • Accommodation
    Avrasya Hotel - 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Goreme Open Air Museum Visit
    Sightseeing of Cavusin
    Sightseeing of Pigeon Valley
    Sightseeing of Uchisar
  • Optional Activities
    Turkish Night Show - 160 TL
    Hot Air Balooning - 195 EUR
  • Entrance Fees
    Goreme Open Air Museum - 75 TL
11
Day 11: Cappadocia, Ihlara, Istanbul
This morning we visit the dramatically beautiful Ihlara Valley before departing for Istanbul where we arrive late in the evening.
  • Accommodation
    Legacy Ottoman Hotel - 5 Star
  • Meals Included Breakfast
12
Day 12: Istanbul
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, bid you safe travels, and check-out of the hotel (11:00am).
  • Meals Included Breakfast

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The tour price covers the following services:

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels

Airport Transfer

From Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (on day 1)

Meals

11 breakfasts | 8 dinners

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus | Dalyan boat trip

Guide

Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL - ISTANBUL


KOLIN HOTEL - CANAKKALE


The 5-star hotel in Gallipoli is a perfect place to relax and prepare for the upcoming big tour. The large swimming pool and the delicious open buffet add up to the comfortable rooms they offer.

MARINA HOTEL - KUSADASI


This hotel has a seafront location in the Aegean coast, only 250 metres from the beach. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and a terrace with panoramic views of the sea and Kusadasi Marina. The air-conditioned rooms of Marina Hotel Kusadasi include a minibar and an LCD TV with satellite channels.

TURQUOISE HOTEL - FETHIYE


This hotel is located in heart of pine forest where it’s peaceful, calm. And this hotel has a large swimming pool to offer, close to Oludeniz beach.

HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL - PAMUKKALE


This hotel offers an absolute relaxation with it’s hot thermal pools & spa center.

AVRASYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


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