Best of Turkey by Land

$699/per person

A fantastic tour to discover the ancient wonders of Turkey. Embrace the culture and history of Istanbul & Gallipoli, ride through the magnificent Aegean Coast and in-land wonders of Anatolia. Commence 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 heading 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
25-30 people

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.

  • Istanbul
    Istanbul

  • 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.

  • Saklikent
    Saklikent

    This huge canyon is a natural beauty where you can do trekking to reach to breathtaking sceneries and secret waterfalls.

  • 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

1
Day 1: Istanbul
At the terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, as we pick you up from the airport and take you to our Istanbul hotel. Gather round in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm as we meet both the other tour members and the guide. Listen up for a fast and informal meeting with the leader including registration and a short brief about the adventures ahead and some country info.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
  • Meals; No
2
Day 2: Istanbul
After breakfast we begin to experience the magnificence of Istanbul. We stroll through the old town visiting Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum.
  • Included Activities; Istanbul Guided City Tour
  • Optional Activities ; Bosphorus Cruise
  • Meals ; Breakfast
3
Day 3: Gallipoli
Today we depart Istanbul for the shores of Gallipoli. We visit all the important memorial sites in the region including the Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.
  • Included Activities; Gallipoli Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
4
Day 4: Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi
After breakfast we head to the ancient city of Troy, the setting of Homer's epic, Iliad, involving a giant wooden horse. We then continue to Pergamum and the remains of the Asklepion. In the evening we arrive in Kusadasi.
  • Included Activities; Troy & Pergamum/Asklepion Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
5
Day 5: Ephesus, Fethiye
The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus, will be our first stop. In the afternoon we depart for Fethiye where we can explore the buzzing tourist and resort town.
  • Included Activities; Ephesus Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
6
Day 6: Fethiye,Saklıkent,Oludeniz
After breakfast we make our way to huge canyon of Saklikent. We then make our way to Oludeniz. Besides its spectacular beaches, glittering waters and breathtaking natural scenery, Oludeniz is also popular for its water sport activities. 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.
  • Included Activities; Saklikent Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Rafting, Paragliding
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
7
Day 7: Fethiye, Dalyan, Fethiye
After breakfast we make our way to Dalyan, a small town in the south-western coast popular for its natural and unspoiled beauty. We 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 travel we reach Iztuzu sandbar with fine sand and turquoise sea. Than we return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
  • Included Activities; Dalyan Boat Trip, Mud Bath, Free time at the beach
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
8
Day 8: Fethiye, Pamukkale
Today we head to Pamukkale meaning cotton castle in Turkish, this is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertines, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white castle and people have bathed in its pools for thousands of years.
  • Included Activities; Pamukkale Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
9
Day 9: Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Today we depart for Cappadocia where we visit the world famous Underground City. A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders, characterized by fairy chimneys and unique historical and cultural heritage. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
  • Included Activities; Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Turkish Bath
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
10
Day 10: Cappadocia
After breakfast we begin exploring all the important sights in Cappadocia including the Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley. We will end the day with a visit to local handicraft manufacturers and learn about traditional art.
  • Included Activities; Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Hot Air Ballooning, Turkish Night
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
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.
  • Meals ; 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 ; Breakfast
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels

Airport Transfer

From Istanbul Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen Airports (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 and local payment?

  • 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

OTTOMAN HOTEL IMPERIAL - ISTANBUL


Ottoman Hotel Imperial is situated on the truly premium location in town, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historic and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, viewing the impressive Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia, Aya Sofya) Museum.

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.

MONTANA PINE RESORT 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.

PAM THERMAL HOTEL - PAMUKKALE


Centered within famous pools of white lime stone, red waters of the region and a forestry mountain, Pam Thermal has received more than a few awards for their excellence in service. Hosting the source of a thermal spring and beautiful red colored limestone pools, it continues to fascinate its guests.

BURCU KAYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


There is no better place to stay in Cappadocia than a real stone-carved room. With its world widely unique geography, you can experience staying in cozy authentic stone rooms like locals of ancient times and receive the good quality service of today.

Tour Review Scores And Breakdown

At Travel Talk we do not only provide excellent value for premium adventures, but also strive to exceed expectations in every aspect of our trips, which is reflected in an enviable 98.9% customer satisfaction for 2016. We believe that our affordable tours, quality accommodation, transportation and sightseeing tours combined with likeminded people, passionate tour leaders and the overall atmosphere of a Travel Talk tour have made these results. However, we are never ones to rest on our laurels, and we continually try to improve on this year after year; and what do we get out of this? The satisfaction of our travellers!

4.96
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4.91
Transportation
4.94
Value for Money
4.97
Guide
4.92
Overall

A. McRae

Great hotels, nice to have some comfort after long days. Fantastic guide, gave good combination of funny anecdotes & made history interesting – got to see a lot Turkey has to offer.

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A. Tetlock

Very pleased and best travel decision I have made. Well organised with lots of various activities and options. Felt safe and great experience for price. Guide and driver very professional and excellent assets to Travel Talk. I have already booked another tour. 🙂

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A. Endacott

I was really happy with this tour. ıt was a great mix of history and relaxation. The tour leader Yavuz was very informative and was always able to answer any question I had. This is my first tour with Travel Talk and I will definitely book with Travel Talk again. Thanks for this amazing experience.

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S. Frankish

Really enjoyed it. Great guide, awesome people on the tour. Awesome value for money + really liked the accommodation.

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N. Schmidt

Guide very informative + approachable, thoughtful + helpful to clientele. Felt very safe with our driver. Very impressed.

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T. Bourne

Great tour with a great guide.

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A. Francis

Great tour, well organised and excellent accommodation and sites seen. Kev was awesome, by far the best tour guide I’ve ever had.

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D. Rowson

Overall was very pleased + satisfied with tour. It’s the largest group I have travelled with so I was impressed with how smooth it all went.

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D. Ellison

I’ve done a lot of tours & also been a tour leader. This tour was outstanding, Yavuz is outstanding & the benchmark for tour operators.

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L. Jackson

Fantastic tour! Yavuz was a great guide, very knowledgeable, friendly, will keep in touch! Tour was fantastic, had everything and more that I wanted to see, great mixture of history, culture, sun + sand and amazing landscapes. Will recommend to friends + will use Travel Talk again. Thanks.

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