Essential Turkey

Essential Turkey tour combines history, culture, wonders and natural phenomena.
Discover the vibrant culture and welcoming tradition together with countless unique travel experiences. Roam the incredible palaces, bazaars and mosques of Istanbul before cruising right between Europe and Asia. Then journey into the bizarre as you explore other-worldly Cappadocia and balloon over fairy-chimneys. Walk among the impressive ancient wonders of Pergamum & Ephesus and the natural treasures of Pamukkale. Pay your respects for the fallen at the shores of Gallipoli before returning to Istanbul.

Duration

Destination

Start/Ends in

9 Days

Turkey

Istanbul / Istanbul

Hotels

Group Size

Age Requirement

5 & 4 Star

12-42 People

18+

Trip Rating

Trip Theme

Departs

4.8

356 reviews

Classic,Overland

All Year Round

Why You’ll Love This Tour

  • 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 ride in private modern coaches.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sights Visited on This Tour

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.

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.

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

The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.Celcius Library is the most important remains of it.

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…

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 is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here.

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

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 is the name of the Bronze Age city attacked in the Trojan War. The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other...

Tour Inclusions

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels

Meals

8 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Transportation

Air-conditioned, modern coach or mini-bus.

Airport Transfer(s)

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

Tour Guiding

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

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi ( where available )

Sightseeing

Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace Museum
Derinkuyu Underground City
Goreme Open Air Museum
Cavusin

Pigeon Valley
Uchisar
Ihlara Valley
Pamukkale White Terraces
Ephesus Ancient City
Asklepion Ancient City

Troy Ancient City
Anzac Cove
Beach Cemetery
Lone Pine
Chunuk Bair
War Trenches

What is NOT included?

What is NOT included?

- Any flights not mentioned above
- Travel Insurance
- Meals not stated above
- Items of a personal nature

- Tips and gestures
- Entrance fees to the sights and museums
- Optional activities
- Other services not stated in the itinerary

Dates & Rates

All prices are per person, based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers not wishing to pay a single supplement will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender.

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Accommodation

LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL
Istanbul
5 Star

Hotel continues its deep meaning that coming from its history which is adjacent to the most important historical monuments of the city, is the only five-star hotel in the region.

KOLIN HOTEL
Canakkale
5 Star

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.

RAMADA HOTEL & SUITES
Kusadasi
4 Star

Ramada Hotel & Suites Kusadasi in Kusadası has 5-star accommodation with a private beach area, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. The property features a bar.

HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL
Pamukkale
4 Star

This hotel is located in Karahayit regions where is famous with it's mineral hot waters and this hotel offers an absolute relaxation with it’s hot thermal pools & spa center.

AVRASYA HOTEL
Cappadocia
5 Star

This is a very special place in Cappadocia which has been shaped by magic hands of nature. The hotel is in the intersection of the real world and the world of fairies. Also in a very good location.

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Istanbul
LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL
5 Star
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Canakkale
KOLIN HOTEL
5 Star
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Kusadasi
RAMADA HOTEL & SUITES
4 Star
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Pamukkale
HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL
4 Star
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Cappadocia
AVRASYA HOTEL
5 Star

Tour Reviews

At Travel Talk we do not only strive to provide excellent value for premium adventures but also to exceed expectations in every aspect of our trips, which is reflected in an enviable 98.2% customer satisfaction rate in 2019. Thanks to the invaluable feedback of our incredible travellers, we are continuously working to improve ourselves and the communities we touch, year after year.

4.8/5 356 reviews
  • Accomodation 4.39
  • Transportation 4.72
  • Value for Money 4.99
  • Guide 4.99
  • Overall 4.82

J. Metcalf

Our tour guide Mustafa was an amazing guide full of knowledge + wisdom. Without a doubt my best guide yet!

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K. Allen

Mustafa – fantastic guide. Knowledgeable, great stories, very funny, professional. I would recommend Mustafa as “a guide to” anyone. Bus drivers very kind and good drivers. Felt very safe. Beautiful to see them care for the local dogs.

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S. Haag

Had an amazing time in Turkey. Mustafa was great and always told us a lot of information and always made sure we were safe. We saw a lot of things for 9 dats and I would recommend it for someone.

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Laura Roberts

Had the best time on our Turkey tour with Mustafa! We managed to see so much in the 9 days including areas we wouldn’t have known about if we’d gone on our own. The accomodation was amazing, bus was really nice and the activities were memorable.
Definitely won’t be my last tour with Travel Talk!

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Victoria Booth

Mustafa!mustafa! Mustafa! An exceptional guy, friendly, funny and has so much knowledge, experiences and stories he shares with you. He welcomes you into his office and he said” treat this as ur home, u r my guests and I will look ok after you, this I promise” and he did.
Great excursion package 5 events £62.. Awesome 👏🤩😯
We had a fantastical time! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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Katrina Deocadez

Had the most amazing week in Turkey. Murat was an amazing guide – full of passion and knowledge about Turkish history. I experienced so much over the past 9 days – made some wonderful memories and also met some now life long friends. Will definitely book another travel talk tour! Couldn’t recommend it enough!

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Why You’ll Love This Tour

  • 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 ride in private modern coaches.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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