Essential Turkey

$499/per person

Essential Turkey tour combines history and culture, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as
a vibrant and welcoming tradition. Begin your trip roaming the palaces, bazaars and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizzare as you explore otherwordly Cappadocia, impressive ancient wonders of Pergamum & Ephesus and the natural treasures of Pamukkale.

Duration
9 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...

  • 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

  • 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 City Tour
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 Sightseeing, Pergamum/Asklepion Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
5
Day 5: Ephesus, Pamukkale
The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus, will be our first stop. In the afternoon we depart for Pamukkale and visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, which was the cure centre founded in around 160 BC by the king of Pergamum. Our day continues as we take in the unusual and beautiful landscape of the “Cotton Castle”.
  • Included Activities; Ephesus & Pamukkale Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
6
Day 6: 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
7
Day 7: 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
8
Day 8: 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
9
Day 9: 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

8 breakfasts | 5 dinners

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

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.

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!

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4.86
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4.84
Overall

G. Burrell

Felt really safe & looked after really well – being a girl I didn’t know what to expect. Kev was amazing. So much knowledge & was warm, friendly & enthusiastic. Couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide or driver. Antonio was the best!! We had a lot of fun. Thank you!

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M. Samson

I had an amazing time on the tour, everything was well planned and the guide was very knowledgeable. I will definitely recommend this tour to friends. Thank you so much for a great week.

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A. Angus

Had a great time on tour because of Yavuz’s knowledge + information about Turkey & destinations and his happy & friendly nature. There were good people on the tour and Antonio (Enver) was a good driver. Better than expected. Thanks!

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P. Burrell

Our tour guide was very helpful & informative, he went above & beyond with explaining the religion, culture & way of life in Turkey. I got a lot out of this information & am very appreciative.

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K. Milne

Kev and Antonio were amazing! Kev was wonderful, so helpful, so much knowledge, he was incredible. So many laughs and such a good time, I learnt so much.

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Rhiann Nelson

This tour was really fantastic! Kev did an excellent job of not only teaching us about the history & society of Turkey, but also went above & beyond to take care of all of us! Antonio was an excellent driver & between the two of them I’ve felt so safe & cared for in Turkey. This trip has been amazing & I’m grateful to have had the experience! Thanks Kev & Antonio! Xx 🙂

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Jodie Nichol

Very impressed with the overall Travel Talk Tour. amazing to be able to see so much in a relatively short time. Yavuz was an absolutely amazing tour guide. Very knowledgeable about every area we went to. He gave the perfect amount of information to be informative but not overwhelming or boring. I liked the small places he took us to and other recommendation. He definitely made the tour – helpful, genuine, caring and experienced. Our driver Antonio also made the long drives easy to deal with. Would recommend Travel Talk to others!! Thanks Yavuz!! 🙂

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Lauren Szczur

Yavuz was a fantastic tour guide and made the trip a great experience. He was approachable and ensured that everyone on the trip was okay. I would definitely recommend this trip to others.

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Leigh Wylie

Yavuz (our tour guide) made sure our experience was great, drawing on knowledge from his own experiences. He has a very positive relationship with the locals of the places we visited which allowed us to feel more comfortable/ relaxed wherever we went. Antonio (our driver) added to our positive experience. Safe and a fun driver. Great experience!

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Jacob Gasparini

I couldn’t have asked for a better guide in Yavuz. His depth and breadth of knowledge was exceptional and he really knew how to read our tour group’s needs and wants. He was unbelievably welcoming to his country and his passion for it was on show for the entire trip. I can’t thank him enough for making our first trip to Turkey such a memorable one.

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