Essential Turkey

$549/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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4.84
Value for Money
4.86
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4.84
Overall

Lauren Wu Leng

The tour exceeded my expectations – everything was great such as hotels, bus + driver, attractions visited. However the best part of the tour was our guide! Yavuz was very knowledgeable, entertaining, caring and easily the best guide I have had on a tour. He was very committed to ensuring everyone had a great time and always went above and beyond for us. He is an asset to Travel Talk.

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Irene Sarno

Overall I am satisfied with my travel in Turkey with Travel Talk. I’ll definitely do it again. People, tourist destinations, climate and budget are all pretty good for travellers.

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Logan Thom

Travel Talk was a wonderful experience. I didn’t know what to expect coming here but was completely blown away. Mustafa our guide was so energetic, helpful and made the trip so much more enjoyable. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about his country and this tour has made me feel the same way about Turkey. Our bus driver Kamil (although he didn’t speak English) was a pleasure to be around, always happy and smiling and very safe driver. Thank you very much. I will be recommending to friends and family and will be doing another Travel Talk Tour very soon.

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Will Robson

Best tour I have been on. The sites have been amazing & I plan to do another Travel Talk tour in Turkey. Mustafa is an amazing tour guide. His knowledge is incredible & you can tell he’s passionate and loves his country. Also making us laugh and he’s always smiling. When I told friends I was visiting Turkey they told me it’s dangerous. It’s one of the safest places I’ve visited. The people are so kind and caring. The food is amazing. Thank you so much. I’ll recommend you to all friends & family 

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Rachael McKenzie

I can’t thank Mustafa and our driver Kemal enough. They both made me feel comfortable and safe and made the trip smooth sailing and fun. I was a bit apprehensive about visiting Turkey however it was filled with friendly people, amazing culture and amazing food and will definitely be recommending this tour to others. Mustafa is a great tour leader, he is filled with knowledge and he is truly passionate about his work and for Turkey and he has made this trip what it was. I have been on a few tours throughout Europe and I can hands down say this has been my favourite so far. Kemal our driver was so attentive and always had a smiling face even on the 6am starts and after 12 hour bus journeys! Thank you Travel Talk for an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. I’ll definitely be using you again!

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Stephen Eastwood

Essential Turkey tour, I was very pleased with the tour. Turkey ia a very interesting country. Thank you Tavel Talk for the best experience of Turkey.

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Murray Bruad

Essential Turkey tour, Given your low prices I think you have done as well as anyone could do. Thank you for a great experience of Turkey.

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Murray Broad

Essential Turkey tour, given your low prices I think you have done as well as anyone could do. Thank you for the great experience of Turkey.

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Leanne Arenson

Essential Turkey tour, I am very impressed with Travel Talk and had a fantastic time. Thank you.

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Lauri Levy

Essential Turkey tour, the tour was very good. Tour guide was Extremely knowledgable about all the historical sights visited. Thank you Travel Talk for the great experience.

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