Essential Turkey

from $689/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
35-40

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

  • 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.
  • Included Activities: Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities: Group Dinner
  • Meals: No
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Day 2: Istanbul City Tour
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 Museum. In the afternoon take an optional cruise down the Bosphorus river and see the epic skyline.
  • Included Activities: Istanbul Guided City Tour
  • Optional Activities: Bosphorus Cruise
  • Meals: Breakfast
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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.
  • Included Activities: Gallipoli Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 4: Troy, Pergamum, 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. We will then continue to Pergamum, and the ruins of the Asklepion, an ancient healing centre. We will sleep overnight in the seaside town of Kusadasi.
  • Included Activities: Troy Sightseeing, Pergamum/Asklepion Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 5: Ephesus, Pamukkale
It's time to get your cameras out, because today is a photographers dream! 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 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. 
  • Included Activities: Ephesus & Pamukkale Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 6: 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).
  • Included Activities: Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: Turkish Bath
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 7: 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.
  • Included Activities: Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: Hot Air Ballooning, Turkish Night
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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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 Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (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

LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL - ISTANBUL


ORKA ROYAL HOTEL - ISTANBUL


TROIA TUSAN HOTEL - CANAKKALE


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.

HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL - PAMUKKALE


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

AVRASYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


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 2018. 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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Zarmeena Khan

Very well organized,great experience,would totally recommend.
Our guide mustafa was amazing,best part of the trip ,do make sure you ask for him when you book the trip.the accomodations / hotels were amazing,better than my expectation.
Our bus was Mercedes ,very comfortable,all transport was great.

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Mel Irving

I loved everything about the Essential Turkey tour. Here I was thinking we’d be getting basic, clean accommodation which I would’ve been happy with, turns out it was 4 & 5 star (sometimes lavish) hotels, usually with a pool or beach access and amazing buffets. Consider yourself very lucky if you get Mustafa as a guide. He educated us about his country very passionately, went out of his way to make sure we were happy and comfortable and is a just an all round awesome guy!

This tour covers so much of Turkeys landscape from the coast of Gallipoli which holds so much poignant war related history, past the rolling hills and farmland to the Roman ruins of Ephesus, hot springs amongst the stark white calcium carbonate formations in Pammukale and the extensive rock city of Cappadocia which we were lucky enough to hot air balloon over. Was definitely a bucket list moment, absolutely incredible.

Don’t hesitate to do this tour!

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Sophie Frew

Travel Talk’s Essential Turkey tour is a fantastic way to see the best parts of Turkey! We had the most incredible guide for our nine days who offered his own insight and knowledge to each and every stop. Mustafa, you made our tour absolutely unforgettable and any groups who travel with you in future are incredibly lucky!

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Brock atkins

The turkey tour was a great experience, our guide Mustafa went out of his way to make it such an enjoyable trip. I would deffinately recommend this trip and travel talk to others. Thank you

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T Nagendran

So many scenic views and unique experiences squeezed into a week! Certainly a must for solo travellers! Mustafa has such a kind and caring nature (best tour guide) I hope to pursue further tours with TTT ☺️

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Paris Francis

Amazing tour, very well organized with fantastic sights to see – pamukkale and cappadocia are definitely highlights! Our guide Mustafa definitely made the trip, he was so accommodating, he took care of everything which ensured everyone was relaxed and really enjoyed the trip !

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Brigitte

Amazing trip! Mustafa our guide was always willing to go above and beyond to ensure everyone in the group was happy. He was very passionate about his country which added to the authentic experience. The tour takes you to all the hot spots in Turkey and was a very authentic, fun experience.
Our first Travel Talk tour and won’t be our last!

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Jessie

An amazing trip. So much incredible stuff to do and see. Mustafa was an awesome guide who went above and beyond. Highly recommended.

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Simone Challies

I absolutely loved our travel talk tour. Our guide Mustafa was amazing, learnt so much in our 9 days and made so many wonderful memories. His personality, knowledge and helpfulness definitely made it what it was and I wish I could give more than 5 stars. Anyone considering doing this tour shouldn’t hesitate – it’s the best! I only wish we had more time to do the sail turkey tour also. Thanks again!

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Judith Olivia van Niekerk

Thank you to Travel Talk firstly! For being in contact with me over email and answering me with very helpful and friendly information to all my millions of questions. Thank you to Mustafa for being such an amazing guide, his willingness, knowledge and friendliness was out of this world and a great thank you to both the bus drivers for getting us safely everywhere, on time and always friendly and helpful! I saw so many exciting and interesting places, can’t pin point the best place in Turkey because the whole of the trip was fabulous to me. If you like shopping for gifts for yourself, friends and family Spice and Grand bazaar is the place to be in Istanbul. Hot air ballooning and Turkish Bath in Cappadocia is a must! Hotels where all wonderful and food was to die for! I met so many wonderful people on this tour and will treasure the memories we made forever what a wonderful and blessed way to bring in the new year 2019! I was a solo traveler and didn’t feel alone or left out at any point in time. I saw snow for the first time which was a dream come true for me! I highly recommend this tour to everyone who would love to see Turkey the country of the crescent moon.

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