Fantastic Turkey By Land

$615/per person

A compact tour for history and coast lovers, to relax and to be fascinated. This 9 day tour takes you along the Western coast to marvel at its beauties all the way to Pamukkale. You start off exploring the former capital, Istanbul, before heading to Gallipoli to pay respect to fallen soldiers at Anzac Cove. After this, you will head south and visit the ever popular Trojan Horse, before taking in the ancient wonders of Ephesus. Also included in this tour, there is a boat trip from the riverbank t

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

  • 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.

  • 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 & Kusadası 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 to explore the buzzing tourist and resort town.
  • Included Activities; Ephesus & Fethiye 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 & Oludeniz 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,Istanbul
Today we head to Pamukkale meaning cotton castle in Turkish, 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. At the end of the day, you will be taken to bus station by our representative for overnight drive by intercity coach to Istanbul.
  • Included Activities; Pamukkale Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
9
Day 9: Istanbul
Our trip will end in Istanbul coach station (09:00am).
Start
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

7 breakfasts | 5 dinners

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus | Dalyan boat trip | Local coach from Pamukkale to Istanbul

Guide

Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides, licensed 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.

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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Value for Money
4.96
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4.96
Overall

Charles Burgess

Mustafa is one of the nicest, friendliest guys ever. Would go out of his way to help organise anything you needed. Great knowledge about Turkey. Very informative. Such a legend, made the tour better. Great experience, forever grateful to him.

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Kylie Kim

Mustafa was very attentive, helpful & entertaining guide. I thoroughly loved my experience in Turkey. Very glad I joined!

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Amy Rae Wilson

The whole tour was fantastic.I loved the gulet.Tour guide fantastic, very knowledgeable.Using Travel Talk again for my Egypt tour in September wrapped that I have booked with you guys again.Thank you.

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Sophie Macdonald

Overall, it was a very enjoyable holiday with a great group of people and a good mix between history and relaxing during the sailing.Good level of detail provided on sights visited.

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Sarah Wong

I had a fantasic holiday.It was relaxing as well as informative and I enjoyed all of the sites we visited.It was at a good pace.Eyup was an excellent guide answering all of our questions and was fun and helpful.

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Anika Arthy

I thought the tour was fantastic, the accommodation was much better than expected.Our guide was very good, friendly, knowledgeable and organized.Would definetly recommend the tour to friends.

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Kelly Young

Excellent tour + Eyup was the success factor of the tour he was very helpful.Had a lot of information to hand and a fantastic sense of humuor.Thank you Eyup for making this a fantastic trip.

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Holly Cockburn

Yavuz was amazing.He was a fantasic guide and really made my trip.He knew lots of fantastic history and stories.Thanks Travel Talk I had a great time in Turkey.

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Jemma Toohey

I had most amazing experience could not have asked for a better way to see Turkey.Yavuz was fantastic he had lots to let us know, was very informative which made understanding the history & culture of Turkey, very enjoyable.Thank you.

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Gemma Grace Holdom

One of the best tours I’ve done – detailed, well-priced and great tour guide.

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