Turkey Active Group Tour

Turkey Trip

This ten-day active tour to Turkey will take you on a journey exploring the best historic and natural landscapes with a small group. Explore Day tour of Istanbul | Gallipoli battlefields and memorials tour | Troy | Acropolis of Pergamum | Ephesus Roman ruins tour | Pamukkale calcium terraces | Hierapolis hot springs | follow the Silk Road to Konya | Cappadocia | Ankara | option to fly from Ankara to Istanbul at end of the tour. Check our Turkey cultural tours for 2022 and 2023


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This Turkey small group tour is a great 10-day introduction to this fascinating historical and cultural destination. Your small group begins in the heartbeat of Turkey, busy and beautiful Istanbul, visiting its memorable landmarks: the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Luxurious Topkapi Palace, and the famous Hippodrome. Continue your quest with your small group on to the world-famous historical sites of Troy, Pergamum, and the Roman ruins of Ephesus. We will visit the bizarre calcium terraces at Pamukkale and the hot thermal pools at Hierapolis, and travel along the historical Silk Road to Konya, where we visit the spiritual Sufi sanctuary of Jalaluddin Rumi and the former home of the original Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes. There is a full day to explore the surreal landscape of Cappadocia, with its towering rock pinnacles and underground homes, and we then move on to Ankara, Turkey’s modern-day capital, before ending the tour back in Istanbul realizing an active and spiritual journey exploring Turkey best historical, natural and spiritual highlights with a small group. If you prefer private customized tours to Turkey, you can count on us for private customized tours to Turkey to your satisfaction .

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul - Group Orientation Meeting

Arrive into Istanbul. Transfer to hotel Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul for the start of your trip. | OVERNIGHT Istanbul - 4 star hotel

Day 2: Istanbul Guided Historic Tour

Istanbul. Old city tour Our trip begins this morning with a full-day tour of Istanbul. Lying across two continents this historically important city played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum, and explore the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace before ending at the famous Hippodrome. | OVERNIGHT Istanbul - 4 star hotel

Day 3: Travel from Istanbul to Gallipoli

Gallipoli battlefields and memorials tour We depart Istanbul this morning for the drive to Gallipoli where we will receive a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site. Although home to some of the fiercest fighting during the War today the site is full of poignant memorials set against a subdued wooded landscape. Our tour will include the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston Jolly as well as The Nek and Gallipoli Museum. There will also be a chance to see the original trenches and tunnels used during the war before we head to our hotel in Canakkale. | OVERNIGHT Canakkale - 4-star hotel | MEALS Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Day Excursion to Troy

Tour of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum This morning we make the short drive to the ancient city of Troy. Lying undiscovered until midway through the 19th Century the excavations here brought the legend of the Trojan horse and the poems of Homer back to life. We then continue our drive south to the acropolis of Pergamum. A former kingdom we enjoy a full tour of the site including the Temple of Trajan and the famous library which is believed to have rivaled the Library of Alexandria and helped shape Pergamum into a renowned cultural and political center. | OVERNIGHT Kusadasi - 4 star hotel

Day 5: Travel to Kusadasi and Ephesus

Kusadasi. Ephesus Roman ruins tour After breakfast we drive to the Roman site of Ephesus. The city at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean. We visit the Temple of Artemis and explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city. This afternoon we visit the fruit wine-growing village of Sirince and learn about the history of carpet weaving in Turkey. | OVERNIGHT Kusadasi - 4 star hotel

Day 6: Overland to Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Drive to Pamukkale and Hieropolis We travel east this morning to Pamukkale, the site of the well-known white calcium terraces known as Travertines. Pamukkale translates as ‘cotton castles’ and the naturally occurring geology here has created cloud-like formations unlike anywhere else. We then head to the ancient city of Hierapolis to enjoy a dip in the hot thermal pools lodged amongst ancient columns left by the Romans who used the pools for their therapeutic powers. | OVERNIGHT Pamukkale - 4 star hotel

Day 7: Travel to the Spiritual Konya

Drive the Silk Road to Konya Travel back in time today as we follow the ancient Silk Road towards Konya. We learn more about the history of this important trade route with a stop at the Sultanhani Caravanserai before arriving in Konya where we include a visit to the Mevlana museum – the former home of the original Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes. | OVERNIGHT Cappadocia - 4 star hotel

Day 8: Excursion to Cappadocia

Cappadocia. Full day tour Today we set out to explore the beautiful and surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Unlike nowhere else on earth, this bizarre setting creates a fairytale view full of improbable rock formations and underground villages. Often described as the jewel of Turkey we have a full tour here to explore the subterranean churches and fortresses used by Christians to avoid persecution over a thousand years ago. | OVERNIGHT Cappadocia - 4 star hotel

Day 9: Travel From Cappadocia to Ankara

Cappadocia. Drive to Ankara. Return to Istanbul We leave early this morning for the drive to Ankara, Turkey’s modern-day capital city. We visit Anitkabir – the mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk before returning to Istanbul by road. This is a long day's drive, and we can arrange an upgrade to an internal flight from Kayseri in Cappadocia if you prefer (please ask for current times & prices). | OVERNIGHT Istanbul - 4 star hotel

Day 10: Return to Istanbul

Istanbul. Free time. Transfer to airport Your time is free in Istanbul today for some last-minute sightseeing and shopping before we transfer you to the airport for departure.

What is included:

  • 9 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast, and dinner daily
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Services of local guides
  • Land Transportation in Luxury Vans

Hotels Used:

DEPARTING FINISHING SEATS TOTAL IN USD
Sat 3 Sep 2022 Tue 13 Sep 2022 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 17 Sep 2022 Tue 27 Sep 2022 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 1 Oct 2022 Tue 11 Oct 2022 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 15 Oct 2022 Tue 25 Oct 2022 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 29 Oct 2022 Tue 8 Nov 2022 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 12 Nov 2022 Tue 22 Nov 2022 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 26 Nov 2022 Tue 6 Dec 2022 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 10 Dec 2022 Tue 20 Dec 2022 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 24 Dec 2022 Tue 3 Jan 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 7 Jan 2023 Tue 17 Jan 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 21 Jan 2023 Tue 31 Jan 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 4 Feb 2023 Tue 14 Feb 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 18 Feb 2023 Tue 28 Feb 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 4 Mar 2023 Tue 14 Mar 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 18 Mar 2023 Tue 28 Mar 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 1 Apr 2023 Tue 11 Apr 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 15 Apr 2023 Tue 25 Apr 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 29 Apr 2023 Tue 9 May 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 13 May 2023 Tue 23 May 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 27 May 2023 Tue 6 Jun 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 10 Jun 2023 Tue 20 Jun 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 24 Jun 2023 Tue 4 Jul 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 8 Jul 2023 Tue 18 Jul 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 22 Jul 2023 Tue 1 Aug 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 5 Aug 2023 Tue 15 Aug 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 19 Aug 2023 Tue 29 Aug 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 2 Sep 2023 Tue 12 Sep 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 16 Sep 2023 Tue 26 Sep 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 30 Sep 2023 Tue 10 Oct 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 14 Oct 2023 Tue 24 Oct 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 28 Oct 2023 Tue 7 Nov 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 11 Nov 2023 Tue 21 Nov 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 25 Nov 2023 Tue 5 Dec 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 9 Dec 2023 Tue 19 Dec 2023 Available $1865 RESERVATION
Sat 23 Dec 2023 Tue 2 Jan 2024 Available $1865 RESERVATION

Cost per person: $1865 USD

Single supplement: $345 USD

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