Sail the turquoise coast, see mystical Cappadocia, swim in the mineral waters of Pamukkale, and journey through jaw-dropping scenery.
Turkey is where Europe meets Asia, where the Ottoman Empire flourished, and where the late-night kebab was invented. It’s every traveller’s dream destination. Sail the turquoise-clear coast in a traditional Turkish gulet boat, inspect the crumbling remains of ancient Greek cities, and journey through the most jaw-dropping natural wonders that humankind has ever known. Take this trip and discover the epic treasures of this incredible country.
We spend 15 days exploring Turkey. We visit Istanbul, Çanakkale, Gallipoli, Selçuk, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Gulf of Fethiye, Kaş, Saklikent Gorge, Antayla, Cappadocia.
What Is Included...
Your fantastic Busabout crew
14 nights’ accommodation
14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
All coach transport
Orientation of the site of Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus and Aphrodisias
Goreme open-air museum
Cappadocia underground city entrance and tour
Guided Gallipoli tour
Entrance fees to Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus and Aphrodisias, Pamukkale and Sultanhani
Pottery making display
1 guided valley walk
Ultimate Turkey Adventure Starts at 7:00am at Sultan Hotel, Istanbul
The Tour Ends at 11:00am at Sultan Hotel, Istanbul
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15 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Istanbul, Gallipoli and Canakkale
Our Turkish adventure begins this morning as we depart Istanbul in our comfy coach and begin our journey to the moving Gallipoli peninsula. We arrive to Eceabat around lunchtime where there is plenty to see as the town is located near the WWI battlefield. Feel free to sample some of the local delicacies and get fuelled up with lunch ready for a comprehensive guided tour delving into the immense depths of this location's rich history. We then catch a ferry for a short trip to Canakkale. This evening, after checking into our accommodation, your fabulous Busabout guide will take you out for a delicious traditional dinner and some drinks with your fellow passengers.
Day 2: Canakkale, Troy, Pergamon and Selcuk
We make our way south to the ancient city of Troy. Upon arrival you will have a guided walk of the site and enjoy the tales of an ancient siege that beset these walls when a Spartan king’s wife, Helen, ran off with another man. We continue our journey along the beautiful Aegean coastline and have a lunch stop en route to Pergamon. Upon arrival we drive up to the Acropolis for a guided tour and some free time to explore at your leisure. Make the most of this time as it is not everyday you get to stand in the ruins of a site so old it is mentioned in the Book of Revelation!
Day 3: Selcuk, Ephesus, Kusadasi and Selcuk
Enjoy a traditional Turkish breakfast this morning before departing on a half-day tour to Ephesus. Ephesus is an ancient Greco-Roman city that your guide will help bring life on an orientation walk of the area. Soak up your surroundings and make the most of this truly once in a lifetime experience and the rich history on offer. This afternoon we have an optional excursion to a local hammam, or Turkish bath. Don't forget to wash behind your ears! This evening your fantastic Busabout guide will accompany you into the resort town of Kusadasi for a delicious dinner and some drinks in a gorgeous coastal setting before a short drive to our accommodations in Selcuk.
Day 4: Selcuk to Pamukkale
This morning we begin our journey inland towards our next stop, Aphrodisias. We arrive to the ancient Greco-Roman city whose name was dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite, where your guide will take you around and show you the highlights such as the columns of Aphrodite’s Temple, the massive stadium, the Monumental Gates, and the Odeon. After a couple of hours on site, we enjoy a delicious local lunch and depart onwards to the breathtaking Pamukkale. On arrival your Busabout guide will take you on an orientation walk and up to the viewpoint. Pamukkale or “cotton castle” is known as such due to the layers of white travertine deposits caused by the springs. Have a revitalizing swim in the mineral rich waters and grab a bite to eat in these enchanting surroundings before heading onto our hotel for this evening.
Day 5: Pamukkale to Fethiye
We depart to the stunning coastal city of Fethiye, where we’ll arrive just in time for you to grab a delicious local lunch and explore this fascinating location. Visit the ancient Lycian tombs, do some souvenir shopping, or relax in one of the many charming local cafes. Later this afternoon we check into our traditional Turkish gulet and begin our adventure at sea as we hoist the anchor and set sail for Samanlik Bay and a refreshing swim in the Aegean’s welcoming waters. This evening we enjoy a dinner out to sea so take in the scenery under the stars and prepare for the day of island hopping to come.
Day 6: The 12 Islands
This morning we will be hoisting anchor and plotting a course for Yassica Island, which is a great location for some secluded swimming and snorkelling. Get your water wings on and make a splash. After a swim stop, we will go explore Cleopatra’s Bath and go for an optional hike up to see some spectacular views over the bay. Spend the rest of the day on board relaxing, swimming and soaking up the sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner on board tonight before joining us for an evening of fun and games.
Day 7: Firnaz Bay to Fethiye
Today we make our way to Red Island for a swim stop and to do a little exploring. After lunch we make port in Fethiye with plenty of time to explore the buzzing town in the afternoon. Tonight we enjoy our final dinner on board the gulet before going out for a night of fun as we explore the city’s eclectic nightlife.
Day 8: Fethiye to Saklikent Gorge to Kas
We depart from the Aegean city of Fethiye on our scenic meander to Kas. Our first stop for the day is at the Saklikent National Park to see the canyon up close on an optional gorge walk, and grab a bite to eat before departing for our penultimate stop for the day, a swim in the crystal blue waters of Kaputas. After our swim stop, we arrive to the coastal town of Kas. This evening join your guide for a walk into town to enjoy a delicious local dinner before heading back to the hotel to relax or heading out into the fresh sea breeze to explore the nightlife of this coastal gem.
Day 9: Kas
Take your time to explore and navigate the town’s quirky stores and cafes before heading to the ancient ruins located around town such as the Lycian tombs and the Greco-Roman amphitheatre. Alternatively spend the day soaking up the sun on one of the many beautiful beaches in the area or join in on the fun with some adrenaline pumping water sports on offer throughout the town. Tonight head out for an unforgettable dinner where you can feast on some of the freshest seafood on the Turquoise Coast!
Day 10: Kas to Antalya
This morning we depart Kas towards the bustling coastal metropolis of Antalya. We arrive just in time for lunch and you have the entire afternoon to explore this dynamic city. Soak up the sun and sea at the pristine white sands of Konyaalti beach, pick up some souvenirs, explore the massive stonewalls of the Old Town of Kaleici and see the triumphal arch of Hadrian’s Gate. This evening explore the vibrant Turkish nightlife on offer in this sparkling seaside city.
Day 11: Antalya to Cappadocia
This morning we begin our journey inland to the famous Cappadocia. We’ll stop in Konya to visit Mevlana, the ornate resting place of influential Muslim philosopher Celaleddin Rumi, where you will have your first experience of Seljuk culture and see the dervish of the Sufi order. As we continue our journey we stop at Sultanhani, just as caravans on the Silk Road have since the Middle Ages. Sultanhani was the original roadside motel and has many stories to share so stay awhile and listen. We make our way to our lodgings for the night where we will be sleeping in a cave hotel. Tonight your guide will take you out for a local feast before you retire for the night in style.
Day 12: Cappadocia
Today we head out on a tour of Cappadocia’s sights beginning with an ancient underground city, then onto Love Valley to explore the rocky spires of the fairy chimneys. We have a photo stop in Cavusin featuring its spectacular rock castle. We then stop in Goreme for a delicious local lunch where you will have ample opportunity to pick up some souvenirs. Before we return to the hotel we pass Pigeon Valley and an open-air museum. Tonight your guide will take you out for a local feast and drinks.
Day 13: Cappadocia
Prepare for an exciting day of exploration as we delve the depths of Cappadocia’s hidden gems. Spend the morning discovering ancient churches, cave systems, secluded valleys and visit a traditional Cappadocian house that is home to ancient relics, some of which are thousands of years old. In the afternoon we return to the hotel, take a load off and unwind with a refreshing dip in the pool or rest and relax at the Turkish baths. This evening we have an optional Turkish cultural experience. This unmissable event features the mesmerising dancing of the whirling dervishes, the ever-popular belly dancing, and platters of local delicacies.
Day 14: Cappadocia to Istanbul
We depart early this morning to make our way onto Istanbul. Relax on board and enjoy the gorgeous scenery as we make our way to our photo stop at Lake Tuz. Tuz is the second largest lake in Turkey and one of the largest salt lakes in the world. Explore the mineral rich shores and stretch your legs before we board the coach for the final leg of our journey to Turkey’s most populous city, Istanbul. We arrive to the cultural hotbed of Turkey in the evening to check into our hostel. Then we enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner as your guide familiarises you with the sights to see through the fog of shisha smoke. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy this fantastic city!
Day 15: Istanbul
Enjoy your last breakfast with us before checking out of the accommodation. We hope to see you again!
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