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MAJESTIC TURKEY

Travel from the bazaars of Istanbul to the beautiful beaches of Antalya.
Starts AtIstanbul
Ends AtAntalya
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 18
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtIstanbul
Ends AtAntalya
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 18
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
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About Your Trip

Ever dreamt of gliding over Cappadocia in a hot-air balloon? Or getting lost in the Grand Bazaar? On this 12-day journey through Turkey, you’ll do precisely that, and then some. Your adventure begins where two continents collide in a glorious explosion of colour: Istanbul. After discovering the beauty of this cosmopolitan city, you’ll venture out to the traditional capital Ankara and the curious troglodyte dwellings of Cappadocia, plus the wild Taurus Mountains and coastal serenity of Antalya. There’s also time for a food tour of Kadıköy, and the chance to marvel at centuries-old ruins in Hattusas. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

Old Antalya, Taurus Mountains
Koprulu Canyon
Kaputas Beach
Lunch in Istanbul
Ferry on The Bosphorus in Istanbul
Gereme
Spices at The Street Market in Istanbul
Termessos Antalya Pisidia

Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Experience the chaotic wonder of the bazaar and markets of Istanbul
  • 2
    Journey overland across Turkey, stopping at key historical sites
  • 3
    Seize the opportunity for a Cappadocia hot-air balloon ride
  • 4
    Explore secret subterranean hideaways, deep in Cappadocia's volcanic rock
  • 5
    Hike through the Red and Rose valleys
  • 6
    Go river rafting in the Koprulu Canyon National Park
  • 7
    Swim in the turquoise waters off the sunny Antalya coast
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Three nights cave hotel accommodation
  • Three nights period mansion hotel accommodation
  • Five nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • Eleven breakfasts, one lunch, two dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Arrival airport transfer from either IST or SAW
  • Istanbul Old City tour
  • Grand Bazaar and Spice Market tour
  • Bosphorus ferry cruise
  • Istanbul food tour
  • Guided Anıtkabir visit
  • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations visit
  • Hattusas and Yazilikaya tour
  • Goreme Open-Air Museum tour
  • Zelve Valley visit
  • Pottery workshop
  • Wine tasting
  • Kaymakli Underground City tour
  • Rose and Red valleys hike
  • Mausoleum of Rumi visit
  • Mosque of Aladdin visit
  • Aspendos amphitheatre and Perge visit
  • Antalya Old Harbour walking tour

What's Not Included

  • Visas
    • Travel insurance
      • Flights to and from the destination

        CUSTOMER REVIEWS

        5/5
        From our current customers
        Culture Trip exceeded all my expectations for my trip to Egypt. The itinerary was a perfect combination of historical sites and cultural events - you truly get a feel of how the people live and the diversity of the culture and history. Each day had exciting activities that perfectly fit with each region of the country, and I was blessed to share this experience with 5 individuals who started as strangers and ended as good friends. 
        Cheryl (US)
        My first ever out-of-the-United States international trip, to Iceland with Culture Trip, was the best organized itinerary. Even with Iceland's weather being a bit unpredictable, and with only one slight change in plans, our small intimate group of ladies made the trip an experience I will never forget. Snowmobiling on a glacier, chasing waterfalls, feeling and seeing the black beach, eating geothermal rye bread, bathing in a geothermal hot tub, and ending the trip with the Blue Lagoon was exciting and breathtaking. 
        Rose (US)
        I was skeptical about signing up for a tour. I usually think tours were things my parents and grandparents going on tours and I usually plan my own trip. After our wedding, though, we didn't want to plan anything. Culture Trip changed our perception of tours. The group was younger and the activities were things I might have planned myself. There was a good mix of tourist attractions, off-the-beaten-path locations and varied activities. Our guide was amazing and added color at every step along the way. We are already thinking about which tour we'll do next.
        John (US)
        This was the first time we booked a tour and it was incredible. Culture Trip put together a very diverse itinerary which included biking, hiking, (tourist) boat ride, (local) ferry ride, tram ride, (local) bus ride. Small group made for quick and easy transfers. Our Local Insider/Tour guide was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Our next adventure will be with Culture Trip!
        Karen (US)
        The trip through Colorado and Utah was incredible! It was a brilliant whistle stop tour of all the highlights of the area, and was a perfect blend of adventure, road tripping and relaxing. What really made it was our local insider, Lana. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, tips and flexibility made it so that you could relax to enjoy the whole trip. It was a great way to travel and I would recommend!
        Ben (UK)
        The Iceland trip was Magical! The excursions were fun and adventurous. Snowmobiling on the glacier was like being on top of the world, the waterfalls are amazing and the food is delicious! This was a once in a lifetime trip that checked all the boxes. If you are looking for adventure this is the trip for you. I recommend going a few days early and hanging out in Reykjavik. It is a lovely and friendly city! 
        Lori (US)
        I don’t normally “do” tours so was dubious but the expertise of the local expert (& his back up at base) combined with the range of the itinerary really impressed me. I really went for the food element but the locations visited were spectacular and, as an independent traveler,I know it would have taken me weeks to cover a visit as varied as this.
        Catherine (UK)
        Egypt was the trip of a lifetime! Wonderful experience!
        John (US)
        The Culture Trip Greece tour was really amazing. [...] Our tour guide [...] was the most amazing tour guide I've had [...] She always made sure we were taken care of, that we had ideas for restaurants to try, or places to explore. [...] Overall a great trip with a really great and energetic group.
        Amber (US)
        Excellent Trip! Walter was an excellent guide. I loved what I did and saw in Portugal! Thank you!!
        Kathleen (US)
        Our Local guide was phenomenal and made us feel like we were traveling on the 'inside' while making sure all of our travel plans were taken care of. I now can't imagine traveling without this type of experience.
        Janet (US)

        Accommodation

        Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Pera (or similar)

        With views of the Golden Horn and rooms inspired by old Istanbul, this Radisson Blu is the perfect spot to kick back post exploration. There’s also a modern spa, plus a restaurant with panoramic views over the water – just grab a Turkish coffee if you’re not hungry. End the evening with liquor in the Luna Lounge.

        The Wings Hotels Neva Palas (or similar)

        Ankara city centre lies on the doorstep of this plush hotel on Küçükesat Avenue. Plush rooms feature fluffy bathrobes, slippers and flat-screen TVs. Breakfast is served in the dining room – or in your room on request.

        Utopia Cave Cappadocia (or similar)

        Staying in a cave has never been so opulent. Hewn from rock, yet with all the trappings of a modern luxury hotel, Utopia Cave Cappadocia offers a truly unique stay, with traditional hammams, a swimming pool and several terraces from which to savour its one-of-a-kind location.

        Hilton Garden Inn Konya (or similar)

        Just across the street from the Mevlana Cultural Center, you’ll find the Hilton Garden Inn Konya. Classically styled rooms await, but not before you’ve sampled the local raki (a local spirit made from grapes and aniseed) in the bar.

        Puding Marina Hotel (or similar)

        This historic mansion has been lovingly restored as a boutique hotel, just a five-minute walk from Antalya Harbour and Mermerli Beach. Expect rainfall showers, contemporary rooms and a choice of excellent restaurants and bars, set among lush gardens.

        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com