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From Istanbul to Antalya: the Ultimate Turkey ItineraryDiscover Turkey’s vibrant bazaars, rocky valleys and beach resorts via land, sea and air.
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
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If you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
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COVID-19 Safety MeasuresBookings made by 30 October 2021 for travel before 28 February 2022 are covered by our Ultimate Covid Booking Booking Guarantee: if Covid-19 regulations change your plans, we'll rebook you for free. Find out more. Covid-19 safety measures are in place on all our trips. Read more details.

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.

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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

  • Eleven nights twin-share accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • Eleven breakfasts, one lunch, two dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 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

Accommodation

Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus, IstanbulWith an unrivalled view across the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn, the Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus is the perfect location to admire the largest city in Turkey from the waterfront. A hammam and swimming pool await you after a busy day sightseeing.
The Wings Hotels Neva Palas, AnkaraAnkara 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, CappadociaStaying 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, KonyaJust 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, AntalyaThis 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.

Covid Safety

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
  • Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
  • Our private vehicles have daily assigned seating, and every day they undergo deep cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
  • We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
  • Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
  • Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
  • We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.

Important Info

  • You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
  • Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
  • We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
  • To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
  • Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
  • Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.
  • If you intend to join the optional whale watching activity, please note that the whale watching season is from October to April in the southern coastal area you'll be visiting.
  • If you intend to join the Hot Air Balloon experience in Cappadocia, please let us know as soon as possible. If you delay your decision until during the trip, availability and pricing cannot be guaranteed.

Additional Info

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If you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com