Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying to otherworldly Cappadocia. Our local guides will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you’ve left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.

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Experience the bustling bazaars of Istanbul

Visit the amazing white cliff waterfalls of Pamukkale

Explore the palaces and mosques of Istanbul

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Day 1

Istanbul

There are no activities planned until our evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt to join your CEO and fellow travellers for dinner.

Day 2

Istanbul - Bolu

Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the small, but vibrant town of Bolu. (B)

Day 3

Bolu - Göreme

Visit Anitkabir before driving to the Cappadocia region. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.

Transfer to the town of Göreme, the base for exploring Cappadocia. With two and a half days free to explore, there will be plenty of time to tour the area by bike, visit neighbouring villages, trek regional valleys or try a hot air balloon ride.

During one of the evenings here, travel to a nearby village and enjoy dinner with a local family. (B)(D)

Day 4

Göreme

Enjoy an included visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Opt to see it from above on a hot air balloon ride, or witness a spellbinding Whirling Dervishes ceremony. Enjoy a guided walk through the valley with a visit to an underground city.

Outdoor enthusiast? Hire a bike to get around on two wheels or join your CEO on an optional trekking tour through one of the beautiful valleys of the region.

If you want to go further afield, take a local bus to explore nearby villages. (B)

Day 5

Göreme

Please see day 4 for today's itinerary. (B)

Day 6

Göreme - Beyşehir

Visit Konya and continue to Beyşehir. Visit the Esrefoglu mosque, one of the unique mosques in the country. (B)(D)

Day 7

Beyşehir - Antalya

Wander the streets of the 'white city' and opt to visit the Catalina Convent.

Arrive at Antalya around lunchtime.

With a free afternoon, wander the charming cobbled hillside streets of the district of Kaleici, a great place to stop and have a drink with amazing views of the marina below. For a break from the hustle and bustle, head for the greenery and teashops at one of Antalya's beautiful parks or catch some sun at a nearby beach. (B)

Day 8

Antalya

Enjoy more time in Antalya to explore. (B)

Day 9

Antalya - Pamukkale

Guided walk of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Passing through fruit orchards on the way to Pamukkale.

In the afternoon, visit the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale and the ancient site of Hierapolis, built on top of the white "castle".

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since the second century BC. (B)

Day 10

Pamukkale - Selçuk

Visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus.

Travel to the town of Selçuk. In the afternoon, visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. (B)

Day 11

Selçuk

Free time to walk up to the remains of St John's Basilica, visit the mosque of Isa Bey or just wander the streets and cafés of this vibrant Turkish town. Enjoy a cooking class in a nearby village in the afternoon.

Opt to walk to the remains of St John's Basilica, visit the Mosque of Isa Bey or wander the streets of this vibrant Turkish town. Or catch a local “dolmus” bus to the picturesque village of Şirince (8 km) to sample some local wine or shop for crafts. For dedicated sunseekers, the beach at Pamucaki is also within reach.

Late in the afternoon, drive to a nearby village for a local cooking class. Our host will demonstrate some Turkish dishes for everyone to enjoy at the end of the class. (B)(D)

Day 12

Selçuk - Bergama

Travel to the market town of Bergama, and explore the Acropolis of ancient Pergamon. (B)

Day 13

Bergama - Çanakkale

Visit the G-supported handicraft workshop in Ayvalik, before enjoying free time in the surrounding area. Visit the ancient city of Troy en route to Çanakkale.

çöp(m)adam began as an experimental project in Western Turkey, meant to address lack of employment opportunities for women alongside the importance of recycling/re-using. The co-op aims to use waste in a creative, aesthetic, and unique way, all while providing work for women from impoverished communities. When G Adventures travellers visit the workshop, they can purchase souvenirs and handicrafts that directly support the women that made them. After a visit to this project, continue exploring the seaside town of Ayvalık.

Afterwards, enjoy a visit to the world-famous city of Troy. Continue to the harbour town of Çanakkale, a busy port with a thriving student population. (B)

Day 14

Çanakkale - Istanbul

Guided tour of Gallipoli, including ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, and Lone Pine.

Make an early morning visit to Gallipoli, where thousands gave their lives during WWI in the battle of the same name. Take in the sights and learn the sombre story.

Continue on to İstanbul for the opportunity to finish up your sightseeing or get in some last minute shopping. (B)

Day 15

Istanbul

Depart at any time. (B)

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