Best of Turkey

07/18/2021 through 10/21/2022
07/18/2021 through 10/24/2022
Intrepid Travel

Best of Turkey

Get your Turkish delights on a 15-day Istanbul round-trip adventure. It’s a mix of ancient ruins and modern cities, Islamic mysticism and Ottoman influence, inland discoveries and coastal cruising, and everything in between. Get lost in a traditional sema performance of whirling dervishes in Bursa, unlock the secrets of the ancient city of Ephesus, admire Oludeniz’s Blue Lagoon from high up on a mountain hike, and swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean on a traditional gulet cruise from Kas. From the winding laneways of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar to the to the bizarre landscapes of Cappadocia, take the plunge and discover a new way of experiencing Turkey.


  • Istanbul – Leader-led walking tour
  • Bursa – Dervish Lodge Visit
  • Selcuk – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Ephesus – Archaeological site visit
  • Selcuk – Gozleme making demonstration and lunch
  • Selcuk – Sultankoy Village Carpet Weaving
  • Pamukkale – Hierapolis and Travertines National Park
  • Kayakoy – Village visit
  • Lycian Way – Hike from Kayakoy to Oludeniz Beach
  • Kas – Leader led orientation walk
  • Kas – Handicraft market
  • Kas – Handicraft market
  • Konya – Mevlana Museum
  • Goreme – Valley walk


  • Discover the unique traditions and mysticism of Rumi’s Mevlevi Order at its birthplace of Konya, and watch the devout whirling dervishes act out a hypnotic sema performance in Bursa.
  • Explore thousands of years of history hidden within the remarkable ruins of Ephesus, and have an exclusive tasting of the local produce in the Turkish mountain village of Sirince.
  • Wade through the magical hot springs at Pamukkale and uncover the streets of Hierapolis that Cleopatra once walked with your small group.
  • In Kas, discover a whole new level of relaxation on board a traditional Turkish gulet with an included coastal cruise on the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.
  • With plenty of time to explore the caves churches, underground cities, prehistoric rock formations and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, you’ll be able to choose your own land (or air!) adventure.


Day 1 Istanbul
Day 2 Bursa
Day 3 Selcuk
Day 4 Selcuk
Day 5 Pamukkale
Day 6 Kayakoy
Day 7 Kayakoy
Day 8 Kas
Day 9 Kas
Day 10 Antalya
Day 11 Konya
Day 12 Goreme
Day 13 Goreme
Day 14 Goreme
Day 15 Istanbul

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