Highlights of Turkey

10 Days, 1 Countries. Experience the splendour of Turkey’s natural beauty and history in 10 magical days. Visit sought-after destinations like Istanbul, Ankara and Kusadasi.
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Summary

Many consider Turkey to be one of the lesser-known jewels of the world. This 10-day Highlights of Turkey tour features all the must-see sights and landmarks. Local guides share all their stories and the country’s fascinating history.

This tour lets you immerse yourself in one of the most interesting cultures in the world. Have your cameras ready for ancient sites like Troy, Hierapolis and Ephesus. There are endless memories to be made. Let this tour take you from the bazaars, to the solemn battlefields of Gallipoli. Why not jump in a hot-air balloon and see the beauty of Cappadocia from above?

Enjoy the hot springs as you experience the ancient powers of the terraces in Pamukkale. Drink some black tea as you wander through this country of ancient empires and modern bazaars. Turkey is truly where the east meets the west! Jump aboard our Turkey tour and let the exploring begin.

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Highlights of Turkey

Why this Trip

  • All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
  • No minimum numbers required.
  • Only 10% deposit or minimum $80.00 required and no booking fees.
  • Modern air-conditioned coaches.

Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here

Start in: Istanbul

Istanbul – Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Any time on Day 1
Istanbul – Istanbul Hotel, from 14:00 hrs
End in: Istanbul

Istanbul, Any time on the last day
Duration: 10 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 1 Countries
13 Experiences

DAY 1: Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul and your first day of this magical trip around Turkey! Get settled at the hotel and then the day is yours to wander through this vibrant city. Catch a tram to the Grand Bazaar and get lost in the bustling market. In the Bazaar there is an “alley” for gold, leather, bowls and even tea. Want to escape the crowd? Sip on some black tea as you sit on a rooftop terrace in the busy city. Enjoy the views and the call to prayer from the mosques in the background.

DAY 2: Istanbul city tour

After breakfast we take you on a guided tour of Istanbul. Turkey is the only country to span over two continents! One side lies in Europe and the other, in Asia. On our tour we will see famous landmarks like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya). Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome also provide a glimpse into the past.

DAY 3: Gallipoli Battlefields - Canakkale

Today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli. This is one of the most emotionally-touching places in Turkey. The tour includes visits to the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek and Johnston’s Jolly. The 25th of April is commemorated in Turkey each year as ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day.

DAY 4: Troy - Pergamum - Kusadasi

This morning we take a step back in time as we visit Troy. This is the home of the famed Trojan Horse and the Trojan War. We also tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.

DAY 5: Ephesus - Kusadasi

Immerse yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Then we move to the former Greek village of Sirince, meaning ‘pleasant’. According to legend, it used to be called ‘Çirkince’ (‘ugly’) by freed Greek slaves so that others wouldn’t follow them there. Our final stop is at a carpet village. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey. We learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

DAY 6: Hierapolis - Pamukkale

This morning we will enjoy a display of local handcrafted leather goods. Then we make our way to one of the tour highlights - the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale! Take a dip among ancient columns in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. We also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis and see the theatre and museum.

DAY 7: Silk Road - Konya - Cappadocia

Today we travel along the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravanserai. A caravanserai refers to a roadside inn where travelers used to rest. Follow in the footsteps of all the traders that came before! We also make a stop in Konya at the Mevlana museum along the way. This is home to the mausoleum of the famous poet, Rumi. Don’t miss out on the optional traditional Turkish folklore this evening!

DAY 8: Goreme Valley - Cappadocia

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum. The museum is the first place travelers visit when going to Cappadocia. This array of rock-cut churches are bound to leave travellers awestruck. Why not jump in a hot-air balloon and see the fairy chimneys from above? Alternatively you could explore the many levels of an underground city.

DAY 9: Ankara - Istanbul

We make an early-morning departure to the nation’s capital, Ankara. Here, we visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the famed President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. In 1923, Ataturk declared Ankara as the capital city of modern Turkey. This bustling capital is famous for its performing arts. After exploring our last stop on our Highlights of Turkey tour we head back to Istanbul.

DAY 10: End of tour

We enjoy our final Turkish breakfast together as our tour comes to an end. Remember to exchange details so you can swap all those photos and relive the magical memories!


Tour Accommodation


* Please note that we do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here

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What's Included

  • 9 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • Services of your Expat tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader – please see the 'Essential Information' tab for more details.
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
  • Air-conditioned coach
  • 13 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
  • Transfers on first and last day
  • Entrance fees

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
  • Traditional Turkish Folklore Evening
  • Bosphorus by Night
  • Bosphorus by Public Ferry
  • Prince's Islands by Public Ferry
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Turkish Bath

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  • As a Europe leading bus tour operator we have 11 years of experience finding the best hotels for your budget and continuously optimizing our selection based on customer feedback.
  • We book our hotels well in advance so we get early bird rates that we can pass on to you!
  • Thanks to the great number of people who travel with us each year, we can negotiate great deals that would be quite impossible for you to find on your own.

Detailed Info Pack

  • Tour start & end points
  • Pre-departure information
  • Pre-tour accommodation

For more information on, starting points & times, emergency contact details, budgeting for your tour & much more you can download our information pack here.

Helpful Pre-Trip Info

Visa

Most nationalities can purchase an e-visa in advance. Please double check here to confirm.

On tour costs

Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of what activities are included, which meals are included and what is excluded. We would recommend budgeting €25-€40 per day (this excludes optional excursions).

Room Sharing

Please note, all rooms are twin bed as standard.

  • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) we will try to organise a triple room. If we are unable to then the the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. 
  • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

Free-time

In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.

Meeting Point

Your tour starts and finishes in Istanbul. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.

Passport

This should be valid for at least six months after you have returned home from your trip. You should also have several blank pages as Visas and entry/exit stamps can take up a whole page.

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Have a question?

Are children allowed?

Our tours are not suitable for young children, so we set a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email for consideration. Expat Explore reserves the absolute right to accept or decline a booking at our discretion.

Are international flights included in the tour price?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights. Please click here to visit Skyscanner - a useful tool for comparing prices from the vast majority of airlines.

Are transfers included in the tour price?

Your tour includes inbound and outbound airport transfers if your inbound flight arrives on the tour start date and your outbound flight departs on the tour finish date. Please email info@expatexplore.com confirming your booking reference and the following information:
  • Your arrival date, time, airline, flight number and airport
  • Your departure date, time, airline, flight number and airport.

Can I access wi-fi on the tour?

Most hotels offer Wi-Fi, but there is usually a charge for access. Most cities and towns will have internet cafés where you can access the internet; opening hours will vary. Please speak to your tour leader and the reception staff at hotels for further information.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Before the tour starts, you will receive an email from us requesting your dietary requirements. There is always a vegetarian option, which is a meal without meat. We try as much as we can to offer you the traditional local cuisine.

Can you provide a triple room?

We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple room may consist of a double bed and a single bed, or a double bed and a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Can you send me a quote?

The price shown on the website for your departure date on the day you book is the price you will pay. If you would like to make a group booking for 10 or more people please contact us.

Do I need a visa to travel on this tour?

Certain nationalities may require a visa for this tour. Please check the pre-departure information for more information.

Do I need to change money before the tour?

Please make sure you bring with you for the start of the tour the local currency(ies) you will need for at least the first three days, as there may not be an opportunity to change currency at the very beginning of the tour. You should budget for any optional excursions you wish to do in this period (see 'Optional Excursions' tab above) and non-included meals. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you on tour; you are better off withdrawing enough cash to last you for the next 5-7 days, rather than carrying enough cash to last you for the entirety of the tour. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more information on the currencies you will require for your particular itinerary.

Do you have storage/left luggage facilities?

No, we do not have these facilities. For security reasons, you will be required to keep your belongings with you at all times. Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to bring.

How can I get the documents I need to apply for my visa?

Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents. This is an embassy/consulate requirement by law. Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing info@expatexplore.com - please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

How do I book/pay?

You can book online through our website or call our customer service team to make a booking over the phone. You must pay a deposit of 10% or 50 GBP (whichever is greater) via our online payment platform to secure your place. You can pay the remaining amount up to 35 days before departure, with a debit/credit card or with a bank transfer.

How many other people will be on the tour?

It depends on how many other people will book, but group sizes are generally between 15 and 25 people.

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.

How much spending money do I need for my holiday?

This is up to you, of course, and will vary depending on how much wish to spend on snacks, drinks, souvenirs etc. We do not include entrance fees to attractions and museums. We do, however, provide you with free time to see everything you want, and our tour leaders will have all the information on pricing and locations so you can manage your own budget. Please refer to your tours specific pre-departure information and optional excursions guide for further details.

How much walking is involved in your tours?

We believe the best way to get to the heart and soul of a city is on foot, surrounded by the people and the culture. For this reason, we do walking tours through most of the cities we visit. Many of the cities you visit are vast and old, often with steps and cobblestones. Our walking tours can last up to 3 hours with plenty of opportunities to take photographs and soak up the history of these fascinating places, but you do require a certain level of fitness to enjoy your tour to its fullest.

Is my deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment secures your place(s) on the tour and the price you pay. Your deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. Our full Terms and Conditions can be viewed online.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Passengers and their personal property travel with Expat Explore solely at their own risk. A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday, and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday or other insurable reasons. Clients should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities in their tour. When on tour, ensure you keep personal belongings on you at all times and that your suitcase/backpack has a lock on it, especially in tourist areas. It may be advisable to wear a money belt to store money, credit cards and passport.
For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. To receive a quote from one of our preferred travel insurance partners, please visit WorldNomads (for all nationalities) or Hollard (for South Africans).

Is Turkey a safe place to travel to?

Turkey has a low rate of crime and corruption, and travelling here is generally considered safe and hassle free. Your tour leader will be on hand to offer local advice on each area you visit. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides travel advice for each destination we visit – each country has a summary and general information as well as advice on safety & security, local laws and customs, entry requirements and health.

Should I tip the tour leader and driver, and if so, how much?

Whilst we fully understand that some nationalities are not accustomed to tipping, this is a normal part of culture in the places you will visit. Tipping has become an increasingly accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, but particularly in restaurants, bars and taxis worldwide. If you take a walking tour with a local guide, tipping these guides at the end of walking tours and excursions is always appreciated, but not expected. Your Expat Explore crew will be travelling with you between anywhere from just a few days, up to a few weeks, and you’ll soon become great friends. Expat Explore crew members will transform your trip experience from good to exceptional, and where this is the case a tip (even a modest one!) is always hugely appreciated. It is sometimes easy to forget that they work hard to ensure that you have your once in a lifetime experience. If you feel that your Expat Explore crew have done a good job, and you would like to tip them, this would be highly appreciated. We suggest approximately €2-€4 per day per person travelling for your crew. Tipping is entirely voluntary and the above rate is offered as a suggested guide only.

The tour I want is unavailable, what does this mean?

If a tour is displaying as fully booked, then unfortunately at this point in time we do not have any available seats. However, we can sometimes add extra places, and we do occasionally receive cancellations, so if you cannot find an alternative tour or departure date, please contact our customer service team.

What about room sharing & single supplements?

If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

What happens if I forget or lose my passport?

Unfortunately, you will be unable to continue the tour and you should make contact with your closest embassy immediately to replace the passport. Your passport is an essential travel document, and should be kept safe at all times.

What happens if I miss the coach during the tour?

You will have to make your own way to the next destination at your own expense. Please ensure you are on time for all departures to avoid being left behind.

What happens if my visa gets rejected?

Please allow sufficient time to complete the visa process (at least 4 weeks). Should your visa application be unsuccessful, you will be able to change or cancel your tour, but standard terms and conditions (and therefore fees) will apply. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.

What is included in the tour price?

The tour price includes accommodation for the duration of the tour, transport by private coach, breakfasts and dinner as per your itinerary, ferry crossings (where applicable), and guided walking tours and excursions as per your itinerary. On top of this, you will have a tour leader to assist you along the way with great tips and handy advice! Please refer to the ‘Included’ section of the itinerary where a full breakdown is given.

What is the average age of your groups?

We have a very wide range of ages on our tours, and do not restrict our passengers to certain age groups or limits. A positive attitude and an open mind are more important than a number!

What kind of accommodation do you use on your tours?

We have worked with our partners in Turkey to secure excellent accommodation. On this tour, we use mostly 4 and 5-star hotels. During this tour, you will stay in twin share rooms, and, if you are a single traveller, you will be roomed with a fellow traveller of the same gender, unless you pay the single supplement.

What level of fitness do I need to participate in these tours?

All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

What time does each day start on tour?

Generally, we like to make an early start, so that you can spend more time at each destination. On your free days, you can have a lie in if you wish!

Where does my tour depart from?

Please see the 'Tour Start & End Points' tab at the beginning of the Help Section for more information on the start and end points, and meeting times.

Who will be my tour leader?

Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled, with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour.

Will I get confirmation of my payment?

As soon as your payment has been processed by our accounts team, we will send you a confirmation email. Please note this may take up to 5 working days, depending on your method of payment.
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