Not too long ago, Turkey contained areas of unimaginable beauty that remained undiscovered. See the massive stone heads strewn across Mount Nemrut, which were not discovered until the end of the Second World War. The city of Van was so remote that it was not accessible to visitors until 1960. Not all of our destinations will be remote; we will have the chance to wander through the narrow streets of Dogubeyazit where the market holds interesting valuables to those wanting to bring souvenirs back home. The massive city of Istanbul allows us to cross from Asia to Europe simply by crossing the Bosphorus suspension bridge. The land of Cappadocia will take everyone's breath away as we see the amazing natural structures it holds. Come to understand the history of Turkey's religions as we gaze up at some of country's earliest Islamic buildings in the city of Erzurum. There are many areas that also hold Biblical significance, such as Urfa and Harran -- the setting to many of Abraham's stories -- or legend telling of Mount Ararat being the final resting place of Noah's Ark. Greek mythology is represented through the temple of the goddess Artemis, who was the protector of the city of Ephesus.
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.
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Optional Single Supplement: $1440 USD (number of singles limited).
Breakfast and dinner (mostly local restaurants, some hotels) daily. Full-time Tour Leader, all accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters.
Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their air & extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, visa fees, and excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring and fall when temperatures are milder, crowds thinner, and airfares lower than summer.
Spring is popular for green landscapes and wildflowers; fall is a time of freshly-harvested local produce. Both spring and early fall will be comfortable, with warm daytime temperatures and cool nights/mornings. Our later fall date may encounter chillier conditions with the possibility of showers, especially to the north. That said, Turkey is still pleasant with temperature not really becoming "cold" until early December.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Our land transport is via private air-conditioned motor coach, 36-40 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'Group Size').
Turkish roads are generally good and travelling is not arduous, though we do have several full-yet-scenic days with stops of interest. If you take a look at a map and our route, you will note that Turkey is a large country and the distances between some of our overnight points can be considerable. If we ever get comments about the 'difficulty' of this trip, it's in reference to full days of bus travel and some hotel arrivals/evening meals that may be later than you may be accustomed. The tour is not strenuous with regard to our activities, but it is busy. Our tours of towns and cities, as well as archaeological sites, are conducted on foot and feature uneven surfaces and plenty of stairs.
Our "level 2" rating reflects the ambitious nature of our program, some early starts and full days of travel, the considerable amount of walking we'll do, the remoteness of some locations, and the possibility of heat in some locales.
2025 DATES PLEASE NOTE: After our 2024 TK1 tours have departed, this itinerary will be adjusted on days 17 & 18 whereby we will not be returning to Istanbul, but rather travel overland to Trabzon via Samsun with added sightseeing en route. Once our 2024 trips depart, this itinerary will be adjusted (the current price already reflects this change).
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Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels (3-4 star) throughout. All hotels have en-suite bath.
Hotel porter service is generally available (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
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Staff and Support
Tour Leader and local guide throughout, driver(s), local step-on local guides in various locales.
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
The hotel is located 3 km ... the airport and 8 km from the city center and is right in the middle of Forum Trabzon and Cevahir Shopping Centers, the two big shopping malls of the city. The comfortable and spacious rooms, all with sea views, are also available in Superior, Deluxe and Duplex suites.