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Highlights of Turkey - Exodus Travels
Highlights of Turkey - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Istanbul
Destinations
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Highlights

  • Explore impressive spice markets
  • Uncover the ancient settlements of Troy
  • Wander the excavated remains of Ephesus
  • Visit Goreme’s unique Open Air Museum
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
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Hotel
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16
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in Istanbul! With the coach/bus tour Highlights of Turkey, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Istanbul, Turkey and 17 other destinations in Turkey. Highlights of Turkey includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 1
    Written on November 5, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A fascinating excursion visiting some very important sites.An illuminating insight into the history, culture and topography of this important "new" nation. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Truth to tell, the trip through Turkey was inspirational in so many ways. Rather like analysing a rich tapestry, one has to admire the colour, texture, content and skill of the artist(s).The lavish Islamic architecture of Istanbul's Blue Mosque amongst others has to make such buildings remarkable icons of huge historic and modern importance. The Topkapi Palace evokes a sense of the huge lavish empire which was that of the Ottomans, while the phenomena of Cappadocia with its startling landscapes and the blazing white cliffs of Pammukale leave unforgettable images in the mind's eye.Ancient monuments of World Heritage status, the poignant juxtaposition of Galipolli's natural beauty alongside memorials to the many dead on both sides in that cruel war. All was inspirationalWhat did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was a very personable and skilled young man. He was knowledgeable and at the same time keen to interact with members of the group and to show an interest in each and every one.Clearly he was well versed in the necessary skills of diplomacy and always ready to be flexible whilst ensuring that we covered the salient items of the itinerary.I feel that we learned a great deal about Turkey from one of its proud citizens.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Read about the country and try to learn a few words. Locals were very warm but especially to hear a few words in Turkish from visiting tourists. Be prepared to be amazed regardless of what you have read or seen in books or films. We travelled in October. Prepare for extremes of weather.North of the Taurus Range nights were cool and required warm clothing. Once we reached the south coast we experienced weather reminiscent of an excellent British Summer. Bring your swimmies!! Is there anything else you would like to add?The hotels were at times disappointing: the best was in Fethiye, others were sometimes cramped or austere.However, relatively little time was spent in our hotels and so given the value for money, it was not too much of a problem. If you're concerned about the accommodation, get a list of the hotels where you'll be staying and see if they feature on Booking.com or Tripadvisor, for example.If you have euros take some with. Often things worked out cheaper paying in euros than in Turkish Lira and if you think on the last day that you won't be back in Istanbul before 8pm, make sure to purchase  items from the Spice Market at the start of your trip.  güvenli bir yolculuk!

  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 2
    Written on October 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An absolutely amazing holiday, done at a leisurely pace with a brilliant local guide - (Fatih) who answered all the questions I put to him. I can highly recommend this tripWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Discovering how hard and to what lengths the Turks (particularly the farmers and artisan workers) will go in order to earn some money. In addition, all the ancient sites we visited, the principal one must be Termessos and the hike to it.What did you think of your group leader?Fatih conducted the tour in a very professional manner, is extremely knowledgeable not only about the sites we visited but also about turkey itself. To sum up, his role as a guide was excellent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?noneIs there anything else you would like to add?In view of the 3,000 plus kms we did for this tour, there are a few days when a lot of time necessitated the group being in the coach but short breaks for snacks etc were always organised.

  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 3
    Written on January 5, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Thoroughly enjoyed getting a full flavour of Turkey and the chance to immserse myself in the culture.  Saw lots of out of the way places that were so interesting, such as an Ottoman house used as a living museum depicting life in those times and the crafts used.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Being up in a forest path, in an amazing amphitheatre looking down over the mountains; some of us chose to spend time with the person who makes Dervishes' felt hats - that was so interesting; Gallipoli which is so moving and a monument to both sides of the war - we were made to feel welcome by the Turks; having an evening with a lady in Capadocia in her own home - what an astonishing building and a nice meal.  Too many things to choose from!What did you think of your group leader?Kemet was wonderful.  She was well informed and kind as well as good fun.  When a restraunt was getting behind with orders, she went and helped in the kitchen so we did not have to wait too long!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Enjoy!Is there anything else you would like to add?Yes -Sadly a lovely lady on our trip died (of a pre-existing illness) Exodus were so kind and thoughtful and supportive to the bereaved, our party and our guide. Our group leader was a tower of strength. This is a very rare thing to happen, but it shows when the chips down Exodus are the goods.Also, I did feel Christianity was underplayed.  I will explain - we did not get to see the famous churches in Capadocia even though they were within walking distance and we had time; we missed Mary's house though we were near it and we were taken to see the "cave of the sleepers" with no mention of the huge ruin next to it that turned out to be a very early Christian catacomb!For Exodus to consider:  I understand the tour is cutting out Konya but the Dervish history and mosque were so interesting. I am concerned that this is being replaced by more free time in Istanbul. Though to be fair, I know Istanbul and it may be that other travellers felt they did not get enough time there.  However,  I just worry that if trips are going to more comfortable hotels and having more free days, they will turn into ordinary package holidays. I am older and I choose Exodus because I like the "young" feel of trips, mixing with all ages, and I enjoy the fast pace; while I am in a country I want to see and experience everything I can.  I'm not ready for Saga yet!!!That said, I wouldn't want to travel with anyone else!

  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 4
    Written on January 5, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Thoroughly enjoyed getting a full flavour of Turkey and the chance to immserse myself in the culture.  Saw lots of out of the way places that were so interesting, such as an Ottoman house used as a living museum depicting life in those times and the crafts used.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Being up in a forest path, in an amazing amphitheatre looking down over the mountains; some of us chose to spend time with the person who makes Dervishes' felt hats - that was so interesting; Gallipoli which is so moving and a monument to both sides of the war - we were made to feel welcome by the Turks; having an evening with a lady in Capadocia in her own home - what an astonishing building and a nice meal.  Too many things to choose from!What did you think of your group leader?Kemet was wonderful.  She was well informed and kind as well as good fun.  When a restraunt was getting behind with orders, she went and helped in the kitchen so we did not have to wait too long!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Enjoy!Is there anything else you would like to add?Yes -Sadly a lovely lady on our trip died (of a pre-existing illness) Exodus were so kind and thoughtful and supportive to the bereaved, our party and our guide. Our group leader was a tower of strength. This is a very rare thing to happen, but it shows when the chips down Exodus are the goods.Also, I did feel Christianity was underplayed.  I will explain - we did not get to see the famous churches in Capadocia even though they were within walking distance and we had time; we missed Mary's house though we were near it and we were taken to see the "cave of the sleepers" with no mention of the huge ruin next to it that turned out to be a very early Christian catacomb!For Exodus to consider:  I understand the tour is cutting out Konya but the Dervish history and mosque were so interesting. I am concerned that this is being replaced by more free time in Istanbul. Though to be fair, I know Istanbul and it may be that other travellers felt they did not get enough time there.  However,  I just worry that if trips are going to more comfortable hotels and having more free days, they will turn into ordinary package holidays. I am older and I choose Exodus because I like the "young" feel of trips, mixing with all ages, and I enjoy the fast pace; while I am in a country I want to see and experience everything I can.  I'm not ready for Saga yet!!!That said, I wouldn't want to travel with anyone else!

  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 5
    Written on November 6, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A very interesting trip, especially for those with a fascination for anciant sites as it covers quite a few. Extensive travelling interspered with stops of interest so cannot really be considered "leisurely" in the fact that there isn't very much actual free time. However, gives a good general overview of Turkey and its quite complicated history.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Obviously Cappadocia which was more extensive than I imagined and quite mind blowing.The peace and serenity at Teremossos compared to the frantic activity at Ephesus. Arriving at Assos harbour as the sun set.The tour of Gallipoli - very moving.What did you think of your group leader?Gorkhan was great. Very charming as well as good looking but also knowledgeable about every site we visited but who also understood when we wanted some quiet time on the coach.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for extensive tavelling. Read up on the sites you are likely to visit before the holiday (if you have an interest) as it is hard to assimilate all the information on site and a little background knowledge would go a long way to adding to your enjoyment.Do try the hamam in Selcuk (or any other place). It was quite an experience!Try to stay a few more days in Istanbul at the end of the trip to visit the places you didn't get around to and just to enjoy exploring - it's a grat city.Is there anything else you would like to add?The trip has certainly given me the desire to go back to Turkey to explore further afield. So perhaps another trip is in order when the funds allow.

  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 6
    Written on November 6, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A very interesting trip, especially for those with a fascination for anciant sites as it covers quite a few. Extensive travelling interspered with stops of interest so cannot really be considered "leisurely" in the fact that there isn't very much actual free time. However, gives a good general overview of Turkey and its quite complicated history.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Obviously Cappadocia which was more extensive than I imagined and quite mind blowing.The peace and serenity at Teremossos compared to the frantic activity at Ephesus. Arriving at Assos harbour as the sun set.The tour of Gallipoli - very moving.What did you think of your group leader?Gorkhan was great. Very charming as well as good looking but also knowledgeable about every site we visited but who also understood when we wanted some quiet time on the coach.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for extensive tavelling. Read up on the sites you are likely to visit before the holiday (if you have an interest) as it is hard to assimilate all the information on site and a little background knowledge would go a long way to adding to your enjoyment.Do try the hamam in Selcuk (or any other place). It was quite an experience!Try to stay a few more days in Istanbul at the end of the trip to visit the places you didn't get around to and just to enjoy exploring - it's a grat city.Is there anything else you would like to add?The trip has certainly given me the desire to go back to Turkey to explore further afield. So perhaps another trip is in order when the funds allow.

  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 7
    Written on September 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip allows you to see a fair amout of Turkey and most of the main sites in 14 days.  All the sites visited were well worth seeing and I wasn't disappointed by any of them.  I now wish I had time to see the rest of the country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?All the areas visited were interesting but I particularly liked the Cappadocia area and the underground city at Derinkuyu was amazing.The story of Troy is one of the most well known and it was great to see the place after much imagining. Istanbul is a great city and you could easily spend more time there.What did you think of your group leader?Kiymet our tour leader was very knowlegable and informative.  She ensured that the trip ran smoothly and made time for everyone. Excellent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Think about when to go. It was pretty hot at times and, for me, if it had been any hotter visiting some of the sites would not have been as enjoyable.If you use the laundry service provided by the hotel at Antalya be careful, they obviously wash all colours together and some of my clothes came back prety grey.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great trip, well worth going on.

  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 8
    Written on September 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip allows you to see a fair amout of Turkey and most of the main sites in 14 days.  All the sites visited were well worth seeing and I wasn't disappointed by any of them.  I now wish I had time to see the rest of the country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?All the areas visited were interesting but I particularly liked the Cappadocia area and the underground city at Derinkuyu was amazing.The story of Troy is one of the most well known and it was great to see the place after much imagining. Istanbul is a great city and you could easily spend more time there.What did you think of your group leader?Kiymet our tour leader was very knowlegable and informative.  She ensured that the trip ran smoothly and made time for everyone. Excellent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Think about when to go. It was pretty hot at times and, for me, if it had been any hotter visiting some of the sites would not have been as enjoyable.If you use the laundry service provided by the hotel at Antalya be careful, they obviously wash all colours together and some of my clothes came back prety grey.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great trip, well worth going on.

  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 9
    Written on September 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Highlights of Turkey trip was an excellent introduction to the vast array of fascinating sites around the country.While the intinerary is very full and some travel days are long, all of the places visited were worth the effort.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The ancient ruins at Troy were magnificent. To be able to visit a place with such a powerful mythological legacy is a real treat for the imagination.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was very professional and well organised. Everything on the trip went as planned and there were no logistical hitches en-route.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The heat wasn't as bad as I anticipated, though I would avoid July and early August if possible. Also, if you are unfamiliar with Hellenistic/Roman history, some advance research will greatly enhance the experience.Turkey is not a foodie destination and much of what is on offer is quite bland. On a positive note, food is fresh and generally very local. Coffee is also an unexpected disappointment.

  • Highlights of Turkey reviewer 10
    Written on September 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Highlights of Turkey trip was an excellent introduction to the vast array of fascinating sites around the country.While the intinerary is very full and some travel days are long, all of the places visited were worth the effort.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The ancient ruins at Troy were magnificent. To be able to visit a place with such a powerful mythological legacy is a real treat for the imagination.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was very professional and well organised. Everything on the trip went as planned and there were no logistical hitches en-route.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The heat wasn't as bad as I anticipated, though I would avoid July and early August if possible. Also, if you are unfamiliar with Hellenistic/Roman history, some advance research will greatly enhance the experience.Turkey is not a foodie destination and much of what is on offer is quite bland. On a positive note, food is fresh and generally very local. Coffee is also an unexpected disappointment.

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  1. Day 1: Start Istanbul.
  2. Day 2: Transfer to Canakkale via Gallipoli peninsula.
  3. Day 3: Visit the ancient city of Troy; head to Aegan coastal town Ayvalik.
  4. Day 4: To Bergama; visit the ancient city of Pergamon; afternoon transfer to Selcuk.
  5. Day 5: From Selcuk visit the historic site of Ephesus; head to Pamukkale this afternoon.
  6. Day 6: Explore the limestone cascades of Pamukkale and the Roman ruins of Hierapolis; afternoon transfer to Fethiye.
  7. Day 7: Depart Fethiye for coastal town Kas.
  8. Day 8: Free day to rest or choose from the many activities available.
  9. Day 9: Transfer to the lively city of Antalya.
  10. Day 10: Visit the Greco-Roman site of Aspendos, famous for its theatre; afternoon transfer to Konya, home of the whirling dervishes.
  11. Day 11: To the Cappadocia region; visit the Ilhara Valley and the underground city of Derinkuyu.
  12. Day 12: Visit Cappadocia's Open Air Museum and fairy chimneys.
  13. Day 13: Transfer to the charming UNESCO listed city of Safranbolu.
  14. Day 14: Explore Safranbolu; transfer to Istanbul.
  15. Day 15: End Istanbul.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,065 km.
  • Istanbul (Turkey)
  • 205 km
  • Gallipoli (Turkey)
  • 39 km
  • Canakkale (Turkey)
  • 29 km
  • Troy (Turkey)
  • 78 km
  • Ayvalik (Turkey)
  • 47 km
  • Bergama (Turkey)
  • 131 km
  • Selcuk (Turkey)
  • 5 km
  • Ephesus (Turkey)
  • 149 km
  • Pamukkale (Turkey)
  • 145 km
  • Fethiye (Turkey)
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