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Highlights of Turkey

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4.8 Based on 8 Reviews
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7543
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ends Istanbul, Turkey
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Ancient history and monuments of the Ottoman Empire
  • Visit the Roman city of Ephesus
  • Limestone cascades and thermal springs at Pamukkale
  • Discover one of the bestpreserved theatres of the ancient world, Aspendos
  • Optional hot air balloon ride over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
The "Highlights Of Turkey" trip starts and ends in Istanbul. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 15 days taking you through Bergama, Safranbolu, Antalya and 8 other destinations in Turkey. "Highlights Of Turkey" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Turkey is one of the most important countries in the development of the western world; over the centuries it has provided a geographical and cultural bridge between Asia and Europe, with ruins and monuments attesting to the rise and fall of many great empires. Starting in Istanbul, we travel through the country, visiting ancient cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Ephesus, Hierapolis and Aspendos, exploring the natural wonders at Pamukkale and Cappadocia and taking some time out to relax on the Aegean coast. Add to that the memorials of Gallipoli and you can be sure of a fascinating journey that showcases the best of this country.
  • Day 1: Start Istanbul.
  • Day 2: Transfer to Çanakkale via Gallipoli Peninsula.
  • Day 3: Visit the ancient city of Troy; head to the Aegean coastal town of Ayvalik.
  • Day 4: Visit the ancient city of Pergamon; afternoon transfer to Kuşadasi.
  • Day 5: Visit the historic site of Ephesus and the town of Selçuk.
  • Day 6: Explore the limestone cascades of Pamukkale and the Roman ruins of Hierapolis.
  • Day 7: Visit Xanthos; transfer to coastal town of Kaş.
  • Day 8: Free day to rest or choose from the many activities available.
  • Day 9: Transfer to the lively city of Antalya; afternoon sightseeing.
  • Day 10: Visit the world-renowned theatre of Aspendos; afternoon transfer to Konya.
  • Day 11: Visit the Mevlana Museum then on to the Cappadocia region.
  • Day 12: Discover Göreme Open Air Museum and one of Cappadocia's fascinating underground cities.
  • Day 13: Transfer to the charming UNESCO-listed town of Safranbolu.
  • Day 14: Transfer to Istanbul; afternoon sightseeing including the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.
  • Day 15: End Istanbul.
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival & departure transfers for group flights
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
4.8 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 09 2019
5 - Excellent
A varied tour...history,culture,swimming,great food...what more could you want!
This was our ninth trip with the tour operator and it didnt disappoint. We saw so much in 2weeks..Gallipoli,Cannukale, Pammukale,Ephesus,Troy,Antalya and Kas, Capadoccia........the list goes on..... so much interesting history... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 16 2017
4 - Very Good
Highlights of Turkey
Turkey is an amazing country. There is so much to see and the two week tour is only going to give you a taste of what this country has to offer.
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 16 2017
5 - Excellent
Terrific Turkey with the amazing Fatih Develi and Unal
We set our expectations quite high for this trip but these were exceeded in every way from start to finish after meeting our superb tour guide - Fatih Develi - in Istanbul. His organization and communication skills were ... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 16 2017
4 - Very Good
The best of Turkey
A diverse trip, packed with lots of places to see over 2 weeks, yet it didn't feel too rushed and we had more free time than I have had on other similar holidays.
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Highlights of Turkey tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 09 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 09 December 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Highlights of Turkey tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Highlights of Turkey tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

    If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.

  • Where to travel in Europe?

    Europe has swathes of spectacular landscapes, a rich history, and vibrant cultures. Therefore, deciding on the best travel destinations on the continent can be difficult. However, you can narrow down on highlights by choosing one overarching theme for your trip. 

    If you are looking forward to immersing yourself in art and history, then Italy, Spain, and France should be on the top of your list. Head for Switzerland, Norway, or Croatia if nature is what you love the most. For beaches and water sports, you will be hard-pressed to find better destinations than Greece, Portugal, and Montenegro.

    Having said that, you can also diversify your itinerary by mixing and matching different elements of the same country. Italy tops the charts not just for its medieval monuments and Renaissance art but also for coastal scenery and sun-soaked beaches. Similarly, Spain is a foodie paradise as much as it is an architectural hotspot.

  • How to travel around Europe cheap?

    Bus services like FlixBus and BusAbout offer a convenient means of transport if you wish to move from one city to another within the same country. Although these services do travel between countries, they might not be the best choice due to a longer travel time.

    Budget airlines are another great way to get around Europe’s major cities, especially when you want to cut down on travel time between two countries. Keep an eye out and you might be able to snag tickets at unbelievable rates. Services like Skyscanner can be of help. Some of the largest budget airlines in the continent are Ryanair, WizzAir, Eurowings, and EasyJet.

    Ridesharing services are a godsend for those wishing to immerse themselves in local culture as they offer you the chance to catch a ride with locals along the way. BlaBlaCar is the largest one. The only downside is that it is not always as easy to book a rideshare service as it is to catch a bus or hop on a budget flight.

  • What is the best travel insurance for Europe?

    There are dozens of insurance companies offering travel insurance, which can make it difficult for you to choose the right one.

    There are a number of things that you should be aware of while purchasing travel insurance. If it is comprehensive medical insurance plans that you are interested in, make sure to find out what all the plan covers. If you are concerned about certain scenarios, then check out customizable travel insurance policies and find out if the provider can cover you for those situations. You also need to determine if there are reasonable coverage limits. Check deductibles and compensation limits in the insurance policy for this.

    While insurance is important, it is mostly a safeguard against emergencies. If you are on a budget, you can go with the second- or even third-best option and prioritize getting your money’s worth instead of purchasing the most comprehensive coverage.

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