Essential Turkey

03/05/2023 through 10/23/2024
03/05/2023 through 10/26/2024
Intrepid Travel

Essential Turkey

You’ll be hard-pressed finding a country that can provide all the goods of a cultural crusade – ancient ruins to explore, alluring beaches to swim at, local food to indulge in, lively cities to discover, and plenty of time to travel at your own pace. Get the essential low-down of everything Turkish on this 11-day cultural adventure from Istanbul, through the peaceful Gallipoli peninsula, acclaimed Ephesus, traditional Selcuk, seaside Fethiye through to attractive Antalya. With some south coast cruising, hot springs and ghost towns all thrown in, you’ll be seeing Turkey in a whole new light.


  • Gallipoli – Battlefields Tour
  • Ephesus – Archaeological site visit
  • Pamukkale – Hierapolis and Travertines National Park
  • Lycian Way – Hike from Kayakoy to Oludeniz Beach
  • Kayakoy – Ghost Village
  • Kekova – Turkish Coast day sailing
  • Antalya – Walking Tour including Nostalgic Tram


  • Eat, swim, sunbake, repeat – that’s what will happen when you get cruising along Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline. The choice is yours if you’d like to go exploring, or just relax on deck.
  • Thought all the best Roman ruins were in Italy? Think again! Turkey is home to one of the best-preserved classical of Ephesus – so discover it just like Anthony and Cleopatra did 2000 years ago.
  • Take a group hike from the deserted ghost town of Karakoy over the hills to check out the stunning Blue Lagoon – your group leader will know all the spots to go to get the best vantage points.
  • Pay your respects of the battles fought and lives lost in Anzac Cove in Gallipoli. This once war-torn stretch of coastline is now a peaceful reminder of times past.
  • Wade through the scenic hot springs at Pamukkale – pure white calcium deposits that cascade down the cliffs overlooking the town, are said to have magical healing properties.


Day 1 Istanbul
Day 2 Canakkale
Day 3 Ayvalik
Day 4 Selcuk
Day 5 Pamukkale
Day 6 Fethiye
Day 7 Kayakoy
Day 8 Kekova
Day 9 Southern Coast Sailing/Kekova
Day 10 Antalya
Day 11 Antalya

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