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Turkey Istanbul, Cappadocia & the Coast Cultural Discovery

Tour, Escorted tour

Istanbul, Turkey to Dalaman, Turkey

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Turkey Istanbul, Cappadocia & the Coast Cultural Discovery
Discover the wonders of Turkey, a country boasting some of the most diverse and rich cultural heritage sites in the world. Sail across Asia and Europe in Istanbul and marvel at the Ottoman royal collections of the Topkapi Palace. Take a flight to Cappadocia to hike the moon-like valleys and go deep down to underground cities, while exploring the hidden rock-hewn churches of the Byzantine monks. From walking on the Lycian Way to swimming in the ancient city of Simena, this 12-day trip blends the very best of Turkey.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Topkapi Palace in Istanbul and Göreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia
  • Marvel at the beauty of the river canyon at Ihlara, the 16th-century tiles in Istanbul, and the largest intact amphitheater of Asia Minor at Aspendos
  • Hike where Alexander the Great resided in the ancient city of Phaselis, swim among the ruins of the sunken city Simena, and enjoy every bit of changing colors in the Mediterranean Sea

Internal Airfare: $100
Minimum Age: 14
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
  • Educational and Learning
11 Nights Starting At
May 11, 2024 through May 22, 2024
Book by:
May 07, 2024 7:00 PM
Internal Airfare not included
Itinerary Overview
Day 3
Eminonu Heritage Walk & Private Bosphorus Boat Tour
Day 5
Visit the Greek-Orthodox Village of Sinasos & Hike to Gorgoli Valley
Day 6
Kaymakli Underground City & Ihlara Valley Hike to Selime Monastery
Day 9
Drive to Kas via the Ancient Cities of Phaselis & Myra
Day 10
Hike from Phellos to Antiphellos
Day 12
Depart from Dalaman
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May 07, 2024 7:00 PM
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April 17, 2024 7:00 PM
11 Nights from $6,695.00 (USD) Per Person
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September 17, 2024 7:00 PM
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October 08, 2024 7:00 PM
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Accommodations
MT Sobek: Treasures of Turkey

Day: 1, duration: 3
Hotel Arcadia Blue

With a prime location in the district of Sultanahmet, Istanbul's cultural and commercial heart, this elegant boutique hotel offers views to the Blue Mosque, Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea. The rooms showcase swish decor featuring walnut wood, satin and marble, plus upscale perks like minibar and Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy two on-site restaurants and a spa with a Turkish bath and sauna.

Day: 4, duration: 1
Hilton Garden Inn Adiyaman

Immerse yourself in the city's heritage and culture at the Hilton Garden Inn Adiyaman Hotel, located close to Mount Nemrut and the Atatuürk Dam. Its comfortable and well-appointed rooms offer a relaxing getaway with crisp white bedding and a 42-inch HDTV. Spend the afternoon at the temperature-controlled outdoor pool, sauna or fitness center — then unwind with a drink at the lounge bar or enjoy a meal at the Garden Grille.

Day: 5, duration: 2
Hotel El Ruha

At the heart of historic Urfa, this upscale hotel features a string of well-appointed rooms, and views of the Pool of Abraham and the citadel. With an indoor pool, fitness center, a Turkish bath, and a café inside a cave-like space, it's a stellar base from which to explore the highlights of this ancient city.

Day: 7, duration: 3
A. Candan Deluxe Gulet

Board your classically designed 115-foot gulet (motor-sailing yacht) for an idyllic three-day cruise along Turkey's Turquoise Coast. A. Candan can accommodate up to 16 passengers, so you can enjoy spacious comfort in your well-appointed cabins — all en suite and fully air-conditioned. The relaxing salon is also fully air conditioned, with an indoor dining and seating area, along with a bar, TV, music system, and internet access. Just sit back and let the captain and crew attend to your every need!

Day: 10, duration: 2
Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal

Located near the ancient thermal city of Hierapolia and the ruins of Pamukkale, Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal is a luxurious retreat featuring thermal pools, an outdoor swimming pool, and a spa. Its rooms are sleek and well-appointed with modern amenities, and each comes with a balcony. You'll find Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, along with air-conditioning and plenty of areas to relax among elegant

Guides
MT Sobek: Treasures of Turkey

Mesuthan Ozgen
Mesuthan is a graduate of Balikesir University's Department of Tourism for Tourist Guides, and is MT Sobek’s foremost Turkish authority for hiking, exploration, and culture. He is widely regarded as one of our favorite guides and has a wonderful demeanor with tremendous leadership qualities. His latest notable adventure was summiting Mt. Ararat with fellow MT Sobek legend Sergio Fitch-Watkins! Mesuthan is excited for the return of our Turkey programs, and looks forward to an exciting new chapter of fun and exploration.





Ozlem Ozgoren
Ozzy is a native of Turkey and loves to share her knowledge of the country’s history and culture as an adventure travel guide. In fact, she has guided in all areas of her country and especially enjoys meeting Americans, after spending a number of years studying in the United States (both in Missouri and Miami). In her spare time, Ozlem pursues her interest in wildlife and sings in a chorus.





Serra Somersan
Serra is a native of Turkey, a graduate of Ege (Aegean) University, Department of Classical Archaeology, and a certified graduate of the Turkish Ministry of Tourism’s guide program. Her post-graduate studies have included study in her profession at Lecce University in Italy, and courses at the Middle Eastern Technical University to becoming a qualified diver. During her studies, she worked at the excavation site of the ancient city of Antandros, located in the ancient Troas region.





Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: Treasures of Turkey

Inclusions
Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
Potable water and snacks throughout
1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Exclusions
International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
Lunch on Day 7 and dinner on Day 3 & 6
Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 or departing outside of Day 12
Optional travel protection
What To Expect
MT Sobek: Treasures of Turkey

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been creating immersive cultural adventures for 50 years and we've been exploring Turkey for decades!

Reason #02

Our local expert guides, whom we have worked with for over 20 years, will help you get to the heart of Turkey, revealing insider knowledge and going deeper in just 12 days.

Reason #03

This trip features a three-day gulet cruise along Turkey's scenic Turquoise Coast and visits little-known UNESCO-listed wonders.

Activities

Guided city walks, bazaar strolls, museum visits, tours of off-the-radar ancient ruins, scenic drives, and a three-day gulet cruise.

Lodging

A boutique city retreat in Istanbul, upscale city hotels throughout, and a deluxe gulet for three nights.

Climate

Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures generally around or above 86°F in the day.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Arrive any time on Day 1 and meet an MT Sobek representative at Istanbul airport for a transfer to the hotel.

Is the water safe to drink in Turkey?

Although the water is considered safe, most people don't drink tap water in Turkey. We will provide clean, safe-to-drink water to our guests each day.

What can I expect to eat in Turkey?

Turkey's cuisine is vibrant, colorful and flavorful! There is an abundance of healthy and delicious options in Turkey, including soups, stews, assorted kebabs, mountains of bread, kofte (meatballs), pide (Turkish pizza), olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, salads, lentils, rice, yogurt soups, and more.

Is Turkey safe?

As of April 2019, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory Level 3 for Turkey, advising that travelers avoid certain areas. This trip does not travel through or near any of those areas.

Is Turkey an Islamic country?

Islam is the largest religion in Turkey. Turkey is also a secular country, and there is freedom of religion. The Turkish Government recognizes three minority religious communities: Greek Orthodox Christians, Armenian Apostolic Christians and Jews.

Do I need a visa to travel to Turkey?

Yes, U.S. citizens can obtain an e-Visa for Turkey is you are travelling for less than 90 days.

MT Sobek: Treasures of Turkey

Day: 1, duration: 3
Hotel Arcadia Blue

With a prime location in the district of Sultanahmet, Istanbul's cultural and commercial heart, this elegant boutique hotel offers views to the Blue Mosque, Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea. The rooms showcase swish decor featuring walnut wood, satin and marble, plus upscale perks like minibar and Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy two on-site restaurants and a spa with a Turkish bath and sauna.

Day: 4, duration: 1
Hilton Garden Inn Adiyaman

Immerse yourself in the city's heritage and culture at the Hilton Garden Inn Adiyaman Hotel, located close to Mount Nemrut and the Atatuürk Dam. Its comfortable and well-appointed rooms offer a relaxing getaway with crisp white bedding and a 42-inch HDTV. Spend the afternoon at the temperature-controlled outdoor pool, sauna or fitness center — then unwind with a drink at the lounge bar or enjoy a meal at the Garden Grille.

Day: 5, duration: 2
Hotel El Ruha

At the heart of historic Urfa, this upscale hotel features a string of well-appointed rooms, and views of the Pool of Abraham and the citadel. With an indoor pool, fitness center, a Turkish bath, and a café inside a cave-like space, it's a stellar base from which to explore the highlights of this ancient city.

Day: 7, duration: 3
A. Candan Deluxe Gulet

Board your classically designed 115-foot gulet (motor-sailing yacht) for an idyllic three-day cruise along Turkey's Turquoise Coast. A. Candan can accommodate up to 16 passengers, so you can enjoy spacious comfort in your well-appointed cabins — all en suite and fully air-conditioned. The relaxing salon is also fully air conditioned, with an indoor dining and seating area, along with a bar, TV, music system, and internet access. Just sit back and let the captain and crew attend to your every need!

Day: 10, duration: 2
Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal

Located near the ancient thermal city of Hierapolia and the ruins of Pamukkale, Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal is a luxurious retreat featuring thermal pools, an outdoor swimming pool, and a spa. Its rooms are sleek and well-appointed with modern amenities, and each comes with a balcony. You'll find Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, along with air-conditioning and plenty of areas to relax among elegant

MT Sobek: Treasures of Turkey

Mesuthan Ozgen
Mesuthan is a graduate of Balikesir University's Department of Tourism for Tourist Guides, and is MT Sobek’s foremost Turkish authority for hiking, exploration, and culture. He is widely regarded as one of our favorite guides and has a wonderful demeanor with tremendous leadership qualities. His latest notable adventure was summiting Mt. Ararat with fellow MT Sobek legend Sergio Fitch-Watkins! Mesuthan is excited for the return of our Turkey programs, and looks forward to an exciting new chapter of fun and exploration.





Ozlem Ozgoren
Ozzy is a native of Turkey and loves to share her knowledge of the country’s history and culture as an adventure travel guide. In fact, she has guided in all areas of her country and especially enjoys meeting Americans, after spending a number of years studying in the United States (both in Missouri and Miami). In her spare time, Ozlem pursues her interest in wildlife and sings in a chorus.





Serra Somersan
Serra is a native of Turkey, a graduate of Ege (Aegean) University, Department of Classical Archaeology, and a certified graduate of the Turkish Ministry of Tourism’s guide program. Her post-graduate studies have included study in her profession at Lecce University in Italy, and courses at the Middle Eastern Technical University to becoming a qualified diver. During her studies, she worked at the excavation site of the ancient city of Antandros, located in the ancient Troas region.





MT Sobek: Treasures of Turkey

Inclusions
Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
Potable water and snacks throughout
1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Exclusions
International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
Lunch on Day 7 and dinner on Day 3 & 6
Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 or departing outside of Day 12
Optional travel protection
MT Sobek: Treasures of Turkey

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been creating immersive cultural adventures for 50 years and we've been exploring Turkey for decades!

Reason #02

Our local expert guides, whom we have worked with for over 20 years, will help you get to the heart of Turkey, revealing insider knowledge and going deeper in just 12 days.

Reason #03

This trip features a three-day gulet cruise along Turkey's scenic Turquoise Coast and visits little-known UNESCO-listed wonders.

Activities

Guided city walks, bazaar strolls, museum visits, tours of off-the-radar ancient ruins, scenic drives, and a three-day gulet cruise.

Lodging

A boutique city retreat in Istanbul, upscale city hotels throughout, and a deluxe gulet for three nights.

Climate

Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures generally around or above 86°F in the day.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Arrive any time on Day 1 and meet an MT Sobek representative at Istanbul airport for a transfer to the hotel.

Is the water safe to drink in Turkey?

Although the water is considered safe, most people don't drink tap water in Turkey. We will provide clean, safe-to-drink water to our guests each day.

What can I expect to eat in Turkey?

Turkey's cuisine is vibrant, colorful and flavorful! There is an abundance of healthy and delicious options in Turkey, including soups, stews, assorted kebabs, mountains of bread, kofte (meatballs), pide (Turkish pizza), olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, salads, lentils, rice, yogurt soups, and more.

Is Turkey safe?

As of April 2019, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory Level 3 for Turkey, advising that travelers avoid certain areas. This trip does not travel through or near any of those areas.

Is Turkey an Islamic country?

Islam is the largest religion in Turkey. Turkey is also a secular country, and there is freedom of religion. The Turkish Government recognizes three minority religious communities: Greek Orthodox Christians, Armenian Apostolic Christians and Jews.

Do I need a visa to travel to Turkey?

Yes, U.S. citizens can obtain an e-Visa for Turkey is you are travelling for less than 90 days.

About MT Sobek
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This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

Read More

Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.