- Explore the bustling streets of Istanbul
- Witness the gorgeous architecture at every corner of the city
- Experience the cultural immersion at local villages
- Relax on an overnight boat trip
- Explore the beautiful coastal town of Kekova
- Discover historic cities and extraordinary scenery at Selçuk
There can be no better idea than setting out for an adventure tour across Turkey during your gap year. This budget trip will start from Istanbul and take you across the historical towns of Göreme, Pamukkale, and Selçuk. You'll also get to spend adequate time in the coastal areas of Kekova and spend a night on a boat deck! Explore the ruins of the ancient Roman Empire and immerse yourself in the Turkish culture. Savor the taste of the local cuisine, shop at the local markets and get closer to the natives while living in the homestay. It'll be a great way to discover more about the country and the people, and you'll surely end up making some wonderful memories.
Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! You'll have to take a flight to Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Depending on the time of arrival, you can decide how you wish to spend your day. You can choose to visit the Dolmabahçe Palace or go for the Bosporus Cruise. You can otherwise head straight to your accommodation and later, explore the marketplace and go for dinner at a local restaurant with your travel mates.
Note: If you wish to explore Istanbul properly, we'll recommend booking accommodation for an extra night pre-tour.
Day 2 - Istanbul to Göreme
In the morning, our coordinator will take you for an Orientation walk, after which you can head out and explore the city on your own. Some of the places worth visiting are Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and others. You'll be taking the overnight bus to Cappadocia Region.
Day 3 - 4 Göreme
You'll be staying here for 2 days, so make the most of your time and explore as much as you can. Head out to explore the Göreme Open Air Museum, with cave churches and frescoes from the 10th to 12th centuries. You can also opt for the Cappadocia Trekking Tour. If you have always dreamt of experiencing Turkish bath, then it's time you fulfill your dreams!
Note: If you are willing to have an aerial view of the region, then you'll have to pre-book the Cappadocia Balloon Ride. Get in touch with your point of contact while booking the tour.
Day 5 - Göreme to Antalya
You have another day to explore, so if you've missed anything, it's time to go for it! Make sure to tick all that's there on your bucket list. Tonight, you'll be taking a train to Antalya.
Day 6 - Antalya to Olympos
Once you arrive at Antalya, you'll continue to the village of Olympos on the Mediterranean coast. There will be enough time for you to relax and explore the beach before taking a short drive in the evening to Olympos Mountain.We'll all be going for the Olympos Mountain Flames Walk to view the spectacle of the chimera, a natural phenomenon where flames mysteriously rise from the cracks of the local rocks.
Day 7 - Olympos to Kekova
You'll be heading towards the beautiful coastal town of Kekova, from where we'll take a boat and spend the night floating on the sea. Spend a night sleeping on the deck, under the starlit sky and experience the bliss.
Day 8 - Kekova to Dalyan
You'll head back to the mainland at Ucagiz and then head towards the charming city of Dalyan. You can opt for the Dalyan Boat Trip and cruise to Iztuzu Beach. You'll also have the options to go for a mud bath, which is quite popular here.
Day 9 - Dalyan
It's your free day in Dalyan. Explore the markets, or just relax at your hotel and binge on some local delicacies.
Day 10 - Dalyan to Pamukkale
You'll be awestruck to see the beautiful white cliffs of Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ancient site of Hierapolis. This place is evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since the 2nd century BC.
Day 11 - Pamukkale to Selçuk
Today you'll be heading towards the coastal town of Selçuk. Go back in time while exploring the ruins of ancient Ephesus, and get to know more about the ancient Roman Empire. Visit the Saint John's Basilica, Mosque of Isa Bey and other places.
Day 12 - Selçuk
You have got the entire day to explore Selçuk. If you want to explore a Turkish Greek village, then plan a trip to Şirince Village. Otherwise, you can explore the ruins of ancient Ephesus and spend some time at the beach as well.
Day 13 - Selçuk to Çanakkale
Once you reach the harbor town of Çanakkale, you can head out and explore Troy and the Gallipoli Battlefields. This place holds immense historical importance and is totally worth exploring. You'll get to learn a lot about the ancient times, and witness the beauty of the Roman architecture.
Day 14 - Çanakkale to Istanbul
You'll be heading back to the big city after your adventurous tour. If you've missed exploring anything in Istanbul, then today is the day for you! Don't forget to pick up some souvenirs for the folks back at home, and go for a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.
Day 15 - Fly back home from Istanbul
As your journey comes to an end, you can book your returning flight. In case you wish to continue your trip, you need to get in touch with your coordinator, who can assist you further.
Dates & Cost
- Dinner with Local Family in Çavuşin
- Orientation walk of Istanbul
- Overnight boat trip with dinner (Aegean Sea)
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Accommodation - Simple hotels (11 nights), overnight buses (2 nights), boat (1 night, multi-share)
- Meals - 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- International/Domestic airfare
- Visa fees
- Insurance (can be purchased from us at a nominal cost)
- Cost of vaccinations
- Local transport and personal expenses
- Cost of meals not mentioned in the itinerary