10 Days Highlights of Turkey
10 Days, 1 Country. Experience the splendour of Turkey’s natural beauty and history in 10 magical days. Visit sought-after destinations like Istanbul, Ankara and Kusadasi.
Many consider Turkey to be one of the lesser-known jewels of the world. This 10-day Highlights of Turkey tour features all the must-see sights and landmarks. Local guides share all their stories and the country’s fascinating history.
This tour lets you immerse yourself in one of the most interesting cultures in the world. Have your cameras ready for ancient sites like Troy, Hierapolis and Ephesus. There are endless memories to be made. Let this tour take you from the bazaars, to the solemn battlefields of Gallipoli. Why not jump in a hot-air balloon and see the beauty of Cappadocia from above?
Enjoy the hot springs as you experience the ancient powers of the terraces in Pamukkale. Drink some black tea as you wander through this country of ancient empires and modern bazaars. Turkey is truly where the east meets the west! Jump aboard our Turkey tour and let the exploring begin.
Start in: Istanbul
Istanbul – Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Any time on Day 1
Istanbul – Istanbul Hotel, from 14:00 hrs
Ages: 10 - 75+
End in: Istanbul
Istanbul, Any time on the last day
Places: 1 Country
Duration: 10 Days
DAY 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul and your first day of this magical trip around Turkey! Get settled at the hotel and then the day is yours to wander through this vibrant city. Catch a tram to the Grand Bazaar and get lost in the bustling market. In the Bazaar there is an “alley” for gold, leather, bowls and even tea. Want to escape the crowd? Sip on some black tea as you sit on a rooftop terrace in the busy city. Enjoy the views and the call to prayer from the mosques in the background.
DAY 2: Istanbul city tour
After breakfast we take you on a guided tour of Istanbul. Turkey is the only country to span over two continents! One side lies in Europe and the other, in Asia. On our tour we will see famous landmarks like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya). Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome also provide a glimpse into the past.
DAY 3: Gallipoli Battlefields - Canakkale
Today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli. This is one of the most emotionally-touching places in Turkey. The tour includes visits to the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek and Johnston’s Jolly. The 25th of April is commemorated in Turkey each year as ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day.
DAY 4: Troy - Pergamum - Kusadas
This morning we take a step back in time as we visit Troy. This is the home of the famed Trojan Horse and the Trojan War. We also tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
DAY 5: Ephesus - Kusadasi
Immerse yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Then we move to the former Greek village of Sirince, meaning ‘pleasant’. According to legend, it used to be called ‘Çirkince’ (‘ugly’) by freed Greek slaves so that others wouldn’t follow them there. Our final stop is at a carpet village. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey. We learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
DAY 6: Hierapolis - Pamukkale
This morning we will enjoy a display of local handcrafted leather goods. Then we make our way to one of the tour highlights - the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale! Take a dip among ancient columns in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. We also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis and see the theatre and museum.
DAY 7: Silk Road - Konya - Cappadocia
Today we travel along the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravanserai. A caravanserai refers to a roadside inn where travelers used to rest. Follow in the footsteps of all the traders that came before! We also make a stop in Konya at the Mevlana museum along the way. This is home to the mausoleum of the famous poet, Rumi. Don’t miss out on the optional traditional Turkish folklore this evening!
DAY 8: Goreme Valley - Cappadocia
Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum. The museum is the first place travelers visit when going to Cappadocia. This array of rock-cut churches are bound to leave travellers awestruck. Why not jump in a hot-air balloon and see the fairy chimneys from above? Alternatively you could explore the many levels of an underground city.
DAY 9: Ankara - Istanbul
We make an early-morning departure to the nation’s capital, Ankara. Here, we visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the famed President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. In 1923, Ataturk declared Ankara as the capital city of modern Turkey. This bustling capital is famous for its performing arts. After exploring our last stop on our Highlights of Turkey tour we head back to Istanbul.
DAY 10: End of tour
We enjoy our final Turkish breakfast together as our tour comes to an end. Remember to exchange details so you can swap all those photos and relive the magical memories!
9 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
9 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
13 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
Services of your Expat tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader – please see the 'Essential Information' tab for more details.
Air conditioned coach
Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.
Transfers on first and last day
Optional tours are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
Traditional Turkish Folklore Evening
Bosphorus by Night
Bosphorus by Public Ferry
Prince's Islands by Public Ferry
Hot Air Ballooning