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Turkey Encounters

Watching sunrises in otherworldly landscapes, dancing, shopping and plenty of good times make this getaway a real Turkish delight.
Sultan’s palaces gilded in gold and jewels. Surreal lunar landscapes. Bazaars of glittering treasures. Come discover the treasures of Turkey! 

This nation is unique in every way; an exciting blend of the modern and traditional; quiet and vibrant. Stroll through it capital that hugs two continents, one end in Asia and the other in Europe.  Learn about delectable Turkish cuisine, eat, explore, dance, laugh and have fun with new friends throughout!
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Quick overview

Duration
15 Days

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Starting From
₹177,680
Per person on twin-sharing basis
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Travel Operator
Encounters Travel

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Reviews

7 Reviews

Anonymous

Written on 01 Aug, 2018

4.0 out of 5
Very good value for money.
Very good value for money.read less
David
5.0 out of 5
Had a worry free amazing experience from the time we booked the trip till we arrived back home. Definitely recommend using them.
Had a worry free amazing experience from the time we booked the trip till we arrived back home. Definitely recommend using them.read less
Marijo W
5.0 out of 5
Best trip I have ever been on. I have traveled with many tour companies but none compare to the itinerary, information, and professionalism of this company.
Best trip I have ever been on. I have traveled with many tour companies but none compare to the itinerary, information, and professionalism of this company.read less
Chook
5.0 out of 5
Highly recommend Encounters Travel. Entire tour was conducted without a hiccup, tour guides were amazing - friendly, highly knowledgeable, courteous and nothing was too much trouble to ensure our trip was of a high standard.
Highly recommend Encounters Travel. Entire tour was conducted without a hiccup, tour guides were amazing - friendly, highly knowledgeable, courteous and nothing was too much trouble to ensure our trip was of a high standard.read less
Taylor
5.0 out of 5
I highly recommend you to use Encounters if you travel to Egypt. Their customer service was excellent and exceeded my expectations.
I highly recommend you to use Encounters if you travel to Egypt. Their customer service was excellent and exceeded my expectations.read less
David
5.0 out of 5
Had a worry free amazing experience from the time we booked the trip till we arrived back home. Definitely recommend using them.
Had a worry free amazing experience from the time we booked the trip till we arrived back home. Definitely recommend using them.read less
Jagdev
5.0 out of 5
Well organized with good guides. Small groups and well paced and decent time for departure from one city to another.
Well organized with good guides. Small groups and well paced and decent time for departure from one city to another.read less
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Why take this trip with us

Experiences

Our experiences and activities are expertly curated with inputs from trusted locals.

Accomodation

Best in class hotels that are conveniently located in city centres.

Safety

Our trips are organized with your safety in mind. We collaborate with local tourism authorities extensively.

Guide

Our trips always have a knowledgeable, friendly and expert guide to show you around.

Transport

Our tranport and transfers are always exclusive, private and in small buses.

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Itinerary

Arrive into Istanbul, transfer to hotel

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul for the start of your trip.

Istanbul, old city tour

Our trip begins this morning with a full day tour of Istanbul. Lying across two continents this historically important city played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum and explore the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace before ending at the famous Hippodrome.

Gallipoli battlefields and memorials tour

We depart Istanbul this morning for the drive to Gallopoli where we will receive a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site. Although home to some of the fiercest fighting during the War today the site is full of poignant memorials set against a subdued wooded landscape. Our tour will include the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston Jolly as well as The Nek and Gallipoli Museum. There will also be chance to see the original trenches and tunnels used during the war before we head to our hotel in Canakkale.

Tour of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum

This morning we make the short drive to the ancient city of Troy. Lying undiscoverd until midway through the 19th Century the excavations here brought the legend of the Trojan horse and the poems of Homer back to life. We then continue our drive south to the acropolis of Pergamum. A former kingdom we enjoy a full tour of the site including the Temple of Trajan and the famous library which is believed to have rivalled the library of Alexandria and helped shape Pergamum into a renowned cultural and political centre.

Kusadasi, Ephesus Roman ruins tour

After breakfast we drive to the Roman site of Ephesus. The city at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean. We visit the Temple of Artemis, and explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city. This afternoon we visit the fruit wine growing village of Sirince and learn about the history of carpet weaving in Turkey.

Drive to Pamukkale and Hieropolis

We travel east this morning to Pamukkale, site of the well known white calcium terraces known as Travertines. Pamukkale translates as 'cotton castles' and the naturally occuring geology here has created cloud like formations unlike anywhere else. We then head to the ancient city of Hierapolis to enjoy a dip in the hot thermal pools lodged amongst ancient columns left by the Romans who used the pools for their therapeutic powers.

Pamukkale, drive to Fethiye

We leave Pamukkale this morning and head south towards the Mediterranean coast, visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias en-route to the coastal town of Fethiye.

Fethiye

Today you have the option to relax on a day cruise around the 12 Islands of Fethiye or experience one of Turkey's highlights on an optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest canyon.

Fethiye, drive to Antalya via Kayakoy

We leave Fethiye this morning and start our drive to Antalya. Our first stop of the day is to the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy. After arriving in Antalya in the afternoon we'll have a walking tour of the old town area known as "Kaleici". Whilst on the your we'll visit Hadrian's Gate, the Ancient Harbour and the Suna-Inan Kirac Museum.

Aspendos and Manavgat waterfalls

Today we tour Aspendos, known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today. We'll then have a pleasant rest stop at Manavgat waterfalls.

Drive to Konya

Travel back in time today as we follow the ancient Silk Road towards Konya. On arrival in Konya we include a visit to the Mevlana Celaleddin mausoleum and museum – the former home of the original Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes.

Sultanhani Caravanserai and Cappadocia

We learn more about the history of the Silk Route with a stop at the Sultanhani Caravanserai before arriving in Cappadocia. Unlike nowhere else on earth, the spectacular landscape includes fairytale views full of improbable rock formations and underground villages. We'll tour the Goreme Valley, Uchisar castle, see the 'fairy chimneys' and more. Later there is an optional fun traditional Turkish folklore evening.

Cappadocia. Pigeon & Love Valleys, Underground City

Today we trek through the beautiful Pigeon and Love Valleys, and explore the many levels of an underground city. We will be shown around the subterranean churches and fortresses used by Christians to avoid persecution over a thousand years ago.

Drive to Ankara & Istanbul

We leave early this morning and drive to Turkey's capital Ankara to visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. An optional morning flight to Istanbul is available from Kayseri in Cappadocia.

Istanbul, free time, transfer to airport

The tour ends in Istanbul today, and your time is free for some last minute shopping or sightseeing until we transfer you to the airport for your departure.

Inclusions

 All accommodation as stated in the itinerary

 All transport and transfers

 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service

 Services of a local tour leader throughout

 Entrance fees to various sites

 Meals as indicated in the itinerary

 Tipping kitty

Not Included

 International flights (available on request)

 Visa fees

 Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)

 Meals not indicated in the itinerary

 Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)

 Tips for guide and driver

 Any other items not mentioned above

 Additional 5% GST

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Byond Travel is Asia's largest discovery and booking platform for expert-led group tours in over 50 countries. We boast 10,000+ tours by verified experts that offer unique and memorable experiences. We curate expert advice and recommendations from a community of 100k+ travellers, and bring together local operators who offer these services, making the booking of experiences comparable, fast and easy.

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A comprehensive list of inclusions and exclusions is mentioned on each trip page, but across all our trips, we have these in common: unique experiences, handpicked local experts, comfortable accommodation, and a trip leader who’s there to assist you around the clock.

No. We don't include flights and visa costs in our prices unless specified. We, however, will put you in touch with our partners who can help you.

Our travellers are friendly and open-minded. They come from countries all around the world. At the end of your trip with our multicultural groups, you will return with new friends, memorable experiences and incredible stories.

We have trips for all kinds of travellers. Some are suitable for 18-35 year olds, some may better suit travellers above 50, and others where everyone is welcome.

Yes, you can customize your trips. We help organize solo journeys that are highly personalized.

Our travellers come from all over the world. From India, Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Calcutta are represented the most.

We believe the early-bird catches the best travel worm :) The early-bird discounts are valid for the first few spots on the group and are not time sensitive. Your travel designer will let you know about the number of spots available.

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Your safety is our number one priority and we design our travel journeys keeping this in mind. We collaborate with tourism boards and there will always be access to emergency contacts and medical support throughout the trip.

Requirement of visas whilst travelling depends on your nationality. You are responsible entirely, for obtaining all the documents that you’re required to produce during your vacation. We will provide you with the visa documents related to your booking.

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