Enjoy 15 days exploration from the West of Turkey to the East. Enjoy the quirky beehive houses of Harran, spend time in a traditional Kurdish village, and be amazed at the view of Cappadocia from a sunrise hot air balloon trip. Read details to see more areas of exploration on the itinerary. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 15
  • Starting Point: Istanbul
  • Ending Point: Istanbul
  • No Credit Card Fees
  • No Booking Fees
  • 5% Discount

Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel by private car. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend:

Visit Haghia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (harem not included.) Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

Enjoy the Bosphorus by Boat. Visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

Drive south to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Hear expert information from a local guide. Visit the Kabatepe War Museum, the intended landing place at Brighton Beach and Anzac Cove where the Dawn Service is held each year. Also visit the NZ Memorial at Chunuk Bair, the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine, and the Turkish Memorial as well. Overnight in Canakkale.

  • Destination: Gallipoli
  • Legend: B, L

Morning tour of the ruins of the ancient cities of Troy. Lunch break. In the afternoon, drive to Kusadasi, stopping at the beautiful ruins of Pergamon on the way. These stunning ruins, beautifully located on a hill top, demonstrate that the architects and sculptors of Pergamon were among the most talented in the Hellenistic world. Overnight in Kusadasi.

  • Destination: Pergamon & Troy
  • Legend: B, L

Visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Then visit Ephesus Ancient City, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Here you will explore the Agora, Odeon, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre & Marble Street. After a lunch break, visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is thought to have spent her final years. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.

  • Destination: Ephesus
  • Legend: B, L

Morning drive to Pamukkale, then lunch. In the afternoon, tour the 'Cotton Castle.' Bring swimwear as you may have time to swim in the Antique Pool (extra fee applies.) Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its theatre and Necropolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.

  • Destination: Pamukkale
  • Legend: B, L, D

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight from Pamukkale to Cappadocia (via Istanbul.) On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B

05:00 Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia Hotel pickup, then a quick snack and safety briefing. Watching the balloon inflate, then you're off! Soaring over fairy chimneys, and dipping low to skim cave dwellings. This may be your favourite part of your Turkey trip - it will certainly be unforgettable. Celebrate a soft landing with a quick drink, and return to your hotel for breakfast around 8.30am. Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (North). Visit Zelve open air museum, which once housed one of the largest communities in the region. Visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and the natural Castle at Uchisar. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (South) Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and the beautiful Valley of Ihlara, formerly known as Peristerema. Explore the famous rock-hewn churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back, visit monasteries in Selime Village and a 13th century Caravansaray on the Silk Road. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

Meet your private driver and guide this morning for the next couple of days. Pick up from hotel in the morning and hit the road for Mt Nemrut. Passing Kayseri city en route, visit the 13th century Seljuk Caravanserai 'Karatayhan.' Later afternoon, visit the Cendere (Severus) Bridge, the Tumulus of Karakus and the ruins of Arsaemia. Finally, ascend to the summit of Mt Nemrut for the sunset. Take beautiful photos among the toppled heads. (Please note a steep climb of around 20 minutes to the summit form the car park. Path is well made, but steep.) Overnight in Adiyaman.

  • Destination: Mt Nemrut
  • Legend: B, L, D

8:30am - After breakfast, drive to a traditional Kurdish village. Take lunch in the village, and learn about local customs, language and culture. (Modest dress is required.) There is also time for to explore the area. After lunch drive to Gobekli Tepe and explore the site. Marvel at the huge stones, and ponder what they might have meant, and how people 12,000 years ago managed to move them. Drive on to Sanliurfa, and visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. Overnight in Sanliurfa.

  • Destination: Urfa
  • Legend: B, L, D

8am - Drive to Harran to see the mud-brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the book of Genesis, where Abraham spent the last years of his life. See the castle of Harran and the oldest Islamic university and the 18th century castle. Your driver and guide will drop you at Sanliurfa airport for your noon flight back to Istanbul and transfer to hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B

Free day for wandering the streets of the Old City, getting lost in the Grand Bazaar or taking a leisurely Turkish bath in an historic hamam. Play backgammon and drink tea, or travel into the New City around Istiklal Street to experience Istanbul the way the locals do. Overnight in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B

Pick up from the hotel according to your flight schedule and transfer to the airport.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B

You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.

Tour Map

Tour Details

  • In Brief

    This tour takes you off the beaten track!! It visits the main highlights of Turkey such as Istanbul, Gallipoli, Ephesus, Pamukkale & Cappadocia. However, it but also includes the very special Gobekli Tepe, Mt Nemrut and Sanliurfa. It includes a visit to a traditional Kurdish village. You can extend this to include one night's village homestay for a truly authentic experience.

    Note that we run boutique tours and the number of participants is usually limited to 18 passengers. Having said this, we almost always upgrade the Old City tours to a private private tour, given the importance of sites. We have about 12 people limit for Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia tours. Note that we mainly use Merdeces Sprinter or similar tour buses with our tours in Turkey, we never use public buses. Also, all airport transfers are organised in private vehicles.

  • Special Features

    - Can be extended or customized
    - No long coach journeys - private car or flights only
    - Hand selected boutique hotels, not package tour hotels
    - Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia
    - Plenty of time in Cappadocia so you're not rushed
    - This tour is also available on private basis

  • What's Included

    - Domestic flight tickets
    - Private transfers by car
    - Many meals
    - Balloon flight over Cappadocia
    - All museum and entrance fees
    - All local taxes
    - Compulsory insurance by Turkish tourism ministry. This insurance covers you for all of the services bought from us, in case of bankruptcy, insolvency or the liquidation of our agency

  • What's Not Included

    - International airfare & taxes.
    - Drinks with meals
    - Travel insurance
    - Optional gratuities to the guide and driver
    - Turkish visa fee


Departure Date

Not available for departure through 18 April to 24 April.
  • Start Date
    Finish Date
    Day / Days / Every Day
  • Start Date: 01.01.2018
    Finish Date: 31.12.2020
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List

  • Start
    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 01.01.2018
    Finish: 31.12.2019
    Single: 5,904 AUD 5,609 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 4,512 AUD 4,286 AUD
    Triple PP: 3,968 AUD 3,770 AUD


Catherine and Bruce

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Catherine and Bruce Kelley

We recently enjoyed the Treasures of Turkey tour organised by the Turkey Travel Centre (TTC). This is without doubt one of the best trips that we have done. We loved Turkey very much. Wonderful history and remarkable sights.

Right from the planning stage, Michael at TTC was focussed on meeting our every need. This tour overlapped with another one that we were finishing by two days, but TTC proved to be very flexible in ensuring a seamless transition between the two tours with no lost time, overlap or cost penalty. We also liked the fact that the tour group each day was quite small. On a few occasions there were just 4 of us for the day with our own guide.

Given the distances covered, effective daily coordination was essential with different pick-ups every day. It worked brilliantly and the whole trip went smoothly and without any issues. As we arrived at each destination, we received clear directions for the next stage and without exception, those directions went exactly to plan. Meals were very good, notably the lunches which were integrated into the daily tours.

In addition the standard of hotels was excellent and connecting flights with Turkish Airlines within Turkey were great.

Finally, the standard of the daily guides was extremely good. They were very well educated and experienced for their particular roles, and were clearly passionate about what were areas of great interest to them.

To sum up, TTC proved to be efficient, flexible and customer focussed and clearly they delivered an excellent product for us.

We would recommend them highly.

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B. White

QLD - Australia

I must tell you how impressed we were with The Turkey Travel Centre service and indeed with Turkey in general. I've been travelling back and forth between PNG/Australia and Northern Europe on an at least annual basis for over 40 years and for some reason it's never occurred to me to even stopover in Istanbul before now. I'm just so relieved that I stumbled across your web site and gave you a call before my travel agent had me signed up for 2 weeks with Sun Island Tours. Their glossy brochure had made it look like an interesting trip around all the usual tourist areas in Turkey but, on closer examination, it seemed to me we'd be spending 90% of our time sitting in the back of a bus and being herded around like cattle. Your tailor-made itinerary suited us perfectly. The smaller boutique hotels also suited us well and we have no complaints at all. The La Vista in Kusadasi really stands out. The setting was superb but we'd also rate highly the Oyster Residences in Olu Deniz and the Stone Cave Hotel in Goreme for both convenience of location and for the friendly and helpful service received. The guides were all good but we particularly enjoyed the knowledgeable company of Mehmet in Istanbul.
I think what really made the trip for us was the excellent support provided by your assistant Ihsan Dincel. He could not have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he never let us down in organising the various extra trips which we requested - usually at the last minute.
Thank you for such an enjoyable introduction to your adopted country and to its hospitable people and fascinating culture. I'm sure we'll be in contact with you again when planning our next trip.

Kind regards

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Jenny & Cathy

NSW, Australia

Hi Liz, 

Thanks very much for our Turkey Uncovered Tour which was great.

All the arrangements for hotels, transport, etc went very smoothly. We loved the boutique hotels which all had location location location (including fantastic views for a number of them) as well as really friendly staff and good bathrooms and breakfasts.

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Four Extremely Good Reasons to Visit Cappadocia

In the seventies and eighties, Cappadocia was not a well-known destination on the international travel scene. Visited mainly by independent backpackers, eager for adventure and excitement, it was not until the invention of the Internet, that Cappadocia became a hot topic.

If you have never been, it is easy to assume the landscape descriptions sound like a page out of fairy-tale storybook. Cave houses, fairy chimneys, underground cities, and long deep gorges used by Christians fleeing Roman soldiers will sound surreal to anyone. However, everything about Cappadocia is very much real. As one of my favourite destinations in Turkey, I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to visit.

Reasons to visit Cappadocia

Lunar Landscape Views

Cappadocia has many deep valleys and gorges formed by weather conditions over thousands of years. Within those mystical plains are smooth and jugged rocks, nicknamed fairy chimneys because of their tall, domineering appearance. In the distance, sits the majestic Mount Erciyes and from local landmarks such as Panoramic Viewpoint, the popular town of Goreme resembles a movie scene from the Flintstones.

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Sanliurfa – Abraham, Beehive Houses, and Ancient Settlements

Sanliurfa is a large province in the Southeast of Turkey.  Not as well-known as its neighbouring counterpart of Gaziantep but I wanted to visit it for one reason. Also known as Urfa, it is steeped in tales and historical sites related to Abraham and his time spent in ancient Mesopotamia.

Known as father of the Israelites and called Ibrahim in Islam, he is regarded as a prophet and pioneer of the religion. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son and when he saw his willingness to do so, instead placed a sheep at Abraham’s hands, hence the animal sacrifice made by practising Muslims every year.

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How to Take Great Holiday Photos When You Are Not a Professional Photographer

Holiday photos are everything; memories of our trips and mementos to show friends and family back home.

Very often though, our customers remark on how they struggle to snap photos that they are 100% happy with.

Whether it is the landscape of Cappadocia, Turkish food dishes or local people, they are rarely happy with the result.

Certain techniques though, will instantly improve your photos and you do not need to be a professional or have the latest equipment.

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