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. 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

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend:

Pick up from your hotel & visit Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (harem not included.) Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from your hotel & 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

Pick up from your hotel & 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

Pick up from your hotel & 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

Pick up from your hotel & 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

Pick up from your hotel & 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. After the tour, transfer to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

  • Destination: Pamukkale
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from your hotel & transfer to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia (maybe via Istanbul.) On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B

05:00 Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia (optional extra - please contact us for availability & pricing) 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) Pick up from your hotel & tour Start from Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley), spectacular fairy chimneys and beautiful and scapes. After Devrent valley, we will visit Pasabag (known as Monk valley) where we will see double and triple headed rock formations. Lunch at Avanos, famous for pottery and Redriver (Kızılırmak). After lunch, you will visit Goreme open air museum which is in the heart of Cappadocia. Open air museum famous for wall painting, dates back to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. The last stop will be the Uchisar castle, natural and one of the biggest mass fairy chimney of the region. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (South) Pick up from your hotel & tour starts with Red valley. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike through the colourful and breath taking fairy chimneys. After 4 kms hiking, you will visit Cavusin (Greek village), famous for rock cut churches. After lunch, you will visit the one of the magical places of the region, the largest underground city of Cappadocia. After the underground city, you will visit the pigeon valley famous for dovecotes. The last stop is Ortahisar castle, one of the biggest mass fairy chimney of Cappadocia. 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, pick up from your hotel & 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

Pick up from your hotel & 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.

    Note that we run boutique tours and the number of participants is usually limited to 16 passengers. Having said this, we almost always upgrade the Old City tours to a private private tour, given the importance of sites. 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
    - Optional Hot air balloon flight over Pamukkale
    - 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
    - Meals as per the itinerary
    - All museum and entrance fees
    - Small group tours
    - 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
    - Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight (pricing, availability and time to be confirmed at the time of booking)
    - Optional gratuities to the guide and driver
    - Turkish visa fee


Departure Date

Not available for departure through Anzac Day
  • Start Date
    Finish Date
    Day / Days / Every Day
  • Start Date: 01.11.2022
    Finish Date: 31.12.2023
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List

  • Start
    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 01.01.2022
    Finish: 31.12.2022
    Single: 6,261 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 4,491 AUD
    Triple PP: 3,782 AUD
  • Start: 01.01.2023
    Finish: 31.12.2023
    Single: 6,615 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 4,764 AUD
    Triple PP: 4,056 AUD

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Myrna Forland


Dear Michael,

We have just arrived home from a 35 day trip to Turkey and Greece and I just wanted to thank you and all who were involved with our Turkey Uncovered Tour. We can't say enough good things about the whole experience and about every single tour guide and driver we had. Please let me know if there is a website that I can use to publicly express how thrilled we were with our entire experience in Turkey. You did an amazing job!

Thankyou very much

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Eddie Avent



Many thanks to you and all at Turkey Travel Centre for a fantastic holiday. It was really reassuring to have Ihsan available for any queries. The last day he put together for us was really great too. Please pass our thanks on to all the guides. Orhan was really great going through Eastern Turkey. We loved the visits to the villages and the little pension in Gazientep. We are seriously looking at what else we could do over there.

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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. 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. 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.

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Exceptional service!! Satisfaction guaranteed. Turkey travel centre tailored our needs Explicitly. From the moment we landed in Turkey excellent service started. Everything was organized.Customer service is their main priority which is seldom to see this time. Michael Altman and his team made our itinerary very interesting. We're able to tick our bucket list. It was fun filled journey. We're able to chill and relax. Excellent in all aspects. TTC are reliable and trusted agency. They are TRUSTWORTHY!! You'll receive exceptional service from them. At the same time they offer exceptional choices of excursions at affordable rate. They are highly recommended.

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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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The Pool of Sacred Fish in Urfa

One of Urfa’s main attractions is the Sacred Fish Pool inhabited by thousands of fish. The Sacred Fish Pool can be found in the courtyard of the Halil-ur-Rahman mosque, which dates back to 1211.

What makes the Sacred Fish Pool popular aren’t only the fishes or the colorful gardens that surround it, but its historical significance. The location of the Sacred Fish Pool is the spot where the brutal King Nimrod threw Abraham into deathly flames.

History is often partnered with legends and with the Sacred Fish Pool, it is believed that heaven’s gates will open when a white fish is spotted.

This tour, taking place over 5 days, visits a number of historical, religious and cultural attractions in the Southeast of Turkey. As well as the pool of Abraham, other destinations include the ancient temple of Gobeklitepe, the old town of Mardin and the mysterious statue heads of Mount Nemrut.

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