Turkey: Meat and Stuffing

Istanbul's Aya Sofya - built by Roman Emperor Justinian
Underground city of Derinkuyu
UNESCO World Heritage-listed pools and terraces of Pamukkale
The surreal rock formations and valleys of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cappadocia
The First World War history of Gallipoli
Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar - a labyrinth of 4500 stalls
Take a bite out of Istanbul
  • Think of this trip as a Turkish kebab with the lot. Chunks of Istanbul’s Old Town, dollops of Ayvalik charm, only the freshest of Cappadocia garnishings and Pamukkale hot springs – all slathered in generous lashings of Turquoise Coast sailing scenery. Alternatively, just think of it as a trip.


    We know you’re dying to taste a real Turkish kebab. But to save confusion, do a bit of research before you make your order because there’s quite a few to choose from:

    ·         Ramadan kebab – grilled meat served on a pide with garlic, tomato, yogurt and mint

    ·         Köfte kebab – grilled lamb and herb meatballs on a skewer

    ·         Testi kebab – a cross between a stew and a pie with meat, pearl onions and vegetables cooked in a clay pot then sealed with dough (no testes were harmed in the making of this kebab)



    Please note this trip has been amended since the brochure was produced, please check the itinerary and important notes for the changes.



    Day 1-2 - Istanbul

    YouTube ‘Istanbul ice cream’. Laugh. Then order one as soon as you arrive. Note: Turkish ice cream is nothing like what you get at home. It's stretchy and doesn't melt.

    Day 1

    • Arrive in Istanbul and perhaps visit the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market
    • Meet the tour guide and fellow travel companions at an evening welcome meeting
    • Head out on an optional group dinner, a good introduction to some fabulous Turkish cuisine in a street-side cafe

    Day 2

    • Take a guided tour of the treasures of the Old Town including the the iconic Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome
    • Explore under your own steam in the afternoon
    • Perhaps barter for a bargain, enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus (optional) or indulge in a traditional hamam (Turkish bath) (optional)

    Day 3 - Istanbul - Gallipoli - Eceabat

    Spend a bit of time wandering the battlefields, monuments and cemeteries at Gallipoli. It’s pretty overwhelming.

    • Head for the shores of Gallipoli, a place of immense significance for Australians and New Zealanders
    • Its about a 5-6 journey today

    Day 4 - Selcuk

    Today we travel from Canakkale to Selcuk by local bus.

    Head out on the optional excursion to Sirince and try the local wine



    Day 5 - Selcuk

    Walk off those kebabs in Ephesus, the world’s biggest Greco-Roman ruins.

    • Explore nearby Ephesus - perhaps the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world
    • Walk the marble streets once trodden by Antony and Cleopatra and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and the restored Library of Celsus

    Day 6 - Selçuk – Pamukkale

    Take a dip in the hot springs at Pamukkale. Apparently the water helps high blood pressure, strokes, rheumatism and skin problems. Hence all the old dudes.

    • Travel to Pamukkale with its natural pools, shelves and ridges
    • Perhaps explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, known for its abundance of temples and religious structures
    • (appx 3 hour train trip)

    Day 7 - Pamukkale – Fethiye

    We know you hate long bus trips (appx 4.5 hours), so we’ll get back in your good books with a swim at Oludeniz - a lagoon bestowed with the colour of a Ken Done painting.

    • Head for the coast and take a local bus to Ölüdeniz, described as 'the Eden bestowed by God to the world'
    • Plenty of time to enjoy a swim at the three-kilometre-long beach

    Day 8 - Southern coast cruising

    Don't worry, the clear Mediterranean water makes it easy to find your bikini bottoms if they go flying when you leap off the boat.

    • Board a boat for a memorable voyage along the Turquoise Coast and view some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the world
    • Cruise to the sunken cities around Kekova Island from where remains of mysterious civilisations can be viewed
    • Walk up to nearby Simena Castle, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding bays and islands
    • Perhaps explore some of the numerous Lycian rock tombs
    • Spend some time on the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea
    • Swim and explore the natural and historical sites along the way
    • Indulge in feasts before being lulled to sleep by Mediterranean breezes
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Antalya

    Three pics that will sum up Antalya: Konyaalti beach, the Taurus Mountains, the marina at Kaleici (old city). Three snacks you need to try: pide, kofte salonu and mussels stuffed with rice.


    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 11 - Konya

    This morning we journey by local bus away from the coast and move inland to Konya on the plains of the Anatolian steppe. ( approx 5.5hrs ). While it is a long day of travel the diversity of the scenery will keep you entertained as we cross the Toros Mountain range. Konya is the perfect opportunity to sample a traditional Turkish city where mainstream tourism is yet to arrive. The city is closely linked with the whirling dervish sect of Islam developed by Celaleddin Rumi (or Mevlana) in the 13th century. Rumi is considered one of Islam's greatest Sufi mystics. Get your bearings on an orientation walk with your leader to Aladdin Hill in the center of Konya. On the side of the hill are the sheltered minimal remains of the palace of the Seljuk Sultans of Rum. Beneath the Alaettin Mosque are probably artefacts going back to the Stone Age. Enjoy a local tea in one of the many tea gardens and later this evening try some central Anatolian cuisine


    Day 12-13 - Cappadocia

    Definitely take the optional hot air balloon trip over Cappadocia at sunrise. Watch a Whirling Dervish performance – a group of men who have dedicated themselves to a life of poverty and spinning around (optional).

    Day 11

    • Take a walk in Love Valley or a stroll in Pigeon Valley; your tour Leader will select a valley as each Leader has their own unique paths to discover.
    • Enjoy free time to experience Göreme’s nightlife
    • Perhaps attend a traditional Whirling Dervish 'Sema' performance
    • drive time today is appx 7 hours

    Day 12

    • Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu – a man-made marvel that descends 60m below the surface



    Day 14 - Darende

    Today we travel to Darende (Driving time 5 hours), en route we take a walk to the waterfalls of Gunpinar, a picturesque and tranquil place. Try some local fish and take in same in local nature. Overnight in Darende and sample the local speciality dried apricot.


    Day 15 - Kahta

    Today we drive (appx 7 hours)  across the stunning Eastern Taurus Mountains to Kahta.

    Experience local life at a homestay in Kahta. Enjoya feast prepared by our friendly hosts and learn about the local culture





    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 16 - Nemrut

    Stare into the eyes of the colossal stone heads atop Mt Nemrut (also known as Nemrut Dagi) and have the camera ready for some stunning sunset shots. These creations adorn the tomb of King Antiochus, a warlord and king who lived thousands of years ago.


    Day 17 - Adiyaman - Istanbul

    This morning we have an ealry departure as we travel the 1.5 hours to the south-eastern city of Adiyaman for our 2 hour flight back to Istanbul. Arriving back in Istanbul we take the local Metro and Tram to our hotel in Sultahamet. This afternoon your tour leader will introduce to the lively Taksim district stroll, shop and snack with modern turks, try an Islak (wet) Burger, and visit a hidden local coffee house. Maybe stay for last night dinner and the late night entertainment.

    Day 18 - Istanbul

    Head to Istiklal Caddesi, the main shopping area, and let the crowds carry you along. Celebrate the end of your trip with raw oysters, crispy potato spirals, pistachio ice cream and fresh roasted corn.

    • The trip ends after breakfast, but there is plenty more to see, eat, buy, watch and do here
  • What's Included

    • Local tour guide, all transportation, accommodation and some meals as indicated. 

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, entrance fees, visas, pre-tour or post-tour accommodation, additional meals (including some meals on boat), drinks, optional sightseeing tours, travel insurance, tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
  • Trip Dates and Prices

    Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price
    26 Oct 2015 - 12 Nov 2015 2 places left US $2,295 Book Now
  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Turkey: Meat and Stuffing

    Lucy - Australia, 3 June, 2014
    Overall Rating

    The trip was a complete delight. The tour leader, Emir Sagir was really what made the trip so special. Nothing was too much trouble and his kindness and sense of humor meant that everyone was always having a great time.

    Turkey: Meat and Stuffing

    Margaret - Australia, 11 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    This was a fast moving tour with many places visited. But strangely enough there was also plenty of time to unwind and relax. Really gave an overall picture of Turkey. Highly recommended.

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