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Turkey Cultural Discovery Private Adventure Tour

Ancient Marvels from Istanbul to Cappadocia


Venture across Turkey, a treasure trove of marvelous landscapes and architectural wonders. In Istanbul, at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, boat along the Bosphorus, then fly to moon-like Cappadocia famed for rock formations named Fairy Chimneys and ten-story deep underground cities carved from volcanic tufa. Tour the museum of Konya and shop flavorful spices at Istanbul's bustling Spice Bazaar. From celebrated Hagia Sophia and the stunningly decorated Blue Mosque to the mesmerizing spins of whirling dervishes, this adventure takes in the best of Turkey's rich cultural heritage.

8 Days

From: $3,695

Venture across Turkey, a treasure trove of marvelous landscapes and architectural wonders. In Istanbul, at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, boat along the Bosphorus, then fly to moon-like Cappadocia famed for rock formations named Fairy Chimneys and ten-story deep underground cities carved from volcanic tufa. Tour the museum of Konya and shop flavorful spices at Istanbul's bustling Spice Bazaar. From celebrated Hagia Sophia and the stunningly decorated Blue Mosque to the mesmerizing spins of whirling dervishes, this adventure takes in the best of Turkey's rich cultural heritage.

Highlights


  • Marvel at Hagia Sofia, a 4th-century church turned mosque, and the gorgeously tiled Blue Mosque

  • Witness the lunar-like Cappadocia region, one of the world's most surreal and striking landscapes

  • Attend a private ceremonial dance of whirling dervishes in the holy city of Konya

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Turkey Cultural Discovery Private Adventure

Start: Istanbul, Turkey  End: Istanbul, Turkey

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Istanbul

    Day 1

    Arrive any time today and meet an MT Sobek representative at Istanbul airport for a transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your own or simply relaxing before the welcome dinner this evening.

    Accommodation: Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

    Meals: Dinner

  • Visit the Old Town & Cruise the Bosphorus

    Day 2

    Start the day by discovering the highlights of the ancient Hippodrome, including the Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpentine Column. Visit the spectacular Hagia Sophia, a mosque (if permitted this day). After lunch at a local restaurant, walk through the vibrant streets of the old town to catch a private boat along the Bosphorus for a 1.5-hour scenic cruise. Back on land, wander through the 17th-century Spice Bazaar and its colorful stalls filled with spices, herbal teas, and saffron. Return to the hotel on foot or by public tram.

    Accommodation: Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

    Activity: 1.5 hour Bosphorus cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar

    Day 3

    Today visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque, famed for the beautiful blue tiles decorating its interior walls and for its six minarets. Continue with the Topkapi Palace, former residence of the Ottoman sultans for about 400 years. See the Harem section, a palace inside the Topkapi, to hear about the history of eunuchs and concubines. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, explore the buzzy streets of the Grand Bazaar, a 15th-century covered market with 90 alleyways. Roam around for unique souvenirs and walk back to the hotel. Enjoy dinner on your own.

    Accommodation: Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Discover the Landscapes of Cappadocia

    Day 4

    Take a morning flight to Kayseri in Cappadocia and take the 1-hour transfer to one of the world's most spectacular and surreal areas. Explore this moon-like landscape with bizarre natural formations, such as pyramid-shaped rocks. Check into the hotel, have a traditional lunch, and then head out to visit one of the underground cities carved from volcanic tufa to a depth of eight to ten stories. Drive to a clutch of valleys for panoramic views, have a brief walk in the Love Valley and - at an additional cost - a hot air balloon ride.

    Accommodation: Gul Konaklari Sinasos Hotel

    Transportation: 1.5-hour flight transfer & 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • See the Highlights of Cappadocia

    Day 5

    Start the day by visiting the majestic Goreme Valley and its open-air museum that features rock-hewn sanctuaries with well-preserved frescoes. Stop by one of the clay workshops to see how pottery is produced using ancient methods. After lunch at a local restaurant, walk up to Uchisar Castle with its dazzling panoramic view of the Cappadocia region, and walk around the incredible pointed rock formations known as the Fairy Chimneys.

    Accommodation: Gul Konaklari Sinasos Hotel

    Activity: 1.5 hours walking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Konya, the Land of Whirling Dervishes

    Day 6

    Take a morning drive to Konya, with a stop on the way at the 13th-century Seljuk Caravanserai - once the largest rest stop in Anatolia for the Silk Road caravans. In the holy city of Konya, have lunch at a local restaurant and then visit the Shrine of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, famous poet, and the Karatay Madrasa Museum with its magnificent collection of brilliantly colored glazed tiles. Tonight, attend a private ceremonial performance of whirling dervishes, a spiritual dance that has been practiced since the 13th century.

    Accommodation: Hich Hotel

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Marvel at Konya & Fly Back to Istanbul

    Day 7

    Start the morning with a short walk through the city and visit the Konya Ethnography Museum with its collection of handicrafts from Konya and its surroundings. Tour the Archaeological Museum, which houses a variety of finds like Chalcolithic terracotta jars, Hittite hieroglyphs, and a grape-shaped Assyrian oil lamp. Walk through the bazaar, have lunch, and then transfer to Konya airport in the early afternoon to fly back to Istanbul. Meet an MTS representative upon arrival, and transfer to the hotel for the last overnight in Istanbul.

    Accommodation: Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

    Transportation: 1.5-hour flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Istanbul

    Day 8

    This morning after breakfast, take the transfer from the hotel to Istanbul airport for your homebound flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $3,895 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $3,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $2,995 per person double occupancy

8 to 10 guests from $2,895 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $3,895 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $3,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $2,995 per person double occupancy

8 to 10 guests from $2,895 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Internal Airfare: $140

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Make Your Own Dates in These Months


  • March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert


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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Ridvan Uyanik

Ridvan Uyanik

Ridvan was born in Manisa, which is located in western Turkey. He has been guiding for more than 22 years. Ridvan enjoys playing "saz", a stringed Turkish folk music instrument, reading about archeology and fine arts, and doing pilates.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 1. Six days of touring mostly on foot. While the activities themselves are not strenuous, participants must be comfortable standing and walking 2-3 hours per day, on terrain that can be uneven with some hills.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

1.5 hour Bosphorus cruise

Day 5

1.5 hours walking

Accommodations


A luxury city retreat in Istanbul as the bookend, a stylish hideaway housed in restored ancient dwellings in Cappadocia, and a well-appointed upscale hotel in Konya.

Sirkeci Mansion Hotel
Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

The Sirkeci Manison Hotel is decorated in Ottoman-styled architecture with ornate wood carved furniture, stained glass ceilings and richly colored Turkish rugs. The property offers an indoor pool, spa, Turkish cuisine restaurant and rooftop terrace bar overlooking the park. Each room is comfortable outfitted with modern amenities, including Wi-Fi.

Gul Konaklari Sinasos Hotel
Gul Konaklari Sinasos Hotel

Hosted in restored 19th century Greek mansions, this charming hotel boasts a carved stone facade, ivy covered terrace and a rose pavilion courtyard. Dine at the restaurant to taste the local and traditional flavors from the tandoor with over 100 years of use. Each room is elegantly decorated and unique with comfortable amenities, including Wi-Fi.

Hich Hotel
Hich Hotel

The boutique Hich Hotel is located is the heart of Konya and has been restored to maintain the building's 19th century Turkish styled architecture. Enjoy breakfast at the Turkish café overlooking a beautiful rose garden. Each room is uniquely and tastefully decorated with hand-made Turkish rugs, coffee makers and offers Wi-Fi.

Weather


Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures generally around or above 86°F in the day.

 
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FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

Arrive any time on Day 1 and meet an MT Sobek representative at Istanbul airport for a transfer to the hotel.

Is Turkey safe?

As of December 2017, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory Level 3 for Turkey, advising that travelers avoid certain areas. This trip does not travel through or near any of those areas.

Is Turkey an Islamic country?

Islam is the largest religion in Turkey. Turkey is also a secular country, and there is freedom of religion. The Turkish Government recognizes three minority religious communities: Greek Orthodox Christians, Armenian Apostolic Christians and Jews.

What can I expect to eat in Turkey?

Turkey\'s cuisine is vibrant, colorful and flavorful! There is an abundance of healthy and delicious options in Turkey, including soups, stews, assorted kebabs, mountains of bread, kofte (meatballs), pide (Turkish pizza), olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, salads, lentils, rice, yogurt soups, and more.

Is the water safe to drink in Turkey?

Although the water is considered safe, most people don\'t drink tap water in Turkey. We will provide clean, safe-to-drink water to our guests each day.

Will I need hiking boots for this trip?

No. However, due to many hours of walking on cobblestone and uneven, natural paths, it is highly recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes - not sandals.

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Guest Reviews


"Great experience every time with some of the most knowledgeable guides in their fields. We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see."

Bob J.
MT Sobek Guest

"I've taken six MT Sobek trips and they have all exceeded my expectations. The staff, the food, the logistics and the communications have always been exceptional. Thank you for being my "go to" adventure travel company!"

Margaret I.
MT Sobek Guest