-Guided walking tour of Istanbul
-Explore the fairy chimneys and castles of Cappadocia
-Experience the ruins at Ephesus
-Enjoy a traditional meal with a local family
-Relax on the beaches of Bodrum
-Cruise the Aegean Sea on a Turkish sailboat
Straddling the two continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey is complete with historic ruins, a gorgeous coastline, incredible scenery, and amazing cuisine. It’s no wonder why Turkey is a must-visit destination!
Experience the best of Turkey from the bustling city of Istanbul to the unique rock formations at Cappadocia to the beautiful beaches of Bodrum. Along the way, you will discover one-of-a-kind sights and experiences with the help of locals who know their homeland best.
Please be ready to begin your trip at Istanbul Airport (IST) at 3:00 pm.
We recommend booking your flight to arrive a few hours before this time.
The trip ends in Bodrum, Turkey. Plan to depart at any time. Hotel check-out time is 12:00 pm.
Travelers are responsible for their own transportation back to the airport.
This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities. Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.
This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.
This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.
This trip has a 30-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
Because this trip has non-refundable tickets we have a 60-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip less $195, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
Because this trip has non-refundable tickets we have a 60-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
Merhaba! Arrive at Istanbul Airport (IST) and take included transportation to your hotel in Istanbul, a fascinating city built on two continents, divided by the Bosphorus Strait.
Throughout its history, Istanbul has been called home by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. Tonight, it will be your home.
Get to know your new friends while enjoying some delicious Turkish cuisine and begin to settle into your new surroundings.
Today you will get the chance to learn about the rich history and culture of Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.
Take in the city by foot as you visit iconic locations such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque while your Trip Leader shares their insider knowledge of the city.
Wrap up your day in Istanbul with an optional night out on the town.
Catch a morning flight to Cappadocia then head straight to the Goreme Open Air Museum, an incredible complex of churches cut into volcanic rock.
After visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site, you will be welcomed into a local’s home to enjoy a home-cooked lunch with your new travel friends.
After learning more about the local people's way of life, get to know the neighborhood before indulging in a delcicious dinner.
Rise before the sun to take an optional hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, or opt to catch a bit more shut-eye before the day ahead.
After getting your blood pumping with a hike through the canyon of Cappadocia, learn how to make pottery, taught by local craftsmen.
Round out your afternoon with a tour of several of the 36 underground cities located in this region, where people lived below ground in total secrecy starting in the 8th century.
After breakfast, take an included flight from Cappadocia to Izmir, then drive to your next destination: Selcuk.
Explore your new surroundings on foot with your Trip Leader before enjoying some free time to visit local museums and mosques or go for a swim at a nearby beach.
Finish out your night with a group dinner at a local restaurant and swap stories of the activities you chose to do earlier in the day.
Begin your day with a trip to one of Europe’s most intact ancient cities, Ephesus.
Explore the city with your Trip Leader as they share facts about this city’s history that dates back to the 11th century!
Continue your morning with a visit to Sultankoy Carpet Village where you will learn all about the traditional art of carpet weaving.
The rest of the day is yours for the making. Be sure to ask your Trip Leader for suggestions on optional activities or restaurants to check out.
Did someone say beach day?! After breakfast, head to the coastal town of Bodrum and get ready for some fun in the sun.
Choose to relax in the sand, go for a dip in the sea, or take in the local art scene and visit some galleries.
Once you are done exploring for the day, wrap your day up by trying some local dishes at a restaurant in town.
After breakfast, it’s time to board your private sailboat! Spend your morning island hopping with ample opportunities to go swimming, snorkeling, or sunbathing.
Enjoy lunch right on the boat as you take in your last full day in Turkey with your new friends.
Return to land and enjoy a final group dinner as you look back on the last eight days exploring all that Turkey has to offer.
On the final day of our adventure, wake-up and soak in the last morning in Turkey together.
Say goodbye to your new friends and depart at any time of the day with instructions from your Trip Leader on how to take taxis, buses, or local transportation to the airport.
Ask your Trip Leaders for suggestions if you choose to spend more time in Bodrum or other regions of Turkey. Or perhaps head over to Greece on another incredible adventure with us.
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-9 days & 8 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotel rooms
-8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, & 4 dinners
-Walking tour of Istanbul
-Admission fee to enter Topkapi Palace
-Visit to Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque
-Experience Hagia Sophia
-Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
-Guided tour through Goreme Open Air Museum
-Home-cooked traditional lunch with a local family in Cappadocia
-Valley walk through Cappadocia
-Demonstration of pottery making
-Guided tour through an underground city in Cappadocia
-Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Izmir
-Orientation walk in Selcuk
-Visit to Isa Bey Mosque in Selcuk
-Tour of Ephesus Ancient City
-Visit to Sultankoy Carpet Village
-Visit to House of Mother Mary
-Private boat cruise with snorkeling in Bodrum
-Private airport pick-up upon arrival
-Under30Experiences Trip Leader
-Personal recommendations for optional activities
-The chance to meet some kick-ass people
-Access to the Under30Experiences community
-Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates.
Book with confidence: it's free to switch your trip more than 30 days out.
Travelers are responsible for airfare to and from Turkey.
Optional activities and associated transportation are not included.
All Under30Experiences trip prices are in USD.
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