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Classical Turkey

Fly over the fairy chimneys aboard a hot air balloon, zoom through the valleys on an ATV and sail the Med in your own private boat 

Classical Turkey

8 Days | From £2070

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About your trip

Turkey’s rich cultural heritage, extraordinary culinary delights and pink-hued terrain collide in spectacular fashion in this seven-night, eight-day trip. 

You and your fellow Flashpackers will lose the tourists, and embrace the real Turkey, a country where you can fire up your own BBQ pit for dinner, take to the skies in a hot air balloon and pick your way through ruins dating back to the 4th century.

Turkey’s famous food and hospitality will form the backbone of your trip, from the talented chefs who show you how to make gözleme and the artisans who teach you carpet weaving, to the guides who lead you through classical ruins and the photographer who takes you on a heady tour of Istanbul’s spice market. This is an unmissable odyssey through Turkey, which will sweep you away from the crowds and straight to the heart of this incredible country.

What's Included

  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Stay in hand-picked 4-5 star hotels
  • Two domestic flights
  • We offset your carbon emissions
  • Tips for the guide & driver
  • Private minibus
  • Arrival Airport transfer
  • Accommodation in twin rooms

**UK customers can’t currently book this trip** Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination at least 30 days before departure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.

Itinerary

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Ancient ruins & a welcome feast

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    Your Turkish escapade will start proper this evening at the five-star Ece Marina Saray Hotel, with an introduction to your Flash Pack group and guide. You’ll jump on a mini bus and make for the ruins of the Lycian Tombs, which were carved high up in the mountainside in the 4th century. Loaded up on stories of the afterlife, you’ll drive to Fethiye’s bustling open air fish market to source your own piece of fish, which you’ll take to a restaurant to be cooked up and served to you and your group as part of a huge Mediterranean-style feast, complete with wandering musicians playing traditional Turkish just music for you.

  • Day 02 Private sailing in the med

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    Breakfast in Fethiye, before boarding your private gulet, a traditional Turkish boat, and cruising the glittering Mediterranean for a morning of sailing, swimming and snorkelling. After lunch, you’ll disembark at the famous Blue Lagoon, where azure waters touch pristine white sand. There’s an option to paraglide here, before the group hike to the ghost village of Kayaköy. This collection of atmospheric ancient stone houses, used as a location in The Water Diviner, featuring Russell Crowe, were abandoned in the 1920s. You’ll watch the sun set and end the evening with a traditional Turkish BBQ in the garden of a beautiful local restaurant, surrounded by forest and far from the tourists. 

  • Day 03 Ancient hot springs & cookery class

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    You have a day of top-class sightseeing ahead. First stop, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pamukkale. Famous for its thermal springs, you’ll explore the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, and take a dip in the restorative waters of the Cleopatra Pools. After a quick lunch of gözleme – Turkey’s lauded filled flatbreads – you’ll head to Izmir Province’s Şirince to check in to the four-star Nişanyan Hotel. Owner Ms Mujde is known for her warm welcomes and stand-out cooking and you’ll experience it first hand this evening when she hosts an exclusive cookery class just for Flash Pack. You’ll discover traditional Aegean recipes, learn the art of clay pot cooking and end the evening devouring your creations with your group. 

  • Day 04 Turkey's finest classical site

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    Take a short drive to the heart of Şirince, where you’ll explore the village’s pretty streets, taste locally-made fruit wine and visit a women’s carpet weaving cooperative. You’ll have lunch at a cafe in the neighbouring village of Selçuk, but this time you will be in the driving seat, making your own gözleme. Bellies full, you’ll visit Selçuk’s famous trio of ancient sites: Artemis Temple, the pre-Ottoman Isa Bey Mosque and St. John Basilica. You’ll end the day at the jewel in the crown, Ephesus, the best preserved classical site in the eastern Mediterranean. Take in the vast amphitheater, stroll the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the baths and beautifully restored Library of Celsus.

  • Day 05 Explore Cappadocia by ATV

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    After a short flight to Cappadocia, you’ll check into the fascinating Doors of Cappadocia, a hotel carved into the rock in UNESCO-listed Goreme National Park (which you can gaze at from the rooftop pool, by the way). You’ll have lunch at a women’s cooperative restaurant and a tour of the town before we switch up the pace for this evening’s excitement. Aboard your own ATV, you’ll leave behind the tourists and explore the valleys and their fairy chimneys, natural rock formations that rise up from the ground. As the sun sets, bathing the landscape in that famous dusky pink glow, you’ll pitch up in a quiet spot to savor the moment with your group.

  • Day 06 Sunrise hot air ballooning

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    Before sunrise, you’ll climb into your private hot air balloon and float up into the sky to witness the sun cracking through the horizon and spreading out over the valleys for a photo opportunity like no other. You’ll then hike through the valleys, before heading for lunch with a local family in their traditional Cappadocia cave house. The afternoon will bring a rare opportunity, a pottery workshop with world-famous artist Galip Korukcu. New skill learned you’ll take a subterranean walk to an underground city hollowed out of tufa rock, before heading to Dibek restaurant, for a roof-top wine tasting, followed by a pottery kebab, an Anatolian specialty of meat and vegetables stewed for several hours in a clay pot.

  • Day 07 Istanbul through a photographer's lens

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    Today you’ll fly to Istanbul, and check into your final hotel, The Galata Hotel Istanbul. This afternoon you’ll visit the medieval Galata Tower and the beautiful Galata Mevlevihanesi, a museum and former dervish lodge established by the followers of Persian poet Rumi. You’ll also take the second-oldest metro line in Europe to the Galata Bridge. As the day draws to a close, you’ll meet award-winning photographer, Tural Nasibli, for an insider’s tour of Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, before ending your final night with a grand rooftop dinner at renowned restaurant Mükellef Karaköy, feasting on Turkish and international-influenced dishes and raising a glass to your incredible Turkish adventure.

  • Day 08 Goodbye, Turkey

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    It’s time for your last breakfast with your Flash Pack group but it doesn’t need to be your last day in Turkey. We recommend you spend at least a day – or more – exploring Istanbul. And then there’s the rest of this beautiful and welcoming country to see. Ask us for some tips, and we’ll happily point you in the right direction. Until next time, safe travels.

Our Favourite Hotels

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.

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Doors of Cappadocia

One of Turkey’s best cave hotels, carved into the mountain, with a rooftop pool and beautiful views of Goreme National Park.

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Nişanyan Hotel

Turkey’s first boutique hotel run by the impressive Ms Mujde, lauded for her cookery skills and peerless hospitality.

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The Galata Istanbul Hotel MGallery

A small, modern collection of rooms, with a Turkish bath and spa, in the heart of the Karaköy district.

Important Notes

Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code

Fly into Dalaman (DLM), which is the nearest airport to Fethiye. Fly out of Istanbul (IST) airport.

What time should my flight depart on the last day?

There are no activities planned for the last day, so leave any time you wish. The airport is approximately 45 minutes away from the hotel, and your Pack leader can help you book your transfers the night before if needed.

Do you include airport transfers?

We offer one arrival transfer which is private to Flash Pack. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived so you can make your own way to the first hotel if you wish. We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. We will offer you support with finding a local taxi.

Do I need a visa?

British citizens are exempted from a visa for up to 90 days. However, some nationalities may require a pre-issued visa instead. To check if you need a pre-arranged visa or not, please check the list on this link.

If you are from the USA, you will need a visa to enter Turkey. You can obtain your visa through this website.

For all travellers, please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps, as advised by the Turkish government.

How much should I budget per day for extras?

Approximately 400 Turkish Lira, the equivalent of £31 per day. Guide tips and driver tips are included in the cost.

What fitness levels do I need for this trip?

We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness here. This adventure is fast-paced, however, the activities aren’t too strenuous so it is a fantastic trip for those with a normal level of fitness who want to see a lot in their time here.

Will this itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes are rare but can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting which we will always try and communicate to you.

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