Turkey: See & Experience Almost it ALL in 10 Days, 1st Class Traveling
Type of TourAdventure & Sightseeing
Fully Guided?All tours are almost fully guided.
Are Solo Travelers WelcomedYes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tours!
Dates & Availability for the Next 12 MonthsAny Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
► Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia’s Cave Dwellings
► Having a Traditional Dinner Inside a Native’s Home
► Experiencing a Traditional Turkish Bath
► Bathe in the Natural Limestone Pools of Pamukkale
► An All-Day Boat Cruise Around the Turkish Riviera
► Sightseeing Tour in the Historical Beach Town of Bodrum
► Ephesus Archaeological Site Guided Tour
► Swimming at the Postcard-Perfect Oludeniz Lagoon
► Rich Culture
► Delicious Food
► Wine Tasting
► And Much, Much More…
Lodging *Some restrictions apply
English-Speaking Tour Guides
All Transportation, Except Flights
All Activities in Itinerary Below
All Entry Fees
Your Own On-Call Concierge
Lunches x 5 Days
Dinner x 1 Night
What to Expect on This Tour
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Day 1: Wine Tasting After Arriving at the Country's Second Most Popular Destination
Our tour starts in Goreme, best reached via the airport in Kayseri or Nevşehir. This village is used as a base from which to explore Cappadocia’s cave dwellings. In the evening, we are taken to a wine house. There we do wine tasting for about 45 minutes.
Note that you are most likely to go through Istanbul before reaching Goreme. If you are not famililar with this city, then we strongly recommend you spend some time there before beginning our 10-day tour. Istanbul is arguably one of the world's greatest cities. If you are interested in a guided tour, please ask us for details.
Day 2: Hot Air Balloon Ride, Cave Dwellings & Experiencing a Turkish Bath
We go on an excursion today. The day starts with an early-morning, hot air balloon ride over the cave dwellings of Cappadocia. The tour takes about an hour. Following this is a tour of the area: the surreal-looking rock formations of Pasabagi (a.k.a. Monks’ Valley), Devrent (a.k.a. Camel Rock), a pottery workshop in the small town of Avanos, the Goreme Open Air Museum, Love Valley and Uchisar Castle. Lunch is included on today’s tour. The day ends with a traditional Turkish bathhouse (a.k.a. hammam). There we are bathed and massaged and sip on tea.
Day 3: Traditional Dinner Inside a Native’s Home, a Rock-Cut Monastery & an Underground City
We go on another excursion today. The destinations for today are a viewpoint called Esentepe, the underground city of Derinkuyu, Selime Monastery, a viewpoint overlooking Ihlara Valley, a hike inside Ihlara Valley, Pigeon Valley and a gemstone (a.k.a. onyx) workshop. Lunch is included on today’s tour. In the evening, we are taken to a native Turk’s home. There we watch how traditional food is prepared as well as have dinner. The combination of tasty cuisine, rich culture and good company creates an unforgettable experience.
Day 4: Having a Traditional Dinner Inside a Native’s Home & the Castle & Beaches of Kusadası
We relocate from Goreme to Kuşadası via a flight through Izmir. We are provided with a guided tour in Kuşadası, covering sites like the city walls and castle. We also have time to go swimming. In the evening, we are taken to a native Turk’s home. There we watch how traditional food is prepared as well as have dinner. The combination of tasty cuisine, rich culture and good company creates an unforgettable experience.
Day 5: The Believed Home of the Virgin Mary, an Ancient City, the Believed Burial Site of John the Apostle & a Greek Temple
Still based in Kusadası, it’s almost time to visit the world-renowned archaeological site that is Ephesus. First, however, we head to a Catholic shrine named the House of Virgin Mary. It is believed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there for the remainder of her earthly life. Moving onto Ephesus, it is one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean. The visible ruins still give some idea of the city’s original splendor and the names associated with the ruins are evocative of its former life. Following our tour there is lunch, which is included on today's tour.
Next is a Greek temple dedicated to an ancient and local form of the goddess Artemis. This temple was completely rebuilt twice, once after a devastating flood and three hundred years later after an act of arson. In Artemis Temple’s final form, it was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Next is a visit to the ruined Basilica of Saint John. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. Lastly is Isa Bey Mosque. It is one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art in the region.
Day 6: Bathing in Natural Pools & the Travertine Limestone Formations of Pamukkale
We make another daytrip today. We are taken to the village of Pamukkale. There we first have a guided tour of the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis. Next is lunch, which is included on today’s tour. Next is a visit to nearby Pamukkale, a natural site which shares the same name as the village. Pamukkale consists of hot springs and travertine limestone. It is one of the country’s most photographed locations. Lastly is swimming in nearby natural pools called Cleopatra Pools. People have bathed in these pools for thousands of years.
Day 7: The Maze-Like Streets of Turkey's Best Known Beach Town
After relocating from Kusadasi to Bodrum, we have a guided tour around the harbor and through the maze-like streets. The traditional houses are characterized by their prismatic shapes, simplistic designs and locally sourced building materials like stone, wood, clay and cane. The highlights for today are the castle and going swimming.
Day 8: Postcard-Perfect Oludeniz Lagoon, a River Cruise, a Therapeutic Mud Bath & Tombs Carved into the Mountainside
Although we are relocating from Bodrum to the resort town of Fethiye, an important stop is made en route, specifically to the village of Dalyan. There we take a river cruise, passing by the mountain-carved Lycian tombs and heading to a therapeutic mud pool. After bathing in the mud clay, we visit the Tomb of Amyntas, near Fethiye. Like the Lycian tombs in Dalyan, Amyntas is carved into the mountainside. After checking it out, we are taken to a viewpoint overlooking the postcard-perfect Oludeniz Lagoon. We are then taken to the lagoon itself. Oludeniz has a sandy bay, on a blue lagoon. The seawater is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine. We go swimming and then head back to Fethiye, where we are based for the remainder of our tour in Turkey.
Day 9: An All-Day Boat Cruise Around the Turkish Riviera
We go on a daytrip today. We are taken back to Oludeniz Lagoon. There we take an all-day boat tour. The destinations are the Blue Cave, a butterfly valley, Saint Nicholas Island, a cold-water spring, Camel Beach (home to a rock which resembles a camel) and an aquarium. Lunch is included on today’s tour, around 1:00pm.
Not included in the tour but highly popular nonetheless is paragliding over Oludeniz Lagoon. It is done from Mount Babadag, which is a 1-hour drive away from the lagoon. If you are interested in paragliding, please let us know. It would be done in the morning before taking the boat tour. You would be picked up from your hotel a bit earlier today, at 8:00am instead.
Day 10: Our Tour Ends This Morning
This is the end of our tour to Turkey. Transportation will be arranged for you to reach the airport in Dalaman.
This tour was amazing. It was better that I expected, truly VIP all the way through, from the moment you arrive in the airport.. the hotels were well picked and situated in the middle of everything. The itinerary was a blast, packed with activities but you also get free time at the end of the day for rest. To our driver and tour guide, Ufuk and Ersan, thank you so much for being the best in your industry, we felt safe and had tons of fun. The hot air balloon ride and paragliding were activities that cannot be missed. This tour was well balanced, a mixture of history, fun and sightseeing in the most comfortable way possible. This tour basically covered activities by land, air and sea! Look no further, well worth the money. Thank you Charlie for the amazing itinerary, looking forward to traveling with your agency again. 5 stars!!!
Charlie’s tour was impeccably planned and comprehensive! He thinks about the details of saving time in airports, during transfers, and in the selection of local guides. He is also a master in how to achieve the best balance “the sweet spot” between staying busy with adventure, learning about the history and culture with having some downtime to chill out and enjoy local beautiful spots such as the beach or mountains. Hands down, it’s the best trip I’ve ever taken with a company or group and not on my own. Charlie and his local guides provided exemplary customer service. It was clear they wanted out trip to be the best fit for us and our needs. Even during COVID, Charlie’s tour arranged the testing for our return which was helpful in saving time and logistical planning while on vacation. A heartfelt thank you to Charlie and his well trained local guides in Turkey! A beautiful and historical country that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
I could not believe that an trip to Turkey could be packed with so many activities and excursions and cost so low. I felt CharlieTheTraveler did an excellent job organizing this trip for a small group!
When my sister initially asked me to join her on this tour to Turkey, I was hesitant, as it’s an unusual country to visit on vacation. However, after I read the positive reviews for CharlieTheTraveler, I felt much better about the trip. I don’t regret anything about booking my trip through them and only wish I had booked with them on previous trips!
The trip planned by CharlieTheTraveler to Turkey was filled with a variety of activities and excursions, and I was amazed it all came at a low cost. This trip was organized perfectly for a small group, as I truly felt I was a part of a pack, rather than just a number in a crowd of people.
I could not imagine my trip to Turkey with any other company. CharlieTheTraveler planned numerous activities that I found to have an excellent balance between thrilling excursions and cultural experiences. I felt safe with my group and my tour guide, which is uncommon going overseas. The company definitely set a great tone for the trip.
CharlieTheTraveler offered a great value for the trip to Turkey. There were so many amenities included, such as all of the activities and tours and the wonderful tour guide that was provided to help us navigate it all. Overall, this was a well-organized trip.
I liked the fact the booking process for this trip was easy. When my spouse and I went on the trip, I enjoyed not having to worry or plan for anything. CharlieTheTraveler had the entire trip done for me and allowed me to actually enjoy the trip, which I would not have gotten with a lot of other group tours I was looking at.
I don’t think I will ever plan my own vacation after going on CharlieTheTraveler’s Turkey tour. The planning was thorough and this company made sure I had a good time on each daytrip. The tour guide was friendly and gave me just the right balance of attention and space.
The trip to Turkey was one of my favorite trips ever. This company organized a fantastic sightseeing tour that had a great balance of cultural and natural experiences. I found excitement in each daytrip we embarked on.
CharlieTheTraveler did an excellent job planning the trip to Turkey and ironing out all the details. Almost everything was done for me so I didn’t have to stress before going on the trip. This was a great relaxing vacation.
CharlieTheTraveler has all positive reviews, so when I read all that was included on the Turkey trip, I felt safe in booking this tour. I am glad I did, as I had a great time. I cannot wait to book my next trip.
I am typically stressed when I go on vacation because of all the planning I did to prepare for it. Thankfully this time around I booked through CharlieTheTraveler. My trip to Turkey was all planned for me and offered me a chance to fully relax.
Everything included by CharlieTheTraveler on this trip was perfect. The breakfasts provided were delicious and a great representation of the cuisine of the Mediterranean area. The accommodations were first class and made me feel safe while on the trip. The company emphasized the greatness of Turkey with this tour.
I appreciated that the trip to Turkey had a balance of culture and nature. There was a variety of excursions and it was great for me to see everyone on the trip have a good time. Our tour guide provided by CharlieTheTraveler was encouraging and fun!
It is unnerving to go overseas on vacation, as I never know what to expect. However, when I booked my trip through CharlieTheTraveler to Turkey, I was provided with the detailed itinerary so I knew exactly what to expect. I also found it nice to have a tour guide that was so knowledgeable of the area and the culture to ensure my safety.
I found it an easy decision to book my trip to Turkey with CharlieTheTraveler. All reviews so far have been positive and they include so much with the tour. This has been unlike any sightseeing tour I have been on, as this company doesn’t just have us sightsee the sites, but experience them.
Every detail of the planned trip emphasized the beauty of Turkey. Everything was of the best quality which was worth the price for the trip by CharlieTheTraveler. The activities planned were exciting and interesting.
I liked that the company planned a mix of adventurous and educational activities. I have the best experience on every activity an excursion. The tour guide provided by CharlieTheTraveler got to know me so he knew what I was most interested in while on the trip.
Although there were so many activities on this Turkey trip. I was never rushed to get to the next site. The company organized the trip so well that there was sufficient time at each site so that I could experience everything at my own pace.
It was very helpful that CharlieTheTraveler only sends a small group on each trip. I was afraid I was just going to be another member of a huge group, but instead, the tour guide fostered a welcoming environment so we all became close over the multi-day span while in Turkey.
The trip I took through CharlieTheTraveler to Turkey was well-organized and included plenty of activities that kept me busy and active throughout the tour. The company ensured my safety and enjoyment which was evident in their planning of the trip.
The trip to Turkey included so much for one low price. CharlieTheTraveler prepared almost everything for me for the trip. I found it nice to be able to go on vacation and enjoy myself and not worry about what was to come next. Our tour guide took care of so much while we were there.
I was happy to have gone on this trip with CharlieTheTraveler. Turkey had so much to offer a tourist like me, including cultural experiences and natural wonders. It was very easy to book this trip through the company and I instantly knew what to expect out of the entire trip.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does This Tour Cost?
Financing (monthly payments) is offered to most of our customers. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “Turkey in 10 Days” tour is available for $1,725 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities and all entry fees. If you would like typically 4-star lodging included for all nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $2,265 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. To better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. Would you like to keep the 4-star lodging we typically offer or do you prefer upgrading to 5-star hotels?
2. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
3. Do you prefer this tour to be private/exclusive to you or would you like to share it with other travelers?
4. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
5. Do you know on which date you would like to start this tour?
6. On a side note, would you-and the others in your party if applicable-like to paraglide over Oludeniz Lagoon? Note that this specific activity is optional and is not included in the standard price. We can add it on Day 9.
7. Lastly, it takes a good 8 full days to see all the worthwhile attractions in Istanbul, but of course, few people have that sort of time. If you would like to extend this 10-day tour specifically so our tour guides could take you to some of Istanbul’s famous attractions, then for how many days would you like to have a private tour guide?
What’s Excluded in the Price?
Any airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, any government-imposed visa fees and anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Note that we would be happy to assist you in finding international airfare upon request.
At What Specific Hotels Would We Be Staying?
Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.
Nights 1-3: Goreme, Preferred Accommodation: Cappadocia Inn Hotel or Roma Cave Suite Hotel or Grand Cave Suites or Artemis Cave Suites
Nights 4-6: Kusadasi, Preferred Accommodation: Charisma De Luxe
Night 7: Bodrum, Preferred Accommodation: Salmakis Resort & Spa or Bodrium Otel & Spa or Ena Boutique Hotel
Nights 8-9: Fethiye, Preferred Accommodation: Jiva Beach Resort or Tui Sensatori Resort Barut Fethiye
Is This a Private or Group Tour?
Although about half of the activities on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make the trip almost completely private, per your request. Typically, the hot-air balloon ride, the day trips from Goreme exploring the surreal nature of Cappadocia, the visit to the House of Virgin Mary, the ruins at a site called Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis and the hot springs and travertine limestone at a site called Pamukkale, swimming at the Cleopatra Pools, and the boat tour around Oludeniz Lagoon are shared with other tourists. The rest of the tour is exclusive to you and whomever else you may book on behalf of.
Am I Sharing the Room with Someone?
Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.
What is the Age Range & Nationality of the People Who Book This Tour?
Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?
We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.
How Strong Do I Need to Be For This Trip?
We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.
Are Disabled People Allowed on This Tour?
Please let us know about any disability you have. Some disabilities would not affect you taking this tour. Others would prevent you from joining altogether. Although we want all of our customers to have fun, your safety is our first priority.
Do I Get Any Free Time to Myself?
Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.
What Happens If I Arrive Late?
Notify us as soon as possible and we will do our very best to arrange a meeting point. Please note that we do not refund for any days or activities that you miss.
Can I Opt-Out of Certain Activities?
Generally speaking, you can opt out as long as we are given adequate notice. Please note that opting out of certain activities does not reduce the price of this tour.
What Happens If I Get Injured on This Trip & Cannot Continue?
We would do our best to keep you safe and make you as comfortable as possible, as well as make special arrangements to address your situation. Partial refunds are not offered if you cannot continue with the tour. However, most travel insurances reimburse you for such situations. This is one of many reasons why we require our customers to purchase travel insurance before taking this tour.
What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received by CharlieTheTraveler.
What Happens If You, CharlieTheTraveler, Cancel This Trip?
In the unlikely event CharlieTheTraveler needs to cancel this trip, such as because of very poor weather conditions, we will give you a full refund for the tour within 14 business days of the cancellation. Note: We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, nor is this transaction covered by the Restitution Fund.
How Do You Help Prepare Us For This Trip?
You should receive an email from us within 24 hours of purchasing this tour as well as a week before departure. The first email gives details about what to bring, how to prepare yourself, etc. The second email is more like a timetable combined with important contact information.
Is CharlieTheTraveler Licensed & Which State in America Issued it?
The owner of the travel license is the same owner of CharlieTheTraveler. Charlie is a California born and bred resident. The company is headquartered in Greater Los Angeles. The registration number is CST 2136740-70. Please note that travel agents registered as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State. Also please note that California law requires sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. CharlieTheTraveler has a trust account.
Are the Tour Guides Licensed & Will They Be With Me the Entire Time?
Our tour guides/drivers are licensed, speak English and know how to bring excitement to your day. What we deliver is the complete opposite of the cookie-cutting tours the big corporations offer, leaving you in complete boredom. Although our tour guides/drivers are attentive, accommodating and engaged, they also know when to give you your private space and free time. It's a perfect balance.
Are We Required to Have Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required for all of our customers, for their protection and safety. CharlieTheTraveler does not sell travel insurance. We cannot endorse any specific company. Please check out different companies online and go with the one which offers the most comprehensive coverage.
In Which Language(s) is This Tour Offered?
All of our tours are offered in English. If you prefer another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can We Customize This Tour?
Although we are open to customizing this tour to fit your liking, as a general rule, we discourage the practice. We do our best to keep the cost of the tour low. The more we customize it, the quicker the price goes up. As our tour is currently advertised, you absolutely will not find another one out there as packed with activities and attractions. What’s more, you will not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year, and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price & substance.
Do We Need to Get Our Own Transportation to and From the Airport?
Absolutely not. We make the arrangements for you.
Can We Book Instantly?
We do not offer the option for you to book instantly because we first need you to tell us via email or phone call the answers to these questions below. Once we have this information, we can send you the link so you can book immediately.
1. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
2. Do you prefer a budget-sensitive 3-star hotel, a better quality but pricier 4-star hotel or a luxurious 5-star hotel?
3. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start the tour?
Is Someone Available for Us 24-7 While on This Tour?
Yes! You have your own concierge for this tour who is at your disposal. You could reach this person when you need anything.
Where Can I Read About All of Your Terms & Conditions?
Please visit CharlieTheTraveler.com/Tours-Terms-and-Conditions
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