• 11 Days | 10 Nights
  • Semi-Private
  • Daily Departure
  • Min Age: No Limit

Tour Overview

Discover the beauty of Turkey like never before with Tour Good Travel’s “11 Day Off the Beaten Track Turkey” itinerary.

Begin your journey in Istanbul, where you’ll explore the famous Spice Bazaar, cruise along the Bosphorus, and visit Dolmabahce Palace. Then, venture to Gokceada Island, the largest island in Turkey, where you’ll have free time to explore the beautiful coasts, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking sunsets over the Aegean Sea. Afterward, journey to Assos to explore the quaint modern town and enjoy its scenic coastline, and visit Pergamom, an ancient Greek city, and Asclepion, an ancient healing temple.

Experience the history, culture, and natural beauty of Turkey like never before with Tour Good Travel.

Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Istanbul and the Turkey adventure tour! Upon your arrival in Istanbul we will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your Istanbul hotel. And depending on your arrival time, we can offer assistance of how to make use of your free time by suggesting some Istanbul sight-seeing opportunities or planning out a self guided tour. You will have an overnight stay in Istanbul.

After breakfast, our sightseeing Turkey tour begins with a picturesque commute to the famous Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar. This is the 2nd largest covered market in the city and the shops and merchants offer a lot more than various edibles, treats, and spices to enjoy. Next, we board a private boat at Eminonu to cruise and sight-see along the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus is a strait that divides Europe from Asia. During this scenic tour we see old and new historical sites such as mosques, castles, and palaces adorning the amazing waterfront. Later, we dine for lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. Lastly, we continue our tour to Dolmabache Palace. This is one of the largest palaces in Istanbul. This palace has more than 280 rooms and it was built in the 19th century. Finally, we are transferred back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Free day for leisure to sight-see or perhaps explore the city on a self-guided tour. Better yet, you can partake in one of the many available excursions including but not limited to:

1. Turkish belly dancing show;
2. Sufi/whirling dervish show;
3. Istanbul’s best museums.

Overnight stay in Istanbul.

After the hotel check out we continue on with the Turkey tour with a 4 hour drive to Eceabat. This town is located on the eastern shore of the Gelibolu Peninsula, on the Dardanelles Strait. Upon arrival we have some free time before catching the ferryboat located a few miles away from Eceabat in Kilitbahir for a 2 hour ferry ride to Gokceada Island. Upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel and an overnight stay in Gokceada.

Free day at leisure in Gokceada which is the largest island in Turkey and has some of the most beautiful coasts, crystal clear waters, and breathtaking sunsets over the Aegean Sea. It’s also well known for its organic cuisine and wine, rolling hills, pine forests and craggy small mountains along with plenty of farm animals give the Island its traditional charm. We have an overnight stay in Gokceada.

Swimming is very accessible here because of the long coastline. Plus, the sea is totally free of any kind of pollution. Some areas near the northeastern portion of the island’s coasts have been declared Turkey’s first—and so far the only—underwater national park. While the climate of the island is usually windy (and, thus, the sea is wavy), being surrounded by sea at all sides means you can usually find at least a beach with calm(ish) waters. The most popular beaches are Yildizkoy in the north, Kefalos/Aydincik to the south, and Gizliliman in the west. We have an overnight stay in Gokceada.

After the hotel check-out, we are transferred to the port to catch a ferry back to Kilitbahir. Upon arrival in Eceabat, we have free time for lunch before boarding a coach to Assos, which is 2 hours away. Assos, also known as Behramkale, is a small historically rich town located in the district of Ayvacik. Here, we see the Temple of Athena ruins, whose location offers great views of the Aegean Sea and nearby cities including Lesbos in the south, Pergamom in the southeast, and Mount Ida of Phrygia in the east. To the northwest, there is the gate to the city of two massive Hellenic columns that still exist today. We have an overnight stay in Assos.

This is a free day at leisure to go exploring and sightseeing in this city. Assos is a quaint modern town with restaurants, hotels, and houses along its scenic coastline. You may decide to take a stroll along the port or simply enjoy the fine food (especially fresh seafood) and wine down at the town harbor. We have an overnight stay in Assos.

After the hotel check-out, we continue our Turkey tour with a drive from Assos to Pergamom located 84 kilometers/52 miles away. Pergamom was an ancient Greek city and is known as one of the 7 churches of Asia. This city is also famous for different healing methods like music therapy and sound of water were first used. We continue the tour to Asclepion, an ancient healing temple built in the name of Aesculapis, ‘God of Medicine’. After lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant, we proceed with the tour to Pergamon Acropolis. Here we visit various temple ruins including the Athena, Trojan, Zeus, and Temple of Dionysos. On this site, we also visit other ancient ruins including the Gymnasium of Youth, Odeon, Library, Agora, Great Theater, and Roman Bath. The day ends with a 3-hour drive to Kusadasi for an overnight stay.

After breakfast, we go to the historical city of Ephesus to proceed with our Turkey tour. This ancient city is one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world. Here, we see the Agora, Odeon, public toilets, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre, Marble Street, and much more. Then it’s time for lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. Next, we tour the House of Virgin Mary and visit the chapel where she is said to have spent her last days. Afterwards, we visit the Artemis Temple site, which is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The day ends with a transfer to the Izmir Airport for the flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, we are transferred to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Hotel checkout and transfer to Istanbul airport for departure flight.

In Conclusion

Tour Good Travel’s “11 Day Off the Beaten Track Turkey” itinerary offers a perfect blend of culture, history, and natural beauty of Turkey. The itinerary takes you to Istanbul where you explore famous landmarks like the Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus, and Dolmabahce Palace.

The journey then takes you to Gokceada Island, the largest island in Turkey, where you have the opportunity to relax and unwind while taking in the breathtaking views.

The itinerary also includes a visit to Assos, a historically rich town, and Pergamom, an ancient Greek city. Overall, this itinerary promises an unforgettable experience to explore the hidden gems of Turkey.

What's Included

  • Hotel accommodation in the category of your choice.
  • Izmir to Istanbul domestic flight inc. taxes
  • Sightseeing tours on a regular group basis (private basis on request).
  • Licensed tour guide assistance during the sightseeing tours.
  • Main entrance fees to all sites visited as per the itinerary.
  • Fast-track entries to the museums and natural parks.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Deluxe air-conditioned vehicles for tours and airport transfers.
  • Domestic land and air transport between each destination.
  • Taxes and handling service.
    24/7 support during your trip.

Please note that the specific details of inclusions may vary depending on the package and any additional services you may have requested.


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