Abandon the well-worn route to forge a path through unexplored terrain, deep into the historical heart of Turkey. From the minarets of Istanbul experience the real Turkey first-hand. Flex those muscles by cycling through lush landscape, hike forgotten trails and kayak over sunken Lycian and Byzantine relics. Take up the challenge and be amazed by all that this travel adventure has to offer.
Day 1 Istanbul
Discover hidden charms on a walk through IstanbulÂ’s bustling backstreets, then watch the sun set over an impressive Sultanahmet skyline. If arriving early, be sure to get lost in the labyrinth of laneways in the Grand Bazaar - a shopperÂ’s paradise. Maybe head down to the Bosphorus, grab a fresh fish roll for lunch and take a ferry cruise on one of the worldÂ’s most celebrated waterways. Alternatively, travel to the stylish Taksim Square area for a leisurely stroll along the main street with the locals.
Days 2-3 Gallipoli Peninsula
Travel past fields of sunflowers and take in breathtaking views of the Sea of Marmara en route to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Be moved by a walk through the battlefields where hundreds of thousands of lives were lost. Break from the tragic past and snorkel the waters of the Dardenelles, keeping an eye out for a WWI shipwreck.
Day 4 Selcuk
Step back in time on a visit to the historic Roman ruins of Ephesus, then stretch legs on a walk back to the town of Selcuk. On arrival be sure to indulge in an invigorating scrub at the local hamam - itÂ’ll be just the tonic to soothe tired muscles!
Day 5 Fethiye
The seaside town of Fethiye provides a chance to visit the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy. Later, enjoy a stroll along FethiyeÂ’s charming harbour full of traditional gulets, or grab a cheesy pide and head to the market.
Day 6 Faralya
Hike the ancient trails of the Lycian Way, through olive groves and carob gardens, and past incredible relics of ancient civilisations. Visit remote villages and take in stunning vistas of the Mediterranean along the way.
Days 7-9 Kas
Trek along mountain tracks and arrive in TurkeyÂ’s chilled-out capital, Kabak. Exchange hiking boots for paddles on a kayaking adventure over a sunken Byzantine city, then swap to bikes for a cycle through the Kas countryside, past rustic villages with top-notch views of the Turquoise Coast. When the sun sets, head to the local market to purchase a beautifully hand-crafted memento or two.
Days 10-11 Pamukkale
Resembling frozen waterfalls, the chalky travertines at Pamukkale are a surreal sight. The waters here have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman times. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis and maybe bathe in its thermal springs.
Day 12 Istanbul
After an overnight journey, arrive back in Istanbul.