Discover Classic Turkey & Northern Cyprus

08/12/2020 through 09/30/2020
08/12/2020 through 10/17/2020
Intrepid Travel

Discover Classic Turkey & Northern Cyprus

Discover Turkey in all its ancient glory during this eight-day journey beginning in Istanbul. Travel to the Aegean resort town of Kusadasi before exploring the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, then hop over to northern Cyprus where time stands still. Tread the paths of history, soak up some incredible landscapes and immerse yourself in this cultural melting pot.

Activities

  • Istanbul – Old City Walking Tour (Half Day)
  • Ephesus – Guided Archaeological site visit
  • Selcuk – Gozleme making demonstration and lunch
  • Selcuk – Isa Bey Camii
  • Selcuk – Artemis Temple Visit
  • Sirince – Wine Tasting
  • Cappadocia – Kaymakli Underground City
  • Cappadocia – Valley Walk
  • Kyrenia – Venetian Castle
  • Kyrenia- St. Hilarion Castle
  • Kyrenia – Bellapais Monastery
  • Kyrenia – Sunset Boat Cruise
  • Kormakitis – Old and New St Georges Churches
  • Morphou/Guzelyurt – St Mamas Monastery
  • Lefka – Soli Basilica and Theater
  • Kormakitis – Traditional Maronite Dinner
  • Lefkosa – Nicosia Walking Tour
  • Buyukkonuk – Bread & Cheese making
  • Karpas – Apostolos Andreas Monastery
  • Famagusta – Church of Apostolos Barnabas
  • Famagusta- Salamis Ancient Site
  • Famagusta – Walking Tour

Highlights

  • Spend eight days ticking off the highlights of Turkey before taking a short flight to Northern Cyprus to enjoy the rustic charm of this idyllic island paradise 
  • Enjoy a free day on the Aegean in the resort town of Kusadasi. You can check out Pamukkale’s thermal pools, take a traditional boat trip along the coast or sit on the beach with a cool drink in hand.
  • Taste local fruit wines in one of the best-preserved Greek Ottoman villages in the country. It’s picture perfect.
  • Get up close and personal with the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on a valley walk that’ll have you exploring rock-cut dwellings in Love Valley or the rose-coloured hues of Red Valley.
  • Discover the back streets and vibrant local markets of Istanbul, where East meets West.
  • Fall asleep on the Aegean Coast and wake up in Central Anatolia on the Mavi Konya, an overnight train from Izmir to Konya.
  • Visit fairytale-like St Hilarion Castle, famously rumoured to be used by Walt Disney as inspiration for the castle in Snow White and Seven Dwarfs.
  • Discover Europe’s last divided capital, known as Lefkosia to the Turkish and Nicosia to the Cypriot communities, it is full of surprises with an eclectic mix of cultures and architecture.
  • Stay in a traditional Cypriot village where residents have been working together to preserve local culture and heritage. Join your village hosts for some traditional bread and cheese making

Itinerary

Day 1 Istanbul
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Day 2 Kusadasi
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Day 3 Kusadasi - Ephesus
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Day 4 Kusadasi
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Day 5 Konya / Cappadocia
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Day 6 Cappadocia
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Day 7 Cappadocia to Istanbul
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Day 8 Kyrenia
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Day 9 Kyrenia
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Day 10 Kyrenia
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Day 11 Nicosia / Komi Kebir
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Day 12 Komi Kebir
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Day 13 Famagusta
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Day 14 Famagusta
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Day 15 Famagusta
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