Walking & Sailing Through History:
Turkey - May-June 2014

Blue Mosque

Decorations, dome

Troglodyte cave house
Troglodyte cave house

Amphorae recovered from ancient shipwrecks
Amphorae recovered from ancient shipwrecks

Zeus and Antiochus, Nemrut Dag
Zeus and Antiochus, Nemrut Dag

Turkish gulet yacht in Bodrum Harbor
Turkish gulet yacht in Bodrum Harbor

Woman weaving a carpet on hand loom
Woman weaving a carpet on hand loom

Janissary band performing,  Ottoman painting
Janissary band performing, Ottoman painting

Collection - St. Saviour in Chora mosaics
Collection - St. Saviour in Chora mosaics

This itinerary describes our 2014 tour in Turkey.  Contact us for details about our 2017 hiking and cultural tours.

Highlights: Istanbul, Antalya, Lycia and Aegean coast cruise, Nemrut Dag, Eastern Turkey to Trabzon on the Black Sea

Magnificent blue tiled mosques and Ottoman palaces , pure turquoise seas, rocky, forested mountains and spectacular geological oddities -- Turkey is all this. Spectacular discoveries abound on Turkey’s southwest coast and mountains.  You can join the optional guided hikes, or just enjoy the ancient historical sites and scenic views.  We'll leave the bus for several days of  cruising the Turquoise coast in a gulet (Turkish yacht) offering unique views of the often inaccessible Turkish coast.  Each day we’ll drop anchor and explore, with swimming, hiking and other activities.  Other highlights include visits to unexcavated ruins and tracing Roman aqueducts, Silk Road caravan paths and goat herders’ trails. We'll explore isolated, less visited ruins of once prosperous city states such as Xanthos, Selge, Phaselis, Antiphellos and Patara  After  the flaming rocks at Chimaera, amid the spring profusion of oleander, anemones, poppies, and other wildflowers, we'll travel to Konya, the shrine of Rumi, founder of the whirling dervishes, then see the and prehistoric site  Catal Hoyuk.

Cappadocia will be our base for several days exploring troglodyte caves and underground cities.  Pottery and carpet weaving are among the many crafts to be found here.  Then we'll move to the less visited eastern desert and mountains, stopping first at the colossal Nemrut Dag.  The ancient cities of Urfa, Diyarbakir and Van lead us to the picaresque Ishak Pasa palace and an enormous meteor crater near the Iranian border.  Continuing north we'll visit the ruins of the medieval Armenian capital of Ani before crossing the Kackar mountains to Trabzon, the last outpost of the Byzantine empire.

This will be our 7th trip to Turkey and we have hiked and explored most of the places we’ll be visiting.  The emphasis will be on sightseeing, photography and moderate day hiking, customized for the actual group. The tour is organized by our friend, Lutfi Atay, a National guide licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism. He has been our guide for our previous trips, including a Mazamas outing and will accompany us throughout this trip. We’ll stay in 3-4 star hotels, with 2 night stays whenever possible. Almost all meals are included. Breakfasts and most other meals give you a wide range of choices from Continental and Turkish regional specialties.  We’ll travel in an air conditioned, private minibus.  It will take us to and from trailheads and ancient sites each day.  

Itinerary details 34 Days in Turkey

Explore the map of our visit to Turkey

Don't have the time for the complete trip?
We've prepared trips of 9 to 16 days for shorter stays.

  • Tour A: Ancient Civilizations of Turkey -- 16 days
  • Tour B: Aegean Sea to Cappadocia -- 9 days
  • Tour C: Southeastern Turkey -- 10 days
  • Tour D: Eastern Turkey and the Black Sea -- 10 days

    These segments can also be combined (eg, A + B, B + C + D, etc) 

    For questions or prices email travel@cascoly.com   

  • Price includes:
    3 or 4 star hotel accommodation in double occupancy
    Transfers to and from Istanbul airport
    Entrance fees to all sites listed in itinerary (normally$5-15 pp per site)
    Most meals (as indicated in itinerary)
    Bottled water provided during tours & hikes
    Licensed English speaking guide
    A/C deluxe minibus
    All domestic flights in Turkey
    Group tips for hotel staff, porters, and restaurant staff

    Price excludes:
    International airfare to Istanbul (estimated at $1200 for Seattle - Istanbul).
    Beverages at lunch and dinner ($1-3 per day)
    Single Supplement on request)
    Trip insurance (estimated about $100)
    Visa fee $20  (You can get your visa easily online or at the airport in Istanbul)
    Tips to guide & driver (optional; suggested $3-4/day for bus driver, $5-6/day for guide)
    Personal expenses (Phone, internet, laundry, and similar items)

    Tips for travel in Turkey


    Mosaic 'Virgin, Christ, Constantine, Justinian'

    Hagia Sophia night

    Blue Mosque night
    Harbor and gulets
    Harbor and gulets
    Troglodyte cave house
    Troglodyte cave house
    Naval scene, musicians, Ottoman painting
    Naval scene, musicians, Ottoman painting
    One  million lira note from Turkey
    One million lira note from Turkey

    Aqueduct, Phaselis

    Fish - main course

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