Turkey (Türkiye) with TREAD the Globe Exploration

Istanbul - Ayvalik - Selcuk - Pamukkale - Cappadocia

2023: Mar 20 - Mar 28


People say that travelling through Türkiye is like traveling back in time. This country that we travelled and explored for 18 months has captured our hearts and we want to share with you the ancient and modern faces of Türkiye, as well as the best of the flavours, colours and friendships that we have made.

  • 9 days

  • 12 - 20 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3 & 4-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 8 breakfasts and 2 dinners included

  • TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers from Istanbul International Airport (IST) , between 8 AM and 5 PM

  • TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers to Istanbul International Airport (IST) on the last day

Activities Included

  • Hagia Sophia Entrance
  • Blue Mosque Entrance
  • Hippodrome Entrance
  • Grand Bazaar Entrance
  • Orientation Tour of Ayvalik
  • Kucukkoy Village Visit
  • Ephesus Entrance
  • Artemis Temple Visit
  • Hierapolis Visit
  • Orientation Tour of Cappadocia
  • Goreme Open Air Museum Visit
  • Avanos Pottery Experience
  • Ozkonak Underground City Visit

Other Inclusions

  • Double occupancy in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Local Guide throughout trip
  • All city transfers
  • Arrival airport transfer (until 5 pm on first day)
  • Departure airport transfer (morning of last day)
  • 8 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners

Optional Activities

  • Hot Air Balloons Over Cappadocia

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Food and alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers outside of designated times

Your Host

Tread The Globe

Hi we are Marianne & Chris from the Youtube channel Tread the Globe. We've been travelling full time since 2018. We have a huge passion for travel, discovering new cultures, meeting new people and of course trying new foods. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime!

Itinerary

Day 1

Monday, Mar 20, 2023

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Day 1

Merhaba and Welcome to Turkey! This expedition kicks off in Istanbul, the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have previously all called home.

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Included welcome dinner at local restaurant

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Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers from Istanbul International Airport (IST) , between 8 AM and 5 PM

Informal Gathering

Meet with Ersel (the Legend!)

If you've been following our around the world drive on Youtube you will have seen that we spent 95 days in a carpark in Old Town Istanbul. During that difficult time we were blessed to meet Ersel. He and his lovely wife Elif reached out to us to let us know we had friends and we were not alone during what was then a frightening time .... Ersel has become a known character on our channel and now we would like to share that friendship with you!

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The Haze Hotel

Overnight in Istanbul

Day 2

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2023

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Day 2

Today you will take a trip through time as you explore how Turkey’s ancient past has blended in with the current day.

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Included breakfast at hotel

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Hagia Sophia Entrance

Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture and your guide will take you on a trip through the centuries while describing the Mosque’s fascinating transformation from a church to a mosque, then a museum, and recently back to a mosque again.

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Blue Mosque Entrance

The Blue Mosque is one of the most striking sights in Istanbul with its iconic blue tiles, 260 windows, and 6 minarets.

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Hippodrome Entrance

Take a walk through the Hippodrome, a charming promenade where locals now congregate but was once the site for chariot races 1000 years ago.

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Grand Bazaar Entrance

Explore the Grand Bazaar where your guide will help you navigate its maze of stalls to search for treasures as many others have for hundreds of years.

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The Haze Hotel

Overnight in Istanbul

Day 3

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2023

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Day 3

Today you will say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of Istanbul and make your way to Ayvalik, a charming little seaside town perched on the Aegean Coast.

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Included breakfast at hotel

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Orientation Tour of Ayvalik

Ayvalik boasts an ambiance that one could describe as quintessential Aegean. Your local guide will lead you around the town on a village walking tour to discover all of its hidden gems.

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Bacacan Hotel

Overnight in Ayvalik

Day 4

Thursday, Mar 23, 2023

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Day 4

This morning you will head to Izmir and the historic city of Selcuk.

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Included breakfast at hotel

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Kucukkoy Village Visit

Visit a tiny village on the outskirts of the town called Kucukkoy, a small community of local artists and laid-back café life. You’ll pop in for a coffee and check out a few shops and galleries before hitting the road.

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Ephesus Entrance

The ruins of Ephesus truly make the Greco-Roman world come alive as you traverse the ancient city.

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Artemis Temple Visit

Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Once the largest manmade structure on Earth, the Temple of Artemis was completely rebuilt twice, once after a great flood and the second time destroyed by an East Germanic tribe in 401 AD.

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Kalehan Hotel

Overnight in Selcuk

Day 5

Friday, Mar 24, 2023

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Day 5

Today you will set off for a day trip to Pamukkale to check out the petrified waterfalls and ancient city of Hierapolis. In the afternoon you will return to Selcuk where you'll have the afternoon to relax.

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Included breakfast at hotel

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Hierapolis Visit

Your visit to Hierapolis will firstly take you through the Necropolis (cemetery) containing over 1200 graves, followed by a tour of the old ruined Roman baths. Next, you will head towards Pamukkale, which translates to ‘Cotton Palace', a uniquely beautiful sight of petrified waterfalls that flow into a series of terraced basins. The calcite-laden waters emerge from a hot spring that was once used as thermal spas in antiquity. The ruined baths are still surrounded by temples and Greek monuments to this day.

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Kalehan Hotel

Overnight in Selcuk

Day 6

Saturday, Mar 25, 2023

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Day 6

Today you will be transferred to Izmir Airport for your flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Cappadocia.

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Included breakfast at hotel

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Domestic Flight

Domestic flight

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Orientation Tour of Cappadocia

Cappadocia is nothing short of a fantastical geological oddity, a semi-arid canyon with massive honey-comb shaped rock formations called ‘fairy chimneys.’ For centuries the locals have utilized the rocks, building homes in cave-like structures and even underground.

Informal Gathering

Meet Ali the most famous Carpet Seller in Goreme!

When we explored Cappadocia we made friends with the most famous carpet shop owner in Goreme !! He is approached by film makers and Instagrammers from all over the world as his shop is the most beautiful !! For those who want to visit we will head into Goreme who will tell you all about the stories and traditions of the famous Turkish carpets.

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Heybe Hotel

Overnight in Cappadocia

Day 7

Sunday, Mar 26, 2023

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Day 7

Rise and shine because we have another action-packed day for you and your fellow travelers. After a long day of exploring, your tour leader will take you to a prime location to watch the sunset over the Red Valley.

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Included breakfast at hotel

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Goreme Open Air Museum Visit

The Goreme Open Air Museum was once a vast monastic complex composed of monasteries and churches carved directly into the rock. Bizarre and beautiful, the complex appears like it could be the set of a science fiction film.

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Avanos Pottery Experience

Welcome to the town of Avanos, set on the banks of Turkey’s longest river, the Kizilirmak River. Also known as the ‘The Red River,’ the Kizilirmak produces a deep red clay used to make pottery with techniques that date back to 2000 BC.

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Ozkonak Underground City Visit

Discovered in 1972 by a farmer who followed the water drainage only to discover the mysterious underground network, the exact age of this Cappadocian city is still unknown

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Hot Air Balloons Over Cappadocia (Optional)

If a balloon ride is on your bucket list, there's one place in the world you can't miss: the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey. Just hop in your basket and join the hosts of brightly hued balloons that float above the region's volcanic spires and honeycombed hills.

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Heybe Hotel

Overnight in Cappadocia

Day 8

Monday, Mar 27, 2023

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Day 8

Today you will be transferred to Kayseri Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will have the afternoon to do any last-minute shopping or sightseeing before heading back to the hotel to freshen up for your final night in Turkey.

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Included breakfast at hotel

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Domestic Flight

Domestic Flight

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dinner

Included welcome dinner at local restaurant

Informal Gathering

Meet with Seher

During our 18 months in Turkey we met Seher. If you've been following us you will have heard her story. We were all so moved by her dedication to protect endangered sea turtles that our community raised the funds to build Dekafok - A Sea Turtle Conservation centre in the south of Turkey. So we are flying Seher to meet us on this adventure so that we can get a live update and meet the woman herself !!

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The Haze Hotel

Overnight in Istanbul

Day 9

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2023

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Day 9

All good things must come to an end but only until our next adventure! You will have a group transfer to the airport where you will wave goodbye to Turkey and your travel buddies.

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Included breakfast at hotel

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Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers to Istanbul International Airport (IST) on the last day

Cancellation Policy

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60 days pre-trip Non-refundable Non-refundable

*If you cancel when your spot is confirmed and outside of 60 days until departure, you can receive a trip credit for your down payment minus the $100 cancellation fee.

For our full cancellation policy, see our Terms & Conditions.

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