Fly over the fairy chimneys aboard a hot air balloon, zoom through the valleys on an ATV and sail the Med in your own private boat
About your trip
Turkey’s rich cultural heritage, extraordinary culinary delights and pink-hued terrain collide in spectacular fashion in this seven-night, eight-day trip.
You and your fellow Flashpackers will lose the tourists, and embrace the real Turkey, a country where you can fire up your own BBQ pit for dinner, take to the skies in a hot air balloon and pick your way through ruins dating back to the 4th century.
Turkey’s famous food and hospitality will form the backbone of your trip, from the talented chefs who show you how to make gözleme and the artisans who teach you carpet weaving, to the guides who lead you through classical ruins and the photographer who takes you on a heady tour of Istanbul’s spice market. This is an unmissable odyssey through Turkey, which will sweep you away from the crowds and straight to the heart of this incredible country.
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary
- 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
- Stay in hand-picked 4-5 star hotels
- Two domestic flights
- We offset your carbon emissions
- Tips for the guide & driver
- Private minibus
- Arrival Airport transfer
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination at least 30 days before departure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 Ancient ruins & a welcome feast
Your Turkish escapade will start proper this evening at your waterside hotel, with an introduction to your Flash Pack group and guide. Then you’ll be off on a quick yet immersive walking tour in town, where you’ll spot a monumental Lycian tomb before ending up at Fethiye’s bustling open air fish market. Here you’ll source your own piece of fish (other options are available), which you’ll take to a restaurant to be cooked up and served to you and your group as part of a huge Mediterranean-style feast, complete with wandering musicians playing traditional Turkish music just for you.
Day 02 Private sailing in the med
Today, you’ll have the option to go paragliding before breakfast (how often does that opportunity come around?). Then, once fuelled by a delicious spread, you’ll board your private gulet, a traditional Turkish boat, and cruise the glittering Mediterranean for a morning and afternoon of sailing, swimming, lunching and snorkelling. Later on you’ll visit the ghost village of Kayaköy. This collection of atmospheric ancient stone houses, used as a location in The Water Diviner, featuring Russell Crowe, were abandoned in the 1920s. You’ll watch the sun set and end the evening with a traditional Turkish BBQ in the garden of a beautiful local restaurant, surrounded by forest and far from the tourists.
Day 03 Ancient hot springs & cookery class
You have a day of top-class sightseeing ahead. First stop, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pamukkale. Famous for its thermal springs, you’ll explore the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, and take a dip in the restorative waters of the Cleopatra Pools. After a quick lunch stop you’ll head to Izmir Province’s Şirince to check in to the four-star Nişanyan Hotel. Owner Ms Mujde is known for her warm welcomes and stand-out cooking and you’ll experience it first hand this evening when she hosts an exclusive cookery class just for Flash Pack. You’ll discover traditional Aegean recipes, learn the art of clay pot cooking and end the evening devouring your creations with your group.
Day 04 Turkey's finest classical site
Take a short drive to the heart of Şirince, where you’ll explore the village’s pretty streets, taste locally-made fruit wine and visit a women’s carpet weaving cooperative. You’ll have lunch at a cafe in the neighbouring village of Selçuk, but this time you will be in the driving seat, making your own gözleme. Bellies full, you’ll visit Selçuk’s famous trio of ancient sites: Artemis Temple, the pre-Ottoman Isa Bey Mosque and St. John Basilica. You’ll end the day at the jewel in the crown, Ephesus, the best preserved classical site in the eastern Mediterranean. Take in the vast amphitheater, stroll the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the baths and beautifully restored Library of Celsus.
Day 05 Explore Cappadocia by ATV
After a short flight to Cappadocia, you’ll check into the fascinating Doors of Cappadocia, a hotel carved into the rock in UNESCO-listed Goreme National Park (which you can gaze at from the rooftop pool, by the way). You’ll have lunch at a women’s cooperative restaurant and a tour of the town before we switch up the pace for this evening’s excitement. Aboard your own ATV, you’ll leave behind the tourists and explore the valleys and their fairy chimneys, natural rock formations that rise up from the ground. As the sun sets, bathing the landscape in that famous dusky pink glow, you’ll pitch up in a quiet spot to savor the moment with your group.
Day 06 Sunrise hot air ballooning
Before sunrise, you’ll climb into your private hot air balloon and float up into the sky to witness the sun cracking through the horizon and spreading out over the valleys for a photo opportunity like no other. You’ll then hike through the valleys, before heading for lunch with a local family in their traditional Cappadocia cave house. The afternoon will bring a rare opportunity, a pottery workshop with world-famous artist Galip Korukcu. New skill learned you’ll take a subterranean walk to an underground city hollowed out of tufa rock, before heading to Dibek restaurant, for a roof-top wine tasting, followed by a pottery kebab, an Anatolian specialty of meat and vegetables stewed for several hours in a clay pot.
Day 07 Istanbul through a photographer's lens
Today you’ll fly to Istanbul, and check into your final hotel, The Galata Hotel Istanbul. This afternoon you’ll visit the medieval Galata Tower and the beautiful Galata Mevlevihanesi, a museum and former dervish lodge established by the followers of Persian poet Rumi. You’ll also take the second-oldest metro line in Europe to the Galata Bridge. As the day draws to a close, you’ll meet a celebrated local photographer for an insider’s tour of Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, before ending your final night with a grand rooftop dinner at renowned restaurant Mükellef Karaköy, feasting on Turkish and international-influenced dishes and raising a glass to your incredible Turkish adventure.
Day 08 Goodbye, Turkey
It’s time for your last breakfast with your Flash Pack group but it doesn’t need to be your last day in Turkey. We recommend you spend at least a day – or more – exploring Istanbul. And then there’s the rest of this beautiful and welcoming country to see. Ask us for some tips, and we’ll happily point you in the right direction. Until next time, safe travels.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Doors of Cappadocia
One of Turkey’s best cave hotels, carved into the mountain, with a rooftop pool and beautiful views of Goreme National Park.
Turkey’s first boutique hotel run by the impressive Ms Mujde, lauded for her cookery skills and peerless hospitality.
The Galata Istanbul Hotel MGallery
A small, modern collection of rooms, with a Turkish bath and spa, in the heart of the Karaköy district.
- Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code
Fly into Dalaman (DLM), which is the nearest airport to Fethiye. Fly out of Istanbul (IST) airport.
- What time should my flight depart on the last day?
There are no activities planned for the last day, so leave any time you wish. The airport is approximately 45 minutes away from the hotel, and your Pack leader can help you book your transfers the night before if needed.
- Do you include airport transfers?
We offer one arrival transfer which is private to Flash Pack. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived so you can make your own way to the first hotel if you wish. We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. We will offer you support with finding a local taxi.
- Do I need a visa?
British citizens are exempted from a visa for up to 90 days. However, some nationalities may require a pre-issued visa instead. To check if you need a pre-arranged visa or not, please check the list on this link.
If you are from the USA, you will need a visa to enter Turkey. You can obtain your visa through this website.
For all travellers, please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps, as advised by the Turkish government.
- What time should my flight arrive? (to arrive in time for the welcome meeting)
We recommend arriving by 3pm.
Your welcome meeting with your Flash Pack guide and group will begin from around 5 or 6 pm, although we suggest getting to Fethiye earlier to enjoy some free time to explore.
- How much should I budget per day for extras?
Approximately 400 Turkish Lira, the equivalent of £31 per day. Guide tips and driver tips are included in the cost.
- What fitness levels do I need for this trip?
We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness here. This adventure is fast-paced, however, the activities aren’t too strenuous so it is a fantastic trip for those with a normal level of fitness who want to see a lot in their time here.
- Will this itinerary change?
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes are rare but can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting which we will always try and communicate to you.
What Flashpackers say
"I've never done the group travel thing with strangers but I can honestly say it was perfect. We had a great group dynamic, absolutely no problems there. Our guide was just the best ever. "
"The trip far exceeded my expectations. I like the targeted audience of 30s to 40s - although individuals come from all walks of life there is similar maturity and energy that makes the dynamic easy."
"I had an amazing time. The trip was really well organised, so many varied and enjoyable activities. I met a group of interesting and like-minded people as well."
"Well organised, brilliant tour guide, excellent accommodation and a well-paced itinerary."
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