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Best Guided Tours of Turkey

Turkey has hundreds of tour companies and thousands of guided tours, from half-day tours of Istanbul to 21-day grand tours of the entire country.

Below are some of the guided tours that I think offer great value for money:

Istanbul City Tours
Excursions fm Istanbul
Top Sights: 6- 10 Days
Country Tours 11-14 Days
Cappadocia Tours
Hunting Expeditions
Eastern Turkey Tours
Yacht Cruises & Tours
Gallipoli ANZAC Tours
Rumi Whirling Dervish Tours
Wedding & Honeymoon

Before you sign up for any tour, read About Tours in Turkey.

Keep in mind that any of my recommended travel agencies can set up a custom itinerary for you, or you can hire a professional guide.

Istanbul City Tours

Walking Tours

Here are my self-guided walking tours. Many, many companies offer half- and full-day Istanbul city tours

Efendi Travel offers innovative, high value-for-moneyhalf- and full-day tours. Their Old Istanbul Guided Walking Tour may be the most cost-effective way to see Istanbul’s top sights in one day. Their tours to see some out-of-the-way Istanbul sights such as the City Walls,Yedikule (Fortress of the Seven Towers), Kariye Museum (Church of the Holy Savior in Chora), Pierre Loti caféEyüp Sultan Mosque, Greek Orthodox patriarchate, and Egyptian Spice Bazaar, offer fine value. Their Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar tours are good and inexpensive as well. More…

Excursions from Istanbul

What can you see on one day out of the city? A lot! More…

Turkey’s Top Sights in 6-10 Days

Aegean Turkey 6-Day Self-Drive Tour

You start this six-day self-drive tour in Istanbul, drive to Gallipoliand Troy, then AssosMount IdaPergamumEphesus and Kuşadası, then return to Istanbul by plane. More…

Express Turkey

Can you see the top sights in Turkey comfortably in only 10 days? Yes, if you take a quality small-group tour like this one offered by ArgeusMore…

Turkey Country Tours, 11-14 Days

Classic Turkey (14 days)

Perhaps the best 14-day introductory tour of Turkeythat I’ve seen. You visit all of Turkey’s top sights, stay in my favorite boutique hotels, and group size is limited to no more than 10 people. More…

Cappadocia Tours

Top Sights of Cappadocia

Here’s how to make the best use of your time on a 1-, 2- or 3-day visit to Cappadocia. More…

Cappadocian Culture & Cuisine

Consult Turkish Heritage Travel if you’d like to go beyond the ordinary in biblical Cappadocia to the traditional culture, crafts, cave art and cuisine. They’ll even arrange your wedding and/or honeymoon in suitable Cappadocian style. More…

Cappadocian Wine Tastings? That’s a specialty of Travel Atelier, which also offers full travel agency services, including complete Turkey tours, weddings and honeymoons. More…

Hunting Expeditions

If you’re an avid hunter, Turkey has good government-controlled hunting grounds. For help with firearms import licenses and hunting permits, the experts are Dos Plumas, an American-owned travel agency based in Turkey. More…

Eastern Turkey Tours

Want to go well off the beaten path and discover parts of Turkey seen by only intrepid travelers? Eastern Turkey is strikingly beautiful, like one vast national park, with a surprising array of world-class archeological and natural sites (including Mount Ararat). Rock Valley Travel can make all the arrangements for your self-drive or guided tour through Turkey’s less-visited but more fascinating region. More…

Gulet Yacht Cruises & Tours

The way to take a Turkish “Blue Voyage” along the Turquoise Coast is with archeologist and filmmaker Peter Sommers, but reserve your place(s) early, as these wonderful adventures are regularly fully booked well in advance. More…

Rumi & Whirling Dervish Tours

Argeus Tourism & Travel can make arrangements for you to see the whirling dervishes at the Rumi Commemoration Ceremonies in Konya in mid-DecemberMore…

Gallipoli Anzac Tours

Visit the Gallipoli battlefields, particularly on the anniversary of the ANZAC landings in World War I—a truly moving experience. More…

Wedding & Honeymoon

And speaking of weddingsMurat and Pinar Özgüç atTravel Atelier specialize in helping with any and all travel and legal arrangements for getting married in Turkey, as well as all normal travel agency services. More…

—Tom Brosnahan


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