If it is your first trip to Turkey (especially if you only have 7-10 days), it is important to consider joining a guided tour. When joining a guided tour of Turkey, all of the stress of travel arrangements (flights, airport transfers, hotels, guides, admissions, meals) is eliminated, as it is taken care of in advance.
Often, a guided tour costs the same or less than making your own arrangements. A high-quality tour is easily comparable to the same arrangements made on your own, because Turkish travel agencies and tour companies negotiate discounts on travel services.
It’s important to keep in mind that tours aren’t always a crammed group of 45 people. The structure of a tour can vary from walking through a city’s most interesting sights with a small group of fellow explorers and a guide, strolling through a city’s vibrant markets and learning to prepare delicious Turkish meals, soaring over Cappadocia in a hot air balloon, or walks and meals with a group and guide who can answer questions and tell stories you wouldn’t read or hear elsewhere.
Turkey has hundreds of tour companies and thousands of guided tours throughout the entire country. A tour from a good company will offer more value than a tour with a mediocre tour company, despite similarities in itineraries and opportunities.
Joining a small group of travellers on a common adventure allows you to avoid making the arrangements yourself, meaning that if something goes wrong, it will be fixed at no additional cost. You will find that, with your Turkish guide, you have an advocate for special needs and situations as well as local experts who can arrange experiences that would be otherwise extremely complicated to organize.