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 from Istanbul
Top Sights: 6- 10 Days
Country Tours 11-14 Days
Yacht Cruises & Tours
ANZAC/Gallipoli Tours
Special Interest Tours 

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

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-money halfand 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 MosqueGreek Orthodox Patriarchate, and Egyptian Spice Bazaar, at very competitive prices. Their Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar tours are good and inexpensive as well. More...

EXCURSIONS FROM ISTANBUL

Every visitor to Istanbul wants to spend a day or two out of the city if possible. Here are the best options.

TURKEY'S TOP SIGHTS IN 6 TO 10 DAYS

AEGEAN TURKEY SELF-DRIVE TOUR (6 days)
You start this six-day self-drive tour in Istanbul, drive to Gallipoli and Troy, then AssosMount IdaPergamumEphesus, and Kuşadası, then return to Istanbul by plane. More...

EXPRESS TURKEY (10 Days)
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 TO 14 DAYS

CLASSIC TURKEY (14 days)
Perhaps the best 14-day introductory tour of Turkey that 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...

TURKEY'S TOP SIGHTS with GULET CRUISE
The tour that everyone has been asking for: time at all the top sights—IstanbulEphesusCappadocia—and four days on a gulet yacht Blue Voyage cruise. 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 archaeological 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 archaeologist and filmmaker Peter Sommers, but reserve your place(s) early, as these wonderful adventures are regularly fully booked well in advance. More...

CULTURAL & SPECIAL-INTEREST TOURS

RUMI & WHIRLING DERVISHES 
Argeus
 Tourism & Travel the whirling dervishes at the Rumi Tours in mid-December in KonyaMore...

ANZAC/GALLIPOLI TOURS
ANZAC Day (April 24th-25th) is a special day for Australians and New Zealanders, and also a special day in Turkey. Whether you come on the day itself, or another time, a tour may be the best way to visit the historic sights. 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...

And speaking of weddingsMurat and Pinar Özgüç at Travel 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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