Turkey, home to magnificent sites such as the majestic Cappadocia region and the bustling metropolis of Istanbul, is one of the world's most beautiful countries. From the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean coast to one of the world’s oldest temples, Turkey offers many types of experiences. To maximize your time and make the most of your travels, it’s helpful to have a guide to accompany you. In fact, we have 10 reasons why we think it’s a great option for everyone.
Turkey has hundreds of tour companies and thousands of guided tours, from one-day tours of Istanbul to 21-day grand tours of the entire country. Continue reading below to find the best match for your travel interests, budget, and length of your stay in this amazing country. Below are some of the guided tours that offer great value for money:
|Istanbul City Tours
|Country Tours 11-14 Days
|Excursions from Istanbul
|Yacht Cruises & Tour
|Top Sights: 6- 10 Days
Learn more about specialty tours and tours by duration. 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.
Here are my self-guided walking tours. Many companies offer half- and full-day Istanbul city tours. We recommend Efendi Travel, a trusted partner that offers innovative, high value-for-money half- 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 café, Eyüp Sultan Mosque, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, and Egyptian Spice Bazaar, at very competitive prices. Their Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar tours are good and inexpensive as well.
Every visitor to Istanbul wants to spend a day or two out of the city if possible. These are the best options for short trips accessible from Istanbul.
TURKEY'S TOP SIGHTS IN 6 TO 10 DAYS
AEGEAN TURKEY SELF-DRIVE TOUR (6 days)
EXPRESS TURKEY (10 Days)
TURKEY COUNTRY TOURS - 11 TO 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.
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.
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.
CULTURAL & SPECIAL-INTEREST 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.
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.
And speaking of weddings, Murat 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.