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Where East Meets West
Turkey
Where East Meets West

Due to instability in the region, we are postponing our adventures to the country until further notice. The safety of our travellers and leaders is of the upmost importance. 

This 20-day adventure through Turkey will take you from the amazing beaches on the Mediterranean in the south-western part of the country up the picture-perfect coastline on a 4-day private cruise to the mind-blowing moon-like landscape of Cappadocia and finally to the historic and architecturally phenomenal city of Istanbul. In a country that geographically and culturally borders Asia and Europe, you’ll be exposed to an astonishing world where east meets west and the result is amazing food, astonishing buildings and a constant exposure to something new and exciting. Turkey is a very unique place and the Turkish people are proud of their country and will go above and beyond to welcome you to their country. Eat a kebab, smoke some shisha, stroll through exotic bazaars, get a Turkish massage, swim in the Mediterranean and let your senses go wild on this epic 20-day trip through one of the world’s most amazing countries! 

 
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Oludeniz

A stunning and calm blue lagoon tucked behind a long stretch of beach creates the wonderful beach oasis of Oludeniz. Like many well-known beautiful places, Oludeniz has become popular with travellers around the world, although its popularity has made the town very visitor-friendly and created a handful of super fun activities to do while staying at this magical beach, the most fun and worthwhile one being paragliding. Gliding off of a 2000 meter high cliff over the mountainous area surrounding Oludeniz and gazing over the turquoise waters and then landing on the soft sand of the beach puts the cherry on top of the great experience of visiting Oludeniz!

 
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Patara

The birthplace of St. Nicholas, known for his giving and charitable nature, Patara is a lot more than just Santa Claus' hometown. With a history dating back thousands of years, the mystic feel to this destination can be attributed to the stunning ancient ruins, desert mountain landscape and huge wide-open beach surrounding it. Patara's beach is Turkey's longest as its gorgeous white-sand stretches for an incredible 20 km! Days here are easily spent roaming about the quaint town, the surrounding ruins found amongst the shifting sand and doing one of the oldest activities in Patara: worshiping the sun by basking in its rays on the beach!

 
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The Blue Cruise

The picturesque coastline and calm blue water of the Mediterranean Sea is a thing of legend, and truly experiencing this magical body of water is a huge part of traveling through the region and the only way to really experience it is by living on it - which is exactly what we do for 4 days! Turkey is famous for its Gulet boats (large wooden sailboats) that offer a luxurious and wicked home for us while sailing down Turkey's gorgeous coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. Life at sea is wonderfully simple and enjoying it with your entire group just adds to the unforgettable experience. We live together, eat together and party together! There are several amazing stops along the way and always, there’s the Gulet for lounging, suntanning, taking naps and diving off of into the warm water of the Mediterranean!

 
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Olympos

Historically an important port and popular pirate haven, Olympos is a secluded oasis laden in ancient history. Picturesque ruins, like old amphitheatres and bathhouses, appear amongst the beautiful forest leading to the beach, which offers its own sanctuary of sun-bathing and gorgeous views. The calm ambience that warms Olympos makes this destination an ideal place on our Turkey trip to enjoy an incredible setting and relax as you walk along streams that run through wild grapevines, past buildings thousands of years old and to a beach that will have you constantly taking photos to have evidence of the amazing sights you witnessed while in Olympos!

 
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The Cave City of Cappadocia

Deep in the heart of Turkey lies Cappadocia, a moon-like setting with houses and churches carved right into the cliffs by the ancient troglodytes. This magical place is like no other place on Earth and you'll have the opportunity to see so firsthand when you float above Cappadocia's fairy chimneys in a hot-air balloon, an activity that shouldn't be missed here! The friendly locals host a rowdy nightlife and make Cappadocia a fun place day and night. It's one of our favourite spots on our trip as the huge mazes of underground cities built right into the cliffs display a wonderful harmony of living one with nature and are a constant source of wonder!

 
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Istanbul

Thousands of years old and located literally at the centre of the world, Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) has always been an incredible destination for travellers. Its eclectic mix of culture, architecture, history and people make it a place that seemingly melds together the eastern and western worlds and transcends the gap between the ancient and modern one, too. Istanbul is a place that you can gaze upon some of the world's most amazing and historic buildings, The Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia, and then smoke shisha and drink tea with locals on the streets in trendy shopping districts. The Istanbul of today is a hub for art, fashion, music and politics and has one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe, but it's also a city that hasn't forgotten its identity and its beautiful traditions are weaved seamlessly into its modern identity. You’ll quickly see why Istanbul has always been known as the 'City of the World's Desire'.

20 days in Turkey
Where East Meets West

Where East Meets West

Due to instability in the region, we are postponing our adventures to the country until further notice. The safety of our travellers and leaders is of the upmost importance. 

This 20-day adventure through Turkey will take you from the amazing beaches on the Mediterranean in the south-western part of the country up the picture-perfect coastline on a 4-day private cruise to the mind-blowing moon-like landscape of Cappadocia and finally to the historic and architecturally phenomenal city of Istanbul. In a country that geographically and culturally borders Asia and Europe, you’ll be exposed to an astonishing world where east meets west and the result is amazing food, astonishing buildings and a constant exposure to something new and exciting. Turkey is a very unique place and the Turkish people are proud of their country and will go above and beyond to welcome you to their country. Eat a kebab, smoke some shisha, stroll through exotic bazaars, get a Turkish massage, swim in the Mediterranean and let your senses go wild on this epic 20-day trip through one of the world’s most amazing countries! 

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Where East Meets West
Turkey
Where East Meets West

Due to instability in the region, we are postponing our adventures to the country until further notice. The safety of our travellers and leaders is of the upmost importance. 

This 20-day adventure through Turkey will take you from the amazing beaches on the Mediterranean in the south-western part of the country up the picture-perfect coastline on a 4-day private cruise to the mind-blowing moon-like landscape of Cappadocia and finally to the historic and architecturally phenomenal city of Istanbul. In a country that geographically and culturally borders Asia and Europe, you’ll be exposed to an astonishing world where east meets west and the result is amazing food, astonishing buildings and a constant exposure to something new and exciting. Turkey is a very unique place and the Turkish people are proud of their country and will go above and beyond to welcome you to their country. Eat a kebab, smoke some shisha, stroll through exotic bazaars, get a Turkish massage, swim in the Mediterranean and let your senses go wild on this epic 20-day trip through one of the world’s most amazing countries! 

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Itinerary for this adventure

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Day 1-3 Oludinez
Group flights arrive into Dalaman. Take private bus transfer to our hotel in Oludeniz. We’ll partake in a Turkish night to get you introduced to the country’s fun side. As for the day, paragliding is the main event in Oludeniz, the Jeep Safari will keep you entertained all day and beaches will leave you breathless. Get ready for an adventure!
Day 4-6 Patara
Take private A/C bus to Patara. In this small town, there’s loads to do. From a canoe trip down a river that meets the sea, to one of the biggest beaches in Europe, to the only bar in town, we’ll make the most of what this wonderful place has to offer.
Day 7-9 The Blue Cruise
Take private A/C bus to the pier. Board our private Gulet boat. We will sail down Turkey's gorgeous coastline along the Mediterranean Sea stopping along the way at Butterfly Valley, the Simena Castle, Kas and the pirate cave. The time spent together on the boat brings out everyone's inner pirate and it brings us closer together.
Day 10-13 Olympos
Arrive off the boat and take private bus transfer to our guesthouse. The backpacker hub will guarantee you to meet some interesting people. In between making new friends, there’s rock climbing, the hike to the Chimera Flame, an amazing beach surrounded by ruins and restaurants with traditional Turkish food. On the last day take bus transfer to Antalya, where we will board the overnight bus to Cappadocia.
Day 14-16 Cappadocia
Arrive off the bus and transfer to our guesthouse. This magical place is like no other place on Earth, a moon-like setting with houses and churches carved right into the cliffs by the ancient troglodytes. These areas have been inhabited by Greeks, Turks, Christians and Muslims throughout time and the historic gifts they’ve left behind are breathtaking. With a tour of the underground cities and surrounding areas we get to really see what life was like for anyone hiding out in Cappadocia. It’s no wonder such a beautiful place became popular for hot air ballooning. A once in a lifetime experience you surely won’t want to miss.
Day 17-20 Istanbul
Transfer to the airport and take a plane to Istanbul. Arrive off the plane and take private transfer to our guesthouse. Its eclectic mix of culture, architecture, history and people make it a place that seemingly melds together the eastern and western worlds and transcends the gap between the ancient and modern one, too. From the Hagia Sofia, to the Basilica Cistern, to the Blue Mosque, to Taksim we’ll explore every part of the city for culture, food, shisha and fun! Group departs last day.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Go Paragliding

There may be no better way to get a feel for how beautiful a place is than by slowly soaring above it. As backpackers, an excursion like paragliding often gets neglected by the need for things like rum and more rum. But when you get to a place that is just so visually incredible that it defies description then we highly recommend forking out the extra dough to get yourself high and enjoy a view like none you've ever had. There are plenty of places in the world where you can paraglide, but Oludeniz in Turkey is probably the best and when you're flying through the sky and staring down at the beauty below, it's easy to see why.

Sail through the Meditteranean

Sometimes there just isn't anything better than being out on a boat on a hot, sunny day. But if that boat is a yacht filled with 20 of your friends and that hot, sunny day is right smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea then it's really something else! During our trip through Turkey, we spend 4 glorious days on a yacht sailing down the stunning coastline of the Mediterranean and it's such an incredible experience that we think everyone should do it.

Go to a Turkish bathhouse

Everyone knows that overcoming cultural barriers is part of travelling but when those cultural barriers need to be overcome in the nude or undies, it becomes quite an experience! Going to a Turkish bathhouse (hamam) is a very common activity both for locals and visitors to Turkey. Essentially, you relax in a sauna to begin and then cool yourself off with cold water before receiving a full body wash/massage - this part of the experience can differ slightly from one hamam to another but for most westerners being thoroughly scrubbed down in a room with other people also getting scrubbed down is pretty foreign to us, especially when you start getting bent and twisted during the massage! However, once you see that it is common practice, it becomes more than just a place to get cleaned and relax, it is also a social activity and one that you will hopefully thoroughly enjoy. Regardless, going to a Turkish bathhouse is a must-do activity when in Turkey and one we find can be a little more fun to do with friends. Just don't cheap out too much when picking your hamam! 

Ride in a Hot Air Balloon

Let's face it, we all want to ride in a hot air balloon. There's something about them that has captivated our imagination since we were kids. And what's not to love? You get to float up to great heights in a giant picnic basket attached to a massive balloon powered by an open flame. It's an experience that belongs on everyone's bucket list. Deep in the jungle of Laos along the Mekong River and surrounded by limestone cliffs, Vang Vieng is definitely one of the most incredible places on the planet to view from a hot air balloon, and the cave city of Cappadocia with its moon-like terrain and fairy chimneys is like no other place on Earth and perfect for viewing from the air at a relaxing pace in a hot air balloon to truly soak up its incredible beauty! *This experience is not doable from June-August

Visit the Blue Mosque

Like the Taj Mahal in India and the Eiffel Tower in France, it's hard to justify travelling through Turkey without visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Officially known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, it is popularly known as the Blue Mosque because of the gorgeous blue tiles decorating its interior. Built in the early 1600's at the height of the Ottoman Empire, it combines a number of both western church and eastern mosque architecture and fittingly represents the point in the world where East meets West - Pope Benedict XVI even visited the Blue Mosque in 2006, marking only the second time in history a pope has visited a Muslim place of worship.

Smoking Shisha

Nothing says Turkey like sitting on a rug around a small table surrounded by cushions, friends and sweet-scented smoke! Smoking a traditional nargile (hookah) is the ultimate tool for slowing life down and relaxing. In the 1700s to smoke with the sultan was a high honour. Today, it would be an honour to share one with new friends while making new memories. They’re available at almost every café and the sweet scent of the tobacco and flavours fill the air as you walk down the streets in any town we visit. Our favourite spot is at our hostel in Istanbul where people-watching is prime and the coals are always flowing. Sitting down with a hookah and some friends reminds you that life is meant to be lived by relaxing and having fun! What flavour will you try? Apple, watermelon, cola, mint? Whatever you’re into, grab a seat and enjoy the slow life in Turkey!

Hagia Sofia Tour

The Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) in Istanbul has been a Greek Orthodox Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Cathedral, a Greek Orthodox Cathedral again, an Imperial Mosque and is now a museum of all of these times put together! It is an utterly unique building whose story spans 14 centuries and serves as a portal to the sordid history of Istanbul. It was the world’s largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years was the inspiration for the Blue Mosque. They mirror each other over a large square, making a walk in the park an entrance to another world. We visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in the same day, making it easy to see why these two structures are such a brilliant, yet drastically different pair. An hour in the Hagia Sophia is like a time warp. There are pieces and clues from each era to find, and the place is so huge that you could be pointing out something new for hours! We give you free reign of the place without a guide in order to let you discover it with your friends and really experience the true beauty within.

Chimera Flame Hike

The Chimera Flame in Olympos is said to come from the Chimera monster, slayed and ever-burning underground. Science says it’s just a type of methane emission, the biggest discovered on land, that has been burning for at least 2500 years. We say it’s good for s’mores. After a windy, private bus ride we start the hike up. It’s about a 3 km walk up the ancient stone steps. Make sure to bring a headlamp! The further you are up the hill, the further you are from reality and anything else really. No shops, no hassle. Once you reach the top, you’ll see fellow backpackers hunched around one of the dozen or so flames telling ghost stories and sharing bottles of wine. We’ll be sure to haul up some crackers, marshmallows and chocolate to make some s’mores and then just sit back to watch the flames burn through the rock, the stars glow over the Mediterranean, and the joy sweeping across everyone’s faces.

Sunset in Patara

The sunset in Patara is something you don’t want to miss. This small town boasts one of the longest beaches in Europe, and the winds make ever-shifting dunes, perfect to perch on while watching the sun set over the Mediterranean on another beautiful day in paradise. We hop in a friend’s truck and head out to a secret part of the beach where no one else goes and then walk up the highest dune. It seem as if we’re hiking in the desert until you hit the peak and see the sea expanding over the horizon for what seems like eternity. Plus, the dunes are like your own personal playground! Rolling down, racing up—it’s like walking on quick sand. Once the sun starts to set, it’s a mood changer. Whatever is in the air in Patara makes this sunset totally unique. A bright red orb slowly growing and falling in between islands in the distance, eventually settling on the other side of the world. The best part about sunsets? It means that it’s nighttime! A quick ride back to Camel Bar for a beer and some beer pong to get things started sounds about right to us!

Rock Climbing

Want to test your sense of adventure? You’ve got to go Rock Climbing in Olympos. The crevasses in the huge rock valley make perfect shady spots and an amazing all-natural out door rock climbing paradise. Whether you’re a beginner or an avid climber, there’s a challenge for you on these walls. It’s a short walk from our accommodation, but it’s a whole other world on the other side of the road. With trained climbers and full equipment, safety is an important start to climbing. Once you’re all harnessed in and amped up, climb on! If you’ve never climbed before, this is the place to start. A little hard work and determination will bring you right to the top for that great feeling of personal accomplishment and triumph. So why not do it again? With a range of lines to try, you could be there all day, up with the goats. Olympos is THE place to rock climb in Turkey. Plus, the bar is just a hop away for a well-deserved cold one after your hard work!

Beach Cleanup

Our Trash Hero beach cleanups are a great way to do good, feel good, and get some beach all at the same time. With thousands of tons of trash swirling around the oceans, the unfortunate reality is that some of it washes up onto the beautiful beaches we fall in love with around the world. So we thought ‘Let’s do something about this!’ Our partnership with Trash Hero began in Koh Lipe, Thailand, where they regularly organized beach cleanup days. Today, Trash Hero has gone viral and can be found operating in Thailand and Indonesia, and is spreading into dozens more countries at a rapid pace. On our end, beach cleanup day quickly became one of the most fun and rewarding days on our Thailand trip. So we decided to spread the love, and have instituted a beach cleanup day into our regular itineraries across the world. Through our sponsorship and partnership with Trash Hero, our travellers and others like them have since collected tens of thousands of kilograms of trash from the beaches we travel to…and really, there’s nothing more epic than saving the world! ** We will always strive to make a beach cleanup happen, but sometimes we may not be able to make it happen **

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation (Europe Trips)

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Rooms will be a mixture of 2-10 person rooms throughout the trip

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Meals: Turkey (20 Days)

  • Breakfast incl. in all locations in Turkey, except Cappadocia at Rock Valley
  • All meal incl. on the 4 day Mediterranean Cruise

Activities: Turkey (20 Days)

  • 6 destinations, 3 beaches
  • 4 day Mediterranean Cruise on our private house boat
  • Arrive off the cruise in the Ancient village and gorgeous beach of Olympos
  • Beach entrance and walking to ruins of ancient Patara
  • Experience sunset on desert dunes
  • Bus tour to visit Derinkuyu (8 story underground cities), Salem Monastery, and Ihlara Valley hike.
  • Experience the off beaten path part of Turkey and several beach towns
  • Istanbul walking tour (Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace)

Optional Activities: Turkey (20 Days)

  • Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  • Turkish bathhouse
  • Paragliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Chimera Flame tour
  • Jeep safari/tubing trip
  • Canoeing trip
  • Day trip to Pammukale

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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