Turkey has hundreds
thousands of guided tours,
from half-day tours of Istanbul to
21-day grand tours of the entire
Here are some tips for your first trip to Turkey.
Below are some of the guided tours
that I think offer great value
Before you sign up for any tour, read Good & Bad
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.
See Istanbul on my self-guided walking tours, or on a guided tour. Lots of good excursions out of the city, too. More...
It's possible to visit Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Aphrodisias and Pamukkale in only 4 days (3 nights) from Istanbul with a private driver-guide by Efendi Travel. More...
These brisk tours show you Turkey's top sights in as little as 6 days, though the slightly longer ones make it more comfortable. More...
These country tours give you a better look at Turkey's many marvels, and daily life. More...
Public transport is sketchy in Cappadocia, so guided tours make sense, especially if your time is short. Here are the best.
You can take a Turkish "Blue
Voyage" along the
Turquoise Coast with archeologist
and filmmaker Peter
Sommers, or as part of a land-and-sea tour, or on a gulet just for you. More...
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. More...
Visit the Gallipoli battlefields, particularly on
the anniversary of the ANZAC landings
in World War I—a truly moving experience. More...
The shore excursion tours sold on cruise ships often leave a lot to be desired: high-priced, and mostly shopping in places that pay commission to the tour company. For a better shore excursion, contact a local travel agency—and get what you want. More...
Argeus Tourism & Travel can make arrangements for you to see the whirling
dervishes at the Rumi Commemoration Ceremonies in Konya in mid-December. More...
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...
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...
—by Tom Brosnahan