Women-Only: Treasures of Türkiye (Turkey)


The spelling of the country’s name was updated in early 2022 to best represent and express “the culture, civilization, and values of the Turkish nation in the best way.” From the unique rock formations and soaring hot air balloons in Cappadocia to the marvelous cities of Istanbul and Ankara to the special women-only experiences woven throughout the itinerary to allow us to truly connect with locals and immerse ourselves in the country’s culture and traditions, our special women-only Treasures of Türkiye tour shows us the heart of Türkiye. On our days in Istanbul, we’ll not only visit the Blue Mosque, Byzantine Basilica, Spice Market, and Grand Bazaar, we’ll visit the “Small Projects Istanbul” center to meet with refugee women and learn more about the support this community provides. In Ankara, we’ll visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk and delve into history at the Anatolian Civilization Museum. We’ll make our way to Cappadocia via the scenic countryside and enjoy a cooking class at a special restaurant supporting and empowering women. Then, travel through beautiful Konya to reach Antalya, where we’ll have time to explore its archaeological wonders and enjoy our seaside resort hotel overlooking the Turquoise Coast. We’ll also visit the incredible Pamukkale hot springs before traveling to Izmir for an Ephesus excursion and a visit to a weaving center where we’ll explore a part of Türkiyenational heritage—carpet weaving. Round out this trip with a lecture about women in Turkey and Asia Minor from a historical and cultural perspective from ancient to modern times and stops at the historical and classical cities of Pergamum, Canakkale, and Troy.

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Itinerary at a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Istanbul
  • 1 night in Ankara
  • 2 nights in Cappadocia
  • 2 nights in Antalya
  • 2 nights in Izmir
  • 1 night Canakkale
  • 2 nights in Istanbul

Tour Highlights

  • Blue Mosque (Istanbul)
  • Spice Market (Istanbul)
  • Grand Bazaar (Istanbul)
  • Cappadocia Rock Formations
  • Turquoise Coast (Antalya)
  • Ephesus Excursion
  • House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
  • Acropolis (Pergamum)
  • Dardanelles
  • Visit to “Small Projects Istanbul” to meet refugee women
  • Cooking class at a social development project designed to support and empower women
  • Visit to a weaving center to learn more about carpet weaving as part of Turkey’s national heritage
  • Lecture about women in Turkey and Asia Minor from a historical and cultural perspective from ancient to modern times

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Türkiye ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at first class hotels
  • 22 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director throughout

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

Tour Itinerary

Find your special women-only tour experiences in bold in the itinerary below.


Click the Day-by-Day itinerary below to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.


Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.

You may have to book your own flights to the tour destination. If so, you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul (Türkiye)

Day 2: Istanbul

Day 3: Istanbul/Ankara

Day 4: Ankara/Cappadocia

Day 5: Cappadocia

Day 6: Cappadocia/Konya/Antalya

Day 7: Antalya

Day 8: Pamukkale/Izmir

Day 9: Ephesus Excursion

Day 10: Pergamum/Troy/Canakkale

Day 11: Canakkale/Istanbul

Day 12: Depart Istanbul

Guided Tour Pricing

We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below, and we will notify you once dates are available.

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise

Whirling Dervishes Performance

Tour to Perge, Aspendos and Antalya Archeological Museum

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.