Explore With Erin Expeditions: Tempting Turkey 2025


We have had two successful years of our Tempting Turkiye Trip now. And despite drastic rises in costs in Turkiye, we are keeping our costs as low as ever! Why? Because we love showing people this country and we will continue to do it at the best price possible. Because everybody deserves to feel like these alumni.



These trips SELL OUT, so please fill in our application form ASAP!

The 2023 Tempting Turkiye trip saw a group of girls touring the country for 10 days, while the 2024 Tempting Turkiye Trip had us opening up to the trip to both men and women. 

And for 2025 we are staying open to everyone! 

Perhaps you’re not ready to travel alone. Maybe you’ve seen how much fun our group trips have been over the past two years. Or perhaps you’re eager to make lifelong friendships and find a group of friends to travel with again and again. You might be seeking a more in-depth look at Turkey through the eyes of a local, avoiding the typical tourist traps and inflated prices.

Whatever your reason I’m opening the doors for the same small group trip in 2025!

That’s right, there are only 7 spots – we like it small! 

You’ve read all my Turkiye blog posts and you want that dream itinerary. To ride a hot air balloon over Cappadocia, walk through the ancient streets of Ephesus, or visit the world’s first shopping mall in Istanbul.

I hear you. 

You want the perfect mix of structured sightseeing, fun activities, free time, and too much food. And I got you covered in our annual Turkiye trip. Using our extensive local connections, you’ll get cultural experiences not available on other trips.

Our expertly guided trips offer unparalleled access to hidden gems, from bustling bazaars to serene coastal villages, ensuring every moment is filled with adventure and cultural immersion. Join us for an unforgettable journey, where you’ll experience the true essence of Türkiye, make lasting memories, and form bonds that will turn fellow travelers into lifelong friends.


Tempting Turkiye

25 May – 3 June | 9 nights 10 days

ONLY USD 2,999
Or SAVE when booking for 2 – USD 5,500

This price would not be possible without our experienced Turkish guide and partners who love our brand. It’s a steal created only for exclusive Explore With Erin friends. 

Choose us for our authenticity, our unbeatable prices, and for a unique perspective on Türkiye that no one else can offer.

Did you know we have a payment plan?

You can pay in 6 easy installments 

If you’ve always wanted to explore Turkiye, but have been nervous about visiting don’t be. Turkiye is a progressive historically significant country that is begging for you to discover.

This once-in-a-lifetime travel experience will provide you the chance to join Erin on an exclusive trip to Turkey, her favorite destination.

In Turkiye, you’ll tick off bucket list experiences daily. From shopping at the oldest shopping mall in the world (Grand Bazaar) to sleeping in a cave (Cappadocia). You will not only be immersed in Ottoman history, but immersed in the food, culture, language, and scenery.

Where Will We Go?

We will start our Tempting Turkish Expedition (Turkey trip) in Istanbul.

After 2 nights in Istanbul, we will spend 2 nights in Cappadocia in a cave hotel.

From Cappadocia, we will head to Antalya, and travel along the Turkish Riveria for a 2-night stay at Kas, 1 night in Dalyan, and ending our trip with 2 nights in Bodrum.

Don’t worry you’re flight back to Istanbul is included.

girls tour turkey map

What’s Included?

  • All accommodation (shared room, 2 travelers per room. Single rooms available for an additional fee of USD 800)
  • Blue Mosque visit
  • Hagia Sophia visit
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Hippodrome
  • Grand Bazaar visit
  • Istanbul food tour
  • Cappadocia tour
  • Ancient city of Myra
  • Ancient city of Ephesus
  • Turkish Riviera boat tour
  • Saklıkent Gorge visit
  • King Tombs boat tour
  • Mud Baths
  • Welcome bag
  • Some meals
  • English-speaking leader- guaranteed understanding
  • Turkish-speaking leader – guaranteed culture

Included Meals:

  • 10x Breakfast
  • 2x Lunch
  • 1x Dinner


  • Air-conditioned vehicles throughout
  • Three domestic flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia, Cappadocia to Antalya, and Bodrum to Istanbul.


Discover the temptations of Turkiye with this epic once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Girls tour Turkey kekova

What’s Not Included

  • International flights
  • Luggage, seat, or food purchases on domestic flights
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Late check-out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for leaders, guides, and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional activities

Girls tour Turkey - istanbul

“Massive thanks for organizing an amazing girl’s trip to Türkiye 🇹🇷. I absolutely loved every moment of the travel adventures you organized and I learned a lot, appreciated and loved a different culture in such a short space of time.” Nomsa, Western Australia

Tempting Turkiye 9-Night Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day!

Sunday 25 May 2025

Welcome to Istanbul! I’m so excited for you to experience the energy in this incredible city.

As everyone arrives on this day, you’ll be able to check in at 3 pm and spend your free time visiting the city. 

The trip officially starts as we meet on the rooftop at 7 pm for a warm Turkish dinner welcome.

Included Activities:


Day 2: Istanbul Highlights

Monday 26 May 2025

It’s time to get this expedition started. And we will do that with a full day in Istanbul.

Don’t eat too much this morning, despite the epic buffet, because today we are going to head through Istanbul in search of the very best Turkish food on a Turkey food tour. You’ll try piping hot Turkish pizza called Lamauchan, sweet sticky baklava, fluffy delicious pide, world-renowned Turkish Delight, and more!


During our food tour, we will also discover some of the world’s most iconic sights within Istanbul – a Church claiming to hold a sliver of The Cross, the Hagia Sophia & the Blue Mosque.

The Hagia Sophia was originally built in 537 and was for some time the largest Christian church in the world. In 2020, it was reconverted into a mosque. Despite being a mosque all visitors are still allowed to enter. Women will need to cover their hair, and their shoes need to be removed.

Sultanahmet Camii or The Blue Mosque is named because of its blue tiles surrounding the interior walls. This Ottman-era Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like Sophia, you will need to remove your shoes at the entrance and women are required to cover their hair and legs. Scarves are available at the entrance for free.

We will also visit the largest surviving Basilica Cistern. This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built-in 532. It’s the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul.

And see the ancient Hippodrome, the center of Byzantine civic life built-in 203. It is estimated that the arena could accommodate up to 100,000 spectators.

Included Activities:

Entry to Hagia Sophia

Entry to Blue Mosque

Entry to Basilica Cistern

Food Tour


Day 3: Cappadocia

Tuesday 27 May 2025

Today we will be heading to Istanbul Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia.

But before the airport, we will head to the world’s oldest shopping mall, the Grand Bazaar. You’ll have free time for some shopping before our afternoon flight.

On arrival in Cappadocia, you will have the evening free to soak in the sunset on the rooftop or discover Goreme.

At the end of the day, you’ll sleep peacefully in a luxury cave hotel, because tomorrow the day starts early.

Included Activities:

Domestic flight

Day 4: Cappadocia

Wednesday 28 May 2025

If you’re a morning person you will have the opportunity to do an optional Cappadocia hot air balloon tour at sunrise over Love Valley. If you don’t enjoy being high in the sky then make sure you wake early enough to witness this spectacular sight.

After breakfast, we will set off for a full-day tour of the best parts of Cappadocia. Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Göreme.

If we have time, we may even fit in some gozleme making and Turkish dancing. 

That evening you’ll have free time to either catch up on sleep in your cozy cave hotel or head out to explore on your own.

Included Activities:

Cappadocia full-day tour



Day 5: Antalya to Kas

Thursday 29 May 2025

Today you can watch the balloons rise again before heading to the airport for our domestic flight to Antalya. 

On arriving in Antalya, you will have one hour free to wander the harbor before we jump in our air-conditioned transport for our first road trip to Kas, approximately a 3-hour journey.

We may have a surprise lunch stop on the way!

Kaş is a seaside town on the Mediterranean coast in southwestern Turkey. The town center has whitewashed houses, cobbled streets, and buildings covered in bougainvillea that will make you fall in love instantly.

Take the evening to wander around and enjoy Kas at your leisure or with new friends. Don’t forget to try some Turkish cuisine like Manti or Burnt Ice cream.

Included Activities:

Domestic flight


Day 6: Kekova, Myra, Demre

Friday 30 May 2025

Today is going to be action-packed.

We will start our day visiting the most interesting ancient ruins, the Lycian tombs in Turkey, Myra.

Along with its unique rock graves carved into the cliffs above, Myra is well-known for its acropolis and Roman-style theatre. A visit to Myra is a truly wondrous step back into history. The exact origins of Myra’s existence remain unknown, although parts of its ruins are thought to date back to as far as the 5th century B.C. That was around 2,500 years ago!

Did you know in the 4th century, a priest named Nicholas was appointed as the Greek bishop of Myra? Due to his generous and caring nature, he was well-regarded by the Lycian people. Following his death, he was named a patron saint and is the real man behind the legend of Santa Claus.


After our morning discovering ancient sites above the water we will discover those below the water on a boat tour of Kekova. Kekova is home to a sunken Lycian city! You’ll get to spend the afternoon on board the boat, observing, swimming, and sunbathing.

After the boat tour, we will make our way back along the Mediterranean Sea to Kas where you can spend your evening exploring more of Kas in your own free time.

Included Activities:

Entry to Myra

Kekova boat trip


Day 7: Kas to Dalyan

Saturday 31 May 2025

Today we will take a beautiful drive along the turquoise coast (Turkish Riviera) from Kas to Dalyan (approximately 3 hours).

We will stop at the Saklikent Gorge, also known as Hidden City, on the way. This Gorge is 18 kilometers long and 300 meters deep, making it the longest canyon in Turkey and one of the deepest in the world. You can take the easy boardwalk, or brave the running cold water for a bit more of an adventure. 

After a hike in the Gorge, we will stop in several coastal towns.

Oludeniz, where you will have free time to shop, eat, sunbathe, or perhaps take an optional paragliding activity.

And Gocek.

Finally, we make it to Dalyan.

Dalyan is a town on the Dalyan River, just inland from Turkey‘s southwest coast. Across the river from town is the ancient ruined city of Kaunos, with Lycian rock tombs and the remains of a theater. Once we arrive in Dalyan you’ll have free time to wander the easily walkable town and enjoy a dinner overlooking the ancient King Tombs.

Included Activities:

Saklikent Gorge entrance fee



Day 8: Dalyan to Bodrum

Sunday 1 June 2025

After an incredible Turkish breakfast on the river overlooking the Tombs, we will hop on a boat and get a closer look.

Make sure you wear a swimsuit and bring an accessible change of clothes because it’s then onto the Thermal Springs and natural Mud Baths of Sultaniye Spa.

The mud baths are touted to have medicinal benefits for your skin due to the nutrient-rich nature of the mud. Cake it on, let it dry, then rinse off before we spend the afternoon in our air-conditioned vehicle heading to Bodrum (approximately 3 hours).

In Bodrum feel free to enjoy your bed or head out and see the nightlife!

Included Activities:

Boat tour of Ancient Tombs

Entry to mud baths

Girls tour Turkey.- mud baths


Day 9: Ephesus

Monday 2 June 2025

It’s an early morning for us as we start our full-day tour of the ancient world of Ephesus. Ephesus is an ancient city in Turkey‘s Central Aegean region, near modern-day Selçuk. Paved streets wind past squares, baths, and monumental ruins. The Temple of Hadrian was built before 138 A.D.

In Ephesus, I will also teach you the secret sauce to get the best shots, without the people.


Included in this trip are stops at Zeus Cave for a quick swim and lunch at the ancient, and beautiful Sirince village.

Come back in the evening and enjoy the evening with free time drinking cocktails on the beach or shopping throughout Bodrum.

Included Activities:

Ephesus tour



Day 10: Departure Day

Tuesday 3 June 2025

All good things must come to an end. But let’s get the most out of this last day. 

We will take a good look around Bodrum, where you can choose to visit Bodrum Castle and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Or just shop to your heart’s content.

Halicarnassus is an elevated tomb structure derived from the tombs of neighboring Lycia, and the reason to this day all above-ground tombs are called Mausoleums. Bodrum Castle was built from 1402 onwards, by the Knights of St John as the Castle of St. Peter or Petronium.

After a day of visiting Bodrum, we will head to the domestic airport for our return flight to Istanbul.

Upon arrival in Istanbul, our trip has officially finished and it will be time to say goodbye to new friends and end the expedition of a lifetime.

Included Activities:

Domestic flight to Istanbul

Girls tour Turkey - castle


How do I book?

Fill in our application form to make sure there is still room on the trip. Once you do we will send you an acceptance email with details on how to make your deposit!

Is There An Age Limit?

Our travelers must be at least 18+ by the time of departure to join Explore With Erin‘s Expedition. Children 14 and over are welcome if accompanied by a parent/guardian.

What luggage can I bring?

Pack light. With 3 domestic flights waiting for bags won’t be ideal, so if you can, aim for a carry-on. There is a one-check bag limit of 15kg. You may purchase extra weight for one bag, but we won’t be able to accept any more than one checked and one carry-on bag per person. Save your shopping for when you get back to Istanbul or Bodrum on our last day.

What Should I Pack?

Check the weather before arriving and please make sure you have the right temperature clothing. We recommend a jacket for the evenings. Temperatures average around 24°C (75°F) during the day. Nighttime temperatures can drop to 13°C (55°F). Make sure you bring a bathing suit.

Turkey is a progressive country and you will not be expected to wear any type of clothing except during our mosque visits in Istanbul where you will need to cover your shoulders, legs, and hair.

Are There COVID Restrictions?

Turkiye does not have any COVID restrictions, but we recommend you check closer to the departure date in case of any changes. Check using Turkish Airlines. 

What Is The Cancellation Policy?

Cancellation policy: A USD$500 deposit is required on booking and is non-refundable. Any additional payments made are refundable up til 31st January 2025.

Final Payments: Final payments are due no later than 31st January 2025. No refunds or cancellations are allowed past 31st January 2025. If the final payment is not paid by 31st January 2025, Explore With Erin Expeditions retains the right to remove you from the trip. The deposit will not be refundable.

No-shows will be treated as cancellations and will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

We reserve the right to cancel the trip and if so a full refund will be given.

Why Can’t I Get A Full Refund?

We understand that plans change, but the moment we decide to run a trip, costs are already incurred. Once you hit “book now”, we are paying deposits to hold your spot with our vendors + paying our team to manage bookings and make sure you have an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.

How Do I Pay?

The deposit is USD$500. The remainder of the trip will then be set up on automatic payments charged once per month until the trip is paid in full.  Payment can be made through TransferWise or direct to a bank account.

Will The Itinerary Change?

Although we will do our best to keep the itinerary as you see here, travel does require flexibility. Schedules and itineraries are subject to changes, but even if something has to be changed or adjusted, we promise you’ll have a great time at the best places!

Girls tour Turkey Myra

When Do I Arrive & Depart? 

The trip commences Sunday 25th May evening for dinner around 6:30 pm. And finishes Tuesday 3 June evening dependant on flight times.

The best flights will have you arriving before 4 pm on Sunday 25th May (or before if you want to adjust to the timezone) and leaving after 4 pm on Tuesday 3 June. If you arrive before this date or stay after, please remember to organize your accommodation.

Do I Need A Visa?

Some countries require a visa to visit Turkiye. You can do so online at the official website.

For Australians, the visa is USD 60 or around AUD 92. The visa does not need to be printed, but please fill in the form and purchase your visa at least 2 weeks before the trip. Use the date you arrive. It is valid for a total period of 180 days. Your stay cannot exceed 90 days.

Do I Need Travel Insurance?

Yes, you must have travel insurance to join us on this trip. We use SafetyWing – https://www.safetywing.com/a/24736358. But please feel free to get your quotes.

About Explore With Erin Expeditions

 This once-in-a-lifetime travel experience will provide you the chance to join Erin on an exclusive trip to her favorite destination.

Explore With Erin Expeditions will offer up all the elements of a perfect travel experience: cultural immersion, connecting with locals, great food, adventure, elevated experiences, picture-perfect backdrops, and like-minded travelers!

This is NOT a guided tour. This is a group of friends traveling together in Turkey safely. You will require your travel insurance and we recommend SafetyWing.

These thoughtfully curated small group trips are created with you in mind! The ease of a group trip will help you absorb the most from your destination and travel experience while making the trip hassle-free and easier than doing it on your own!

All destinations, activities, hotels, and experiences are carefully chosen by Erin- who has decades of travel experience and has visited each place before. Erin has a Turkish partner who has double-checked authenticity and cultural immersion, and that only the best Turkish is eaten!

Erin has been helping travelers with her expert tips and destination guides since 2012. She has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Yahoo Traveler, Lonely Planet, and more! She has been a Speaker at the New York Times Travel Show, ProBlogger, Dear Alyne Retreats, and Women In Travel Summit.

Girls tour Turkey paragliding

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