Turkey

Travelers: up to 14
12 days
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Arrival Point
Cairo
Departure Point
Cairo
Trip Length
12 days
Group Size
up to 14

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Women only tour to Turkey

Turkey at a glance

Straddling continents, history and culture, Turkey is a unique destination full of contradictions and beauty waiting for you to explore! This all-female Meetup Tour of Turkey offers the ideal mix of history, luxury, and culture all while connecting you with local women.

Dive deep into Turkey’s rich history as your textbooks come alive right in front of you with visits in Antalya and Ephesus. Experience the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, where you’ll want to eat and shop ’till you drop. Relax on the Turquoise Coast and marvel at natural wonders like Cappadocia and Pammukale.

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Notes

The April departure will spend the last night in Cappadocia instead of Istanbul. e will fly to Istanbul on day 12, so please be sure your international flight doesn’t leave before 1pm.

Proof of travel insurance is required before joining day 1 of any Meetup Tour. International flights are not included. All SoFe Travelers are required to prove that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 OR produce a negative test taken at least 72 hours before the start of the Meetup Tour.

Meet your new BFF.

A SoFe Travel leader joins groups larger than 5, maximizing your adventure and ensuring you’re well taken care of. 

No math on vacay.

From driver to guide to included experiences. You only need take out your wallet for those extra feteer

Get your beauty sleep.

Enjoy our hand-picked, premium accommodation combining the best of design, location and comfort.  

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Istanbul!
Welcome meeting & first group dinner

Merhaba! Welcome to Turkey! This women’s only tour kicks off in Istanbul, the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have previously all called home. We will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the hotel to meet the rest of the group. Your welcome meeting with the guide starts at 6pm at your hotel followed by your first taste of Turkish cuisine at a beautiful restaurant around the corner. Until then, you’re free to go out and explore! Meals: dinner

ferry in Turkey

Day 2

Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar & water marbling class

Today you’ll visit all of Istanbul’s most historic and iconic sites with a full day tour of the city. Wander across the plaza to the Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture which holds more than 1,500 years of Turkish history. Then seek out treasures in the famed Grand Bazaar, which offers up 3,000 shops to explore! We’ll meet a few of the local characters, perfect your haggling skills, have a true Turkish coffee, and shop. We’ll cross the bridge to another popular part of the city, Galata Tower, where we’ll end the day with a water marbling art demonstration at a female artist’s workshop. The evening is yours to explore this area’s shops and restaurants before making your way back to out hotel. Meals: breakfast 

Istanbul Turkey corn stand

Day 3

AYVALIK
Lunch at a female owned olive grove & swimming in Mediterranean Sea

After breakfast, we’ll hit the road to the quaint town, Ayvalık. We’ll be welcomed with a delicious traditional Turkish lunch at a woman-owned olive grove. Our hostess for the day started this journey in 2012 with 800 trees and now she is exporting olive oil all over the world. We’ll get to know her initiative for boutique olive oil production and enjoy a taste of the products produced in the region. Once we arrive in Ayvalık, enjoy a walk on the charming cobblestone and if time permits, visit çöp(m)adam. This experimental project in Ayvalık aims to address the issues of women’s employment in Turkey and the importance of recycling/re-using. Meals: breakfast and lunch. | Drive time: approx. 5 hours

sunset group photo in Turkey

DAY 4

EPHESUS + SIRINCE
Ancient ruins & cooking class

We’ll leave Ayvalık in the morning and head to Ephesus. This ancient site is one of Turkey’s most important historic attractions and it is an absolute marvel. Explore this beautifully preserved classical city with your local guide who will bring its colorful 1,500 year history to life. Watch in awe as the sophistication of this former metropolis reveals itself: it had running water, public toilets, a renowned medical institute, a theatre and Roman baths. After Ephesus, continue on to the adorable little village of Sirince. The town’s name actually means “cute” in Turkish and it is perhaps the perfect synthesis of a traditional Turkish and Greek village. Join local women for a hands-on cooking class where you’ll learn a bit about the traditions of the Turkish kitchen. Tonight we will stay at a beautiful hillside property with cottages, incredible views, and the warmest hospitality. Meals: breakfast and dinner | Drive time: approx. 3 hours

solo women travelers in Turkey

DAY 5

PAMUKKALE
Solo time at the mineral baths

After breakfast, a long travel day lies ahead of us today, but the journey is absolutely worth it. We’ll be stunned by the unreal landscape of Pamukkale. Plunging from a 700 foot high cliff, the calcite-laden waters have created an incredible scene of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins.  Take your time here and continue to our thermal spa hotel! Meals: breakfast | Drive time: approx. 3.5 hours

mineral baths in Turkey

DAY 6

Kas
Solo day

This morning, take some time to unwind and release the stress of the busy city with a yoga session with your group. Then, drive to Kas. Spend some time on the eerie streets, then continue to Kas (which means eyebrow in Turkish) and begin exploring on a walking tour. Now primarily a holiday town, Kas is strewn with the remains of Lycian tombs, iconic, white-washed walls covered with climbing bougainvillea and an ancient theatre where you can watch a spectacular sunset. The walk is sure to inspire your appetite and your leader will be on hand to show you where to grab a great gozleme (stuffed Turkish flatbread). The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy this easy-going town, perhaps sit back with a pomegranate cocktail or check out the local markets. Meals: breakfast | Drive time: approx. 3 hours

gullet boat sunrise

DAY 7

TURQUOISE COAST
Sail and sleep under the stars

Drive to Ucagiz village. Declared off-limits to developers, Ucagiz is a quaint fishing and farming coastal village amid islands and peninsulas. Here you’ll meet a local fisherman’s wife, who is as comfortable steering a traditional gullet (boat) as she is cooking a Turkish feast or embroidering one of her famous village scarves – which you will learn how to make. After a homemade lunch, she will take you by boat to visit the ruins of an ancient sunken Lycian city on the northern side of the island. There’s also plenty of opportunities to swim in the crystal turquoise waters. Tonight, you will sleep on deck, under the stars. Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

gullet boat in Turkey

DAY 8

ANTALYA
Solo day

After waking up on the water, we say goodbye to our floating home as we continue on to Antalya. Antalya has been the crossroads of humanity for thousands of years, hosting the magnificent cities of Lycia, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. Our guide will give us a brief walking tour of the old city before checking into the hotel. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. If you like, you can sign up for an optional treatment at a hammam, a traditional Turkish spa. Meals: breakfast | Drive time: approx. 3 hours

DAY 9

CAPPADOCIA
Flight to Cappadocia & Goreme Open Air Museum

Make sure your cameras are charged, because we are headed to Cappadocia! Over millions of years, rain and wind have shaped the soft white volcanic rock of the plain into an otherworldly landscape of dripping cones, pillars, pinnacles, and fairy chimneys soaring more than a hundred feet into the sky. We’ll visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later in the day, we will learn the tradition of carpet and rug making in Turkey. The afternoon and evening are free with a few optional activities to choose form. You can enjoy a meal at Kadıneli Restaurant, an NGO project focused on giving the women of Uchisar a place to work and make an honest wage. You can also choose to discover the unique traditions and mysticism of Rumi’s Mevlevi Order and watch the devout whirling dervishes act out a hypnotic sema performance. Meals: breakfast

DAY 10

CAPPADOCIA
Hot air balloon ride & dinner at a local's cave home

Early birds have the option to take a hot air balloon over the ethereal Cappadocian landscape. The scene at sunrise is sure to take your breath away! The group will reconvene after breakfast for a walk of the surrounding valley to witness the fascinating rock formations and fairytale chimneys. Then visit Soganlı, a 4th century AD centers of Christianity in Cappadocia. There are thousands of pigeon houses, caves and shelters besides the frescoed churches and monasteries carved into the rock. Later, we will learn about the tradition of pottery making in this region. Tonight we will have a group dinner with a well-known local woman who homecooks delicious Turkish cuisine in her cave home. Meals: breakfast and dinner

hot air balloon in Turkey

DAY 11

Istanbul
Flight to Istanbul

This morning, we catch a flight back to Istanbul. You will have most of the day to do any last minute shopping or sight seeing with your guide there to give recommendations. In the evening, we celebrate all of our wonderful memories with a group farewell dinner. Meals: breakfast and dinner

women in Turkey

DAY 12

Farewell for now

After breakfast, say goodbye for now but not forever. Your tour guide can help you organize a ride to the airport or transportation for your onward travels. Meals: breakfast

SoFe Travel in Turkey

Hand-picked Accommodation

Truly a Meetup Tour of all feature stays, we can not wait for you to experience the incredible accommodation we have chosen in Turkey! Our accommodation is carefully chosen to give you the best combination of comfort, location, and style. These are photos from our collection of favorite hotels and resorts to give you a sense of the accommodation you can expect with on your Meetup Tour. All of our accommodation is of 4 and 5 star level in prime locations, and many have gorgeous views to boot. 

gullet boat in Turkey
Turkish Gullet Boat

Sleep on deck of a traditional Turkish Gullet boat for a truly unforgettable experience. Enjoy a ‘camping at sea’ adventure as you drift off to sleep under a starry Mediterranean sky. 

cave hotel in Turkey
Maze of Cappadocia

Experience a few nights inside one of Cappadocia’s infamous cave structures. Converted into a cozy and stylish accommodation, this family-owned and female operated boutique hotel offers 12 charming rooms, as well as a delicious restaurant and lovely views.

nisanyan hotel in Turkey
Nisanyan Houses Boutique Hotel

With a rooftop terrace offering lovely views over the charming town of Sirince, the Nisanyan Houses Hotel has renovated a number of bungalows and village homes to create a boutique hotel experience. This is warm family-run operation that you will fall in love with! 

Details

Arrival: 
Istanbul International Airport (IST)

We strongly recommend that you arrive by 3pm to make it in time for the welcome meeting and dinner, but we will pick you top any time today. Your airport transfer will meet you with a sign with the SoFe Travel logo. The transfer will take you from the airport to our group hotel in Istanbul. If fellow travelers arrive around the same time, we’ll bring you to the hotel together.

Departure:
Istanbul International Airport (IST)

Hotel check out is at 10am. You are welcome to leave any time today. Ask your guide to help you arrange a ride to the airport or share a transfer with fellow travelers.

  • International airfares
  • Visa fee if applicable 
  • Travel insurance (mandatory for all travelers)
  • Airport drop off
  • Covid PCR test(s) if required
  • Any meals not listed under inclusions
  • Any optional activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • A non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold your spot.
  • Final payment is due 60 days before departure.
  • Pay as much as often as you like until the due date.
  • If you cancel your spot earlier than 60 days before departure, you can apply your payment to any trip within the next year.
  • No refunds on deposits.

On rare occasions, any domestic flight that we include in this trip may be changed or canceled with little notice.  Remember, we cannot control the decisions that airlines make, so sometimes amendments will need to be made to our mode of transportation. Rest assured that if this happens, we will still get you to your destination. Part of the unique experience of traveling in any form is having the flexibility and grace to embrace detours.

 
A visa is required for entrance into Turkey for most passport holders, including US citizens.
 
Thankfully, the process is entirely online at this link and you can be granted an e-visa within 24 hours of applying. We recommend applying for the e-visa within 2 weeks before departure to Turkey on the government website. 

The itinerary is subject to change due for any reason – weather, unexpected cancellations, impromptu local opportunities, or surprise additions.

All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory or you may be refused to join the tour. See our guide for help choosing a plan.

The baggage allowance for our internal flights is 1 check in suitcase that is a maximum of 30lbs/15kg and 1 carryon. An additional fee applies to bags  that exceeds this and is payable at the airport. 

What our travelers say

The whole trip was amazing

swimming in Turkey

“The whole trip was amazing and it’s hard to pick just a few favorites bc I loved the whole itinerary. Sleeping on the Gulet boat, hot air ballooning, Pamukkale…Sleeping on the Gulet was a beautiful experience bc I love being on boats and it was so much fun and peaceful. Our group of women were amazing and so much fun!” Faye H. | Turkey & Egypt

Inspired me to continue exploring

solo woman traveler in Turkey

“Having the opportunity to learn from like-minded people and share experiences was incredible, whether this was their first solo trip or had been travelling solo for years. It both validated the complex feelings that can occur while travelling alone and inspired me to continue exploring.” Emily L. | Turkey

SoFe is my favorite way to travel

Aiheeya in Turkey

“SoFe Travel brings so much to your trip to Turkey. We go into people’s homes to appreciate and understand their culture and traditions. I have been on 4 SoFe Travel tours, and I’m signing up for more! You really get to experience the countries in a way you couldn’t on your own and the community of women is so empowering and fun, SoFe  is my favorite way to travel.” Aiheeya R. | Egypt (twice), Bali, & Turkey

Photos from the road

We looove to collect and share photos from our Solo Female Traveler Meetup Tours. To see more images from Egypt, check out the stories on our Instagram! @solofemaletravel. When you travel with us, tag @sofetravel so we can find your posts.

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