Vibrant cities, volcanic landscapes, mountain lakes, coastal trails and ancient history are some of the wonders of central and south-western Turkey. We gather in Istanbul, the gateway to two continents where east meets west. Here we visit historic sites in the Sultanahmet area including Hagia Sophia museum, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and cruise the famous Bosphorus. Flying to central Anatolia, the Cappadocia region features bizarre volcanic landscapes, carved by nature and human inhabitants over the centuries. Based in a ‘cave hotel’ for four nights, we explore the fairy chimney rock formations, canyons and lesser visited valleys on half and full day walks. Local handicrafts, early Christian rock churches and hidden underground cities are also a feature of Cappadocia. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the area on an early morning magical hot air balloon ride (optional). After visiting Konya, home of the whirling dervishes, we travel to the Lakes District of Turkey. Based at Lake Egirdir, we follow Roman roads to visit remote ruins and shepherds paths to viewpoints along the St Paul Trail. After strolls in Kovada National Park and a visit to Sagalassos, we travel to the Mediterranean coast. Near Antalya, we visit the Roman ruins of Termessos in Gulluk Mountains National Park. Further west along the Turkish Riviera, the relaxed town of Kaş is our base for several days. Walks on the Lycian Way reveal coastal views, Roman aqueducts and ancient cities. A half day gulet cruise to Kekova Island allows time for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, sightings of the sunken city of Simena and a visit to Myra the ancient capital of Lycia. After walks in Saklikent Gorge we continue north-west to Kayakoy and walk over a spectacular headland to the Oludeniz Lagoon. From Fetihye, we travel to Dalaman and fly to Istanbul for our final night.