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Encounters Photography Expeditions
In conjunction with Intrepid Travel of Australia


Turkey Through the Lens  May  2012

Number of Days: 16 days/15 nights.

Price: £1595

Exact dates to be published early 2011






‘ Turkey through the Lens’ is a collaboration between photographer Ian Wright ARPS, based in Exeter UK  and Intrepid Travel of Australia, the internationally recognised adventure travel company who carry 70,000 travellers a year to the most exciting destinations in the world. These Trip Notes cover the organisational and logistical aspects of the trip and the photographic elements are covered in separate documents produced by  Ian Wright who will lead the  practical and creative aspects of the trip.

The itinerary offers a very varied photographic and cultural feast.  Float over sunken cities, discover surreal mountainous landscapes, and the  other-worldly rock formations of Cappadocia. Rock-hewn churches, cave homes and incredible underground cities await exploration.. Travel through crumbling ghost towns on this fifteen-day foray into Turkey. Lose yourself in the mysteries and magic of the Ottoman Empire and sample traditional delicacies sourced from land and sea. Spend a day sailing the Mediterranean aboard a traditional Turkish boat, and share a tasty feast with a local family.  From sharing fruit wine with villagers in a town that time forgot to discovering Ephesus - the old capital of the civilised world -  this is a marvellous cultural and social experience offering everything a photographer could hope for. .

Please email for a full version of the Trip Notes which include a mass of practical information provided by Intrepid.

For details of the structure of the photographic elements of the trip see and specifically:  
Intro and Photo Trip Diary :

Travel Photography:

On Location:



Days 1-2 Istanbul

Step into a magical world of colourful bazaars, mysterious mosques and delicious Turkish delight. Discover hidden gems with a walk down the city's backstreets and peruse the mesmerising Grand Bazaar, which is packed with over 4,000 shops. Delight in the Islamic architecture of the Blue Mosque - its soaring minarets and exquisite tile work make it arguably the finest mosque on the planet.
Catch the overnight train from Istanbul to Ankara in the evening on day 2.

Days 3-4 Goreme

You will be transferred from Ankara to Goreme by private vehicle.
With its bizarre rock formations rising out of the ground like fairy chimneys, the surreal landscape of Cappadocia is sure to captivate even the most seasoned traveller. Work up an appetite exploring rock-hewn churches, cave homes and dreamlike valleys, and join a family in their home for a feast.

Day 5 Ilhara Gorge

Spend the day exploring the Ilhara Gorge before continuing on to Konya.

Day 6 Konya

Home to one of the largest universities in Turkey, Konya is located on the steppes of central Anatolia. Perhaps visit the shrine of the great mystic Rumi and discover the beauty of his poetry, or wander the sprawl of the local bazaar and bargain for leather or felt handicrafts.

Day 7 Antalya

Set against the pine-clad Bey Mountains, beautiful Antalya awaits. Wander through historic houses in the old city of Kaleici and soak up the old-world Ottoman atmosphere. Head to the Roman harbour to enjoy great seafood and to relax at a favourite local haunt.

Days 8-9 Kas

Travel to Kas by public bus. Charming coastal Kas makes a great base for enjoying the Mediterranean. Swim in the sparkling sea then sail over the sunken city of Kekova - sliding gently over the crumbling buildings is a strange and beguiling experience.

Days 10-11 Kayakoy

Travel to Kayakoy by public bus. Relax with a glass of tea in the tree-lined main square and discover the town's abandoned Greek houses. Walk the Lycian Way to picture-perfect Oludeniz and take a dip in the famous lagoon.

Days 12-13 Selcuk

Continue to Selcuk by private vehicle. Visit Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in Turkey and the site of a Roman amphitheatre. Learn to make delicious gozleme before enjoying some local fruit wines in nearby Sirince.

Day 14 Pamukkale

The chalky terraces of Pamukkale have fascinated travellers for thousands of years. Dip bare feet into the therapeutic waters before heading off to inspect the unique tombs and streets of the ancient Hierapolis.
Tonight you will catch the overnight bus to Istanbul.

Days 15-16 Istanbul

More time to explore and photograph in this wonderful and varied city.


Photographic Tuition by Ian Wright ARPS
Intrepid leader to accompany the group throughout
Accommodation – Intrepid Comfort standard guesthouses/hotels (13 nts), overnight train (1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt)
Meals – 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Transport – Private vehicle, train, public bus, walking
Activities –  
Orientation walk in Istanbul led by your group leader
Goreme Open Air Museum tour with local guide
Excursion to the Ilhara Gorge
Walk through the Cappadocian Valley
Dinner at a local Cappadocian family house
Traditional Turkish boat cruise (gulet) over Sunken City, Kas
Kayakoy Greek village
Hike the Lycian Way to Oludeniz beach, Fethiye
Pamukkale rock terraces
Cooking demonstration of local Turkish delicacy gozleme, Selcuk
Guided tour of Ephesus, Selcuk
Visit to village of Sirince for fruit wine tasting


• Airfares to and from Istanbul
• Visa fees – each member of the group must carry a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your trip) and have obtained the appropriate visas
• Other meals not mentioned on the itinerary
• Travel insurance (compulsory) - Please also note that comprehensive medical and travel insurance is compulsory for all Intrepid travellers. You will need to give the policy number to your leader on Day 1.
• Tips, personal telephone charges….
• Entrance fee during free time
• Medical advice - Please refer to your GP or local travel clinic for up to date travel health advice for the area(s) you are visiting.

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