South Caucasus & Turkey

Design Your Own Trip to Turkey

Photo credit: Steven Orvis

Plot Your Own Path


Traveling privately on a custom itinerary means flexibility – flexibility to immerse yourself in your own exclusive experience, to craft an itinerary around your interests, and to travel when it’s right for you.

Want to step into living history at a UNESCO-listed old Ottoman village, where timbered two-story houses are still home to Turkish families? How about exploring an underground city built during the Byzantine period and used by those escaping persecution? Need suggestions?

To get started planning a Turkey itinerary, read more about how to design your own trip. Also keep in mind that you can customize any of our small group tours to match your preferred dates of travel. Get in touch, we’re here to help.

Signature Experiences

Below are just a few examples of the signature experiences that MIR can arrange for you in Turkey. Let them be a source of inspiration, then get in touch with one of our Private Journey Specialists to craft an itinerary that’s uniquely suited to your travel goals, budget, and style.

  • In a restored caravanserai, see the dramatic ritual of whirling dervishes by the Sufi Mevlevi order in a Sema ceremony, spinning in circles to induce a state of ecstatic communion; afterward, the devotees may be willing to discuss the ceremony with visitors
  • Take a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia, gazing down on the region’s amazing natural rock formations and beautiful landscape from 1,500 feet above
  • Hop aboard a boat for a private sight-seeing cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, taking in panoramic views of Istanbul and getting a look at the luxurious dwellings along the water
  • Be welcomed into a village home for a traditional Turkish lunch, getting to know your hosts as you learn cooking techniques, and then sharing the meal together

Private Itineraries

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip that hits the highlights or something more in-depth, MIR’s Private Journeys department can create a private itinerary based on your interests and our local knowledge. It’s a great option whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or in a small group.


Turkey Country Map

Traveler Reviews

  • "Excellent. Would recommend MIR and this tour of Turkey."

    S. Zarate & R. Elliott

    Irvine, CA

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