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    Our classic tour of Turkey, this action-packed journey covers the most unmissable destinations in the country including Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, the ruins of Ephesus, Troy and much more!

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    1. Ankara
    2. Cappadocia
    3. Ephesus
    4. Istanbul
    5. Izmir
    6. Troy

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    Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi 4*

    Location

    Istanbul

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    Nights

    3

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    The hotels we select comply with our high standards and requirements per category. The allocation is dependent on availability and seasonality, so you can be assigned any of our selection, including the following: Clarion Hotel Golden Horn, Delta Hotels by Marriott Istanbul Kagithane, Doubletree by Hilton Istanbul - Piyalepasa, Elite World Business, La Quinta by Wyndham Istanbul Gunesli, Lionel Hotel, Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul Golden Horn, Ramada Encore by Wyndham Istanbul Bayrampasa, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Istanbul Tekstilkent

    Itinerary

    Delight in the fascinating sights of Turkey, from the bazaars of Istanbul to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Cruise on the Bosphorus, discover the caves of the Goreme Valley and visit the Cotton Castle of Pamukkale. Discover the ancient ruins of Ephesus before discovering the heritage of Izmir and Canakkale at the archaeological sites of Pergamon and Troy!

    1st Day: Canada - Istanbul

    Ready to discover the cultural treasures and incredible landscapes of Turkey? Arrive at your Canadian departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul. Night on board.

     

    2nd Day: Istanbul

    Arrive in the bustling melting-pot of Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey and a city of immense history, wonderful culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel*, get settled and, if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure exploring this historic, lively city. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

    * Note: In case your flight is arriving/taking off from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) International Airport, transfers are not included and you could add them for an extra cost during the booking Process.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul ... or similar

    34 Reviews

    See our full selection

    3rd Day: Istanbul

    Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, head to the grandiose Suleymaniye Mosque, located on the third hill of Istanbul, boasting one of the most incredible panoramic views of the city. The mosque was designed by the imperial architect of great importance, Mimar Sinan, commissioned by ruler Suleiman the Magnificent, and built circa 1550. After the visit, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore Istanbul at your own pace. 

    Discover its labyrinthine bazaars, vibrant city life and eclectic architecture. To fully immerse yourself in the local culture and to ensure you discover the ins and outs of this intricate city, we recommend an optional full-day city tour of Istanbul* and/or an optional dinner show on the Bosphorus**! Overnight stay in Istanbul.

    Optional Full-Day Istanbul City Tour: See the most emblematic sights in Istanbul, beginning with the incredible Hagia Sophia Basilica and the Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Sultanahmet before continuing with a tour of the outside of the iconic Blue Mosque and the historic Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4000 shops!

    ** Optional Dinner Show on the Bosphorus: A great way to enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner on a cruise that sails down the Bosphorus at night. See the illuminated suspension bridges of Istanbul as they twinkle in the evening light. Enjoy exciting dance shows (belly dance and dervish), Turkish music, a delicious dinner and two drinks per person.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul ... or similar

    34 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

    Moderate

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    Optional
    Dinner Show on the Bosphorus
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    Optional
    Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

    Moderate

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    4th Day: Istanbul

    Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a boat trip on the Bosphorus Channel, which runs through the heart of the city, marking the border between Europe and Asia. Appreciate captivating views of the old palaces of the Sultans and traditional riverside houses as you view the city from a different perspective. Disembark and head to the famous Spice Bazaar, established by the Ottomans and filled with exotic aromas. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the delights of Istanbul at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to the Anatolian side of the city to see its more important sights and discover more of Istanbul!* Overnight stay in Istanbul.

    * Optional Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch: Explore the Anatolian part of the city! This stunning region is home to some of the country's most beautiful architecture and waterfront attractions. From the iconic Beylerbeyi Palace to the murals adorning the winding streets, you'll be awestruck by the variety and beauty of the sights. Wander the city streets up Camlica Hill, located in the underrated Üsküdar district. Take in the stunning panoramic views from the highest point and soak up the bustling atmosphere from the city below. With its rich history and vibrant culture, the Anatolian part of Istanbul is an unforgettable destination. Enjoy lunch included.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul ... or similar

    34 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit

    Moderate

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    Optional
    Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch

    Moderate

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    5th Day: Istanbul - Ankara

    Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your journey to Ankara, crossing the spectacular mountains of Bolu along the route. Arrive and enjoy a panoramic tour of Ankarathe Turkish capital and a modern and cosmopolitan city steeped in history and ancient culture. Later, pay a visit to Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Inaugurated in 1953, it is dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Ankara.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankar... or similar

    1285 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Ankara & Ataturk Mausoleum

    Light

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    6th Day: Ankara - Cappadocia

    Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your journey to Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations, passing by the spectacular Salt Lake along the way. Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to start enjoying the landscapes of this magical region, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. If you want to contemplate an unforgettable sunset, we recommend our Optional Safari and Sunset tour* through the valleys of the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

    *Optional Jeep Safari and Sunset in Cappadocia: Immerse yourself in the Cappadocia landscape and enjoy a magical and exciting sunset as you tour through the deep valleys and extraordinary geography in a 4X4 jeep.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Ramada By Wyndham Cappado... or similar

    814 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Salt Lake Visit

    Moderate

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    Optional
    Jeep Safari and Sunset in Cappadocia

    Challenging

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    7th Day: Cappadocia

    Breakfast at the hotel. Why not start the day with an unforgettable optional hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia*. Mid-morning, discover the fascinating region of Cappadocia, whose landscape was formed by the erosion of soft layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanic eruptions over 3 million years ago! Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, an incredible Byzantine monastic complex with beautiful frescoes. Next, explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the incredible "Fairy Chimneys" are located. End the day with a visit to local carpet workshops. Afterwards you can enjoy the optional visit to Kaimakli, the subway city** or an authentic Turkish night in Cappadocia.*** Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

    * Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight: Float over Cappadocia's fairy chimneys, tuff valleys and rock-cut churches and experience the sunrise from a unique viewpoint on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight. Enjoy panoramic sunrise views and celebrate with a non-alcoholic sparkling wine and a personalized flight certificate. Minimum age limit for children: 6 years old.

    Note: The optional hot air balloon flight depends on weather conditions at the destination and will be confirmed the day before. If the activity cannot take place, it will be refunded upon return. 

    ** Optional Visit to Kaimakli, the Underground City: Visit the incredible Kaymakli, a maze of tunnels and rooms carved eight levels deep into the earth 20 km from the city of Nevsehir. Believed to have been built in the Hittite period, the widest of the underground cities in the region.

    *** Optional Turkish Night in Cappadocia: A fun evening filled with typical dances from the different regions in Turkey, including the famous belly dance. Enjoy this colorful event and the party atmosphere as you take in the traditions of the area! Unlimited drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) during the show.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Ramada By Wyndham Cappado... or similar

    814 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Excursion

    Moderate

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    Optional
    Visit to Kaymakli, the Underground City

    Active

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    Optional
    Turkish Night in Cappadocia

    Light

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    Optional
    Ballooning in Cappadocia

    Light

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    8th Day: Cappadocia - Pamukkale

    Breakfast at the hotel. Depart early this morning to Pamukkale. Famed for its unique geological features, take a tour through the ancient Hellenistic city of Hierapolis before exploring the Cotton Castle, a natural wonder of white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools. Formed over the centuries by the passing of mineral-rich water from nearby hot springs, explore the natural pools and otherworldly landscape, the perfect spot to practice your photography skills! As the day draws to a close, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Pamukkale. 

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Richmond Pamukkale Therma... or similar

    1101 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Visit to Hierapolis & Cotton Castle in Pamukkale

    Active

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    9th Day: Pamukkale - Ephesus - Kusadasi - Izmir

    Breakfast at the hotel. Delve deeper into the history of this land today, as you head to the Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, once the capital of Asia Minor and one of the best-preserved cities remaining from this period. Discover the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Trajan, the Theatre and the Library of Celsus. Afterwards, pay a visit to an important site of pilgrimage at the House of the Virgin Mary. This is believed to be the place where the Virgin Mary spent the final years of her life. Afterwards, head north to the city of Izmir or Kusadasi, depending on the confirmed hotel. Izmir is known for its expansive archaeological sites and is situated on the beautiful Aegean coast. Dinner and transfer to your hotel.

    Please note: During the summer months (May to November) accommodation may be in the city of Kusadasi instead of Izmir, but the order of the itinerary will remain the same.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Ramada Plaza By Wyndham İ... or similar

    196 Reviews

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    10th Day: Izmir - Pergamon - Troy - Canakkale

    Breakfast at the hotel. The first stop of the day is the ancient city of Pergamon, one of the most important cultural, commercial and medical centres of antiquity. Here, visit the Asclepion, the most prestigious hospital in the ancient world and once home to the famous Greek physician and philosopher, Galen! See the old sleeping tunnels, the patient's theatre, the swimming pools, and the courtyard, lined with Ionic columns for a unique insight into the science and medical practices of the Ancient Greek world! Another exciting highlight awaits as you continue to the archaeological site of Troy, one of the most legendary cities in all of history! Immortalized in Homer's Iliad, discover the ruins of this incredible place and relive the famous saga of the siege of Troy. Afterwards, continue to Canakkale. Spread across both sides of the Dardanelles Strait, this historic city is home to excellent museums and many fascinating sights related to its strategic location on the Dardanelles Strait. Transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Canakkale.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Yurdakul Hotel or similar

    18 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Highlights of Pergamon & Troy.

    Active

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    11th Day: Canakkale - Bursa - Istanbul

    Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Bursa this morning, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Surrounded by lush forests and mountains, the city's sometimes known as 'Green Bursa'. Here, pay a visit to the spectacular Ulucamii Mosque, Kozahan Silk Bazaar and the Green Tomb the mausoleum of the fifth Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed I. After exploring Bursa, continue north to Topçular to cross the Gulf of Izmit by ferry or by the Osmangazi Bridge (crossing choice decision based on operational reasons). After crossing the Gulf continue by road to Istanbul. Arrive, get settled at the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul ... or similar

    34 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    City Tour of Bursa.

    Light

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    12th Day: Istanbul - Canada

    Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bring your adventure through Turkey to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport* for a flight back to Canada. Arrive in Canada and end your trip.

    * Note: In case your flight is arriving/taking off from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) International Airport, transfers are not included and you could add them for an extra cost during the booking Process.

    Included activities

    Included

    Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

    Included activity for day 3

    Visit the Suleiman the Magnificent Mosque located on the third hill of Istanbul built by the famous imperial architect Mimar Sinan, one of his greatest masterpieces.

    Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

    more information
    Included

    Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit

    Included activity for day 4 in Istanbul

    Enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus Channel, which runs through the heart of the city, marking the border between Europe and Asia. Appreciate the views of Istanbul's old palaces and traditional riverside houses before heading to the famous Spice Bazaar.

    Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

    more information
    Included

    Ankara & Ataturk Mausoleum

    Included activity for day 5 in Ankara

    Pay a visit to Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara, dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey.

    Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: 13:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

    more information
    Included

    Salt Lake Visit

    Included activity for day 6 in Cappadocia

    On the journey towards Cappadocia, pay a visit to the spectacular Salt Lake.

    Duration 00:45h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

    more information

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    Available Activities

    Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
    Optional

    Dinner Show on the Bosphorus

    Suggested activity for day 3

    Boat trip on the Bosphorus (1.5 h approx.), with dinner on board. See the illuminated suspension bridges of Istanbul at night. Includes dance shows (belly dance and dervish), Turkish music show and two drinks per person.

    Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 19:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

    more information
    Optional

    Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

    Suggested activity for day 3 in Istanbul

    Begin with a visit to the Santa Sophia Basilica and Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing with a tour of the outside of the iconic Blue Mosque and the historic Hippodrome.

    Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

    more information
    Optional

    Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch

    Suggested activity for day 4 in Istanbul

    Explore the Anatolian side of Istanbul including its Beylerbeyi Palace overlooking the Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and the district of Üsküdar. Lunch included.

    Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 11:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

    more information
    Optional

    Jeep Safari and Sunset in Cappadocia

    Suggested activity for day 6 in Cappadocia

    Enjoy a magical sunset as you tour through the deep valleys and landscapes of Cappadocia in a 4X4 jeep.

    Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

    Physical rating:

    Challenging

    more information

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    • Departures from main Canadian airports.

    • International flights: Canada - Istanbul - Canada.

    • 10 nights hotel accommodation in Superior category hotels.

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    • 10 breakfasts and 6 dinners.

    • Some transfers included.*

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    • Visits and entrance fees with an English-speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary. **

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    • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

    • Active tour with a comprehensive schedule of activities. ***

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    • Cruise along the Bosphorus.

    • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.

    *The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

    Not included

    Drinks, entrance fees, tips and any other services not mentioned in "What's included".

    Note: In case your flight is arriving/taking off from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) International Airport, transfers are not included and you could add them for an extra cost during the booking process.

    Important: The airport transfer on departure is not included when adding additional nights to the itinerary. If required, a departure airport transfer can be added for an additional cost.

    Mandatory tips of $40 per person (for Guides, drivers, porters and waiters) are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay for during this tour. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Turkish culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not.

    Please note that passengers arriving to Turkey from January 15th 2023 onwards must make a tourism tax payment of $10 per person. This payment is imposed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and is mandatory for all passengers entering their country. This tourist tax is not included in the total booking amount and it will be collected by the tour guide in order to be paid to the authorities.

    * In case your flight is arriving/taking off from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) International Airport, transfers are not included and you could add them for an extra cost during the booking process.

    ** The order of the itinerary changes according to the departure date:

    Monday and Friday arrivals: 3 nights in Istanbul at the beginning, 1N Ankara, 2N Cappadocia, 1N Pamukkale, 1N Izmir, 1N Canakkale, 1N at the end in Istanbul.

    Tuesday and Saturday arrivals: 2 nights in Istanbul at the beginning, 1N Ankara, 2N Cappadocia, 1N Pamukkale, 1N Izmir, 1N Canakkale, 2N at the end in Istanbul.

    Please note: During the summer months (May to November) accommodation may be in the city of Kusadasi instead of Izmir, but the order of the itinerary will remain the same.

    *** This is a fast-paced itinerary that includes a comprehensive number of sights and activities in order to give you the most complete experience of Turkey! You can expect several early morning departures and a full daily schedule of activities.

    Any hotel mentioned in the offer, whether the main one or an alternative, is as likely as each other to be confirmed. You will find your final hotel confirmation on your updated trip summary approximately 7 days before departure. 

    If you choose the Sup. Istanbul Center or Luxury Istanbul category, only the location and category of the hotel in Istanbul will change. The rest of the hotels in your itinerary will be the same in each category. In the event of any changes, the hotels you stay at will always be in the same category as you selected, or a superior one.

    Mandatory tips of $40 per person (for Guides, drivers, porters and waiters) are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay for during this tour. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Turkish culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not.

    Please note that passengers arriving to Turkey from January 15th 2023 onwards must make a tourism tax payment of $10 per person. This payment is imposed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and is mandatory for all passengers entering their country. This tourist tax is not included in the total booking amount and it will be collected by the tour guide in order to be paid to the authorities.

    Payments at the destination with credit or debit cards may be subject to commission and fluctuations in currency exchange. We recommend making all payments in cash.

    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.

    • Visa

      You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ Cost is approx. $20.

    • Currency

      Turkish Lira

    • Language

      Turkish

    • Electricity

      230 V 50 Hz

    • Health

      Vaccines recommended: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/408/hepatitis-a-vaccine-recommendations-for-turkey-updated

    • Time zone

      UTC + 02:00.

    • Tourist Office website

      https://www.goturkeytourism.com/

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    The extra bed in hotels are fold-out style and smaller in size than a standard single bed. Triple rooms are not bigger or more spacious only because they are occupied by 3 people.

    Babies: 0 - 2 years.

    Children: 2 - 11 years old (the third bed will be a rollaway bed).

    This is a fast-paced itinerary that includes a comprehensive number of sights and activities in order to give you the most complete experience of Turkey! You can expect several early morning departures and a full daily schedule of activities. Total distance traveled by bus is around 2400 km.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    Payments at the destination with credit or debit cards may be subject to commission and fluctuations in currency exchange. We recommend making all payments in cash.

    If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +1 778 807 9750 or via our contact form. 

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