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Treasures of Anatolia

Turkey in 11 Days, 10 Nights in Destination

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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!

Trip Highlights

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    Ankara
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    Çanakkale
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    Cappadocia
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    Ephesus
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    Istanbul
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    Izmir
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    Pamukkale
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    Troy

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  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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  1. Departures available until March 2025

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  • Accommodation in Superior category hotels.
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  • Only hotels in Istanbul are Luxury, the rest are Superior.
  • Hotels in Istanbul located in city center.

Accommodation: 10 Nights

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Day 1 to 4

Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi 4*

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Istanbul

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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, Courtyard by Marriott Istanbul West, Delta Hotels by Marriott Istanbul Kagithane, Doubletree by Hilton Istanbul - Piyalepasa, Elite World Business, Elite World Grand İstanbul Basın Ekspres, 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: UK/Ireland - Istanbul
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Ready to discover the cultural treasures and incredible landscapes of Turkey? Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to catch a flight to 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.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Accommodation

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

38 Reviews

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2nd Day: Istanbul
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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. Bear in mind that if you choose to wander the city independently, there is no included transfer back to the hotel.

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 Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Next, visit the Hagia Sophia for a brief photostop, where your guide will give a presentation on the iconic building's history. We won't enter now, but you'll have time to do so on your own later! 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

38 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

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Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

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Dinner Show on the Bosphorus
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3rd Day: Istanbul
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Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with  the famous Spice Bazaar, established by the Ottomans and filled with exotic aromas. Next, head to 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. After disembarking, 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!* Bear in mind that if you choose to wander the city independently, there is no included transfer back to the hotel. 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. Drive directly to the 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

38 Reviews

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Activities

included
Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit

Moderate

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Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch

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4th Day: Istanbul - Ankara
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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

1361 Reviews

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Activities

included
Ankara & Ataturk Mausoleum

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5th Day: Ankara - Cappadocia
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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 magical Cappadocia valley landscape, enjoying the sunset as you do impressive, adrenaline-pumping dips, donuts, and tricks in a 4X4 jeep.

Accommodation

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

884 Reviews

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Activities

included
Salt Lake Visit

Moderate

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Jeep Safari and Sunset in Cappadocia

Challenging

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6th Day: Cappadocia
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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 so-called "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 40 minutes 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

884 Reviews

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Activities

included
Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Excursion

Moderate

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Turkish Night in Cappadocia

Light

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Ballooning in Cappadocia

Moderate

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Visit to Kaymakli, the Underground City

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7th Day: Cappadocia - Pamukkale
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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

1125 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to Hierapolis & Cotton Castle in Pamukkale.

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8th Day: Pamukkale - Ephesus - Kusadasi - Izmir
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Breakfast at the hotel. Delve deeper into the history of this land today, as you 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. Head straight 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, 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

211 Reviews

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Activities

included
Ephesus visit and Pilgrimage to the House of the Virgin Mary.

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9th Day: Izmir - Pergamon - Troy - Canakkale
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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

21 Reviews

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Activities

included
Highlights of Pergamon & Troy.

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10th Day: Canakkale - Bursa - Istanbul
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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

38 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour of Bursa.

Light

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11th Day: Istanbul - UK/Ireland
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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 the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Included activities

Included

Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Included activity for day 2 in Istanbul

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:

Active

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Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit

Included activity for day 3 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

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Ankara & Ataturk Mausoleum

Included activity for day 4 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

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Included

Salt Lake Visit

Included activity for day 5 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

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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

Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

Suggested activity for day 2 in Istanbul

Begin by visiting Topkapi Palace, once residence to the Ottoman Sultans. Make a photo-stop at the Hagia Sophia, which you can enter on your own later. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of the outside of the iconic Blue Mosque.

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

Physical rating:

Challenging

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Optional

Dinner Show on the Bosphorus

Suggested activity for day 2

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

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Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch

Suggested activity for day 3 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

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Optional

Jeep Safari and Sunset in Cappadocia

Suggested activity for day 5 in Cappadocia

Tour through the deep valleys of Cappadocia in a 4X4 jeep, taking an exciting off-road ride that will get your blood pumping.

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

Physical rating:

Challenging

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Istanbul - UK/Ireland.
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation in Superior category hotels.*
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  • 10 breakfasts and 6 dinners.
  • All transfers
  • 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.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • 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".

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.

* The hotels of the Superior Category in Istanbul are not close to the city center (Taksim). For the 2 upper categories the hotels in Istanbul are close to the city center.

** 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.

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.

*** 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.

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

    Visa is not required.

  • 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 + 03:00.

  • Tourist Office website

    https://www.goturkiye.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 destination with credit or debit cards may be subject to commission and fluctuations in currency exchange. We recommend making all payments in cash.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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