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Treasures of Anatolia

Turkey in 12 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!

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    Ankara
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    Cappadocia
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    Éfeso
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    Istanbul
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    Izmir
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    Pamukkale
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    Troy

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  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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Accommodation: 10 Nights

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

*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.

2nd Day: Istanbul
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Arrive in bustling Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey, a city brimming with history, culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, get settled, and if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Important note: Take advantage of our optional excursions package and save by adding several of the optional activities to your itinerary in one go. Click on each package to see what's included!

Accommodation

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

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Activities

Optional
Pack of 3 Excursions - Istanbul Package

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Pack of 3 Excursions - Cappadocia Package

Challenging

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3rd 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, it boasts one of the most incredible panoramic views of the city.

After the visit, choose to take the transfer back to your hotel, or, spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring Istanbul at your own pace (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, 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 Istanbul's most emblematic sights, from the incredible Topkapi Palace to Hagia Sophia. Enjoy included lunch, see the exterior of the iconic Blue Mosque and historic Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4000 shops.

**Optional dinner show on the Bosphorus: the best way to enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner on an evening cruise down the Bosphorus! See the 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
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40 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

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Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

Challenging

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Dinner Show on the Bosphorus

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4th Day: Istanbul
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Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day at the aromatic Spice Bazaar, established by the Ottomans. Next, take a boat ride along the Bosphorus, enjoy views of old palaces and traditional houses as you sail through the heart of the city; the border between Europe and Asia.

After disembarking, enjoy time exploring the city at your own pace (no included transfer back to the hotel). We recommend an optional excursion to the key attractions of the Anatolian side of the city to discover more of Istanbul*. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Optional half-day Anatolian Istanbul excursion with lunch: explore the Anatolian side, home to some of the country's most beautiful architecture, from the iconic Beylerbeyi Palace to the murals adorning the winding streets. Drive to Camlica Hill, in the underrated Üsküdar district. Take in the panoramic views from the highest point and soak up the bustling atmosphere from the city below. Enjoy lunch included.

Accommodation

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

40 Reviews

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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
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Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your journey to Ankara, crossing the spectacular mountains of Bolu along the way. Arrive and enjoy a panoramic tour of Ankara, the 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’s 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
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1429 Reviews

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Activities

included
Ankara & Ataturk Mausoleum

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6th Day: Ankara - Cappadocia
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, begin your journey to incredible Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations. Pass by the spectacular Salt Lake along the way.

Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer to the hotel. Head to a wonderful ceramic workshop where you’ll witness the traditional way of creating ceramic objects, from everyday artifacts to true works of art. Enjoy a visit to a precious stone shop and gain insight into the process of turning the raw material into stunning jewelry. Based on operative reasons this activities might be done the next day.

The remainder of the day is yours to begin discovering the landscapes of this magical region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To contemplate an unforgettable scene, we recommend our optional safari and sunset tour* for an adrenaline rush 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
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890 Reviews

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Activities

included
Salt Lake Visit

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Jeep Safari and Sunset in Cappadocia

Challenging

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7th Day: Cappadocia
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Breakfast at the hotel. Why not start the day with an optional hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia*, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Next, you have the chance to enjoy an optional visit to Kaimakli**, the incredible underground city*.

Mid-morning, discover the fascinating landscapes of Cappadocia, formed by the erosion of layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanic eruptions over 3 million years ago! Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, a Byzantine monastic complex with beautiful frescoes.

Explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the captivating "Fairy Chimneys" are located, followed by a visit to a local carpet workshop. Afterwards you can enjoy an optional 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, celebrate with a non-alcoholic beverage and a personalized flight certificate. Minimum age limit for children: 6 years old.

Please note: The 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: discover the maze of tunnels and rooms carved eight levels deep into the earth 12 miles from the city of Nevsehir. Believed to have been built in the Hittite period, it's 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
tripadvisor rating

890 Reviews

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Activities

included
Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Excursion

Moderate

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Optional
Ballooning in Cappadocia

Moderate

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Optional
Turkish Night in Cappadocia

Light

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Visit to Kaymakli, the Underground City

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8th Day: Cappadocia - Pamukkale
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Breakfast at the hotel. Depart early this morning to Pamukkale. Take a tour through the ancient Hellenistic city of Hierapolis, famed for its unique geological features. Next, explore the Cotton Castle, a natural wonder of white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools. 

Explore the otherworldly landscapes formed over the centuries by the passing of mineral-rich water from nearby hot springs, the perfect spot to practice your photography skills! As the day draws to a close, stop by a textile shop before you transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Pamukkale.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Richmond Pamukkale Therma... or similar
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1142 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to Hierapolis & Cotton Castle in Pamukkale.

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9th Day: Pamukkale - Ephesus - Kusadasi - Izmir
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Breakfast at the hotel. Delve deeper into the history of this land today. Pay a visit to an important pilgrimage site, the House of the Virgin Mary, believed to be the place where she spent the final years of her life.

Head to the Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, once the capital of Asia Minor and one of the best-preserved cities from this period. Discover the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Trajan, the Theatre and the Library of Celsus. Finally, check out an artisan leather shop to see how the local craftsmen work with this material.

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
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214 Reviews

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Activities

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

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10th 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 centers of antiquity. Visit the Asclepion, the ancient world’s most prestigious hospital, once home to Galen, the famous Greek physician and philosopher.

Another exciting highlight awaits as you continue to the archaeological site of Troy, one of history’s most legendary cities! Discover incredible ruins and relive the famous saga of the siege of Troy, immortalized in Homer's Iliad.

Afterwards, continue to Canakkale. Spread across both sides of the Dardanelles Strait, this historic city is home to fascinating museums and 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
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22 Reviews

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Activities

included
Highlights of Pergamon & Troy.

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11th 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. The city is also known as 'Green Bursa' as it’s surrounded by lush forests and mountains.

Pay a visit to the spectacular Ulu Camii Mosque, Koza Han Silk Bazaar and the Green Tomb. After exploring Bursa, continue north to Topçular to cross the Gulf of Izmit either by ferry or by crossing the Osmangazi Bridge (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
tripadvisor rating

40 Reviews

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Activities

included
City Tour of Bursa.

Light

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12th Day: Istanbul - US
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Breakfast* at the hotel. Sadly, 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 US. Arrive in the US 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.

**Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.

Included activities

Included

Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Included activity for day 3 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 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

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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

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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

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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.
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You can find a description of each activity in the itinerary. If you prefer, you also have the option to book each one separately.

Pack of 3 Excursions - Cappadocia Package

Suggested activity for day 2 in Cappadocia

Add 3 activities at once and save! This package includes a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, a Turkish Night plus a sunset 4x4 tour.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Challenging

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Optional
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You can find a description of each activity in the itinerary. If you prefer, you also have the option to book each one separately.

Pack of 3 Excursions - Istanbul Package

Suggested activity for day 2 in Istanbul

Add 3 activities at once and save! This package includes: a full-day tour of Istanbul, a half-day tour of Anatolia, plus dinner and show on a Bosphorus cruise.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Challenging

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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:

Moderate

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Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

Suggested activity for day 3 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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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Istanbul - US*.
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  • 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.
  • 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

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

Mandatory tips of 40USD 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.

Please note that arrival transfers are shared, the maximum waiting time at the airport is 90 minutes.

Please note: maximum group size is 52 people.

* If you are travelling with Vueling, Ryanair or Wizz Air, we recommend that you check-in online to avoid additional charges. Your reservation includes only one small piece of hand luggage per person (40 cm x 20 cm x 25 cm) which must be placed under the seat in front of you on the plane. Additional luggage (both hand and hold luggage) can be purchased in advanced via the airline's website. Any extra luggage that does not meet the specified dimensions and is not booked in advance will be subject to additional fees at the airport.

** 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 40USD 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 six 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.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 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, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 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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