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Emirate City & Treasures of Anatolia

United Arab Emirates & Turkey in 12 Days, 10 Nights in Destination

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An ideal combination to capture the essence of the exotic countries of the Arab Emirates and Turkey across the glamorous cities of Dubai and Istanbul, together with the most iconic of the exciting Turkish region of Cappadocia!

Trip Highlights

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    Dubai
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    Ankara
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    Cappadocia
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    Istanbul

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  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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Accommodation: 10 Nights

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Day 2 to 5

DoubleTree by Hilton Al Barsha

Location

Dubai

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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: Al Khoory Atrium Hotel, Al Khoory Sky Garden Hotel, Donatello Hotel Dubai, DoubleTree Dubai Al Jadaf, Form Hotel Dubai, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha, Occidental Al Jaddaf, Signature 1 Hotel Barsha Heights, Time Asma

Itinerary

Explore glittering Dubai and take a 4x4 desert safari to spend a starlit evening in the Dubai Desert before jetting off to Turkey's best-loved destinations. Get lost in the bazaars of Istanbul and Ankara, cruise along the Bosphorus and explore the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and the ancient caves of the Goreme Valley.

1st Day: US - Night on board
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Arrive at your US departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to the luxurious city of Dubai*. 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: Dubai
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Arrive in Dubai and transfer to the hotel*. The remainder of the day is free to discover this modern Emirati metropolis at your leisure. We recommend visiting the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and a symbol of the city of 828 meters and 160 floors.

Since its inauguration in 2010, it offers the best views of the desert and the city. Underneath is the largest shopping center in the world, the Dubai Mall where 1200 stores of all kinds are located. A shopping paradise! Overnight stay in Dubai.

*You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process. To guarantee optional services, we recommend that you add them to your current booking, as they are subject to availability.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
DoubleTree by Hilton Al B... or similar

2088 Reviews

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3rd Day: Dubai
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the morning at your leisure, exploring the old town or sunning yourself on Dubai's idyllic beaches. We recommend an optional excursion to explore the older parts of the city*. At dusk, take an exciting 4x4 excursion to the desert.

Pass through camel farms and spectacular desert landscapes, as the sand dunes are illuminated at sunset until arriving at a traditional camp. Here, enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner under the stars with traditional entertainment including Belly Dancing (except during the month of Ramadan), waterpipes and camel rides. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Dubai.

*Optional Half-Day Classic Dubai Tour: Visit the Bastakia neighbourhood, home to old merchant houses and cafes, and learn about Dubai's history with included entrance to the Dubai Museum. Take a traditional river taxi, known as an 'Abra' across Dubai Creek to the aromatic souks of Old Dubai, filled with stalls selling exotic spices and golden wares.

Please note: this optional excursion operates on Friday afternoons and Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday mornings only.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
DoubleTree by Hilton Al B... or similar

2088 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
4x4 Desert Safari Excursion

Moderate

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Optional
Half-Day Classic Dubai Tour

Moderate

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4th Day: Dubai
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Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying a shopping spree in Dubai's fabulous malls or relaxing at your leisure on the beach. We recommend an optional tour of the city's modern attractions*. Overnight stay in Dubai.

*Optional Half-Day Modern Dubai Tour: Visit the most emblematic sights in the city starting at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional arabian bazaar and popular marketplace where you can find typical hand-made crafts. Next, travel to the man-made palm-shaped island of Palm Jumeirah to see the amazing Atlantis Hotel before heading back to the city on the monorail.

Afterwards, explore glittering Dubai Marina, a man-made canal city and one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Dubai and end the trip in the Burj Khalifa area (entrance not included) and back to the hotel.

Please note: this optional excursion operates on Mondays and Fridays only. You will have the option to be dropped off at the Dubai Mall for some shopping and return to the hotel on your own. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
DoubleTree by Hilton Al B... or similar

2088 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Half-Day Modern Dubai Tour

Moderate

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5th Day: Dubai - Istanbul
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Breakfast at the hotel*. It's time to discover the immense history and incredible landscapes of Turkey! Transfer to the airport 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.

*You will have the option to add late check-out on departure in the next step of the booking process. To guarantee optional services, we recommend that you add them to your booking now, as they are subject to availability.

Accommodation

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

38 Reviews

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6th 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. 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 a dinner show at the bosphorus!** 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 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

See our full selection

Activities

included
Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

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

Challenging

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7th 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

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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8th 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

1358 Reviews

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Activities

included
Ankara & Ataturk Mausoleum

Light

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9th 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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Optional
Jeep Safari and Sunset in Cappadocia

Challenging

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10th 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.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you see fit. Alternatively, take part in our 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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Optional
Ballooning in Cappadocia

Moderate

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Optional
Turkish Night in Cappadocia

Light

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Optional
Visit to Kaymakli, the Underground City

Active

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11th Day: Cappadocia - Istanbul
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Breakfast* at the hotel. You're returning to Istanbul today. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to the city. Arrive in Istanbul, transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*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.

Accommodation

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

38 Reviews

See our full selection
12th Day: Istanbul - US
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Breakfast* at the hotel. After an unforgettable journey through Dubai and Turkey, it's time to bring your trip to a close. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US**.

*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 on the following day.

Included activities

Included

4x4 Desert Safari Excursion

Included activity for day 3 in Dubai

Take an exciting 4x4 excursion into the Dubai desert to enjoy an unforgettable barbecue dinner in a traditional Bedouin camp with authentic Bedouin entertainment, belly dancing (except during the month of Ramadan) and traditional music!

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Included activity for day 6 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 7 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 8 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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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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This activity operates on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday mornings and on Friday afternoons.

Half-Day Classic Dubai Tour

Suggested activity for day 3 in Dubai

Visit the Bastakia neighbourhood, home to old merchant houses and cafes, and learn about Dubai's history at the Dubai Museum. Take a traditional river taxi, known as an 'Abra' across Dubai Creek to the aromatic souks of Old Dubai.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Optional
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This activity operates on Mondays and Fridays only.

Half-Day Modern Dubai Tour

Suggested activity for day 4 in Dubai

Visit Dubai's modern attractions including the Burj Khalifa, Mall of Emirates, Souk Madinat Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab. Travel to the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah to see the Atlantis Hotel before heading back to the city by monorail.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 13:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Optional

Dinner Show on the Bosphorus

Suggested activity for day 6

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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Optional

Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

Suggested activity for day 6 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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The price includes

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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Dubai, Istanbul - US.
  • Flights: Dubai - Istanbul, Cappadocia - Istanbul.*
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  • 10 nights hotel accommodation in Superior category hotels.**
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  • 10 breakfasts and 4 dinners.
  • All transfers
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.***
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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 for part of the trip
  • 4x4 Excursion in Dubai Desert.
*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 ($30/person in Turkey) and any other services not mentioned in "What's included".

Tourist Tax in Dubai: 20 AED (approx. $6) per room per night (paid directly to the hotel).

Tourist Tax in Turkey : Please note that passengers arriving to Turkey from January 15th 2023 onwards must make a tourism tax payment of $5 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.

Turkey: 

Mandatory tips of 30$ 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: 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 7 days before departure.

*Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

The maximum baggage weight for the Cappadocia – Istanbul flight is 15KG.

**The hotels in Istanbul  of the Superior category are not close to the city center (Taksim). In the Luxury category the hotels in Istanbul are close to the city center.

If you choose the Superior or Luxury 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.

***The order of the visits and times of the activities are subject to change at the destination due to logistical reasons. The planned visits will be carried out in any case. Therefore, we don't recommend booking independent activities until you reach your destination.

***The optional Classic Dubai Tour, available on day 3 of the itinerary, operates on Friday afternoons and Monday, Wednesday and Sunday mornings only. The optional Modern Dubai Tour, available on day 4 of the itinerary, operates on Mondays and Fridays only.

***The order of the itinerary in Turkey is determined based on the days you travel to Cappadocia, which are Tuesday and Friday. Therefore, the 4 nights in Istanbul are distributed accordingly.

****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.

Turkey

Please note: Mandatory tips of 30$ 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 in Turkey. 

Please note that passengers arriving to Turkey from January 15th 2023 onwards must make a tourism tax payment of $5 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 destination with credit or debit cards may be subject to commission and fluctuations in currency exchange. We recommend making all payments in cash.

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Turkey
    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of six months validity.

    • Visa

      Visa is required, issued on arrival to the country. Free for stays of up to 30 days.

    • Currency

      UAE Dirham.

    • Language

      Arabic.

    • Electricity

      220 V. Adapter required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the US.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 04:00.

    • Other useful information

      It is advisable to drink bottled water.

    • Tourist Office website

      https://www.government.ae/

    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.

    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.

    Children age: 2 - 11 years old.

    The extra bed in hotels are either a rollaway bed or 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.

    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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