Turkey Late Summer Offer Tour is designed to showcase some of Turkeys's best holiday destinations. The tour starts in Istanbul, Turkey's most popular city blending a wealth of culture and history. here you will find over 3000 mosques, the incredible Hagia Sophia, a Grand Bazaar that can take a few days to explore all corners and streets. We then take you away to Kusadasi, a coastal town not to be missed. Time permitting, explore its Pigeon Island with its incredible panoramic view. Continue to Cappadocia: blessed with natural and archeological wonders
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Full day Istanbul Tour. Flight to Izmir/Kusadasi|
|Day 3||Full day Pamukkale Tour incl. lunch|
|Day 4||Full day Ephesus Tour incl. lunch. Flight to Cappadocia|
|Day 5||North Cappadocia tour incl. lunch|
|Day 6||South Cappadocia tour incl. lunch. Flight to Istanbul|
|Day 7||Transfer to Istanbul Airport. End of tour|
> Daily departures
> Tours with professional English speaking guides including entrance fees
> Arrival and departure transfers in Istanbul, Izmir and Cappadocia
> Visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus with its unique biblical history
> Spend the day in Pamukkale, known for its mineral-rich thermal waters and once a famous Roman Spa city
> Two days in Cappadocia exploring its most important geological, historical and cultural sites
Best time to go
The best times to visit Turkey’s archaeological sites and cities are in spring (Apr-May) and autumn (Sep-Oct) as the temperature is warm, but not too hot.
High summer (Jun-Aug) can be hot: best time for beach holidays. Winters can be cold and many hotels though city breaks are still an option. Turkey does offer ski options during the winter months
Turkey food & drink
Turkish food is varied and delicious. It’s often meze style – lots of small dishes to sample, including aubergine dips, calamari, borek (stuffed pastries), mashed broad beans and stuffed vine leaves – plenty of options for vegetarians, too. Local food involves a lot of meat, often in kebab form – the smell of charcoal-grilled beef, lamb and chicken permeates Turkey.
A Turkish menu includes wonderful loaves of bread, super-sweet baklava (pistachio and syrup pastry) and salty white cheeses. Despite being a Muslim country, alcohol is easy to find in Turkey, especially in the touristy coastal regions. Efes is the Turkish beer of choice. Raki, grape spirit, is potent.
Turkish coffee is pitch black, very strong and often sweet. Tea is widely drunk and served black
Culture and Language
Turkish is the official language, however, English, French and German are widely spoken in all major cities and tourist areas. Shaking hands is the common form of greetings. Hospitability is a top priority. Pointing fingers at a person a considered rude. Declining an offer is done by putting your hand over your heart. Observe dress code when visiting Islamic sites
Train travel is a very popular mode of transport between the major cities. It may be slow but can sometimes offer you some inspiring scenic moments. Coach travel is the most used way of getting around Turkey. Bus routes are relatively cheap and are most comfortable. Just about any city is connected by coach. On certain upmarket coaches, extra legroom and Wi-Fi is offered. If your journey is more than 5 hrs, a 30-minute stop is made about every three hours. Taking a taxi is by far the most convenient way of travel in major cities, but not always the quickest way. Taxis can easily be hailed on the street. Important: only take the official bright yellow taxis. If they do not have a meter, then it is a no go
The basic rule is: tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafes and bars. Hotel staff does, however, expect a tip between 5 and 20 Turkish Lira. Do not tip taxi drivers but round up the fare. Tour Guides do not depend on tips, however, if a tour has really gone beyond what your expected, a tip of between 20 and 30 Tl will be greatly appreciated
- Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel.
- You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
- Early check-in is subject to availability.
- Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul.
- Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and;
- Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center.
- Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included. If you arrive at Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Istanbul - Izmir/Kusadasi (B-L)
- Pick up from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
- Visit St. Sophia; this ancient basilica; built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century; is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
- Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque; across from St. Sophia; built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet; is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
- The Ancient Hippodrome; the scene of chariot races; with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius; the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
- Lunch break at 13:00 pm
- After lunch, the Tour Guide will take you to the Grand Covered Bazaar. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then than0 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street; the carpet sellers; Turkish arts and crafts; such as hand painted ceramic plates; hand-honed copper-ware; brass-ware and trays; water ewers; onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
- After the tour; transfer to Istanbul Airport for onward flight to Izmir
- Meet and transfer to Kusadasi Hotel
- At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale.
- We will arrive around 12.00 for lunch break
- Afterward, visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis; then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs.
- After the Pamukkale tour return to Kusadasi for overnight
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double/twin sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Turkey Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 AUG and 15 OCT 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable