The Turkey Summer tour offers you the best holiday spots. Easily accessible so much on offer to its visitors.
Istanbul is filled with wonderous sites, monuments, palaces, bazaars and not forgetting the spread of Mediterranean food on offer.
Travel west to Cappadocia, a land full of ancient wonders, rock formations and cave dwellings.
Last stop is made in Antalya. Its harbor is filled with yachts and boasts the best beaches of the Turquoise Coast
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Full day Istanbul Ottoman and Byzantium tour incl. lunch|
|Day 3||Morning Bosphorus Cruise. Flight to Cappadocia|
|Day 4||Full day Cappadocia tour incl. lunch|
|Day 5||Flight to Antalya|
|Day 6||Full day Antalya tour|
|Day 7||Antalya: a day at leisure|
|Day 8||Return flight to Istanbul. End of services|
> Private transfers in Istanbul, Cappadocia and Antalya
> Domestic flights included
> Tours are conducted with professional English speaking guides
> Entrance fees are included
> A morning cruise the Bosphorus
> See the ancient multi-level underground cities in Cappadocia that could hold up to 20 000 inhabitants
> Visit the impressive Goreme Open Air Museum containing a collection of monasteries and cave churches
> Spend 4 days in Antalya, best known as the Turkish Riviera
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 breads, 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
- Welcome to Turkey. You are met on arrival and transfer to your hotel
- Overnight in Istanbul
Istanbul city tour (B-L)
Pick up from your hotel and enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul.
Visit: St Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque
Note: St.Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Alternatives will be offered if one of the sites is closed on your day of the visit
Istanbul - Cappadocia (B)
- After breakfast, depart on a morning cruise along the Bosphorus. Sit back and enjoy the sites as you cruise along the calm waters.
- After the cruise, transfer to the airport for onward flight to Cappadocia
- You are met on arrival for transfer to your hotel
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic flights (subject to change)
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Excursions with 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
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 15 APR and 15 OCT 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable
- Contact us for any other date of travel required