Sweet Turkey tour offers first class service and guided tours through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul. Spend a day in Ephesus before reaching Antalya, one of Turkish best-known resort on the Mediterranean Sea. It was once a major Roman Port, however, the harbor today is only used for modern yachts. The city has a rich cultural and historical past. The mosques and churches have all stood the test of time. Try its local cuisine, colorful gift shops and wander through the old city. Our last stop is Cappadocia; the most magical destination in Turkey. See cities carved in stone, carpet weaving co-ops and look down Goereme Valley inhabited since 1200 BC.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Full Day Istanbul Tour|
|Day 3||Morning Bosphorus Cruise. Flight to Antalya|
|Day 4||Antalya: City and Waterfall tour|
|Day 5||Flight to Cappadocia|
|Day 6||Full day North Cappadocia tour|
|Day 7||Return flight to Istanbul. End of tour|
> Tour starts daily in Istanbul
> Private transfers in Istanbul between Airport and Hotels (Ataturk Airport)
> Full day tour visiting all important sites in Old Istanbul
> Visit the Antalya waterfalls and spend a few hours in the Old City
> Spend an impressive day in Cappadocia. Your day will be filled with unusual sites and visits
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
Step back in time...
Step back to a time when Sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world's treasures. Explore a 'mezze' of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its capital, Istanbul, to the legendary city of Troy, ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the famous limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.
With its pristine coastline and fascinating ancient cities, Turkey is fast becoming one of South Africa's most popular holiday destinations. A comfortable flight away is an exotic land of architectural wonders and natural beauty with a diverse cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors.
The historic city of Istanbul is home to one of the world's great skylines. Dotted with incredible Byzantine and Ottoman churches and palaces. Whilst the ancient cities of Ephesus and Pergamum feature incredibly preserved Roman ruins of temples and amphitheaters.
Istanbul Arrival Day
- 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 City Tour (B-L)
- Pick up at 08:00 am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
- Travel to the Sultanahmet district, the oldest, most historic part of the city.
- The first stop of the day will be the Hagia Sophia, that was once a Christian church, then a mosque, and now a museum.
- Afterward, pass the Hippodrome of Constantinople, where we will see the impressive obelisk, before reaching the Blue Mosque. Make sure to take pictures of both the interior and exterior of this impressive building.
- Next, continue to the Grand Bazaar; a massive, bustling complex housing clothing, decorative furnishings, food, and so much more.
- On the way to the bazaar, we will see other historical monuments, such as the Tomb of Sultan Ahmet I, the Firuz Aga Mosque, and the exterior of the Tomb of Mehmed II.
- After our visit to the Grand Bazaar stop for lunch.
- In the afternoon, visit Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years and Little Hagia Sophia.
- Return to your hotel after the tour
Please Note: St. Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
Istanbul - Antalya (B-D)
- Guests are picked up from their hotel around 08:00.
- Visit the Spice Bazaar, one of the city's most colorful and bustling attractions, which has been in operation since the 17th century and still remains a very popular attraction for both locals and visitors
- The tour guide will give us tips on the best stalls and kiosks to visit as to not be overwhelmed by the busy market,
- Next, head to the shores of the Bosphorus Strait for a cruise, learning more about this important, strategic waterway that straddles the Asian and European continents.
- On our voyage, see impressive historic Istanbul buildings: the decadent façade of Dolmabahce Palace; 15th-century fortress Rumelihisari; the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer home of Ottoman sultans; and many more. After the tour, transfer to the Airport for onward flight to Antalya
- On arrival, you are met and taken to your hotel
- 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 NOV 18 to 28 FEB 19
- Seasonal supplements applicable between 25 DEC 18 and 03 JAN 19