Turkey Summer 2018 Holiday (10 Days)

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2018 Turkey's Summer Holiday offer. See the country where two continents meet and a favorite destination for holidaymakers. Just imagine that during your tour you will see stunning sceneries (Cappadocia) and historic legacies (Istanbul). And then there are these absolute stunning coastlines in and around Antalya. You will be taken to Pamukkale for a day to experience the white terraces and chance to swim in one of the Thermal Pools. All this is included in our tour. 

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 Antalya
Day 4 Antalya city tour
Day 5 Full day tour to Pamukkale  
Day 6 Flight to Cappadocia
Day 7 North Cappadocia tour incl. lunch
Day 8 South Cappadocia tour incl. lunch. Flight to Istanbul
Day 9 Istanbul free day
Day 10 Last day in Istanbul. Transfer to Istanbul Airport

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Highlights

> No long coach travel
> Domestic flights will take you to Cappadocia and Antalya
> See Istanbul major sites during a full day guided tour
> Sit back and enjoy a morning cruise on the Bosphorus
> Explore Antalya Old City and its waterfalls 
> Travel to Pamukkale, best known for its mineral-rich thermal waters
> Two stunning full day Cappadocia tours uncovering all sites in Cappadocia

 

Country information

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
 

Getting around
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
 

Tipping
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

Antalya

The best view of Antalya is from Mount Tahtali. A cable car ride will take you to the top and just take some time to admire the panoramic views of the coastline

Pamukkale

Note that you may not walk on the surface with shoes. Take a plastic bag with you to store your footwear.
If you want to go to the Antique Pool, take a towel with you as they are not provided here


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Istanbul

  • Welcome to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel
     
  • There are two Airports in Istanbul. Ataturk Airport is 20km away from the city center. Sabiha Gokcen is about 55km outside the city center. Transfers from Ataturk is included in your tour program.
  • Contact us for transfer rate if you arrive at Sabiha Gokcen
  • Overnight in Istanbul 
Day 2

Istanbul Tour (B-L)

  • After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel
  • A full day tour is planned visiting Istanbul's Ottoman Relics and Byzantine Sites
  • Lunch is included in your tour program
  • Return to your hotel for overnight
Day 3

Istanbul - Antalya (B)

  • After breakfast, depart on a Bosphorus cruise. Enjoy a magical array of sites from the Cruise boat including the Spica Bazaar.
  • After the cruise, transfer to the airport for onward flight to Antalya
  • You are met on arrival for transfer to your hotel

Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusions

  • International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary
     

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel between 15 APR to 15 OCT 2018
  • Seasonal supplements may be applicable 
     
  • Contact us for any other date of travel required