Turkey Explorer Tour

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Per person sharing

Explore Turkey's Unesco World Heritage sites during this ten-day tour. Your Turkish adventure starts on arrival in Istanbul, the meeting point of Europe and Asia, where we will pick you up from the airport and drive you to the hotel.
Spend a day on the beautiful Princess Island and discover the sites of Bursa, also known as the "Green City". Head out to explore Cappadocia, legend has it that the Persians encountered herds of wild horses roaming freely in this area. Cappadocia is now known all over the world for its unusual rock formations known as fairy chimneys and ancient churches, both of which you will encounter during your Cappadocia stay.
Continue to Antalya's greenery, cool weather, and fresh air infused with pine scent, and see Pamukkale's fascinating white terraces and pools. Domestic flights and are included in the tour price.

At a glance

Day 1 Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to your hotel
Day 2 Full day Princess Island Tour 
Day 3 Full day Bursa tour 
Day 4 Flight to Cappadocia and transfer to your hotel
Day 5 Full day North Cappadocia tour
Day 6 Full day South Cappadocia tour
Day 7 Flight to Antalya and transfer to your hotel
Day 8 Full day Waterfall and Old City tour
Day 9 Full day tour to Pamuukale 
Day 10 Services end with transfer to Antalya Airport for return flight 

Highlights

  • Experience the quaint Princess Island
  • Visit Bursa one of the most significant Ottoman-Empire-period cities 
  • See the cascading hot water springs of Pamukkale & Cappadocia's famous fairy chimneys
  • Lose yourself in nature in Antalya. Take in its natural beauty

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Istanbul

  • Arrive Istanbul Airport. Clear customs, collect your luggage and meet with our representative in the arrival Hall for transfer to your hotel
  • The remainder of the day will be at leisure
Day 2

Istanbul City Tour (B/L)

  • Full day Princes Island Tour
  • As it suits all princes and princesses; the Istanbul Princess Island tour, combines the sea, the smell of the salt of it, vintage-looking cute streets, fresh air, colourful flowers, sincere people and of course, amazing views of Istanbul, will be one of the best travelling experiences in your life.
  • See the intense green of this beautiful island, the pure sea breeze and the endless peace that you will find at every corner.
  • Return to your hotel for overnight
Day 3

Istanbul (B/L)

  • Full day Bursa Tour
  • Visit the city of Bursa, once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, on this day trip from Istanbul that starts with a 2-hour ferry ride.
    Enjoy the views during the trip and visit Tophane for a panoramic look at Bursa. Enjoy a local lunch, and ascend Mt. Uludag, the ancient Olympus, by cable car to take in the scenery.
    Other activities include a silk market and covered bazaar
  • Return to Istanbul for overnight

Inclusions

  • 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 change)
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in double/twin sharing
  • Meals: as mentioned 
  • 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
  • Turkey visa fee
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel between 01 NOV 21 to 31 MAR 22
  • Seasonal supplements for travel between 23 DEC 21 and 05 JAN 22

    Contact us for any other travel date required

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: the 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 slices 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 the 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