Pearls of Turkey Tour

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The Pearls of Turkey Tour will take you to Istanbul, Antalya and Cappadocia. Start your historical journey in Istanbul seeing the most important sites of the Old city and a cruise down the Bosphorus. Continue your journey to the mystical Cappadocia. Spend a full day exploring the caves and underground cities. Enjoy a few peaceful days in Antalya, dotted with wonderful beaches.  

At a glance

DAY 1 Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to your hotel
DAY 2 Morning tour of Istanbul. Afternoon at leisure
DAY 3 Half day Bosphorus Cruise
DAY 4 Istanbul: day free 
DAY 5 Transfer to Airport for flight to Cappadocia
DAY 6 Full da Cappadocia tour
DAY 7 Flight to Antalya
DAY 8 Antalya, day at leisure
Day 9 Antalya: day at leisure
Day 10 Transfer to Antalya APT for return flight to Istanbul

Highlights

> Daily departures
> All tours are with professional local English speaking guides
> See the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
> Full day tour in Cappadocia exploring the sites accompanied by an expert local guide
> Spend some relaxing time in Antalya, also known as the Turquoise Coast

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Istanbul

  • Arrive Istanbul. Clear customs and meet with our representative in the arrival Hall for transfer to your hotel
Day 2

Istanbul (B)

  • Morning guided tour of Istanbul. Visit the Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Day 3

Istanbul (B)

  • Morning cruise on the Bosphorus
  • This romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace the Ciragan Palace. Ancient wooden villas and bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.
  • Afternoon is at leisure

Inclusions

  • Return Flights from Jo'burg on Emirates Airlines (Specific & Limited Seats)
  • Accommodation as mentioned in 3* Hotels
  • Breakfast in Istanbul
  • Half Board in Cappadocia & Antalya 
  • All Relevant transfers & local flights 
  • SIC Tours as per program

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Turkey visa fee
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary
  • Increases in airfares, departure & Fuel taxes
  • Seasonal and/or event/weekend supplements may be applicable

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel till 31 OCT 2019
     
  • Seasonal, Weekend, Events & School Holiday Supplements MAY apply
  • Rates valid at the time of sending, and all subject to ANY exchange rate fluctuations, airlines & suppliers
  • rate changes & fuel levies

Contact us for any alternative 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: 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