Immerse yourself in the history and nature of Turkey by joining our Affordable Turkey Tour catering for the individual traveler. No long coach journeys as we have included domestic flights between the major destinations visited. Your holiday starts in bustling Istanbul. Then Southwards to Antalya at the Mediterranean Coast, followed by a momentous stay in Cappadocia.
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive in Istanbul. Meet and transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Full day Ottoman and Byzantium Relics tour|
|Day 3||Full-day Princess Island tour|
|Day 4||Morning Bosphorus Cruise. Flight to Antalya|
|Day 5||Full-day Antalya and Waterfall tour|
|Day 6||Flight Antalya to Cappadocia|
|Day 7||Full-day South Cappadocia tour|
|Day 8||Services end with transfer to Cappadocia Airport|
- Istanbul: Visit the iconic sites of Istanbul and take a cruise along the Bosphorus
- Antalya: Visit Kaleici - the picturesque old quarter of the city
- Cappadocia: Join us in exploring the spectacular natural valleys, rock-cut churches and abandoned cave homes of Cappadocia, together with some of its most important historic sites
- Arrive Istanbul. Clear customs and meet with our representative in the arrival hall for transfer to your hotel.
- Check-in and the remainder of the day is free
Istanbul City Tour (B/L)
- Fully guided tour of Istanbul. Visit the Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Little Hagia Sophia
- Lunch is included in your tour
- 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 - Princess Island Tour (B/L)
- There is no better way to escape the bustle of Istanbul for a day than with a visit to the idyllic Princes’ Islands. Enjoy cool breezes and charming sights along the way to Büyükada, the largest island in the chain.
- Famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation and ornate Ottoman Houses, the islands are unspoiled by traffic.
- Instead of cars, there are carriages, called phaetons, which we will use to tour the island and its beautiful scenery studded with elegant mansions draped with purple bougainvillea, reminiscent of a more graceful era. Enjoy lunch at an excellent fresh fish restaurants lining the waterfront. Gaze across the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close - yet it feels worlds away. After the tour, return 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 01 JUN and 31 OCT 20
Contact us for any other date of travel required
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 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 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