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; filled with unusual sites and visits
Depart Cappadocia - End of Tour (B)
- Today we depart for the Airport and board the domestic flight to Istanbul.
- Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Turkey experience. We value your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.
- 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 15 MAT to 31 OCT 2019
Contact us for alternative travel dates
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.