Sleepless in TurkeySleepless in Turkey - 6th mar-15th apr 2018 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Sleepless in Turkey

Cappadocia had me at “Hello”!

It doesn’t take much more than that to fall in love with a land that’s been described as a song.
A song created by rain and wind that’s been sung for thousands of years.
It’s a charming world, where the earth is a work of art, filled with fairy chimneys and valleys and endless blue skies.
Its got hot air balloon rides at dawn, and underground settlements and caves just waiting to be explored.
Explore this incredible landscape –  join Wonderful World on a 10 day and 9 night sojourn to Turkey.

Cities, empires and religions have risen and fallen from the unique cave dwellings of Cappadocia and you get to actually experience the real thing when you stay in a cave hotel on our visit here.
You are also in for a gastronimical treat when you sample local fare at a Cappadocian house in Mustafpasha.
And then, top everything off with a whirling devish performance.

But, lets go back to the beginning, because we begin our trip in the historical city of Istanbul.
The city that has one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, with the mighty Bosphorus strait dividing the city.
Or maybe uniting the city? Which one is it?

Istanbul is everything you have read about, everything you have dreamt about and more!
It’s a magical city, it draws you in with its history, its magnificent architecture, its spice markets and in more recent times, its rocking night life.
It clings to its past and yet, its not afraid to duel with the future.

We spend four nights in Istanbul,  so that you can soak up the atmosphere, take a ride across the bosphorus, shop, eat and do all the wonderful things that your mind conjures up when you think about Istanbul.

Then, we fly you to the coastal city of Kusadasi where we visit the ancient city of Ephesus.
Ephesus is the site of a succcession of ancient civilaztions and is considered one of the greatest outdoor museums of all times.
With two nights in Kusadasi, we move on to Pamukalle, which literally means “Cotton Castle”.
The travertine pools make for a surreal landscape and after all that walking and shopping you have earned the right to soak at the thermal spa!
We spend a night in Konya to rest for the night

And, then just like that, you are on day seven of the trip and magical moments in Cappadocia are upon you.

Our itineraries are unique, we include offbeat sites, boutique hotels and atleast a day at leisure so that you can do YOUR thing.

We believe that small groups are the key to having a good time on vacation.

We promise a level of exclusivity and the opportunity to connect with like minded travellers in a relaxed setting.

Itinerary

6th April, Friday – Istanbul arrival. (Dinner included)

Arrive at the airport and group transfer to hotel (in a taxi and we will be there to assist you with this)
Overnight in Istanbul. (Palazzo Donizetti hotel)

7th April – Saturday  – Istanbul (includes breakfast)

Our first day in Istanbul takes us to a number of Byzantine Relics.
We first stroll to the great square, which was once the Byzantine Hippodrome. Now it is a great park like area surrounded by the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, The Hippodrome exhibits the Walled Column, The Serpent Column and the Egyptian Obelisque from the Byzantine times and the German Fountain is located in the North end of the Hippodrome.

Next we visit the Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine building in the world.

Break for lunch and then visit Suleymaniye Mosque and the Grand Bazaar
Basilica Cistern.

Evening at Leisure
Overnight in Istanbul.

8th April – Sunday– Istanbul (includes breakfast)

Start with visiting the Dolmabahce Palace, used as imperial residence for the last Ottoman sultans. Its beauty is incomparable; 14 tons of pure gold were used in its interior decoration; priceless paintings and furniture, a rich collection of Bohemian crystal in addition to its famous harem section.

We will continue for a leisure cruise on the Bosphorus on a local ferry, having an opportunity to admire the palaces, Ottoman yalis (wooden Bosphorus seaside mansions), the Bosphorus bridge, fortresses, among others.

Post lunch – we walk through the old cobbled streets down to Rustem Pasha Mosque, designed by Mimar Sinan in 1561, and then the Spice Market, where Genoese and Venetian goods were sold at a time when there was no Suez Canal, and all the spices from the East were also brought here after being loaded on vessels in Egypt.

Evening at leisure and Overnight in Istanbul

9th April – Istanbul – Monday- (includes Breakfast)

  • We start our day with the Topkapi Palace, more than just a palace; it is an assemblage of museums containing collections amassed by the Sultans for almost five centuries
  • Then this day is at leisure for you. You can simply walk in and soak in Istanbul. You could visit some of the sights not covered in our itinerary if you like, we can discuss this or you could soak those tired bones in a Turkish Hamam
  • Up to you really – Istanbul is magical and has something for all tastes.

(overnight in Istanbul)

10th April (transfer to Izmir – Kusadasi )(Tuesday) Includes breakfast

  • Post breakfast we leave for the airport to catch our flight to Izmir
  • Once we land in izmir – we make a short detour to Sirince an old Greek village.
  • Then transfer to Kusadasi and evening at leisure

Overnight at Sentido Marina Suites

11th April – Wednesday (Includes breakfast and lunch)

We start our day with a visit to Ephesus which was founded in the eleventh century BC by the Ionians.
Strolling through the streets of Ephesus, we will witness the perfection of the Greco-Roman Art.
After lunch at the Kirazli Koy Sofrasi, visit Virgin Mary’s house – where Mother Mary is supposed to have spent her last few days before her death.

Overnight in Kusadasi

12th April – Pamukalle – Konya  (Includes breakfast)

Today we start early
Drive to Pamukkale (3 hours)
We visit Hierapolis (holy city), then stroll over the calcareous terraces of Pamukkale.

Lunch in Pamukalle

Drive to Konya (5 hours)

Overnight in Konya (at Ozkaymak hotel or similar)

13th April – Konya – Cappadocia  (Includes breakfast )

We have an early start again – we drive to Cappadocia post breakfast (3 hours drive)

Check in to the hotel and then visit Goreme Open Air Musuem, to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. These are found in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century

Lunch in Goreme

Drive to Camel Rock valley and Red valley and end the day with a Whirling Dervishes performance

14th April (includes) (Includes breakfast and lunch)

Optional hot air balloon ride at dawn. (cost not included)
Post the hot air balloon ride – rest a bit and then visit Ortahisar castle.
Followed by Kaymakli underground city

Have lunch at a local house in Mustafpasha

We do a short hike in Pasabag valley or Red Valley and evening at leisure
(order of visits may change)

15th April  (iIncludes breakfast)

Transfer to Kayseri and fly back to Istanbul to catch the flight back home

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COST

  • Rs 1,16,500 / head on a twin sharing basis (without 5% GST)

  • Super Early bird - Rs 109900/ Head for the first two confirmations (Without GST)
  • Early bird offer - Rs 113000/ head for the next two confirmations (without GST)
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Includes:

  • - 9 nights accommodation including breakfast at the mentioned hotels
  • - Group transfer from Ataturk airport to Istanbul city and drop to Ataturk airport on the day of departure
  • - All transfers as mentioned
  • - Professional guides on tours
  • - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • - All admission fees to the museums and sights on tours as mentioned
  • - Tickets & transportation for the whirling dervishes performance in Cappadocia
  • - Tips for the guides and drivers only
  • - Istanbul to izmir and Cappadocia to Istanbul flight

Excludes;

  • - International flight tickets
  • - Visa (assistance will be provided free of charge though)
  • - Health insurance
  • - Taxes – (at 5% currently)
  • - Bottled water / any beverages
  • - Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia (ranges between $180- $200/ head)
  • - Laundry / any other expenses of a personal nature
  • - Anything not mentioned in the included section
NOTE: We will need 7 confirmations for this trip to conduct the your

HOTELS:

  • - Istanbul – Palazzo Donizetti
  • - Kusadasi – Sentido Marina Suites
  • - Konya – Ozkaymak hotel
  • - Cappadocia – Kale Konak

PAYMENT POLICY

  • - Booking deposit of Rs 15,000 to confirm your spot.
  • - Another Rs 20,000 due by 1st November
  • - Balance due by 15th of Jan

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • - Upto 120 days before departure – full refund
  • - Between 120 days – 100 days before departure – booking amount is non refundable
  • - Between 100 days – 75 days before departure – 70% is refundable
  • - Between 75 days – 60 days before departure – 50 percent is refundable
  • - Between 60 days – 45 days before departure – 25% is refundable
  • - Between 45 days – 30 days before departure – 15% is refundable
  • - No refund post that
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