Sleepless in TurkeySleepless in Turkey - 24th mar-1st apr 2018 9 Days / 8 Nights

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Sleepless in Turkey

Seeped in history, some great food, incomparable hospitality, mountains to beaches and the great city of Istanbul…Turkey needs no introduction really.
It’s a heady mix of the exotic and the familiar – with influences from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, the Balkans and Central Asia

While 10 days is not nearly enough to see the entire country – our itinerary does cover some of the major highlights – Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukalle and Cappadocia.
And while we cover all the major sights in these places, at the same time we do not believe in just going from sight to sight in rapid succession – our itinerary also allows you to just “be” and have some time to soak in each place that you visit

Turkey has become a major tourist attraction over the years and hotels, tours etc have all developed to cater to that.
We hate the large “package tourist”, characterless hotels and buffet meals – of which Turkey has plenty.
I have personally picked some of the better properties for our holiday
In Istanbul you stay in a charming hotel in the heart of all the activity, and a beautiful cave hotel in Uchisar at Cappadocia
Most meals are included, some aren’t – so we don’t end up eating just large buffet style meals that all taste the same – and you get the option of trying what you want (and frankly it’s cheaper this way)

We are covering all the sites and some very off beat ones as well that are not covered in most itineraries

Come with us for an unforgettable holiday in this unforgettable destination.

E-mail  – shibani@wonderfulworld.co.in to register or for any queries

Itinerary

24th March  (Saturday) – 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)

25th March (Sunday)  – 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.

26th March (Monday)– 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

26th March – Istanbul (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)

27th March (transfer to Izmir – Kusadasi ) 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

28th March (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.

29th March – Pamukalle – Konya  (Includes breakfast) – Turkey

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

Lunch in Pamukalle,Turkey

Drive to Konya,Turkey (5 hours)

Overnight in Konya (at Ozkaymak hotel or similar)

30th March – 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

31st March (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)

1st April  (iIncludes breakfast)

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

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COST

Cost: Rs. 107900 (without GST at 5%)

However – grab the super early bird offer – at Rs 99900 (only valid for the first 4 confirmations!)
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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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