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Turkish Adventure

4.5
2 reviews
MARCH SALE
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The one that lets you explore cultural city charms, ancient wonders and sun-soaked shores over 14 days

Duration
14 Days
Places
21 places

Visiting Istanbul, Canakkale, Izmir, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Cokertme, Seven Islands, English Harbour, Longoz, Kisebuku, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Orak Island, Cleopatra Island, Ballisu, Mazi, Pabuç Burnu, Yaliciftlik

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • Visit the city of Istanbul - Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque
  • Ottoman Empire & Byzantine Legacy Tour
  • Highlights of Istanbul with lunch
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

13 nights accommodation

6 nights in Hotel, 7 nights in Cruise ship

You'll spend 6 nights tucked up in cosy, conveniently located hotels. Then it's 7 nights onboard our traditional Turkish Gulet, spending balmy days and starry nights sailing in style. Stay twin share or splash out and snooze alone.

30 Meals

11 Dinner, 13 Breakfast, 6 Lunch

You're in for a treat with Turkish food: a mishmash of Middle Eastern, Asian and Balkan cuisines that need to be tasted to be truly described. We'll provide your breakfast every day along with 4 delicious dinners, then for the rest of your meals, you're free to taste-test your way around local restaurants and cafes. Expect spicy meats, Turkish pizzas and world-famous kebabs.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver, Captain and Crew and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do. A Captain and Crew for the Sailing portion of your trip.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before. For the Sailing portion of this trip, you'll jump on board a traditional Turkish Gulet. your home for the next 7 days and the perfect spot for sunbaking relaxation.

Experiences

7 included, 6 optional that you can add

The iconic sights are all included as standard. Among others, we'll show you ANZAC cove at Gallipolli, a replica of the famous wooden horse at Troy, the Blue Mosque and Spice Markets in Istanbul, and a UNESCO World heritage site at Pamukkale. We'll also throw in a visit to Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, natch.
Welcome to Turkey, a diverse cultural mecca where relics of the ancient world blend seamlessly with buzzing exotic markets, luxury bathhouses and palm-fringed promenades. Expect to bring back a suitcase full of Turkish treasures.

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Turkish Adventure

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit the city of Istanbul - Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque
  • The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
  • See the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque
  • See Izmir, the birthplace of Homer
  • Visit a Turkish carpet store
  • See Kusadasi's shopping Bazaar & promenade
  • Visit of the port town

6 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Ottoman Empire & Byzantine Legacy Tour
  • Highlights of Istanbul with lunch
  • Turkish Hammam
  • Turkish evening dinner and show EUR 35.00
  • Thermal Pools YTL 20.00
  • Turkish Hammam Bath

Itinerary

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Istanbul

  2. via via

    Gallipoli

  3. 1 1 night

    Canakkale

  4. via via

    Troy

  5. via via

    Pergamum

  6. 1 1 night

    Izmir

  7. 1 1 night

    Pamukkale

  8. via via

    Ephesus

  9. 1 1 night

    Kusadasi

  10. 1 1 night

    Bodrum

  11. via via

    Orak Island

  12. 1 1 night

    Cokertme

  13. 1 1 night

    Seven Islands

  14. 1 1 night

    English Harbour

  15. via via

    Cleopatra Island

  16. via via

    Ballisu

  17. 1 1 night

    Longoz

  18. via via

    Ballisu

  19. via via

    Mazi

  20. 1 1 night

    Kisebuku

  21. via via

    Pabuç Burnu

  22. via via

    Yaliciftlik

  23. 1 1 night

    Bodrum

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).

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