Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia & Walking the Turquoise Coast

Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia & Walking the Turquoise Coast

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Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia & Walking the Turquoise Coast

14 Days Starting in Istanbul and ending in Göcek

Visiting: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Şirince, Bodrum, Dalyan, Göcek

Tour operator:

G Adventures

Tour code:

26028

Physical rating:

3 - Average

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Embark on an adventure through Turkey that'll get you closer than you ever thought possible. Let the sights and smells of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar whisk you into the past, immersing you in the city's rich history and traditions showcased by iconic landmarks such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Moving inland, let the dramatic rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia take your imagination to ancient times and distant kingdoms as you explore on foot or by bicycle. Lose yourself in the history of the ancient Greeks and Romans with visits to Ephesus and Pinare before heading to Turkey's stunning Turquoise Coast for hikes along the Lycian Way and a boat ride to see cliff-side rock tombs along the Dalyan River. Overflowing with delicious food, stunning landscapes and deep cultural traditions, Turkey will stay with you long after you return home.

Highlights

  • Take a walking tour of Istanbul and sample delicious street food, Visit the fascinating underground city of Kaymakli, Hike or ride an e-bike through the fairy chimneys and rock formations of Cappadocia, Visit the ancient city of Ephesus, Go back in time with visits to ancient Greek and Roman archaeological sites, Soak in mud baths and see the cliffside rock tombs from a boat on the Dalyan River, Hike or kayak along the Turquoise Coast of the Lycian Way.

  • Take a walking tour of Istanbul and sample delicious street food, Visit the fascinating underground city of Kaymakli, Hike or ride an e-bike through the fairy chimneys and rock formations of Cappadocia, Visit the ancient city of Ephesus, Go back in time with visits to ancient Greek and Roman archaeological sites, Soak in mud baths and see the cliffside rock tombs from a boat on the Dalyan River, Hike or kayak along the Turquoise Coast of the Lycian Way

Itinerary

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Day 1: Istanbul: Where Asia And Europe Meet

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation: Levni Hotel Istanbul

Meals Included: DINNER

Visions of ancient kingdoms, whirling dirvishes and exotic food float through your head as you touch down in Istanbul. Take in the hustle and bustle of the city and catch glimpses of the spires of some of the city's many mosques en route to the hotel. Welcome to Istanbul, and to Turkey, and we invite you to let the sights, sounds, flavours and history ignite your imagination as you embark on this thrilling adventure.

Arrive in Istanbul at any time and transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow group members at the welcome meeting in the evening and get all the important information about the adventure ahead. Afterwards, head out on a short orientation walk to the old square to see the iconic Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque lit up at night before arriving at a nearby restaurant for a delicious welcome dinner of local specialties.

TRANSPORT: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Set off from the hotel with your CEO on an evening orientation walk of Istanbul. Pass by some of city's highlights like the Hagia Sophia (also known as the Aya Sofya) and the Blue Mosque to see them all lit up at night.

Day 2: Istanbul: Iconic Landmarks And Ancient Traditions

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation: Levni Hotel Istanbul

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Often the best way to discover a city is on foot, and this certainly rings true in Istanbul. Visit some of the iconic highlights of the old city to fully appreciate the rich history and complex mingling of cultures that have shaped the city over the millennia. Feast on delectable local street food and try cookies from one of the city's oldest bakeries before taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the Grand Bazaar.

Head out on a walking tour of Istanbul, visiting the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern. Enjoy street food döner sandwiches and wraps for lunch then explore the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar before taking the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

ACTIVITY: Begin the day in Istanbul with a walking tour in the old city, including a visit to the historic Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. Be awed by the Blue Mosque's symmetry and internal tile work, and take the chance to learn more about the ceremony behind Islam, as it is a working mosque. Continue to the Basilica Cistern and then pass in front of the magnificent Hagia Sophia (or Aya Sofya), one of the great churches of the Byzantine Empire which was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest. There will be time for an optional visit to the Hagia Sofia before continuing on to lunch.

ACTIVITY: Roam through the lively streets of Istanbul's Old Town and bring your appetite - there are dozens of street food stalls to choose from! Opt to try the cheese-stuffed börek, minced meat topped lahmacun, bagel-like simit or classic döner.

ACTIVITY: Walk through the Grand Bazaar, the area locals come to do their shopping, and down to Golden Horn. Enjoy a coffee break at Buyuk Valide Han while admiring the view of Bhosporus. Visit Rustempasa Mosque.

Day 3: Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys And Kaymakli Underground City

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation: Exedra Hotel Cappadocia

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Leaving Istanbul behind, you'll head firmly onto the Asian continent to the surreal, wind-sculpted landscapes of the Cappadocia region. Step into ancient history with a visit to the tunnels and storerooms of the vast Kaymakli underground city complex. Settle into your cave hotel, carved right out of the rocky landscape.

Take a morning flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia in time for a lunch of traditional pide, a type of Turkish pizza. Drive to the Dervent Valley, stopping at landscape viewpoints and at the iconic "Three Beauties" to marvel at the fairy rock chimney formations. Continue to the underground city of Kaymakli for a visit before arriving at the hotel in the evening.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit the ancient and expansive subterranean complex of the Kaymakli Underground City. Thought to have been built between the 8th and 7th Century BC, Kaymakli was carved out of the rock and consists of nearly a hundred tunnels with vast amounts of storerooms, ventilation shafts and a church.

Day 4: Cappadocia: Your Omg Day

Location: Cappadocia

Accommodation: Exedra Hotel Cappadocia

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Immerse yourself in the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia by exploring either on foot or by e-bike. See the fairy chimneys up close and imagine how the wind and elements have shaped the earth and impacted human settlements throughout the ages until modern times. Observe churches cut out of the rocks and hilltop structures with commanding views of the surroundings. You'll learn of the human experience in this region by having dinner and tea in a local family home for a one-of-a-kind cultural exchange.

Choose between a hike or an e-bike ride through the rock formations of Cappadocia before visiting the impressive rock-carved churches at the Göreme Open Air Museum. Climb the stairs up to the top of a rock formation of Uchisar Castle for incredible views before driving to a small village to have dinner and tea with a local family. Return to the hotel in the evening.

ACTIVITY: Option 1: On the Meskender Valley Hike, we will start our hike downhill through the fairy chimneys. Then we'll go through the caves and visit some cave houses. We will have many photo opportunities during our hike through the spellbinding valley.

Option 2: Meet your cycling guide and journey through the valley on e-bikes. We will be cycling through the fairy chimneys and magical rock formations. We'll stop to visit cave houses along our cycling adventure. There will be many photo opportunities so don't forget your camera.

ACTIVITY: Explore the unique Open Air Museum, a site made up of a number of medieval painted cave churches. Carved out by Orthodox monks, many of the churches are up to 1,000 years old and still retain their amazing colour and vibrancy.

ACTIVITY: Climb the stairs, some man made and some natural, up to the top of the rock formation where you will be met with an amazing view of the region.

ACTIVITY: Join a local family in Zelve for a dinner together. They will be preparing a tradition dinner made in pottery. After, join the family for tea and lovely conversation.

Day 5: Şirince: Flavours Of Turkey

Location: Cappadocia

Accommodation: Nisanyan Hotel Selcuk

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Discover more of Turkish cuisine today as you visit a local food and vegetable market then take part in a cooking class to learn how to make gözleme, a delicious savoury stuffed turnover, cooked on an iron griddle over the fire. You'll see the landscapes change again as you fly towards Turkey's Aegean coastline and discover the ancient village of Şirince, an agricultural settlement that dates back to ancient and medieval times.

Drive to the town of Ugrup for time to shop and explore before continuing to a local food and vegetable market in Avanos. Next, take part in a cooking class to learn how to prepare typical Turkish gözleme. Afterwards, catch a flight west from Kayseri to Izmir and transfer to the Village of Şirince to take part in a short orientation walk before enjoying the rest of the evening at leisure.

Additional Information: Please note that due to varying airline schedules of the flight to Izmir, it is possible that the order of activities be changed as well as the exact locations of each on this day.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Avanos Fruit & Vegetable Market to prepare for the Gozleme cooking class.

ACTIVITY: Drive to Zelve for a Gozleme cooking class with different ingredients. We will learn how to prepare the dough while using the rolling pins. Choose what ingredients you want, like cheese, mince meat, potato and spinach. Fill your dough and cook it on a traditional iron plate on the fire.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Day 6: Şirince: Ancient Ephesus

Location: Şirince

Accommodation: Nisanyan Hotel Selcuk

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Be transported back in time as you explore the vast ancient city of Ephesus, walking through the site to its northern gate. You'll see the remains of the Temple of Artemis, where expert excavation makes it easy to imagine it in all its glory. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary and explore the area around the Greek Orthodox Church, stopping for a drink from the refreshing natural spring water.

Drive to Ephesus for a tour of the site, including a visit to St. John's Basilica. Enjoy some free time for lunch in Selçuk before visiting the House of the Virgin Mary and the Greek Orthodox church. Enjoy a 3-course farewell dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel in Şirince for the night.

ACTIVITY: Tour the ruins of ancient Ephesus to get a feeling of what life must have been like during Roman times. Take in its massive, well-preserved theatre, which dominates the view down Harbour Street. See the two-story library, whose façade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces. Built in AD 125, it once held nearly 12,000 scrolls.

ACTIVITY: See the remains of the Temple of Artemis.

ACTIVITY: Visit the basilica and tour the castle.

ACTIVITY: Drive to the House of the Virgin Mary where we will have a short walk around the Greek Orthodox Church, drink from the natural spring water and visit inside of the church.

ACTIVITY: Spend the afternoon exploring Selçuk or the village of Şirince as you wish.

Day 7: Şirince: Village Walk To The Coast

Location: Şirince

Accommodation: Nisanyan Hotel Selcuk

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Lace up your walking shoes today as you descend an ancient trail from village to village through olive orchards and past ancient sites with sweeping views toward the ocean. Pass through the neighborhood of Notion, where the Greek mathematician Pythagoras lived and taught before taking the afternoon to explore nearby Selçuk.

Drive to the town of Çile to start your walk down to the village of Ahmetbeyli on the coast, stopping to visit the ancient site of Claros. Continue to the city of Selçuk for free time to have lunch or for individual exploration before meeting new group members in the evening at the hotel who are travelling with us on the next leg of the adventure.

ACTIVITY: Drive to a Çile where we start our walk down to Ahmetbeyli Village. During the walk we will be go through Claros, an ancient Greek Sanctuary and oracle from the 4th Century BC. Then we will continue to Notion which is an important coastal city know for its harbour and where many historical figures, like Pythagoras the mathematician, once lived here. We will take our time and enjoy these sites away from the throngs of visitors.

ACTIVITY: Spend the afternoon exploring Selçuk or the village of Şirince as you wish.

Day 8: Bodrum: Ancient Sites And Turkish Countryside

Location: Şirince

Accommodation: Hotel Torbahan Bodrum

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Delve deep into Turkey's history as you wander through ancient temples and ruins dating back thousands of years. The massive columns and sheer size of these complexes will spark the imagination into how these places once were in their heyday. Sip tea from a local tea house and enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing south to the Bodrum Peninsula, jutting out into the Aegean Sea.

Drive from Şirince to the ancient sites of Priene and Miletus to visit the ancient ruins, theatre and temples. After a light typical lunch, stop in a local tea house before visiting the temple complex of Didyma on the way to Bodrum. Enjoy a free evening to choose from one of the many great restaurants around or join the CEO at their local favourite.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit Priene, an ancient site dating back to 6th Century BC. Its well-preserved remains are an incredible example of early Greek urban planning as it is laid out in a grid with evenly-spaced streets and blocks. Other structures include the Temple of Athena, a theatre, gymnasium, stadium and many houses and storerooms.

ACTIVITY: Visit Miletus, located near the mouth of the Maeander River. The history of Miletus goes back to 3500 BC when the ancient city was an important trading outpost for goods coming out of the interior of the country. The site and the impressive theater we will see are from the Roman period.

ACTIVITY: Drive to Akköy for a light picnic lunch with Turkish Bagels. This is a very typical local meal. Enjoy it with cheese, olives and a cup of tea.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Apollo temple at the ancient Greek sanctuary of Didyma. Said to have been destroyed by Persians in 494 BC, it was later restored by Alexander the Great during the 3rd century BC where it flourished for centuries thereafter.

Day 9: Bodrum: Castle And Coastline

Location: Bodrum

Accommodation: Hotel Torbahan Bodrum

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Sitting at a strategic position on the water, Bodrum has been an important marine and shipping hub for the region over the thousands of years that people have lived there. You'll discover parts of this history firsthand as you wander through the castle and some of the city's other historical sites. Venture out to the end of the Bodrum Peninsula for a delicious lunch of local specialties with great views across the sea and coastline.

Visit Bodrum Castle before heading to the ancient city of Halikarnasos to see the tomb of Mosaleus and the theatre. Continue to Gumusluk for lunch overlooking the bay before stopping at the Bodrum windmills perched on a hill with views of the surrounding area. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure.

ACTIVITY: Take a tour of the Bodrum Castle, also known as the Castle of St. Peter, where you can explore the Museum of Underwater Archaeology that feature exhibits collected from shipwrecks over the years. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and surrounding coastline.

ACTIVITY: Tour one of the ancient wonders of the world in Halicarnassus, where we will see the foundations of the tomb of King Mausolus, from where the origin of the word "Mausoleum" dates back to 4th Century BC. Then we will walk to the theatre that is still in use today for concerts and festivals.

ACTIVITY: Free time to explore Bodrum.

Day 10: Dalyan: Along The Dalyan River

Location: Bodrum

Accommodation: Hotel Arp Dalyan

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Swap the bus for a boat as you drift down the Dalyan River for another day of adventure. Feel the warmth of the bubbling natural mud pools and let your skin soak in all of those rejuvenating minerals before taking a refreshing rinse in the river or lake. Meander further downriver to the sprawling ancient site of Kaunos and cruise right up to your hotel for a relaxing evening by the pool or gazing across the river at the rock tombs.

Drive from Bodrum to Dalyan and take a boat trip on the Dalyan River. Soak in mud baths and then travel upriver to visit the Acropolis of Kaunos and see the nearby rock tombs. Continue to Dalyan beach to have lunch next to the river, relax and swim before arriving by boat to the hotel for a free evening.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Come aboard this boat excursion for a close-up view of the famous Carian rock tombs and remains of the ancient city of Kaunos and Dalyan. Cruise to Iztuzu Beach, past rock faces peppered with ancient tombs. Relax at the beach at the end of the tour, and enjoy a cold drink by the water.

ACTIVITY: It is said that Cleopatra herself frequented the mud baths of Dalyan for its beautification effects. Jump in to feel the healing power of this mud for yourself.

ACTIVITY: On the west bank of the ancient Kalbis river lie the remains of the fortified Byzantine walls, the ancient City of Kaunos. Explore these ruins with archeological finds that date back to the 4th Century BC.

ACTIVITY: Spend time relaxing on Dalyan Beach.

Day 11: Göcek: Hike To Rock Tombs

Location: Dalyan

Accommodation: Hotel Layla Gocek

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

The Turkish countryside opens up as you follow the coast south to a small village where the trailhead lies for today's hike. Set off on foot with the remote ancient city of Pinara as your goal, to explore the remains of the theatre, basilica and the Lycian rock tombs carved out of the stone cliffs. Back in the village you'll gain insights into daily life of the people who live in this region with a delicious lunch prepared by a local family.

Travel from Dalyan to the village of Minare to start the hike to the historical site of Pinara. Back in Minare, enjoy a local lunch prepared by a family before continuing on to Göcek to check into the hotel and have an evening at leisure.

ACTIVITY: You'll be warmly invited to a family's house for lunch, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. This experience includes not just a taste of traditional cuisine but also a chance to engage in conversation with the family, learning about their daily life and customs.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Walk along the world renowned Lycian Way to reach the ancient ruins of Pinara. Once one of the major Lycian cities, all that is left is a theatre, temple, baths and tombs cut into the hillside. Enjoy a pleasant trek – the walk does not have any major physical challenges — and the reward of visiting the site is worth the journey.

ACTIVITY: During your free time, feel free to walk on the beach or swim in the pool.

Day 12: Göcek: Your Omg Day

Location: Göcek

Accommodation: Hotel Layla Gocek

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

The Lycian Way is yours to discover today either by sea kayak or on foot. Hike from village to village along the coast with the Mediterranean on one side and forest on the other, or alternatively paddle the rocky coves and shoreline around Saint Nicholas Island. Regroup in the picturesque seaside resort village of Ölüdeniz which serves as the official start point for the marked footpath of the Lycian Way and also is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey.

Choose either a half-day hike along part of the Lycian Way or go sea kayaking along the Turquoise Coast. Have lunch at a local restaurant in Ölüdeniz and then take some free time to explore before returning to the hotel in the evening.

ACTIVITY: Go for a refreshing dip. Swim in the clear blue waters of the Oludeniz lagoon and enjoy the stunning beach setting.

ACTIVITY: During your free time, feel free to walk on the beach or swim in the pool.

ACTIVITY: Option 1: Meet your kayaking guide for a briefing and start paddling. We will be kayaking through the crystal clear waters of Aquarium Cove and around St. Nicholas Island (Gemiler Island) where there used to be a small Greek Orthodox chapel. After kayaking for about 2 hours, drive to Oludeniz to meet the group.

Option 2: Hike part of the Lycian Way, first stopping at Kayakoy, a village that was deserted after the first world war after the exchange of population with Greece. We will walk to the top of the village for a great view then head down on a rolling trail to the coves of the Mediterranean, where the forest meets the sea at the village of Oludeniz.
Total hiking time is approximately 2 hours (5 km).

Day 13: Göcek: The Turquoise Coast

Location: Göcek

Accommodation: Hotel Layla Gocek

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

There's no better way to appreciate the beauty of rocky coastline and blue waters than from a boat. You'll spend the day winding in and out of the bays of Göcek, swimming and snorkelling along the way, as well as make a stop for a short hike to a beach where a natural hot water spring meets the sea. Göcek and the Turquoise Coast provide the ultimate capstone to this adventure along the Lycian Way.

Head out on a full-day boat tour of Göcek's bays for swimming and snorkelling with a barbecue lunch onboard. Stop for a hike to Cleopatra's Baths before returning to Göcek. Enjoy a delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.

ACTIVITY: Spend your last day in Göcek on an incredible boat adventure. Hop aboard and cruise along the many bays and coves of the Turquoise Coast. After about an hour and a half, start a short hike from Sarsala Beach to Cleopatra's Baths where you can relax, swim and enjoy the natural hot spring water that makes the sea lukewarm. After a delicious barbecue lunch on board, continue on to admire more beautiful bays and swimming and snorkelling areas.

Day 14: Göcek

Location: Göcek

Meals Included: BREAKFAST

Today your adventure comes to an end and you can depart at any time.

Departure transfers to Dalaman airport are included.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

TRANSPORT: Transfer to the Dalaman airport for your flight home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Hotels (13 nts).

  • Meals
    13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners

  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Street Food Meal Experience, Istanbul Your OMG Day: Meskender Valley E Bike Tour or Hike, Cappadocia Your Local Living Moment: Zelve Village Dinner, Zelve Your Foodie Moment: Gozleme Cooking Class, Zelve Your Foodie Moment: Turkish Bagels Lunch, Akkoy Your Wellness Moment: Mud Baths, Dalyan Your Local Living Moment: Minare Village Day Tour, Minare Your OMG Day: Hike or Kayak along the Lycian Way, Fethiye

  • Complimentary arrival and departure transfer

  • Evening orientation walk of Istanbul to the Old Square to see the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque lit up at night

  • Welcome dinner

  • Walking tour of Istanbul's old city with visits to the Hipodrome, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern

  • Visit the Kaymkli underground city

  • See the rock-carved churges at the Goreme Open Air Museum

  • Climb the stairs to the Uchisar Castle

  • Orientation walk of Sirince

  • Take a Turkish cooking class to learn how to prepare gozleme, a type of stuffed pastry

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Accommodation

Hotels (13 nts).

Meals Included

13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, plane, boat, walking.

Group Size

Max 12, avg 10

Solo Travellers

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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  • Joining Hotel

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  • Joining Instructions

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent. If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, Istanbul Airport is no longer permitted to present branded/company signs. At the Istanbul Airport (IST) G Adventures has been allocated the characters: 'M55'. Please look for an individual carrying this sign upon arrival at IST. The holder of this sign will be responsible for transferring you to your first accommodation. Since welcoming staff are not allowed to the airport, to get to M55, you need to exit the airport from GATE 14. If you are arriving to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) airport G Adventures has been allocated the characters: ''M55'' and they will be waiting just across the road from column number 13 after exit. There is a local coffee shop called "Simit Sarayi" and they will be waiting next to it. The holder of this sign will be responsible for transferring you to your first accommodation. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please call the emergency number. Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to your Joining Hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon), look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.

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  • Laundry

    Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your CEO where the closest laundromat is. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

  • Packing List

    Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) • Visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies) Essentials: • Toiletries (required) (Shampoo, bodywash, soap, etc.) • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Swimwear • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Hand sanitizer (required) • Face masks (Clients will be only be required to wear a face mask where it is mandated by local regulations.) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Quick Covid Test/Antigen Test (optional) Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sturdy water shoes/sandals • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

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    Planeterra International Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to turning travel into impact by helping local communities earn an income from tourism. Planeterra connects underserved local communities to the benefits of tourism by developing and supporting small community-owned businesses. These businesses support Indigenous people, empower women, grant youth access to employment opportunities, and protect the environment. Planeterra also works to ensure these businesses have a thriving customer base by integrating their projects into G Adventures’ itineraries globally. G Adventures is Planeterra’s largest corporate donor, covering all operating costs, so 100% of your donation will bring opportunity to people in need. G Adventures Dollar-a-day Program - Make Every Day Count - Turn your travel into impact with Planeterra Foundation. Did you know? Most communities around the world do not benefit from tourism. Give back to the places you visit on your travels by creating opportunities for local people to earn an income, and protect the environment. Make every day count by donating $1/day for the length of your trip, and join us in empowering the communities you will visit when you travel. 100% of your donation goes directly to Planeterra projects.

  • About Accommodation

    On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Note that most accommodation in Europe does not have air conditioning units in rooms. Air conditioning is not routinely installed in European homes and workplaces. However, nearly all hotels will provide a standing or desk fan for your room on hot nights. If you do not already have one in your room, please ask your CEO to organize one for you with reception.

  • Optional Activities

    No optional activities

  • Itinerary Disclaimer

    While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

  • Money Exchange

    The currency in Iceland in the Icelandic Krona (ISK). It is recommended to bring a combination of cash, credit and debit cards.

  • Health

    Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

  • International Flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Emergency Contact

    Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. AIRPORT TRANSFER If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that: Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change or flight cancellation within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, please call the emergency contact number to advise of your new arrival flight information. If you do not, we will not be able to rearrange your arrival transfer and you will need to make your own way to the starting hotel at your own expense. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel.  EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS Arrival Transfer Company Viport: 90 544 642 80 66 G Adventures Local Representative (Turkey) During office hours: + 90 530 153 45 15 After hours emergency number +447817262559 (Yavuz) G Adventures Turkey Manager - Yavuz (Istanbul Turkey) Emergency number: +441858378000 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with our Sales team who will happily assist you. Hours of operation by region can be found here. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

  • Dossier Disclaimer

    The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  • Group Leader Description

    This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds. It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places. If you wish to take a guided city tour in any location where this is not already included in the itinerary, your CEO will do their best to help you arrange this and pay locally.

  • Meals

    Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

  • Spending Money

    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

  • What to Take

    We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.) It should also be noted that baggage should adhere to strict airline weight limits - 15kg for checked luggage and 6kg for hand luggage.

  • Accommodation

    Hotels (13 nts).

  • Group Leader

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

  • Highlights

    Take a walking tour of Istanbul and sample delicious street food, Visit the fascinating underground city of Kaymakli, Hike or ride an e-bike through the fairy chimneys and rock formations of Cappadocia, Visit the ancient city of Ephesus, Go back in time with visits to ancient Greek and Roman archaeological sites, Soak in mud baths and see the cliffside rock tombs from a boat on the Dalyan River, Hike or kayak along the Turquoise Coast of the Lycian Way

  • Tipping

    On the Geluxe Collection tours, tipping is included for all included activities and meals. Tipping is not included for the CEO or Porterage. Should you want some basic guidelines on tipping for the activities you do on your own, please see below. At the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $10-15 USD per person, per day can be used. For meals and activities not included in your itinerary, it is appropriate in Europe to tip 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and shows an expression of satisfaction.

  • Safety and Security

    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

  • Solo Travellers

    We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

  • Newsletter

    Our adventure travel e-newsletter is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories and contests. To avoid missing out on special offers and updates from G Adventures, subscribe at www.gadventures.com/newsletters/ Stay current on how our company invests in our global community through our foundation – Planeterra. Sign up for Planeterra's monthly news to learn more about how to give back and support the people and places we love to visit.

  • What's Included

    Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Street Food Experience, Istanbul Your OMG Day: Meskender Valley Hike or E-Bike Tour, Cappadocia Your Local Living Moment: Zelve Village Dinner, Zelve Your Foodie Moment: Gozleme Cooking Class, Zelve Your Foodie Moment: Turkish Bagels Lunch, Akköy Your Wellness Moment: Mud Baths, Dalyan Your Local Living Moment: Minare Village Day Tour, Minare Your OMG Day: Kayak or Hike Along the Lycian Way, Fethiye. Complimentary arrival and departure transfer. Evening orientation walk of Istanbul to the Old Square to see the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque lit up at night. Welcome dinner. Walking tour of Istanbul's old city with visits to the Hipodrome, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Visit the Kaymkli underground city. See the rock-carved churches at the Goreme Open Air Museum. Climb the stairs to the Uchisar Castle. Take a Turkish cooking class to learn how to prepare gözleme, a type of stuffed pastry. Orientation walk of Şirince. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus including St. John's Basilica and the House of the Virgin Mary. Visit the ancient sites of Priene, Miletos and Didyma. Tour Bodrum Castle and the ancient of Halikarnasos. Walk around the Bodrum windmills. Boat trip on the Dalyan River. Soak in the Dalyan mud baths. Explore Kauros historical site. Hike from Minare Village to the Pinara historical site. Full-day boat trip from Göcek with swimming, snorkelling and a barbecue lunch onboard. Hike to Cleopatra's Baths for a swim. Farewell dinner. All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Visas and Entry Requirements

    All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check the information yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements. Visa information specific to your destination and nationality can be found in our Important Pre-Departure Information page here

  • Arrival Complications

    We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

  • Meals Included

    13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners

  • Transport

    Private vehicle, plane, boat, walking.

  • Group Size Notes

    Max 12, avg 10

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    G Adventures was established in 1990

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Most of our trips do not have a single supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin share basis and, if travelling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another G Adventures traveller of the same sex. Some tours have an optional single supplement. An optional service that may be available is called "My Own Room". This service allows solo travellers to request their own room.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It's extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary, please consult us before you book.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    https://www.gadventures.com/travel-with-confidence/

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    https://www.gadventures.com/about-us/core-values/

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