Ultimate New Zealand

Ultimate New Zealand

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Ultimate New Zealand

16 Days Starting in Auckland, New Zealand and ending in Christchurch, New Zealand

Visiting: Auckland, Hot Water Beach, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, Wellington, Christchurch, Kaikōura, Reefton, Punakaiki, Greymouth, Tauranga, Charleston, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound / Piopiotahi, Twizel, Aoraki / Mount Cook

Tour operator:

Travel Talk Tours

Tour code:

ZLD4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 42

Physical rating:

Low, Easy

Age range:

18+

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Hiking, Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

Ultimate New Zealand tour offers you the characterful essence of New Zealand with a unique itinerary. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as we invite you to embark on our 16-day tour of the breathtakingly beautiful New Zealand! From the pristine landscapes of the North Island to the rugged wonders of the South Island, the geothermal wonders of Rotorua to the vibrant cityscape of Auckland, and from the dramatic fjords of Milford Sound to the pristine beaches of Abel Tasman National Park, this tour is a kaleidoscope of natural wonders. Join us as we explore lush rainforests, pristine lakes, towering mountains, and charming towns, all while immersing ourselves in the unique culture and warm hospitality of New Zealand. So, pack your bags and get ready to discover the Land of the Long White Cloud on this remarkable 16-day trip to New Zealand!

Highlights

  • This New Zealand tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the diverse and stunning landscapes of New Zealand. From the geothermal wonders of Rotorua to the majestic fjords of Milford Sound, every day promises a new and breathtaking natural spectacle.

  • Stay in hand-picked, centrally located and authentic 4-3 Star hotels & Lodges and ride in private modern coaches.

  • You’ll have the chance to explore both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, each offering its own unique charm. Discover the cultural richness of cities like Auckland and Wellington and then escape to the tranquility of remote coastal towns and pristine national parks.

  • Adventure seekers will be thrilled by the variety of outdoor activities available, including hiking through lush rainforests, cruising on pristine lakes, and even the option to visit adrenaline-pumping attractions in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture as you visit living Maori villages, witness traditional performances, and learn about the rich history and traditions of New Zealand’s indigenous people.

  • Food and wine enthusiasts will also find plenty to love on this tour. Savor delicious New Zealand cuisine, including fresh seafood, and explore the country’s renowned wine regions.

  • Throughout the journey, our expert guides will provide you with valuable insights, ensuring you get the most out of every destination. With comfortable accommodations and seamless logistics, you can relax and fully enjoy the wonders of New Zealand.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland
Location: Auckland
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sudima Auckland City – 4 Star
Meals Included: No Meals

Upon your arrival in Auckland, New Zealand's largest metropolis, make your own way to your hotel for the evening.

Auckland, often hailed as the "City of Sails," boasts a striking location nestled between two expansive harbors.

The cityscape is prominently graced by the renowned Sky Tower, providing breathtaking panoramic vistas of Auckland, extending to the enchanting Viaduct Harbour teeming with opulent superyachts and a vibrant assortment of bars and cafes.

Beyond lies the expansive Hauraki Gulf.

The remainder of the day is yours to savor the charm of this splendid urban oasis.



Day 2: Auckland, Hot Water Beach, Rotorua
Location: Auckland, Hot Water Beach, Rotorua
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Distinction Rotorua – 4 Star or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on your journey from Auckland City as you head south, traversing the scenic Bombay Hills and crossing through the expansive Hauraki Plains en route to the majestic Coromandel Ranges.

Traverse this awe-inspiring mountain range and follow the picturesque East Coast of Coromandel, heading northward towards the captivating Hot Water Beach.

If your arrival aligns with high tide, within a two-hour window, you'll have the chance to unearth your very own natural hot pool just meters away from the Pacific Ocean.



Continue your adventure by heading south along the coastline, bidding farewell to Coromandel, and passing through the renowned Bay of Plenty kiwifruit cultivation region, before reaching the enchanting city of Rotorua.

Nestled inland by the serene Lake Rotorua, this city is renowned for its bubbling mud pools, erupting geysers, rejuvenating natural hot springs, and serves as a cultural hub, offering an immersive experience into New Zealand's captivating Māori heritage.



Day 3: Rotorua
Location: Rotorua
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Distinction Rotorua – 4 Star or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a day of leisure in Rotorua, a city celebrated for its geothermal wonders and rich Maori heritage.

Explore the Te Puia's Whakarewarewa Valley, where you'll encounter mesmerizing bubbling mud pools and the impressive 30-meter-tall Pohutu Geyser, known for its frequent eruptions throughout the day.

Immerse yourself in Maori culture within a living Maori village, and consider opting for a visit to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you can engage in traditional wood carving and weaving workshops.



Optionally, join our Te Puia exploration tour.

For generations, Te Puia has warmly welcomed visitors from around the globe to discover the enchantment concealed within the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

Here, you can witness the grandeur of the Southern Hemisphere's largest active geyser, Pōhutu Geyser, marvel at bubbling mud pools scattered throughout the valley, and admire exquisite Māori-crafted art and sculptures showcased throughout Te Puia.

Experience the artistry of carvers and weavers as they showcase their talents at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, all while our knowledgeable guides share ancestral stories.



Optional Activities
Te Puia Exploration - USD 90

Day 4: Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park
Location: Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Park Hotel – Lodge or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, leave Rotorua for Taupo, with the option to visit Orakei Korako along the way.

Orakei Korako, tucked away in the Taupo Volcanic Zone between Rotorua and Taupo, offers a unique volcanic experience.

With 23 active geysers and ever-changing landscapes, it's a mesmerizing natural wonder.

Stroll through the Hidden Valley, explore the thermal Ruatapu Cave, which plunges more than 36 meters into volcanic tuff to the 'Waiwhakaata' or 'Pool of Mirrors' hot pool below.



Upon reaching Taupo, you'll be greeted by the expansive Lake Taupō, a volcanic caldera where its waters flow into the striking Huka Falls.

These captivating, crystal-blue cascades are well worth a stop on your way into Taupō.



Leaving Taupo, embark on a scenic drive around the southern shore of the lake, passing through Turangi and entering the Tongariro National Park.

This park, centered around three volcanoes – Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu – showcases some of New Zealand's most awe-inspiring landscapes.



Included Activities
Visit to Lake Taupō
Visit to Tongariro National Park
Optional Activities
Visit to Orakei Korako - NZD 47

Day 5: Tongariro National Park
Location: Tongariro National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Park Hotel – Lodge or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, you have the opportunity to venture into the heart of Tongariro National Park, a sanctuary housing three active volcanic peaks and boasting iconic and breathtaking scenery.

This revered park has drawn explorers of all generations since its inception in 1887.

Offering vast expanses of untouched wilderness, world-renowned hiking trails, and awe-inspiring natural marvels, Tongariro National Park stands as the ultimate destination for an immersive nature getaway.



Day 6: Tongariro, Wellington
Location: Tongariro National Park, Wellington
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Naumi Studios – 4 Star or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

As you leave Tongariro National Park behind, carry on your southern journey through the Manawatu region.

Brimming with rustic allure, this area offers an excellent opportunity to soak up the essence of rural New Zealand culture.

Traverse the town of Bulls, known for its playful bull-themed signs (keep an eye out for 'Relieve-a-bull' if nature calls)! Your route will lead you along the North Island's West Coast, passing through Paraparaumu, and ultimately bringing you to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city and the center of its parliamentary affairs.



Day 7: Wellington
Location: Wellington
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Naumi Studios – 4 Star or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Following a brief morning sightseeing tour, the remainder of the day is yours to explore Wellington at your leisure.

Consider embarking on an unforgettable journey aboard the iconic Wellington Cable Car, which offers stunning panoramic vistas of the city.

In this vibrant metropolis, you can meander through concealed alleyways adorned with captivating street art and embark on scenic sculpture walks along the city's waterfront.



Delve into the rich narratives of Aotearoa New Zealand through world-class museums and galleries, with the interactive and immersive Te Papa, the national museum, being a highly recommended choice.

Wellington's well-earned reputation as New Zealand's culinary hub shines brightly, boasting a higher concentration of eateries and bars per capita than even New York City.

Explore the city's renowned hidden bars, embrace the café culture, savor award-winning dining establishments, and revel in excellent coffee.



Accommodation
West Plaza Hotel - 4 Star
Meals Included
Breakfast
Included Activities
Sightseeing of Wellington

Day 8: Wellington, Christchurch (By Flight), Kaikoura
Location: Wellington, Christchurch, Kaikōura
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sudima Kaikoura – 4 Star
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, make your way to Wellington Airport for your flight to Christchurch, where you'll be greeted by a coach for your journey northward.

You'll pass through the Waipara wine-growing region, traverse the charming town of Cheviot, cross the Hundalee Hills, and witness the breathtaking East Coast of the South Island unfold before your eyes.

The vistas along this route as you approach Kaikoura are truly remarkable, featuring stunning and rugged coastlines with endless sea views stretching to the horizon.



Nestled amidst this picturesque coastal scenery is the town of Kaikoura, celebrated for its abundant marine life, picturesque coastal trails, and, of course, its delectable seafood, including crayfish/lobster.

Kaikoura stands as an iconic New Zealand coastal town that embodies the untouched natural beauty of New Zealand's coastline.



Included Activities
Scenic Drive to Kaikoura

Day 9: Kaikoura, Reefton, Punakaiki, Greymouth
Location: Kaikōura, Reefton, Punakaiki, Greymouth
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Ashley Hotel Greymouth – 3 Star or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Starting your journey from Kaikoura, travel through the quaint town of Waiau, and then venture across the alpine Lewis Pass toward the West Coast of the South Island.

Proceed further inland to Reefton, a town whose name harkens back to the late 1860s when extensive gold-bearing quartz reefs were discovered.

Reefton still exudes a charming historic character and earned the moniker 'the town of light' for pioneering electric street lighting in the southern hemisphere as early as 1888.

Additionally, it's famous for its exceptional freshwater fishing, with 12 different river systems accessible within a 40-minute drive from the town center, earning it a worldwide reputation.



Continuing your route, you'll pass through the cozy village of Charleston before reaching Punakaiki.

Prepare to be amazed by the Punakaiki pancake rocks and blowholes, where water columns erupt dramatically from formations that resemble enormous stacks of pancakes.

From here, proceed with your journey to Greymouth.



Included Activities
Visit to Reefton
Visit to Punakaiki

Day 10: Greymouth, Tauranga Bay, Charlston, Punakaiki, Franz Josef
Location: Greymouth, Tauranga, Charleston, Punakaiki, Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier – 4 Star or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, you find yourself in Greymouth, a town steeped in the legacy of gold mining and once the location of the Maori pa known as Mawhera, named for its strategic river mouth location.

Greymouth holds the distinction of being the central hub of the West Coast and is also the largest town on the South Island's west coast.

Departing from Greymouth, your journey southward takes you along the picturesque and untamed coastline, winding through luxuriant native rainforests, and passing by numerous stunning lakes en route to Franz Josef.



Day 11: Franz Josef, Queenstown
Location: Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakefront – 4 Star or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, you'll awaken in the welcoming town of Franz Josef, which serves as the gateway for exploring the glacier bearing the same name.

This glacier descends from the Southern Alps and extends into the temperate rainforest, reaching just 300 meters above sea level.



Your journey today takes you south along the West Coast to Haast.

From there, you'll venture inland through Haast Pass, eventually arriving at the charming town of Wanaka.

Continuing on your route, you'll have the opportunity to visit Arrowtown, a picturesque and historically significant village, before reaching Queenstown.



Queenstown is a stunning alpine town nestled along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges.

It's a popular destination year-round, known for its distinct four seasons.

Winter offers clear, blue-sky days, spring retains a touch of snow while transitioning into longer, warmer days, summer brings sunshine and extended twilight hours, and autumn paints the landscape with vibrant hues of red and gold.



Included Activities
Visit to Arrowtown

Day 12: Queenstown
Location: Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakefront- 4 Star or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, you have the option to enjoy a free day in Queenstown or opt for an excursion to Milford Sound.

If you choose the latter, your day begins with a departure from Queenstown, embarking on a delightful journey to Milford Sound.

Along the way, you'll travel alongside Lake Wakatipu, passing through the charming towns of Kingston, Mossburn, and Te Anau.

This leg of your adventure treats you to a mesmerizing array of landscapes, ranging from verdant beech forests and expansive valleys to mirror-like lakes, towering peaks, and impressive feats of road engineering.



While the ultimate reward lies in the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound, the journey along the Milford Road is an awe-inspiring experience in itself.

Upon reaching Milford Sound, you'll embark on a cruise that allows you to intimately connect with the astounding natural wonders of this region.

From thundering waterfalls to towering mountains and lush rainforests, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of New Zealand.

Afterward, you'll return to Queenstown, bringing an unforgettable day to a close.



Optional Activities
Milford Sound Visit - USD 145

Day 13: Queenstown Fiordland, Milford Sound, Queenstown
Location: Milford Sound / Piopiotahi, Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakefront- 4 Star or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, you have the freedom to discover the charm of this picturesque lakeside town.

With its soaring mountains and the awe-inspiring natural splendor of the surrounding ranges and rivers, Queenstown offers something to delight every visitor.



Day 14: Queenstown-Twizel-Mt Cook
Location: Queenstown, Twizel, Aoraki / Mount Cook
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Distinction Mackenzie – Country Hotel or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, begin your journey from Queenstown, passing through the town of Cromwell, which was once a hub for gold mining and has now become known for its cultivation of stone fruits.

Nestled along the shores of Lake Dunstan, Cromwell offers a scenic stop on your route.

Continuing your expedition, you'll traverse the dramatic Lindis Pass, a mountainous terrain that connects the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago.

For a good portion of the year, this region is often blanketed in snow, adding to its rugged charm.

Here, snow tussock grassland prevails, creating a picturesque rolling landscape before you reach the Mackenzie region and the town of Twizel.



This area boasts some of New Zealand's most breathtaking scenery, from stunning turquoise lakes to towering mountains.

It's also home to the Mt Cook National Park, which includes New Zealand's tallest peak, Aoraki Mt Cook, and its longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier.



Accommodation
Distinction Mackenzie - Country Hotel
Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 15: Twizel, Christchurch
Location: Twizel, Christchurch
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Distinction Hotel or Fable Hotel- 4 Star
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leaving Twizel behind, your journey takes you to Tekapo, where you'll be greeted by the mesmerizing turquoise-blue waters of Lake Tekapo.

Here, against the backdrop of the Southern Alps, stands the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd.

Your route then proceeds through the towns of Burkes Pass, Fairle, and Geraldine before crossing the Rakaia River.

The Rakaia Bridge is a remarkable feat, as it stretches 1.

8 kilometers, making it New Zealand's longest road bridge.

It spans the Rakaia River, one of Canterbury's sizable braided rivers.



Continuing onward, you'll cross the Canterbury Plains, passing through the outlying towns of Dunsandel and Rolleston, before ultimately reaching Christchurch, often referred to as 'The Garden City.

' Christchurch is celebrated for its abundance of parks, gardens, and English heritage, with the tranquil Avon River meandering through the city center.

Along the riverbanks, you'll find cycling paths, and Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens provide expansive green spaces.

Many visitors choose to explore the city by hopping on one of the trams, while others opt for a boat ride along the Avon.

Alternatively, you can simply relax at one of the numerous cafes and restaurants along Oxford Terrace, savoring the charm of this inviting city.



Included Activities
Christchurch Visit

Day 16: Christchurch
Location: Christchurch
Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on the final leg of your extraordinary journey as you bid farewell to Christchurch today, setting your sights on new adventures and exciting horizons.

  Farewell, New Zealand!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 and 3 star hotels & Local Lodges

  • Meals

    15 Breakfasts

  • Transportation

    Air-conditioned, modern coach or mini-bus.

  • Domestic Flights

    Flight from Wellington to Christchurch.

  • Guide

    Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism.

  • Wifi

    Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi ( where available )

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • Tips and gestures

  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums

  • Optional activities

  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Add Ons

Local Payment: £0

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No passenger under the age of 18

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Flight from Wellington to Christchurch

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No

  • What is the maximum group size?

    Average group size is around 12-42 people

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

    There are always single travellers on our tours. If you don't mind being roomed with another single traveller of the same gender, then you do not need to pay a single supplement. The single supplement is for travellers who would like to stay in a private room for the duration of the tour. PLEASE NOTE: The single private option is not always available, especially for sailing tours and camping.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our tours are suitable for any traveller above 18 years old. The majority of Travel Talkers are from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada or Europe, however we always have travellers from all over the world. What brings them together is a passion for travel, discovering authentic cultures and experiencing unique adventures with like-minded travellers.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travel Talk, we believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with our guests, we strive to make a positive impact on local p

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Over 20 years

Reviews of this Operator

Jessie Mae Sia  

My travel talk experience was great and memorable

24-Feb-2021

My travel talk experience was awesome and fantastic. Me and my husband was on their Morocco and Turkey tours in 2019, they operated their tours in a culturally fun manner and the tour guides were very nice and very approachable. It exceeded our expection, we love to come back with them in our future travel. Thank you travel talk you made our 2019 as one of our memorable year!

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Scarlett Lily  

One of the best holidays I’ve had

25-Feb-2021

We went on a tour of the Balkans and it was above our expectations. Bojan was the best tour leader gave us so much information about the places we were visiting but also a great laugh! The tour ran so smoothly and was the perfect way to see the area in a little amount of time. It was one of the best holidays I have been on, I loved every minute of it and I can’t wait to book another tour with travel talk. They are great value for money!

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James Wilkins (Google Reviewer)  

Just completed the exotic Morocco...

29-Oct-2023

Just completed the exotic Morocco tour with our excellent guide Abdul! He was one of the best tour guides I have met, he brought so much energy and knowledge on the tour and could not imagine doing the tour without him. The tour itself was so diverse, seeing so many different landscapes. It has been one of the best trips I have done. Would highly recommend!

Caroline Barrett (Google Reviewer)  

My partner and I thoroughly...

25-Dec-2023

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our 9 Day Essential Turkey tour with Mustafa as our guide. His attentiveness to the group's needs was amazing, going above and beyond to ensure an stress-free experience. Mustafa provided valuable local insights, guiding us on the best areas to visit and helping us find good local deals. Overall, we found the tour to be excellent value for money, and we were particularly impressed with traveltalks accommodation choices—clean, spacious, and offering great meal options. Additionally, the inclusion of two drivers for our safety during long journeys added an extra layer of reassurance to our memorable trip. Thank you to Mustafa!

Tegan Bull (Google Reviewer)  

Unforgettable Turkey Essentials: A Journey...

25-Dec-2023

Unforgettable Turkey Essentials: A Journey with Travel Talk I recently had the pleasure of embarking on the Turkey Essentials tour with Travel Talk, and let me tell you, it was an adventure like no other! From the bustling streets of Istanbul to the ancient wonders of Ephesus, this tour was a perfect blend of culture, history, and pure fun. Travel Talk ensured that every aspect of our trip was well-planned. The accommodations were comfortable, the transportation was smooth, and the itinerary was perfectly curated to showcase the best of Turkey's rich history and vibrant culture. If you're looking for an incredible adventure in Turkey, I wholeheartedly recommend Travel Talk. Their attention to detail, knowledgeable guides (Mustafa), ensure a seamless and unforgettable journey. Whether you're a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or simply seeking a thrilling travel experience, Travel Talk has got you covered. Thank you, Travel Talk for an extraordinary tour that surpassed all expectations. I'll cherish the memories and stories from this adventure for a lifetime.

Diane Horsman  

Fantastic tour, personable experiences

19-Oct-2021

My first tour with Traveltalk to Jordan was fantastic. Everything was very well planned, the itinerary was timed to perfection and jam packed with amazing experiences. The tour guide Issa went above and beyond to make everyone happy and have the best experience possible, taking us to local restaurants and telling us the best things to eat. Our bus broke down on the way to the Dead Sea and he dealt with it really quickly, and a replacement bus arrived in less than an hour. He treated us all like his friend rather than just a job which make the tour even more special. The hotels were fab and had everything that we needed, all I great locations to local attractions. I booked another tour but had to cancel due to Covid and Traveltalk have placed my deposit aside ready to use on the next trip. I can’t wait to book again with them.

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Eric Gunther (Google Reviewer)  

We did the 12 day...

12-Sep-2023

We did the 12 day Turkey tour with the Gullet option, and loved it! The price was super reasonable, Travel Talk was always extremely responsive whenever I reached out. Most importantly, we visited an amazing array of impressive historical sites, saw the profound and varied natural beauty of Turkey and enjoyed incredible experiences like hot air ballooning and paragliding. Mustafa was the best tour guide we have ever had. His knowledge and organizational skills were top notch, he helped with everything (even with arranging laundry services) and was hilarious as well. The food was tasty, the hotels were good and the boat trip was fun and relaxing with beautiful scenery and a lot of swimming. The cabins on the boat weren’t air conditioned and were pretty hot at night, so some people slept on deck where there were plenty of places with cushions where you could stretch out and get a good nights rest. I highly recommend this tour!!

Hazel Kuzu (Google Reviewer)  

The 9-day Turkey Essentials tour...

03-Dec-2023

The 9-day Turkey Essentials tour with Travel Talk Tours exceeded our expectations! The well-crafted itinerary showcased Turkey's best, complemented by excellent hotel choices. Mustafa, our guide, added depth with his rich knowledge, engaging storytelling and brilliant sense of humour. The seamless experience, from transportation, meals, accommodations, sightseeing and optional activities made this tour unforgettable. Highly recommended for those seeking a perfect blend of culture and comfort in Turkey.

Tronix4eva (Google Reviewer)  

Wow. 9 Day Essential Turkey...

21-Oct-2023

Wow. 9 Day Essential Turkey Tour with Mustafa from Travel Talk Tours. Absolutely exceeded all expectations. I am in love with Turkey! The sights, the places, the hotels, the food, the bus and the antics of our amazing guide was seriously fantastic. This was an unforgettable experience and I am so glad I stumbled across Travel Talk and chose them. Mustafa you made me laugh and made us all feel so safe and welcome.. best guide I've ever had. ❤️

BEN LAWN  

Mustafa is the key to a fantastic Essential Turkey tour

06-Dec-2021

My partner and I did the Essential Turkey tour in November/December 2021. We had a fantastic time, and can both only recommend Travel Talk and this tour. Mustafa Kurt, our incredible guide, is really who sets this tour apart from any competition. He conducts the majority of Travel Talk's Essential Turkey, so you may get lucky if you book. Mustafa is an extremely qualified tour guide, with an extraordinary tourism CV, who wholly commits to ensuring that those on his tour have the very best Turkey experience possible. The man goes well above and beyond, without even thinking twice. He is a natural leader, whilst also being a friend. He was hilarious to have around us, bringing all the laughs and very much aiding in bringing the group together. His knowledge of Turkey is second to none, and he never lets this or his jokes get stale. The minibus that we used was better than expected - modern and comfy. We also had two drivers, adding to safety and ability to cover the long distances required. The hotels on the tour do vary, but are generally good. Travel Talk were responsive during booking, and flexible when it came to us having to delay due to Covid.

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Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Apr 05, 2025 - Apr 20, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

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Sep 06, 2025 - Sep 21, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Saturday - Sunday

Sep 20, 2025 - Oct 05, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Saturday - Sunday

Oct 04, 2025 - Oct 19, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Saturday - Sunday

Oct 18, 2025 - Nov 02, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Saturday - Sunday

Nov 01, 2025 - Nov 16, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Saturday - Sunday

Nov 08, 2025 - Nov 23, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Nov 15, 2025 - Nov 30, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Nov 22, 2025 - Dec 07, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Nov 29, 2025 - Dec 14, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Sunday

Dec 06, 2025 - Dec 21, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Sunday

Dec 13, 2025 - Dec 28, 2025
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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Saturday - Sunday

Dec 20, 2025 - Jan 04, 2026
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Saturday - Sunday

Dec 27, 2025 - Jan 11, 2026
$6939 $3711 (USD)

Operator discount: $3123 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $105 (USD)

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  • Free Date Changes

    Travel Talk Tours allows you to make 2 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 61 days before the start of the tour.

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    Travel Talk Tours requires a minimum deposit of 100 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of travel talk tours charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 85% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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