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Janine "Essential Turkey was a GREAT way to travel around Turkey!!! Sightseeings were amazing!! Recommendations: Istanbul: have a guide in the archaeology museum or leave it for last as an option ONLY... because I believe there are plenty more places to visit and see around Istanbul... i believe istanbul was incomplete... Gallipoli was great! History explanation was awesome! Very complete! Can..."
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Starts
Istanbul
+8 Destinations
Western Turkey
Ends
Istanbul
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Highlights

  • Visit the buzzing metropolis of Istanbul
  • Discover the famous Underground City
  • Explore Gallipoli’s war memorials
  • Experience the ancient city of Troy
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
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Hotel
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Coach/Bus
Start and end in Istanbul! With the in-depth cultural tour Essential Turkey, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Istanbul, Turkey and 8 other destinations in Turkey. Essential Turkey includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 1
    Written on May 28, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    The Guide & Drivers: - Yavuz was a great guide; with buckets of enthusiasm, information, and badgering to get us sticking to the schedule. - The fruit salad song will forever be stuck in my head. - The drivers, who although did not speak English, were always cheery, friendly and very safe. Itinerary: - Overall got to see plenty of sights/sites along the way; the tour managed to get A LOT of sight seeing in across vast distances in such a short amount of space. For the most part bus journeys were broken up well and the bus was comfortable enough that it wasn't terrible to be in the bus for that long. - Yavuz timed his chats well - he knew when people wanted to be left alone to sleep/watch TV/read a book on the bus and when he could tell us about the culture, history and landscapes that we were passing. - Pamukkale and Cappadocia were the highlights and definitely made the entire trip worth it. The worst days of the itinerary were to Gallipoli, Troy and Pergamon. These days were a bit confused, uninteresting and too much bus time. Gallipoli and the Anzac monuments are a great place to visit for AU/NZ visitors but of less historic interest to other travelers who do not know about the history. This would be okay if not a whole day was dedicated to this and made the route and bus times unnecessarily long. - Too much time was spent going to shops/factories - in particular the carpet shop. It was such a shame to have to spend 2 HOURS inside of a carpet shop where 90% of the clients on the trip did not want to be or could afford the products whilst we could have been exploring the awesome Cappadocia landscapes. Because you have to wake up at 3 in the morning for the hot air balloon ride it means you actually have very little energy to enjoy Cappadocia during the day, which feels like a waste of the 11-12 hour bus journeys we had to take to get to and from there. - A lot of money could have been saved by travelers if they got the museum card at the start of the trip. You save about half on entry fees to the sites. - There was no down/free time on this trip to accommodate for the length of bus journeys we had to take. Also, we'd always arrive at the hotel too late to actually enjoy the heavily advertised facilities. Included meals and excluded meals: - Included meals were buffet breakfasts and dinners which were varied and catered to all tastes. - The lunch stops along the way were good and authentic, they all provided the opportunity to try an array of Turkish dishes you'd rarely get the chance to eat outside of Turkey. Hotels: - The hotels were all beautiful, well located and comfortable. The hot spring hotel was incredible, and great that the pool stayed open for so long. Optional Extras: - Pay for the hot air ballooning! It's worth it. - The Turkish bath may have been one of the worst massage/relaxation experiences of my life. We went to the baths very late in the evening - so we were rushed through the experience. Also the business that operated the baths and massages had accepted an additional 5 women to our already 22 women strong booking - meaning that we had 27 women to be massage by six women, for 15 minutes each in less than an hour. This meant that the majority of women had to watch other women getting massaged for 30-45 minutes whilst sitting wrapped up in a wet towel in a damp room, only to get a shorter massage, no pool time and no "relaxing tea time". Very disappointing as I was really looking forward to this. Travel Talk Communication: - Was overall very good, prompt to reply to emails with questions and always willing to help out. - Slight hiccup at the start of the trip as they would not accept my Scottish pound notes. They felt they had adequately clarified that British GBP was the accepted currency, which Scottish is, to quote Michael McIntyre it's definitely legal tender ;) but because Travel Talk would not be able to exchange the notes in Turkey they would not accept it. I do not feel this should be the clients problem, and definitely not at the start of the trip to be told you have to take out the value of the local payment again and you will not be able to spend the value that you've already put aside. In the end, after kicking up a fuss, Travel Talk accepted my money but I felt this was an unpleasant encounter and could have gone a lot smoother. If Travel Talk insists on not accepting Scottish pound notes they should have emailed travelers who are registered living in Scotland ahead of time to ensure that they're aware of this.
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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 2
    Written on May 25, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Hot Air balloon ride in Cappadocia!
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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 3
    Written on May 21, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Our guide Yavuz was an absolute highlight of the tour: super-informative, fun, and we all felt well-taken care of. We've also accomplished a lot in the 9 days we had, so chapeau for the very varied program. The tour definitely had a good price/quality ratio and the accommodation was definitely decent and both breakfast and dinner buffets - quite delicious! In retrospect, the only advise/improvement comment on optional cultural activities I would make: I wish it was mentioned to us that getting the MUSEUM CARD could potentially save us a lot of money (esp. if you're planning to visit all the optional museums and maybe also do your own sightseeing in Istanbul in case you arrive earlier). But, please, do your own research on which museums are included & if it's relevant for you. On a general note, be prepared that the tour does involve a lot of driving (which, however, is the only way to go if you want to accomplish that much in 9 days!), so bring a book and some 'onboard entertainment' for the long drives (mainly to and from Cappadocia). Another important note: do bear in mind, though, that there might be some hiccups with Internet connectivity in pretty much all the hotels on the way (usually the issue was speed, but also sometimes the Internet simply didn't work), so - if staying online is important - buying a local SIM card with Internet access or ensuring your roaming works might not be a bad idea. Regarding the places the group was taken to for lunch (for meals that weren't part of the package): as a pescatarian/vegetarian, I pretty much always felt that my options were very limited (only one of the places had fish and usually there was only 1 vegetarian option available, so not much choice at all...). But otherwise a well-balanced tour, with diverse experiences and a lovely informative guide, I definitely had a good time! Cheers!
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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 4
    Written on May 8, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellent tour guide and loads to see!
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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 5
    Written on April 8, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Absolutely fantastic tour with and excellent guide. Highly recommend
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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 6
    Written on March 21, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    It was not what I paid for. I am requesting my money back. My flight was red-eyed, booked an extra night at the hotel, got there couldn’t find my reservation. I had to pay again finally at 3 am I was given a room, at 8:30 am I got a call saying I had to move to another room. My sleepless night began there. There were 34 in our tour. Tour Rader guaranteed 10 to 15 people. It seems that Travel Talk caters to New Zealanders and Australians living in London, most were between 20 to 30 years old. I wished I was told of the kind of tour it was going to be. Because I was in a time crunch I had to stay the entire tour. Was planning to book Israel and Jordan with Tour Radar however with the bad experience I had I am skeptical. The last night was horrible in Cappadocia, young individuals from our groups got drunk making loud noises waking us and the rest of the guess it was an embarrassment. Too tired to continue with all the unpleasantness, thankfully the tour guide Mustafa was very professional, made the tour bearable.
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  • K
    Written on January 3, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Tour guide Mustafa was very knowledgeable, passionate, entertaining and an all round nice guy! I highly recommend the tour and Turkey is such a wonderful country!
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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 8
    Written on January 2, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great trip. Our guide Mustafa was a top bloke - and really looked after us, and showed us a lot of cool sights. Accommodation was clean and comfortable. Turkish 4/5 star hotels, which for many Europeans are more like 3/4 star - but all were the best hotels in the area. Food was okay. Warning if you're a vegetarian, it's a real struggle. But it's not the fault of the tour - that's just the local cuisine. Personally, I thought the bus rides were manageable. It's always going to be a lot of traveling, doing so much in a relatively short time. In summary, would recommend this trip for sure.
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  • AC
    Written on January 2, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Really good. I hadn't any expectations when i book this tour due to the price but it turns out to be a really great tour with an excellent tour leader/guide,Mustafa who is super knowledgeable on everything Turkey. The hotels we stay were top notch and the food outside of included meals were good which various Turkish food to choose from and of course we had a choice of Mcdonalds in one of our lunches when we got sick of kebabs and sishs. The places we went were an eye opening and really brings out the beauty of Turkey. Good tour with great bunch of new friends made.
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  • JI
    Written on December 27, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Essential Turkey was a GREAT way to travel around Turkey!!! Sightseeings were amazing!! Recommendations: Istanbul: have a guide in the archaeology museum or leave it for last as an option ONLY... because I believe there are plenty more places to visit and see around Istanbul... i believe istanbul was incomplete... Gallipoli was great! History explanation was awesome! Very complete! Cannakale: since you arrive pretty late maybe have it as an option to those who are interested to go for a walk around downtown Pammukale: take a towel with you... I regret not being able to lay back and relax inside the hotsprings.. i was only able to put my feet inside... Cappadocia: Hamam experience was TERRIBLE, since I had done a turkish bath before I was able to notice it was VERY bad!! Masseurs seemed tired... they just did everything in a rush in less than 45mins they were done so u barely had time to enjoy and relax!!... did not use a NEW sponge for each guest they were using the SAME for everybody... Have it like an option to be able to take everyone to walk around the small town near the hotel it is great at night but not able to actually go and enjoy it... HOTELS: All hotels and foods were all GREAT!!! Cant complain! EXCEPT the one in Istanbul... Location was great but I did not like how the staff was not helpful and they would tell you different prices for taxis or shuttles or tours... they tend to go beyond the real price... Guide: very helpful, patient and fun! Great way to explain history... Bus driver:he did not speak english so very hard to stablisha conversation with him... it would be nice if he could understand us... i would recommend to him to sleep well... I was able to tell he was tired... eyes were closing when driving... (which is normal due to the long drives but VERY dangerous) Whole trip: Just a recommendation.. Can it be done the other way around? Starting from Capadoccia and leaving Gallipoli for last? I suggest this because the 2 most tired and long trips are the 2 last ones by then we are all super tired to handle them.. maybe if they are at the beginning when we are all full of energy the whole trip would go by smoother... Over all I WOULD TOTALY recommend this tour! It was a great way to fall in love with Turkey!!!
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  1. Day 1: Istanbul
  2. Day 2: Istanbul City Tour
  3. Day 3: Gallipoli
  4. Day 4: Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi
  5. Day 5: Ephesus, Pamukkale
  6. Day 6: Pamukkale, Cappadocia
  7. Day 7: Cappadocia
  8. Day 8: Cappadocia, Ihlara, Istanbul
  9. Day 9: Istanbul

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    • May 3, 2018

      When and where does the tour end?

      This tour ends after breakfast on the last day of the tour at Ottoman Hotel Imperial in Istanbul. It's now time to say goodbye to your new friends and check-out of the hotel at 11 am. Please be aware the hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • May 3, 2018

      When and where does the tour start?

      The first day of the tour generally starts from Ottoman Hotel Imperial in Istanbul and as the first day is just an arrivals day you can arrive at any time. At the terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, as they pick you up from the airport and take you to their Istanbul hotel. There is an informal meeting planned for the evening at approximately 6:00 pm so we recommend arriving beforehand so you can meet your group and fellow travellers.

      Please note that the joining point is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • May 3, 2018

      What are the optional excursions?

      The optional excursions for this tour are:

      Group Dinner
      Bosphorus Cruise
      Turkish Bath
      Hot Air Ballooning
      Turkish Night

      Please note that this list is a guideline only and that pricing will be available with your finalised travel documents.

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    Start and end in Istanbul.
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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $120 to confirm this Travel Talk booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 17 August 2018 the full payment of $533 is necessary.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,822 km.
    • Istanbul (Turkey)
    • 205 km
    • Gallipoli (Turkey)
    • 68 km
    • Troy (Turkey)
    • 122 km
    • Pergamum (Turkey)
    • 140 km
    • Kusadasi (Turkey)
    • 14 km
    • Ephesus (Turkey)
    • 149 km
    • Pamukkale (Turkey)
    • 507 km
    • Cappadocia (Turkey)
    • 66 km
    • Ihlara (Turkey)
    • 550 km
    • Istanbul (Turkey)

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