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Essential Turkey - Travel Talk
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Melissa "Yavuz was an amazing guide and made the trip incredible! He was hilarious, engaging and knowledgeable about the entire country. The trip was also planned perfectly, it can feel like a lot of driving but when you look at everything you see and do in the 9 days it's incredible! The hotels are also amazing, all four and five stars, some with pools and hot tubs which was a great way to unwind at the e..."
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37 reviews
Starts
Istanbul
+8 Destinations
Western Turkey
Ends
Istanbul
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Highlights

  • Visit the ruins of Ephesus and the tiled Blue Mosque
  • Stop in Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI
  • Discover ancient Troy, the setting of Homer's epic tale
  • Fall in love with the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia
  • Seek out delicious Turkish delicacies in Istanbul
  • Hear the Call to Prayer echo through the streets
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Coach / Bus, Christmas & New Year
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.

37 Reviews

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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 1
    Written on November 26, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Best thing about the tour was the guide mostafa absolutely amazing guide passionate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and funny he made our trip really special. Some hotels weren't helpful especially and in most hotels basic needs weren't there like toothpaste... Read more

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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 2
    Written on November 26, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Mustafa was the best guide he really set the bar high. This was my first group tour and I thoroughly enjoyed my time travelling through Turkey!

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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 3
    Written on November 12, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour is amazing, I'd highly recommend it to any young travellers looking at going to Turkey. The itinerary is great and gives a good range of history, culture, food, photo opps and bucket list experiences, my highlights were Ephesus, Pamukkale terraces... Read more

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  • MO
    Written on November 8, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    it was really great !

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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 5
    Written on November 8, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Yasuf was a great guide and very knowledgeable. Great trip

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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 6
    Written on November 6, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Fantastic tour! Extremely fast pace and you may loose some sleep.. but so very worth it!!!

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  • Essential Turkey reviewer 7
    Written on October 30, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Yavuz was an amazing guide and made the trip incredible! He was hilarious, engaging and knowledgeable about the entire country. The trip was also planned perfectly, it can feel like a lot of driving but when you look at everything you see and do in the 9... Read more

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  • MO
    Written on October 23, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Tour and tour guide were fantastic !

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  • MF
    Written on October 9, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Our tour guide Yavuz was amazing!! He took the time to get to know everyone on the tour.

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  • RG
    Written on June 26, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    The most amazing experience of my life. Would highly recommend! Yavuz made it so memorable!

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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  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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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • 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.

    • When and where does the tour start?

      The first day of the tour generally starts from the Ottoman Hotel Imperial in Istanbul. 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.

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

    • 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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    Guides who have led this tour

    • Sameh Makram
      "Hey every one. Iam Sameh or Sam as my friends call me. Am qualified egyptoligist tour guide who loves..."
    • Yavuz Kirikci

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    • Kate19th November 2018
      Love the full trip itineraries, site is easy to use - good UX. Account set up and login is seamless.

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Turkey. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Turkey. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Turkey. Ideally 2 months before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in Istanbul.
    Trusted
    Your money is safe with TourRadar, as we only pay the tour operator after your tour has departed.
    Deposit
    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 10 February 2019 the full payment of $686 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $686 for Essential Turkey, but the deposit of $120 is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
    Availability
    Some departure dates and prices may vary and Travel Talk will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
    Credit Cards
    The following cards are accepted for Travel Talk tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    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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