Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2015 - October 1st, 2016 Last Updated: November 20, 2014
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Introduction

Marvel at painted churches chiseled into rock, descend into underground cities, walk through ancient towns and savour fresh seafood in seaside villages as you discover the treasures of Turkey. Travel days are well paced, with 2 included flights allowing you the time to really experience Turkey's riches. And while enjoying its coastline, you'll return each night to a cozy bed so you're fresh each morning. This trip offers all the adventure activities, culture and vivid history of this magnificent land for those who prefer a more comfortable option.

  • Discover historic cities and ancient Roman ruins
  • Enjoy dinner in a traditional family home and sample local treats
  • Relax on a boat excursion on turquoise waters in the Mediterranean sea
  • Meet local people and explore ancient and modern culture
  • Investigate a mysterious underground city and a ghost town
Duration: 15 days
Start/Finish City: Istanbul to Istanbul
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
Physical Grading: 2
There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Travel Style: Comfort
Great adventures with a few extra frills along the way.

Looking for a little extra from your adventure but don’t want to skip out on all the genuine experiences? Comfort is your ticket. These trips offer upgraded accommodations and more inclusions while still delivering plenty of freedom to pursue spontaneous situations on your own.

Please note: The Comfort Travel Style is a renamed edition of the G-Plus, our collection of comfort-themed adventures. Same great trips, more descriptive name!

Trip Type: Small Group
Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.

Itinerary

Route map for Turkey Explorer (ETTE)

Day 1Istanbul

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Welcome to Istanbul, the city where East meets West. A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable hotel.

If you arrive early, visit the atmospheric Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays).

Private Vehicle
Istanbul Atatürk Airport – Istanbul

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
18:00

Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore — but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

Day 2Istanbul(1B)

Enjoy a walking tour of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Aya Sofya. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Afternoon is free to explore at leisure. The boutique hotel is within walking distance of all the sites and shopping in the old city. Option to visit Topkapi Palace, or relax at a café overlooking the water and sip some sweet Turkish tea with the locals.

Istanbul Guided Walking Tour
Istanbul 5-7km

Begin the day in Istanbul with a walking tour in the old city, including a visit to the historic Hippodrome, the magnificent Aya Sofya, and the Blue Mosque. The mosque is one of the great churches of the Byzantine Empire; it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest. Be awed by its symmetry and internal tile work, and take the chance to learn more about the ceremony behind Islam, as it is a working mosque.

Free Time
IstanbulAfternoon

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure exploring the city.

Optional Activities

Topkapi Palace Visit
Istanbul1h-2h
30TRY per person

Take a step back in time with a visit to the Topkapi Palace. Once home to the Ottoman sultans and their harems, it's now a museum hosting a number of collections, ranging from porcelains found in Europe, Asia, and China to Ottoman-era weaponry.

Day 3Istanbul/Göreme(1B, 1D)

Flight to Cappadocia to explore some of the local villages and valleys. In the evening, have dinner with a local family, enjoying a homemade menu with dishes that change according to season. Talk to the friendly hosts about life in rural Cappadocia.

Plane
Istanbul – Göreme1h

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

Private Vehicle
Göreme

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Dinner with Local Family
Göreme

Enjoy seasonal homemade dishes, and talk with friendly hosts about life in rural Cappadocia.

Day 4Göreme(1B)

Excursion to the Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval cave churches. After, continue to Avanos for a visit, then enjoy a walk in one of the valleys. The evening is free for dinner with the option to enjoy a Turkish folk night - a multi-course meal followed by local entertainment.

Please note: if you have pre-booked the Turkey Hot Air Balloon Adventure, you will be flying on Day 4.

Goreme Open Air Museum Guided Tour
Göreme

Be inspired by the natural beauty of the historic Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks. Tour the more than 10 caves on site, and enjoy the color and vibrancy of many of the churches that are up to 1,000 years old.

Private Vehicle
Göreme

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities

Hot Air Balloon Ride
Göreme
420TRY per person

Cappadocia is captivating from the ground, but that’s just the half of it. See the seemingly hand-painted landscapes of Cappadocia as they deserve to be seen, from the air aboard a hot air balloon. Get up early and enjoy a simple breakfast before climbing in the basket and taking to the skies in one of the most favoured places in the world to experience a hot air balloon ride.

Turkish Night
Göreme3h-4h
85TRY per person

Attend a "Turkish night" and enjoy a delicious multi-course meal followed by local entertainment.

Day 5Göreme/Beyşehir(1B)

Visit a mysterious underground city that was used to hide Christians escaping persecution from the Roman Empire between the fifth and tenth centuries AD. Continue to Beysehir for the evening with a stop at the historic city of Konya en route.

Departing Göreme, explore an underground city. First built by the Phrygians between the eighth and seventh centuries BC, this underground city was most famously used as the hiding place for the first Christians of the area, when they were escaping from the persecution of the Roman Empire between the fifth and tenth centuries AD.

After, head to the city of Konya. Konya was the capital of the Seljuk Turks, and is home to some of the best Seljuk architecture in the country. Wander the streets and enjoy these beautiful and historic buildings. In the 13th century, it was here that the poet, Mevlana Rumi, founded the mystic Islamic sect, known as the Whirling Dervishes.

Consider visiting the museum, dedicated to Mevlana Rumi. As well as finding out more about the history of the Dervishes, it is a fascinating place to people watch. The museum's continuously flooded with faithful pilgrims coming to pay homage.

In the afternoon, travel to Beysehir to spend the night.

Private Vehicle
Göreme – Beyşehir6h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Underground City Visit
Derinkuyu 1km

Visit one of the underground cities (there are approximately 30 in the region) that were famously used as hiding places for Christians escaping the persecution of the Roman Empire between the fifth and tenth centuries. See how people transferred their surface lives to this underground world – there are cellars, rooms for food storage, kitchens, churches, stables, wine and oil presses, and shafts for ventilation.

Orientation Walk

Enjoy time in the city of Konya enroute to Beysehir.

Day 6Beyşehir/Antalya(1B)

Early start to Antalya, with an orientation walk along the charming cobblestone streets. Option to visit the museum or one of the many tea shops.

Travel by private vehicle directly to the city of Antalya. Arrive around lunchtime and spend time wandering the charming cobbled hillside streets of the district of Kaleici. It's a great place to stop and have a drink at one of the restaurants with great views of the marina below.

Private Vehicle
Konya – Antalya5h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Orientation Walk

Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time
AntalyaAfternoon

Those searching for a little culture may want to check out the Antalya Museum, offering some great reconstructions of life under the Ottoman Empire. For a break from the hustle and bustle why not head for the greenery and teashops of one of Antalya's beautiful parks. Sun lovers may want to head to one of the nearby beaches.

Optional Activities

Antalya Museum Visit
Antalya1h-2h
10TRY per person

Take in some culture at the Antalya Museum, home to 13 exhibition galleries. See a wide range of exhibits, including great reconstructions of life under the Ottoman Empire.

Day 7Antalya/Kaş(1B)

Travel to the coastal village of Kas.

Continue the journey, arriving at the beautiful coastal village of Kas. After arrival, enjoy free time to explore the town or enjoy a drink at a seaside cafe.

Private Vehicle
Antalya – Kaş4h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Day 8Kaş(1B, 1L)

Enjoy a full-day boat cruise on the famed turquoise waters of Turkey. Includes a local lunch.

Head to the small village of Uçagiz to board the boat. Enjoy a full-day excursion on the beautiful Turkish waters. Return to our hotel in Kas this evening.

Private Vehicle
Kaş – Üçağiz1h30m

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Kas Boat Trip
Üçağiz

Board the boat at the small village of Uçagiz for a full-day cruise. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the crystal clear waters Turkey is famous for! See if you can spot ancient ruins underwater, and keep an eye out for local wildlife.

Lunch is included and cold drinks are available for purchase. Facilities are simple on board (toilet and open-air shower).

Private Vehicle
Üçağiz – Kaş1h30m

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Day 9Kaş/Dalyan(1B)

Travel the stunning Mediterranean coast to the city of Fethiye. Visit the Kayakoy ghost town and Blue Lagoon beach en route to Dalyan.

Private Vehicle
Kaş – Dalyan4h-5h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Kayakoy Ghost Town Guided Visit
Kayaköy 1-2km

Visit Kayakoy, an old Greek village that became a virtual ghost town overnight in 1923 when the Turkish and Greek governments ordered an immediate population exchange. Tour the ghost town, which is now a museum, consisting of hundreds of run-down, but still mostly intact, Greek-style houses and churches resting on a small mountainside.

Day 10Dalyan(1B)

Enjoy a boat trip on the Dalyan River, seeing the famous Carian Rock Tombs and remains of the ancient city of Kaunos and Dalyan. Also visit Iztuzu Beach and opt to soak in the local mud baths.

Embark on a boat excursion for a close-up view of the famous Carian rock tombs and some remains of the ancient city of Kaunos and Dalyan.

Dalyan Boat Trip
Dalyan

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.

Day 11Dalyan/Pamukkale(1B)

Continue to Pamukkale for a guided visit of the white cliffs and the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the morning, head to the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale for a day of exploring. Visit the ancient site of Hierapolis, which was built on top of the white "castle" of Pamukkale.

Private Vehicle
Dalyan – Pamukkale4h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Hierapolis and Pamukkale Guided Tour
Pamukkale

Tour the white cliffs of Pamukkale to learn about this World Heritage-listed site and natural wonder. Made up of 17 hot water springs, the cliffs are formed when the calcium carbonate hardens with time. Explore the ancient site of Hierapolis built on top of the white "castle." See the large, ancient baths within the city (thought to be evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since second century BC).

Day 12Pamukkale/Selçuk(1B)

Travel to the vibrant town of Selçuk. From here, visit the picturesque village of Sirince to sample some of the local wine or shop for crafts.

Visit the picturesque village of Sirince and sample some of the local wine or shop for crafts. On the return to Selçuk, see the remains of the town's hilltop castle or just wander the streets and cafés of this vibrant Turkish town.

Private Vehicle
Pamukkale – Selçuk3h-4h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

Şirince Village Visit
Selçuk 1-2km

Head out to scenic Şirince, a Turkish-Greek village that was settled when Ephesus was abandoned; it’s now 600 strong. Wander the narrow village streets filled with people selling handicrafts, olive oil, and local wine.

Day 13Selçuk(1B)

In the morning, visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus.

One of the foremost cities of the world in its time, with its strategic location on the trade route, well-preserved Selçuk is one of the best places in the world to get a real feeling of what life must have been like during Roman times.

The massive, preserved theatre dominates the view down Harbour Street, which leads to the long-silted-up harbour. The impressive two-storey library, whose façade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, was built in AD 125, and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. There is even a chance to see 2,000-year-old public toilets!

Once part of Ephesus itself, but now found on the outskirts of Selçuk, are the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Today, only one column remains of this ancient structure.

Private Vehicle
Selçuk

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Ephesus Guided Tour
Selçuk

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.

Free Time
SelçukFull Day

Enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

Day 14Selçuk/Istanbul(1B)

Morning flight to Istanbul with free time to further explore the city.

In the morning, head to the airport for a short flight back to bustling Istanbul. After transferring to the hotel, enjoy some free time for last minute sightseeing and shopping before meeting the group for a final optional dinner to celebrate your journey.

Plane
Selçuk – Istanbul1h

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

Free Time
Istanbul

Free time this afternoon to further explore the city.

Day 15Istanbul(1B)

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

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

What's Included

Arrival transfer. Walking tour of old Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Aya Sofya. Dinner in a local family's home. Visit the Göreme Open Air Museum. Guided visit to an underground city. Orientation walk in Antalya. Boat trip from Kas with local lunch. Boat excursion on the Dalyan Delta to view rock tombs and ancient city ruins. Guided walk in the village of Kayakoy. Guided visit of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Guided tour of the ruins of Ephesus. Visit to the village of Sirence. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Discover historic cities and ancient Roman ruins, enjoy dinner in a traditional family home and sample local treats, relax on a boat excursion on turquoise waters in the Mediterranean sea, meet local people and explore ancient and modern culture, investigate a mysterious underground city and a ghost town

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.

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.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

RAMADAN
Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between June 18th and July 17th, 2015. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan in Muslim areas, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.

EXTRAS
Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.

Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader 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.

Group Size Notes

Max 12, Avg 10.

Meals Included

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.

Meals

Breakfast
Many breakfasts are included as part of your tour. Turkish breakfasts are very different from your usual cereal and toast morning fare - when was the last time you had olives for breakfast? In most cases they consist of large slices of fresh "french style" white bread accompanied by slices of tomato, cucumber, white and yellow cheeses, olives, jam and honey. This is accompanied by tea or coffee (usually instant coffee). You will of course want to sample the famous Turkish coffee, but it is usually taken after a big lunch or dinner, or in the late afternoon with a pastry. While we think these breakfasts are absolutely delicious, some travellers do find them a bit repetitive and enjoy buying market fruit the day before and eating this for breakfast.

Lunches
Lunches will usually be simple and on the run. They are a great chance to try Turkey's delicious and healthy array of "fast foods". This may include, "gozleme", a type of Turkish savory crepe, "chorba", delicious lentil soup, and of course doner kebabs in both beef and chicken varieties. You won't want to miss the chance to try "pide", Turkish pizza, and lahmucan- thin crust pizza you fold greenery into
You may also find "kumpir", Turkish stuffed potatoes.

Dinner
Most Turks start their dinners with a couple of mezes- small taster dishes such as grilled octopus, aubergine salad, and many more. You could also choose a soup made of fresh local ingredients. Main courses tend to be based around fresh seafood if you are near the coast (expect to pay around 15 lira for a whole fish)or the ubiquitous kebab- skewers of charcoaled meat which comes on bread with salad. There are plenty of variations of the kebab-many regions have their own specialty so be sure to ask your leader.

Desserts
Baklava (about 2 TKL a piece) is something of a national obsession and it is believed the best comes from the East. There are endless varieties of pastries and milk based deserts available and you are sure to spend at least some time in a Turkish bakery taste testing.

Snacks
Don't miss trying a simit, a Turkish pretzel or perhaps some grilled sweet corn to get you through between meals.

Drinks
Tea, served in small tulip glasses, is the number one beverage of choice in Turkey. It is freshly brewed and a tea bag is a rare thing. Turkish coffee is wonderful thing to try. The national beer is named Efes and is very good (usually 4-5 TKL a bottle) Wine is made in Turkey and is getting better every year (expect to pay around 6-7 liras for a glass in a restaurant).

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.

Meal Budget

Allow USD200-300 for meals not included.

Transport

Private air-con van, boat, plane, walking

About our Transportation

Transport on this trip will mainly be by private air-conditioned minivan and flights.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

We believe single 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 single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Comfort hotels (14 nts).

My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

About Accommodation

On this trip we will stay in comfortable local hotels. Rooms will be on a twin-share basis unless you have booked our My Own Room service. You can expect the rooms to have air-conditioning, private bathrooms and breakfast will be included daily. Some hotels may also have swimming pools and/or other recreational facilities.

Joining Hotel

Q Inn Hotel - Old City
Hocapasa Mahallesi Dervisler Sokak No 9 Sirkeci
Istanbul, Turkey
+90 (212) 514 1200

Joining Instructions

An arrival transfer is included on this tour when you arrive on Day 1, or when you arrive up to three days prior to the tour, provided that you have booked your pre-accommodation through G Adventures at our joining hotel. Due to customer experience and quality considerations, all services related to the tour must be continuous.

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day in which no activities are planned.
Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip.If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

When arriving at Istanbul Intl Airport our driver will be waiting for you with a G Adventures sign with your name on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there always a large crowd of people waiting outside in the arrival area. If for any reason your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30-45mins of the scheduled time you should take a metered taxi. Please follow the signs for taxis, which are clearly marked once you exit from the baggage hall. The ride from the airport to our starting hotel will take between 35-45mins depending on traffic and should cost approx. 35 Turksih Lira (23 USD).

*Important note* If you are advised of the flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, please contact the number listed as the emergency contact for your tour which can be found below (the below Sales office numbers should not be used). We will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. 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.

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, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.

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 within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. 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
G Adventures Local Representative (Turkey)
During office hours: + 90 212 296 80 36
After hours emergency number +90 532 481 51 73 (Yavuz)

G Adventures Turkey Manager - Yaviuz (Istanbul Turkey)
Emergency number: +90 532 481 51 73

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 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 01805 70 90 30 00
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

Finishing Point Instructions

From the hotel you can get to the airport by private transfer for an extra cost of approx. USD$35 per person/USD$60 for two people. At the beginning of the tour please advise your CEO that you will need a departure transfer, giving them your departure details and they will arrange this for you. We are able to organise extra accommodation post-trip should you require it. Please enquire at the time of booking.

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one backpack, soft compact suitcase, or sports bag (maximum 15kg) plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Porters are not often available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. It is important to pack clothes for warm to hot days and cool evenings. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.

Checklist

-Fleece or wool jumper/jacket
-Windproof/waterproof jacket
-Small towel and swimwear
-5 shirts/t-shirts, cool and breathable
-Long-sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings
-2 pair of shorts
-3 pairs of long trousers
-1 pair hiking pants
-Comfortable shoes
-Sport sandals
-Sun hat, Bandana
-Sunblock
-Sunglasses
-Watch or alarm clock
-Water bottle
-Flashlight or Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
-Money belt
-First-aid kit (should contain Lip balm with sunscreen, Aspirin, Ibuprofin, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamine, Antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
-Toiletries (biodegradable)
-Hand sanitizer gel/Sanitizer wipes
-Toilet paper
-Camera and extra memory card/film
-Extra batteries (recommended)
-Electricity Plug Adapter

Optional Items:
-Day pack
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Personal Entertainment
-Binoculars
-Waterproof backpack cover

Documents:
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•EUR cash
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

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.

Visas

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 provided the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.

Passengers travelling to Turkey for tourism or trade can purchase an electronic visa prior to entering the country. This electronic visa will replace the “sticker” and “stamp-type” visas issued at Turkish points of entry.

This e-visa can be obtained by visiting the website: www.evisa.gov.tr.

Your passport must be valid for 6 months on the date that you enter Turkey. Length of validity of your visa is dependent on your nationality, but is commonly 3 months.

For country specific visa information we recommend the following link:http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa

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.

Money Exchange

The local currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY).
Almost all local purchases in Turkey (meals, souvenirs, optional activities, etc) will be paid for in TRY

ATMs are found within main cities in Turkey and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible as while there is no hard and fast rule, some banks seem to only work with one brand of card. Please note, your bank will change a fee for overseas withdrawals.

Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. Euros, British Pounds and US Dollars are easy to exchange into Turkish Lira. Please note - while you should bring some cash with you for emergency situations, carrying cash only is a high safety risk. Money on ATM card/s and some cash is the ideal mix.

Cash advances can also be made with some banks but are time consuming and tend to have high fees attached.
Credit cards are in general not very useful in Turkey - they can be used at some larger stores if shopping for big items such as carpets.

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

Usually included in international flight tickets.

Tipping

It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. 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. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers would range from €7-12 per week depending on the quality of the service. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO or skipper did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €20-25 per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

PERSONALIZE YOUR TRIP  
Extras are specially designed for travellers with unique interests, they are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure.

*For specific days of each activity please see the Full Itinerary*

CAPPADOCIA BALLOON RIDE
Cappadocia, 1 hour ride
When travelling, perspective is everything. Get a god’s-eye view of ancient civilizations and rugged lanscapes with this unique balloon-based tour. Cappadocia is captivating from the ground, but that’s just the half of it. See the seemingly hand-painted landscapes of Cappadocia as they deserve to be seen: From the air aboard a hot air balloon.

Other optional activities (booked locally):

**Please note that while some prices are listed in EUR, optional activities will almost always be paid in TRY (Turkish Lira)**

Istanbul:
Archaeological Museum 15TRL
Topkapi Palace 30TRL
Topkapi Palace Harem 15TRL
Mosaic Museum 8TRL
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts 15TRL closed till 20.12.2014
Rumeli Fortress 3TRL
Dolamabahçe Palace 30TRL
Dolmabahçe Harem 20TRL
Galata Tower 15 TRL
Entrance to (touristic) hamam 35 EUR

Cappadocia:
Hot air Ballooning
Short flight (1h00) 150 Euro PP cash
Short flight (1h00) 160 Euro PP with Credit Card
Long flight (1h45) 230 Euro PP Cash
Long flight (1h45) 250 Euro PP with Credit Card
Turkish Night 30 Euro inc drinks
Göreme Open air museum 20 TRY
Horse riding 20 Euro/h
Quad bike 30 Euro/h
Mountain bike 20 Euro/h
Turkish bath 25 Euro
Whirling Dervishes 25 Euro

Konya:
Mevlana Museum 8 TRL

Antalya:
Suna and Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum 8 TRL

Fethiye
12 Island Tour 35 EUR (approx)
Sea kayaking 30 EUR (approx)

Dalyan
Entrance to ruins of Kaunos 8 TRL
Entrance to mudbaths 8 TRL

Pamukkale:
Hierapolis Archeological Museum 5 TRL
Ancient pools swim 35 TRL (approx)

Selçuk:
Ephesus Museum is closed till 1st of October 2014
St John’s Church 8 TRL
Slope Houses (Ephesus) 15 TRL
Virgin House (Ephesus) 15 TRL

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.

DRINKING WATER: It is advisable to drink bottled water in Turkey.

There are no specific health requirements for this trip. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information 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 we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

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 jewellery 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 CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your 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 or 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 judgment 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.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

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.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Trip Specific Safety

Like anywhere in the world, major cities have areas safer than others, use common sense, be aware of your surroundings and mind your personal belongings.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Planeterra Dollar-A-Day Program
Our Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our Planeterra projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Day program, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

Local Dress

While visiting mosques and other religious monuments you should dress modestly, cover your shoulders and you shouldn't wear short shorts or skirts.

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

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Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Be sure to stop by The Watering Hole, our adventure travel forum. If you're interested in meeting others booked on your upcoming trip, check out the Departure Lounge section of our forum and introduce yourself. Otherwise, just drop in at anytime to share some travel tips, ask questions, meet other travellers and quench your thirst for travel. Our forum is located at wateringhole.gadventures.com.