Sleepless in Turkey

11 –20 November, 2018 | 10 Days/9 Nights

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(Istanbul, Pamukalle, Kusadasi and Cappadocia)

Cappadocia had me at ‘Hello’!

It doesn’t take much more than that to fall in love with a land that’s been described as a song. A song created by rain and wind that’s been sung for thousands of years.

It’s got hot air balloon rides at dawn, and underground settlements and caves waiting to be explored.

Cities, empires, and religions have risen and fallen from the unique cave dwellings of Cappadocia and you get to actually experience the real thing when you stay in a cave hotel on our visit here.

You are also in for a gastronomical treat when you sample local fare at a Cappadocian house in Mustafapasa.

And then, top everything off with a whirling dervish performance.

But, let’s go back to the beginning, because we begin our trip in the historical city of Istanbul.

Istanbul is everything you have read about, everything you have dreamt about, and more!

It’s a magical city. It draws you in with its history, its magnificent architecture, its spice markets, and in more recent times, its rocking night life.

It clings to its past and yet is not afraid to duel with the future.

We spend four nights in Istanbul, so that you can soak up the atmosphere, take a ride across the Bosphorus, shop, eat, and do all the wonderful things that your mind conjures up when you think of Istanbul. Maybe take a belly dancing class?

Then, we fly you to the coastal city of Kusadasi where we visit the ancient city of Ephesus.

Ephesus is the site of a succession of ancient civilizations and is considered one of the greatest outdoor museums of all times.

With two nights in Kusadasi, we move on to Pamukkale, which literally means ‘Cotton Castle’.

The travertine pools make for a surreal landscape and after all that walking and shopping you have earned the right to soak at the thermal spa!

We spend a night in Konya to rest for the night.

And then, just like that, you are on the seventh day of the trip and magical moments in Cappadocia are soon to be upon you.

We promise a level of exclusivity and the opportunity to connect with like-minded travellers in a relaxed setting.

Turkey has become a major tourist attraction over the years and hotels, tours, etc., have all developed to cater to this surge.

We hate the large ‘package tourist’, character-less hotels and buffet meals – of which Turkey has plenty!

We have personally picked some of the better properties for our holiday.

A trip to Cappadocia would be incomplete without staying in a Cave Hotel! We stay in a beautiful one in Uchesar.

While some meals are included, some aren’t – so we don’t end up eating just large buffet-style meals that taste the same.

Come, join Wonderful World on a 10 day and 9 night soujourn to Turkey.

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PRICE

- 5% GST - 9 nights’ accommodation including breakfast at the mentioned hotels - Group transfer from Ataturk airport to Istanbul city and drop to Ataturk airport on the day of departure - All transfers as mentioned - Meals as mentioned - Professional guides on tours - All admission fees to the museums and sights on tours as mentioned - Tickets and transportation for the whirling dervishes performance in Cappadocia - Tips for the guides and drivers only - Services of an English-speaking guide - Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
International and domestic flight tickets (we will book the domestic flight tickets for you at an additional cost) - Visa (assistance will be provided free of charge though) - Insurance - Bottled water / any beverages - Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia - Belly Dancing class - Any expenses of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, portage, etc. - Any meals not mentioned - Anything not mentioned above - Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather, etc.

ITINERARY

Day1
Day 1 – Sunday, 11th November(includes dinner) Istanbul arrival  Arrive at the airport and group transfer to hotel.  (If your flight arrives at a different hour, we can arrange a separate transfer at an additional cost.) Overnight at Hotel Richmond or similar
Day2
Day 2 - Monday, 12 th November(includes breakfast and lunch) Istanbul - Our first day in Istanbul takes us to a number of Byzantine relics. - We first stroll to the great square, which was once the Byzantine Hippodrome. Now it is a great park-like area surrounded by the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The Hippodrome exhibits the Walled Column, the Serpent Column, and the Egyptian Obelisk from the Byzantine times. The German Fountain is located in the north end of the Hippodrome. - Next we visit the Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine building in the world. - Break for lunch and then visit Suleymaniye Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. And then the Basilica Cistern. - Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Richmond or similar
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