Ancient Ruins of Turkey – Limited Edition
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Duration: 14 Days
There are few places as rich in history as Turkey, and on this 14-day Limited Edition adventure, you will be taken off the tourist path and delve deeper into its ancient worlds. Countless civilisations have called these lands home – the Hittites, Achaemenid Persian Empire, Greeks, Romans, Byzantine Empire, Seljuk and Ottoman empires – and all have left incredible reminders across the landscape. Beginning with the monuments of Istanbul, fly to Adiyaman and see the Commagene Kingdom atop Mount Numrut. Travel into Central Anatolia to understand the influence of the once powerful and culturally advanced Suljuk Empire in Kayseri, and the 5000-year-old Kultupe kiln tablets. Explore the incredible rock-hewn churches that lie in the fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia. Discover the well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamon that lie near Izmir and the amazing natural wonder of the travertines in Pamukkale. Spending time in Istanbul, Antalya and Cappadocia, this trip that will take you back in time, introducing you to whole new worlds.
  • The history of this region is etched in stone – see it with the 5000 year old Kultupe kiln tablets, considered the earliest written documentation of life in Central Anatolia
  • Board a cable car to climb to the top of the magnificent mountain Acropolis of Pergamon, home to one of the ancient world’s most stunning theatres
  • The Cappadocia region is overflowing with both natural and contructed wonders, from volcanic rock formations to the Sobesos excavation site – the location of Roman Baths, agora and mosaics.
  • Hike through the little-visited but picturesque Sognali Valley in Cappadocia. Explore rock-hewn churches and cast your eye over of the intricate frescos of ancient sanctuaries like the Yilanli Kilise Church of the Serpent
  • Originally carried by the nomadic Mongols as dry food across the steppes and into Anatolia, Manti is a favourite throughout the kitchens of Turkey. Get your chance to enjoy the traditional dish of Manti in Kayseri
  • Discover the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions of Anatolia, travelling out to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aspendos, know for a beautifully intact Roman theatre that’s perhaps the best preserved in the world
  • Istanbul - Archaeology Museum
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia
  • Kayseri - Kayseri Castle visit
  • Kayseri - Archaeological Museum
  • Kayseri - Kultepe Kanis Karumu
  • Cappadocia - Soganli Valley
  • Cappadocia - Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia - Pottery demonstration
  • Goreme - Carpet Demonstration
  • Ankara - Hattusa
  • Ephesus - Terrace Houses entry
  • Ephesus - Archaeological site visit
  • Izmir - Asklepion
  • Pergamon - Acropolis Entry
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis and Travertines National Park
  • Sagalassos - Archaeological site visit
  • Burdur - Hacilar
  • Antalya - Hadrian's Gate
  • Antalya - Aspendos Ancient City
  • Antalya - Antalya Museum
  • Day 1 Location: Istanbul
    Welcome to Istanbul – the continent-straddling metropolis that countless civilizations have called home. This trip begins with an early welcome meeting at 9 am. We recommend arriving a day early to make this morning meeting – we will be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). Following this briefing, begin your exploration of this historical peninsula. First stop is the Hippodrome, the stadium of the Byzantine Emperors and the scene of the Nika Riots and the odd chariot race. This is followed by the finest example of Byzantine architecture still standing. The stunning Hagia Sophia is an AD532 church that became a mosque and then a museum. The inside is as equally breathtaking, filled with excellent mosaics. Try some local kofte and a cold glass of Ayran for lunch, then finish the day’s exploration at Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum. This fascinating complex actually consists of three museums – the Museum of Ancient Orient, the Tiled Pavilion Museum and the Archaeology Museum. Said to have been founded in the late 19th century to keep precious artefacts from being taken to Europe, the museum has large collections of Turkish, Hellenistic and Roman artefacts, including the Alexander Sarcophagus. You’ll have plenty of time to explore before getting to know your fellow travellers with an optional dinner in a local restaurant this evening.
    Day 2 Location: Adiyaman
    This morning after breakfast, transfer to Istanbul Airport Airport for a flight to the city of Adiyaman, which is located in the Central Euphrates (approximately 2 hours). Part of the Fertile Crescent, Adiyaman sits at the crossroads of major ancient routes and has been occupied by many civilisations. This will be your base for exploring the stone heads of Mount Nemrut. On arrival, settle into your hotel and prepare for your sunset journey to the top of Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut). See the ruins of Arsameia – a holy burial area built by King Antiochus I of the Commagene Kingdom in memory of his father almost two and a half thousand years ago. At the top of the mountain, Antiochus I also constructed a tomb-sanctuary for himself and surrounded it with statues of various gods and ancestors. The size and magnitude of the colossal stone heads is stunning, and the views from the summit are sublime, especially as the sun begins to set. Afterwards, return to your hotel in Adiyaman for the evening. Another highlight of visiting South Eastern Turkey is definitely discovering menengic coffee, often referred to as Kurdish Coffee or Pistachio Coffee. Try this milky warm sweet pistachio flavoured drink – a favourite of the region.
    Day 3 Location: Kayseri
    Prepare for a long day of travel today as you make the journey to the Central Anatolian city of Kayseri (approximately 6.5 hours). This city, rich in historical monuments from the Seljuk period, is watched over by the extinct volcano of Mount Erciyes, which towers some 3916 metres over it. In the 13th century the Seljuk Empire was one of the world’s most powerful and culturally advanced states, and the influence of its unique form of architecture, art and culture can still be witnessed in the city. The legacy of the Silk Road prevails too, with Kayseri known for the quality of its carpets and kilims. The city’s most well-known export though is mantisi, or Turkish ravioli. It was originally carried by the nomadic Mongols as dry food across the steppes and into Anatolia then perfected in the Ottoman Kitchens. Kayseri manti is tiny meat-filled ravioli, served with yoghurt and chilli-infused olive oil. On arrival in Kayseri, stretch your legs with a short orientation walk, perhaps keeping an eye out for distinctive cone-topped octagonal Seljuk tombs, then enjoy some of the delicious local cuisine.
    Day 4 Location: Cappadocia
    Begin the day with a visit to Kayseri castle (or citadel), which was built on foundations constructed by the Romans, who used dark rock from the nearby volcano. The imposing building that you’ll see today can mostly be attributed to the powerful 13th-century Seljuk Sultan Alaattin Keykubat I, who added 19 towers and walls almost 3 metres thick. Stay with the Seljuk era with a visit to the Museum of Seljuk Civilisation, which is housed in the restored Cifte Medrese – originally the home of the Anatolia’s first school of anatomy. This afternoon, continue into the Cappadocia Region, making at stop at Kultepe en route. Excavation of this area revealed an ancient settlement dating back to around 2000 BC, and the 5000-year-old Kultupe kiln tablets unearthed here are considered to be the earliest written documentation of life in Central Anatolia. Travel on to the village of Mustafapasa, which features magnificent Greek houses set among a back drop of fairy chimneys and rock cut churches. This is your base for the next three nights as you explore the Cappadocia region.
    Day 5 Location: Cappadocia
    Take a relaxed walk around the village of Mustafapasa (called Sinasos until 1924) this morning, taking in the Hellenic-style houses of ornate carved stonework. Some are lovingly restored and others are crumbling, with their decorative doors hanging from hinges. You can tell that this was once a thriving Greek Orthodox community from the names and dates carved into the facades. After a relaxing morning, head out for your first hike into the Soganli Valley – one of the least visited but most picturesque valleys in the region. This moderate walk will take around 1 hour, giving you the opportunity to visit several rock-cut churches and cast your eye over the intricate frescoes found inside – such as in the Yilanli Kilise Church of the Serpent. Sit down to a leisurely lunch in a garden surrounded by walnut trees, before returning to Mustafapasa via the Keslik Monastery. Find a rare iconoclastic example of Cappadocian frescoes and then continue to the Sobesos excavation site, where archaeologists have only recently begun to uncover Roman baths, agora (central meeting spots in ancient Greek city states) and mosaics.
    Day 6 Location: Cappadocia
    This morning you have the option of taking a very early hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia to see this otherworldly scenes at sunrise. Those who are interested in this optional extra will have a truly magical experience. The odd shapes and caverns of this landscape, formed from the lava of volcanic eruptions in ancient times, often appear more like surrealist sculptures than the work of nature. After breakfast, begin your exploration of Cappadocia’s main attraction – the World Heritage-listed Goreme Open Air Museum. It’s a monastic complex composed of churches, rectories and dwellings, and was one of the earliest centres for religious education. There are at least 10 churches and chapels in the museum area, dating between AD900 and 1200, with each one named after a prominent attribute by the local villagers who were exploring these caves long before there was an entrance fee. After lunch, consider browsing some of the region’s local handicrafts before continuing to the Underground City of Kaymakli. Beneath Cappadocia’s rock formations is a network of fascinating subterranean cities, which housed up to 10,000 people each as early as Hittite times. The Kaymakli city is the widest in the region and eight levels deep, and you have the opportunity to visit four of these levels today. Returning to Mustafapasa in the evening, where you may want to consider a hamam to wash away the cave dust.
    Day 7 Location: Ankara
    This morning, depart Cappadocia and travel to the nation’s capital – Ankara. After breakfast, journey approximately 2.5 hours to the ancient capital of the Hittite Empire and World Heritage-listed site of Hattusa. The earliest traces of settlement here date back over 8000 years, but the Hittites wouldn’t claim the location as their capital until around the 16th century BC. The Hittihite Empire reached its height during the mid-14th century BC, when it took in an area that included most of Asia Minor as well as parts of the northern Levant and Upper Mesopotamia. The Hattusa site consists of the Hittite city area, the rock sanctuary of Yazilikaya on the north, the ruins of Kayali Bogaz on the east, and the Ibikcam Forest on the south. A monumental enclosure wall of more than eight kilometres in length surrounds the whole city, and there are secret tunnels, pre-Hittite royal tombs, and the famous symbols of the Sphinx Gate. After exploring this ancient capital, continue approximately 3.5 hours to the modern capital, where you’ll spend the evening.
    Day 8 Location: Izmir
    This morning, transfer to Ankara Airport for a short flight to Izmir (approximately 1.5 hours). Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city and sits on an inlet on the Aegean coast. Settlement here dates back to 3000 BC and today it’s a very cosmopolitan and outdoor city, with a cosmopolitan feel. Izmir also has an important place in Turkey’s modern history, with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s arrival in Smyrna (modern day Izmir) on 9th September 1922, marking the effective end of the Turkish War of Independence. Take an orientation walk around the city and perhaps enjoy a 'Taste Hunters' tour of city for dinner this evening, on which you’ll experience an eclectic fusion of traditional and modern street foods.
    Day 9 Location: Izmir
    Make an early start to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus (approximately 1.5 hours). It is one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman classical cities in the world and one of Turkey's premier tourist sites. Once the capital city of Roman Asia Minor, the city has a fascinating history, which really comes alive with a local guide to enhance the experience. Considering their age, the ruins are in incredible shape, and it’s not difficult to imagine them in their full glory 2000 years ago. Visit Selcuk in the afternoon to enjoy lunch and some free time. There’ll be the opportunity to visit the newly renovated artefact-filled Ephesus Archaeological Museum, with its best known exhibit the statue of Artemis retrieved from the temple of the goddess in Ephesus. Just below the fortress atop Ayasoluk Hill are the ruins of the Basilica of St John, built by Justinian I in the sixth century. According to Christian tradition, St John came to Ephesus with the Virgin Mary from Jerusalem, and lived here until his death sometime around AD100 – and the basilica stands over his believed burial site. Perhaps stay for dinner this evening and try local mezze and raki. You’ll spend another night in Izmir.
    Day 10 Location: Izmir
    Make the short journey to Bergama (approximately 1.5 hours) – a city known for its cotton, gold and fine carpets. It’s also the location of the ancient Greek and Roman cultural centre of Pergamon. You’ll visit the splendid Roman ruins, taking the cable car up to the magnificent mountainside Acropolis. The third century BC theatre here is one of the steepest in the world, with a capacity of 10,000 people. In the afternoon, visit the Asclepion. Named after Aesculapius, the god of health and medicine, this medical centre was the home of one of the fathers of Western medicine. On site is a small 3500 capacity theatre and rooms where patients were cured by the sounds of water and music. Here the dreams of the patients were analysed by their doctors (priests) 2000 years before Sigmund Freud was doing it. Bergama features some great Pide (Turkish-style pizza), so it’s recommended that you try some today. Otherwise, try some locally-made helva – one of the oldest Turkish sweets which is said to have arrived in Anatolia even before the Turks. Visit a local store and taste the pine nut helva famous to this region or the ever popular pistachio. You’ll return to Izmir for the evening.
    Day 11 Location: Pamukkale
    Start the day at a leisurely place, not departing until mid-morning for the gleaming white travertines of Pamukkale. The name Pamukkale literally translates to 'cotton castle', and it’s here that spectacular natural hot springs with high calcium bicarbonate content cascade over the edge of the cliffs, leaving bright white deposit terraces that, from afar, resemble cotton or snow. The best time to experience the travertines is at sunset, so until then you can explore Pamukkale’s other highlight: Hierapolis. Founded by the King of Pergamon in 190 BC, the ancient city of Hierapolis is now an exceptional example of a Greco-Roman city, with an ancient spa established on an extraordinary natural site. Hydrotherapy was accompanied by religious practices, which developed in relation to local cults. The site is known for its abundance of temples and religious structures – the Temple of Apollo and the theatre in particular – while the vast necropolis offers an insight into the funerary practices of the Greco-Roman era. Though you won't be able to bathe in these travertines, you can take a walk through them (after removing your shoes), then bathe in a healing thermal pool that once belonged to Cleopatra. Spend the evening here in Pamukkale after experiencing the sun setting on the cotton castles.
    Day 12 Location: Antalya
    Today makes up a long travel day, but there is plenty to see along the way. Step back a little further in time with a visit to the Hacilar Neolithic Site, approximately 2.5 hours from Pamukkale. 50 years ago, villagers at Burdur found some unique shards of pottery on a mound 25 kilometres from their property. When excavations began, mud-brick walls and floors on stone foundations dating back to 5700 BC were discovered, along with clay goddess figurines in every house. Following your exploration of Hacilar, continue on to the city of Sagalassos (approximately 1.5 hours), an exciting discovery that’s a candidate for inscription on the World Heritage list. Known as the first city of Pisidia, large-scale excavations started here in 1990, with a large number of buildings, monuments and other archaeological remains uncovered. The city was conquered in 333 BC by Alexander the Great and joined the Roman Empire 300 years later, with the Emperor Hadrian responsible for the monuments you see today. Surprisingly located up at 1450 metres in the Western Taurus Mountains, the city is blessed with wonderful views. You’ll then continue on to Antalya, the largest city on the western Mediterranean coast (approximately 2.5 hours). Tonight's accommodation is located in the wonderfully preserved old city district of Kaleici, and you’ll go on an early evening walk to see Hadrians Gate, the old Roman Harbour and the turquoise water of the Mediterranean.
    Day 13 Location: Antalya
    Enjoy some free time this morning to relax and explore this jewel in the Mediterranean crown. With its palm-lined boulevard, internationally-acclaimed marina, castle, and old city that wraps around a splendid Roman-era harbour with cliff-top views of hazy-blue mountain silhouettes, Antalya is a wonderful place to explore. You may wish to take a guided tour of the Antalya Museum this morning, a great opportunity to learn more about the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions of Anatolia. After lunch, travel out to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aspendos (approximately 1.5 hours), know for it’s beautiful intact Roman theatre that’s perhaps the best preserved in the world. Return to Antalya in the early evening and spend your night with an optional dinner overlooking the Mediterranean, feasting on local seafood.
    Day 14 Location: Istanbul
    This morning transfer to Antalya Airport for your flight to Istanbul (approximately 1 hour). On arrival, your journey through the lands of classical Turkey ends at Istanbul Airport. If you would like to spend more time in Istanbul we are happy to organise accommodation for you (subject to availability). 
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    Trip title

    Ancient Ruins of Turkey – Limited Edition

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    Validity: 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2021


    There are few places as rich in history as Turkey, and on this 14-day Limited Edition adventure, you will be taken off the tourist path and delve deeper into its ancient worlds. Countless civilisations have called these lands home – the Hittites, Achaemenid Persian Empire, Greeks, Romans, Byzantine Empire, Seljuk and Ottoman empires – and all have left incredible reminders across the landscape. Beginning with the monuments of Istanbul, fly to Adiyaman and see the Commagene Kingdom atop Mount Numrut. Travel into Central Anatolia to understand the influence of the once powerful and culturally advanced Suljuk Empire in Kayseri, and the 5000-year-old Kultupe kiln tablets. Explore the incredible rock-hewn churches that lie in the fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia. Discover the well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamon that lie near Izmir and the amazing natural wonder of the travertines in Pamukkale. Spending time in Istanbul, Antalya and Cappadocia, this trip that will take you back in time, introducing you to whole new worlds.




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    Joining point

    Legacy Ottoman Hotel

    Hobyar Mahallesi Hamidiye Cd. No:16

    Fatih / Sirkeci



    Phone: +90 2125276767

    Joining point description

    The Legacy Ottoman Hotel is located in a grand old building on the historical peninsula of Istanbul. Designed in 1911 the building is styled in first Turkish national architecture or Ottoman Revivalism. The Hotel is within walking distance to the major historical sights of the city and is a perfect base for exploring Istanbul. There is an excellent coffee shop on site and the restaurant and bar facilities on the rooftop level offer stellar views of the Bosphorus. Standard Rooms feature a safe box, satellite television, wireless internet, and hairdryers.

    Joining point instructions

    A complimentary arrival transfer is included in this tour. Private departure transfers are available for pre-booking through Peregrine. Please ensure that Peregrine has been advised of your correct flight details into Istanbul by either yourself or your travel agent at least 15 days before you travel. There are two International Airports servicing Istanbul. Istanbul New Airport (IST) is situated 52kms from your starting point hotel. Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) is located at Pendik / Kurtköy on the Asian side of Istanbul and 50km from your starting point hotel. Taxis are available and should cost between 150-175 TL. If you have pre-booked a transfer or have a complimentary transfer, please refer to the instructions below depending on arrival airport. Private Transfer from IST Airport As of January 2020, transport companies are no longer allowed to greet arriving customers with signage at IST Airport. The below process is regulated by local airport authorities. -arriving customers will walk out at the arrivals hall and must make their way to the meeting lounge, veer left and follow the signage to this area. In the Meeting Lounge give your name to the local representatives. -the airport representative will contact the appropriate transfer representative waiting in the airport, who will arrive and escort you to the waiting vehicle. Should you experience any problems with this process please provide the number of our transport company to the airport representative at the Meeting Lounge: + 90 553 313 47 60 Private Transfer from SAW Airport When exiting into the arrivals hall, please look for our representative who will be holding signage with your name and or our company Logo. For all issues regarding arrivals please contact our local emergency number +90 532 641 28 22.

    Finish point

    Istanbul New Airport



    Finish point instructions

    Istanbul New Airport will replace the current Ataturk Airport, the planned change over to this new airport is March 2019. This tour will finish in 2019 on arrival at the New Istanbul Airport. Depending on flight schedules we plan to finish this trip at Istanbul Airport between 11.30am and 2.30pm. If you are booking an international flight we would recommend not booking any departures prior to 7.00pm from Istanbul Airport (IST). If you are departing from Istanbul’s second airport Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) we would recommend not booking an international flight prior to 8.30pm from this airport. There will be a local scheduled transfer available to purchase between the two airports, private transfers are also available please refer to your booking agent for the private service and check in the terminal building for the local transfers or refer to the airport website. For your convenience if you are planning on spending a few more days in the city then a complimentary transfer will be available back to our starting point hotel. There will be public buses (IETT) and contracted Bus Services HAVAIST to various locations in the greater Istanbul. Your tour Leader will be able to assist with this. Taxis are available and a list of local destinations and indicative prices are below. Taksim: 52km 150 TL Kadıköy: 65km 180 TL We would encourage you to refer to your Essential Trip Information (that's this document) on a regular basis for any important updates.

    Important information

    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. INCLUDED FLIGHT This trip has three internal flights. Luggage on this trip is restricted to 15 kg per person checked and 8 kg carry-on cabin baggage. It is possible to safely store any excess luggage in the starting point hotel. TRANSFERS A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel. For 2020 departures this transfer will be available from both Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) and Istanbul Airport (IST). TURKEY We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page –

    Group leader

    All group trips are 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. We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader 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. You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. In Turkey, in accordance with local regulations your Leader will also be a licensed Tour Guide and will not only have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip; but will also have specialised knowledge on the sites visited and provide full guiding services.


    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 and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's travel alerts page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip. PERSONAL BELONGINGS: We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. FREE TIME: Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms. BALCONIES Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm. TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware! SEAT BELTS Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts. PICK POCKETING & PERSONAL SAFETY While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking at night and encourage you to walk in groups and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. WATER SAFETY Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water. TRAVEL ADVICE & TRAVEL INSURANCE We recommend that you check your government's advice in relation to the areas you will be visiting for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

    SAFETY IN TURKEY: We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before your departure and that you ensure your travel insurance covers you for all areas in your itinerary. We have links to all major travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting your trip on our safety page (link above). The safety of our travellers and staff is our first priority. We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team, and we’re able to quickly change arrangements if for any reason we become concerned. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately. Whilst travelling in Istanbul before, after or during your tour we would recommend avoiding crowded areas like Taksim Square, Galatasaray and Kadikoy Meydan after 6.00pm especially on a weekend. If using public transport in the city please refer to for the latest updates and announcements.


    PASSPORT As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends. VISAS Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. TURKEY VISA Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey. Visas must be obtained through the e-Visa system. To apply for an e-visa, please go to at least two weeks before you arrive in Turkey. Passport holders from New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland do not require a visa for stays up to three months. We recommend all nationalities check with their local consulate for current visa requirements TURKEY COVID-19 ENTRY & EXIT REQUIREMENTS For the latest update of what is required in order to enter Turkey, please check your government's foreign travel advice and keep monitoring for any potential changes as they may change without notice. All passengers arriving in Turkey (except the transit passengers) at the moment are required to fill out “Travel Entry Form” at “” within the last 72 hours before their flights.

    Why we love it

    The history of this region is etched in stone – see it with the 5000 year old Kultupe kiln tablets, considered the earliest written documentation of life in Central Anatolia

    Board a cable car to climb to the top of the magnificent mountain Acropolis of Pergamon, home to one of the ancient world’s most stunning theatres

    The Cappadocia region is overflowing with both natural and contructed wonders, from volcanic rock formations to the Sobesos excavation site – the location of Roman Baths, agora and mosaics.

    Hike through the little-visited but picturesque Sognali Valley in Cappadocia. Explore rock-hewn churches and cast your eye over of the intricate frescos of ancient sanctuaries like the Yilanli Kilise Church of the Serpent

    Originally carried by the nomadic Mongols as dry food across the steppes and into Anatolia, Manti is a favourite throughout the kitchens of Turkey. Get your chance to enjoy the traditional dish of Manti in Kayseri

    Discover the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions of Anatolia, travelling out to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aspendos, know for a beautifully intact Roman theatre that’s perhaps the best preserved in the world

    Is this trip right for you

    This trip involves a lot of walking, sometimes on rocky or slippery terrain such as the sites in Cappadocia. Please bring sturdy walking shoes. You also have the option to sit out many of the walks if you don't feel up to them. You'll be covering a lot of land during the trip, which means a couple of very long days of driving. However the drives are broken up with interesting stops along the way.


    All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. DRINKING WATER As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Many hotels and lodges provide safe drinking water, while bottled water is another alternative. Water consumption should be about two litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.

    Food and dietary requirements

    Your group leader or representative will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements. Please notify your booking consultant of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. For those suffering from particular food allergies, your group leader or representative will endeavour to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic.

    Money matters

    When it comes to money matters on trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need. Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document). CURRENCY The Official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY). Most goods and services can be paid for using the local currency. The EUR is also acceptable as is the USD. For the supply of everyday services like meals and general shopping we recommend the local currency. BANKING ATMs are widely available in all major towns and cities throughout Turkey. Credit and debit cards are the best way to access money throughout most trips (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.  TIPPING On this trip, we have included gratuities for the essential services that you will receive as part of your tour package. Where applicable, this will cover tips to drivers, specialist local guides and restaurant staff for included meals. This amount does not include a tip for your tour leader, so you may wish to set aside some funds for this. It is customary to tip your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. Tips are greatly appreciated as a gesture of thanks for their professionalism and leadership during your holiday. We are often asked what a reasonable amount might be. The amount is at your discretion, but a sum of €3-4 per person/per day is a general tipping standard. Tipping in Turkey, whilst not compulsory is a widespread practice and tips for good service are appreciated.  The amount depends on your resources, tipping philosophy circumstance, and most importantly on the service you are provided.   You therefore may wish to put aside some money for your own tipping, such as when you are doing your own optional sightseeing or an activity that involves local guides, drivers, when joining in optional groups meals or dining out on your own, or for porters, bellboys and other hotel staff, including room-cleaning staff. If you are paying for taxis, round up to the Lira on the fare (maximum 10 percent. Use common sense! If you feel like you're being driven in circles or otherwise ripped off, skip the tip. Also, If you stop at a public WC, you may have to tip the attendant usually 2 - 3  TRY. If you're not sure whether (or how much) to tip for a service, ask your tour leader for advice. Tipping in local currency equivalent is perfectly acceptable and often preferred SHOPPING There are many opportunities to purchase souvenirs and handicrafts while on this trip, they can be a fantastic memento of your trip, and often these purchases help to support local artisans. Your Leader may suggest visits to different stores during your tour.  Rest assured that these vendors have been selected by our team on ground.  They provide good service and good quality products at fair market prices.  It also means that after sales service is available should you get home and have a problem with your purchase.  Some visits may be included as part of your itinerary where we feel the making of the craft is relevant to the destination and interesting for everyone to visit.  If this is the case you are under no obligation to purchase anything, simply enjoy the demonstrations and learning about the local craft.    We do also encourage you to enjoy shopping in the markets to compare prices and quality. EMERGENCY FUNDS We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved. TRAVELLERS TO TURKEY PLEASE NOTE: Turkey is often misjudged when it comes to the cost of goods and services and prices can vary considerably, between regions. Cities like Istanbul and Antalya are very European and as such the standard of restaurants and cafes is very high and the cost equivalent to its European counterparts. Eating in local restaurants, road side stalls and markets is still inexpensive and lots of fun. Budgets are a personal choice but please bear in mind that you should not expect Turkey to be a budget destination.

    What to take

    What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip. GENERAL PACKING LIST: • Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts and a copy of this document. • Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets. • Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes and bandaids. • Daypack • Watch/Alarm clock or phone that can be used for both. • Power adaptors • Insect repellent • Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses • Earplugs and eye mask (you might be sharing with a snorer!) • Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. • Warm clothes including hat and gloves - When travelling in cooler climates • Wind and waterproof rain jacket • Toiletries/travel wipes • Travel Towel • Closed in, comfortable walking shoes. As most of our trips include some walking elements, we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings. • Camera with spare memory cards and batteries • Swimwear (itinerary dependant) • Clothes! Bear in mind that laundry facilities will be widely available throughout this trip. The cost varies in each destination. LUGGAGE LIMIT: On this trip, you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and, although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage, we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg. If your itinerary includes a flight, please keep in mind that some domestic airlines have checked luggage limits of 15kg. VALUABLES: Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safes to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary. BATTERIES/POWER: Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras regularly. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Charging of batteries is advised before checking out of your hotel rooms. Please bear in mind there may be some nights were electricity may not be as readily available as you might be used to

    Climate and seasonal

    Turkey is a large country split into seven regions. As a rule of thumb the Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have typical Mediterranean climates with hot summers and mild, wet winters. In the east it is more mountainous with warm summers and very cold, snowy winters. Central Turkey (Cappadocia), has low rainfall, very dry, hot summers and very cold winters. Istanbul and coastal centres can experience very high humidity. Winter (November to February) can be very cold. Not all of our hotels have heating so consider bringing thermals, a scarf, gloves and a warm jacket for travel in this period. Summer (June to August) can be very hot. Not all of our hotels have air-conditioning, and in those that do it's not always functioning. Please consider the seasons when planning your trip. RAMADAN The important month of Ramadan or Ramzan in Turkey will be in progress from 12 April - 12 May 2021 and 2 April - 1 May 2022, with the Eid ul-Fitr festival (or Bayram in Turkey) will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected. Ramadan month can differ from country to country and region to region, it can be a wonderful inclusion in your travels. If you have concerns about travelling at this time, please check with Intrepid or your booking agent before your departure.

    A couple of rules

    Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips. By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our Responsible Travel Guidelines. The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the group leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked. If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information. For additional Conditions of Carriage regarding COVID-19, see here:


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    Emergency contact

    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager. You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time. BOOKING ENQUIRIES / ISSUES For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at: CRISIS AND EMERGENCIES In case of a genuine crisis or emergency please contact our local ground representative on the number below: PEAK Istanbul: +90 532 641 2822

    Responsible travel

    Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices. It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you're travelling in. How can you be a Responsible Traveller? See our tips below: - Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so your footprint is already lighter. - Consider offsetting your flights when you book your trip/flights with us or your travel agent. - Bring a refillable water bottle and some water purification tablets (or a Steripen) to cut down on plastic bottle waste. - Be an animal-friendly traveller. Only go to venues that respect animals by allowing them to live normally in their natural environment. Steer clear of venues that use animals for entertainment or abnormal activities and/or keep animals in poor and unnatural conditions. - Eat at local restaurants, buy from regional artists and support social enterprises so you can contribute directly to locals and their economy. - Always be respectful of local customs and ask permission if you want to take a photo of someone. - Learn a few words of the local language and engage with the people around you. - Carry a cloth or re-usable bag so you can avoid plastic bags. - Give back by making a donation to a local project via The Intrepid Foundation. Share your thoughts with us by completing your feedback form after your trip. This helps us to continue to improve our commitment to responsible travel.

    The Intrepid Foundation

    Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Peregrine Adventures, a brand of the Intrepid Group, and works with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed more than AU $6 million to over 100 community organisations since 2002. Did you know that tourism is one of the biggest contributors to the global economy, making up 1 out of every 10 jobs? That’s why we support local projects that create meaningful jobs and give people the skills they need to work in the destinations we take you to. And it’s why we exist – to make it easy for travellers to give back to the communities and places they’ve been in an effective and meaningful way. Intrepid Group covers all administration costs, every cent goes directly to the projects. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information about the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or visit our website: Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Turkey include: Small Project Istanbul (SPI) Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) is a grassroots NGO operating in Istanbul. They provide skills development training, livelihood support, and educational and language support.  SPI offers 40+ programs a week that aim to improve the skills of women and their children toward brighter futures in which they will be the decision makers. Children participate in childcare, language and psychosocial support to better cope and integrate into mainstream Turkish schools. Meanwhile, their mothers take part in the Women's Skills Development Program which transfers entrepreneurial, leadership, and technical handicraft skills in conjunction with their social enterprise, in which the participants gain a livelihood. Donations to SPI through the Intrepid Foundation will support the Women’s Skills Development Program. All donations made via will be matched. "Drop Earrings Not Bombs" is one of the initiatives of the women's social enterprise at SPI

    Accommodation notes

    Send two nights in our feature stay hotel in Istanbul; Legacy Ottoman. Where true Turkish historical architecture meets breathtaking iconic views.

    Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your leader. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number, and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. Travellers who reside within the European Union or Switzerland receive basic international health insurance, so travel insurance is not mandatory under European Union Law. However, as this does not cover situations such as emergency rescues, private health care, or repatriation to their home country, comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. European Union or Swiss travellers who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting. For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below:

    Your fellow travellers

    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

    Itinerary disclaimer

    HOT AIR BALLOON CAPPADOCIA: Please note that the optional activity of the Hot Air Balloon is weather dependent. In the case of bad weather we will be unable to fly. Your trip leader will co-ordinate this with our local supplier and the Civil Aviation Authority in Cappadocia. ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.


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