☆ Immerse yourself in the 1500-year-old Hagia Sophia and learn the splendid history of Turkey
☆ Visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the city landmark of Istanbul ☆ Compare the Topkapi Palace and the Dolmabahce Palace to further understand the development of the country ☆ Unwind the story of Fall of Constantinople by overlooking the Golden Horn and Bosporus Strait ☆ Tour the UNESCO site Goreme National Park, a wide stretch of Karst topography with cave churches and underground dwellings ☆ Soar over the most Moon-like place on earth in a hot air balloon at Cappadocia ☆ Visit 3 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites
Tour Code: USTT09
Optional Features and Upgrades: Since the seats are limited, we recommend you to choose optional and extension programs at the time of booking:
5. Single supplement fee: U$700 (*Our tour price is based on double occupancy and if a single passenger is traveling solo and not sharing room with any roommate for the entire trip, a single supplement fee is charged. If a passenger shares a room with travel partner(s) on the tour, such fee is waived.)
ALL PRICES ARE IN USD
1. Deposit: U$600/person at the time of booking
2. Final Payment: 150 days prior to the trip departure
☆ 10 - 16 people in each group
FLIGHT UPGRADE** TO BUSINESS CLASS (BEFORE FINAL PAYMENT):
☆ Business Class Flight Upgrade (only available for the International round-trip flight between North America and Turkey): Please contact us for pricing and availability
*Gratuities for tour director/local guide or driver are not included in the package price and if you are happy with their outstanding services, we recommend a tipping guideline: $15 per person per day for the guide and $ 5 per person per day for the driver. If you find the service is exceptional, feel free to tip additionally. Please keep in mind that the amount of appreciation is always at your discretion and we thank you for your generosity and kindness. Should you wish to settle your tipping money before the trip by using credit card, you may do so in your account.
**Since the seats are limited, we recommend you to choose upgrades at the time of booking.
Depart for Turkey
On board international flight to Istanbul.
Upon arrival, meet and greet then transfer to hotel.
Istanbul, the only city in the world that stretches across two continents, is the largest city in Turkey with a population of 20 million. Used to be the capital city for Byzantine Empire, Latin Empire and Ottoman Empire, this ancient city has a long history, fascinating culture and gourmet food that attract visitors from all over the world.
Rest up and get ready for your stoked itinerary tomorrow
Remarks before tour starts:
1. Conservative dress is recommended especially visiting the religious venues. No shorts or short skirts for ladies and bare shoulders/heads are better to be covered. Men are encouraged to choose the long pants. Remove shoes when entering into the mosques.
2. Ramadan is the holy month for the Islamic world and all Muslims have to fast from dawn to dusk without eating, drinking or smoking. Non-Muslims are not supposed to eat in public at this time.
Start off the day by visiting the UNESCO listed Ancient Sultanahmet District on European side. Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also nicked named the “Blue Mosque“owing to the blue glazed tiles the architects used for the decoration is a must-see sight. This massive construction is topped by over 30 domes and 6 minarets, big enough for housing 3500 pilgrims at the same time. Built between 1609 and 1616, the Blue Mosque mixed with Byzantine and Islamic styles is the city landmark building visible from across the Bosporus Strait. Not far from here is the Hagia Sophia, a present-day museum and a 900-year-old Byzantine church as well as a 500-year-old Islam Mosque in the old time. When Muhammad II stepped in this grand cathedral in 1453AD, instead of ordering to smash the complex into pieces, he determined to modify the structure, kept St. Mary status, covered the Byzantine mural paintings with plaster and converted this Christian church to a Muslim mosque. Keep going to the Egyptian Bazaar, an ancient spice market and Grand Bazaar, one of the world largest and oldest markets featuring all kinds of commodities you can imagine. Walk around in the old town center at Sultanahmet Square where you could admire three remarkable historical remains: Obelisk of Theodosius, Spiral Column and Constantine Column.
Come back to the hotel and relax or you are invited to join us for the optional evening dinner cruise on the Bosporus, the dividing line between East and West.
Optional Tour: Night cruise on Bosporus with dinner and folk-dance performance U$79/person.
Today is free for you to design your own agenda.
“If the whole world is one country, the capital must be Istanbul”. Join us for an optional full day in-depth tour to learn more about this appealing place.
Optional Tour: Full day exploring the city with lunch U$119/person
Let us first take you to the Basilica Cistern, an underground reservoir built in 532AD for the water supply of the imperial palace. The accidental discovery of two upside down Medusa head sculptures has added more mystery and romance to this unique place which has appeared in many top-grossing movies. Next stop is the famed Topkapi Palace. Initially constructed by Muhammad IIand expanded by Suleiman I, this royal palace is a huge compound consisting of imperial residence, library, mosque, school, hospital, and garden, spacious enough for 4000 dwellers. There were as many as 30 sultans who lived and ruled the vast country from this palace. Move to the New District on European side and visit the Dolmabahce Palace, also called the “New Palace”, where the last 6 sultans resided. Enlightened by the Louvre and inspired by the Buckingham Palace, this complex was designed to be fancy, luxurious and extravagant on a man-made land in water, overlooking the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara. Stroll along the lively Istiklal Avenue connecting Galata Tower and Taksim Squarelined with boutiques, book stores, bistros, high end restaurants, music pubs, art galleries, movie theaters and libraries. The elegant and charming architectures here inClassical, Gothic and Renaissance styles portray the golden era when this was all Genovese concession.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Istanbul - Ankara
Morning bus ride to the capital city Ankara(270mi/440km), the second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, go straight toAnitkabir, the Mausoleum ofMustafa Kemal Atatürk. Elected to be the first president in 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk has been highly respected as the founder of the Republic of Turkey who had abolished the Sultan Monarchy of Ottoman Empire and brought the renascence to the modern Turkey by advocating and implementing a more secular state policy. There are 12 pairs of stone carved lion statues standing on both sides of the sacred walkway leading to the Grand Ceremonial Plaza, symbolizing the 24Oghuz Turkic Tribes and adding solemn beauty to the whole tomb site. Your next program is the Museum of Anatolian Civilization, a veritable treasure trove full of archeological artifacts and cultural relics from excavation sites across the Anatolia. Ascend to Ankara Castle on top of the old town hill to gain a panoramic view of the city before checking in your hotel in the capital.
Ankara - Lake Tuz - Cappadocia
Depart for Cappadocia(200mi/330km), an area with unrivalled picture-perfect landform filled with imposing pillars, caves and valleys attracting world class filmmakers, photographers, newlyweds and hot air balloon riders. On the way, make a brief picture stop at Lake Tuz, “Mirror of the Sky”, an unusual pink color Salt Lake south of Ankara. Upon arrival at Cappadocia, check in your hotel and enjoy your free afternoon at this surreal region, the celebrated “Most Moon-like Place on Earth”
After dinner, you are invited to join us for an optional traditional folk-dance show. The UNESCO listed Sufi Whirling Dervishes has 800 years of history in Turkey and dancers believe while they spin and meditate set to the music, their soul could escalate to a more harmonious level between heaven and earth, much closer to the Creator.
We invite the early risers to participate in an unforgettable adventure(optional) by riding on a hot air balloon at sunrise time. Cappadocia is one of the top 3 world-famous destinations ideal for hot air balloon activity because of its breathtaking volcanic rock formations, unbeatable Moon-like terrain and epic history of legendary human settlement.
Optional Tour: Morning hot air balloon ride U$200-300/person (depending on the season)
Remarks for hot air balloon experience:
1. We strongly suggest early booking as the demand is usually high and the availability is limited especially during busy seasons.
2. The ride may be cancelled any time depending on the weather conditions.
3. Bring extra layers for the high-altitude chill and do not wear high heels.
4. Follow safety instructions and keep correct landing position.
5. Participants are offered safety insurance by the reputable licensed service providers.
6. Seniors above 60, kids under 5 or anyone with physical/health issues are not recommended for this activity.
In the afternoon, you are scheduled to follow our guide to explore the UNESCO listed Goreme National Park, a wide stretch of a rocky, water- and wind-eroded landscape with cave churches and underground dwellings. Among the numerous valleys, rock towers, cliffs and peaks, Guvercinlik Valley, Devrent Valley, Fairy Chimneys, Love Valley, Rose Valley,Pasabag andThree Beauties arethe most striking and picturesque ones. Around 9th century AD, more Christians escaped to this remote and isolated place and settled down here to avoid the attacks from Arabs. People hewed out houses from the rocks and later added churches, markets, wineries and tunnels to create some huge interconnected communities.Uçhisar Castlewas built on a steep slope of a 196ft/60m high rock hill as a fortification functioned to ward off any invaders. The interior of the rock hill was unbelievably hollowed out to be served as a stronghold with water storage and food supply capable to support the worriers for months without any help from outside.
Back to the hotel for a restful evening
Cappadocia - Istanbul
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic bus ride back to Istanbul and relax for the day.
Depart from Turkey
Morning check out from your hotel and head to the airport for your onward flight.
OPTIONAL PROGRAMS (CHOOSE BEFORE THE TRIP STARTS):
☆Day 3: Night cruise on Bosporus with dinner and folk-dance performance U$79/person
☆Day 4: Full day exploring the city with lunch U$119/person
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly on Anatolia in Western Asia, with a portion on the Balkans in Southeast Europe. It shares borders with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; the Black Sea to the north; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east; Iraq to the southeast; Syria and the Mediterranean Sea to the south; and the Aegean Sea to the west. Cyprus is located off the south coast. Turks form the vast majority of the nation's population and Kurds are the largest minority. Ankara is Turkey's capital, while Istanbul is its largest city and financial centre.
Why visit Turkey
Crystal clear waters, tall mountains, the ruins of ancient empires small idyllic villages, huge cosmopolitan cities – there are so many reasons why you should stay in Turkey. Here, Culture Trip takes a look at some of the best.
1. Beautiful beaches
Bodrum, Antalya, Izmir and Fethiye have some of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey, with a spectrum that includes everything from secluded coves to exciting beach parties. One of the best ways to experience Turkey’s many beaches and the Mediterranean or Aegean Coast is by taking a Blue Cruise.
2. Turkish baths
The hamam experience has become synonymous with Turkey and is a perennial favorite. Being scrubbed and washed and massaged in a cloud of soap foam is, after all, a spectacular way to unwind.
3. Archaeological sites
Witnessing many empires and civilizations, Turkey has a remarkable amount of archaeological sites spread out all over the country. From Istanbul palaces and mosques to the ruins of Ephesus to the underground cities of Cappadocia, the nation is a haven for archaeology and history enthusiasts.
4. Excellent museums
Turkey also has a lot of fantastic museums that actively preserve findings from the many archaeological sites all around the country. From the largest mosaic museum in the world (Zeugma in Gaziantep) to the Ottoman palace museums of Istanbul, there’s plenty.
5. Off-the-beaten-track wonders
Turkey also has a lot of hidden archaeological sites and historically significant cities. Whether it’s the ruined medieval Armenian city of Ani or an ancient king’s tomb at Mount Nemrut, there’s a lot to discover all around.
6. Striking architecture
Turkey’s architectural scope is striking and includes everything from historic churches to stone houses built by former Anatolian empires. From Istanbul to Mardin and beyond, you’ll always find a structure that really changes your aesthetic perspective.
Visa in Turkey
To travel to Turkey from the US, American passport holders can now get an electronic visa (e-Visa) instead of the traditional ‘stamp’ or ‘sticker’ visa. This modern and convenient system makes it easy to apply for a Turkey visa online from the US.
The best time to visit Turkey
January, February and March are fairly cold months in Turkey, although temperatures do warm up by March.
April, May, September and October are pleasantly warm, with temperatures of 20°C to 30°C, so are typically the best times to visit Turkey's grand array of ancient sites. The summer months (June through to September) are very hot, with temperatures reaching the mid-thirties on the south coast.
Language in Turkey
Turkish is spoken in Turkey, Cyprus, and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East. With Gagauz, Azerbaijani (sometimes called Azeri), Turkmen, and Khorāsān Turkic, it forms the southwestern, or Oğuz, branch of the Turkic languages.
The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas. You can get local currency from banks and exchange bureaus, known as DOVIZ in Turkish.
For Turkey there are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins and plug type F is the plug that has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Turkey operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz
What to pack and what to wear for a trip to Turkey
You can pretty much wear what you want in Turkey, but what you wear determines first impressions of how you are received. I recommend that you bring comfortable, tidy informal clothing and well-broken-in shoes.
Packing for Weather
In spring (April-May) and autumn (October-November) you may encounter rain, and the air may be cool or even chilly at night, but comfortable during the day; bring a warm jacket or a sweater and windbreaker. In Northeastern and Eastern Turkey, prepare for near-winter conditions. In Southeastern Turkey there will be little rain, and warm weather, so packs as for a mild summer.
In summer (June-September) wear cool cotton clothing, a hat, and sunblock lotion, but have a light sweater for cool evenings. Rain won't be a big problem, although you may encounter it along the Black Sea coast and in the East. In the Southeast, be prepared for hot, hot weather.
In winter (December-March) you'll need warm woolen clothing and rain gear, even though many days will be sunny. In general, weather is warmer along the seacoasts and in the Mediterranean coast and Southeast, cooler at higher elevations.
When you’re visiting any country, it’s always good to obey their laws and respect the local culture.
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$600 as penalty
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$600 + 30% of tour fare as penalty
30 - 89 days
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0 - 29 days
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Gratuities for tour director/local guide or driver are not included in the package price and if you are happy with their outstanding services, we recommend a tipping guideline: $15 per person per day for the guide and $ 5 per person per day for the driver. If you find the service is exceptional, feel free to tip additionally. Please keep in mind that the amount of appreciation is always at your discretion and we thank you for your generosity and kindness. Should you wish to settle your tipping money before the trip by using credit card, you may do so in your account.
Tour Fare Includes
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Tour Fare Excludes
Visa Application Fee
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Gratuities for tour guides and drivers are not included.
Any items not listed in the itinerary
Tourist Tax（“Tourism Dirham” imposed by Dubai government must be paid directly by guests to the hotel when checking out. The fee is AED 20 (approx. US$5) per room per night）
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Please note, there is a minimum attendant requirement (10 participants) for optional programs and Pre and Post tour extensions, If less than 10, there will be a FIT surcharge of up to 50% extra on top of the price per person. UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel or modify optional programs and Pre and Post tour extensions prior to departure date.
Safeguarding your payment(s) is our top priority. In order to prevent any rampant fraudulence or deception, we ask our customers to settle payment(s) through your account on UTOvacation official website at www.utovacation.com. Should you choose offline payment submission, Cheque/Money order/Bank draft/Credit card (with credit card authorization form filled out and signed) are accepted and the payee must be UTOvacation. Please be advised that UTOvacation has never been allowing Bank transfer/Email transfer for transactions and Cash is not recommended. If you find something suspicious regarding your payment, please call 1-855.526.1286 before any further actions.
Remarks: 1) UTOvacation reserves the right to impose relevant fuel/inflation surcharge if Brent Crude Oil Price Index or US/Canada Official CPI has jumped over 4% between your booking date and tour departure date. 2) UTOvacation usually sends out important notifications including but not limited to destination health protocols, travel industry policies, tour updates and safety alerts to our agents/customers by newsletter through email. We are not responsible for trip delay, service cancellation, price increase or any other types of loss caused by unsubscribing from our email list, wrong email address or a lack of checking email box/spam folder/junk folder on a regular basis. If you have not received our newsletter for a long time, make sure your email address is effective/valid and you are on our email list. OR contact us immediately at [email protected] for assistance.
Special Notes for Middle Eastern packages： Please be advised that traveling in the Middle East requires open-mind and willingness to respect the local culture, religion and tradition. 1.It is highly recommended that women wear tops covering shoulders and skirts falling below the knee in public. Knee-length shorts are allowed for men. It is customary for women to cover their shoulders and hair and men to have shirts and long pants when visiting a mosque or temple. More conservative dress is expected during the Ramadan or Jewish holiday period. 2.Non-Muslims above the age of 21 are only allowed to consume alcohol in licensed hotels, clubs and restaurants, never in public open areas. 3.Taking photographs of individuals, especially females, needs a permission first. Do not take any pictures with military facilities, borders and airports. 4.Horse carts and camel rides at tourist sites are mostly not included in the entrance fees. We suggest that you negotiate ride fare and tips with the merchant beforehand in order to avoid any unexpected situation at the end of the ride. Keep the exact change in local currency handy. 5.Ramadan is the holy month for the Islamic world and all Muslims have to fast from dawn to dusk without eating, drinking or smoking. Alcohol is available in licensed bars and restaurants after sunset for non-Muslims. Tourist hotels usually keep one restaurant open during the day catering to resident guests. Also during Ramadan month, live performance, certain music and dancing are prohibited. Shops are open after sunset. 6.Most hotels and restaurants provide kosher foods with no pork or shellfish in Israel. 7.Shabbat is the Jewish holy-day and day of rest of the week. It starts on every Friday after sunset and ends on Saturday evening. Offices, public transportation (except for taxi), private businesses are closed (i.e., stores and restaurants) and reopen after the Shabbat.
UTO Worry-Free Plan:
Risk Free Deposit:
1. By making a deposit of $600pp in a timely manner, you will secure a vacation spot and avoid any future package/service price increase. Within the first 30 days after you put down the deposit, you may cancel at any time without a question asked and receive a full refund in the form of your payment.
2. After 30 days of your deposit payment, you may still cancel your trip for any reason up to 150 days prior to your departure date and your deposit(non-refundable) will be converted to UTO future travel credit in full amount for 24 months. (If you cancel within 150 days before tour departure date, your deposit will be lost plus penalty as per terms and conditions)
Flexible Name/Tour Change:
1. No administration fee is charged for name change/tour change/minor correction up to 150 days prior to your departure date (except for any additional cost/surcharge already occurred, if any, imposed by any third party. i.e., airline, cruise line)
2. There is an administration fee of $100pp for any name change/tour change plus any additional cost/surcharge already occurred, if any, imposed by any third party. i.e., airline, cruise line, hotel, ground operator if you wish to make such change within 150 days before the tour starts.
Preferential Force Majeure Solution:
If there are any force majeure events happening beyond the control of UTOvacation (Global pandemics, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, wars, strikes or travel restrictions etc.), your payment less any expenses already occurred will be converted to UTO future travel credit for 24 months.
1. If full payment is not received on the due date as per terms and conditions on our end, we will offer guests an extra 24 hours’ period before cancelling the reservation and imposing any penalties after the deadline time.
2. Supporting document for visa application is provided for free of charge.
Remarks: 1.UTO Worry-Free Plan is complimentary for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other similar promotions. The existing reservations are not applicable for the plan. 2. Only itinerates with such are applicable for UTO Worry-Free Plan. 3. By purchasing UTO Worry-Free Plan, you understand that this program is non-refundable and non-transferable. Payments made by the customer will first be applied to UTO Worry-Free Plan and then to the remainder of the tour package.
UTOvacation strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for any future travel plans.
We have curated two reputable partners one in the USA and one for Canada. Once you have made your trip selection, please select the option of purchasing travel insurance.
For USA patrons, in order to qualify for the “Cancel For Any Reason” Option offered by John Hancock, you will need to purchase your insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit. Other insurance policies may be purchased later.
Please note, the travel insurance that is available for purchase is with our affiliate partners and not a direct product or offering of UTOvacation. For any questions or concerns, please contact the vendor directly.