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Turkey tour, 9 days

During this versatile tour we visit the emblematic city of Istanbul as well as the legendary historic coastal towns on the Aegean Sea, where you can enjoy the sun, sea and beach in Kusadasi. Djoser, has been a Turkey tour operator for over 15 years so we bring vast experience.  If you are joining our group tours you will be joining an international group with most participants coming from the Netherlands. You can read more about traveling with an international group in the practical information section.

University Short Term, Study Abroad, Faculty-Led Programs   Faculty members - use this pretested itinerary as a template for your short-term program in Turkey. This trip can be extended or shortened. We can work with you to build an outstanding program for your private group. We can add in activities which bring your area of study to life. Our quote for customized study tours will include: International flight, land program with breakfasts, selected dinners, private coach transport, local, English-speaking guide, city tours, activities and selected entry fees, tips, comfortable lodgings similar to accommodations displayed in this website, faculty members free of charge, staying in single rooms. Contact us regarding your program needs and preferences for January Term, May Term and Summer programs in Turkey.  Contact:  Luke Neal luke@djoserusa.com 877-356-7376.

Itinerary

  1. Istanbul
  2. Istanbul
  3. Istanbul
  4. Istanbul – Çanakkale
  5. Çanakkale – Troy – Bergama
  6. Bergama – Kusadasi
  7. Kusadasi, excursion Efeze
  8. Kusadasi, excursion Milete and Didyma
  9. Kusadasi – Izmir


Land program begins: Istanbul 9 PM
Land program ends: Izmir 1 PM

Subject to change

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Istanbul, Çanakkale
Day 1 Istanbul (Land begins)
Day 2 Istanbul
Day 3 Istanbul
Day 4 Istanbul - Çanakkale

The Turkey tour begins in the magical and amazing Istanbul. It is the only city in the world located in two different continents (Europe and Asia), and it offers a nice mix between east and west. A cruise on the Bosphorus will take you through the most beautiful areas of the city where you can spend hours wandering among the tea houses, mosques and antique shops. Istanbul is a world city, a magic city and a city where you will never be bored! In Istanbul we will stay in a comfortable and centrally located hotel in the Sultanahmet district. This district is an open-air museum full of beautiful palaces and mosques, such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The impressive Hagia Sophia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagia_Sophia Is a monument of power, faith and symbol of the Byzantine Empire. More than 1,500 years ago Christians built the Aya Sofia and the building served as a Christian church, for centuries it was the largest church in the world. Until the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul (then Constantinople) was seized and the Hagia Sophia became a mosque. In and around the sanctuary you see also Christian and Muslim influences. Today the building serves as a museum and as a symbol of Istanbul. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, because of its history and its unique architectural features. Right across the Hagia Sophia, is the Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque because of the many blue tiles on the outside, coming from the statje Iznik. The mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 by Sultan Ahmet I. The interior of the mosque is decorated with over 20,000 hand-painted blue, green and red-brown tiles. Around the mosque are six minarets, which was very typical of that time. The client (Sedefhar Mehmet Aga) thus showed how rich he was. Another highlight in the Sultanahmet district is the spectacular Topkapi Palace.This was the residence and the government palace during the Ottoman Empire, which was built in 1465. The palace with its three huge courts is surrounded by 4593 ft of walls and stands out from the rest of the city. You can here safely spend a half a day in the beautiful gardens and countless rooms. And at the restaurant Konyali Lokantasi Topkapi Palace, you can enjoy a delicious Turkish coffee with a breathtaking view of the Bosphorus. On a sunny day you can see the Asian side of Istanbul. Istanbul is also known for its many lively bazaars and it has something for everyone: from Turkish delight to hand painted pottery. The first covered bazaar, the Grand Bazaar, was built in 1461. This is now one of the largest covered markets in the world, it has a whopping 4,500 market stalls, shops and food and beverage outlets: definitely worth a visit. If you really want to eat locally, you should check out "Lokanta. Here you find food ready in large iron frying, upon entering you give the cook your preferences, and before you sit the delicious food appears at the table. The food here is pretty cheap and there are many opportunities for delicious local cuisine. "Lokanta" means “Restaurant” in Turkish. If you ask a random passer-by where a "Lokanta” is, explain that you do not mean a normal restaurant. Ask a taxi driver for a suggestion as they eat here very often. Those who want to escape the bustle of the city, can pay a visit to one of the historic bathhouses, or the Hammam, where you will be wonderfully pampered with a soap massage. One of the finest, oldest and most famous Hammam in Istanbul is Çemberlitaş Hamamι. The interior alone is worth a visit inside.

Historic sites along the Aegean

Day 5 Çanakkale – Troy - Bergama
Day 6 Bergama - Kusadasi

After this versatile and magical city we travel to Canakkale. Çanakkale is the capital of the eponymous province in northwestern Turkey and a cozy harbor. Here you can visit small shops and restaurants that serve delicious local cuisine. This town is best known for its cheeses, wines, olives and fish. Canakkale lies at the narrowest point of the Dardanelles, a strait in northwestern Turkey and forms a link between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. In the course of history Çanakkale was inhabited by many peoples, as seen in the varied architectural features in the buildings. The city is known for its rich and fascinating history and therefore offers many attractions. One of the attractions in Çanakkale is the archaeological museum. This museum has five different rooms where you can admire different types of ceramics from the 17th to 20th centuries. During the period of the Ottoman Empire, this was one of the main cities where pottery was produced. The museum also has a number of special finds from Troy. In the province of Canakkale lies a village called Behramkale. This village is located in a secluded location with wonderful views over the Gulf of Edremit. The famous temple of Athena, Assos was built here in the 6th century BC. This temple is worth a visit. Located on the northwest coast of Turkey on the Aegean Sea, is the place where the famous ancient war was fought in Troy.The story of the Trojan horse is one of the most famous stories from Greek antiquity. This giant wooden horse was the downfall of the Greeks after a ten-year war. Troy is located 19 miles southwest of Çanakkale. Here you can admire a reconstructed version of the Trojan horse. It is one of the few areas in Turkey, which was excavated as well. There are also other beautiful sites. The excavations vary from the time of 3000 BC to 400 AD. From Troy we continue to Bergama. This city is one of the few ancient cities in the world, which have retained their original character and Hellenistic ruins. Bergama is the center of an agricultural area that is formed by the valley of the River Bakir. The inhabitants live mainly from agriculture (olives, tobacco, cotton) and livestock. Also, this city is famous for its ancient ruins of ancient Pergamon that soar above the modern city such as the remains of the famous library, the temples of Trajan and Dionysus, the impressive theater Asklepion, the monumental altar of Zeus, the spa of Demeter, and the Agora.

Sun, sea, beach or maybe culture?

Day 7 Kusadasi tour Ephesus
Day 8 Kusadasi tour Miletus and Didyma
Day 9 Kusadasi - Izmir (land ends)

Our final destination Güzelçamli is beautifully situated on the beach south of the town of Kusadasi. Güzelçamlı is an authentic village founded in the sunny province of Kusadasi. This village offers a unique combination of sun, sea, state, nature and culture. Kusadasi is a very popular and very colorful place. Typical are the many pedestrian streets and squares. The seaside town has a cozy center with many shops, restaurants and cafes. It is a beautiful place to have a drink and to enjoy the surroundings. In this cozy harbor of Kusadasi, luxury cruise ships arrive daily. It is lovely to walk around and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the fishmongers and to eat some delicious fresh fish. Sun worshipers can laze on beautiful sandy beaches, which also offer plenty of water sports. Kusadasi is also a great base for visiting Ephesus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephesus may be seen as one of the highlights of the trip through Turkey. Ephesus is the most important archaeological area of Turkey and one of the largest excavations of Greek antiquity. It is the best preserved city from the Greco-Roman antiquity and enjoyed its heyday in the 3rd century. There were originally a group of indigenous settlements, located around the sanctuary of the great ancient Greek fertility goddess, Artemis of Ephesus.This is also one of the other great attractions to visit. The Temple of Artemis is one of the many temples on earth, but this temple is so special that it rightfully earned a place among the seven ancient wonders of the world. According to stories, the temple was the most beautiful building that once stood on the earth. Other names for the temple of Artemis: the large marble temple and temple D. Today there one pillar stands at the temple, built in honor of the goddess Artemis. From Kusadasi, we visit the villages of Miletus and Didyma. These historical sites are located in a beautiful area of hills covered with pine and olive groves. Didyma was in ancient times an important oracle place. It was connected to Miletus via a 12.5 miles road, and also known as the "Manhattan of the ancient world." A visit to Priene is also worthwhile. Here you can see the remains of the Hellenistic city, including an Ionic temple dedicated to Athena Polias. If you are up for more culture, take a look at the city of Kusadasi. Here you can visit the Caravanserai, a castle from the Ottoman. The castle has a marble gate and inside the walls is a pond. The Kale district has some old traditional houses and narrow streets, where you can see how the city looked earlier. In Kusadasi you can find plenty of small shops filled with all kinds of nice souvenirs and cozy restaurants where delicious Turkish breakfast is served. An ideal end to your vacation!

Dates and prices

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Included in our Turkey tour package: land package (begins & ends at hotel), lodgings , tour leader (as a logistics coordinator, not a lecturer) speaks Dutch & English, city-to-city transport by private bus, excursions according to program.

Price excludes

Excluded in our Turkey tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, Turkey tourist visa, exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure.

Cost Overview

Land price from

$1,370
Single accommodations $210
   
Extension hotel city #1 Istanbul
Double room per person $63
Single room $75
Extension hotel city #2 Kusadasi
Double room per person $50
Single room $63
   
Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly $360
   
Deposit due upon booking $500
  * Deposit based on 20% of minimum land price, or $500 minimum
  * Balance due 60 days prior to departure. 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - During our Turkey tour we stay in hotels with a cozy atmosphere. Rooms have private shower and toilet. The hotels are centrally located and most sights are within walking distance.

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Istanbul  Hatay Hotel
Bergama Efsane Hotel
Guzalcamli 

Faustina Hotel


Single room-
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on '"Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extensions -
It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the "Dates & Prices" page.

Meals -
Turkey has a variety of restaurants where you may choose from an extensive menu at reasonable prices. In typical restaurants, called “locantas” and “kebab salunus,” you may order dishes such as stuffed vegetables, stew casseroles, meat from the grill, rice, pasta or Turkish pizzas. Characteristic in Turkish cuisine are the multiple uses of fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh fruit, light olive oil and garlic. The Islamic character of Turkey becomes apparent by the lack of pork on the menu. They do serve lamb, mutton and goat meat. 

The typical Turkish restaurant and also the teahouse and the “pastane” (the bakeries), are extremely popular. In the seaside towns you will find numerous fish restaurants. Bottled mineral water is for sale everywhere, as is tea, which is the national beverage. Breakfast is included. For all other meals you are free to choose when, what, where and with whom you wish to have them. Of course the tour guide will always have suggestions; join the guide and group members for meals, or you may dine on your own.

Flights & Transportation


Land program begins: Istanbul 9 PM
Land program ends: Izmir 1 PM

Subject to change

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind.

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Turkish Airlines
NL participants arrive: Istanbul 4:25 PM
NL participants depart: Izmir 4:50 PM

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel (not Included) - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation - We travel with a comfortable bus with air conditioning. Throughout the trip the bus is at our disposal so we can stop for a photograph, to get something to eat or drink, or to look around and check out the surroundings.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our Turkey tour package

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Tour guide (speaks Dutch & English)
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Hotel Accommodation with breakfast
  • Visit Troy
  • Ephesus Tour 
  • Tour Miletus & Didyma
     

When you book a trip

  • $500 deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date


While you are traveling

Local currency:  Lira
ATM machines: Widely available
Credit Cards: Accepted most places 
Types of cash accepted:  Lira or small Euros 


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices"  section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During our Turkey group, the following excursions are included in the program:

  • A visit to the best preserved Greek and Roman times, Ephesus. Turkey has many archaeological sites, but Ephesus is at the top of the list. An early trading place it is also known as the largest outdoor museum of the Roman Empire. If you visit Ephesus you really get the feel of how life was like 2000 years ago. There are some well-known ruins in the city, the harbor road with columns, the ancient amphitheater with 25,000 seats, fountains and monuments, Library of Celsus and the marble way from the theater to the library
  • We pay a visit to one of the largest cities in Anatolia with a population between 80,000 and 100.0000, Miletus. It was the main port, but also an important political, religious, cultural and commercial center and home to Scientists and philosophers such as Thales of Miletus. The baths and the theater are the main attractions here
  • After visit Miletus Didyma, a sacred oracle site. You'll find the remains of a huge temple complex that was dedicated to Apollo. Previously the locals go went here to seek answers from the gods

On the way of our Turkey group tour, our bus stops at several locations, which you have to pay entrance fees:

  • For true antiquity buffs, Troy is an absolute must!
  • Bergama is known for its ancient ruins of ancient Pergamon such as the temples of Trajan and Dionysus. This temple was built in honor of the Roman emperor Trajan. The impressive theater Asklepion, one of the best preserved theaters of antiquity, is also the steepest theater in the world. Also worth a visit are the monumental altar of Zeus, the spa town of Demeter and the Agora

More tours and attractions can be locally if offered by local tour guide / agent. In Istanbul there are many possibilities such as a visit to stroll around the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a beautiful view over Istanbul, two continents at one time, then you should see the Galata Tower. Rather cooler, is to go underground to visit the ancient Basilica Cistern. Enjoy the sunset on the Galata Bridge, a cruise on the Bosphorus and nice stroll and shop on Istiklal Caddesi or completely unwind in the Hamman. Everything is possible in Istanbul! In Canakkale, you can visit the Archaeological Museum or enjoy more history in the Gallipoli battlefields where battles took place during the First World War. It is a fascinating trip. On Djoser trips some excursions are included and fixed in the trip, but that the remaining time is free to fill out as you wish.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

Travel documents needed
Turkey tourist visa needed - YES Consulate link 

Visa Expeditor - 
If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance. It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM) Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellant, salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Most people are recommend to get:

  • DTP vaccinations against hepatitis A

South Africa is a modern country with excellent medical amenities. The tap water is drinkable everywhere and restaurants are good and clean. However, it is still advisable to drink bottled water. It is wise to somewhat watch what you eat. We also recommend that you bring a small medical kit include aspirin and anti-intestinal disorders.

Insurance - For peace of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses. Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX  1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8 
Maximum group size: 20

What to expect when traveling with an international group - Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Turkey tour operator for over 15 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Turkey tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our Turkey group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

Our trips will be guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver , hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

Turkey represents different geographical and climate zones. The shore of the Sea of Marmara from Istanbul to Canakkale is hilly, alternating with some plains. The shores of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea guarantee sunshine from early spring until late fall. Central Anatolia consists of a high plateau with mountain ranges. The climate has dry and warm summers and mild and pleasant spring and fall seasons. Even though it will be warmest in summertime, the heat will be tolerable due to the low humidity.

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Highlights

  • Comfortable hotels with breakfast
  • Travel in a relaxed journey pace
  • Various other included excursions
  • Visit to the magical Istanbul