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Solos Only

On this 14 day solo traveller small group tour of Turkey there’s time in cosmopolitan cities, explorations of ancient treasures, the spectacle of the beautiful coast of the Aegean Sea, delicious food, and visits to charming villages and towns. Turkey is one of those incredible countries wealthy in ancient history, culture and tradition and offering incredible sites and experiences.

From Istanbul, start out with a highlight visit to the sites of Gallipoli before making your way towards the south.  Along the way, visit the incredible site of Ephesus, one of the world’s best preserved ancient classical cities and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Pamukkale, famous for hot springs. The trips continues with seaside highlights including a two night stay in the city of Antalya, visits to towns along the coast including a day out in a traditional gulet and ending your stay in the stunning seaside location of Bodrum.  Returning to Istanbul by air, enjoy some sightseeing and a farewell dinner finale.

EXTENSION OPTION: CAPPADOCIA 3 NIGHTS/ 4 DAYS
This extension tour is highly recommended. It’s a unique contrast to your other visits.  Cappadocia has a dream-like landscape, beautiful villages, and underground dwellings and cities.  Flying in and out of Istanbul eases the burden of long travel by road. 

LIKE TO TRAVEL FOR LONGER?
The start of this tour connects with the end of Greece + The Greek Islands tour (16 MAY 2020)

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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 13 nights superior accommodation^
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners including highlight dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • English speaking locally based tour director
  • All entrance fees for included visits as per the itinerary
  • A private group tour director/guide

TRAVEL

  • Economy class one way flight Bodrum to Istanbul
  • Private touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Ferry crossing, The Dardanelles
  • A private group boat cruise to Kekova Island
  • A private group boat cruise in a traditional gulet
  • A private yacht cruise of the Bosporus 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Porterage at hotels (1 bag)
  • All local taxes for provided services
  • Small group, not more than 16 travellers

Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight/s, booked with us as part of your package.  
^ exception is Cannakale 1 night stay in more simple 3 star hotel.

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers if not meeting the nominated tour flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

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Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • The highlights of Istanbul with 3 nights of stay; visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and charismatic bazaars of Istanbul
  • Visit the battlefields of Gallipoli including touring with a specialist Gallipoli guide
  • A relaxing 2 night stay in the cosmopolitan harbour city of Izmir
  • Visit Ephesus, considered as the world’s best- preserved classical city 
  • Travel to Hierapolis and visit the spectacle of the hot springs of Pamukkale
  • An easy paced stay in Antalya on Turkey’s fabled turquoise coast.
  • Stay in the charming fishing village of Kaş
  • Explore the stunning Aegean coast with stops at Patara Xanthos and Letoon
  • Enjoy a night in Fethiye
  • A superb full day boat tour, seeing Turtle Beach and experience Dalyan’s mud baths
  • A relaxing 2 night stay in Bodrum, dubbed “Turkey’s St. Tropez”
  • Cruise the Bodrum Peninsula
  • Cruise up the Bosporus on a private yacht
  • Opt to extend your visit with a 3 day visit in Cappadocia, exploring underground dwellings with a ‘cave’ themed hotel stay

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1
Arrive Istanbul 

Welcome to Turkey! Istanbul is a treasure chest of East and West and a unique destination, which served as the capital of empires, religions, cultures and cuisine. Bringing together elements from Byzantine, Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Turkish civilisations, a visit to Istanbul is like walking through a time tunnel, and where history and tradition coexist in harmony.

Tonight, a wonderful dinner at a fifty year old local establishment owned by an Ottoman cuisine specialist.

Meals: Highlight Welcome Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A highlight group welcome dinner at a local restaurant

DAY 2
Istanbul - Gallıpolı Battlefıelds- Canakkale

Early this morning, travel from Istanbul on a scenic road to Gallipoli. Learn about the brutal events of World War I at the Gallipoli battlefields & visit poignant memorial sites of the ANZACS including Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and the trenches. At this dramatic site you will get an insightful commentary from a special Gallipoli guide. By ferry, cross the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Black Sea and The Aegean to connect to Canakkale for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel by road to the sites of Gallipoli
  • Gallipoli tour with a Gallipoli specialist guide
  • Ferry crossing of the Dardanelles
  • Group lunch and dinner

SPECIAL NOTES: 
A longer day of travel and sightseeing, come prepared with comfortable footwear and a daypack with sun protection, umbrella and a jacket.

DAY 3
Canakkale – Troy - Acropolis Of Pergamum - Izmir

An early morning departure to Troy;  one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.  As you wander through the city, marvel at the ancient ruins of the various cities from Troy I - Troy IX, learn about the iconic wooden Trojan Horse, the development of the area and hear stories of the Bronze Age and the mythical Trojan War. 

Continue to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during Hellenistic period and visit the Acropolis, an impressive structure that houses The Temple of Trajan, The Herron Shrine, The Sanctuary of Athena and the Altar of Zeus. You will also view the Theatre and The Library of Pergamum whose collection came second only to that of Egypt’s Alexandria.

Continue to Izmir, known in ancient times as Smyrna. Izmir is the third largest city bordering the Aegean Sea. This port city was, in Ottoman times, a melting pot that included Greeks, Armenians, Jews, French and Italians.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Troy
  • Visit Pergamum
  • Travel to Izmir for an overnight stay

MAY 4
Izmır

Our morning tour starts with The historical Elevator - one of the best spots to view Izmir. We continue to The Clock tower, the symbol of the city located in the heart of town, in Konak Square built in 1901.  There’s time at Kemeralti Bazaar, the most vibrant shopping centre of Izmir for centuries, and inside this colourful Bazaar is The Kizlaragasi Hani, a beautiful historic Caravanserai that dates from the 18th century that will have you feeling like you’re taking a journey back in time.

There’s a free afternoon and evening to enjoy the lovely vibe of this harbour town. Although the third largest city of Turkey, lifestyle here is at a slower pace and it’s a top spot for an afternoon at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Morning guided tour of Izmir
  • Free evening and afternoon

DAY 5
Izmir – Ephesus – Aphrodisias - Pamukkale

This morning we will drive one hour to Ephesus, considered as the world’s best- preserved classical city and famous throughout history for its Temple of Artemis which was one of the wonders of the ancient world.  Ephesus was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. Among its impressive structures, marvel at the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, The Great Theatre and the Odeon.   Later visit Aphrodisias, an extremely impressive archaeological site with beautiful remains of a theatre, stadium, monumental gate, temple of Goddess Aphrodite and a fine Archeological Museum. Continue to Pamukkale, a Unesco World Heritage for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Road travel to Ephesus
  • A guided tour of Ephesus
  • A visit to the archaeological site of Aphrodisias,
  • Road travel to Pamukkale

DAY 6
Pamukkale – Hierapolis - Antalya

After breakfast, we head out to visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis (“Holy City”) situated atop the Pamukkale Hot Springs. These hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C.  In the afternoon we drive onto arrive Antalya, Turkey’s fabled Turquoise Coast.  Antalya is the pearl city of the Mediterranean and the Turkish Riviera as well Turkey's 9th largest city & fourth most visited in the world. Soak up the charm of Antalya with a relaxing two night stay.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis
  • Pamukkale Hot Springs
  • Travel by road to Antalya

DAY 7
Antalya - Tour of Perge and Aspendos

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Antalya.  In the afternoon we tour Perge, where you'll be greeted by a monumental gate with fortified towers. Walk around the ancient angora full of soaring columns, enter ancient baths, and see the beautifully preserved ancient stadium where the best athletes had competed for crowns of laurels. The next stop is the Roman Aspendos Theatre, considered to be the best preserved in the world, with majestic walls, stage, and arcades. 

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Enjoy a leisurely morning in Antalya
  • In the afternoon tour
  • Visit the Aspendos Theatre
  • An evening at leisure in Antalya

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8
Antalya - St Nicholas Church – Myra – Kekova - Kas

We will leave Antalya and continue exploring the ancient cities along the Mediterranean Coast starting with the visit of St. Nicholas Church in Demre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and burial place for the real-life figure who inspired the legend of Father Christmas. In the last few years, the church's frescoes have been repaired and its artwork retouched to evoke the glory of this ancient place of worship.  Myra, one of the Lycian civilisation's most important port cities and an important religious centre. You can still see the ancient Greek amphitheater and the amazing rock tombs of Lycian kings. Next, we will be cruising to Kekova island on a traditional wooden boat whose coast holds the ruins of a 2nd-century city that was destroyed by an earthquake and now lies submerged in the sea.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Explore the ancient cities along the Mediterranean Coast including Myra
  • Visit St. Nicholas Church in Demre, a UNESCO World Heritage
  • Cruise to Kekova island on a traditional wooden boat
  • Enjoy dinner in Kas

Day 9
Kas – Patara – Xanthos – Letoon - Fethiye 

Today we make our way along the Aegean coast, and continue to exploring the ancient cities along the way. Unspoilt Patara is Turkey’s longest beach taking its name from the once mighty ancient city. Patara is known for its resident Loggerhead turtles, a protected species which has been laying its eggs here for the past 40 million years making it a very special place.  Xanthos once the capital of Lycia, sits on a rock outcrop where we will see the city gates, Roman theatre, agora, the colonnaded street to find some well preserved mosaics, the Dancers' Sarcophagus and Lion Sarcophagus and some rock tombs. And Letoon, a romantic site where many of the monuments arise from water was once the cult centre of Lycia.

We arrive in Fethiye, a small town on the Turquoise coast. 

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel along pretty Aegean coast with stops at Patara, Xanthos, Letoon
  • Arrive to Fethiye

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10
Fethiye – Dalyan – Caunos - Bodrum

Today we travel from Fethiye to Bodrum, another stunning coast town. On our way to Bodrum we will explore the charms of Dalyan on a full-day boat tour and see the famous Turtle Beach and experience Dalyan’s mud baths, sail to the protected Iztuzu Beach, known for its loggerhead turtles, and admire the rock-cut Lycian Tombs, the last resting place of the Kings of Caunos.

Arrive in Bodrum, originally known as Halicarnassus is our base for the next two nights. 

Dubbed “Turkey’s St. Tropez” by the New York Times back in 2006 Bodrum has become a decidedly sophisticated destination in recent years with three upmarket marinas, a wealth of superb restaurants, a buzzling nightlife, fabulous shops, numerous hidden bays and beaches. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel from Fethiye to Bodrum
  • A full day boat tour
  • See the famous Turtle Beach
  • Experience Dalyan’s mud baths
  • Sail to the protected Iztuzu Beach 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11
A Traditional Gulet Boat Cruise

Experience the beauty of Turkey’s Aegean Coast on a full day boat tour cruising the Bodrum Peninsula. Bisit hidden bays and beaches, go swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise waters and soak in the sights from sundeck. A delicious lunch will be served on board, anchoring in a scenic location including local beverages.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A full day boat tour cruising the Bodrum Peninsula
  • A delicious lunch

SPECIAL NOTES: 
Bring swimwear and sun protection 

DAY 12
Fly to Istanbul

After breakfast at our hotel, drive to Bodrum Airport for a short morning flight to Istanbul. 

On arrival in Istanbul head directly to the historic peninsula a Unesco World Heritage Site where we will see Saint Sophia built by the Emperor Justinian and inaugurated in 537 AD. For over nine centuries it was the centre of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and it remains the world’s 4th largest church. It contains some of the finest mosaics to have survived from the Byzantine period, including a haunting Virgin and Child in The Eastern apse. Visit  The Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world, named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district. Finally visit the Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar’s first phase of construction began in 1455 under Mehmet the Conqueror, but it was added to many times over the centuries. The end result - an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling artefacts including hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Flight Bodrum to Istanbul
  • Airport transfers
  • Half day sightseeing excursion, Istanbul 

SPECIAL NOTES: 
modest dress required for the visit to The Blue Mosque 

DAY 13
Istanbul
 

We will enjoy a cruise up the Bosporus on a private yacht. Your leisurely exploration of this historic waterway between Europe and Asia is delightfully relaxing followed by a visit to the Spice Bazaar. This colorful, covered bazaar has shops selling all sorts of exotic goodies.

Free afternoon and enjoy a farewell dinner in a fishermen village, the ideal place to eat and drink  in a traditional Turkish way.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A cruise up the Bosporus on a private yacht
  • A visit to the Spice Bazaar
  • Free afternoon in Istanbul
  • A farewell dinner in a fishermen village

DAY 14
Istanbul Departure Day

Your turkey travels come to an end, or opt to extend with a visit to Cappadocia.  

Meals: Breakfast 

POST TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION:  CAPPADOCIA
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Day 14: Flight to Cappadocia and full day visits
Day 15: Full day visits in Cappadocia
Day 16: Half day visit and afternoon flight to Istanbul
Day 17: Departure from Istanbul

DAY 14
Fly to Cappadocia 

Early in the morning transfer to Istanbul Airport for a short flight to Cappadocia. Cappadocia has an interesting and remarkable topography and a dream-like landscape, complete with beautiful villages and houses carved from soft volcanic ash, underground cities and frescoed churches. The so-called fairy chimneys and troglodyte dwellings will take you to another world and will guarantee an unforgettable impression.

Our touring starts in this beautiful land with the picturesque village of Sinassos, which is a perfectly preserved Greek village in the heart of Anatolia.  The former Greek inhabitants left the village in 1923 during the population exchange between Turkey and Greece.   Then visit the Goreme Open Air Museum. It is a complex comprising more than 30 rock-carved churches and chapels containing some superb frescoes, dating from the 9th to the 11th C. Later today, you will have a chance to visit some local villages and craftspeople, possibly including a traditional rug workshop. Dinner is at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • One way flight Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Airport transfers
  • Visit the village of Sinassos and other local villages
  • Visit Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Group dinner 

DAY 15
Cappadocia
 

Today we will explore the Red Valley or Kizilvadi Valley, where are orchards and vineyards between fairy tale chimneys and houses carved in stone. Most striking are the buildings excavated in the rock, such as monasteries, churches and homes. Later visit Pigeon Valley, where for centuries the locals used to keep pigeons in niches carved in the rock for their valuable fertilizing manure. We then continue with a visit to the rock formations beyond belief in Devrent Valley. Next, Cappadocia’s underground cites. We will visit either Derinkuyu or Kaymakli, which were cut out of volcanic rock as deep as 300 feet during the period from the 6th to the 10th century. 

The Cappadocia region is also known for its ceramic artisans and today we can try our hand at pottery or just appreciate the skill used to create a piece using the simple wheel in the town of Avanos. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Optional hot air balloon ride

Early this morning we have the opportunity to go ballooning over the stunning Valleys of Cappadocia. Perhaps nothing more stunning than a bird’s eye view, we soar peacefully over the valley to absorb some of the most dramatic landscape in Turkey. 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Red Valley or Kizilvadi Valley
  • Visit Pigeon Valley
  • See the rock formations in Devrent Valley
  • An underground city visit
  • Visit a local pottery maker in Avanos
  • Group dinner at the hotel  

DAY 16
Cappadocia to Istanbul

In the morning we partake in a gentle hike through the Valley of Zelve. This valley was home to one of the earliest monastic settlements in Cappadocia and was inhabited by secular families as late as the 20th Century. Nearby Pasabag, also known as Monk’s Valley, has amazing examples of hermitages hollowed out of volcanic rock formations. In the afternoon fly from Cappadocia to Istanbul and transfer to our hotel for our final night. 

Meals: Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Gentle hike, Valley of Zelve
  • One way flight Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • Airport transfers 

DAY 17
Istanbul Departure

After breakfast your tour comes to an end. 

Meals: Breakfast 

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ACCOMMODATION

Enjoy superior hotel accommodation, 4 star or above. The exception is Çanakkale, a comfortable 3 star hotel stay.

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Istanbul

The Marmara Pera

1

Canakkale

Grand Anzac Hotel

1

Izmir

Kaya Prestige

2

Pamukkale

Richmond Thermal

1

Antalya

Puding Marina Residence

2

Kas

Club Barbarossa Hotels and Villas OR Hotel Kayahan

1

Fethiye

Alesta Yacht Club

2

Bodrum

Manastir Hotel and Suites

2

Istanbul

The Marmara Pera

2

CAPPADOCIA EXTENSION TOUR

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Cappadocia

Best Western Premier

1

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided. 

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
If we arrive before the hotel check in time, the hotel will store luggage until check in time.  As a guide, hotel check in times for most parts of the world range between 2pm to 3pm. If you’re room was ready in advance of check in time the hotel may provide an early check in to your hotel. 

The Marmara Pera, Istanbul

Puding Marina Residence, Antalya

Kaya Prestige, Izmir

Alesta Yacht Club, Fethiye

Richmond Thermal, Pamukkale

Best Western Premier, Cappadocia

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

THE MARMARA PERA, ISTANBUL
Experience the charming historical fabric of Istanbul and nostalgia of the 1930s while staying at The Marmara Pera, quality 4 star hotel.  Averaging 21m² the superior city rooms are decorated with a chic bedroom dresser, large working desk and armchair together with sliding wardrobes or wall wardrobe rails. Bathrooms offers bathtubs or walk-in showers in addition to vanity units.

Wi-fi: free

GRAND ANZAC HOTEL, ÇANAKKALE
A tourist class 3 star hotel with comfortable rooms. Room facilities include; 32’’ inch LCD television, TV satellite system, split air conditioning, central heating, minibar, desk, free wireless internet connection, direct dial telephone, wake-up service, hair dryer, tea/coffee facilities, private bathroom

Wi-fi: free 

KAYA PRESTIGE, IZMIR
A four star hotel. The standard rooms offer a city view, TV, telephone, satellite channels, cable channels, flat-screen tv, safety deposit box, air conditioning, desk, ironing facilities, seating area, heating, carpeted floor, soundproofing, wardrobe / closet, shower, hairdryer , bathrobes, free toiletries, toilet, bathroom, slippers, bath or shower, minibar, electric kettle, wake-up service, towels, linen, free wifi is available in all rooms.

Wi-fi: free

RICHMOND PAMUKKALE THERMAL, PAMUKKALE/DENIZLI
Renovated in 2015, located in a quite area just 3 kilometres from Pammukale, this 5 star thermal hotel features an outdoor pool and a spa centre. The rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with amenities. Guests can enjoy a full buffet breakfast and Turkish and international cuisine at the restaurant, which offers garden view. There is also Pool Bar, Rich Café & Bar and Fireplace Bar, where guests enjoy a la carte menu and a variety of drinks. Vital Bar, inside the spa centre, offers herbal teas and organic drinks. The indoor thermal pool includes fine thermal water with rich minerals. The on-site spa centre houses a hammam, sauna, adventure cave and a gym.

Standard rooms are 20 m2 with views of the grounds. Room facilities include satellite TV, central air-conditioning, direct telephone, digital safe in the room, minibar, work area, wardrobe, smoke detector, make-up mirror, shower, hair-dryer, complimentary bath supplies, complimentary wi-fi, wake-up call, daily housekeeping

Wi-fi: free 

PUDING MARINA RESIDENCE, ANTALYA
Puding Marina Residence is a stylish 4 star, and centrally located property with 59 rooms, in the heart of Antalya Kaleici. The Puding Marina, which is classified as a Special Class - Boutique Hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a sauna and spa, Turkish bath, restaurant and pool bar. The hotel's location offers a unique mountain and Mediterranean panorama beneath the 30 metre high cliffs.  The famous Mermerli Beach and the old harbour are just a one minute walk from the hotel, and the heart of Antalya. Rooms are comfortable, presented with a simple and tasteful style with a modern design and are 12-14m2 in size. All rooms have free WI-FI, tea / coffee set, kettle, central / split air condition, safe, hair dryer, shower, slippers.

Wi fi: free

CLUB BARBAROSSA HOTELS AND VILLAS, KAS
Club Barbarossa Hotel and Villas are nestled on the shores of Çukurbag, a romantic peninsula of Kas in Antalya, Turkey. Overlooking a breathtaking panorama of a lagoon like bay and picturesque mountains, Club Barbarossa 's pride are its seawater swimming pools. All guest rooms are furnished individually, just to make you feel at home (air conditioning, satellite TV, wireless access and balconies). Standard rooms are between 15-20 metres square with garden views.

ALESTA YACHT HOTEL, FETHIYE
Alesta Yacht Hotel is located where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas merge and is situated with views of the bay, marina and local town. The hotel is just 5 minutes walk from Fethiye centre.  The property offers modern and comfortable room and includes an a la carte Restaurant, private beach, spa and friendly welcoming staff. All 52 rooms and suites have their own individual touch. This uniqueness is experienced with a breathtaking view over the bay of Fethiye and a superb sunset, which can be enjoyed from many rooms. Our 20 twin and 32 double rooms, which range in size from 20 square metres up to 35 square metres are of sufficient size for couples. For your sleeping comfort we offer the opportunity to choose from a pillow menu.

MANASTIR HOTEL, BODRUM
The property includes an outdoor swimming pool, with the option of personal spa experience, and a garden restaurant with international cuisine.  All our rooms include; a refrigerator, air conditioning, telephone, radio, television, hair dryer, shower / bath, balcony or terrace.  The hotel offers a buffet breakfast, pool & lounge bar serves snacks and Pine Restaurant offers tastes of the world cuisine with lunch and dinner menus on the terrace overlooking Bodrum peninsula.

CAPPADOCIA EXTENSION TOUR:

BEST WESTERN PREMIER
For its extraordinary geographical landscape, its rich history and culture, this region now provides a boutique service with Best Western Premier® Cappadocia.

Enjoy accommodation in a historic environment with modern facilities. Guestrooms and facility buildings came to life by restoring the ruins of the old houses, mansions and dwellings. All facilities are conceived down to last detail and prepared meticulously for our guest in order to spend their holidays in the best ways and their comfort. Luxury and authentic details are included in all areas. The hotel features cave rooms and suites, with 76 rooms in total and Galatia Café & Bistro & Bar with a full Urgup City View. There is also Aura Spa (Turkish Bath, Sauna, Steam Room, Fitness, Indoor Swimming pool and massage rooms).

Rooms are 30m2 with an LCD TV,  digiturk broadcast, digital alarm clock, phone, minibar, kettle with tea/coffee offers, hairdryer, digital safe box, worktable, fireplace, bathtub and/or shower, jacuzzi, central heating system,  bathrobe and sleepers, room and bathroom amenities, terrace and/or balcony,  wired and wireless high-speed internet.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Istanbul, Turkey
Depart from: Istanbul, Turkey  

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.
Check in times are usually 3PM and check out standards are by 10am or 11am. Varies between hotels.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Airport transfers are included when you book the nominated tour flight with us as part of your package based on the following:

Arrival Transfers:  day 1 of tour and one day prior to the tour start
Departure Transfer: on the final day of the tour including the Cappadocia extension option.

Upon arrival at Istanbul International Airport, and after clearing passport control and collecting your luggage, you are met in the airport arrivals hall for the private transfer service for our travellers to our group hotel.*

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 16 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour suited to single travellers, friends travelling together or if partnered, joining us without our partner.

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring. In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pickups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes. Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, there are some other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

GROUP TOUR DIRECTOR
This is a private group tour with a driver and tour director. Your tour director escorts the group for the duration of the tour and is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. They are also a professional guide.

They take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

TRANSPORT
Bus, plane, boat and ferry. There is one flight from Bodrum to Istanbul. If you elect the extension tour to Cappadocia there is a return flight Istanbul to Cappadocia.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Due to the handling of luggage on our tours and coaches, checked baggage is limited to 20kg and a minimum of hand luggage. One piece of carry-on luggage is permitted. 

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET
Wifi is available at all hotels.  

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone.  SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee. Some hotels may provide wi-fi but it may be limited to public areas of the hotel.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider). As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group. 

Since 2006
We've already racked up 13 years of experience creating and delivering the best ever holidays for solo travellers. As a boutique tour operator, we delight in detail, delivering personal service and finding your next best memory.
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