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Turkey Solo Travel Tours

On this 16 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.

Travel Turkey Solo

Turkey is one of those incredible countries wealthy in ancient history, culture and tradition and offering incredible sites and experiences.

From Istanbul, take in her highlight sites. Next, head to Gallipoli for a full experience with a day dedicated to touring the region, the monuments and memorials to our ANZACS. We then head south with an overnight stay in a charming local town and visit the incredible site of Ephesus, one of the world’s best preserved ancient classical cities. We make our way east to admire the UNESCO World Heritage Pamukkale, famous for hot springs. The trip continues with seaside highlights including a two night stay in Fethiye and the city of Antalya, including a traditional gullet boat cruise. The finale is a three night visit to the spectacular region of Cappadocia. Cappadocia has a dream-like landscape, beautiful villages, and underground dwellings and cities. Reaching the end of the travels, and returning to Istanbul by air, with some final sightseeing and a farewell dinner.

INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 15 nights superior accommodation^
  • 15 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 6 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 airfare Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • Private touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Ferry crossing, The Dardanelles
  • A private group river boat cruise

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • All local taxes for provided services
  • Small group, not more than 16 travellers

A tipping fund is due on arrival, USD80 is payable
Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares (unless requested)
  • Airport Transfers 
  • 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

TURKEY SOLO TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The highlights of Istanbul; visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and charismatic bazaars of Istanbul
  • A day dedicated to the battlefields of Gallipoli including touring with a specialist Gallipoli guide
  • Visit Ephesus, considered as the world’s best- preserved classical city 
  • Visit the spectacle of the hot springs of Pamukkale
  • Enjoy two nights in Fethiye, located on the border of the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea.
  • A river boat day cruise
  • An easy paced stay in Antalya on Turkey’s fabled turquoise coast.
  • A superb 3 night stay in Cappadocia, exploring underground dwellings 
  • Highlight dining experiences
  • Small group touring, solo travellers only

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 once served as the capital of empires, religions, cultures and cuisine. A visit to Istanbul is like walking through a time tunnel, where history and tradition coexist in harmony.  Meet with the group and your tour director, end of day, then followed by an evening at your leisure. 

Meals: n/a 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Group meet up 

 

DAY 2

Istanbul

 After breakfast set off for a day exploring Istanbul’s highlights. Highlights include The Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Saint Sophia, The Underground Cistern and the Grand Bazaar.

Visit the historic peninsula a Unesco World Heritage Site where we will see Saint Sophia built by the Emperor Justinian and inaugurated in 537 AD. 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. Experience the Grand Bazaar, an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling artefacts from hand-woven carpets and kilims, to jewellery, ceramics, leather goods and more. The Underground Cistern also known as ‘the Sunken Palace, you may recall from the James Bond movie From Russia with Love.

Tonight, a highlight dinner with a view of the Golden Horn and The Sea of Marmara at a long established city restaurant renowned for its Ottoman cuisine.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Day touring, Istanbul’s highlights
  • Highlight group dinner 

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

DAY 3

Istanbul - Canakkale

This morning, carry on with your Istanbul discoveries with a visit to Topkapi Palace before we travel from Istanbul to Canakkale for our the next two nights of stay.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Half day sightseeing excursion, Istanbul
  • Travel to Canakkale

 

DAY 4

Gallipoli - ANZAC Day

The day is dedicated to touring the sites of Gallipoli. We will cross to the Gallipoli Peninsula where we learn about the Gallipoli battlefields of World War I & visit poignant memorial sites of the ANZACS including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Cemetery. At this dramatic site, insightful commentary from a special Gallipoli guide will be shared.  

HIGHLIGHT EXPERIENCE – ANZAC DAY 25 APRIL 2024
ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the ANZAC Commemorative Site. An early start, commencing with boxed breakfast 1:30AM and arriving 3AM to the carpark for the site where shuttle services transport attendees 3km to the ANZAC commemorative site. Security checks apply and the dawn services commences 530AM and ends by 7AM.

Attendance Pass: individuals apply online at Australian Government website –  opens for registration in November (year prior).

After the dawn service, touring continues to key points of interest at ANZAC Cove/Gallipoli Peninsula area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Gallipoli tour with a Gallipoli specialist guide
  • Group lunch at a local restaurant 


SPECIAL NOTES: 
ANZAC Day Dawn Service - Rug up – mornings are very cold! Umbrellas during the service are not permitted, we recommend wet weather gear/raincoats with hoods and ponchos for rain protection.  A longer day of travel and sightseeing, come prepared with comfortable footwear and a daypack with sun protection, and a warn jacket and warm clothes for pre dawn travel including a beanie and gloves. We recommend convenient snacks like protein bars for sustained energy.

See ANZAC DAY More Info section.


DAY 5

Canakkale – via Troy Museum - Sirince or Selcuk

An early morning departure to travel to Troy on our way to Sirince, or Selcuk. Troy was one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.  As you wander through the city, marvel at the ancient ruins and learn about the iconic wooden Trojan Horse, the development of the area and hear stories of the Bronze Age and the mythical Trojan War.  There’s a charming lunch stop on the way to Selcuk.  Arriving to Selcuk there will be some time to wander the village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Troy
  • Transfer today is a longer day of road travel
  • Local lunch stop
  • Road travel from Canakkale to Selcuk 

DAY 6

Selcuk/Sirince to Pamukkale

This morning, an impressive visit of Ephesus. We set off early to miss the crowds that arrive later with cruise ship day trippers. Ephesus is considered to be the world’s best preserved classical cities 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.   

After, we continue to Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage site where we stay overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Ephesus historical site
  • Travel by road to Pamukkale
  • Dinner at hotel 


DAY 7

Pamukkale – Fethiye

This morning, we head out to visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis (“Holy City”) situated atop the Pamukkale Hot Springs. The Pamukkale Hot Springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C and are a marvel for the eyes; a splendid view of white travertine. In the afternoon we travel to the coast, to arrive to Fethiye for our next two nights of stay and dinner in house.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis
  • Pamukkale Hot Springs
  • Travel to Fethiye
  • Dinner at hotel

 

DAY 8

A Dalyan River Boat Cruise

A full day Dalyan River Cruise; explore the natural scenery of the Dalyan delta as you float around the islands and reed beds, stopping to view the ancient Lycian tombs of Kaunos, carved high in the cliff sides. Spot loggerhead turtles on İztuzu Beach, cool off with a swim along the coast and take a dip in the mineral-rich mud pools, then enjoy lunch at a riverfront restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Full day river boat cruise
  • Riverfront restaurant lunch 


SPECIAL NOTES:
Bring swimwear
 

DAY 9

Antalya

This morning drive to 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. Soak up the charm of Antalya with a relaxing two night stay. This afternoon in Antalya we visit the Old Town including Hadrian’s Gate built back in 130AD, the Clock and Bramn Tower, the Yivliminare Mosque. Tonight a group highlight dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel by road to Antalya.
  • Afternoon Antalya sightseeing
  • In the afternoon tour
  • Group highlight dinner 

 

DAY 10

Perge and Aspendos Visit

A morning visit of 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. We return this afternoon to Antalya and there is some time at leisure to explore this coastal city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit the ancient city of Perge
  • Visit the Aspendos Theatre
  • Lunch at a local restaurant near Aspendos
  • An evening at leisure in Antalya

 

Day 11

Antalya to Konya

Travel from Antalya to Konya. In Konya we visit the tomb of Rumi, the great 13 century poet. Tonight, dinner together for a relaxed evening at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel by road to Konya
  • Visit the tomb of Rumi
  • Dinner at our hotel

DAY 12

Konya to Cappadocia

On the way from Konya to Cappadocia visit Sultan Hani  Caravanserai, built in the 13th century and is one of the most significant attractions in central Anatolia. Caravanserais were roadside inns along major trade routes and this site is one of the largest in the world. Then we head to Avanos, a town of traditional pottery art and watch the art of pottery using a kick-wheel for manually spinning the wheel to make the pottery. From Avanos onto fascination Cappadocia, where you will check-in to your unique cave style hotel.

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.

Meals: Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel by road to Cappadocia
  • Visit the Sultan Hani Caravanserai
  • A visit to the pottery town of Avanos
  • Check in for 3 nights

 

DAY 13

Cappadocia Visits

Today we explore Cappadocia including Goreme Open Air Museum, Monks Valley, Pigeon Valley, Lecture about the art of Weaving Turkish Hand Made Rugs

Then Goreme Open Air Museum is a complex comprising more than 30 rock-carved churches and chapels containing some superb frescoes, dating from the 9th to the 11th century. Later today, you will have a chance to visit some local villages and craftspeople, possibly including a traditional rug workshop.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Goreme Open Air Museum

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Optional hot air balloon ride / must pre book before departure

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.
Pre booked before departure.

 

DAY 14

Cappadocia 

So much to explore in Cappadocia and delight your senses including exploring an underground city. 

Kaymakli Underground City takes visitors underground to explore the excavated ruins, including the remains of stables, cellars, storage rooms, kitchens, wineries, and wells. In addition to peeking into the gigantic ventilation shafts, you can see the defence systems and learn how food, wine, and even livestock were stored.

Then head to Zelve Valley which consist of three valleys where the fair chimneys are most abundant. Zelve became one of the important settlements and religious centres of Christians especially in the 9th and 13th centuries, and the first religious seminars were given to the priests in this region. Then head to Pasabag Valley attracting attention with its unique fairy chimneys. Inside the fairy chimneys, which are multi-bodied and multi-headed, chapels and seating spaces are carved. Our last visit today is to the one of the famous wineries of Cappadocia which is a great chance for a glimpse at the traditional wine production of the region where you will  have an opportunity to taste many different flavours of wine all made from the local grapes  grown in Cappadocia.

Meals: Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit local villages
  • Experience an underground city
  • A local winery visit

 

DAY 15

Cappadocia - Istanbul

This morning, we transfer to the airport for a flight back to Istanbul for our final night. You will have the afternoon at leisure; last minute shopping and souvenir purchases perhaps.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • One way flight Cappadocia to Istanbul (see MORE INFO page)
  • Airport transfers

 

DAY 16

Istanbul Departure

Your turkey travels come to an end at the time of hotel check out.

Meals: Breakfast 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance, we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

TURKEY HOTELS 

Destination

Hotel

Nights

Istanbul

Radisson Hotel President Old Town Istanbul 4*

2

Canakkale

Troia Tusan Hotel  3*

2

Sirince

Nisanyan Hotel  boutique

1

Pamukkale

Doga Thermal Health & Spa or Colossae Thermal & Spa Hotel 5*

1

Fethiye

Alesta Yacht Hotel 4*

2

Antalya

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham 4*

2

Konya

Dedeman Konya Hotel 4*

1

Cappadocia

Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel specialty hotel

3

Istanbul

Radisson Hotel President Old Town Istanbul 4*

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.

Radisson President Old Town

Radisson Hotel President Old Town, Istanbul

Doga Thermal

Hotel Doga Thermal Health and Spa, Pamukkale

RADISSON HOTEL PRESIDENT OLD TOWN ISTANBUL, ISTANBUL
Experience the magic of Istanbul’s Old City at this upscale hotel. Located just steps from the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, and the shimmering Sea of Marmara. The hotel offers five on-site restaurants and bars, swimming pool.

TROIA TUSAN HOTEL, ÇANAKKALE
Troia Tusan Hotel offers a pool and sea view under the pine trees. Troia Tusan has private beach and pool filled with sea water, and a a Turkish bath.

NISANYAN HOTEL, SIRINCE
Nisanyan Hotel is set in a rural village, it is only a ten-minute drive from Ephesus. A boutique hotel with huge gardens and fantastic food including a sumptuous breakfast. As a boutique property, various room types are used for our stay.

DOGA THERMAL HOTEL, PAMUKKALE/DENIZLI
Doğa Thermal Health & Spa was opened in 2014. Doğa Thermal Health & Spa offering healing thermal water at the same temperature in summer and winter. Standard rooms are spacious rooms of 30-35 m² in size. The rooms have a double bed or two single beds.

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. A total of 52 comfortable rooms. The hotel enjoys views over the bay of Fethiye.


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GETTING THERE

Starts In: Istanbul, Turkey
Ends In: Istanbul, Turkey

First Day Information
Arrival day commences with the group coming together at the end of the day to with your tour guide for a welcome briefing.

Final Day Information
There are no tour excursions on the final day. An airport transfer is included to meet your departure flight.

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM. 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Airport transfers are not included with the tour package. There is the option to purchase a transfer service. Otherwise, taxis service the two international airports. See below in the MORE INFORMATION section for airport information.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
We require your flight itinerary. 
If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days priors to travel (and even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us).  Where transfers are part of your arrangement, if your itinerary is not provided to us within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers or additional fees may be incurred for the service. 

FLIGHT INFORMATION
As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares. 

VISA/ENTRY INFORMATION
See 'VISA/ENTRY' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

 

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 (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
Travellers of 70 years or over may be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.  More Information > Visit Travel Fitness
ANZAC Day touring is a long day with an early start pre dawn. If for any reason you don’t wish to participate there is the option to remain at the group hotel for this.

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.

Are you a flexitarian?
If you have dietary requirements, please advise if it is due to allergies or for medical reasons or if it is a personal preference and if you are flexible. Dietary requirements will limit choices. If a dietary requirement is not essential due to medical reasons and you are a flexitarian, then we recommend that you exclude your personal preferences if not necessary to provide more options with the meal choices.

GROUP GUIDE/ESCORT
This is a private group tour with a driver and group. Your group guide 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.

The role of your group guide is to lead the group, 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. For the bus transport this is either a 13-15 seater mini van, or a 27 seater midi coach. Vehicles do not have onboard toilets.

Minibus-Groups up to 9 passengers: such as a Mercedes Sprinters with 13-15 seats
Midi-size coach-Groups 10 passengers+:  Isuzu Turkuaz with 27 seater vehicle such as an Isuzu Turkuaz. 

There is one flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. 

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Due to the handling of luggage on our tours and coaches, checked baggage is limited to 23kg and a minimum of hand luggage.
This may need to be only 20kg if the airline selected for the internal flight permits only 20kg.

There is one internal flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul; economy class

Checked luggage: 1 piece, maximum 23kg not more 158cm in size
Hand luggage: 1 piece of cabin baggage per passenger not to exceed 23x40x55cm in size and 8 kg in weight and one personal item as bag per passenger not to exceed 40x30x15cm in size can be taken on board in the Economy Class. The personal item not to exceed 4 kg.

Aircraft: expected Boeing B737-800-Narrow-body 

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