11 Days
1 Country

Turkey

10 Cities

Istanbul, Çanakkale, Troy, Ayvalik, Pergamon, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Ankara

18 Meals

6 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Fall in love with Turkey on this 11-day guided tour. See Ephesus, an ancient city built in the 10th Century B.C. with an amphitheater that once sat 24,000 people. Drive through the Maender River Valley to an organic farm, where you can walk the lush lands, then feast on fresh produce during a mouth-watering lunch. See the turquoise travertine pools in Pamukkale where ancient Romans used to soak — then dip into the spa at your hotel to indulge in its Turkish baths. Take a tour of a traditional cave house in Cappadocia with the local who lives there, then dine as you watch whirling dervishes dance nearby. Visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the resting place of the country’s first president, in Ankara. Travel to Istanbul, where you’ll see the infamous Blue Mosque before bargaining at the eclectic Grand Bazaar, which boasts more than 4,000 shops.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey. You’ll start in vibrant Istanbul, where a representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel.  Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director and getting to know your fellow travelers over a delicious Welcome Dinner.

Arrive Istanbul, Turkey
Accommodation Grand Wyndham Levent
Included Meals Dinner with Wine
Authentic Dining Local Restaurant Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Welcome Dinner

Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers as you savor a delicious Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Gallipoli, Anzac Cove and Troy

Marvel at breathtaking coastal views as you make your way along the shores of the Sea of Marmara to historic Gallipoli. Located in the southern part of East Thrace, it was here that for nine months during the Great War, Anzac troops fought in an in an attempt to gain control of the Dardanelles Strait. Learn more about these events as you visit Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery. Later, join your group as you head from Eceabat across the sea to Çanakkale before arriving to the historic city of Troy, the focal point of the Trojan War and the backdrop to one of history’s most famous love stories, that of Paris and Helen of Troy, the face that launched 1000 ships. A replica of the mighty Trojan horse, which helped the Greeks capture the city in 1200 B.C., can be seen beside the city’s walls.

Anzac Cove Gallipoli, Turkey
DoubleTree by Hilton Canakkale View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

DoubleTree by Hilton Canakkale

About the Hotel

Çanakkale, Turkey

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pool

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Anzac Cove Gallipoli, Turkey
Visit Anzac Cove in Gallipoli

Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Trojan Horse Troy, Turkey
Visit the Trojan Horse in Troy

Visit this ancient sight fabled to have been destroyed over love and view the huge reconstructed Trojan Horse.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 3

Pergamon and Kusadasi

Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Copmadam, a women's co-op turning recycled materials into unique items, and addressing women's employment issues. Continue on to Pergamon, once a powerful ancient Greek city, you’ll find the Asklepion temple here. A famous shrine and healing center, it was built in honor of Asklepios, the god of medicine. After some time exploring, continue your journey to the coastal resort of Izmir.

Pergamon Theatre, Turkey
Charisma De Luxe Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Charisma De Luxe Hotel

About the Hotel

Kusadasi, Turkey

Enjoy stunning views of the Aegean Sea, the Greek island of Samos and the cruise ships arriving or leaving Kusadasi Port, from the Charisma De Luxe Hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter Mtm Copmadam Workshop Ayvalik Turkey
Visit the Copmadam Workshop in Ayvalik

Visit the vibrant Copmadam workshop which produces one-of-a-kind items made from recycled packaging, creating employment opportunities for local women.

Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Day 4

Ephesus - Kusadasi

Start your morning with a trip to the nearby town of Selçuk. Home to the House of the Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis, you’ll begin with an educational visit to the Archaeological Museum. Once here, delve into the area’s history as you explore the museum’s exhibits, many of which have been retrieved from the nearby Ephesus excavation site. Later, explore the famous site itself. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and the huge Amphitheater, before visiting the House of the Virgin Mary, situated above the Ephesus ruins.

Charisma De Luxe Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Charisma De Luxe Hotel

About the Hotel

Kusadasi, Turkey

Enjoy stunning views of the Aegean Sea, the Greek island of Samos and the cruise ships arriving or leaving Kusadasi Port, from the Charisma De Luxe Hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Ephesus, Turkey
Ephesus Archaeological Museum Visit

Visit the Archaeological museum housing many of the artefacts from Ephesus.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Old Ruin Celsus Library Ephesus, Turkey
Ephesus City Tour

Discover one of the world's finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Expert, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheater and v...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 5

The Pools of Pamukkale

This morning, following the winding Maender River Valley, with its twists and turns, head to a local organic farm. Once here, you’ll meet the agricultural director who will take you on a walking tour of the eco-friendly lands. You’ll have the satisfying task of picking fruits and vegetables from his fields. Delight in a mouth-watering Farm-to-Table lunch, prepared with fresh produce from the farm. 

Continue to Pamukkale. Famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and chalk-white limestone terraces, explore the area with your Travel Director. See the ruins of the ancient Roman spa city of Hierapolis, founded in 190 B.C. You’ll see the city’s well-preserved theater and its turquoise travertine pools. Later, head back to your hotel, the esteemed Doğa Thermal Health & Spa. Take full advantage of its indoor and outdoor thermal pools, steam room and its Turkish bath complex.

Ancient Ruins in Hierapolis Pamukkale, Turkey
Doğa Thermal Health & Spa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Doğa Thermal Health & Spa

About the Hotel

Pamukkale, Turkey

A hotel which is only a few minutes drive away from the chalk-white limestone terraces and from Hierapolis archeological site. Its mineral-rich thermal waters make your stay an incredible one.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Farm 2 Table Dining Pamukkale, Turkey
Nazilli Farm-to-Table Lunch

Head to a local organic farm where you will be treated to a farm-to-table lunch, made with the fresh local produce.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Travertine Pools Pamukkale, Turkey
See the Travertine Pools at Pamukkale

See the cascading Cotton Castle of milky white travertine pools and the ancient ruin of Hierapolis.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 6

The Underground City and Cappadocia

Today your journey takes you to Urgup, a historic town in the heart of Cappadocia. Visit the 13th-century Sultanhani Caravanserai before exploring the underground city of Saratli. You will recognise this famous area from the striking golden, volcanic landscapes that surround it. 

Uchisar Castle Cappadocia, Turkey
DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos

About the Hotel

Istanbul, Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos is the perfectly located hotel for travelers to experience the culture and heritage of the local area, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless natural wonders. Plunge into the indoor or outdoor pool or indulge in a traditional Turkish bath at the hotel's spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Anatolia Seljuk Caravanserai in Anatolia, Turkey
Seljuk Caravanserai Visit

Visit a well preserved Seljuk Caravanserai.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Saratli Underground City, Saratli, Turkey
Saratli Underground City

Visit Saratli Underground city known for its fine arts architecture.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Turkish Folklore Show, Cappadocia, Turkey
Turkish Folklore Show

A folklore show in a cave setting, featuring vibrant dances from different regions and also a belly dancer. During the show unlimited amount of loc...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

The Cappadocia Experience

Move on to Göreme, a striking town in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. Explore its rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings before moving on to the Pasabag Valley. Located on the road to Zelve, you’ll find otherworldly earth pillars here, ‘fairy chimneys’ and troglodyte dwellings. Later, join a Cappadocian local who has lived in the city for decades and take a tour of their cave house. You’ll learn more about their unique way of living, local traditions and family life. Complementing the day’s events, this evening you'll witness a performance of the Whirling Dervishes before dining at a local restaurant.

Sightseeing in Cappadocia, Turkey
DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos

About the Hotel

Istanbul, Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos is the perfectly located hotel for travelers to experience the culture and heritage of the local area, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless natural wonders. Plunge into the indoor or outdoor pool or indulge in a traditional Turkish bath at the hotel's spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights City View Goreme, Turkey
Goreme City Tour

With your Local Expert, explore the underground cities, rock-cut churches, fairy-tale chimneys and the Pasabag Valley.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Cave House​, Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia Cave House Visit

Join a Cappadocian local, who has lived in the city for decades and take a tour of their cave house to learn more about their unique way of life.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Authentic Dining Whirling Dervishes, Cappadocia, Turkey
Sema Performance and Cappadocia Restaurant Dinner

Watch a spectacular Sema performance of Whirling Dervishes and discover the flavors of Cappadocia as you indulge in a regional dinner of colorful dishes. 

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 8

Ankara

One for art lovers, this morning, you’ll learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. A town based in Cappadocia, it is famous for its earthenware pottery.  Continue your journey to Ankara, where you’ll visit the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk, Turkey's greatest modern leader and the first President of the Republic of Turkey. Perhaps relax in the spa and wellness center at your hotel this evening.

Anitkabir, Ankara, Turkey
Ankara HiltonSA View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Ankara HiltonSA

About the Hotel

Ankara, Turkey

This most popular centrally located hotel of Turkey’s capital is within walking distance to some of the city's most popular restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping centers and embassies. Its rooms have panoramic views of Ankara and all offer all kinds of comfort a modern hotel should have.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Avanos Pottery Making Avanos, Turkey
Avanos Pottery Making Lesson

Learn about the ancient art of pottery making in Avanos.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Mausoleum of Ataturk Ankara, Turkey
Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara

Discover the mysterious Hittite civilization and visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 9

To Istanbul

It’s time to head to Istanbul. A glorious fusion of East and West, this popular city offers something for everyone, with history, culture, modernity, delicious cuisine and of course, the friendliest of faces. Board a cruise along the Bosphorus. As you make your way from Eminönü to the Black Sea, witness the area’s beautiful Ottoman palaces and fortresses lining the waterfront. Your evening is at leisure, why not ask your Travel Director for suggestions on places to dine. 

Istanbul Skyline at Sunset, Turkey
Accommodation Grand Wyndham Levent
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Istanbul Cruise Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, where you'll pass Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 10

Istanbul & the Ottoman Empire

Today you’ll take in the sites of Istanbul. In the morning, visit the historic Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held, before exploring Hagia Sophia. Built in A.D. 537, it is famous for its domed roof. Visit the Topkapi Palace, perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, the primary inlet of the waterway. Enjoy the excitement of bargaining in the bustling Grand Bazaar. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation Grand Wyndham Levent
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Top Rated Highlights Turkish Lamps the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul City Tour

Visit the Blue Mosque and explore Hagia Sophia. With your Local Expert, gain an insight into the lives of the Ottoman Sultans during a private tour...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Turkish Pide, Istanbul, Turkey​
Istanbul Celebration Dinner

Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner at a popular local restaurant.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 11

Farewell Istanbul

It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends, as your trip comes to an end. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onward flights, or for those extending their stay in Istanbul, speak to your Travel Director for tips and tricks on where to head.

Blue Mosque Istanbul, Turkey
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Visit Anzac Cove in Gallipoli

Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Trojan Horse in Troy

Visit this ancient sight fabled to have been destroyed over love and view the huge reconstructed Trojan Horse.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Visit the Copmadam Workshop in Ayvalik

Visit the vibrant Copmadam workshop which produces one-of-a-kind items made from recycled packaging, creating employment opportunities for local women.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ephesus Archaeological Museum Visit

Visit the Archaeological museum housing many of the artefacts from Ephesus.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ephesus City Tour

Discover one of the world's finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Expert, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheater and v...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Travertine Pools at Pamukkale

See the cascading Cotton Castle of milky white travertine pools and the ancient ruin of Hierapolis.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Seljuk Caravanserai Visit

Visit a well preserved Seljuk Caravanserai.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Saratli Underground City

Visit Saratli Underground city known for its fine arts architecture.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Goreme City Tour

With your Local Expert, explore the underground cities, rock-cut churches, fairy-tale chimneys and the Pasabag Valley.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Cappadocia Cave House Visit

Join a Cappadocian local, who has lived in the city for decades and take a tour of their cave house to learn more about their unique way of life.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Avanos Pottery Making Lesson

Learn about the ancient art of pottery making in Avanos.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara

Discover the mysterious Hittite civilization and visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, where you'll pass Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Istanbul City Tour

Visit the Blue Mosque and explore Hagia Sophia. With your Local Expert, gain an insight into the lives of the Ottoman Sultans during a private tour...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

6 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 1 Lunch

Istanbul Welcome Dinner

Enjoy getting to know your fellow travelers as you savor a delicious Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.

Nazilli Farm-to-Table Lunch

Head to a local organic farm where you will be treated to a farm-to-table lunch, made with the fresh local produce.

Sema Performance and Cappadocia Restaurant Dinner

Watch a spectacular Sema performance of Whirling Dervishes and discover the flavors of Cappadocia as you indulge in a regional dinner of colorful dishes. 

Istanbul Celebration Dinner

Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner at a popular local restaurant.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Charisma De Luxe Hotel
Doğa Thermal Health & Spa
DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos
Ankara HiltonSA

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Turkish Folklore Show

A folklore show in a cave setting, featuring vibrant dances from different regions and also a belly dancer. During the show unlimited amount of loc...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Turkey

  • Official Language(s) in Turkey: Turkish
  • Currency used in Turkey: The Lira (₺)
  • Capital City: Ankara
  • Time Zone(s) in Turkey: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Turkey has a diverse climate due to its vast size and varied topography. The coastal regions, particularly the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, have a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Inland areas experience a more continental climate, characterized by hot summers and cold winters with significant temperature variations. The eastern regions, such as Eastern Anatolia, have a harsher climate with cold winters and mild summers. The Black Sea region has a temperate climate with high rainfall throughout the year. The central and southeastern parts of Turkey have a semi-arid to arid climate with hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters.

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Turkey for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: You do not need a visa to enter Turkey
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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