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Dare to Discover: Turkey

6 Days

Trip Dates

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May 16, 2025 - May 21, 2025 Available
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Overview

Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey! Uncover the enchanting wonders of Turkey, where heartwarming locals, mouthwatering cuisines, and a shopping spree await you. Explore the grand palaces of Istanbul and be captivated by the grandeur of sweeping mosques. Immerse yourself in a culturally rich landscape intertwined with modern chaos, where each moment is a treasure waiting to be discovered.

From idyllic coastlines to rugged mountains, bustling cities to barren deserts, Turkey unfolds a diverse tapestry of landscapes. Marvel at the beauty that ranges from the serene to the majestic. Engage with the people of Turkey, unlocking a deeper connection to this vibrant land. With Idaru Travel, you’ll experience blissful vacations in Turkey like a local. We’ll take care of your needs, allowing you to be happy, live in the moment, and be inspired throughout your journey. Go on, let the adventure begin!

Highlights

  • Blue Mosque, a marvel Ottoman masterpiece with its matchless collection of six minarets
  • Topkapi Palace, a wonderful gathering of pretty courtyards surrounded with porticoes and dotted with pavilions
  • Grand Bazaar, thousand of shops crammed together beneath one roof
  • Ozkonak Underground City, a supernormal underground structure with a single main passage and built along it by cut volcanic granite
  • Three Beauties, an amazing natural formation, is the most famous natural beauty and symbol of Cappadocia

Itinerary

Day 1: :
Arrival

Welcome to the vibrant city of Istanbul! As you step off your plane at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, our representative will warmly greet you at the international arrivals exit gate inside the airport. Allow us to transfer you to your hotel where you’ll receive your room key. The rest of the day is yours to dive into the enchanting wonders of Istanbul.

Whether you choose to wander through historic streets or relax and rejuvenate at your leisure, the city beckons you to start your exploration. Enjoy the blend of ancient charm and modern allure that Istanbul has to offer!

After you get settled, we will come together for a Welcome Dinner to kick off our adventure.

Embark on a captivating journey through Istanbul’s old city, starting with a pick-up at 08:30 am from your hotel. Our first stop is the historic Byzantine Hippodrome, once the epicenter of Constantinople’s political and sporting life. Admire the enduring monuments decorating the Hippodrome, including the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine, each with its own tale spanning 500 years of Ottoman history.

Next, we’ll visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, fondly known as the Blue Mosque for the striking blue tiles adorning its interior. Built in the 16th century, this architectural gem by Mehmet during Ahmed I’s rule boasts six minarets and is surrounded by a külliye housing Ahmed’s tomb, a madrasa, and a hospice.

Our exploration continues at the iconic Topkapi Palace, a royal residence for almost 400 years. Today, it stands as a museum, captivating tourists with its collection of crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain, royal attire, jewels from the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and significant relics of the Muslim world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Topkapi Palace invites you to step into history.

Lunch beckons at 1:00 pm, after which we delve into the vibrant Grand Bazaar (Kapaliçarsi), one of the world’s largest covered markets. Navigate through its labyrinth of 60 streets and 5,000 shops, each dedicated to a unique trade. Explore the goldsmiths’ street, marvel at Turkish arts and crafts, and discover treasures such as hand-painted ceramic plates, copperware, brassware, onyx-ware, and meerschaum pipes.

Conclude your day tour with a transfer back to your hotel, having experienced the rich tapestry of Istanbul’s history, culture, and treasures.

Your adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel around 08:30 am. First on the agenda is a visit to the Grand Spice Bazaar, a sensory delight with its mystical blend of aromatic spices, vibrant fruits, vegetables, fish, and flowers. Next, embark on a Bosporus Cruise, gliding through the waterway that gracefully separates Europe and Asia. Marvel at marble palaces, Ottoman-style wooden villas, and modern residences that dot the picturesque landscape. Snap photos and soak in the beauty.

As you cruise, catch a glimpse of the historic Rumeli Fortress, a striking example of military architecture built by the Conqueror to safeguard the Bosporus (note: exterior view only).

Lunch awaits at approximately 1:00 pm, and then we’ll ascend to the highest point in Istanbul, Camlica Hill. Here, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in traditional Turkish Ottoman style, take a moment to rest and relish the panoramic views of Istanbul and the Bosporus.

After the cruise, embark on a shopping tour that unveils the traditional silk-weaving skills of Turkish women at carpet-weaving courses, endorsed by The Ministry of National Education. Explore jewelry, a handcrafts center, and a modern leatherwear show, gaining insights into ancient craftsmanship while indulging in a unique shopping experience.

With the day’s adventures behind you, the remainder of the evening is yours to discover the enchanting city of Istanbul at your own pace. Explore its vibrant streets, savor local cuisine, and soak in the magic of this captivating destination.

Today, we depart for Cappadocia. The trip will take about an hour. Upon arrival in Cappadocia check-in to the hotel and the rest of the day is yours.

Around 09:30 am, expect a pick-up as we set off to explore the wonders of Cappadocia. Our first destination is the Ozkonak Underground City, a remarkably well-preserved underground marvel. Following this, we’ll ascend to Uchisar Castle, boasting the highest vantage point in Cappadocia, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

The journey continues to the iconic Goreme Open Air Museum, known as the Heart of Cappadocia, renowned for its 10th-century frescoes illustrating the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Our exploration leads us to Cavusin, an abandoned village with ancient cave Greek houses.

Afterwards, a delightful lunch awaits at a restaurant in Avanos. Post-lunch, witness the artistry of pottery-making at a local workshop. Then, venture to Pasabagi to marvel at three-headed fairy chimneys before exploring another workshop showcasing Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims.

Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, unfolds next, revealing natural rock formations resembling animals. The journey continues to a wine shop in Urgup for a delightful wine tasting experience. Our final stop is Three Beauties, where three enchanting fairy chimneys stand proudly as the symbol of Cappadocia.

As the tour concludes around 6:00 pm, you’ll be seamlessly transported back to your hotel, having experienced the rich tapestry of Cappadocia’s unique landscapes and cultural treasures.

Breakfast
Deluxe Accommodations
Day 6 :
Departure

As the sun sets on your unforgettable exploration of Cappadocia, we bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes, ancient wonders, and cultural marvels that have defined your journey. From the depths of the Ozkonak Underground City to the heights of Uchisar Castle, each moment has been a tapestry of discovery and awe.

Your adventure took you through the rich history depicted in the frescoes of Goreme Open Air Museum, the abandoned charm of Cavusin, and the imaginative rock formations of Devrent Valley. You experienced the artistry of pottery-making and the intricate beauty of Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims.

With gratitude for sharing this adventure with us, we wish you safe travels on your onward journey, carrying the spirit of Cappadocia with you wherever your path may lead. Until we meet again, may your adventures continue to unfold like the enchanting landscapes of this extraordinary destination.

Breakfast
Deluxe Accommodations

Cost

The Cost Includes

  • Roundtrip flights to (IST)
  • 6 Nights Deluxe Accommodations
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
  • VIP Meet + Greet Private Airport Transfer
  • Transfers between activities
  • Entrance/Tour Fees per Itinerary
  • Idaru Group Leader
  • Bon Voyage Group Video Call
  • Concierge Support
  • Private Group Chat
  • Photography package images
  • Idaru Gift Box

The Cost Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa/Passport Fees
  • Hotel Incidentals
  • Optional Tours - Flying Dress
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Tips for Drivers and Guides

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do U. S. citizens need a passport to travel or any other ID?

Yes all U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that is valid for 6 months.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended as we cannot predict unforeseen circumstances interrupting your travel.

Do you offer payment plans?

At Idaru Travel, we are happy to work with you to ensure that you can experience the trip of a lifetime. However, all trip balances have to be paid off 45 days before your departure date. To learn more about our payment options, please consult with us and we can answer any questions you have.

How do I book my trip?

When you navigate to our website, you can choose a pre-designed vacation curated by Idaru, or embark on an independent adventure with our ready-made packages.

Ready to secure your spot? Follow these simple steps:
1. Click “Book Now” and let the pre-populated date be your starting point. Hit “Continue”.
2. Choose your Pricing: Land-Only or Flights Included? Select your preference to see package accommodation options.
3. Pick Your Room: Shared/Double (two beds, roommate matching offered for solo travelers) or Solo/Single Occupancy (private room).
4. Select Quantity: Add desired packages to your cart and click “Continue”.
5. Enhance Your Trip: Explore add-ons like activities or travel insurance.
6. Proceed to Checkout: Enter your billing details and choose payment method.
7. Downpayment or Full Payment: Opt for a low downpayment with installment options or pay in full.
8. Enjoy Confirmation: Upon booking confirmation, you’ll receive an email with an installment plan (if applicable). Remember, full payment is due 45 days before departure.
That’s it! Dive into the excitement of your upcoming adventure.

Please reach out to us if you experience any issues: booking@idarutravel.com

What is your refund policy?

All deposits for trips are non-refundable. Trip payments made after the deposit are eligible for a refund depending on where we are in proximity to the travel date. The refund policy is outlined on the Terms and Conditions page, which is all available on the Contact Us Tab.

To learn more about our refund policy, please visit our Booking Terms and Conditions page.

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Dare to Discover: Turkey
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