Turkey Encompassed Trip Notes

Turkey Encompassed

Last Modified: 03 Feb 2016
Turkey Encompassed
Trip code: ERKT
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Experience the stunning sights and tantalising tastes of Turkey on this two-week adventure that takes in all the highlights and then some. Become acquainted with illustrious Istanbul, behold landscapes like no other around Cappadocia, and sail the all-too-pretty islands off Kekova. Marvel at the ancient ruins of Ephesus, settle in for a spectacular soaking in Pamukkale’s thermal hot springs, and reflect on the tragedies and gallantries that took place along Gallipoli’s windswept peninsula. Brimming with history, bustling with progress and bursting with flavour, Turkey intrigues and delights at every turn of this perfectly paced small group adventure.
Table of Contents
StyleDeparture taxFinish point instructions
ThemesImportant notesEmergency funds
Is this trip right for you?Group sizeVisas
Why we love itYour fellow travellersIssues on your trip
MapSingle travellersWhat to take
Also available to purchaseMealsSafety
Itinerary disclaimerTransportTravel insurance
Culture shock rating Group leaderResponsible Travel
Physical ratingJoining point A couple of rules
Included activitiesJoining point descriptionThe Intrepid Foundation
Optional activitiesJoining point instructionsResponsible Travel projects
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsCarbon offset
Spending moneyFinish point Feedback
TippingFinish point description
Cosmopolitan cities brimming with modern delights, archaeological sites filled with ancient splendour, curious landscapes straight out of a storybook and picture-perfect coastlines frequented by the jet set… this is tantalising Turkey! Visitors won't be able to forget travelling through this exotic land which sits at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, yet displays a fair bit of Middle Eastern flair.
  • ‘Comfort travel’ means encountering all that the real world has to offer, but with an added degree of, well… comfort. We use more private transport, the travel pace more relaxed, the accommodation a touch nicer. And by paying a little more up front, you’ll be treated to more included meals, more leader-led activities and get a greater immersion in all things local.
Is this trip right for you?
- This trip covers a lot in two weeks, so there are some long travel days (especially Day 6 and Day 13). All travel is in comfortable air-conditioned private and public buses; stops are frequent and the scenery is superb. We believe this is the best way to really see a country like Turkey and experience the diverse landscapes.
- Much of the travel is on public buses, which not only minimises the carbon footprint, but also provides opportunities to interact with the locals. You will be pleasantly surprised that most Turkish buses have Wi-Fi and serve coffee and cake!
- You will need sturdy walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen and a day pack to explore some of the historical sites. All site tours are guided but you can wander at your own pace if your prefer.
- Anzac Cove can get quite cool in the months of April and October. Bring a wind-proof jacket if you can.
- The weather can be warmer in July and August, but this is the best time to enjoy the clear waters of the Mediterranean, and our activities will be timed to miss the heat of the day.
Why we love it
- Feast your eyes on Turkey's most spectacular and surreal sights, from the 'Cotton Castle' of Pamukkale to the psychedelic rockscapes of Cappadocia
- Enjoy a local lunch while sailing the Kekova islands. Spot underwater cities from above, then spend the afternoon snorkelling
- Your exploration of Derinkuyu is a walking tour with a twist. This astounding ancient city extends some 60 metres underground
- Forget about Greece or Italy – bliss out on the beaches of Fethiye. Here are some of the bluest waters you will find
- Pay your respects to the fallen at Gallipoli, a moving and educational experience regardless of your age or background
- In Ankara you'll learn about ancient civilisations at Turkey's best museum

Day 1 Istanbul
Merhaba! Welcome to Turkey. If arriving at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport (IST) you will be met and transferred to your hotel. If arriving at Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) airport please make your own way to the hotel (unless you have booked a transfer). There is an important welcome meeting in the evening – check the noticeboard for the exact time. Use any free time today getting acquainted with this eclectic city.
Optional Activities
  • Bosphorus Boat Cruise, Istanbul (Public) - TRY25
  • Galata Tower - TRY18
  • Istanbul - Archaeology Museum - TRY20
  • Istanbul - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - TRY25
  • Topkapi Palace - TRY45
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - TRY30
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace - TRY65
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 2 Ankara
Kick off your adventure with a guided city tour. You'll visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque and learn more about its one-of-a-kind architecture, with its six minarets and 20,000 dazzling handmade Iznik tiles. A visit to the ancient Hippodrome, with its intriguing monuments the Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II, is also included. At around noon, take a private minibus to Ankara (approximately 5.5 hours), Turkey's capital, and spend the night there.
Included Activities
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - City Tour
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Boutique Hotel (1 nt)
Day 3 Göreme
Spend your morning visiting the Anatolian Civilisation Museum of Ankara, then depart for Cappadocia on a minibus (the journey takes around 4 hours). You'll pass through Tuz Gölü, one of the richest salt lakes in the world and the source of over half of Turkey's total salt production. Stop to visit the 13th-century Agzikarahan Caravanserai, one of many centuries-old stone shelters built along the ancient trade routes to protect nomadic merchants. End the day at your hotel in Goreme. Note: remember to pack sturdy walking shoes or boots and a comfortable day pack today.
Included Activities
  • Anatolian Civil. Museum Visit
  • Agzikarahan Kervansaray Visit
Optional Activities
  • Whirling Dervishes - Sema Performance - EUR25
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 4 Göreme
If you're ready for an early start this morning, there is the option of a hot-air balloon ride over the strange and stunning landscapes of Cappadocia. Those preferring a more leisurely start to the day can relax into breakfast and then depart for the underground city of Derinkuyu, just a short trip away. Explore these ancient subterranean labyrinths and dwellings, some of them extending as deep as seven levels underground. In the afternoon, discover the handicrafts of the area and visit a carpet workshop for an insight into one of Turkey's most revered traditions. In the evening you have the option of a traditional Turkish bath.
Please note this activity can only be booked locally. Please speak to your trip leader on Day 1 to organise this.
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Carpet shop visit & demonstration
  • Valley Walk in Capadoccia
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City tour
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
Optional Activities
  • Wine & Sunset Tour Cappadocia, Turkey - USD48
  • Hot Air Balloon, Cappadoccia (Exclusive Flight) - EUR230
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 5 Konya
Today you'll explore the Göreme Open Air Museum, a Christian sancturary of carved houses, churches and monasteries. Explore the many examples of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. Enter the cave chapels and witness the exquisite colour of the biblical frescoes found within. Then say goodbye to Cappadocia and travel by public bus to Konya, our stop for the night. On arrival you'll take an orientation walk of the town, plus a guided tour of the Mevlana Museum for a fascinating insight into the history of Rumi and the Whirling Dirvishes. Note: as Konya is quite a religious area, it is best to dress to dress conservatively here to show your respect.
Included Activities
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 6 Antalya
This morning after breakfast you'll drive to one of Turkey's true coastal gems, Antalya (approximately 5 hours). Acquaint yourself with Kaleici, the charming old city where your accommodation is located. Your leader will take you to sites such as the Clock Tower, Hadrian's Gate, and the old Roman Harbour where glorious views of the blue Mediterranean are to be found.
Included Activities
  • Orientation walk Antalya
  • Kaleici
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 7 Kas
Enjoy a guided tour of the Antalya Museum today. Its excellent collection is spread across 13 exhibition halls and an open-air gallery. The beautifully preserved statues in the Hall of Gods, Heracles now among them, are not to be missed. After lunch we continue to the lovely seaside village of Kas, which is pronounced 'karsh' (approximately 4 hours). Its whitewashed houses adorned with bougainvilleas, as well as an ancient Greek theatre, makes this place great for walking around and exploring. Make sure you sample the delicious local cuisine in the fishing village.
Included Activities
  • Antalya Museum
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 8 Kas
Drive to Kekova this morning and board a local boat for a relaxing cruise through a series of peaceful and picturesque islands, all with distinctive rock formations. Keep your eyes peeled for a strange sight: ancient houses submerged in the clear water. You will enjoy a homemade Turkish meal onboard, cooked by our host family. Arrive at the settlement of Ucagiz and the quaint village of Simena, a township of stone houses drenched in colourful flowers. Also sail from large bays to beautiful protected inlets, where there is the chance to take a refreshing dip just off our boat. Return to Kas for the evening.
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 9 Fethiye
Head to Kayakoy in the morning. Walk around and take in its strange atmosphere, which owes to an interesting history. Once a ghost village, after Ottoman Greeks left during the population exchange of the 1920s, the town is now protected by the government and exemplifies a quiet and traditional Turkish lifestyle. Check out Kataponagia, a church in the lower area of the village with a back room once used to collect the bones of the dead. Then continue to Fethiye, where you'll have plenty of time to soak up the picture-perfect views by the harbour and perhaps enjoy dinner by the waterfront.
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Boutique Hotel (1 nt)
Day 10 Pamukkale
Head to Pamukkale after breakfast. Spend time exploring the strange natural phenomena of this incredible 'cotton castle', with its cascading travertines, lush thermal pools and cream-coloured stalectites. While you can't take a dip in these pools, you can enter the springs of Hierapolis just nearby. There you'll find the ruins of an intriguing Roman city with a theatre, temple, holy area, monumental fountain, bath, basilica and necropolis. After exploring these extensive ruins you'll return to Pamukkale for the night.
Included Activities
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 11 Selçuk
Make an early start for your drive to Selçuk (approximately 4 hours), your base for visiting Ephesus. Though much smaller than Hierapolis, this is one of the best-preserved classical cities in the eastern Mediterranean and a beautiful piece of Roman architecture. But first you'll become acquainted with Selçuk on an orientation walk with your leader. This sprawling town is located at the base of the ancient fortress on Ayasoluk Hill.
Included Activities
  • Leader-led orientation walk
Optional Activities
  • Isa Bey Camii - Free
  • Selcuk - Basilica of St John - TRY10
  • Selcuk - Meryemana (Mary's House) entrance fee - TRY20
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Boutique Hotel (1 nt)
Day 12 Selçuk
Get up early this morning to visit Ephesus, possibly the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world. This may well be the highlight of your trip! Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the 11th-century BC city and religious centre, including the vast amphitheatre, gymnasium, baths, the stunning Library of Celsus and the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony. You'll learn more about its history along the way, from its founding by Ionian Greeks in the 11th century to its later Roman guise as the Temple of Diana and its status as one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Included Activities
  • Selcuk - Ephesus archaeological site
Optional Activities
  • Selcuk - Archaeological Museum - TRY15
  • Selcuk - Sirince visit & fruit wine tasting - TRY10
  • Selcuk - Ephesus Terrace houses - TRY40
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Boutique Hotel (1 nt)
Day 13 Çanakkale
Today is a long day of travel by public bus to Çanakkale. Arrive in the afternoon and take an orientation of this exciting university city perched on the Dardanelles. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please. You might like to see the Trojan horse used in the film Troy in 2004, which was later gifted to the city. Or perhaps take a stroll along the waterfront and sample some dondurma – Turkish ice-cream.
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 14 Gallipoli – Istanbul
Cross the Dardanelles and return to 'Europe' today to visit the Gallipoli Peninsula, a place of enormous significance to Australians and New Zealanders. Turkey's most westerly point may feel serene despite its dark history as a major backdrop of the Great War. You'll visit the beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove, then head up the hill to pay homage at the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials. From the Ataturk Memorial you can look down on the blue waters of the Dardenelles and see them in a more sombre light. You'll find the remnants of trenches used by the Turkish soldiers around this area. After touring the former battlefields, head back to Istanbul where your journey began, arriving late afternoon or early evening. The night is yours to spend as you please.
Included Activities
  • Gallipoli Visit
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 15 Istanbul
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast in Istanbul.
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
If you arrive early there are plenty of things to do and see. We recommend you check out some of our Urban Adventures
  • ERKT Single supplement (ERKT)
  • Bite-size Break Istanbul (ERZI-O)
  • Turkey Explored (ERRT)
Itinerary disclaimer
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
Culture shock rating

At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
Europe is a region which may be very different to anything you have experienced before. Expense, crowds, differing cultures can result in initial culture shock but should be seen as an exciting new challenge. During our time here we have come to love this region but we know that we should always expect to encounter some difficulties along the way. In some parts of Europe there are very different attitudes to time keeping and service. Buses and trains will sometimes be late, plumbing can sometimes be temperamental and waiters may not seem as keen to serve you as you may be used to. If you are able to travel with a lot of patience and a sense of humour, then we know that you - like all of us - will be captivated by every part of Europe.
Physical rating

Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
Included activities
Please note that some of our included activities are contingent on weather conditions. We'll arrange an alternative if an included activity is deemed unsafe.
Optional activities
We include many sightseeing activities on most of our trips; however, there are additional optional tours and activities that you may wish to undertake during your free time. These may incur additional expenses. These activities are not a mandatory part of our tours because, from past experience, we have found that our travellers have appreciated some free time whilst on tour.
Money Exchange
Turkey’s currency is the Yeni Türk Lira (New Turkish Lira; YTL). The lira comes in coins of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 kurus and a 1 lira coin, and notes of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 lira.
You can use ATMs to take Turkish lira from your Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus or Maestro card. Use ATMs which show these logos. ATMs are available in most large towns and most offer instructions in English. Remember to draw out money in larger towns to tide you over when travelling through smaller villages which may not have them. Your tour leader can offer advice on this. US dollars and euros are the easiest currencies to change; however some large banks and exchange office also accept UK pounds. It may be difficult to change Australian dollars and Canadian dollars except for in large banks in major cities. Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted by many hotels, shops and restaurants; although at pensions and local restaurants you are best to have cash. Cash advances at banks and ATMs is possible on credit cards; however please note that American Express credit cards are not widely accepted. Traveller’s cheques are usually a burden to change and you will often be charged a premium to do so. Instead we recommend you take a combination of cards and cash.
Spending money
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest 2-3 euro per person per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of private drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however 2-3 euro per person per day is generally appropriate.
Gulet boat trips: If you are travelling through southern Turkey on a gulet boat trip we suggest 2-3 euro per person per day for the boat staff.
Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline 3 euro per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.
Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
Departure tax
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
Important notes
An airport arrival transfer is included on this trip. Complimentary transfers are only applicable if you arrive on day 1 of your Intrepid trip or if going to pre-tour accommodation booked through Intrepid. Please advise flight arrival details (flight number and time) at least 14 days prior to departure if you wish to have this transfer provided. You will be met on arrival and transferred to our starting point hotel. Transfer is only provided from Ataturk Airport.
Please note that luggage on this trip must be restricted to 1 piece at 20kg per person. Any additional bags can be stored at the start point hotel.
Ramadan & the Eid Ul-Fitr Festival (Bayram) 2016:
In 2016 the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from the 7th June through till the 6th July, and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it is a period of National holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be impacted.
Group size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
Single travellers
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
Hotel (10 nts), Boutique Hotel (4 nts)
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
EUR 525.00
Boat Cruise - Kas, Van, Public bus
Group leader
All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Joining point
Golden Horn Hotel - Sirkeci
44 Ebusuud Cad
Phone: +90 2125197474
Joining point description
Located in the heart of Sirkeci the Golden Horn Hotel - Sirkeci is in close proximity to a great selection of restaurants, cafes and shops. Hotel facilities include a rooftop restaurant and bar and complimentary WiFi. All rooms have an ensuite, air-conditioning, safety deposit box, television and tea and coffee facilities
**Please note that there is a hotel of a similar name 'Golden Horn Hotel' located just around the corner. Please check the address carefully if you are making your own way to the hotel.**
Joining point instructions
Ataturk International airport is situated 25 km west of Istanbul's city centre. The airport has several banks and ATMs open 24hrs for either withdrawals or cash advance. The quickest and easiest way to the hotel is by taxi - there are ranks outside the arrivals terminal. Insist they use the meter. The fare during the day should be approx 50TRY but up to double that for a night time journey. Airport buses leave every 30 minutes between 6.00 and 23.00 but only go as far as Aksaray (10TRY). From here you could catch the tram into Sultanahmet or you could hail a taxi.
Private airport transfers are available for pre-booking through Intrepid. Contact your agent for details. Be sure to advise which of Istanbul's two airports you will be flying to at the time of booking. Sabiha Gokcen is on the Asian shore, while Ataturk airport is on the European side (and closer to our hotel).
If you have pre-purchased a transfer, our local operator will await you holding a sign with your name as you come out the sliding doors from immigration. There are often large crowds here so please look carefully for your transfer representative. If you cannot immediately find your transfer driver please proceed to the information counter and wait at this location. If you still cannot find your driver kindly ask the information counter to call the emergency contact number listed below.
Office: +90 212 512 7144
Mob: +90 532 641 2822
Arrival complications
We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the Important Information section of the Itinerary for the contact number of our local office. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point hotel. Should this occur, please apply to your travel agent for a refund of the transfer cost on your return. No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival.
Please ensure that Intrepid has been advised of your correct flight details into Istanbul at least 5 weeks before you travel. If you are arriving into Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST) a transfer guide (or our local representative) holding a Intrepid sign will be there to meet you just as you come out of the sliding doors from immigration, and transfer you to your hotel. There are often large crowds so please look carefully for your transfer representative. If you cannot find your driver, please proceed to the information counter at the Airport and call our local operator on +90532 641 2822 and wait for instructions.
Transfer Representatives will wait 2 hours from the scheduled flight landing time. If you are delayed in customs or baggage claim please ask an airport official to contact the emergency number so that we can advise the transfer to wait.
Finish point
Golden Horn Hotel - Sirkeci
44 Ebusuud Cad
Phone: +90 2125197474
Finish point description
Located in the heart of Sirkeci the Golden Horn Hotel - Sirkeci is in close proximity to a great selection of restaurants, cafes and shops. Hotel facilities include a rooftop restaurant and bar and complimentary WiFi. All rooms have an ensuite, air-conditioning, safety deposit box, television and tea and coffee facilities
**Please note that there is a hotel of a similar name 'Golden Horn Hotel' located just around the corner. Please check the address carefully if you are making your own way to the hotel.**
Finish point instructions
Taxis can easily be hailed to the airport and cost approx 50TRY.
Private airport transfers are available for pre-booking through Intrepid. Contact your agent for details. Be sure to advise which of Istanbul's two airports you will be flying from at the time of booking. Sabiha Gokcen is on the Asian shore, while Ataturk airport is on the European side (and closer to our hotel).
If you have any problems with departure transfers please contact our Intrepid Istanbul office on one of the following numbers:
Office: +90 212 512 7144
Mob: +90 532 641 6514
Mob: +90 532 641 9056
Emergency funds
Please make sure that you have access to at least an additional US$400. This money can be drawn upon in unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, etc) that result in Peregrine necessitating a change to our planned route.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
Australians, Americans, British and Canadians require a visa for Turkey. New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Turkey. For all other nationalities, please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent of the nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy.
From 10 April 2014, the following applies:
Visas will no longer be available to obtain on arrival; an e-visa must be obtained before you go. Please go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for all the information you need to obtain an e-visa.
Issues on your trip
While we always endeavour to provide you the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader/specialist guide or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognize that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader/guide to speak to their direct manager.
What to take
On this trip, you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.
It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure. Intrepid strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your tour leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your tour leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
Travel insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Responsible Travel
Every place Intrepid visits is special – and we want it to stay that way. Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to local communities. On all our tours we strive to work in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Contributing to local environmental and cultural conservation, we are not only helping the community but giving our travellers a more authentic experience, whether it's enjoying a homestay in a tribal village or sleeping in small, family-run accommodation.
A couple of rules
In most countries even the smallest quantity of an illegal substance is considered a very serious offence and can carry lengthy jail terms. Avoid any contact with illegal drugs. Don’t put yourself and others at risk and never carry bags or luggage for other people. Any person found to be carrying or using illegal drugs will be asked to leave the trip immediately without the right to any refund.
The Intrepid Foundation
Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
Responsible Travel projects
Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Turkey include:
Support to Life ( (Hayata Destek)
With the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey reaching 2.5 million, Support to Life (Hayata Destek in Turkish) is providing critical support services for refugees living near the Syrian border and throughout Turkey. Since 2012, Support to Life has been working to meet the basic needs of refugees through community centres that provide social support services and skills development training. A financial assistance program also provides refugees with debit cards that allow individuals and families to determine their own needs and purchase household goods from the local community. Donations to The Intrepid Foundation for Support to Life will assist with the development of a new community centre in Istanbul.
Carbon offset
Carbon Offset C02-e 623.00 kgs per pax.
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