Best of Turkey Trip Notes

Best of Turkey

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the trip notes for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017


Last Modified: 27 Jun 2016
Best of Turkey
Trip code: ERSI
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Explore the mysterious land of the Ottomans Intrepid-style. Marvel at Mehmet Aga's masterpiece, the Blue Mosque, and bargain for trinkets in Istanbul's massive Grand Bazaar. Try delicious Turkish snacks, be mesmerised by the Whirling Dervishes and discover the underwater treasures of the Mediterranean on a relaxing boat cruise. From the laneways of ancient Ephesus to the bizarre landscapes of Cappadocia - take the plunge and discover a unique travel adventure waiting for you in Turkey. PLEASE NOTE: This Itinerary has been permanently changed, and will no longer visit Ankara. Please trip notes for more details TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From 1 January 2017 this trip will now spend 1 night in Istanbul at the start of the trip and have an extra night in Goreme, 3 nights in total. These changes come as a result of traveller feedback and will allow passengers more time to further explore this must see town. The new itinerary is outlined below: Day 1 Istanbul Day 2 Bursa Day 3 Selcuk Day 4 Selcuk Day 5 Pamukkale Day 6 Kayakoy Day 7 Kayakoy Day 8 Kas Day 9 Kas Day 10 Antalya Day 11 Konya Day 12 Goreme Day 13 Goreme Day 14 Goreme Day 15 Istanbul
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationEmergency contact
ThemesAccommodation NotesVisas
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionWhat to take
Why we love itMealsClimate and seasonal information
MapTransportHealth
ItineraryMoney mattersTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderA couple of rules
Physical ratingSafetyResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining point descriptionFeedback
Group sizeJoining point instructions
Your fellow travellersFinish point
Style
Original
Themes
Explorer
Is this trip right for you?
- We recommend packing light, as you’ll need to carry your own luggage on and off transport and to and from hotels. A backpack is recommended.
- You’ll need your walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen, and a daypack to explore some of historical sites. All site tours are guided, but you can wander at your own pace if you prefer.
- This trip includes a memorable night on a boat cruising the southern coast. Cabins and bathroom facilities are shared and not air-conditioned. Most travellers prefer to grab the mattress, blankets and pillows and sleep on the deck under a bed of Mediterranean stars.
- This is a classic Intrepid Original Tour, featuring the highlights of Turkey along with off the beaten track local experiences. Accommodation is comfortable and locally owned, supporting local economy.
- This trip uses a combination of public and private transport, and all vehicles are modern and have air-conditioning and most are fitted with seatbelts. Some journeys can be long in order to maximise the areas visitied, but this gives you a chance to interact with the local community and see more of the country. You'll also be pleasantly surprised to find most Turkish buses have Wi-Fi and serve coffee and cake!
Why we love it
- Be mesmerised by the hypnotic rituals of the devout Whirling Dervishes in their home of Konya
- Explore thousands of years of history hidden within the remarkable ruins of Ephesus, and taste Turkey in the local produce of the mountain village of Şirince
- Paddle through the magical healing hot springs at Pamukkale and uncover the streets of Hierapolis that Cleopatra once walked
- Discover the atmospheric remains of a Ghost Village and trek along the ancient trail of the Lycian Way to a lagoon of unforgettable turquoise
- Set sail on the Mediterranean – explore sunken cities and hike to a knight’s castle
- Walk into valleys honeycombed with caves churches, underground cities, prehistoric rock formations and fairy chimneys in Cappadocia
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. This adventures kicks off in Istanbul, the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have called home. You have the whole day free to explore the capital until a Welcome Meeting at 6pm – make sure you have all your important documents and details for your leader. Double check with the hotel reception or the noticeboard for meeting confirmations. Until then, maybe get out and explore the frenetic streets of Turkey's crown-jewel metropolis. After the meeting, maybe gather together your new friends and seek out some Turkish cuisine in a street-side cafe.

Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early, so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please contact the hotel reception. For Monday departures we recommend you visit the magnificent opulence of Topkapi Palace on Day 1 as it is closed on Tuesday.
Included Activities
  • Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour
    Optional Activities
    • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - TRY40
    • Istanbul - Basilica Cistern - TRY20
    • Istanbul - Whirling Dervish show - TRY60
    • Topkapi Palace - TRY45
    • Istanbul - Chora Church - TRY30
    • Istanbul - Archaeology Museum - TRY20
    • Istanbul - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - TRY25
    • Istanbul - Turkish Hamam (incl. massage) - TRY120
      Accommodation
      Hotel (1 nt)
      Day 2 Istanbul
      On a leisurely walk this morning, discover some of the hidden charms of Istanbul, including the areas around Sultanahmet and Port Eminonu. Explore the city's dazzling array of cultural and historical sites, off the beaten track in the backstreets and at lesser-known sites. Visit the local spice markets and Bazaar quarter, ending your walk at the busy port of Eminonu. Each leader has their own exciting unique view of Istanbul to show you. The rest of the afternoon is free to hop back into the Grand Bazaar for some good-natured haggling (note the Bazaar is closed on Sundays), or make a visit to Aya Sofya, the home of beautiful mosaics and an incredible reminder of the city that was once Constantinople. Consider also taking in the Ancient Hippodrome, formerly the cultural focus of the Byzantine Empire, or the Blue Mosque. Whilst entry is free, it is good custom to make a donation after your visit. The Archaeology Museum contains an incredible array of ancient exhibits, including artefacts from the infamous city of Troy. If all of this makes you a little tired, then an hour or two spent in a hamam (Turkish bath) will leave you rejuvenated for the start of your journey. Another great way to see the city is to head down to the Bosphorus and take a ferry cruise on one of the world's most celebrated waterways.
      Included Activities
      • Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour
        Optional Activities
        • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - TRY40
        • Istanbul - Basilica Cistern - TRY20
        • Istanbul - Blue Mosque - Free
        • Bosphorus Boat Cruise, Istanbul (Public) - TRY25
        • Istanbul - Chora Church - TRY30
        • Istanbul - Whirling Dervish show - TRY60
        • Galata Tower - TRY18
        • Istanbul - Great Palace Mosaic Museum - TRY10
        • Istanbul - Archaeology Museum - TRY20
        • Topkapi Palace - TRY45
        • Istanbul - Turkish Hamam (incl. massage) - TRY120
          Accommodation
          Hotel (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast
          Day 3 Bursa
          Depart Istanbul this morning by a fast ferry to the port of Yalova (approximately 1 hour). Then it’s a local bus to Bursa (approximately 1.5 hours), where you’ll spend the night. Bursa is an old and important city with a rich and varied history. It had a central role in the creation of the Ottoman Empire and from 1326-1402 AD actually served as the Sultan's capital. With elegant mosques, such as the supremely beautiful Yesil Camii, an intriguing covered bazaar, and teahouses filled with locals, Bursa offers a glimpse of traditional Turkish life. Your accommodation tonight is one of the oldest in Bursa and is perfectly centrally located, opposite the Ulu Mosque and next to the historical covered market. This afternoon is spent exploring the fascinating warren of streets and old Ottoman hans (warehouses). Bursa is also home to thermal springs nearby at Cekirge, famously used by Byzantine imperial families. Why not treat yourself to a soak, steam, and scrub Turkish style. The Turkish traditional shadow puppet shows, which were originally created here in Bursa, are a cultural highlight, as is the local kebab – the hearty iskender. Tonight is a real highlight – you’ll be a guest at a Dervish Lodge, see a hypnotic performance of the Sema (the ceremony of the Whirling Dervish) and learn a bit more about their mesmerising culture.
          Included Activities
          • Bursa - Dervish Lodge Visit
            Optional Activities
            • Bursa - Hamam - TRY65
            • Bursa - City Museum - TRY5
            • Bursa - Muradiye Complex - Free
              Accommodation
              Hotel (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast
              Day 4 Selcuk
              Travel by public bus to the traditional farming village of Selcuk (approximately 7 hours). Selcuk will be your base for exploring the nearby ruins of Ephesus, former capital of the East Roman Empire and the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. Selcuk is culturally rich and retains many Turkish traditions, and its relatively undisturbed nature means this is an opportunity to experience the ‘real’ Turkey. On the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill lie several historical buildings – you’ll see the Isa Bey Mosque, a beautiful example of 14th century Seljuk Turkish architecture, and the imposing Byzantine citadel of the Grand Fortress. Just below the fortress are the ruins of the Basilica of St John, built by Justinian I in the 6th century. According to Christian tradition, St John came to Ephesus with the Virgin Mary from Jerusalem, and lived here until his death sometime around AD 100 – and the basilica stands over his believed burial site. Also just a short distance out of Selcuk is one of the ancient world's Seven Wonders – the Temple of Artemis – although, sadly, only a single column (of 127 originally) remains. The Temple of Artemis was unfortunately destroyed in AD 401, after being successively damaged by floods, a Greek arsonist seeking notoriety, and the Goths. You’ll arrive in Selcuk with enough time to check in to the guesthouse and then take a leader-led orientation walk of the town.
              Optional Activities
              • Selcuk - Basilica of St John - TRY10
                Accommodation
                Hotel (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast
                Day 5 Selcuk
                This morning, take a private minivan to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus; one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman classical cities in the world and Turkey's premier tourist site. Once the capital city of Roman Asia Minor, the city has a fascinating history, which really comes alive with a local guide to enhance the experience. Considering their age, the ruins are in incredible shape, and it’s not difficult to image them in their full glory 2,000 years ago. You will be awed by the sophistication of this ancient city, which had running water, public toilets, a renowned medical institute, a brothel and Roman baths. The theatre is well preserved and regularly hosts concerts, but it's perhaps the magnificent library that takes most people's breath away. Also not to be missed are the tomb of the Seven Sleepers, Marble Street, and the Church of the Virgin Mary. Later you will stop for lunch at a family-run restaurant, where you’ll feast on gozleme – the famous and very popular Turkish pancake – made fresh before your eyes. This afternoon, drive out to the nearby picturesque village of Sirince and taste some locally produced fruit wines. This authentic Greek Ottoman village seems to have been overlooked by modern development and the unique local architecture nestled in the hills make for a photographer's dream. This evening in Selcuk is free for your leisure.
                Included Activities
                • Ephesus Archaeological Site
                • Selcuk - Gozleme making demonstration and lunch
                • Wine Tasting in Sirince Village
                  Optional Activities
                  • Selcuk - Archaeological Museum - TRY15
                  • Selcuk - Ephesus Terrace houses - TRY25
                  • Selcuk - Meryemana (Mary's House) entrance fee - TRY20
                    Accommodation
                    Hotel (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                    Day 6 Pamukkale
                    A train ride inland through mountainous landscapes (approximately 3.5 hours) brings you to one of Turkey's most photographed sites, Pamukkale, which literally translates to “cotton castle”. Here spectacular natural hot springs with high calcium bicarbonate content cascade over the edge of the cliffs, leaving bright white deposit terraces (the ‘cotton’). It's been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC. Though you won't be able to bathe in these travertines, you can take a walk through them (after removing your shoes), and these pools are said to fix up any circulation and digestion problems. Take some time to visit the nearby ancient city of Hierapolis and take a dip in what used to be Celopatras’s old pool – the transparent water-filled pool, sculpted as a gift from Marc to Cleo, is stunning. You can also check out the other ruins of the city – Hierapolis is known for its abundance of temples and religious structures, vast necropolis and strange tombs, and the amphitheatre shouldn’t be missed.
                    Included Activities
                    • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
                      Optional Activities
                      • Pamukkale - Hierapolis Museum - TRY5
                      • Pamukkale - Hierapolis Cleopatra pool - TRY35
                        Accommodation
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        Meals
                        1 breakfast
                        Day 7 Kayakoy
                        A bus ride south (approximately 4.5 hours) takes you away from the tourists to the small village of Kayakoy. This small village acts as your base for exploring the many attractions of this scenic section of the Mediterranean coast, including the resort town of Fethiye and the famous Blue Lagoon. Kayakoy was once a ghost village, its ancient stone houses abandoned after their Greek inhabitants left Turkey during the great population exchange of the 1920s. Now protected by the Turkish government, it provides the opportunity to enjoy a quiet, traditional Turkish lifestyle. Open 24 hours, the ghost village has an entrance fee which helps towards the upkeep of the paths and rubbish clearance. One church in the lower area of the village, Kataponagia, is of particular interest due to an interesting room out the back – it was used to collect the bones of the dead. Wander the ruins, enjoy the solitude, or play backgammon and sip tea with the locals.
                        Included Activities
                        • Lycian Hike from Kayakoy to Oludeniz
                        • Kayakoy Ghost Village
                          Accommodation
                          Hotel (1 nt)
                          Day 8 Kayakoy
                          Today, set out on a half-day trek along a section of rugged coastline, following part of the ancient walking trail of the Lycian Way to nearby Oludeniz (approximately 6 kilometres), where you can swim in the famous Blue Lagoon. You’ll walk up a steep rocky path up the hillside, make your way through some forest, and then top a hill with fantastic views out across the Mediterranean. At the final descent into Oludeniz, you’ll be greeted with a breath-taking view of an arching peninsula of white sand beach cutting through crystal waters and verdant vegetation, the town’s trademark panorama. The colours of the incredibly picturesque Blue Lagoon, with perfectly still waters and a scenic backdrop of pine-forested hills, are amazing, and you’ll soon realise why this is one of the most photographed beaches in Turkey.

                          Notes: The trek to Oludeniz is rated ‘moderate to difficult’, and a good level of fitness is required. The terrain under foot is sometimes slippery and uneven and there are periods of ascent and descent. Good walking shoes are certainly required. If you do have a good level of fitness, this will be an extremely enjoyable and rewarding walk. If you are unsure as to your capability to complete this walk, please discuss with your group leader before undertaking, so that other arrangements can be made for this day.
                          Included Activities
                          • Lycian Hike from Kayakoy to Oludeniz
                            Optional Activities
                            • Kayakoy - Oludeniz Blue Lagoon - TRY6
                              Accommodation
                              Hotel (1 nt)
                              Day 9 Kas / Turquoise coast overnight boat cruise
                              Make your way the short distance from Kayakoy to Fethiye by dolmus (a Turkish shared taxi). From there, take a public bus to Kas (approximately 2.5 hours), with some spectacular coastal scenery greeting you on the drive. The picturesque village of Kas – whitewashed buildings covered in bougainvillea and cobbled streets – is the southernmost of all the Turkish resorts, and the starting point for your fantastic boat trip. The best places in town to swim are from the waterfront restaurants that have their own private water access. For the price of an occasional drink, you get your own deck chair, umbrella and unbeatable views. When the sun goes down there is the chance to explore the handicraft markets, where you can find beautiful handmade wares with a distinctly Turkish flavour. Once you have checked in, take a leader-led walking tour of the town. The next day, board your boat and swim and snorkel in crystal blue waters, feast on fabulous local cuisine (sometimes fish caught from the boat), cruise over an ancient sunken city, and explore Lycian tombs. Sleep beneath the stars on comfortable mattresses with blankets and pillows. There's plenty of room both on the deck and inside, and there's even a western-style toilet and fresh water to shower.

                              Notes: Due to varying weather conditions over the season we have a varying itinerary as follows: During the cooler months of March, April, October and November we don't spend a night on the boat and instead stay in a local guest house for two nights in Kas. During the months of May, June and September our normal itinerary will run with one night on the boat and one night in a local guesthouse in Kas. During the months of July and August we spend two nights on the boat, and don't spend a night in the guest house.
                              Included Activities
                              • Leader led orientation walk
                              • Kas - Handicraft market
                                Accommodation
                                Overnight boat (1 nt)
                                Meals
                                1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                                Day 10 Kas
                                Today board your boat and swim and snorkel in crystal blue waters, feast on fabulous local cuisine (sometimes fish caught from the boat), cruise over an ancient sunken city, and explore Lycian tombs. Sleep beneath the stars on comfortable mattresses with blankets and pillows. There's plenty of room both on the deck and inside, and there's even a western-style toilet and fresh water to shower.
                                Accommodation
                                Hotel (1 nt)
                                Meals
                                1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                                Day 11 Antalya
                                There’s a short journey today as you continue your exploration of the Turkish Coast. Travel 3.5 hours to the jewel in the Turkish Mediterranean – Antalya. It’s hard to get a bad photo of Antalya thanks to cobblestone streets, the old city, the marina, and the Taurus Mountains in the distance. Arriving in the afternoon, your leader will introduce you to the delights of the old city with an orientation walk. Visit such sites as the clock tower, Hadrian’s gate and the old Roman Harbour. Kaleici – the old city area that’s now a historical zone and protected from modern development – is home to relics of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman occupation. There’s a last opportunity to swim, relax and enjoy stellar views overlooking the crystal blue Mediterranean, or to check out the Antalya Museum, one of the best in the country. Tonight, be sure to try Antalya’s signature dish, Piyaz, a zesty bean, vegetable and egg salad.
                                Accommodation
                                Hotel (1 nt)
                                Meals
                                1 breakfast
                                Day 12 Konya
                                This morning take a local bus away from the coast and move inland to Konya on the plains of the Anatolian steppe (approximately 5.5 hours). While it’s a long day of travel, the diversity of the scenery will keep you entertained as you cross the Toros Mountain range. Konya is the perfect opportunity to sample a traditional Turkish city where mainstream tourism is yet to arrive. The city is closely linked with the whirling dervish sect of Islam developed in the 13th century by Celaleddin Rumi (or Mevlana), considered one of Islam's greatest Sufi mystics. Celaleddin developed a philosophy of spiritual union, captured in his poetic writings, the greatest of which, ‘Mathnawi’, is still revered today. Mevlana (‘our master’) as he came to be known, believed that music and dance represented a means to induce an ecstatic state of universal love and divine union, and devised the whirling sema ritual. In the town, you can visit the original Tekke of Mevlana, which holds many dervish religious relics and is also the final resting place for the master himself. Get your bearings on an orientation walk with your leader to Aladdin Hill in the centre of Konya. On the side of the hill are the sheltered minimal remains of the palace of the Seljuk Sultans of Rum, while beneath the Alaettin Mosque are artefacts dating back to the Stone Age. Tonight perhaps enjoy a refreshing tea in one of the many tea gardens and try some central Anatolian cuisine.
                                Optional Activities
                                • Konya - Karatay Museum - TRY5
                                • Konya - Mevlana Museum - TRY5
                                  Accommodation
                                  Hotel (1 nt)
                                  Meals
                                  1 breakfast
                                  Day 13 Goreme
                                  Leave Konya this morning by bus (approximately 4 hours) and head to the heart of Cappadocia. The town of Goreme lies in a fantastic region of cones, needles and columns, fashioned by nature from the soft volcanic tuff rock. It's honeycombed with caves scooped out to make churches and dwellings that are known as fairy chimneys and castles. In times of peace, the people in this region lived on the land, but in times of war or persecution they took to living underground. When you arrive in Goreme, you can stretch your legs and take an orientation walk with your trip leader this evening. Then grab a beer, a tea, or perhaps a strong Turkish coffee if you need a pick-me-up (Turkey is the land of beverages, especially the hot variety). Don't forget to pack sturdy, well worn-in walking shoes or boots and a comfortable daypack for exploring the valleys of Cappadocia.

                                  Notes: Without a doubt, one of the most amazing memories of this journey is a hot air balloon ride over the majestic landscape to see this otherworldly scene at sunrise. Those who are interested in this optional extra will have a truly awe-inspiring experience. The cost of this activity varies depending on what type of flight you choose. This activity can only be booked locally. Please speak to your trip leader on Day 1 to organise this.
                                  Optional Activities
                                  • Homecooked Dinner Dinner at Cappadoccian Family House - TRY30
                                  • Goreme - Anatolian folklore night - TRY50
                                    Accommodation
                                    Hotel (1 nt)
                                    Meals
                                    1 breakfast
                                    Day 14 Goreme
                                    Take a walk through one of the nearby valleys this morning. It could be the Valley of Love where the fairy chimneys, deserted rock cut homes, and churches with frescoes will astound you, or any of the other fantastic scenic routes that our leaders know. In your free time today, maybe visit the World Heritage-listed Goreme Open Air Museum. It’s a monastic complex composed of churches, rectories and dwellings, and one of the earliest centres for religious education. There are at least 10 churches and chapels in the museum area, dating between AD900 and 1200, each one named after a prominent attribute by the local villagers, who were exploring these caves long before there was an entrance fee. You can also explore the underground cities. Beneath Cappadocia’s rock formations is a network of fascinating subterranean cities, which housed up to 10,000 people each. The largest are almost ten levels deep, with narrow passages connecting the floors like hamster tunnels. Your leader is available to make suggestion and help organise. This evening your leader will offer you the option of enjoying a meal with a local family in their own home. This is a unique experience, enjoying the famous hospitality of a Turkish family and admiring the spectacular views of surrounding landscapes at the same time. Otherwise, why not try the local Testi Kebab, an evening nargile (hookah) in one of the cafes, or a glass of the local wine, overlooking a valley of fairy chimneys. A perfect last night.
                                    Included Activities
                                    • Goreme - Valley walk
                                      Optional Activities
                                      • Goreme - Underground city - TRY20
                                      • Goreme Open Air Museum - TRY30
                                        Accommodation
                                        Hotel (1 nt)
                                        Meals
                                        1 breakfast
                                        Day 15 Istanbul
                                        This morning, wave the fairy chimneys a fond good-bye and transfer to one of the regions airports for a flight back to Istanbul. Depending on flight times and scheduled changes, expect to arrive back into Istanbul Ataturk Airport between 1pm and 4pm. Your incredible Turkey trip will finish on arrival at the airport and your Intrepid Leader is available to assist you with your travel plans. Transport facilities are available at the Airport including Metro, Local Bus and Taxi to take you anywhere in the greater Istanbul area.

                                        Notes: There is no accommodation included for tonight.
                                        Accommodation
                                        Hotel (1 nt)
                                        Itinerary disclaimer
                                        ITINERARY CHANGES 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. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! 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. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                                        OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                                        Physical rating

                                        The walk along the Lycian way is on a rough track and steep in some places but suitable for the majority of our travellers.
                                        Included activities
                                        Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour
                                        Bursa - Dervish Lodge Visit
                                        Ephesus Archaeological Site
                                        Selcuk - Gozleme making demonstration and lunch
                                        Wine Tasting in Sirince Village
                                        Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
                                        Lycian Hike from Kayakoy to Oludeniz
                                        Kayakoy Ghost Village
                                        Leader led orientation walk
                                        Kas - Handicraft market
                                        Goreme - Valley walk
                                        Important notes
                                        PLEASE NOTE: This Itinerary has been permanently changed, and will no longer visit Ankara.
                                        Please trip notes for more details

                                        A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
                                        Days 9-10 Overnight boat (Day 10 seasonal)

                                        This itinerary operates on a seasonal Itinerary. See Trips notes for further information.

                                        On the final day, this trip finishes at the Ataturk Airport between 1pm - 4pm. Transport facilities are available at the Airport including Metro, Local Bus and Taxi to take you anywhere in the greater Istanbul

                                        Group size
                                        Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
                                        Your fellow travellers
                                        GROUP TRAVEL
                                        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.

                                        A Single Supplement is available on this trip. Enquire with your agent for further information. On the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
                                        - Days 9-10 Overnight boat (Day 10 seasonal)
                                        Accommodation
                                        Hotel (13 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)
                                        HEATING AND AIR-CONDITIONING:

                                        As a desert region, this part of the world has extremes of weather. Winter months (approx December to March) can be very cold. All of our hotel accommodation contains suitable bedding, and simple light bedding is provided during camping activities such as an overnight felucca, desert camps or at the Red Sea Beach camp stay. Most of our travellers find the bedding provided here adequate, but for your own comfort and if you are particularly sensitive to the cold, consider bringing your own sleeping bag, thermals, scarf, gloves and a warm jacket. Some of our guesthouses / hotels don't supply heating. In many cases this would be a major financial and environmental strain on our hotels and the local towns. Summer (approx June to August) can be very hot everywhere we travel, which means that it can be quite uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Not all our hotels have air-conditioning, and in those that do, it's not always functioning.
                                        Meals introduction
                                        Your group leader or representative will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements. These instances will be indicated in the Essential Trip Information itinerary. Please notify your group leader of any dietary requirements in your group meeting at the start of the trip.

                                        For those suffering from particular food allergies, your group leader or representative will endeavour to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic.
                                        Meals
                                        11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
                                        Transport
                                        Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Gulet, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi

                                        There are some long travel days and some rough travelling in areas away from main tourist routes. Windy roads, rough surfaces and cramped conditions make for some challenging travel experiences. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination. If you experience travel sickness we recommend you consider medication to help ease the discomfort.

                                        Turkey - Public Transport
                                        When and where possible we will use public buses to travel between cities on this trip.
                                        However due to weather and seasonal bus schedules we may find it necessary to substitute public buses with private transport on some days.

                                        Public buses in Turkey don't have toilets on board. Breaks are normally scheduled at rest stops every 2-3 hours.
                                        Money matters
                                        When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

                                        Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).
                                        Please note: all recommendations for additional costs, tipping etc. are in USD. You will need to convert these into the relevant local currency.


                                        MEALS NOT INCLUDED

                                        Depending on the style of trip you have chosen (Basix, Original or Comfort), included meals will vary.

                                        Breakfast. If breakfast is not included, you can expect to pay between USD5 to USD10 at a local café.

                                        Lunch. Lunch at a touristy restaurant should cost around USD10 to USD20. However, local street food can be substantially cheaper.

                                        Dinner. At dinner time, your leader will normally recommend restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD15 to USD25 for a main.

                                        These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget and are happy to eat just local food you can eat cheaper than this. If you want to try the finest food at the finest restaurants, then you can expect meals to cost as much as in western countries.

                                        TIPPING

                                        Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is an appropriate way to thank them. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

                                        Usually the equivalent of around USD5 to USD10 per person, per day to cover tips is fine. 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, your leader might raise the idea of a group tipping kitty. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running this kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips as you go. The leader will keep 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. This kitty does not include tips for your leader and crew.


                                        TIPPING GUIDE

                                        To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.

                                        - Basic restaurants – Round up to the nearest figure or leaving the loos change is generally fine.
                                        - Up-market restaurants – When checking the bill, if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
                                        - Local guides – Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest USD2 to USD3 per person, per day for local guides.
                                        - Gulet boat trips: If you are travelling on a southern Turkey itinerary with an overnight gulet boat excursion, we suggest USD2 to USD3 per person, per day for the boat staff.
                                        - Your tour leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD2 to USD4 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.


                                        EMERGENCY FUNDS

                                        We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.


                                        CREDIT CARD, ATMS AND MONEY EXCHANGE

                                        With the exception of Iran, ATMs are widely available in major towns and cities throughout the Middle East and Turkey. Credit and debit cards are the best way to access money throughout most trips (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.

                                        Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

                                        Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day.

                                        TRAVELLERS TO TURKEY PLEASE NOTE:

                                        Turkey is often misjudged as being an inexpensive destination. With tourism booming, the influx of cheap flights from Europe, prices for some items are becoming more equivalent to prices you would be used to in more expensive destinations. Eating in local restaurants, road side stalls and from markets can be inexpensive, but for nights out at tourist friendly restaurants you can expect to pay a lot more. Budgets are a personal choice but please bear in mind that you should not expect Turkey to be a budget destination.
                                        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.
                                        Your trip leader will also have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
                                        Safety
                                        Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

                                        We strongly recommend 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. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

                                        Your 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 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 Intrepid 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 Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

                                        For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
                                        www.intrepidtravel.com/safety


                                        FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                                        Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

                                        BALCONIES:
                                        Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

                                        TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
                                        Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

                                        SEAT BELTS:
                                        Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

                                        PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                        While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                                        WATER SAFETY:
                                        Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.

                                        TRAVEL ADVICE & TRAVEL INSURANCE
                                        We recommend that you check your government's advice in relation to the areas you will be visiting for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

                                        SAFETY IN TURKEY:
                                        Following recent incidents in Turkey, we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before your departure and that you ensure your travel insurance covers you for all areas in your itinerary. We have links to all major travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting your trip on our safety page (link above).

                                        The safety of our travellers and staff is our first priority. We continue to monitor the situation through official travel advisories and our local operations team, and we’re able to quickly change arrangements if for any reason we become concerned. If there should be any changes to the situation you will be advised immediately.

                                        We have also taken the following measures to minimise the potential risk for our travellers in Turkey:

                                        -Our local office is constantly monitoring local Ministry of Tourism updates and has regional advisors to keep them abreast on regional events.
                                        -We are monitoring local transport conditions and will make changes to included transport if required.
                                        -We may implement itinerary changes for the safety and comfort of our travellers.

                                        Whilst travelling in Istanbul before, after or during your tour we would recommend avoiding crowded areas like Taksim Square, Galatasaray and Kadikoy Meydan after 6.00pm especially on a weekend. If using public transport in the city please refer to http://www.iett.gov.tr/en for the latest updates and announcements.
                                        Joining point
                                        Golden Horn Hotel - Istanbul
                                        Hocapasa Mah. Istasyon Arkasi Sk. No 9
                                        Sirkeci
                                        Istanbul
                                        Istanbul
                                        TURKEY
                                        Phone: +90 212 514 15 44
                                        Joining point description
                                        Centrally located in the heart of the Historical Peninsula, the Golden Horn Hotel is within walking distance of many of the area's main attractions such as: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Basilica Cistern.

                                        **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, please look for your name on the transfer barrier when exiting the customs area. A representative will be there to collect you.
                                        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

                                        **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
                                        Istanbul, Ataturk Airport

                                        Istanbul
                                        Istanbul
                                        TURKEY
                                        Emergency contact
                                        In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, Intrepid's Istanbul Operations team can be reached on +90 532 641 2822

                                        For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                                        While we always endeavour to provide 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 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 recognise 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 to speak to their direct manager.

                                        You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                                        Peak Istanbul: 90 532 641 2822
                                        Visas
                                        PASSPORT

                                        As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                                        VISAS

                                        Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                        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 countries not listed below must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.


                                        TURKEY:

                                        Australia: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
                                        Belgium: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
                                        Canada: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
                                        Germany: No - not required
                                        Ireland: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
                                        Netherlands: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
                                        New Zealand: No - not required
                                        South Africa: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
                                        Switzerland: No - not required
                                        United Kingdom: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
                                        USA: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go

                                        Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey. Visas must be obtained through the e-Visa system. To apply for an e-visa, please go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ at least two weeks before you arrive in Turkey. This multiple entry e-Visa costs USD60 as is valid for 90 days. Please note, visa costs can change at any time and with little notice depending on the political climate of the region.
                                        Some countries do not require a visa at all. This includes passport holders from New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland for stays up to three months. We recommend all nationalities check with their local consulate o embassy as this information can change.

                                        Entry Requirements – Passport Validity:
                                        Foreigners entering Turkey must carry a passport with at least 60 days validity beyond the expiry date of their visa.
                                        What to take
                                        What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances.

                                        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. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

                                        Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.

                                        GENERAL PACKING LIST:
                                        • Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts and a copy of this document.
                                        • Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets.
                                        • Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes and bandaids.
                                        • Daypack
                                        • Watch/Alarm clock or phone that can be used for both.
                                        • Power adaptors
                                        • Insect repellent
                                        • Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
                                        • Earplugs and eye mask (you might be sharing with a snorer!)
                                        • Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
                                        • Warm clothes including hat and gloves - When travelling in cooler climates
                                        • Wind and waterproof rain jacket
                                        • Toiletries/travel wipes
                                        • Travel Towel
                                        • Closed in, comfortable walking shoes. As most of our trips include some walking elements, we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings.
                                        • Camera with spare memory cards and batteries
                                        • Swimwear (itinerary dependant)
                                        • Clothes! Bear in mind that laundry facilities will be widely available throughout this trip. The cost varies in each destination.


                                        LUGGAGE LIMIT:
                                        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, we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg. If your itinerary includes a flight, please keep in mind that some domestic airlines have checked luggage limits of 15kg.

                                        CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
                                        Please note that as a desert region, the Middle East can have extreme weather. Temperatures are generally hot with little rain. This can become extreme during the summer months of June to August. In the months of December to March it can be very cold, particularly next to the river or the ocean and out in the desert where night temperatures can drop dramatically. Even in the hot months, it can get cold in the desert at night. Consider bringing a sleeping bag, thermals, scarf, gloves and a warm jacket for travel in this period, especially on itineraries which include camping such as on a felucca, in a desert camp, or at a Red Sea beach camp. A light water and windproof jacket is useful and a hat is essential.

                                        VALUABLES:
                                        Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safes to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

                                        BATTERIES/POWER:
                                        Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras regularly. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Charging of batteries is advised before checking out of your hotel rooms. Please bear in mind there may be some nights were electricity may not be as readily available as you might be used to – home stays, beach and desert camps etc.
                                        Climate and seasonal information
                                        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.

                                        CHANGES TO ITINERARY:
                                        PLEASE NOTE: This Itinerary has been permanently changed, and will no longer visit Ankara.

                                        ~ During the months of March, April, October and November we will spend one night in a local hotel (in Kas) instead of spending that night on the boat. This is due to the inclement weather at this time.
                                        ~ During the months of May, June and September we will spend one night on the boat, one night hotel
                                        ~ During the months of July and August we will spend 2 nights on the boat.
                                        Our boat has shared bathroom facilities and multi-share sleeping arrangements. There is limited fresh water for rinsing off salt water.

                                        *** Due to the Kurban Bayram Festival period in Turkey an accommodation change has been made to the following departures:
                                        29 August 2016
                                        01 September 2016
                                        05 September 2016
                                        08 September 2016
                                        This trip will now stay on the overnight boat for two nights, instead of staying one night on the boat and one night
                                        at a hotel in Kas.
                                        Health
                                        All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                                        You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                                        DRINKING WATER:
                                        As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about three litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
                                        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 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.

                                        http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                                        A couple of rules
                                        Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                                        Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                                        Responsible Travel
                                        We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                                        http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                                        When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative and you should dress accordingly. To respect the local culture and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. As a guideline, shoulders and knees at the minimum (and everything in between including midriff and cleavage) should be covered at all times. Wearing shorts and singlet tops is not appropriate and may well restrict your entry into sites of a religious nature, family homes, and will limit your local interaction opportunities in general. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly warm climate.

                                        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:

                                        http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                                        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.

                                        Feedback
                                        After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

                                        http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback