Regular Season 11-Day Tours

$3,500 – Trip Cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”The single supplement fee for this trip is $500. If you would like your own room, you can purchase the additional supplement at check-out. We have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible so that those traveling solo are not discouraged from traveling with us because of a costly single supplement fee.

If you are comfortable sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender and would like to be paired with someone on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you, you WILL have to pay for the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately so that we can try our best to accommodate your preferences.

What is included :

  • 10 nights accommodation (Double occupancy, breakfast included)
  • Local guides
  • Domestic airport transfers
  • Private ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 3 flights : Istanbul – Cappadocia / Cappadocia – Izmir / Pamukkale – Istanbul
  • Most activities (As noted in itinerary including sunrise hot air balloon and private Bosphorus yacht cruise)
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches
  • Airport pick-up

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & 3 lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Airport drop-off
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers. We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route.

  2. The minimum age on our tours is 18. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to late 60s/early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    We like to think of our trips as get-togethers at amazing destinations. Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic and the friends they made were one of the highlights of the trip.

    Check out the pictures from our last trips to get an idea of the group dynamic by clicking HERE.

  3. While most daily activities are already included in the trip price, you will have some free time which the guide can recommend and/or help arrange any activity that might interest you. Most of the activities can be arranged with little to no notice. Optional activities are not included in the trip cost and will be paid at your own expense.

    Most optional activities can be arranged with short notice and the local guide will be able to help you make the necessary arrangements.

  4. The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY). Euros are accepted throughout Turkey but the price is usually quoted a bit higher in euros.

    Find out the live mid-market rate for your currency by using a currency converter online.

  5. We strongly recommend that you use ATMs while in Turkey as they usually offer the best exchange rates. The easiest way is to pull money out from the ATM at the airport upon arrival and throughout your trip.  It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card.

    You can find ATMs at almost all bank branches, as well as at most large supermarkets, some petrol stations, in shopping malls, airports and some post offices.

    It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in Turkey. Some banks block transactions in foreign countries or currencies if they haven’t been forewarned of your travel plans.

  6. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunches and dinners and any optional activities you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    We suggest having access to $500 – $800 USD either in cash or by credit/debit card. It is always a good idea to budget more than you plan to spend in case of an emergency.

  7. All visitors for tourist purposes need a visa to travel to Turkey. Travelers from Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada and the United States must obtain an e-Visa online prior to arrival. To apply for the visa online, please click on the link below :

    Republic of Turkey Electronic Visa Application

    If you are not a citizen of one of the above mentioned countries, please check with the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Turkey.

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  8. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Turkey, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below :

    Welcome to Turkey! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data. Otherwise, all hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi. However, the wifi speed may not be as strong as you are used to.

  9. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet. Plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like this:

    In Turkey, the power plugs and sockets are of type C, E and F.  Type C are also known as the standard euro plug. This socket also works with plug E and F.

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  11. Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable:

    • Walking shoes or sneakers with good tread (for hiking in Cappadocia)
    • Warm jacket or coat
    • Warm clothes/ thermal clothes (for evening)
    • Gloves, scarf and beanie
    • Thin scarf to cover the head (for women in the temple visits)
    • Bathing suit
    • Sunscreen
    • Umbrella (for shade at the Roman ruins)
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Flashlight/head torch
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine
    • Shampoo/conditioner/soap

    Most citizens of Turkey are Muslim, but Turkish society is pretty modern and secular, so European dress styles prevail. When visiting mosques, women should wear loose slacks or a dress/skirt or (at least below the knees) and with the arms and shoulders completely covered either by sleeves or a scarf. The head should be covered by a headscarf. Men should wear long trousers and a sleeved shirt. If you are not wearing the appropriate dress, the mosque has scarves and skirts that you can borrow free of charge.

  12. In Turkey, tipping is the norm, but more modest than most Western countries. Most restaurants will appreciate 5% ~ 10%. In higher-end restaurants, you should tip 10 ~ 15%. If you received exemplary service, you are welcome to tip more.

    Tipping your tour guide: If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from $5 – $10 a day.

  13. Almost all of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services at a fee, if needed.

  14. Turkey is a safe country in terms of crime, violent and non-violent. The most common crime that occurs is petty crime such as pick pocketing. If you take the same general safety precautions as if you were traveling to any major city in the world, you’ll have a wonderful travel experience with lots of amazing stories to tell.

    Please also note that most thieves are not career criminals, but rather opportunists. It is a good idea not to wear flashy or expensive looking jewelry nor to leave your wallet on the table in order to prevent from being an easy target for a thief.

  15. Yes, many of the restaurants and hotels offer a array of foods. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be possible throughout the trip though the variety may not be as great as you’re used to.

  16. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to Turkey to see any recommended vaccinations.

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise that you check visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  17. Yes, we offer private tours to Turkey for groups of 4 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com

  18. Our friendly team is here to answer all of your doubts or questions! Feel free to reach us at any time by email at info@globe-drifters.com.

Visa

All visitors for tourist purposes need a visa to travel to Turkey. Travelers from Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada and the United States must obtain an e-visa online prior to arrival. To apply for the visa online, please click on the link below:

Republic of Turkey Electronic Visa Application

If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Turkey.

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

Flights

Your arrival and departure city are Istanbul (IST).

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us which will be sent to you after paying your deposit.

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The hotels and accommodations in which you will be staying in Turkey are handpicked. They are usually locally-owned or family-run hotels rather than big chains with hundreds of rooms and big crowds of tourists. We try our best to select accommodations with impeccable service as well as old world charm and that are centrally-located.

Istanbul – Old City

Set in the historic Sultanahmet district, this hotel is a 12 minute walk to the Blue Mosque and a 14 minute walk to Hagia Sophia. You are within walking distance to many shops and restaurants as well.

Each room is unique and features antique-style decor.

Cappadocia Cave Hotel

This upscale hotel, parts of which date from the 5th century, has rooms carved directly into the cliff. This hotel is an attraction in and of itself and you will sleep the night away in cave rooms dating back to Roman times!

Sirince (bed & breakfast)

Set on lush grounds in a country village, this charming hotel occupies a sprawling complex of rustic cottages and houses. Accommodation includes quaint rooms with antique-style furnishings, 2-story houses with kitchens and cozy cottages with wood-beamed ceilings. Distinct touches include hand-painted murals, claw-foot tubs, hammams and fireplaces.

There’s a tree-lined outdoor pool and Turkish bath as well as a rooftop terrace and gardens with a lookout tower. Cookery classes are also available on request.

Pamukkale

Located right in front of the terraces of carbonate minerals in Pamukkale, this hotel offers beautiful views of the hot air balloon flights in the morning. It also has a large garden with a pool.

Please note that this is a 3 star hotel, but it is the best in the area. We have opted to stay overnight here to avoid the crowds at Cleopatra’s pool and Pamukkale. By staying here, we will be able to visit the pools right at 5 PM to enjoy this amazing wonder without anyone else around.

*All hotels are subject to change.

Insurance

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

Trip insurance get a quote travelex

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 E7N

Vaccinations

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Turkey.

CDC Turkey