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?

Accommodation is on a double occupancy basis and if you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender. If there is no one of the same gender with whom to pair you, you WILL be required to pay the single supplement.

If you decide at the booking stage that you want a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”. The single supplement fee for this trip is $650. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check out.

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

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & 3 lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • International airport pick-up & 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 numbaer 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. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, and it is not covered in the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary.

     

  2. Our trips are more like gatherings and our philosophy is : Come as a stranger, leave as a friend! Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic was one of the highlights of the trip.

    Most of our travelers are in their late-30s to late-60s with many being solo female travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the energy created by the group.

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

  3. While most daily activities in the planned program are already included in the price, some activities are optional and will be at your own expense. Please see the itinerary tab for some possible optional activities and excursions. Most of them can be arranged with short to little notice and the local guide will be able to help you make necessary arrangements.

  4. No, our tours don’t include international airfare so your flight arrangements are completely up to you. If you’re looking for cheap flights and reliable service, our travelers’ favorite over the years is Skyscanner.

    We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and to be well-rested for the first few days of your tour if your schedule/budget allows for this.

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

  5. We are very selective when choosing the accommodation for each tour and we are very proud of our hotel selection. Some of these hotels are boutique hotels and others are family-owned, just like ourselves.

    If you would like to arrive early or stay later in Turkey, we can help you book extra nights outside of the tour in the tour-designated hotel. Otherwise, you’re welcome to book your own accommodation pre- or post-tour.

  6. The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY) and 1 TRY ≈ 5.5 USD. Other currencies such as the Euro and US Dollar will sometimes be accepted for legal tender while in Turkey.

    • Exchanging money : You will need to carry some local currency with you during this trip as we will head off to small villages where cards are not be accepted. If you choose to exchange money, we recommend you to do so at authorized foreign exchange banks which offer better exchange rates. Finding places to exchange currency in large cities in Turkey will be easy enough and in case you run out of Lira and only have Euro or USD most stores and restaurants will take it.
    • Withdrawing money : ATMs are easily available and will accept most cards but you will be charged fees per each transaction. If using ATMs, we suggest pulling larger amounts to minimize fees on the transaction.
    • Paying in credit card : Major credit cards are accepted in most places in Turkey, there can be some exceptions in a few very small merchants, but usually you should be able to pay in Visa and Mastercard.
    • Foreign fees : Additional fees will usually be charged when withdrawing money or paying in credit card so please check with your financial institution before you travel. It’s also a good idea to inform your bank that you are traveling overseas to ensure that they don’t block your ATM/credit cards.
  7. As most components of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunch and dinners and any optional activity 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.

    Below are some average prices for food and drink for one person.

    Lunch + drink 35 Lira
    Dinner + drink 50 Lira
    1 Pint of beer 15 Lira
    Total Per Day 100 Lira


    Please note that this is only an estimation and on some days you’ll spend more (or shop more) and less on others.

  8. 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.

  9. 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, restaurants we will be staying at will offer free wifi.  However, the wifi speed may not be as strong as you are used to. Please be aware that at the cave hotel in Cappadocia, the signal in the rooms is hit or miss and the strongest and most stable connection can be accessed in the hotel’s lobby.

  10. Voltage for outlets is 230V. North American voltage is generally 110V. Therefore, you will need a converter for your travels. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet, but these may not convert the voltage so both devices are necessary.

    Plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like this:

     

  11. Turkey’s weather is moderate and benefits from four separate climate models. Temperatures go down during winter from December to February; raise to their highest temperatures during Summer in June, July and August; and then are right in the middle during Spring from April to May and Autumn from September to November. Rain levels are usually year-round quite low and in general, temperatures are cooler at night.

    Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) as well as rain levels for Turkey.

    trip to turkey weather

    Pro TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimation.

  12. Bring lightweight clothes in general and a light cardigan for cooler nights.

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

    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)
    • Cardigan or light jacket
    • Warm jacket/coat
    • Thin scarf and clothes to cover shoulders and knees (for women in the temple visits)
    • Bathing suit
    • Sunscreen
    • Umbrella (this is very useful for shade when touring the Roman ruins)
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
    • Flashlight/head torch
    • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine
    • Shampoo/conditioner/soap

    Most citizens of Turkey are Muslims, but Turkish society is pretty modern and (in principle) 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 they deem you are not wearing appropriate dress the mosque has scarves and skirts that you can put on free of charge.

    Pro Tip: Laundry service is offered at most of our accommodation and is very cheap. This way you can bring less clothing which will allow more room in your luggage for souvenirs!

     

  13. In Turkey, tipping is the norm, but more modest than most Western countries. Most modest 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 10% – 15% of the total cost of the tour. 

     

    If you need to buy Lira on arrival, you can exchange a small amount at the Istanbul airport. If exchanging at the airport, it’s usually best to exchange only a small amount and then seek a better deal elsewhere.

    Finding places to exchange currency in large cities in Turkey will be easy enough. However, if you’re heading off to rural areas or smaller towns, exchanging cash can be more difficult. It’s best to have some Lira on you.

    Major credit cards are accepted in larger cities and tourist areas in Turkey. If you’re in more remote areas or shopping at smaller, local boutiques, you might find that credit cards are not as readily accepted. If in rural Turkey, you may find that cash is the only acceptable form of payment. It is a good idea to carry some cash on you just in case!

    ATMs are common in towns and cities. As a general rule, using ATMs for cash withdrawal is one of the smartest ways to get money. The exchange rates applied are usually fair and they’re convenient to use. However, do make sure you know what fees your home bank charges and watch the machine for the fees added by the ATM operator. If your bank adds a per transaction fee, for example, then taking out larger sums less frequently would be a more sensible way to reduce overall costs. The majority of ATMs offer English language or other language options for the convenience of foreigners.

    We suggest bringing or having access to anywhere from $500 – $800 while on the trip, either in cash or on your debit card. WE HIGHLY ADVISE BUDGETING MORE MONEY THAN YOU EXPECT TO SPEND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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

  15. 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.

  16. Hotels throughout Turkey offer a wide variety 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 tour although options might be limited.

  17. The water is safe to brush your teeth with, but it is not recommended for drinking.

    The bottled water is very cheap, but please make sure to recycle. As in most countries we travel to, we encourage our travelers to be conscious of the world’s growing plastic waste problem and recycle whenever possible. Another thing you can do to help the environment is to put purchased items in your day pack/backpack rather than using the plastic bag that the store provides you. Small things can add up to make a big difference!

  18. 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.

  19. 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 for more information or call us at any time at: +1 (561) 313 4860.

  20. 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 or call us at any time at: +1 (561) 313 4860.

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

If you’re looking for cheap flights and reliable service, our travelers’ favorite over the years is Skyscanner. Once you have booked your flights, please send us your flight information. Your arrival and departure city is Istanbul.

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

Turkey’s weather is moderate and benefits from four separate climate models. Temperatures go down during winter from December to February; raise to their highest temperatures during Summer in June, July and August; and then are right in the middle during Spring from April to May and Autumn from September to November. Rain levels are usually year-round quite low and in general, temperatures are cooler at night.

Below are average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) as well as rain levels for Turkey.

trip to turkey weather

Pro TIP : To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give you a close estimation.

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 include 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

We will spend one night in this hotel and although it would be categorized as a 2 star hotel, this is the best for the area. Most groups come to Pammukale as a day trip and almost all visitors arrive in the afternoon making the terraced limestone pools crowded at this time. We have opted to stay overnight so that we can go to Cleopatra’s pool and Pammukale at 5 PM and enjoy this amazing wonder without anyone else around. The hotel is a family owned and operated hotel and the family is very sweet and will help you with anything you need.

Please understand that this hotel is not going to be at the standard level of our other hotels.

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