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Discover Turkey & Cappadocia with Sofia

Sep 2, 2024 - Sep 7, 2024

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€645

BOOK WITH 25% DEPOSIT

Discover Turkey & Cappadocia with Sofia

Sep 2, 2024 - Sep 7, 2024

€645

BOOK WITH 25% DEPOSIT

Get ready for a captivating journey through central Turkey and Cappadocia, spanning six unforgettable days from the southern shores to the northern capital of Istanbul, hosted by Sofia B. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of culture and history that defines this remarkable country.

Explore the ancient city of Konya, where you may delve into the mystical practices of Sufism and witness the mesmerizing art of the whirling dervish. Spend three magical days in Cappadocia, wandering amidst the enchanting fairy chimneys and drifting above the surreal landscape in a hot air balloon. Trek through rugged terrain and marvel at the surreal sandstone formations that lend an otherworldly charm to this region. After a week of indulging in local hospitality, savoring authentic cuisine, and checking off bucket-list experiences, conclude your Turkish odyssey in Istanbul – a city that seamlessly blends European and Middle Eastern influences.

Monday September 2nd 2024

Saturday September 7th 2024

6 Days, 5 Nights

Hotel (4 Nights), Overnight Bus (1 Night)

4 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

8-15

Inclusions

Accommodation - Hotel (4 Nights), Overnight Bus (1 Night)

Meals - 4 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Local English Speaking Guide

Transport During Trip

Cappadocia – Kaymakli Underground City

Cappadocia – Dinner at Local Family Home

Cappadocia – Sunset Hike

Cappadocia – Pigeon Valley and Devrent Valley

Cappadocia – Pottery Demonstration

Istanbul – Historical Peninsula Tour

Exclusions

Flights

Travel Insurance (Required)

Meals Not Mentioned in Itinerary

Personal Expenses (Including Tips)

Your host

Sofia B

Hi – Sofia here! I am a passionate budget and solo traveller from Denmark, who is dedicated to see the world and exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations, one country at a time.
I have a love/hate relationship with the perception of travel on social media as I compare myself to “everyone else” who has such aesthetic videos and “everything” they do looks so fun and excessive – but I can’t relate… I’m not an aesthetic travel girl – I sweat when I hike and I keep it real because travel is for EVERYONE.

Solo travel has helped me overcome anxiety, get out of my comfort zone as well as make memories and friends for life. No matter age, size, religion or travel experience – I want to be learn more about the world with new friends. Is that you? Let’s create the BEST memories together in Turkey 2024!

Itinerary

Day 1 Antalya / Konya

Merhaba and welcome to Turkey! Your adventure begins in Antalya, where you’ll gather with your leader and fellow travelers for a warm welcome meeting at 11 am. After getting acquainted, hop on a bus with your group and head north to the delightful city of Konya. Renowned as the birthplace of Sufism, a spiritual tradition seeking divine love and knowledge, and famed for the mesmerizing whirling dervish, Konya brims with captivating history and vibrant culture.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Mevlana Museum, formerly a dervish school transformed into a museum, housing the mausoleum of Rumi, a renowned Sufi poet. For dinner, lean on your leader for insider recommendations to savor the most delicious kebabs in town.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Meals

  • There are no meals included on this day.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. Unlike most of our trips, this trip starts in the morning, instead of in the afternoon. Consider arriving a few days earlier to make the most of your time in Antalya. Your travel time today will be approximately 4 hours.

Day 2 Cappadocia

Today we’ll depart Konya and jump on a bus journey to the enchanting land of Cappadocia. Prepare to be amazed by the surreal landscapes adorned with peculiar rock formations, fairy chimneys, and ancient underground cities. Venture underground in the morning to explore some of the 36 underground cities that were meticulously carved into the earth millennia ago, offering a fascinating glimpse into ancient life.

Later in the evening, anticipate a truly special experience as a local family warmly welcomes you and your group into their home for an authentic, home-cooked Turkish meal. Following dinner, you may choose to immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Goreme, or opt for a more mystical encounter by attending a traditional sema performance featuring the mesmerizing whirling dervishes.

Special information

Your travel time today will be approximately 4 hours.

Day 3 Cappadocia

Here’s your chance to live out that breathtaking moment you’ve seen splashed across social media: the sunrise hot air balloons over Cappadocia. If you’re feeling adventurous, seize the opportunity to witness this extraordinary spectacle by waking up bright and early. As the sun ascends over the ethereal city, those opting for this activity will be treated to an unforgettable experience, soaring above the landscape as it transforms with the changing hues of dawn. Not keen on heights? Fear not! There are plenty of fantastic vantage points around the city where you can capture stunning photos or snap a few selfies amidst the ballooning sky.

Later in the day, embark on an exploration of the region’s highlights, including visits to Pigeon Valley and Devrent Valley, expertly guided by your group leader who knows all the prime spots to visit (prepare for an impressive Turkey photo album!). Additionally, delve into the art of pottery with a traditional demonstration led by a local artisan, unveiling the secrets behind crafting perfect ceramics. As the afternoon wanes, consider winding down with a glass of wine while soaking in the sunset from a picturesque perch—your leader will offer superb recommendations for the ideal viewing spot.

 Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
 Meals
  • Breakfast
 Included activities
  • Cappadocia – Sunset Hike
  • Cappadocia – Pigeon Valley and Devrent Valley
  • Cappadocia – Pottery demonstration
 Add on activities
  • Goreme -Hamam Turkish Bath – EUR80
  • Goreme – Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight – EUR270
  • Goreme – Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight – EUR320
  • Goreme – Whirling Dervishes – Sema Performance – EUR30
Special information

Booking a hot air balloon experience in Cappadocia can only be arranged directly through your trip leader on-site. We recommend reaching out to your Turkish group leader early on in your trip to secure a spot for this highly sought-after activity. Please note that due to local regulations, the timing of sunrise hot air balloon excursions may vary, potentially commencing shortly after sunrise. This timing is at the discretion of the tour provider and is beyond our control. Additionally, the price provided for the hot air balloon activity serves as an estimate, as prices may fluctuate between different seasons. Your tour leader will provide you with the accurate rate at the time of booking.

Day 4 Cappadocia / Overnight Bus

Today offers the opportunity to delve into the wonders of Cappadocia at your own pace. For those eager to stretch their legs and immerse themselves in nature, consider embarking on the Red Valley Hike, a scenic trail winding through Meskindir and Rose Valley. Marvel at the striking sandstone formations illuminated by the sun, and explore a cave church adorned with remarkably preserved wall frescoes.

Alternatively, if hiking isn’t your preference, venture into town to explore bustling markets and vibrant street vendors showcasing an array of exquisite Turkish craftsmanship, including ceramics and intricately woven carpets. Be sure to visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, where you can wander among fairy chimneys, cave churches, and ancient villages, discovering the rich history of the region. As the day draws to a close, prepare to board an overnight bus bound for Istanbul, where you can relax and enjoy a peaceful night’s rest en route to your next destination.

Special information

Your travel time today will be approximately 12 hours. Some optional activities vary in price based on the number of people who want to participate. Prices listed are a guide only and will depend on group numbers.

Day 5 Istanbul

Wake up to the vibrant energy of Istanbul! Your overnight bus journey brings you to the heart of Turkiye’s capital city early this morning. Upon dropping off your bags at the hotel, the day unfurls with endless possibilities for exploration. Join your group for a historical peninsula tour, offering a comprehensive introduction to Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks.

From the majestic Hagia Sophia and the historic Hippodrome to the serene Blue Mosque and bustling Grand Bazaar, you’ll discover the essential highlights that every traveler must experience. After indulging in a delicious lunch featuring borek and Turkish coffee, take to the streets on foot to uncover the city’s hidden treasures. As evening descends, consult with your leader for recommendations on the finest dinner spots, and gather your group to celebrate your shared adventure over a delightful meal.

 Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
 Meals
  • There are no meals included on this day.
 Included activities
  • Istanbul – Historical Peninsula Tour

Day 6 Istanbul / Fond Farewell

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your group leader and fellow adventurers, marking the conclusion of your memorable journey. Should you desire to extend your exploration of Istanbul and delve deeper into its treasures, your leader stands ready to offer invaluable tips and recommendations for maximizing your experience in the city.

 Meals
  • Breakfast

Trip Photos

Important Notes

ARRIVAL:
Make sure your travel plans allow you to arrive at the meeting point by the scheduled guest meeting time. More information on this will be provided once the trip is confirmed.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Be sure to check entry requirements based on the passport that you will be travelling with.

TRIP CONFIRMATION:
A trip is listed as PENDING until the minimum guest numbers are reached, at which point the trip becomes CONFIRMED. Guests will be notified when a trip becomes CONFIRMED.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is required, and this will need to organised independently. There are a number of travel insurance comparison websites available. We do not recommend organising this until your trip is CONFIRMED. TIP: If you have a credit card there may be travel insurance included as part of your benefits, so check with your bank.

BOOKING FLIGHTS:
We do not recommend booking flights until your trip is CONFIRMED.

BOOKING T&Cs:
We recommend you familiarise yourself with our Booking Terms & Conditions for more information about our booking, deposit and cancellation policies.

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