- All airport transfer services mentioned within this itinerary
- 2-night hotel accommodation in Istanbul
- 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kusadasi with All meals, alcohol, and soft drinks included
- 6 open buffet breakfasts
- 4 dinners
- 4 lunches
- Guided Istanbul City Tour
- Guided Bursa Tour
- Guided Ephesus tour
- Guided Turkish Village Tour
- Guided Pamukkale Tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English – speaking tour guides
- Hotel room taxes
- Please Note: The all-inclusive meals, soft drinks and alcohol are strictly limited to your hotel in Kusadası and are not applicable on your day tours.
TOUR NOT INCLUDES:
- International flights
- Domestic Flight from Izmir to Istanbul
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey Entry Visa
- Optional Tour
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Dates & Prices
Airfaire on request
|Istanbul||La Quinta by Wyndham||$482
|Kusadasi||Ramada Hotel & Suite|
|We reserve the right to change your request to another hotel in the same category due to the hotel’s availability|
Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day – Saturday
Welcome to Turkey! Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer from the airport & check in to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour – Sunday
Breakfast included. After breakfast, we have Istanbul City Tour. Our first visit will be to Hippodrome. Ancient Hippodrome was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Then we will visit Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque. Across from Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, it was built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Our next visit will be to Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque. The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, previously known as the Church of Divine Wisdom, is simply the best of its kind! Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque is the greatest surviving example of Byzantine Architecture. For 1000 years, it was once the largest church in the world, decorated with stunning 6th century golden mosaics. Today it is a mosque. Lunch break at 1:00 pm. After lunch, will take you to Exotic Spices and Herbs, Turkish Baklava, delicious fresh Turkish Delights, Turkish Coffee, nuts and fruits, souvenirs such as Ceramic Handicrafts, Evil Eyes totems, all naturel olive oil, soaps and many other goods in Souvenir Shops and stores. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Please Note: Please do not forget to carry a headscarf with you for the visit to religious places such as Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Mosque.
Day 3 – Istanbul – Bursa City Tour and Transfer to Kusadası – Monday
Packed Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with alcohol, and soft drinks included in Kusadasi. After breakfast, we depart from the hotel and drive to Bursa for a daily guided tour in Bursa. Upon arrival to Bursa visit the historical Covered Bazaar and Ulucami (Grand) Mosque of Bursa. After a lunch break, we continue with visits to Green Mosque and Green Mausoleum. Finally, we will visit one of the best Turkish Delights factories in Turkey. After Bursa City tour, we depart to Kusadası. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 – Kusadasi – Turkish Village Sirince – Tuesday
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with alcohol, and soft drinks included in Kusadasi. After breakfast, we have Turkish Sirince Village Tour. Sirince will be on the target. It is an old-style, well-preserved Greek village that has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey – especially fruit wines. In Sirince we will see the vineyards and learn to make fruit wine with Turkish winemakers plus there will be Turkish coffee and Turkish Delight tasting breaks. On the way, we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to buy leather goods at good rates. This tour will end at approximately 16.30 and you will be returned to your hotel. Your hotel in Kusadasi is all-inclusive, food, alcohol, and soft drinks. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 – Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Seven Sleepers Tour – Wednesday
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with alcohol, and soft drinks included in Kusadasi. Ephesus is a 9000 years old city that houses the biggest temple dedicated to Artemis is The Artemision which is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient. Lunch break around 13:00. The next visit will be to one of the oldest handicrafts of Turkey; a carpet weaving center. By leaving the colorful, handmade carpets behind we will move to Isa Bey Mosque in Seljuk that is reflecting all the features of Turkish architecture in the Anatolian Principalities period with its asymmetrical structure and Seljuk tiles decorated domes. In addition, it bears the imprint of the Umayyad mosque which is also known as one of the largest and oldest mosques around the earth in Damascus. According to the belief, The seven Sleepers who are the first Christians in Ephesus and running from Emperor Decius have visited here. This tour will end at approximately 17.00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Your hotel in Kusadasi is all-inclusive, food, alcohol, and soft drinks. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 – Pamukkale Tour – Kusadasi – Thursday
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with alcohol, and soft drinks included in Kusadasi. Around 8:00 the tour will move to the world-famous marvel of calcite travertines to Pamukkale. Walking around white calcium terraces and the ruins of Hierapolis, lying in the natural, hot springs waters will renew your body. The region at the same time has well-known textile products that and there will be an outlet shopping chance. At approximately 18.30 we will be on the way back. Your hotel in Kusadasi is all-inclusive, food, alcohol, and soft drinks. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 – Izmir to Istanbul – End of Tour – Friday
Breakfast included. After breakfast, you will have free time in Kuşadasi. Today we depart for Izmir Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future on one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing DALATOUR.
Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler’s responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.
Traveling with Family or Friends
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes.
Trip – Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you’ll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.
Travel Advice: The safety of our guests is our 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Dalatour will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Dalatour and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country’s specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.
We recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid.
Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.
There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
- Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
- Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
- If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
- Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
- Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
- You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.
Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment – Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.
Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
- Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities
- Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
- Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
- Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
- Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
- Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
- Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
Climate & Clothing
Turkey – Spring: 50°F-65°F; Summer: 70°F-90°F; Autumn: 55°F-75°F; Winter: 40°F-55°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat. Some religious sites do not allow shorts or sleeveless shirts