“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”

Sir Richard Burton

Turkey, 13 Days 

January 2020

$4,420


Standard occupancy 2 persons, inclusive

Discover the magic and decadence of the desert as we journey from the city to the Sahara, experiencing traditional culture and an extraordinary camel trekking journey. This is an exciting cross-culture collaborative adventure for every kind of traveller.

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Day 1 | Arrive in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel for rest and shower. Overnight Istanbul.

 

Day 2 | We take a flight across Turkey

We take flight across Turkey from Istanbul direct to Cappadocia. The region is famous for volcanic formations called ''fairy chimneys'', underground cities, beautiful cave churches as well as unique carpets, pottery and hot air balloon flights. For the first day in Cappadocia, we start with Devrent Valley ( the Camel Valley) then proceed to Pasabagi Valley (the Monks Valley) and our last stop will be Zelve a world heritage listed wonderland with occupation dating back to the 9th century.  See some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. Overnight in Cappadocia. Bactrian camels are found in Cappadocia, we will be stopping as we sight them to take pictures and ride (optional). Cappadocia is also famous for its unique carpets. We visit local establishments called ''co-ops'' where in total, throughout the region, more than three thousand women are employed. Women are given the looms and materials to weave with. Working at home in different villages on individual projects, examples of their beautifully hand-woven rugs are sold in the co-ops once completed.

 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

 

Day 3 | Cappadocia

We start the day with a balloon flight over Cappadocia's unique landscape before an in-depth on-the-ground tour. Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and proceed to Rose Valley for a hiking tour (optional and weather permitting). After visiting Uchisar Castle, we visit Kaymakli Underground City, dug as early as Hittite times and expanded over the centuries as various armies plundered the area in search of loot. Before The Roman Empire accepted Christianity as the official religion, early Christians took shelter in these underground cities to avoid Pagan persecutors. After lunch we continue on to the Goreme open-air museum. It contains the finest rock-cut church with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colours still retain all their original freshness. Proceed to Avanos and Anatolia, famous for pottery and tile production in local workshops carved into the sides of caves.These interesting rural places teach visitors the processes of ancient production. Volkan and Karen be your guides as to where shopping is good quality and price; they recommend these local places in Cappadocia. The evening show is stunning with sufi whirling Dervishes in action. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 4 | Cappadocia / Konya

Drive along the green Ihlara Valley on the way to Konya the city of whirling dervishes with a short stop at Sultanhan caravanserai. Upon arrival in Konya we have a visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure, also known as Rumi. Proceed to İnce Minare Medrese which is used as woodwork and stonework museum. Overnight in Konya.

 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

 

Day 5 | Konya / Pamukkale

Drive to Pamukkale. Tour the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis", the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the terraces. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 6 & 7 | The Camel Festivali - Selcuk

At the beginning of every year, the two day Bactrian Camel Festivali of Selcuk begins on the Aegean coast of Turkey. It is a spectacular of crowds, music, foods and often hundreds of proudly decorated Bactrians. The camels walk into city center accompanied by drummers and much festivity. There are many tents with camel owners selling wares representing the festivali. A beauty contest for the cutest female camel is also held on the same day. Lively festivities continue till late at night and into a full second day. These festivals have existed for over 2400 years and every year more tourists are visiting as they get to learn of this unique tradition. An unforgettable experience. Overnight Selcuk.

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

Day 8 | Pamukkale / Ephesus/Kusadasi (or Selçuk)

Start Driving to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City, one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; Virgin Mary’s House, where St. Mary is supposed to have spent her last years together with St. John. Final stop is temple of Artemis. Overnight in Kusadasi (or Selcuk).

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 9 | Pergamon / Troy

Early departure for Pergamum, the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamum during the Hellenistic period and one of the Seven Churches addressed in Revelation. In Pergamum, visit the Acropolis, Library of Pergamum, theatre and some other ruins. After lunch continue on to Troy, which is best known for being the focus of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in Homer's Iliad. Then drive to Canakkale for overnight. 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 10 | Gallipoli / Istanbul

After breakfast sail to the other side of Dardanelles by ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli, where the famous Gallipoli Campaign took place during World War I. Visit Kabatepe Museum, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemoration Site, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish & Allied trenches and tunnels) The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. After the visit we proceed to Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul and feast!

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 11 | Full Day Istanbul Tour I

First visit Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and museum. See spectacular mosaics which depict the Virgin Mother, Jesus, Saints, Byzantine Emperors and Empresses and Biblical scenes. Continue the tour with Sultan Ahmet Mosque, the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque and Byzantine church development. Visit Hippodrome of Constantinople, once the sporting and social centre of Constantinople. The Hippodrome is full of monuments, the most well-known being Serpent Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, Walled Obelisk and the German Fountain. Then visit Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the World, well-known for its jewellery hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. After lunch visit Topkapi Palace, the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years. The Palace is also home to the most holy relics of the Muslim world such as the Prophet Mohammed’s cloak and sword. Drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 12 | Full Day Istanbul Tour II

Before embarking on the boat visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar), the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles. The Spice Bazaar has a smell and fragrance of the exotic East. Then embark on a ferryboat for an excursion on the Bosphorus. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, citadels, centuries-old mansions beside the new faces of Istanbul on the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. After lunch at a popular fish restaurant on the Galata Bridge, we will visit the Underground City and our last stop will be Galata Tower. 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 13: Departure

Tour Inclusions:

  • Airport Pick up/Drop off

  • All accommodation (standard double occupancy)

  • All guides

  • All private drivers and ground transport

  • All monument fees

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • Entrance to the Camel Festival

  • Camel tour in Cappadocia

  • All meals on camel trekking days

  • Evening entertainment

Tour Exclusions:

  • International fights to/from Istanbul 

  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone bills, etc)

  • Personal purchases

  • Personal health/travel insurance

  • Meals and drinks outside tour itinerary

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Lunches on non-trekking days

  • Tips for drivers and tour guides. If you enjoyed your experience, let our Moroccan team know at the end of the trip!

What to Know About This Trip:

Who Is Travelling with Us?

This tour's ground crew will include...

Karen
Volkan

Final Payment


We will notify you two months prior to the departure date for final balances.




Weather


The average temperatures in Turkey during the month of February is cool 15C°/59°F during the day and 5C°/41°F during the evenings.




Luggage


We highly recommend bringing duffel bags or backpacks for the duration of the trip, especially for trekking. We've been advised against luggage with wheels as they run the risk of damage in the desert. Many guests will also find that they do well bringing an empty bag to take home souvenirs!




What Should I Pack?


Your packing list should include the following:

  • A warm jacket, beanie and socks for cool mornings and evenings in the desert.
  • Walking/Riding boots that are closed-toe. You'll be walking through cities and across sand dunes!
  • Layered clothing. Ensure you have several layers of clothing such as t-shirts under long and short sleeve shirts.
  • Long pants or jodpuhrs for riding and walking; we do not recommend shorts for this experience.
  • Padded pants or wearing bicycle shorts under trousers have been strongly encouraged for those who like to do extra riding!
  • Broad brimmed sun hat.
  • Head scarf for visiting mosques and holy sites
  • Pyjamas
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand Sanitisers, handwipes, and/or anti-bacterial gel
  • Papaw ointment / vaseline.
  • Toiletries (Tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, moisturizers, lip balm/chapstick. Please keep in mind nothing over 100ml will pass through security and customs
  • Towel
  • 1 litre drink water bottle; Karen travels with a life straw which filters water if you have a sensitive digestive system.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Camera with fully charged batteries and spare batteries for the camel trekking component of the journey; extra memory cards for the camera never go unused!
  • Head torch/touch
  • Although bedding is provided throughout the camel trek, persons who feel the cold are welcome to bring their own compact sleeping bags which may be especially enjoyed during nights in the Sahara.
  • Swimming costume; some accommodations may provide a swimming pool, spa, or hammman experience.
  • We also recommend guests bring an additional back pack for carrying day inclusions - water bottle, suncreen, handwipes, camera, hat, beanie, jacket, snacks etc.
  • Putting apps such as Facetime, WhatsApp, and SnapChat on your mobile are excellent ways to keep in contact wherever we come into Internet service. Advise your family before departure that you will not be in contact during the camel safari component of the journey.
  • Garbage or rubbish bags are always handy to wrap your luggage and store used clothing
  • You are required by law to carry your passport at all times and you will need your passport to check into hotels and check in for flights.
  • We highly recommend wearing your passport on your body throughout the journey. Better still is to invest in a Go Travel RFID Passport Pouch, soft and comfortable to wear, the RFID neck pouch features an innovative protective lining designed to stop illegal scanning of RFID chips embedded in modern-day passports and credit cards
  • Universal adapter for electronic devices. Turkey uses type C and F outlets.




Culturally Appropriate Clothing


This applies to both men and women. Knees and shoulders should be covered which is easily accomplished with loose and comfortable layers like cardigans, blouses, or dresses with leggings. Sleeveless garments are very uncommon.

T-shirts are fine, but you might notice that Moroccan men tend to wear polos or button-ups.

As we travel more remote, you will encounter more traditional dress, such as the djellaba, but you are not required to purchase or wear one. However, women on our tour will do well to travel with one or two light scarves to be prepared to cover their hair when entering certain culturally significant locations. There will be opportunities to purchase 'desert wear' for the camel trekking part of the trip in Zagora on Day 7.

There will be opportunities for swimming at the riads which are accustomed to foreigners and the swimming costumes you are familiar with... but maybe leave the Speedos and string bikinis at home!




Photography and Videos


Guests will want to capture as much as the camera allows during this colourful and lively adventure. From the ruins, to the mosques, to the camels. Some religious, military, or official sites will prohibit photography and one should always ask permission before capturing someone's picture.

A Note About Drones: While camera drones are permitted in Turkey, any drone weighing over 500 grams must be registered in advance and not exceed 120 metres in elevation whilst in use.




Money


Turkish currency is called the Turkish Lira ₺ and conversion rates are typically as follows...

$1 AUD = ₺ 4 TRY

$5 AUD = ₺ 20 TRY

$10 AUD = ₺ 40 TRY

$20 AUD = ₺ 80 TRY

$50 AUD = ₺ 200 TRY

$100 AUD = ₺ 400 TRY




Tipping


While staying at some of the riads or exploring the cities, you may wish to indulge in additional activities like dining out, taxi rides, or visiting a spa. Some of these services require tipping outside of the program:

Servers...5-10% of total value

Spa Attendants...10-20% of total value

Musicians...5-10 lira, often tucked into the strings of the violin after the performance

Maids...5-10 lira

With taxis, it is generally expected that passengers will simply 'round up' to the nearest lira.

Even if you are paying for a service with a credit card, tipping is stell expected to be offered in cash.




Begging


During your time in the cities, you may encounter beggars, just as you would anywhere else in the world. It is considered acceptable to give coins equaling 1-5 dirham, but not compulsory.




Flights


Our tour will start and end in Istanbul. Guests are responsible for booking their own flights and our crew will see to it that you are transported to and from the airports.




Are you looking to arrive earlier or stay on later?


Let us know if you would like to arrive prior to the start of the tour, or stay after.

At the start of the tour in Casablanca, we will be staying at the Melliber Appart Hotel (138 Boulevard Moulay Youssef, Angle Rue Tiznit, Casablanca 20200, Morocco) and in Marrakesh, we will be finishing at the Riad Palais Sebban (43 Derb My Abdellah Ben Hssein, Rue el Ksour, Marrakech 40000, Morocco).

You can make your reservations directly through their website or through popular hotel booking channels and request their airport shuttle service.




Health Requirements?


There are currently no vaccination requirements for entry into Turkey. If you would like to travel under the advice of the Centre for Disease Control, you can read about their Turkey recommendations at this LINK.




Travel Insurance / Travel Doctors & Considerations:


We highly recommend guests seek advice from a specialist travel Doctor regarding their en route and return places of travel, especially if you have a known health challenge. Please seek advice from your local General practitioner prior to booking for any current health issues. It is absolutely essential and a condition of travel with Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd is that appropriate health insurance is obtained for the specifics and location of this Turkey journey. In the rare event of a negative weather pattern affecting flights in the location / travel route you might be coming from it offers peace of mind to be insurance covered. Personal illness and family illnesses cannot be planned for either and travel insurance covers you for the unexpected, so you can reschedule without a loss.




'Cover More' Health Insurance


We have used and highly recommend travel insurance through 'Cover More' for ease of fast application, comprehensive cover, International and Domestic Travel plans. Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd has discussed our itinerary with the 'Cover More' sales team and they are able to provide cover for the full itinerary. Please make certain that whatever cover you choose that you are covered for the itinerary as detailed above. For further information please call 'Cover More' Insurance and ask for a sales consultant ph. 1300 72 88 22 or this LINK.




Visas


If you are travelling from one of the highlighted countries below, there is either no visa requirement for tourism stays under 90 days or an easy E-Visa application. However, passports must be valid for six months after departure date, and have a minimum of one empty page for an entry stamp.




Embassies


Australian Embassy in Turkey: MNG Building Uğur Mumcu Caddesi 88 7th Floor Gaziosmanpaşa Ankara 06700 Turkey +90 312 459 95 00 Website U.S. Embassy in Turkey: 110 Atatürk Blvd.
Kavaklıdere, 06100 Ankara Turkey
+90 312 455-5555 Website




Food and Diet


Our tour will provide guests ample opportunity to purchase or access bottled water when in the city or in the Sahara. All diets (vegetarian, gluten free, & etc.) can be catered for when given enough notice, but guests with dietary limitations or preferences can expect their menu to be a little more restricted than those without. When you making your reservationd deposit, you will be able to provide this information in the appropriate box when prompted.





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Before You Go

Did you remember...

  • To review the packing list?

  • To email Camel Treks Australia your flight details?

  • To print a copy of your waiver form to give to the crew in Istanbul?

  • To print copies of your passport details page?

  • To alert your bank that you will be travelling overseas?

  • To obtain health and travel insurance? 

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