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Our cultural tour to Cappadocia is to an area of outstanding natural beauty, representing the perfect symbiosis of humankind and nature. Over the centuries, volcanic eruptions, wind and water have combined to create a fairytale landscape dominated by bizarre tuff formations that is utterly unique and a World Heritage site. The fabled region of Cappadocia awaits with not only a breath-taking landscape, but also fascinating insights into Christian history.

Day 1: Travel to Antalya and transfer to the hotel

Day 2: Konya & Monastery of the Whirling Dervishes

Our tour crosses the majestic Taurus Mountains via the 1825m Alacabel Pass to Konya. The town formerly known as Ikonium became one of the greatest Christian communities of its time under the Apostle Paul and Saint Barnabas. To this day, its Christian and Islamic origins make the former Seljuq capital an attractive destination for visitors from all over the world. We will visit the Monastery of the Whirling Dervishes (admission included) whose dance has been declared an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. We will spend the next three nights at our star hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 3: Göreme (World Heritage) & Cavusin

Over millennia, volcanic eruptions, wind and weather have created a strange landscape peppered with tuff rock formations. 2,000 years ago, the region‘s inhabitants began digging their homes, churches and underground cities into the soft stone. The open-air museum in Göreme (admission included) is part of Cappadocia‘s UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage and, with its numerous cloisters, cave churches and wall frescoes, is the highlight of any trip to Cappadocia. To end the day, we are invited to enjoy tasty Turkish tea in the idyllic village of Cavusin.

Day 4: Monks Valley (World Heritage), Sinasos & Valley of Love

Surrounded by vineyards and apricot trees, we descend into Monks Valley (admission included) and into a fairytale world. Together with Göreme, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unique rock formations and the constantly changing colours promise moments that will remain with you forever. Monks Valley is also part of Cappadocia‘s UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. We will carry on to the hidden village of Sinasos with its ancient Greek manor houses. In a traditional carpet factory, we will experience the fascinating, centuries-old craft of carpet-making. The variety, designs and riot of colours seen in these hand-knotted carpets will amaze you. We will end the day with a photo opportunity in the Valley of Doves and a romantic walk through the Valley of Love.

Day 5: Underground cities, historic Silk Road & mediaeval caravanserais

More than 100 underground cities sunk into the mountains around Cappadocia make it surely the most mysterious capital in the region. In one of these labyrinthine cities, we will explore the secrets of underground living (admission included). We then drive past impressive landscapes and isolated villages. All along the historic Silk Road are numerous mediaeval caravanserais. In one of these stopping places, we will learn about the social aspects of this non-commercial facility (admission included). We continue on to our hotel with star comfort in Antalya.

Day 6: Antalya, hist. Old Town & Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall

Today, we set off for Antalya, the capital of the Mediterranean region. After an extensive tour of the city, we will visit Antalya‘s Old Town. The labyrinthine streets, surrounded by fragrant bougainvillea, as well as the beautifully preserved Turkish manor houses in the Old Town, offer an incomparable impression of everyday Mediterranean life. Türkiyes great tradition of craftsmanship then takes us to a jewellery and leather factory. As well as learning about how things are made by hand, you will also have the opportunity to acquire a personal souvenir of your holiday. We will then marvel at the impressive Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall, which tumbles down into the open sea. Overnight stay in the Antalya area.

Day 7: Antalya

Your 5-star cultural tour draws to a close today. You can enjoy the comforts of your hotel, chill out at the pool, or ease your muscles with a visit to a traditional Turkish steam bath. You also have the opportunity to explore other natural and cultural treasures in the area at your leisure. A boat trip on the Manavgat River, for example, is worthwhile.

Day 8 – 15: FREE extended holiday in an exclusive 5-star luxury hotel right on the beach

Spend the next 8 days relaxing on the Turkish Riviera in your 5-star luxury hotel by a private beach! The comfortable rooms are luxurious and modern. Unwind in the hotel‘s fantastic spa with sauna. Take time out in the hotel‘s outdoor or indoor pool or stroll along the beach. On the 15th day, we will be transferred to the airport for the return flight.


Your cultural highlights

Antalya

With its numerous cultural and scenic treasures, Antalya (originally Attaleia) is one of the largest and most vibrant cities in Türkiye. Moreover, due to its location on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, it is the tourist and cultural centre of the region. The most significant ruins are the Roman wall and the imposing Hadrian’s Gate. High above the beaches sits the old town of Kaleici, from where there is a fantastic view of the harbour and the deep blue sea.

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is indeed one of the most unforgettable experiences.‘The land of white horses’ in an ancient Persian tongue, it is home to one of the most mysterious and extraordinary landscapes in the world. It was formed at the centre of a once volcanic region where, over time, wind and weather have sculpted sensual curves now known as ‘fairy chimneys’. Neolithic man was the first to carve the rock into inhabitable caves, and early Christians followed by creating exquisite underground cities, monasteries and churches in the soft rock, which you can still visit today.

Göreme Valley

The sheer number and variety of places to visit here can be quite bewildering, but the archetypal travellers’ utopia is Göreme, where you’ll find the open-air museum, a World Heritage Site and home to many of the area’s natural wonders. The location of Göreme was first settled back in the Roman period. Christianity was then the prevailing religion in the region, which is evident from the many rock churches which can still be seen today.


Package includes:

  • Return flights with a reputable airline3 to and from Antalya,
    incl. hotel transfers, airport and security charges
  • 7-day 5-star cultural tour of Cappadocia
    – 7 nights in a double room in selected 4- and 5-star hotels (national category)
    – 7× tasty breakfast
    – Round trip in our modern and air-conditioned travel coach
    – Spectacular range of excursions + admissions (as per itinerary), incl. the highlights:
    • Cappadocia (World Heritage)
    • Göreme (World Heritage)
    • Monks Valley (World Heritage)
    • Underground cities
    • Historic Silk Road
    • Konya
    • Sinasos
    • Valley of Love
    • Antalya
  • 8 days of relaxation in a 5-star luxury hotel right on the beach
    – 7 nights in a double room in an exclusive 5-star luxury hotel in the Turkish Riviera (national category)
    – 7× tasty breakfast
    – Attractive outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, private beach and wonderful spa area, including sauna
  • Qualified, English-speaking cultural tour guide

³ e.g. scheduled flights with SunExpress


On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:

Gourmet package:

The package includes sumptuous buffet every evening with international specialities during the 7-day cultural tour: only £149 per person.

Single room surcharge:

£199 per person (subject to availability)

Our extended holiday gift:
8-day of relaxation in our exclusive 5-star luxury hotel

Our 4- and 5-star hotels for cultural trips

Example hotels

Including a spectacular range of excursions!

Temperatures Türkiye – Antalya

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Antalya151618212430323330262217
London2371217202221191474

Important note:

In each of our destination countries, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are currently different conditions and hygiene regulations in place that are specific to each country, and these can also change at short notice. The conditions of entry can also change at short notice at the moment. For this reason, we have put together the most important information for your RSD trip at https://www.rsd-travel.co.uk/travelsafely/. The information will of course be checked and updated on a regular basis. Please also check the Foreign Office‘s website before your departure (www.gov.uk/).

Form of government:

Republic/Parliamentary Republic, head of state since 27.08.2014 President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Following an official letter submitted to the United Nations by the Republic of Türkiye, the country’s name has been officially changed to Türkiye at the UN. .

Capital:

Ankara

Religion:

Islam with a small Christian and Jewish community.

Language:

The official language is Turkish. English is often spoken in cities and tourist resorts, as well as German and French.

Climate:

Subtropical climate along the Aegean Coast and the Mediterranean Sea throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 30°C in the summer to 12–15°C in the winter.

Electricity:

The supply voltage is 220 V, 50 HZ. An adapter is required.

Local time:

The time difference between the UK and Türkiye is plus two hours throughout the year (Türkiye is two hours ahead of GMT).

Making telephone calls:

The country code for Türkiye is 0090 with the zero cancelled before the area code. If you are calling the UK from Türkiye, please dial 0044 and the area code without the zero.

Country and people:

Barely any country has a history as rich as Türkiye. Today, Türkiye is a modern democracy where tourism is playing an increasingly important role. A visit to Türkiye has to include a visit to the Turkish bazaars, where you can enjoy their oriental flair. The traditional carpet, jewellery and leather goods stores are long-standing, and in some cases centuries-old elements of the culture of this region. So our trip will also include a jewellery manufacturer, a leather goods store and a modern rug gallery. Here you will learn some fascinating facts about the art of carpet weaving and experience how a hand-woven rug has been made for generations. As part of an interesting demonstration, you‘ll find out more about the preparation of silk threads, the natural dyes used for the wool and the delicate and extremely time-consuming knotting process. You will then have 1 – 2 hours in the various stores and factories to look at the works of art and products for yourself.
Bartering is a typical Turkish custom. If you are not interested in buying anything, the traders will also accept a clear no. No bartering takes place in department stores and supermarkets, or at markets where local farmers sell their vegetables.
In Türkiye it is customary to give tips. Similarly, to the USA, this forms part of the income for the people working in the service sector. Moreover, it symbolizes recognition for the service provided. One can tip chambermaids £0,90 to £1,80 per night. In a restaurant or taxi, tipping around 10% of the billed sum is customary. Tips are not given in shops. On group trips, the suggested sum for a tour guide, could be £1,80 per person per day. While for bus drivers the appropriate sum is around £0,90 to £1,80 per day per person. Of course, everyone may decide for themselves whether and how much tip they wish to give.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

British citizens do not need a visa to enter Türkiye for stays of up to 90 days. The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Türkiye and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Turkish Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them.
Customers are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to make sure that passport and visa entry requirements for the country or countries that they are visiting are satisfied and we cannot be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied. Regulations in respect of passport and visa requirements for Türkiye are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye (“MFA”) whose website is at www.mfa.gov.tr.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that the country has to offer, and learn all about Türkiye and its people.

Additional packages:

Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following packages:
Gourmet package: The package includes a delicious buffet every evening with international specialities during the 7-day cultural tour: only £149 per person.
Explorer package: This package includes two lunchtime meals in Cappadocia with international specialties plus the following additional events: boat trip on the Manavgat River, Whirling Dervishes show, Sultan Han caravanserai on the Silk Road and Underground museum: boat trip on the Manavgat River, Whirling Dervishes show, Cappadocia evening (incl. local drinks and a show): £139 per person (bookable on arrival).

Currency/Banks/Credit cards:

Since 1 January 2009, the currency is once again called the Turkish lira (TRY). Exchange rate (as of July 2022): 1 GBP = 21.72 TRY; 1 TRY = 0.05 GBP. Money can be exchanged at banks during opening hours. Another option to change currency is offered at larger hotels. Bank opening hours: Mon – Fri from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., 1.30 to 5.30 p.m. Cash can be withdrawn from cash machines using established international credit cards like Visa, Mastercard, American Express; the usage of debit cards is only possible with some machines. Credit cards are usually also accepted in the larger hotels, various shops and international car rental offices. ATTENTION: Caution is advised when paying with a bank or credit card, as criminals may be trying to copy the traveller’s bank card and obtain the relevant PIN code without being noticed to then be able to withdraw cash from cash machines with fake cards. Travellers are therefore advised to keep an eye on their bank card when paying with it and to enter their PIN number with discretion. Care should be taken when using the bank and credit cards with the PIN code in exchange offices too.

Customs regulations:

The following regulations apply for tourists: import of foreign currency is unlimited. As for exporting currency, a total amount of 5,000 US dollars or the equivalent in TRY is permitted. Travellers may import and export personal jewellery to a total value of 15,000 US dollars. Any value higher than this must be declared when entering the country. Documentation is required for purchases made in Türkiye. Otherwise, the following goods per person may by carried upon entry into Türkiye (does not apply to transit travellers): personal belongings as items for personal use, incl. medical articles (devices) and medicine as well as giftware to a value of 230 GBP (children under 15 years of age up to 110 GBP).
Important: If you’re travelling to Great Britain from outside the UK, your personal allowances mean you can bring in a certain amount of goods without paying tax or duty. If you go over your allowances you must declare all your goods and pay tax and duty on all the goods in that category. Please inform yourself about the current customs regulations: www.gov.uk/bringing-goods-into-uk-personal-use/arriving-in-Great-Britain

Safety information specific to Türkiye:

British citizens wishing to stay in or travel to Türkiye are generally recommended to keep an eye on the security situation, these travel and safety instructions and on reports in the media. Groups of people gathering, including on public squares and in front of tourist attractions, as well as hanging around near government and military buildings should be avoided. Following the failed violent attempted coup, there have been isolated incidents of aggressive attacks by followers of certain political parties on people with supposedly different views. We strongly recommend remaining vigilant for such escalations, distancing yourself from the situation as quickly as possible and finding a secure location. British citizens are recommended to register on the crisis prevention list even for short-term stays and to keep the contact details stored there up to date to enable rapid contact in an emergency.

Special criminal provisions:

The purchase, possession and export of “cultural and natural properties” is severely punished (prison sentence of up to 10 years), as these properties are regarded as state-owned assets. In case of violation, several months of custody and high bail fees (currently approx. 7,000 GBP) are common procedure for tourists, too, even if they hold antiques or old objects of supposed small value. In individual cases, prison sentences are imposed. You are therefore urgently warned not to acquire or take along antiques, old coins, fossils, etc. from retailers. It is strongly advised against making political statements in public against the Turkish state or expressing sympathy with terrorist organisations.

Medical information:

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website (https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries). Each countryspecific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Caution is advised when eating uncooked food, unpasteurised milk (e.g. fresh milk, ice cream) and fruit that can’t be peeled. Please avoid drinking tap water and ice cubes in drinks! Rule of thumb: don’t eat anything that cannot be cooked or peeled! In Türkiye, pharmacies are found at every turn. They are recognised by their green cross and the “Eczane” inscription. The standard is high, the personnel fully trained. Especially in those regions in which tourism flourishes, English-speaking staff are the norm. Most of the medicines that require prescription in the United Kingdom, are also available in Türkiye by prescription only. The handling is somewhat more “relaxed”, though. Hospitals and a number of medical practices are found in every larger city and in the touristic regions; usually only community hospitals are based in smaller towns and villages. Make sure you have private travel health insurance. Such policies usually also offer benefits not covered by state health insurance companies, e.g. the costs of repatriation. Please note that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices. Customers must ensure that they are in good physical and mental health in line with the trip in question. Customers must enquire about the physical mobility and psychological autonomy required for this trip.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: July 2022