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 city of Cappadocia awaits with not only a breath-taking landscape, but also fascinating insights into Christian history.
Day 2: Konya – Cappadocia (World Heritage Site)
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 whose dance has been declared an Intangible UNESCO World Heritage site. 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 incl.) is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site 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: Valley of Monks – Mustafapaşa – Valley of Love
Surrounded by vineyards and apricot trees, we descend into the Valley of Monks (admission incl.) and into a fairytale world. Unique rock formations and the constantly changing colours promise moments that will remain with you forever. We will carry on to the hidden village of Mustafapaşa which, with its ancient Greek manor houses, offers the perfect opportunity to take a stroll and enjoy the surroundings. 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 – the historic silk road
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 incl.). 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 incl.). Onward journey to 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. Turkey‘s 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 trip 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. Take a relaxed stroll along the beach or discover more of the natural and cultural treasures of the surroundings. It is worth taking a visit to the ancient city of Aspendos, for example.
Day 8 – 15: Relaxation in an exclusive 5-star luxury hotel on the Turkish Riviera
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 complete with Turkish bath, sauna and gym. Take time out in the hotel‘s outdoor or indoor pool or stroll along the beach. Day 15: transfer to the airport and return flight.
Your cultural highlights
With its numerous cultural and scenic treasures, Antalya (originally Attaleia) is one of the largest and most vibrant cities in Turkey. 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 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.
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.
Special services included for you
- Flights with a reputable airline³ to and from Antalya,
including hotel transfers and security charges
- 7 days one of UK‘s most popular cultural tours through Cappadocia
– 7 nights in a double room in selected 4- and 5-star hotels (nat. category)
– 7x sumptous breakfast buffet
– Round trip in our modern and air-conditioned travel coach
– Spectacular range of excursions + admissions including the following highlights:
• Cappadocia (World Heritage)
• Göreme (World Heritage)
• Monks Valley
• Valley of Love
• Underground cities
• historic Silk Road
• Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall
- 8-day relaxation in a 5-star luxury hotel on the Turkish Riviera
– 7 nights in a double room in an exclusive 5-star luxury hotel (nat. category)
– 7x generous breakfast buffet
– Free use of the hotel’s facilities: attractive outdoor pool and heated indoor pool, private beach,
fabulous spa with a hamam & sauna
- Qualified, English-speaking tour guides
³ e.g. charter flights with Freebird Airlines (well-known charter airline company)
On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:
The package includes sumptuous buffet every evening with international specialities during the 7-day cultural tour: only £149 per person.
Single room surcharge:
£179 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
Including a spectacular range of excursions!
Temperatures Turkey – Antalya
System of government:
Republic / parliamentary republic, the head of state has been President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since 27.08.2014.
Islam with a small Christian and Jewish community.
The official language is Turkish. English is often spoken in the cities and tourist locations.
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.
The supply voltage is 220 V, 50 HZ. An adapter is necessary.
The time difference between the UK and Turkey is plus two hours throughout the year (Turkey is two hours ahead of GMT).
Making telephone calls:
The country code for Turkey is 0090 with the zero cancelled before the area code. If you are calling the UK from Turkey, please dial 0044 and the area code without the zero.
Country and people:
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 Turkey 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 £1 to £2 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 £2 per person per day. While for bus drivers the appropriate sum is around £1 to £2 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 nationals require a visa to enter Turkey. It is recommended to apply for visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr. Passports must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Turkey. 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 Turkey are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey (“MFA”) whose website is at www.mfa.gov.tr. Visas can be obtained through the MFA’s electronic visa application portal at www.evisa.gov.tr and UK passport holders will be expected to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months as from the date of arrival in Turkey. If you hold a different type of British nationality (BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Embassy before you travel.
However passport and visa requirements change from time to time and are also dependant on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, 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.
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 and a welcoming drink. 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 Turkey has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras on arrival. We recommend booking the following packages when you get there, as some hotels on the tour are situated out of town in idyllic countryside, which means you can benefit from special rates.
Culture and dinner package during the cultural tour: The package includes all admission fees and guided tours for sights as per itinerary plus a sumptuous buffet every evening with international specialities during the 7-day cultural tour: only £149 per person.
Explorer package: This package includes six lunchtime meals plus the following additional events: Trip to Aspendos, Cappadocia evening (incl. local drinks and a show), whirling dervishes show: £135 per person (bookable on arrival).
Since 1 January 2009, the currency is once again called the Turkish lira (TRY). Exchange rate (as of November 2018): 1 GBP = 7,01 TRY; 1 TRY = 0,14 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 noon, 1.30 – 5 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 for travellers to Turkey:
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 Turkey. Otherwise, the following goods per person may by carried upon entry into Turkey (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).
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. Further information under: www.fco.gov.uk. Information about the customs regulations for importing products into the UK is found on the British customs website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.
Safety information specific to Turkey:
British citizens wishing to stay in or travel to Turkey 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.
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. Further information under: www.fco.gov.uk. We strongly discourage making public political statements against the Turkish state or expressing sympathy with terrorist organisations.
Vaccinations are not required for entering into Turkey. Every traveller should be sufficiently protected against tetanus and polio as well as hepatitis, if needs be. 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 Turkey, 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 only available in Turkey 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. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), relating to free medical treatment in EU countries, is not valid in Turkey. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In any event, travellers should obtain information about the possibilities and requirements for a reimbursement of costs from their health insurance company before setting off on their travels. Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customized to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.
All information is subject to change/Last updated: November 2018