TURKEY: ISTANBUL & CAPPADOCIA TOUR

5th - 12th October 2019

 Join Us in Turkey This October For an All Inclusive Luxury Trip!

 

Join us as we head to Turkey for a once in a lifetime luxury experience showing you the best of this amazing destination! We Are Travel Girls Founder Becky van Dijk  will guide you through the must-see sights of Istanbul before taking you to Cappadocia to visit the beautiful fairy chimney landscapes and take a sunrise hot air balloon ride.

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Trip Overview

About The Turkey Getaway

 

The Turkey Travel Girls Getaway is for women who are looking to explore a beautiful location together while making lifetime friendships with like minded people.

 

This is an active trip where we will explore the magic of Istanbul and Cappadocia. During the tour we will visit sights including the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia Museum, take a river cruise through Istanbul, enjoy a traditional hammam, hot air balloon over Cappadocia, participate in a cooking class and so much more!

 

The trip is fully hosted and includes all accommodation in luxury hotels, meals, transportation, guides and activities, so all you need to do is arrive and enjoy the experience with your fellow female travelers!

 

The trip will be hosted by Becky van Dijk, founder of We Are Travel Girls, together with Ambassador Anna Kloots. Your hosts will be joined by a experienced local guides who can bring the history of Turkey to life.

Trip Basics

 

Dates: October 5th-12th, 2019

Trip Length: 8 days, 7 nights (with optional 3 night add-on)

Trip Style: Active & Explorer

Category: Luxury

Group Size: 14 total, (12 guests, 2 Hosts & Guide)

Accommodation Type: Luxury  Hotels 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Host: Becky van Dijk

Price: US $3,450

Extension: Optional 4 day extension available

Who Is The Trip For?

The Turkey Travel Girls Getaway is for the adventurous female traveller looking to explore a new destination and make lifelong friends!

The Turkey Getaway will show you the best of Istanbul and  Cappadocia and the surrounding areas over 8 days and 7 nights. We will stay in luxury hotels and a unique cave hotel in Cappadocia!

You will also be exploring Turkey with like minded women from all over the world. The only thing better than traveling to an new location is doing it with a group of girls who will feel like family by the end of the week!

Activities

Our itinerary was designed to show you the best sights and experiences over 8 days. Activities include:

  • Full day guided tour of Istanbul exploring the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, the Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace
  • View the city from the water on a river cruise
  • Luxuriate in a Traditional Turkish Bath
  • Shop in the Grand Bazaar
  • Guided tours of Cappadocia’s famous sights including the Ürgürp, Pasabaglari, Devrent Valley, Love Valley and Uçhisar Castle
  • Sunrise hot air balloon ride (optional)

For more details, please see the sample itinerary below.

Accomodation

You will be staying in true five-star luxury accommodation throughout the trip!

This includes a 5* hotel in Istanbul where you can enjoy the comfort of a luxury hotel to come back to at the end of our days touring the city! In Cappadocia we have chosen a beautiful traditional cave hotel.

Each accommodation option has been carefully chosen for their unique character, wonderful service, and luxurious comforts found in only the best locations in Turkey!

Cappadocia Hotel

Food & Drink

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included, so you don’t need to bring anything besides your appetite. We will eat some of the best cuisine in Turkey, from local markets to gourmet restaurants! Highlights include:

  • Fine dining at some of Istanbul’s best restaurants
  • Turkish Cooking Class
  • Dining with a live show and music
  • Special farewell dinner in Cappadocia
  • And More!

Optional Extension

The optional three night extension will take you to visit Pamukkale, Ephesus and Alacati

Our optional three night extension will explore further around Turkey starting in the pretty coastal town of Alacati. Think of a Grecian village filled painted white and blue with pink bougainvillea around every corner!

From Alacati we will go on to Pamukkale, the magnificent salt formations where you can laze around is these spectacular natural pools. We will then make our way to Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia.

Your Retreat Hosts

We Are Travel Girls Founder Becky van Dijk has carefully curated the perfect itinerary for this Turkey trip and is excited to welcome you to the country! Becky will be joined by WATG Ambassador and co-host Anna Kloots.

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Becky van Dijk

Host & We Are Travel Girls Founder

 

Becky is the lead host on the trip and will be guiding your group through the wonderful sights of Turkey. With years of travel experience and successfully launching We Are Travel Girls and Travel Girls Getaways, Becky knows exactly what today’s adventurous women look for in a group trip. Becky has taken guests to Bali, Austria, Tokyo, Morocco and Malawi, and is excited to show a new group of women the wonders of Turkey!

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Anna Kloots

Co-Host & We Are Travel Girls Ambassador

 

Anna has been writing about her adventures over the last 10 years while she studied fashion in New York, art in Paris, and interior design in London. She spent every spare weekend traveling solo through Europe. Anna now spends most days of the year seeking out the prettiest corners of the world to find an unusual and authentic experiences. Anna has co-hosted Travel Girls Getaways in Morocco and is excited to show you around Turkey!

Itinerary – Main Trip

On this getaway we want to show you the best of  Turkey and each day we will take you on an amazing excursion:

Day 1 – Arrival In Istanbul: Arrivals to Istanbul throughout the day. Welcome dinner at hotel & overnight in Istanbul.

 

Day 2 – Istanbul: Today starts early so you can beat the crowds in exploring the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Old Istanbul. See the interior of the Blue Mosque, then Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally the Basilica Cistern. Then tour the incredible Topkapi Palace. You’ll have some free time to keep exploring (potentially the archeology museum) or you can walk back from the area to the hotel. Dinner will be part of a Turkish cooking class.

 

Day 3 Istanbul: Today is all about being transported to another era. You’ll head to Grand Bazaar for a day of shopping for rugs, lamps, and your perfect Turkish accessories, snacking on local foods, and visiting spice shops. You’ll do both a guided tour and then have free time to just explore and shop independently.

 

Day 4 Istanbul: This unique day starts with experiencing Istanbul from the water. You’ll go aboard a lunch-time Bosphorus river cruise. You’ll see all the historical sites along the banks and enjoy getting a feel for how Asian versus European sides of the city differ. Then in the later afternoon you’ll head to a Traditional Turkish Bath for an authentic hammam experience. Finally, dinner tonight will be at a restaurant with a special live show and music.

 

Day 5 Travel To Cappadocia: You’ll have the morning at leisure and time to explore and shop on your own. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the airport and fly to Kayseri (the closest airport to Cappadocia). You’ll then drive to check-in at your unique cave hotel!

Day 6 Cappadocia: Depending on conditions, the hot air balloon ride will take place either this morning or the next. We’ll schedule it 48 hour ahead of time to ensure we pick the day with optimal conditions. You’ll depart the hotel before sunrise, head to the take off zone where you’ll have a full breakfast before boarding your balloon. Then soar up as the sun rises over the rock formations for about an hour flight.

Return to the hotel to prepare for the rest of the day. You’ll explore on foot the major sites of
Cappadocia: Three Beauties of Ürgürp, Pasabaglari (Monk’s Valley), Devrent Valley (Valley of
Imagination), Göreme Open Air Museum and back to Love Valley and around Uçhisar Castle.

 

Day 7 Cappadocia: In case the weather did not permit the hot air balloon ride before, then we will do the sunrise hot air balloon experience over Cappadocia. You’ll then return to the hotel and have some downtime to enjoy the property. You can lounge on one of the many terraces or by the pool. In the afternoon, you’ll head out for another day exploring the incredible landscapes and do some shopping at some of the local markets, known for their textiles. You’ll have a special farewell dinner tonight.

 

Day 8 Back to Istanbul / or Begin Extension: You’ll either take an internal flight scheduled at mid-day and you’ll either fly back to Istanbul to then catch your homeward bound flight, or you’ll begin post-trip extension to Pamukkale & the Aegean Coast via an internal flight to Izmir. Either way you will be leaving with 13 new friends who feel like family!

Itinerary – Optional Extension

Day 8 Fly mid-day from Kayseri to Izmir: Drive from Izmir on to the Çeşme Peninsula (1.5 hours). You’ll make a stop for a late lunch & wine tasting at a local vineyard. Overnight in Alacati.

 

Day 9 Alacati: Alacati is charming fishing village is known for its blend of Greek & Turkish architecture, excellent food, and variety of excellent boutiques and shops. Wander the cobblestone streets and have lunch at a local cafe. Or, head to the beach and stretch out in the sun as you look out on the turquoise waters (entrance fee to beach clubs not included). Overnight in Alacati.

Day 10 Pamukkale: Wake up early to drive to Pamukkale (4 hours). Upon arrival you’ll have lunch and then hike through the Pamukkale travertine hot springs & dip your toes mineral rich waters. At the top, stop for a swim in one of the largest pools. Then you’ll explore Hierapolis and the ancient Greek and Roman ruins. You’ll leave in the early evening and drive to the nearby city of Denizli where you’ll take an internal flight (around 9pm) back to Istanbul. We have then arranged a hotel near the airport for this final night, so that you can catch your return flights home starting the next morning. Overnight: Istanbul (near the airport).

 

Day 11 Departure: Today is your final departure from Turkey.

What’s Included

Inclusions

7 Night Luxury Accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Airport Transfers

Entry Fees & Transport to all activities

Internal Flight To Cappadocia

Spa Treatment

Set Of High Res Edited Photos From The Trip

And most importantly, meeting other amazing women from all over the world!

Exclusions

Flights to and from Turkey

Extra Drinks, Snacks and additional meals

Personal Travel Insurance (required upon booking)

Personal Purchases and Souvenirs

Alcoholic Drinks

Hot Air Balloon Ride (additional cost)

Trip Price

US $3,450 (Double Occupancy)

 

Single Occupancy Supplement +US $685

Deposit 30% of quoted pricing

Extension Price US $1,600

Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I COME SOLO?

Absolutely! The trip is an opportunity to connect with a group of women from all over the world and make new and lasting friendships. The majority of our trip guests come solo.

HOW MUCH FREE TIME IS THERE?

There will be two afternoons with some free time in the itinerary that you can use to relax at the hotel, go out to explore or go shopping. Of course, all daily activities are optional so you are welcome to skip something in favour of some down time!

ARE THERE SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOMS?

Yes, there are some single occupancy rooms available for an additional cost of around US $585 for the main trip and US $300 for the extension. Upgrades will be subject to availability. All other rooms are shared occupancy with one other female guest. Each room has two beds, either two single beds or one double and one single bed.

DO I NEED A VISA FOR TURKEY?

Visitors from most countries can easily apply for an e-visa before traveling into Turkey for $20 USD and receive approval within a few minutes. For more information please see the official Turkey visa website at www.evisa.gov.tr. It is your responsibility to check the visa requirements based on your country of original / nationality and to obtain the correct visa for your trip.

SAFETY IN TURKEY
  • The hotels we’re booking are all 4 or 5 stars, with international security and safety standards
  • In Istanbul, we will be staying at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul. The hotel is in Taksim square, in the new, vibrant center of Istanbul. The area offers plenty of choices of restaurants, bars, and shops, it’s also the best place to go and watch the real turkish youth living their lives. and while we are only 20 minutes away from the historic center, by staying in Taksim, we avoid the street hasslers and false tour guides.
  • We are teaming up with an established local Destination Management Company, with a great reputation, and over 20 years of experience to ensure we have the best local guides and drivers, and plan to optimize the experience on the ground, while minimizing any potential risk.
  • We will be travelling as a group throughout the trip. We have two We Are Travel Girls hosts (Becky van Dijk and Anna Kloots) as well as local guides. We will also have other members of the team on the ground in Turkey should we require any assistance.
WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY LEVEL?

This is a very active trip and there will be lots of walking and exploring. The activities themselves are not strenuous and we have drivers throughout who take us between the hotels, restaurants and to our activities.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We will send you a detailed Useful Information Pack sharing information on what to bring and what to expect from the trip.

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?

Once your application is received and your booking confirmed a non-refundable 30% deposit is due immediately to secure your place on the retreat. The balance of the payment is due 2 months before the retreat start date.

IS THERE A MINIMUM GUEST NUMBER?

Yes. We require a minimum of 10 guests booked to run the trip. As per the Terms & Conditions, if the running of the trip is not deemed financially viable we reserve the right to cancel the retreat. In this situation you will be refunded all monies paid. However, we will not reimburse any travel costs or flights already booked.

WHAT METHOD OF PAYMENT IS AVAILABLE?

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a link to a secure payment page to make the first payment for the deposit. Payments will be made via the WeTravel Payment System, which allows the use of a major credit card or bank transfer. We will then send you a reminder and payment link when the balance is due.

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Yes. You are responsible for obtaining your own travel insurance cover. We recommend and require that you purchase travel insurance at the point of  booking your spot on a Travel Girls Getaway. This is in order that you are insured should unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending the trip.

One option is World Nomads. However, it is your responsibility to research travel insurance companies in your location and select an insurer that suits your needs and coverage requirements.

DO YOU CATER FOR DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?

Once your place is booked we will send out a guest information form requesting information such as dietary requirements. We will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements for meals in the hotels and at the restaurants.

HOW WILL WE GET AROUND?

We will have an air conditioned  mini bus for our day trips  with our guide to take us from place to place. The minibus is equipped with Wifi. We will also have an internal flight between Istanbul and Cappadocia.

If your question was not answered here, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Ready To Join Us On The Adventure Of A Lifetime?!

 

Please complete the booking form to join the Turkey Getaway in October 2019.

 

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