October 14-24, 2023
Day 1: October 14th -SATURDAY – ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL :
Arrival and assistance. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: October 15th – / SUNDAY –FREE DAY:
Breakfast – Meet and Greet.. Enjoy your free day in Istanbul.
Day 3: October 16th – MONDAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR :
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion through the city. In the morning we will visit La Santa Sofia, one of the most significant places in Istanbul, a beautiful architectural marvel that we offer to the visitor; also considered as one of the largest and most imposing churches in the world. Next, visit the Topkapi Palace, the place where the sultans lived between 1478 and 1856. Topkapi is not a unique structure, but an organic monumental complex made up of various kiosks, gardens and scattered areas that are located in the neighborhood or historic center at the entrance of the Golden Horn. We continue towards the Blue Mosque, admired for its six tall minarets, terraces and domes that rise in the center of the building; you will see that the architect achieved his objective without a doubt; perfection with this impressive work. In the afternoon, the Roman Hippodrome, (Seventh Severe period) … space where chariot and circus races took place, which served as entertainment for the inhabitants of Constantinople for more than a thousand years. We will end the day in the Grand Bazaar. At the end, transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Meal : Breakfast and lunch
Day 4: October 17th – TUESDAY – ISTANBUL – FLY TO ANKARA / CAPPADOCIA:
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, departure by flight to Ankara, capital of the Turkish Republic. Arrival to Ankara and start an excursion tour in Ankara. We will visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Departure for Cappadocia, a historical region of Anatolia, characterized by having a unique geological formation in the world. Passing through the Salt Lake, we arrive at our hotel, dinner and accommodation. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (semi casual, red attire)
Day 5: October 18th – WEDNESDAY-CAPPADOCIA DAILY TOUR:
VISIT OPTION | EXCURSION HOT AIR BALLOON :This is a separate service. The cost is from $290-350. 4am the transportation will depart to either the hot air balloon or photography. If you want to take photos you can not be in the hot air balloon. This service is either or.
After going back to the hotel and having breakfast, we leave for a full day excursion. We visit the Göreme Open Air Museum where we will see some rock-hewn churches, which have interior frescoes. We will continue with the visit of the Uçhisar troglodyte town. We continue to the Las Palomares Valley. We will admire the Pasabag Valley (Valley of the Monks) which is also known for the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. We will continue with the town of potters; Go ahead. In the afternoon we will visit an underground city Serhatlı (or Özkonak), which is several levels deep; it was used by early Christians as a refuge against enemies during the 6th and 7th centuries. Finally visit a carpet workshop to see how Turkish rugs are woven, and an onyx and jewelry workshop.
Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (no specific attire)
Day 6: October 19th – THURSDAY- CAPPADOCIA / PAMUKKALE: (600 km)
Breakfast and departure to Aksaray. We continue on the silk road and visit the Sultanhan Caravansarai, an inn, where the camel caravans used to stop. Arrival in Pamukkale. We move to our hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast,lunch, dinner (no specific attire)
Day 7: October 20th – FRIDAY -PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI or ESMIRNA: (160 km)
Breakfast. Visit to Pamukkale, which means “Cotton Castle” in Turkish for its white waterfalls. Natural travertine pools are formations caused by hot springs. We continue with the visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis which was a city of Phrygia and became the episcopal center during the Byzantine period. We continue towards Kusadasi. En route we visit the House of the Virgin Mary (Mother of Jesus), where she spent her last years. During the journey we will attend a fashion show that represents the beautiful leather products. Departure to Ephesus, visit the best preserved ancient city in Asia Minor, which during the 1st and 2nd centuries had a population of 250,000 inhabitants. We will visit the Hadrian Temple, the Roman Baths, the Library of Celsus, the Odeon, a theater that had a capacity for 24,500 spectators.
Transfer to hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast,lunch,dinner (no specific attire)
Day 8: October 21th – SATURDAY- KUSADASI -DAILY GREEK ISLAND OF CHIOS TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel; We will take an excursion to the Greek island Chíos, the island of Homer, the fifth largest of the islands located in the Aegean Sea: transfer from the hotel to the Çesme port. Once everything concerning immigration was done, we stopped at Chíos Island. Arriving in 30 minutes and entering the territory of Greece, we have free time to walk in the port until 11:00 am, the start of the guided tour. Arrival at the town famous for the production of Masc, the only place in the world where this tree grows, it is a special plant resin from the island. We will continue to Kambos, the most noble and distinguished area of the island, where we will see some stone houses from Genoa, large mansions and citrus farms, then we will go to the town of Armolia where we will see masque trees and visit the ceramic workshops. We continue our excursion to the town of Mesta, where we will have the opportunity to walk through the labyrinthine streets since the Byzantine period and also visit Megalos Taksiarhis. Free time to meet and taste the delicacies of the local culinary art. Travel south to the village of Pyrgi, famous for its houses decorated in black and white, and visit the Church of the Holy Apostle since Byzantine times. Our last stop is at the black volcanic beach Mavra Volia in Emporios. End of the excursion and time to taste the delicious foods of Greece in the different restaurants in the area. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (Last Dinner, White Attire semi casual)
Day 9: October 22nd – SUNDAY -KUSADASI / BURSA / ISTANBUL: (560 km )
Breakfast. Departure to Istanbul via Bursa which was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Bursa is a renowned city for its mosques, fountains, Turkish baths and for the production of silk. We will visit the 14th century Great Mosque, the Green Mosque and Mausoleum and the local silk bazaar. Departure to Istanbul.
Arrival at the hotel in Istanbul. Accommodation.
Meal : Breakfast and Lunch
Day 10: October 23- MONDAY- ISTANBUL – ISTANBUL BOSPHORUS & ASIA TOUR :
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion to the Bosphorus. In the morning we will make a previous visit to the Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Bazaar built in the seventeenth century and located in the old Eminönü neighborhood in Istanbul. We continue to take the boat for the tour of the Bosphorus (Private boat) taking place along the Sea of Marmara on both sides of the city: Asian and European. During this tour you will be able to see monuments such as: Dolmabahce Palace, Çiragan, The fortress of Rumeli Hisarı, among others… We continue with the visit to the Beylerbeyi Palace, built in white marble by Sultan Abdulaziz in the 19th century; it served as a summer residence for later sultans and a guest house for foreign dignitaries. Climbing Çamlica Hill, known as the Hill of Lovers, it offers a majestic panoramic view of the Bosphorus and Istanbul. Hotel moving and lodging. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 11: October 24th- TUESDAY – ISTANBUL
Breakfast. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to take the departure flight. Meals: Breakfast
SERVICES & PRICES
*5 Star Hotels (5 nights of accommodation in the chosen hotel in Istanbul, 2 Nights in Cappadocia + 1 Night in Pamukkale + 2 Nights in Kuşadasi)
SINGLE: $3,126.00 USD PER PERSON
DOUBLE: $2,299.00 USD PER PERSON
TRIPLE: $1,999.00 USD PER PERSON
Disclaimer: For (Double & Triple occupancy)
If your roommates do not finish paying for their portion, Vuex Travel will modify the prices due to the change.
*For example: For the triple occupancy room if one of three people can not come to the trip, the price will be modified for the double occupancy price. If a double occupancy room, one of the people cannot come to the trip, your price will be modified to single occupancy. This will still apply if (all parties, some, or just one) have travel insurance or not. The travel insurance does not insure or pay the travel agency for the status of the room. Or the remaining roommates will be responsible for funding the remaining balance for the person that canceled.
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
Disclaimer: All payments and deposits are non refundable and Vuex Travel will not give any money back once payments and deposits have been made for any reason. Please ensure to obtain any travel insurance necessary.
Due April 21, 2023 -1st payment-Initial Deposit
(to book, and save your spot): Availability will close.
SINGLE: $1,526.00 USD PER PERSON
DOUBLE:$1,000.00 USD PER PERSON
TRIPLE: $900.00 USD PER PERSON
Disclaimer: For (Double & Triple occupancy)
All parties need to do the initial deposit on the same day if not the initial deposit will be incomplete and will not be accepted or the payment will be modified for the accurate occupancy amount.
Due June 30th, 2023- 2nd Payment:
SINGLE: $1,000.00 USD PER PERSON
DOUBLE:$700.00 USD PER PERSON
TRIPLE: $499.00 USD PER PERSON
Due August 31st, 2023- 3rd- Final Payment
SINGLE: $600.00 USD PER PERSON
DOUBLE:$599.00 USD PER PERSON
TRIPLE: $600.00 USD PER PERSON
Disclaimer: For (Double & Triple occupancy)
All parties need to pay on schedule. Anyone that does not pay on time will be moved to a single occupancy and the reservation for either double or triple occupancy will be modified according to the amount people paid. If the person does not pay after the modification 7 days (not business days) later your reservation will be canceled with no refund. Once changes are made, no further changes will be allowed. Make sure everyone in your room pays on time. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Airports In and out transfers according to the itinerary and PRİVATE assistance
5 nights of accommodation in the chosen hotel in the bed & breakfast regime In Istanbul • 2 Nights in Cappadocia + 1 Night in Pamukkale + 2 Nights in Kuşadası (Bed & Breakfast and Dinner)
English speaking professional guide
Luxury bus with A / C
Tickets to museums
Tips for Hotels and Restaurants
Private Boat Tour during the tour (in 23 october)
Chios (Greek Island) Tour & Transfer
Domestic Flight ( from Istanbul to Ankara ( 20 KG + handbag 8 KG)
Meals according to itinerary- 10 Breakfast, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Greek Island (estimate of 7 cities that we going to visit)
Turkey (estimate of 14 city that we going to visit)
Tips to Guides and Drivers: 45 USD
Optional Tours (Hot Air Balloon Ride) or Photo Shoot
Some meals not listed in the itinerary
Visas for Turkey
Extra luggages for the Turkey domestic flight
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER – Minimum of 5 people
$15.00 per person Fee + $170 (dresses/ costume)= $170.00per person
Round Trip Transfer (from hotel to hot air balloon area and to hotel)
**photos are transmitted digitally to guests**
Or, (can not do both, is either or )
Hot Air balloon price between 295 USD -350 USD per person, (Price may vary) + $15 fee
ALL AIRFARE NEED TO BE PURCHASED BY:
September 15th is when all airfare information needs to be sent via email: arrival and departure information for each guest.