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Magnificent Turkey

14 reviews   (4.6)
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PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
  • WELCOMES & TRANSFERS
  • HOTELS
  • 21 MEALS
  • EXCURSIONS
CAD $2879*
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Our Organized packages are the perfect combination of freedom and organization. They include all transportation, transfers, accommodation and more. Our packaged getaways remove the hassle of planning for you to admire all the highlights of each destination.

Reviews for Magnificent Turkey

 4.6 out of 5
Based on 14 customer reviews
4.4

November 21, 2019

Our guide, Atilla was very knowledgeable and very experienced. Some information he provided about Turkey was a bit dry in delivery, so a bit more humour might be a good idea on his part, but overall I was very happy with all that I learned about Turkey and had the chance to experience. It was a very well organized tour. Bekir was an excellent driver, who was very friendly and very helpful. Jaylin, who was the translator for the couple from Quebec, was a treat to have on the tour. The food in Turkey is marvellous. The hotels in Istanbul and Izmir were good hotels, but in very noisy locations, which made it hard to get a good nights sleep. Also the first flight of my return with Pegasus airlines left a lot to be desired. I feel very fortunate to have made my connection in Amsterdam, I really only had seconds to spare. Flying the rest of the time with KLM was awesome. My only regret is that it was too windy on the days we were in Cappadocia to take the balloon ride and that's not anybody's fault. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone. It really was a fantastic experience.

5.0

November 20, 2019

The guide we had was the very best for knowledge and kindness. The driver we had went above and beyond to help me. The translator that was supplied for the quebecois was very helpful even for the English speaking people on the tour. It was the best holiday of my life. There was only one thing that was beyond everyone's control and that was the wind stopped us from going on the balloon ride. Will have to find a way to do that another time. Thank you for the very best your that you supplied.

4.6

November 20, 2019

4.7

November 1, 2019

4.4

November 1, 2019

Our local guide in Turkey, Ersim (sorry if I spelled his name incorrectly!) was EXCELLENT. I am very picky with my food and to be succinct, he went beyond the call of duty to make sure I was ok at every meal. So grateful to have a guide who actually cared if I ate or not, I've gone on many tours and will say not every tour would go that extra mile :) Great trip with an amazing small group of wonderful people. Hotels were good, meals were ok but considering the price paid, lol it was acceptable. The only complaint I have was with Egyptair - they changed the last leg of my flight home to Toronto without informing me until I arrived at my stopover at Cairo. Fortunately Egyptair owed to their mistake and compensated us with meal vouchers and a hotel stay. So lol all good.... except I'd be leery to fly Egyptair ever again! Thank you for a great trip Wingbuddy overall :)

4.0

November 1, 2019

4.9

October 30, 2019

Best tour I have taken with Wingbuddy..guide in Turkey amazing...excellent group..nice to have a group for 11 nights.. but Bali close second..

4.4

October 16, 2019

4.7

October 16, 2019

4.9

October 3, 2019

As this was our 1st tour ever with a guide, contrary to my beliefs from the past, we were pleasantly surprised by many things: the small group (only 4 cpls +guide+driver), guide's (Serap) knowledge, sincerity, willingness to go extra mile (wife & I are vegetarians & Serap made sure that other than buffets, she arranged with the kitchens to have them prepare veggie meals), sociable, and an excellent sense of humor. The driver (Bekir) was also very helpful, prompt, sociable and overall very sincere. (To the point that we all exchanged our whatsapp# to stay in touch and we admired them both for their qualities). We would definitely look forward to taking tours with Wingbuddy & recommend to others. Thank you for a memorable tour. ....Jatin & Daksha Jadav.

4.7

October 2, 2019

4.1

June 28, 2019

4.7

June 27, 2019

The tour was excellent and part of it was the fact our group was only four persons. The tour guide and driver were amazing, very professional, very knowledgeable, and extremely pleasant. The whole tour was very casual and interactions with our guide were more conversational and very interactive. We were very impressed with Wingbuddy and how they allowed us to customize our trip and even make changes after we departed. We will definitely do this again.

4.7

June 27, 2019

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From the captivating city of Istanbul, to the fairy landscape of Cappadocia and through the ruins of the Ancient Greek city of Troy, discover the multiple faces of Turkey on this wonderful 13-day organized package including international flights, airport transfers, transportation in deluxe vehicles, accommodation in 4 and 5* hotels, 21 meals included, fascinating visits with an English-speaking local guide and free time to explore on your own!

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11 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS

 

Day 1: Canada - Istanbul (Turkey)
Flight with a good itinerary.

 

Day 2: Istanbul
Arrival at the airport in Istanbul. You will be greeted by our local representatives after exiting the customs and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. There, you will get a quick briefing from the tour guide about the itinerary. Rest of the day free to start your exploration of this legendary city. Welcome dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (Dinner)
 
Day 3: Istanbul  
After breakfast at the hotel, half-day guided city tour of Istanbul including the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the sportive and social center of the Byzantine Empire, and the Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul built in the 17th century and famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets.You will also visit the Topkapı Palace which was the imperial residence of the sultan of the immense Ottoman Empire. Today, the palace is a spectacular museum which houses one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain as well as the famous Spoonmaker's Diamond, the fourth largest diamond of its kind.
 

You will also visit the Spice Market, known in Turkish as Misir Carsisi (Egyptian Bazaar), where you will discover different spices, their flavors and healing qualities. Located in Eminonu, Istanbul's oldest district, right next to the Flower Bazaar, the market was built by Hatice Turhan Sultan in 1660. Bedazzle your senses with the tempting variety of interesting spices, such as saffron, nigella seeds, chili, cumin, curry, all used for savory cooking as well as medicines. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast)

 

Optional half-day city tour of Istanbul ($) including Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and the underground Cistern Basilica (approx. $50 USD per person, to be paid to your guide at destination)

 

Day 4: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale  
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure southward to Canakkale. You will make a stop en route to visit the First World War battlefields at Gallipoli, where one of the Ottoman Empire's greatest military victories took place in 1915. Continuation to the hotel in Canakkale for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast-Dinner)

Day 5: Canakkale - Troy - Pergamon - Izmir   
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to the site of the Ancient Greek city of Troy located southeast of the Dardanelles strait, close to Mount Ida. Both factual and legendary, Troy is famous for being the focus of the Trojan War, one of the most important events in Greek mythology and the scene of the legendary Fall of Troy, described in the Homer's Iliad and made famous by its wooden horse. You will visit the archaeological site of the city founded around 3500 BC, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see a reconstruction of the fabled wooden horse.

 

Continuation to Pergamon, a major cultural center of the Greek world in the 2nd century BC and one of Turkey's finest archaeological sites, where you will see the Asclepeion, an ancient Roman spa center. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will drive to Izmir. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Izmir. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)

 

Day 6: Izmir  
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day at leisure to discover Izmir, Turkey's third largest city located on the shore of the Aegean Sea. Walking along the large promenade, you will reach the historic clock tower at Konak Square, the busiest place in the city. Stop at a local restaurant nearby to taste a typical Turkish coffee before discovering the authentic Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar, a rare sample of Ottoman architecture. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (Breakfast-Dinner)

 

Optional full-day tour ($) of the Ancient Greco-Roman city of Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary (approx. $75 USD / person, to be paid to your guide at destination)

 

Day 7: Izmir - Heriapolis-Pamukkale - Antalya 
After breakfast, departure toward the wonderful site of Hierapolis-Pamukkale. Located near the city of Denizli, Pamukkale (meaning "Cotton Castle" in Turkish) is a unique and spectacular natural site, with its fairy-like, dazzling white cascade. Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, which is a sedimentary rock deposited by water from hot springs. The thermal water has been used since the Roman time for its therapeutic powers.

 

On top of the "castle" is the Greco-Roman spa city of Heriapolis, built in the 2nd century BC. You will visit Apollo's temple, which was competing with the one in Delphi at the time, the monumental Nymphaeum dedicated to the nymphs, the goddesses of water, and the Roman theatre. You will also see the well-preserved, extensive necropolis. Continuation to Antalya. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (Breakfast-Dinner)

 

Day 8: Antalya  
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure to explore Antalya, the heart of the Turkish Riviera. Discover the authentic and historic charm of Antalya as you stroll through the Kaleici district. Around the corner of a cobbled alley, you will see Hadrian's Gate, a magnificent example of Roman architecture dating back 130 AD, as well as the Old Clock Tower. Admire breathtaking views of the sea and the surrounding mountains from Karaalioglu Park where the Hidirlik Tower sits, watching the bay since the 2nd century AD. In the late afternoon, enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise (weather permitting). (Breakfast-Dinner)

 

Optional full-day tour ($) including Antalya Archaeological Museum, Perge and Aspendos (approx. $60 USD / person, to be paid to your guide at destination)

 

Day 9: Antalya - Cappadocia   
Following breakfast at the hotel, departure for Cappadocia. En route, you will visit the large 13th-century Sultan Han caravanserai. This caravanserai provided traders, both foreign and native, with heated rooms, food, medical attention, equipment repair, and many other common conveniences along the Silk Road. Continuation to Nevsehir. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast)

 

Optional evening show ($) including Whirling Dervishes performance (approx. $40 USD / person, to be paid to your guide at destination)

 

Day 10:  Cappadocia 
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure to explore the splendid region of Cappadocia. Explore one of the many underground cities open to the public. Digged into the rock, Göreme is one of those remarkable cities, the image of the undeniable charm of Cappadocia with its immaculate, fairy-like cliffs and hills cut by erosion. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast-Dinner)

 

Optional ($) Cappadocia Balloon Ride (approx. $190 USD / person, to be paid to your guide at destination)

 

Optional full-day ($) Cappadocia tour (approx. $60 USD / person, to be paid to your guide at destination)

 

Day 11: Cappadocia - Ankara 
After breakfast at the hotel, departure for the Turkish capital, Ankara. Upon arrival, you will see the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish Republic, and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. This museum has the finest archeological collection in all Turkey and contains records of every civilization that passed through Anatolia with priceless items dating back 7500 years. Dinner and overnight in Ankara. (Breakfast-Dinner)

 

Day 12: Ankara - Istanbul 
Breakfast at the hotel and departure toward Istanbul. Rest of the day free to continue your exploration of the captivating city of Istanbul, bridge between Europe and Asia. Wander around the districts of Fener and Balat, where the small streets and colorful houses will give you the impression of being in a village. Make your way to Karakoy district, the former financial center of the Ottoman Empire, where you will be impressed by the magnificent buildings constructed by the Empire's wealthiest families. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast-Dinner)

 

Optional ($) Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise (approx. $50 USD / person, to be paid to your guide at destination)
 
Day 13: Istanbul - Canada
After breakfast, greeting in the lobby of your hotel by our local representatives and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

 

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April 2021
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Wed Mar 31 Mon Apr 12 $2879 /person
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Wed Mar 31
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Mon Apr 12
$2879 /person

Wed Apr 28 Mon May 10 $2879 /person
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Wed Apr 28
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Mon May 10
$2879 /person

September 2021
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Wed Sep 22 Mon Oct 04 $3079 /person
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Wed Sep 22
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$3079 /person

October 2021
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Wed Oct 20 Mon Nov 01 $2879 /person
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Wed Oct 20
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Mon Nov 01
$2879 /person

*The advertised starting rate is available from Montreal on 2021-03-31

INCLUDES

-Round-trip international flights between Canada / Istanbul with good itineraries
-Greetings and transfers between the hotel and the airport in Istanbul
-All breakfasts + 1 lunch + 9 dinners (21 meals)

-Transportation in a deluxe motor coach during the tour
-English-speaking local guide during the tour
-Visits and entrance fees as per itinerary
-All taxes, fees, and OPC

 

STANDARD HOTEL CATEGORY:

-3 nights in Istanbul at the Avantgarde Hotel Taksim Square 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-1 night in Canakkale at the Akol 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-2 nights in Izmir at the Park Inn by Radisson Izmir 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-2 nights in Antalya at the Marmara Antalya 5* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-2 nights in Cappadocia at the Kapadokya Lodge 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-1 night in Ankara at the Radisson Blu Hotel Ankara 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room

EXCLUDES

-Travel insurance

-Baggage fees (if applicable)
-Tips: Guides, bus drivers and hotel staff
-Meals and beverages unless otherwise mentioned

-Personal expenses and optional activities
-Visa fee: approx. $60 USD / person (payable upon arrival in Turkey)

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How much of a deposit is required?

You need to make a 50% deposit upon reservation to secure your seats. If your departure is in less than 60 days, the full amount is due when booking.

When is the balance due?

The balance is due 60 days prior to the departure date.

Is it a guaranteed departure?

Yes, all our departures are guaranteed.

What is the group size?

On average, groups are 15 people.

Is triple occupancy available?

Yes. The price is the same for the 3rd passenger unless it is a child aged between 2 and 11 years old (at the time of the travel).

Will there be someone waiting for us at the airport?

Yes, our local operators will welcome you at the gate holding a sign with your name on it. You will be transfered to the hotel.

Are the hotels far from the city?

The hotels are centrally located which means that whether you walk or use local transportation, you will be able to reach the city within 30 minutes.

Is it possible to book additional tours?

Yes, there a several suggested in the itinerary. You may book them directly at destination and pay them in cash or by credit card.

Are tips included?

As a rule of thumb, you can tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars. You may also tip hotel staff at your discretion. For guides and drivers, if you are happy with the service, we suggest the following:

For the guide: $7 CAD / $5 USD per day and per person,

For the driver: $3 CAD / $2 USD per day and per person.

What is the average cost of a meal?

This tour includes all breakfasts at the hotels and 10 other meals. Lunches should cost $5-10 CAD / $3.50-7 USD per person. Add a few dollars for a nice supper.

Is it possible to add extras nights?

Yes, you may add extra nights to your package. However, for this tour, we can add nights only in Istanbul before or after the tour. Simply make the request with your reservation agent who will change your flights accordingly. We can include the same hotel or you may stay under your own arrangements. The price will be confirmed by your agent depending on availability.

Is the bus equipped with toilets, AC, Wi-fi?

The bus has AC. However, Wi-fi is not available on board. The tour makes frequent rest stops.

Other useful information:

Currency: Turkish Lira

Visa: A visa is required. The fee is $60 USD approximately, it can be obtained directly at destination.

Language: Turkish

Vaccine: No vaccine is required. Check with your travel clinic to make sure your health condition allows you to travel.

ORGANIZED PACKAGE

Our Organized packages are the perfect combination of freedom and organization. They include all transportation, transfers, accommodation and more. Our packaged getaways remove the hassle of planning for you to admire all the highlights of each destination.

Reviews for Magnificent Turkey

 4.6 out of 5
Based on 14 customer reviews
4.4

November 21, 2019

Our guide, Atilla was very knowledgeable and very experienced. Some information he provided about Turkey was a bit dry in delivery, so a bit more humour might be a good idea on his part, but overall I was very happy with all that I learned about Turkey and had the chance to experience. It was a very well organized tour. Bekir was an excellent driver, who was very friendly and very helpful. Jaylin, who was the translator for the couple from Quebec, was a treat to have on the tour. The food in Turkey is marvellous. The hotels in Istanbul and Izmir were good hotels, but in very noisy locations, which made it hard to get a good nights sleep. Also the first flight of my return with Pegasus airlines left a lot to be desired. I feel very fortunate to have made my connection in Amsterdam, I really only had seconds to spare. Flying the rest of the time with KLM was awesome. My only regret is that it was too windy on the days we were in Cappadocia to take the balloon ride and that's not anybody's fault. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone. It really was a fantastic experience.

5.0

November 20, 2019

The guide we had was the very best for knowledge and kindness. The driver we had went above and beyond to help me. The translator that was supplied for the quebecois was very helpful even for the English speaking people on the tour. It was the best holiday of my life. There was only one thing that was beyond everyone's control and that was the wind stopped us from going on the balloon ride. Will have to find a way to do that another time. Thank you for the very best your that you supplied.

4.6

November 20, 2019

4.7

November 1, 2019

4.4

November 1, 2019

Our local guide in Turkey, Ersim (sorry if I spelled his name incorrectly!) was EXCELLENT. I am very picky with my food and to be succinct, he went beyond the call of duty to make sure I was ok at every meal. So grateful to have a guide who actually cared if I ate or not, I've gone on many tours and will say not every tour would go that extra mile :) Great trip with an amazing small group of wonderful people. Hotels were good, meals were ok but considering the price paid, lol it was acceptable. The only complaint I have was with Egyptair - they changed the last leg of my flight home to Toronto without informing me until I arrived at my stopover at Cairo. Fortunately Egyptair owed to their mistake and compensated us with meal vouchers and a hotel stay. So lol all good.... except I'd be leery to fly Egyptair ever again! Thank you for a great trip Wingbuddy overall :)

4.0

November 1, 2019

4.9

October 30, 2019

Best tour I have taken with Wingbuddy..guide in Turkey amazing...excellent group..nice to have a group for 11 nights.. but Bali close second..

4.4

October 16, 2019

4.7

October 16, 2019

4.9

October 3, 2019

As this was our 1st tour ever with a guide, contrary to my beliefs from the past, we were pleasantly surprised by many things: the small group (only 4 cpls +guide+driver), guide's (Serap) knowledge, sincerity, willingness to go extra mile (wife & I are vegetarians & Serap made sure that other than buffets, she arranged with the kitchens to have them prepare veggie meals), sociable, and an excellent sense of humor. The driver (Bekir) was also very helpful, prompt, sociable and overall very sincere. (To the point that we all exchanged our whatsapp# to stay in touch and we admired them both for their qualities). We would definitely look forward to taking tours with Wingbuddy & recommend to others. Thank you for a memorable tour. ....Jatin & Daksha Jadav.

4.7

October 2, 2019

4.1

June 28, 2019

4.7

June 27, 2019

The tour was excellent and part of it was the fact our group was only four persons. The tour guide and driver were amazing, very professional, very knowledgeable, and extremely pleasant. The whole tour was very casual and interactions with our guide were more conversational and very interactive. We were very impressed with Wingbuddy and how they allowed us to customize our trip and even make changes after we departed. We will definitely do this again.

4.7

June 27, 2019

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