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TURKEY ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY TRIP

13th to 21st May, 2020

Join us on an exclusive 9-day tour that starts with a short road trip in Cappadocia where we explore a world of archaeological wonders, join us as we explore an underground city, the valleys of volcanic mountains and ancient rock cut churches. Then we head to iconic white travertine terraces of Pamukkale (with a short break in Konya - the home town of the whirling dervish orders and a bastion of Seljuk culture); next we visit Ephesus - the grandest and best preserved of Turkey's hundreds of ancient cities and classical ruins. Finally, we head to explore the contemporary urban fabric of Istanbul along with visiting some brilliant projects by Mimar Sinan.

 

Tour highlights include: 

  • Visit the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia 

  • Experience the ambiance of the Spice & Silk route when you visit the Grand Bazaars.

  • Explore the wondrous treasures by master builder/architect Mimar Sinan

  • Cross over between Europe and Asia in a matter of minutes when you cross the Bosphorus.  

  • Stay in a rock cut cave Hotel, in the unique landscape formed by volcanic ash in Cappadocia. 

  • Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride at sunrise (*not included in tour price but can be arranged on request) 

  • Visit the white terraces of Pamukkale

  • Half-day tour of Konya 

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site designated Ephesus

  • A Specialist Architecture Guide from #ThreeFlaneurs who is well-versed with Turkey & its Architecture will accompany the group.


Kindly find below a broad itinerary & the key terms of this trip:

Dates: 

13th to 21st May, 2020


Pricing *: 

9 days  

Istanbul Atatürk International Airport (IST) to Istanbul Atatürk International Airport (IST)

* Pricing is based on current Euro to IN₹ exchange rate, this is subject to change according to Forex fluctuations and is subject to change at the time of actual payment.

^ Minimum group size required is 15 persons

~ Price does not include any flight bookings


Write to us on threeflaneurs@gmail.com for trip price


Itinerary ^: 

9 days, 8 nights 


Day 1 | 13 May 2020 | ARRIVAL: CAPPADOCIA

Arrive in Kayseri Erkilet International Airport (ASR) ~ (arrive in the evening) - We will assist with the IST-ASR booking which will be charged at actual
Transfer from Airport to hotel in Cappadocia by private coach
Free evening
Overnight in Cappadocia

~ Trip price does not include domestic flight bookings 

 
Day 2 | 14 May 2020 | CAPPADOCIA

Early morning Hot Air Balloon Ride (optional)

Breakfast at the hotel

Introduction to group and tour programme
Full day North Cappadocia tour - explore cave cities & fairy chimney landscape by coach (including local lunch)
Dinner at local restaurant  
Overnight in Cappadocia

Day 3 | 15 May 2020 | KONYA
Early morning Hot Air Balloon Ride (optional - alternative day if needed due to adverse weather conditions on Day 2) 

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer from Cappadocia - Konya (approx. 3 hours drive)
Konya city tour with local lunch (4 hours)
Drive to Pamukkale (5 hours)
Dinner at local restaurant    
Overnight in Pamukkale

Day 4 | 16 May 2020 | PAMMUKALE
Breakfast at the hotel
Full day Pamukkale Tour with local lunch  
Evening drive to Selcuk  / Izmir (3 Hours)
Local dinner at hotel
Overnight in Izmir

Day 5 | 17 May 2020 | EPHESUS
Early breakfast at the hotel
Full day Ephesus tour with local lunch 
Evening transfer to İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) to board the flight for Istanbul ~ We will assist with the ADB-IST booking which will be charged at actual
Dinner at local restaurant
Overnight in Istanbul
~ Trip price does not include domestic flight bookings  

 
Day 6 | 18 May 2020 | ISTANBUL 
Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to Golden Horn (including tours of Hagia Sophia + Topkapi Palace) 

Lunch at local restaurant   

Evening Bosphorus local dinner cruise (without alcohol)

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 7 | 19 May 2020 | ISTANBUL
Breakfast at the hotel
Walking tour of the Bazaars of Istanbul and visit to the iconic Süleymaniye Camii designed by Mimar Sinan
Dinner at local restaurant
Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 8 | 20 May 2020 | ISTANBUL
Breakfast at the hotel
Day exploring multiple contemporary projects and getting a feel of contemporary Istanbul (using public transport) - including projects like: Salt Galata, Santralistanbul, Kanyon Mall & Zorlu Centre
Dinner at local restaurant
Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 9 | 21 May 2020 | ISTANBUL: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the Hotel

Free morning
Afternoon transfer to Istanbul Airport (IST) to board the flight back home : End of Tour  


What's Included: 

• 8 nights accommodation (with stays in Istanbul & Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Izmir)

• Accommodation on twin sharing on bed & breakfast basis 

• Lunches & Dinners at local restaurants as per itinerary

• All internal transport using luxury private coach (except on Day 7 & Day 8 when we use Public Transport in Istanbul) 

• Dedicated Specialist Design+Travel Guide with extensive Architectural Knowledge, Design Pedagogy & Travel experience on behalf of the #ThreeFlaneurs to accompany the group at all times according to tour itinerary  

• All sightseeing tickets as per itinerary, including the following highlights: 

        - Topkapı Palace Museum 

        - Hagia Sophia Museum

        - Bosphorus Cruise

        - White Terraces of Pamukkale

        - Ancient city of Ephesus

        - Dervent valley, Kaymakli in Cappadocia


Group Size *: 

Average group size 15 guests (*minimum group size of 15 guests are required to make this trip viable)


Meals Included: 

08 - Breakfasts in hotel 

05 - Lunches in local restaurants

06 - Dinners in local restaurants

01 - Bosphorus Dinner Cruise 


Accommodation: 

4-star category hotels or similar in prime locations


Solo travelers & Families: 

At #ThreeFlaneurs we believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin share accommodation with someone of the same gender for the duration of the trip. Additionally, this is a child-friendly trip and families are welcome to join us. 


Exclusions: 

• Return international air tickets from source to Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (contact us for our best Flight Recommendations)

Return flights to Istanbul - If you don't mind the travel time we suggest you to flying via Delhi for the most economical flight to Istanbul from multiple Indian Metro cities (these flights would cost roughly around IN₹ 35,000 /- as per current rates and will be subject to availability)  

• Internal flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia and from Izmir to Istanbul will be charged at actual 

Return flights to Cappadocia from Istanbul; we could book this as a group to get the same flights & group rates - but you will be charged for this additionally as per actual rates (these flights would cost roughly around IN₹ 5,000 /- as per current rates and will be subject to availability)   

• Turkish Visa (find more information about this here - http://www.gatewayglobe.com )  

• International Travel insurance   

• Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride at sunrise in Cappadocia (can be arranged on request)

• Any Transaction / VAT / GST / Remittance charges

• Additional entry tickets to sights as per itinerary beyond the ones mentioned above

• Meals not mentioned above (for e.g. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner on Day 01; Lunches on Day 7/8/9)

Average lunch meals would cost between  IN₹ 200 /- to IN₹ 400 /- per meal & dinners between IN₹ 250 /- to IN₹ 550 /- per meal

• Any expense of personal nature i.e. Tips, Portages, Mineral Water, Laundry, Telephone Bills, etc. 

• Early hotel check-in & late check-out

• Camera & video permits

• Anything not mentioned in the inclusions 


Itinerary Disclaimer: 

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable.

A more detailed day-by-day itinerary document highlights the sights to be covered on each day will be shared one week prior to the trip. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.  

The Itinerary can be rescheduled by #ThreeFlaneurs & Peregrine for smooth execution of the trip. Due to unforeseen circumstances such as terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climactic conditions, criminal acts or abnormal conditions or developments outside our control, the Tours/Sightseeing can be altered. No refund will be provided in such cases.

 

Specialist Design+Travel Guide:

• Sahil Latheef is a Charles Correa Gold medalist and a highly qualified architect who has been engaged with architectural academia for over 10 years at various schools (both within India and Internationally). He has worked on several award-winning projects for architectural practices in Doha, London, Mumbai and Singapore before moving to Dubai where he is currently based. 

Besides professionally practicing architecture Sahil teaches at the Architecture department, Amity University, Dubai Academic City and is also part of several on going research projects in the region. He has extensively traveled around the world to study architecture and to lead design tours. 

Number of Specialist Design+Travel Guides will depend on actual group size at time of travel 

 

Supplementary Notes:

1. Itinerary Pace 

This is a very fast paced itinerary which covers lots of ground. While this is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the available time, it also means some early starts, some long days and less free time (on days not marked with Free Time Slots). We feel that if you enter this trip with this knowledge and expectation, you will appreciate even more the variety of locations we are able to include in this itinerary. 

2. Transport 

We will be moving around using private air-conditioned coach and/or public transport for this tour. 


3. Remarks on Hotels

​Standard hotel check-in is at 1400 hrs & check out at 1200 hrs across Turkey (we will be requesting for early check-in and late check-out, but this is subject to room availability and is not in our control). No hotel bookings have been blocked so far. Rates are subject to change based on availability of rooms and receipt of advance payment. The name of hotels mentioned above are tentative and we will confirm the details of available hotels at the time of advance payment. 


4. Tour/Package Pricing 

​Costs are subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or any other statutory increases beyond our control. In addition, this package is based on a minimum group size of 7 travelers travelling together: if the number of travelers falls below the minimum required, a surcharge may be imposed on all passengers.

​Pricing is based on current Forex exchange rates, this is subject to change according to Forex fluctuations and is subject to change at the time of actual payment. 

All prices mentioned here are payable in Mumbai, India (Any Transaction / Remittance charges will be borne by the passenger).

5. Flight Recommendations

Please write to us for our flight recommendations.


6. Insurance  

Although this is not included in our package, we strongly recommend travel insurance. There are different types of medical, baggage or trip cancellations insurance from the supplier or the agencies. NOTE: Insurance coverage may not cover pre-existing conditions and may have other restrictions and exclusions. 

7. Booking & Cancellation policy

Tour Pricing will be collected on basis of 50% (advance booking) seat-blocking payment at the time of confirmation (or minimum 45 days prior to trip commencement) and the remaining 50% Pricing 30 Days before departure date. 

Cancellation done up to 45 days prior to departure date - 30% Cancellation Fee will apply; 44-31 days prior to departure date - 75% Cancellation Fee will apply; 30 days prior to departure date - 100% Cancellation Fee will apply - i.e. NO REFUND.

8. Disclaimer of Liability 

#ThreeFlaneurs and Peregrine is acting as a mere agent for suppliers in selling travel-related services, or in accepting reservations or bookings for services that are not directly supplied by us (such as hotel accommodations, meals, sightseeing & museum tickets, etc.). #ThreeFlaneurs & Peregrine, shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveler in connection with social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climactic conditions, criminal acts or abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside our control. Traveler assumes complete and full responsibility for, and hereby releases the #ThreeFlaneurs and Peregrine from any duty of, checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements to Turkey, and all safely or security conditions at such destinations, during the length of the proposed travel.