Turkey Adventure with Teens

An active, exciting, and educational exploration
Overview

overview

Turkey boasts some of the world's most unique attractions, coastline, and nature. You and your teens will love exploring the cratered landscape, swimming the crystal blue waters, and smelling the spicy aromas at the chaotic markets! There are lots of options for activities like hiking in Cappadocia, and visiting with locals.  This trip is the perfect balance between educational, exciting, and interesting for both you and your teens. 

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: arrive istanbul
    The Anatolian side of Istanbul

    Arrive in Istanbul, the "World's Hippest City," where your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Yasmak Sultan (or similar)
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  • Day 2: istanbul
    The iconic Blue Mosque

    Spend the day touring Istanbul, a fast, fun, and bustling city. Visit the Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, mosque, and now a museum. Admire the intricate blue tiles of the Blue Mosque, and imagine what it once was like to watch chariot racing at the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Walk through the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. The bazaar boasts over 3,000 shops and sees between 300,000 and 400,000 visitors daily! Overnight in Istanbul.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Yasmak Sultan (or similar)
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  • Day 3: istanbul / bosphorus
    The colorful Spice Bazaar

    Continue your tour of Istanbul. Begin with the Underground (Basilica) Cistern, one of several hundred cisterns that lie beneath the city. This 6th century cistern was built during the time of Byzantine Emperor, Justinian. It was originally intended to provide water for the entire city. Watch out for the droplets of water that may fall on your head as you walk through! Next you will have free time to look around the noisy and colorful Spice Bazaar (often referred to as the Egyptian Bazaar). The massive vaulted ceilings give the market a cavernous feeling, yet the dense crowds make navigating it an interesting challenge.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Yasmak Sultan (or similar)
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  • Day 4: cappadocia
    Your Gamirasu Cave Hotel

    Fly to Cappadocia, and meet your guide at the airport before transferring to your hotel. Embark on a private Cappadocia tour. Begin with the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup, one of the most unique sights in the world. These volcanic formations are riddled with manmade holes that many pigeons call home. The pigeons are historically significant to the Cappadocian people because they once served as messengers. The pockmarked, lunar landscape combined with the rugged terrain is both interesting and exciting to hike! Later you will visit the Kaymakli Underground city, an eight-level deep maze of tunnels and rooms. The city was used as a hiding place for Byzantine Chistians from Persian and Arabic armies. There are over 200 underground cities in Cappadocia, but Kaymakli is the deepest. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Gamirasu Cave Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 5: cappadocia
    Hot air balloon ride over the Cappadocia region

    Begin your day with an optional early morning hot air balloon ride (additional cost) over the golden volcanic peaks and magical fairy chimneys. Afterward, wander the unusual topography of Devrent Valley. Here you will see the smaller fairy chimneys; many of which resemble an animal, object, or person. We will have lunch in Avanos, the center of terra cotta art since 3,000 BC. Following your meal, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to view medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks. Continue to Uchisar Rock Castle to enjoy a magnificent panorama of the rocky landscape with Mt. Erciyes in the distance.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Gamirasu Cave Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 6: cappadocia / kusadasi
    Shopping is quite the experience

    This morning transfer to the airport in time to fly to Izmir. Meet your guide at the airport, transfer to Kusadasi and check in to your hotel.  Enjoy a free afternoon to check out the promenade or relax at the hotel pool.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Kusadasi Marina Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 7: ephesus
    The magnificent ruins of Ephesus will dwarf you

    Depart for the ancient Greek city and later major Roman city of Ephesus. Ephesus was the second largest city of the Roman Empire with a population of about 250,000 people. It was established as a port and was considered valuable real estate, as it is located in a very fertile valley. Within Ephesus, you will see the remains of the Artemission Temple, the largest structure of the Hellenistic world, and also the building that is believed to be the House of the Virgin Mary. Between the natural beauty surrounding the city and the ancient ruins themselves, this will be an incredible and educational excursion.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Kusadasi Marina Hotel (or similar)
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  • Day 8: fethiye
    Sail the refreshing, blue waters of Turkey

    Drive to Fethiye and board your gulet. Sail out of Fethiye Harbor, and cruise to the world-famous Gocek Gulf.  Anchor for lunch at Yassica Island. Later, anchor at Tersane Island for teatime and a swimming break. This naturally protected harbor was used as the shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times.  Anchor overnight at Bedri Rahmi Bay, named for the famous Turkish artist who popularized the "blue cruises".

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    on board a lovely gulet
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  • Day 9: gocek gulf
    Check out fellow gulet travelers moored in a quiet cove

    Cruise by the numerous picturesque islands. Anchor first at Manastir Bay for gorgeous swimming opportunities and a luncheon break.  This bay is also known as Cleopatra's Bath due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an ancient bath.  Cruise to the cove of  Aga Limani for dinner and overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    on board a lovely gulet
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  • Day 10: kumlubuk/cennet island/fethiye or marmaris
    Aerial view of the Turquoise coast

    Head to Kumlubuk Bay early in the morning, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Anchor at Cennet Island for the last opportunity to swim and to eat lunch. Enter Marmaris or Fethiye Harbour for an overnight stay.  If you wish to see more of Fethiye/Marmaris and the lively nightlife, you may go ashore for part of the evening. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    on board a lovely gulet
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  • Day 11: gokcealan homestay
    Gokcealan Village

    After breakfast, you will disembark the ship with wonderful memories of the turquoise coast.  Stop along the way for a chance for white-water rafting on the Dalaman River.  Afterwards, drive to the village of Gokcealan, where you will be welcomed by your host family.  Enjoy the afternoon, getting to know your hosts and exploring their village square and tea garden.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Homestay in Gokcealan
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  • Day 12: gokcealan/izmir/istanbul
    View of Ortakoy Mosque

    Bid farewell to your Turkish family, and transfer to Izmir for your flight back to Istanbul. When you arrive in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel.  The afternoon is free for last minute souvenir shopping and possibly walk across the the Galata Bridge.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Yasmak Sultan (or similar)
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  • Day 13: istanbul/onward
    Enjoy a last look of the ancient and the modern in Istanbul

    After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

    Meals
    Breakfast
Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,495
- $4,495
Based on double occupancy. Includes domestic flights (cost subject to change with airfare changes) 2-3 Travelers:  $4,495 per adult / $3,995 per teenager 4-5 Travelers:  $4,295 per adult / $3,765 per teenager 6-12 Travelers:  $3,995 per adult / $3,495 per teenager Single Supplement: $800 Teenager : 12 - 17 years old Third Person Roomshare Discount: $270 Children 11 and under sharing w/2 adults: call for pricing Groups of 8 or more travelers are joined on private gulet (with AC) Groups of under 8 travelers will join others passengers on gullet (no AC) Main guide accompanies travelers on gulet with groups of 5 or more
Single Supplement:
$800
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Jul 17-29, 2016
Or Privately on Request
Need to Know

Need to Know

This trip can be undertaken privately or as an adult only trip on specified adult only departure dates.

Duration:
13 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
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Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. Custom trips and private departures require $800 per person deposit. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

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comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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