Amazing Balkans & Turkey by Gulet

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Start off the Amazing Balkans & Turkey adventure at Sofia and hop on for an unforgettable journey. Drive through lovely local villages and valleys surrounded by green forests and lakes. Visit some of the most important sites from 7 Balkan countries and have a taste of different cultures each day. Then fly off to Istanbul to discover the natural and man-made wonders of Turkey. Head South along the coast and visit all the must-sees near the Aegean coast. Embark on a gullet cruise for 3 days and relax, sunbathe and jump into turquoise waters. Then prepare to stand in awe against the "cotton" pools of Pamukkale and the unique land formations of Cappadocia.

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Local Payment: £
Destinations
  • Sofia
  • Istanbul
Tour Types
  • Youth
  • Cultural
  • 18-30 somethings
Day 1: Sofia
Welcome to Sofia! At the airport, keep an eye out for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. At the hotel around 7pm, have an informal welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers. After you get all the critical information about the tour, head out for our optional group dinner around 8:15pm and walk the streets of Sofia. Accommodation Hotel Vega - 4 Star Included Activities Welcome Meeting Optional Activities Group Dinner

Day 2: Sofia, Belgrade
After a substantial breakfast, hop on the bus and make your way to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. With stunning views over the Danube and Sava rivers by the mighty medieval Belgrade Fortress, head to the heart of the capitol. Starting off at the vibrant pretty shopping street, Knez Mihailova, filled with cafes, shops and charming sites, kick off the walking tour to discover the incredible landmarks Belgrade has in store and their marvellous histories. Accommodation Abba Hotel - 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Belgrade City Tour

Day 3: Belgrade, Sarajevo
Next stop Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, the city that has been through it all! It is where the Western and Eastern Roman Empire split and where people of many nations and religions met, lived and warred. You can still see many reminders of the Yugoslav War in bullet holes and cannon marks all around town. Though, still an oriental beauty with a unique twist, and a delight to discover on your walking tour in the old town. The city offers endless delicacies to taste, but the specialty is lamb. Accommodation Hotel Ibis Styles – 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Sarajevo City Tour Entrance Fees Catholic Church - EUR 1

Day 4: Sarajevo, Mostar,Trebinje
Today, we drive for the amazing Adriatic shore, but first a stop at Mostar! As you arrive in this dreamland, walk through the Old Town of this Herzegovina pearl, see the iconic highlights Old Bridge – Stari Most, and the old caršija (market). Enjoy your lunch with an amazing view at one of the local venues, discover the old town and make sure to try the delicious Turkish coffee. In the afternoon, we ride to Trebinje for our overnight stay. Accommodation Hotel Central Park – 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Mostar City Tour Optional Activities Kravice Waterfalls - EUR 20

Day 5: Trebinje, Dubrovnik, Trebinje
Get ready for a long day at Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic"! With its well-preserved majestic walls encircling the whole town and its sea of terra-cotta roof tiles, giving life to the "King’s Landing", the whole town is an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even the drive down to town from the mountain-side is a breakth-taking highlight in itself! We start off with a guided walking tour of the Old Town and marvel at the millennial history of this fairy-like town. Walk atop the mighty walls, discover cute narrow streets, taste delicious seafood or jump off into the crystal-blue waters. In the evening, we return to Trebinje for a good night's rest. Accommodation Hotel Central Park – 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Dubrovnik City Tour Optional Activities Dubrovnik Boat Trip - EUR 35 Entrance Fees Dubrovnik City Walls - EUR 15

Day 6: Trebinje, Kotor, Budva
Next stop Montenegro! Arrive in Kotor after a scenic drive an meet its calming natural beauty and characteristic architecture, a less-crowded version of Dubrovnik with its impressive medieval citadel. Following a walking tour of the old town with your expert local guide and some free time, make your way to the popular touristic hub of the region, Budva. Your guide will take you on a brief walking tour of the vibrant summer town with great food, impressive views and lively nightlife. Accommodation Hotel Park – 3 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Kotor City TourBudva Walking Tour

Day 7: Budva, Tirana, Ohrid
Hit the road after breakfast, next stop Albania! A panoramic city tour of Tirana will introduce the best preserved and most beautiful samples of Albanian architecture, and drop us off at the town centre for some free time to discover the bustling Skenderbeg square. In the afternoon, continue towards Ohrid, Macedonia and check-in to your comfy hotel. You can rest up after a long day, or join the optional Balkan night with dinner. Accommodation Hotel Sileks – 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Panoramic Tour of Tirana Ohrid Walking Tour Optional Activities Balkan Night With Dinner - EUR 25

Day 8: Ohrid, Skopje, Istanbul ( By Flight )
Start off the day with a guided city tour of Old Ohrid hosting hundreds of chapels and churches scattered all around. In the afternoon travel to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, for the night. Accommodation Ottoman Legacy Hotel – 5 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Ohrid City Tour Optional Activities St. Naum Tour - EUR 15

Day 9: Istanbul, Old City Tour
After breakfast, we begin to experience the magnificence of Istanbul. We will stroll through the historical heart of the old city, making stops along the way to the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia. In the afternoon take an optional cruise down the Bosphorus river and see the epic skyline. Accommodation Ottoman Legacy Hotel – 5 Star Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Sightseeing of Blue Mosque Sightseeing of Hagia Sophia Sightseeing of Topkapi Palace Museum Optional Activities Bosphorus Boat Cruise - EUR 10 Entrance Fees Blue Mosque - Free Hagia Sophia - Free Topkapi Palace Museum 100 TL

Day 10: Istanbul, Gallipoli
Today we depart for the shores of Gallipoli. A place of important significance for Aussies and Kiwis, we will visit the beach and cemeteries at ANZAC Cove, before paying our respects at memorial sites Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine. Accommodation Kolin Hotel - 5 Star Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner Included ActivitiesSightseeing of Anzac CoveSightseeing of Beach Cemetery Sightseeing of Lone PineSightseeing of Chunuk BairSightseeing of War Trenches

Day 11: Gallipoli, Troy, Kusadasi
You may of heard of Troy from Greek mythology or maybe just watched the Brad Pitt movie, but now you will visit the ruins and archaeological site of the city of Troy, and of course the famous wooden horse. Spend the afternoon in the the seaside town of Kusadasi. Accommodation Marina Hotel - 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner Included Activities Sightseeing of Troy Ancient City Entrance Fees Troy Ancient City - 50 TL

Day 12: Ephesus, Fethiye, Gulet, Yassi Islands
Our first stop today is the spectacular, well preserved ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus was cited in the book of Revelations, and historians believe the Gospel of John was written here. Famed for the Temple of Artemis which was completed around 550 BC and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In the afternoon we will depart for Fethiye where we will embark on our traditional Turkish gulet boat and sail to amazing Yassica Islands for a swim. We will have dinner and stay overnight on our boat. Accommodation Turkish Traditional Gulet Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner Included Activities Sightseeing of Ephesus Ancient City Entrance Fees Ephesus Ancient City - 100 TL

Day 13: Gulet Cruise, Gocek Gulf, Tersane, Bedri Rahmi Bay, Sunken Bath/Cleopatra
After breakfast at Yassi Islands we will cruise to Tersane for a swimming break and lunch. We will then sail to Bedri Rahmi Bay for another swimming stop.  We’ll sail to yet another amazing spot at Sunken Bath area for dinner and place for our Gulet to spend a night. This place is also known as Cleopatra Bay or Sunken Bath Bay, due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath. Accommodation Turkish Traditional Gulet Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included Activities Gulet Cruise on the Mediterranean Bedri Rahmi Bay Cleopatra/Sunken Bath

Day 14: Gulet Cruise, Boncuklu Bay, Fethiye Marina
Another day in paradise! After breakfast, we will anchor at Boncuklu Bay for our last swimming break and lunch. We will the make our way to Fethiye for you to explore its shops and buzzing atmosphere. After dinner back on the boat, get amongst Fethiye famous nightlife. Accommodation Turkish Traditional Gulet Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included Activities Gulet Cruise on the Mediterranean Boncuklu Bay Fethiye Marina

Day 15: Fethiye Marina, Pamukkale
It's time to get your cameras out, because today is a photographers dream! Today we will visit Pamukkale, or ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish. Pamukkale is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertine, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Spend time bathing in its pools, or explore the natural and unusual landscape. Accommodation Hierapark Hotel - 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner Included Activities Sightseeing of Pamukkale White Terraces Entrance Fees Pamukkale White Terraces - 80 TL

Day 16: Pamukkale, Cappodocia
Today we sit back and relax on the coach, as we head to Cappadocia. Watch the amazing Turkish scenery unfold before us and see small towns and villages as we pass on by. In the afternoon, we will visit Derinkuyu Underground City, a city complete with a church, wells, food stores, and even stables which is all located 60m under the ground. End the day with an optional traditional Hamman (Turkish bath). Accommodation Avrasya Hotel - 4 Star Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner Included Activities Sightseeing of Derinkuyu Underground City Sightseeing of Ihlara Valley Optional Activities Turkish Bath Experience - 130 TL Entrance Fees Derinkuyu Underground City - 50 TL

Day 17: Cappadocia, Istanbul (By Flight)
Rise and shine, it will be an early start for our optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscapes and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Or if preferred enjoy a leisurely start to the morning before we all fill up on breakfast. We will explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Goreme, and tick off bucket list sights along the way including Goreme Musuem, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar and Cavusin. In the afternoon we will visit local handicraft manufacturers and learn about traditional art. In the evening we fly to Istanbul, your tour ends in Istanbul Airport at 9:30pm, please book your flights accordingly. Meals Included Breakfast Included Activities Goreme Open Air Museum Visit Sightseeing of Cavusin Sightseeing of Pigeon Valley Sightseeing of Uchisar Optional Activities Turkish Night Show - 160 TL Hot Air Balooning - 195 EUR Entrance Fees Goreme Open Air Museum - 75 TL

Accommodation
4 & 5 star hotels. Gulet cruise from Fethiye in ensuite cabins.

Meals
16 breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Transportation
Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus Flight between Skopje and Istanbul, Flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul

Airport Transfer
From Sofia Airport (on day 1)

Flight
International flight between Skopje and Istanbul

Guide
Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

Dates Price Single Availability
05-Jun-2021 for 16 Nights On Request Visit Website
12-Jun-2021 for 16 Nights On Request Visit Website
19-Jun-2021 for 16 Nights On Request Visit Website
26-Jun-2021 for 16 Nights On Request Visit Website

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Group Size:25 - 30
Suitable For: 18-39 years
Accommodation:4 & 5 star hotels. Gulet cruise from Fethiye in ensuite cabins.
Difficulty:Easy
Meals:16 breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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