Day 01 - Turkey - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey Istanbul Airport. Meet with TravelShop Turkey staff and transfer to your hotel. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 - Turkey - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths'' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Free Evening and optional Istanbul Evening Shows or Bosphorus Dinner Cruise incluing traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 03 - Turkey - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
BEYLERBEYI PALAS (PALACE) The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe).
CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise) Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show. Enjoy the experience of shopping whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen, with Murti''s Tour''s local escort full of knowledge about how to haggle the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 04 - Turkey - Istanbul - Plovdiv - Bulgaria
After breakfast check out from the hotel and Depart for Bulgaria. Arrival in Plovdiv around noon.in Bulgaria. Check in to hotel and rest of day is yours. Explore Plovdiv city, shop in the local markets, or enjoy many big party or games in Cassino. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 05 - Bulgaria - Plovdiv - Sofia
Departure for Sofia. Guided sightseeing tour of the city centre, including visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofiaâ€™s symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, National Theatre, former Royal Palace, today housing the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum, Presidency, etc. Upon request â€“ dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 06 - Bulgaria - Sofia - Rila Monastery - Sandanski
Departure for Rila Monastery - the most exquisite example of the monastery art and architecture in Bulgaria. Guided tour of the monastery complex. Visit to Nativity of the Virgin Church with its miracle icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis, the old kitchen, the monastery museum where you can learn about the long and heroic history of the monastery, the woodcarved cross made for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, Hrelyoâ€™s Tower and many spectacular views from the mountain and the surrounding nature. Drive to Sandanski in the afternoon. Accommodation at hotel and overnight in Sandanski.
Day 07 - Bulgaria - Sandanski - Melnik - Greece - Thessaloniki
Drive to Melnik â€“ the smallest town in Bulgaria famous for its excellent wines and sandstone rocky pyramids. Visit to Kordopulova museum-house. Around noon departure for Greece. Arrive Thessaloniki early afternoon. The rest of the day will be free to explore and enjoy Thessaloniki on your own, walking around, doing the shopping or relaxing in one of many cafeterias or Taverns in Thessaloniki down town. Dinner in Thessaloniki.
Day 08 - Greece - Thessaloniki - Vergina - Thermopylae - Athens
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive to Vergina, the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. Lunch will be offered at a local restaurant in Vergina.
After lunch drive to Athens. On the way, make a short stop at Thermopylae where a fierce battle took place between the Persians and Greeks during the Persian invasion of 480-479 BC. The Greek force (300 strong) was very small but was determined to make a stand against the huge Persian army. Overnight in Athens.
Day 09 - Greece - Athens Sightseeing Tour With Acropolis & Half Day All in One
After breakfast, we will start the tour of the city of Athens, visiting Syntagma Square - the centre of modern Athens and view the changing of the guard in front of the Parliament building. On the way to Acropolis, we will have a stop to the Panathenaic Stadium-made of white marble- where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. The impressive, work of Art, Stadium was the finish line of the Marathon Race of Athens 2004 Olympics. We will also see the Temple of Olympian Zeus - the largest Temple ever built in Greece. We will view the National Gardens, the Academy, the National Library, the University, and finally we will visit the most magnificent monument in the world - the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Then drive to Piraeus, Greece''s main port and continue by the costal road to Kastella, a picturesque hill area overlooking the Mikrolimano yacht harbour, having the opportunity to see numerous restaurants and cafes by the sea.
On the way to Mesoghia and the Winery, enjoy the journey through the southern suburbs of the city, along the coastal avenue of Athens riviera with its magnificent view to the sea. Arrive at the Winery* and enjoy the visit. Drive to Porto Rafti Area by the sea for a lunch. After the lunch, drive to McArthur Designer Outlet shopping village. In continue, we drive at a Pottery workshop to see the craft of making vases and the exhibition of different products. Afterwards, drive back to hotel, passing by the facilities of the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens, where the majority of the athletic events were held during the 2004 Olympic Games. Overnight in Athens.
Day 10 - Greece - Athens - End of Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, transfer to Athens International Airport for a flight back home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home.
One of the best combined tour programs in the world. In ten days, you can visit the cultural Capital of Europe; Istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities of Europe; Sofia, one of the best places to feel the cultural heritages of Europe; Athens. Enjoy Istanbul, where Europe meets with Asia, having a history of thousands of years. Enjoy the history, parties and gaming in Bulgaria. Become impressed by Athens, the city of all civilizations and philosophy.
Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport 3 nights 5 Star hotel in Istanbul 3 open buffet breakfasts Guided Istanbul City Tour Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour 1 night 4 Star hotel in Plovdiv1 night 4 Star hotel in Sofia1 night 4 Star hotel in SandanskiGuided Melnik TourGuided Sofia Tour1 night 4 Star hotel in Thessaloniki2 nights 4 Star hotel in AthensGuided Vergina tour Guided Athens Sightseeing Tour Escorted Half All in One Panoramic Tour of Attica All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach Professional English-speaking tour guides Departure transfer to Athens International Airport
Tour Does Not Include
International flightsPersonal expenses: Lunches, extras at hotel or additional mealsTipping: Tips for guides and driversInsurance: All typesAny other expenses which are not mentioned at the included sectionGreece entry visa
1. Pricing Tour Options
Travelshop Turkey offers many travel options, tours, packages and other services with three different hotel category options within each tour. These range from carefully selected 3, 4, & 5 star hotels all around Turkey. Prices are set in November and are valid for a year. Prices will be maintained for bookings outside this period on receipt of the deposit.
1.1 Land Tours
Tours may be booked without hotel accommodation if you prefer to book your own hotel. We have given the name of â€œLand Tourâ€ to this type of tour. Prices include all items mentioned under TOUR INCLUDES lists, but exclude hotel accommodation, breakfasts and dinners. You will not be refunded for any of the services included in the tour which you do not use.
2. Reservation - Deposit - Payments
Having fully explored the Travel Shop Turkey website and found a tour which suits you, simply complete the short booking form located at the bottom of each tour itinerary page or call our office in Istanbul on 0090 549 540 5402. We will check availability for your preferred date and respond by e-mail or telephone. Once availability has been confirmed and you are happy to go ahead with the booking, we charge a booking deposit to your credit card. An e-mail confirming all the details of the tour, including hotel name and domestic flights if booked with us, will be sent to you immediately. Most importantly, please ensure you send us your full name as per your passport so we can make your flight reservations correctly.
2.2 Deposit and Payments
Tour payments are divided into 3 steps. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of your online order and a non refundable deposit as shown in the table below. Progressive payment is then due as indicated below.
BOOKING DAY 4 WEEKS BEFORE 2 WEEKS BEFORE
LAND TOURS 15 % (non refundable) 35% 50%
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS 25 % (non refundable) 25% 50%
YACHT TOURS 25 % (non refundable) 25% 50%
These payments can be made via credit card, bank transfer or travellers cheque. Please find below Travel Shop Turkey bank details for booking via bank transfer.
Account Name: Bodrum Kalender Otelcilik ve Yatcilik Turizm Seyahat Ltd. Sti.
Bank Name: TEB Bank
Bank Branch: Aksaray, Istanbul, Turkey
Swift Code: TEBUTRIS 072
â‚¬ Account # 289803
Visa and Mastercard payments can be charged in Dollars, Pounds, Euro or Turkish Lira. A 4% bank fee will be charged if payment is made via American Express. Other payment methods are free of fee charges. You may also contact us for other payment methods.
The full amount of your tour must be paid 14 days before the tour start date. If full payment is not received by this time we consider it a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. If you have booked any of our tours including domestic flight tickets, then cancellation penalties and the full amount of the flights will be charged.
A reservation can be changed only if space is available. An entire reservation that is changed will be considered a cancellation and will be subject to cancellation fees (100% loss of deposit).
2.3 Booking Changes
Once your booking in confirmed, the first change on your services is free. For subsequent changes a â‚¬50.00 fee will be charged.
3. Cancellation and Refunds
Cancellations must be made in writing and signed by the tour participants. In the event that a tour participant cancels his or her reservation, the cancellation penalty may apply. The reservation deposit of 15% will not be refunded in case of any cancellations. ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2015: The reservation deposit of 25% will not be refunded in case of any cancellations. If you have booked a tour including domestic flight tickets then the domestic flight tickets are charged at the full amount. Cancellations must be made at least 4 weeks before tour date otherwise late penalties will apply.
3.1 Cancellation Penalties
BEFORE 3 WEEKS
BEFORE 2 WEEKS
BEFORE 1 WEEK
ANZAC 2015 75% refund 50% refund or
65% credit 30% refund or
40% credit No refund No refund
LAND TOURS 85% refund 50% refund or
65% credit 30% refund or
40% credit No refund No refund
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS 75% refund 50% refund or
60% credit 30% refund or
35% credit No refund No refund
YACHT TOURS 75% refund 50% refund or
60% credit 30% refund or
35% credit No refund No refund
*No refund policy applies on all flight tickets.
4. Yacht and Hotels Terms and Conditions
Some of our hotels and Yacht tours have specific terms and conditions which we must abide by. In some cases, this terms and conditions can be different from TravelShop Turkey terms and conditions.
For hotel accommodation for large groups with a minimum of 10 people different terms and conditions will be applied depending on the chosen hotel and their policy.
Prices and choice of accommodation are always subject to availability. Subject to availability, TravelShop Turkey Murtis Tour and its hotel partners reserve the right to move guests into accommodation within the same category.
We also offer you our land tour packages, where you have the opportunity of choosing your own hotel and only booking activities with us.
5. Guarantee Prices
Our price guarantees that no increase in land costs will occur once you have paid the deposit for your tour. This is your protection against international currency fluctuations. When you have paid for your domestic flight in full, there will be no change in the cost of the ticket, even if airfares rise later.
6. Last Minute Bookings
The price of your domestic flights may change when booking at last minute. Prices indicated are subject to flight availability and a minimum of 4 weeks notification prior to the commencement of your tour.
Your last minute land tours will be arranged according to the availability of services. Prices will not change, unless Travel Shop Turkey has to make any change or add any extra service for the last minute booking.
7. Discounts / Special Offers
On all discounted tours full payment required at the time of booking.
When booking any of our tours in advance, please ask us about any available discounts.
7.1 Discounts for children
YEARS OLD 2-6
YEARS OLD 7-11
YEARS OLD ABOVE 11
LAND TOURS Free Free 25% Full amount
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS Euro 20 for
flight tickets 50% 25% Full amount
BABY SEAT REQUEST
FOR BUS* +25% +25% N/A N/A
*Baby seats for buses will have an extra charge of 25% of the tour cost and they must be requested prior to the starting date of the tour. Where the baby is carried by the parents, there will be no extra charge.
**Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult, without exception.
7.2 Group Sizes Tours
Please ask for special group discounts if you are a group of more than 6 people. For the accomodation, we can manage single, double and triple rooms depending on the number of people and according to availability. Note that in some periods of the year, the group sizes will be from 10 to a maximum of 30.
8. Hop on hop off buses options
We have 3 different hop on hop off bus passes:
1. Book a Full Package: Tour guide, Transportation, Sightseeing Tours and Hotel Accommodation with our best hotel recommendations.
2. Book with Tour Guide, Transportation and Sightseeing Tours including entrance fees to museums. Make your own hotel choice.
3. Book with Tour Guide and Transportation: Door to door service with English speaking guide. Make your own hotel choice and optional tours.
You can purchase one of Murti's Hop On Hop Off passes as well as booking single stages individually.
You can start and end the tour anywhere. You do not have to start or end in Istanbul and you do not ahve to do the complete trip.
We have many buses available for this service. If you take a hop on hop off pass, you can start the tours in any location and you can stay as long as you want, taking the next bus available. If the bus you want to take is fully booked we will provide you with another bus. If this second bus is also fully booked then you will have to wait until the next available bus. To be sure you can travel when you want, we recommend you book your tours and confirm your travel dates before the tour start date. Please remember that we will confirm your booking according to availability of the buses. If you have a booking and you do not came on time and need to take the next bus available, you will pay one extra day including hotel accommodation.
8.1 Hop on hop off pick up point Hotels
If you have booked your own hotel, you should let us know the details - the hotel, hop on hop off address, hotel phone number and your room number as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that your hotel must be in a specific location as shown below:
Istanbul: City Center, Taksim, Sultanamet and Old City
Canakkale: Eceabat, City Center and GÃ¼zelyali
Kusadasi: City Center and Ladies Beach
Pamukkale: City Center
Antalya: Lara Beach and Old City
Cappadocia: Goreme, Urgup, Avanos, Uchisar and Ayvalik Koyu
9. Airplane Service
None of our packages includes international flights and taxes
When you arrive after your customs and baggage collection, our friendly staff will be waiting with your name and a TravelShop Turkey sign at the arrivals gate. They will asist you to our transportation and with your onward tour.
9.1 Tours with domestic flight tickets
Some of our tour packages include domestic flight tickets. A copy of all your flight tickets, tour voucher, itinerary, hotel contact information and confirmation email will be sent to you upon request before your arrival in Turkey. We also give this to you in your welcome pack upon arrival at the airport. You should check all the information carefully (names, arrival and departure times, flight details...) and notify us immediately of any discrepancies, as once booked and confirmed we will not take responsibility for any errors in this information.
Please keep in mind that a maximum of 15-20 kilos are allowed on domestic flights.
10. Travel Insurance
We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for the same reason that you have house and car insurance - to protect you, your loved ones, your possessions and your travel investment. If you or your family have unexpected health problems, experience flight delays or have possessions stolen during your vacation, you will be covered for costs.
All the buses we use are luxury, air conditioned buses. Most of them have TV and freezer available and our luxury Mercedes Sprinter has internet and mini bar. All of the buses used intercity are very clean, comfortable and safe. You will see a lot of interesting and beautiful views during the journey. For long bus journeys, we provide a small rest break every 2.5 hours.
The table below includes all our buses, available seats and maximum people allowed.
BUS CAPACITY FACILITIES
BUS NAME Seats
in bus Max.
people A/C Fridge TV Internet Minibar,
Tea &Coffee Luggage
Mercedes Vito 8 5
Volkswagen Caravelle 8 5
Mercedes Sprinter 14 10
Volkswagen Crafter 14 10
Deluxe Mercedes Sprinter 10 8
Prestij Mini Bus 27 22
Turkuaz Bus 31 26
Luxury Bus 32 29
Luxury VIP Bus 46 40
Luxury Big Bus 54 50
*We will allocate the bus according to the availability and the number of pax requested. *Please keep in mind our bus luggage restriction. We need to leave some free seats in case the clients bring large luggage.
11.1 Tour Transfers
We arrange transportation from all destinations in Turkey. Departure time of the buses for the tours depends on the itinerary to be covered on any particular day, but are usually between 8:00 am and 9:00 am. We will also drop you off at the hotel at the end of the tours. Tours usually finish from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm depending on the tour and the traffic.
11.2 Airport Transfers
Transfers from and to the airport mentioned in itineraries are included in our tours. If your international flight is delayed, Travel Shop Turkey staff will wait for you for a maximum of 2 hours. After this time, if you notify us of the expected delay we will arrange a transfer for you. Otherwise you will need to arrange your own transfer to your hotel.