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The Turkey Discovery July 5th - 13th, 2022

I am very excited to launch this invite for my upcoming trip to Turkey from July 5th to July 13th. Turkey has a special place in my heart since it was the first ever destination of my personally curated group travels last year. Since then, I have gathered a lot more experience in this field and have teamed up with enthusiastic and qualified support staff to ensure an absolutely smooth operation. Benefitting from the time I spent in Turkey last year, I have enhanced the itinerary to what I would consider the optimum Turkey experience. We will experience the city and country side and wrap up the adventure on a beach! My aim is always to immerse you into the culture, celebrate new experiences and create friendships and memories to last. I admire how the Turks have beautifully blended the Asian and European influences into their modern culture, food, and their style of enjoying life. All of this plus the renowned friendliness of the Turkish people make this a bucket list destination for young travellers looking for a great travel experience.

JOURNEY OVERVIEW

ARRIVALS

Welcome to Turkey! Our trip commences on July 5th 2022 in Istanbul. There will be a private transfer to the hotel from the airport. We will be staying at one of Istanbul’s centrally located 4-star hotels. I will be there to meet you at the hotel, help you check in, and leave you to relax at your own leisure before glamming up for a chic welcome dinner at a beautiful rooftop restaurant in Istanbul. Here you will get to meet all your travel friends over a lovely Turkish dinner.

(Welcome Dinner Included)

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CITY TOUR

Bring your comfiest sneakers because today we will have a sightseeing tour of the city where east meets west, including many historical monuments. I want you to spend this first day learning about Turkish history and culture. Istanbul is such a diverse and beautiful city. Let’s explore as much of it as we can.

The tour kicks off with a visit to Hagia-Sophia, which once was the greatest central-dome structured building in the world. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th Century and later transformed into a mosque during the 15th Century by Mehmet the Conqueror. The tour continues with the Underground Cistern (presently under renovation, so if not re-opened by July we shall go to Theodosius Cistern instead) from the 6th Century and the Blue Mosque, full of spectacular blue ceramic tiles dating back to the 17th Century. A walk through the picturesque neighbourhood Balat, the Jewish quarter, Rumeli Fortress and Umbrella Street.

Our morning tour ends at the Topkapı Palace to explore its (extra)huge kitchens and incredible museum housing the jewels of the sultans. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant close to the palace. The tour then moves on to the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered market. A haven of shops selling a wide range of goods – gold, silver, leather, handicrafts etc. The chaotic atmosphere here is in itself an unforgettable experience, which I love myself. You will be free to shop at the bazaar at your leisure.

 

Breakfast and lunch Included

 

CITY TOUR AND BOSPORUS CRUISE

Our final day in Istanbul will be fairly chill, We will spend the morning visiting the Dolmabahce Palace, which was the last residence of Ottoman sultans, and the day continues with visits to the Spice Bazaar. The highlight of the day for me will be lunch & an afternoon on a Bosphorus cruise. There will be a photo shoot on the cruise and an optional walking photo tour with our photographer after the cruise. The evening is free for us to rest or sample the Istanbul nightlife.

Breakfast and (lunch on the cruise) Included

CAPPADOCIA

I could not go on a trip to Turkey without taking you to my my favourite place in Turkey. Cappadocia is a unique and beautiful historical region with spectacular rock formations. Being here is like visiting another planet – I cannot wait for you to experience it. We shall depart Istanbul and fly to Cappadocia on this day. Depending on the arrival time, we shall have a panoramic visit of the Pasabag and Dervent and a stop at local patisserie on the way to our cave hotel. It was important for me that we stay in a cave hotel to embody the spirit of this region in its entirety.

Breakfast Included

DISCOVERING CAPPADOCIA

The discovery of “the moon on earth“ in Cappadocia will begins with a sunrise balloon flight (weather allowing) and then a visit to the extraordinary underground city of Kaymaklı, where ancient Christians once lived and worshiped. The tour continues to the unique valley of Göreme – Goreme Museum, where the strangely shaped rock formations were once carved out to house dozens of elaborately painted churches. The spectacular views create many magnificent photo opportunities. We will wrap up the day with a sunset picnic in the beautiful valley. There is an optional chill night out at a local hookah lounge in the city.

Breakfast + Picnic Included

 

THE TURKISH IMMERSION

Most of my friends online loved my flying dress pictures from Cappadocia, so this day will start with an optional flying dress photoshoot (at an additional cost) Please let me know if you wish to spoil yourself with this posh experience so I can plan in advance with the photographers and source the dresses for you.

You could also choose to have a relaxed morning to enjoy our hotel, maybe a relaxing hammam bath, more turkish tea (which I am sure by now you will love) or an exploration at your own leisure. Turkey is known for its amazing culinary culture – In the afternoon we will take a local cooking class before enjoying the beautiful Cappadocia sunset on a Quad Bike ride through the valley.

Breakfast and lunch (in cooking class) Included

BODRUM

Early morning transfer to Kayseri airport for the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, we will drive by coach to Selçuk where a sightseeing tour will take us through the ancient city of Ephesus including the house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have lived and died. After lunch, we start our drive to the beautiful beach town of Bodrum which has developed into a glitzy beach destination, with fancy hotels and restaurants. The evening is free for you to take take a leisurely stroll along the pier and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

Breakfast and Lunch Included

We will enjoy a leisurely morning at our hotel and on the beach and do some photoshoots if you wish. Bodrum is known as the Land of the Eternal Blue and we will experience this first hand as we spend the rest of the day on a boat tour soaking up the sun while enjoying the gorgeous coastal views of the Mediterranean.

Breakfast and lunch (on the boat) is included. 

Our Turkey discovery ends on July 13th. We shall all transfer to Bodrum airport for the flight back home.

Breakfast Included

COST: $1,800

(Pay $350 to reserve your spot and the rest is payable in instalments)

INCLUSIONS

8 Nights Stay at 4 Star hotels on double occupancy (single rooms available at additional cost )
Round trip Airport Transfers
3 nights in Istanbul
3 nights in Cappadocia
2 nights in Bodrum
All Entrance fees to attractions mentioned on itinierary
English Speaking guide
All the meals mentioned in Itinerary
Cooking Class
Bosphorus Cruise
Bodrum Cruise
Local Flights 
Sunset Picnic in Cappadocia
Hot air balloon ride (depending on weather)
Transfers in luxury Air conditioned Vehicles
Sunset on Quad Bikes
Professional photographer
Free Silvia Njoki presets to document the trip

EXCLUSIONS

International Flights (we shall help you in booking)
Meals (as mentioned in itinierary)
Travel Insurance
Visa Fees
Travel regulations are constantly changing, Please do not purchase your ticket until you have received an email from us confirming your reservation.
Frequently Asked Questions

There are two options to pay for the trip. You can make a full payment immediately upon booking or pay a $350 deposit and the rest in instalments which you are comfortable with, running up to 40 days to the trip departure. Payments can be done via direct bank or mobile transfers – transfer details will be sent upon booking.

I am to keep the trips small and intimate so we can all get to create long-lasting friendships. 8 to 15 people max depending on the destination.

Yes men are welcome to join unless it is stated as an all girls trip.

Anyone across the world is welcome to join, we will coordinate flights so we all arrive on the same day and start the adventure together.

Local flights and transportation in the itinerary during the trip are included in the fee. But since we have friends joining from all over the world, we are not able to include international flights in the budget to the discovery destination. We can however advise you on the best and affordable flight options.

The itinerary advertised is made in advance in collaboration with locals or with experience from my previous trips. We will do our best to stick to the schedule, however some aspects may change due to various aspects out of our control like the weather or flight cancellations etc. We will act accordingly and find alternative plans during such eventualities.

Rooms will be assigned on double occupancy. All rooms have two single beds with an en suite bathroom. If you wish to have a room on your own, a fee is applicable. Please let us know when making the booking.

My trips are all about creating a community of long lasting friendships. 6 weeks before the trip, we will create a whatsApp, Telegram or Facebook group where we can mingle and get to know each other and even find a roommate!

A negative Covid-19 test or proof of full Covid-19 is mandatory for all trips. All COVID-19 protocols in the various destination countries must also be observed. 

Yes, unless stated otherwise. I am however available to plan similar experiences and discoveries for friends, families or groups if not able to join us on the dates stated.

We will only offer a full refund due to any COVID-19 related complications e.g. flight cancellations or borders closing. But due to the preparations involved, prepayments made with the service providers and this being a small group tour, there will otherwise be no refund if you cancel your trip 40 days to the departure. With your credits, you are welcome to transfer the trip to another person who is interested or to email us to discuss the possibility of joining another trip. You are eligible for a FULL REFUND if you cancel more than 40 days before the trip. If you are entitled to a refund, Please allow us 7 to 10 working days to process your request.

Did we miss anything? Do let us know by email at discoveries@silvianjoki.com

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