Duration
9 Nights
For Kids
5 – 17 Years Old
Travel
Multiple departure dates in 2019 & 2020
Destination
Turkey

Experience Turkey’s delights in family-sized bites. Designed for intrepid kids and their grown-ups, this exciting new package has shorter travel times, longer stays in each destination, plenty of down time at the pool and hands-on twists such as bike rides and cooking classes. A water marbling workshop in Istanbul, you ask? The choice to balloon over Cappadocia caves? You bet. This Turkey family tour certainly hits the sweet spot for families of all shapes and sizes – provided you have a sense of adventure. 


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Make the most of school holiday departures, shorter transfers, extended stays in each destination and plenty of free family time
  • Enjoy 12 meals, 8 nights’ hotel accommodation and 1 night overnight train – all included in this Turkey family tour
  • Meet three to five other like-minded families
  • Discover the bucket list sights of rock formations in Cappadocia, the ruins of Hierapolis and the bright blue pools of Pamukkale

HOLIDAY INCLUDES

12 meals including 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Internal flights from Istanbul to Goreme and from Kas to Istanbul
Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
8 nights in comfortable hotels and 1 night on an overnight train
Visit to the surreal rock formations, valleys and cave houses of Cappadocia
Visit to the natural hot springs at Pamukkale, then swim near Hierapolis in a spa used built for Cleopatra
Arts and crafts lesson in Istanbul on marbling with traditional materials 
Prime sunset view from ancient amphitheatre in Kas
Boat trip around Kekova to see underwater ruins
Cooking class with a local family in Goreme
 

TRAVEL DATES

Departure dates in 2019:

  • Jun: 29
  • Jul: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • Aug: 18

Departure dates in 2020:

  • Mar: 28
  • Jun: 27

ITINERARY 

  • Day 1 Istanbul
  • Day 2 Goreme/ Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 Goreme/ Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4 Overnight train/ Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 5 Selcuk / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 6 Pamukkale / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 7 Kas/ Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 8 Kas / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 9 Istanbul / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10 Istanbul / Meals: Breakfast

CLICK HERE for the Turkey family tour full itinerary


HOTELS

  • Istanbul: Golden Horn Istanbul Hotel or similar
  • Goreme: Çiner Hotel or similar
  • Selcuk: Hitit Hotel or similar
  • Pamukkale: Uyum Hotel or similar
  • Kas: Bilgin Hotel or similar

WHY BOOK WITH FAMILY TRAVEL?

At Family Travel, we have a passion for helping families all over Australia create meaningful and memorable experiences. Whether you’re a band of avid campers, adventure-seekers, or if you prefer a little luxury, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for your family. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 100 and one of our accredited family travel specialists can create an incredible family holiday package for you.

The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back

 


FINE PRINT 

  • Valid for travel: Multiples departure dates in 2019 & 2020.
  • Advertised Per Adult & Per Child prices are based on a package for 2 adult & 2 child package departing on 20 Jun, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 18 Aug 2019
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Family Travel Team members receive 10% off any travel insurance policy.
  • Once your Family Travel holiday has been purchased you will receive a voucher with full redemption details for you to book your travel.
  • If for any reason you are unable to book your preferred dates please refer to the Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names (as they appear on their passport), age of travellers and details of any special requirements you wish to highlight to the resort (e.g. vegetarian etc).
  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed.
  • Excludes: international flights, visa, Items of a personal nature and items not mentioned 

VISA INFORMATION

A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country.

Family Travel cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the appropriate embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start.

Read more Visa information here.


TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.FAMILYTRAVEL.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 100

BEST FOR FAMILIES

DESTINATION 

The bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey has a unique blend of culture and history. Across time it has been occupied by the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires leading to a fascinating fusion of archaeology, music, custom and cuisine. This Turkey family trip makes a unique destination accessible to families willing to step out of their comfort zone. Tick off ancient ruins, churches and mosques, crazy rock formations, bustling cities, glittering coast and more.

TOUR 

A jam-packed itinerary covers highlight after highlight in towns such as Istanbul, Goreme, Pamukkale and Kas. In Goreme, families can get their hands dirty with a pottery demonstration and later a cooking class with a local family. Take a bike ride past the Rose Valley, ancient churches and cave dwellings built into the rock. Follow Byzantine footsteps at the ruins of Ephesus, dip your toes into hot springs in calcium-formed terrace baths and swim in a pool built for Cleopatra by Marc Antony. Cruise by picturesque islands and underwater ruins from Kekova, stopping for a refreshing swim and homemade meal on board. This active, adventurous holiday will satisfy the appetite of even the most intrepid of families.

1

Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! This family adventure kicks off in Istanbul, the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have all called home. Your trip officially kicks off with a welcome meeting at 1 pm. Following the formalities and introductions, get acquainted with the streets of Istanbul on an orientation tour of the city.


2

Goreme

Rise and shine for an early, one-hour flight to Goreme, the heart of Cappadocia. Located among the rock-formed cones, needles and columns that define the landscape, Goreme itself is a city built into the soft volcanic rock. Hillside has been carved and hollowed to make dwellings and churches, resulting in a city that can truly be called magical. Settle into your hotel then get your hands dirty in a pottery class with a local master. Make some traditional ceramics and then enjoy a free afternoon to explore Goreme. When night falls, head to a cooking class in one of the city’s distinctive homes with a local family. Spend three hours cooking with organic, local produce in this hands-on class, including the opportunity to explore the house and garden.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner


3

Goreme

Photographs of hot air balloons soaring over strange rock formations in golden light are what most people associate with the Cappadocia region. While this activity is not included in the trip price, it is highly recommended. Explore the caverns and tunnels of Kaymakli Underground City. It was built during between the 9th and 10th centuries as a defensive mechanism. Spend a few hours wandering this eight-storey marvel. Later, head to the surface and explore the region’s valleys with pedal power on a bike ride through pink-tinged Rose Valley and the mushroom shaped rocks of Love Valley. Stop to check out the small village of Cavusin, where dwellings are built into the rock face. Climb to the top of the village to the 5th-century Church of St John the Baptist and admire the views, before returning to Goreme. An experienced guide will accompany and offer instructions, and this ride is completed at an easy pace. Those who do not wish to ride can opt for a free afternoon to explore Goreme further or an afternoon by the pool.

MEALS: Breakfast


4

Overnight train

Enjoy a last morning in Goreme and prepare for a long day of travel. Board a public bus to Konya. The diversity of the scenery will keep you entertained. Konya is the perfect opportunity to see a traditional Turkish city where mainstream tourism is yet to arrive. While here, you may wish to visit the original Tekke of Mevlana, which holds many dervish religious relics and is also the final resting place for Celaleddin Rumi, the revered Sufi mystic. You will also have access to a hotel room to freshen up and relax before boarding an overnight train after dinner.

MEALS: Breakfast


5

Selcuk

Arrive in Izmir at around 7 am and transfer by private minivan to Selcuk. Grab some breakfast and enjoy some free time to explore as much or as little as you like. From Selcuk you can choose to visit the nearby ruins of Ephesus, former capital of the Byzantine Empire and the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. Selcuk itself is also rich in culture and natural wonder. On the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill lie several historic buildings – you’ll see the Isa Bey Mosque, a beautiful example of Seljuk Turkish architecture, and the imposing Byzantine citadel of the Grand Fortress. Just below the fortress are the ruins of the Basilica of St John, built by Justinian I in the 6th century. According to Christian tradition, St John came to Ephesus with the Virgin Mary from Jerusalem, and lived here until his death sometime around AD 100, and the basilica stands over his believed burial site.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch


6

Pamukkale

Board a train and travel inland through the mountains, heading towards one of Turkey’s most photographed sites, Pamukkale. See the impossibly blue, natural terrace baths, formed by calcium-rich springs and used as spas since 200 BC. Though you’re not allowed to bathe in the travertines, you can walk through them after removing your shoes and see for yourself if the pools alleged healing properties are for real. Take some time to visit the nearby ancient city of Hierapolis and enjoy a dip in the clear waters of a historical pool – sculpted as a gift from Marc Antony to Cleopatra. Hierapolis is known for an abundance of temples and religious structures, vast necropolis and strange tombs. You will have most of the day free to relax, swim or explore before a visit to the Pamukkale National Park. Gaze at lakes that lie beneath hills so white they look snow-covered.

MEALS: Breakfast


7

Kas

Make the four-hour drive to the picturesque village of Kas, where whitewashed buildings covered in bougainvillea line cobbled streets. Check in, take a guided orientation walk and then explore at your leisure. The best places in town to swim are the waterfront restaurants that have private water access. The price of an occasional drink will get you a deck chair, umbrella and unbeatable views. In the evening watch the sunset over the ocean from the ancient amphitheatre, then perhaps explore the handicraft markets, where beautiful handmade wares with a distinctly Turkish flavour are on offer.

MEALS:  Breakfast


8

Kas

Drive to Kekova this morning and board a local boat for a relaxing cruise through a series of peaceful and picturesque islands, all with distinctive rock formations. Keep an eye out for an otherworldly sight – ancient ruins submerged in the crystal-clear water. Sail from large bays to beautiful protected inlets, where there is the chance to take a refreshing dip off the boat. Enjoy a homemade Turkish meal onboard prepared by the crew and later alight at the quaint village of Ucagiz, a township of stone houses drenched in colourful flowers. Return to Kas for the evening, where you will have free time to explore further or relax.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

9

Istanbul

After breakfast, make the 3.5-hour drive to the airport. Board a flight to Istanbul, touching down about 1.5-hours later, in the afternoon. Settled in to the hotel and then partake in a marbling workshop. Learn how to create artwork using traditional materials such as earth dyes, horse hair and rose branch brushes. Learn about the history and art of marbling, learning how to hold the brush, how to throw the paint and how to achieve the best results. Later, head out for an optional final dinner with your fellow family travellers.

MEALS: Breakfast

10

Istanbul

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time following check out. If you would like to stay longer in Istanbul there is plenty to do with your family. See the European and Asian sides of the city and stock up on goodies from both on an afternoon food tour with Urban Adventures. Learn more at urbanadventures.com/istanbul-tour-Picnic-On-Two-Continents.

MEALS: Breakfast

 

FLIGHT

Looking for flights to Istanbul, Turkey to start your holiday? Flights between Australia and Istanbul are mainly operated by Emirates, Eithad Airways, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Qatar Airways.

We can help you arrange your flights. Call us on 1300 404 100


TRANSFER

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer included

WEATHER
  • April, May, September and October in Turkey are pleasantly warm.
  • The summer months from June through to September are hotter, with temperatures reaching the mid-30°Cs on the south coast.

VISA 

A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country.

Family Travel cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the appropriate embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start.

Read more Visa information here.


TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Family Travel can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Family10 for a 10% discount.

What is included in the deal? 
Please refer to the ‘HOLIDAYS INCLUDES’ section. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 100for more details.


Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that my family needs? 
We recommend you see your doctor at least eight weeks prior to travel for advice, and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.


Can Family Travel organise my travel insurance? / Do I need a travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. Family Travel can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you. Call us on 1300 404 100 and quote Family10 for a 10% discount.


Can I arrange my flights with Family Travel? 
We at Family Travel are fully licensed travel agents and are able to arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 100 to get a personalised quote.


When will my booking be confirmed?
Once your Family Travel Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the Family Travel Reservations team. Family Travel will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking into your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements. The Family Travel team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.

The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back

 


What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking?
If for any reason you need to cancel, contact the Family Travel reservation team on 1300 404 100, and make sure you have your travel voucher number and traveller names on hand. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, Family Travel will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. Once we have received a variable request for cancellation, we request it be submitted in writing. Once received we will begin to process your cancellation. 


I haven’t received my Family Travel voucher yet. What do I do?

If you have not received your voucher within 24 hours contact Family Travel on 1300 404 100 and we will resend your voucher by email.


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