Turkey

Turkey - Hike, Bike & Kayak

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12 days

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Overview

Experience Turkey from a different perspective. Abandon well-worn routes to forge a path through unexplored terrain, deep into the historical heart of Turkey. Travel from the minarets of Istanbul city, visiting Turkey’s holiest sites, cycling through valleys for fairy chimneys, hiking the Lycian ...

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Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul
Merhaba! Welcome to Istanbul. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 1 pm. Check-in time at our joining-point hotel is after 2 pm. Early check-in is not guaranteed, but if you arrive early, luggage storage is available. Speak to the hotel reception on arrival. Today you'll become acquainted with eclectic character of the city on an orientation walk.
Day 2Cappadocia
After breakfast, jump on the local metro and head to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Flight schedules depending, we should arrive in the lunar-esque landscapes of the Cappadocia region by mid-afternoon. Begin exploring with a short walk, through either the phallic pillars of Love Valley or the pink-hued rocks of Red Valley. Enjoy a quiet night in the town of Goreme as we prepare for our bike ride in the morning.
Day 3Cappadocia (Biking)
With its towering chimneys and beehive-esque mountain caves, Cappadocia really does feel like a dreamscape. After breakfast, jump on your bike and begin exploring the area where volcanic rock was eroded by both wind and ancient humans. You’ll take a circular route around the valleys and towns, stopping at many points of interest to wonder (and snap photographs). Peddle through the bulging, twisted rock formations that give Devrent Valley a dreamlike feel. Then check out Urgup, a town built from the rock ago hundreds of years ago that is still operational. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the lesser-known Cappadocia town of Cavusin and enjoy a refreshment with the locals. Ascend the narrow path that leads to the 5th-century church of St John the Baptist. Here you can see patches of faded frescos, columns and arches in a hollowed out cave. All up, you’ll ride about 30 km over hilly and sometimes uneven terrain, reaching heights of about 550 metres. Cycling is a great way to cover more ground quickly, freeing up your afternoon for you to do as you please. You’ve definitely earned a rest, so maybe put your feet up on an Ottoman, tea in hand.
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Trip title

Turkey - Hike, Bike & Kayak

Trip code

ERXT

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Experience Turkey from a different perspective. Abandon well-worn routes to forge a path through unexplored terrain, deep into the historical heart of Turkey. Travel from the minarets of Istanbul city, visiting Turkey’s holiest sites, cycling through valleys for fairy chimneys, hiking the Lycian Way...
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Style

Original

Themes

Active Adventures

Transport

Private Bus,Public Bus,Overnight Train,Plane

Physical Rating

3

Physical preparation

There will be treks of up to 8 hours per day in steep terrain. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday. You’re in for an active trip! Whilst previous experience isn’t essential for getting involved, a decent level of fitness will help you get the most out of this tour. There’s alwa...
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Joining point

Golden Horn Hotel - Istanbul

Joining point description

Centrally located in the heart of the Historical Peninsula, the Golden Horn Hotel is within walking distance of many of the areas main attractions such as: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Basilica Cistern. **Please note that there is a hotel of a similar name 'Golden Hor...
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Joining point instructions

In 2019 there will be two International Airports servicing Istanbul. Istanbul New Airport (IST) will be operational from the 1st of January 2019 and replaces Ataturk Airport. It is situated 52kms from your starting point hotel. The quickest and easiest way to the hotel is by taxi - there are ranks...
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Alternate Joining point

For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.

Alternate Joining point description

Hotel Centrum Istanbul is located at the heart of the old city, 52 km from Istanbul New Airport and 50 km for Istanbul's second Airport Sabhia Gokcen. Rooms are modern and well appointed with private bathrooms, in room safes, satellite TV and free Wifi . There are many restaurants and cafes near ...
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Alternate Joining point instructions

In 2019 there will be two International Airports servicing Istanbul. Istanbul New Airport (IST) will be operational from the March 2019 and replaces Ataturk Airport. It is situated 52kms from your starting point hotel. The quickest and easiest way to the hotel is by taxi - there are ranks outside th...
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Finish point

Golden Horn Hotel - Istanbul

Finish point description

Centrally located in the heart of the Historical Peninsula, the Golden Horn Hotel is within walking distance of many of the areas main attractions such as: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Basilica Cistern. **Please note that there is a hotel of a similar name 'Golden Hor...
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Finish point instructions

Taxis to the New Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport can be easily hailed. If departing from the New Istanbul Airport (IST) you can take the Metro from Sirkeci Station near to the hotel one station to Yenikapi Metro and transfer to one of the HAVAIST express bus services to the airport. If d...
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Alternate Finish point

For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.

Alternate Finish point description

Hotel Centrum Istanbul is located at the heart of the old city, 52 km from Istanbul New Airport and 50 km for Istanbul's second Airport Sabhia Gokcen. Rooms are modern and well appointed with private bathrooms, in room safes, satellite TV and free Wifi . There are many restaurants and cafes near ...
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Important information

This trip starts on Day 1 in Istanbul at 1pm. An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please refer to your booking agent for further information. Please note: single supplement rooms are smaller than double or twin rooms. TURKEY: We recommend that you check your government's advic...
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Group leader

All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may...
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Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itin...
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Visas

PASSPORT As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact ...
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Why we love it

Get a taste of incredible Istanbul and its bustling backstreets

Is this trip right for you

Though you don’t need to be an athlete by any means, you do need to have a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this trip. Most activities are moderate, slow paced. Hiking activities range from 3km to 14km in a day, and they can be uphill and in full sun. The cycling activity is 30km and basic mount...
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Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or l...
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Food and dietary requirements

Your group leader or representative will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to sui...
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Money matters

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little ...
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What to take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short di...
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Climate and seasonal

WEATHER: Please note that the weather in July and August can be very hot. We will endeavour to hike in early mornings and through shaded areas to minimise the suns effect. Turkey is a large country split into seven regions, as a rule of thumb the Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have typica...
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A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use...
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Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representa...
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Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestio...
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The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and...
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Transport notes

Turkey - Public Transport When and where possible we will use public buses to travel between cities on this trip. However due to weather and seasonal bus schedules we may find it necessary to substitute public buses with private transport on some days. Public buses in Turkey don't have toilets on b...
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Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When trav...
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Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and pr...
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Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important tha...
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Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights),Guesthouse (1 nights),Overnight Train (1 night)
Turkey - Hike, Bike & Kayak