Magnificent Turkey Tour My unforgettable experience

Sindhuja Garlapati
Monday, May 7, 2012

After finishing my exams on 15th of March 2012, I went to Turkey with my parents. The trip was simply enthralling and I thought of sharing my experience with IIK readers as it is marvelous place to see.

Turkey is located in Western Asia and bordered by eight countries : Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan (the exclave of Nakhchivan) and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) and separates Two continents Europe and Asia. The population of Turkey is about 75 Millions (2011) and its capital is Ankara and the largest City is Istanbul.

We started our trip on 23rd of March'12 by Turkish Airlines, after about 4 hours of flying from Kuwait, we arrived in Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Before travelling to Turkey, we have organized our 9 days (8 nights) Trip through TURSA approved Travel Agency ( M/s Jasmine Tours). As soon as we landed in the second capital of Turkey,- Istanbul, our tourist company representatives met us and we got transferred us to Yusufpasa Konagi Hotel in Istanbul. The hotel is located in an area called Sultanhmet in Istanbul, which is Centre of attraction for many tourists. This is a 19 century Ottoman style Turkish Hotel situated in the heart of the ancient city is an embodiment of the authentic culture and history.
The travel representative briefed our travel plans and provided detailed itinerary for whole tour duration. After our re-freshing and quick lunch, we took the Istanbul by City Tours (HoHo Bus) Hop on-Hop.

The HoHo Trip covers the major attractions of Istanbul and you can get down at any place of your interest and take another HoHo Bus after spending some time in that area. Istabnbul, the largest city of Turkey, located in the northwest of the country, it lies on the Bosphorus strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn. Extending both on the European and Asia sides of the strait, Istanbul is the only city in the world situated on two continents.
Then after finishing our HoHo city tour in a open deluxe bus we got dropped off
near our hotel and went to some window shopping in Sultanahmet Area.

The next day on 24th of March'12, after we had our break fast we got picked up from our hotel at about 08.30 AM (remember, we need to stick to time as per itinerary) for the full day regular Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour to visit the Hagia Sophia a 5th century church, once the greatest in the world. The next stop is at the Blue Mosque renowned for its striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Afterwards, we visited the ancient Roman Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. Following a lunch break in the old town, visit Imperial Palace of Topkapi from which Ottoman Sultans ruled their grand empire for over 400 years until Abdulmecid built the Dolmabahce Palace.

It is worth seeing palace, unlike the European palaces, Topkapi is not a single monumental structure but a more organic complex made up of various kiosks, gardens and areas spread over. In its hey-days, there were between 8-10 thousand people living in the palace. It was turned into a museum in 1924 and has become one of the most attractive palace-museums in the world. The most attractive exhibition halls of the palace are: treasury, Islamic holly relics, costumes of the sultans, divan, harem, kitchens, Chinese porcelains and several kiosks such as the Baghdad, Revan, Sofa and Mecidiye. There are appealing eating and resting facilities for visitors on the palace grounds with a great view. The tour finished around 5pm and got transferred back to our hotel in a mini bus and we took some rest and had again gone out for having our dinner in Dubb Indian Restaurent in Sultanahmet Area. It is a very good choice for vegetarians and non-vegetarians of Indian origin.

As per itinerary, On march 25 th we have got transferred to Ijmir by Flight from Istanbul by Atlas Jet Airlines. After 45 minutes flying, we arrived in Ijmir airport and the Tourist representative took us for a full day regular Ephesus Tour. It is an hour journey by road and you will see wonderful greenery along your way with peach plants and other cash crops. The Ephesus tour began by visiting the remains of the Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Afterwards, it proceeded to the spectacular main site of Ephesus, undoubtedly the most superbly preserved Greco-Roman city. Unmistakable highlights surviving among the ruins are the Celsius Library, Agora, Theater, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple and Roman Latrines. Around, 1pm we had our lunch break and had a visit to the House of Virgin Mary; this was a place where she spent her final days of her life. The tour got over by 6pm and they transferred us back to Kusadasi at Palm Hotel . Kusadasi is a glorious ancient city, meaning "bird island", is set in a superb gulf in the Aegean region of Turkey and is known for its sparkling water of the Sea, broad sandy beaches, bright sun and large marina . We also did some shopping around the city.

On march 26th they picked us from the hotel at 8am for the full day regular Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour to visit Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis with the Temple of Apollo, the breathtaking Theater, the fascinating Necropolis and the last the great baths of Hierapolis antique city, where St. Philip was martyred. St. Philip is connected with the early church in Hierapolis and played an important role in Pamukkale the history of the city. Finally we visited the calcium terraces and pools.

Pamukkale is one of Turkey's top attractions and a precious in the world with its cotton-look terraces. The underground water once gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis now helps Pamukkale be one of the most important thermal centers of Turkey.

Many tourists and locals visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis frequently not only for its extraordinary look and its ancient history but also for wellness. Scientifically proven to cure many diseases, the waters attract people and there are many thermal hotels in the area that serve 12 months a year

Our Professional Guide was very knowledgeable about history and he explained that there was a young girl who was unmarried and ugly. As no one wanted to marry her, she decided to commit suicide and she threw herself off the travertine and fell into a natural pool but did not die. Because of the water in the natural pool she turned into a very beautiful girl and caught the attraction of the lord of Denizli while he was passing by. At that moment, the lord fell in love with this young and beautiful girl and they soon got married.

So, in addition to the curing effects of the water, people also believe in the beautifying power of the water. As the water is useful, this land has been a place where people visit periodically for beauty and health since the ancient times. So the reason for Pamukkale to be an attractive place is not only the natural travertine, but also the healing waters.

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Erdal Pirol
Posted on Monday, August 13, 2012

Hi Addy,
I am sorry maybe she doesn't have time to answer your question. But if you check the up you will se her itinerary which is the she has got from us. But we can make tailor made tours as well. If you just let us know how many days do you have , when willy ou arrive and whic places you want to visit and how many people you are we can make an itinerary with prices and send you back by email.

Best regards
Erdal Pirol
Jasminne Tour Istanbul
www.jasminnetour.com

Addy
Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hi Sind,
can you tell me which tour package code did u book with Jasmine tour. Was it tailormade for you, or was it as mentioned on their website. did u change anything in that ?

pls give me the tour code which u selected

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Erdal Pirol
Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dear Sindhuja Garlapati,
Thank you very very much for your good comments for our company (Jasminne Tour). We are really happy to see what our guest feeling and put comments in the internet. Our aim is for travellers to make happy and make enjoy their trip in Turkey. That's why we try to do our best for all our guest. Hope to see you and your family in Turkey again.

Best regards,
Erdal Pirol
Jasminne Tour Istanbul
www.jasminnetour.com

sindhuja
Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dear Sajid sir,
We booked on-line. please check on line at Turkish airlines website.. All the best...

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Sajid
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Good and seems you had a nice trip.I am looking at the air ticket prices fare for the last 4-5 months online,but there is no flight ticket available below 130 KD.Did you get the air tickets at such a low prices from some travel agent.please suggest so I can also plan.Thanks in advance.

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sindhuja
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hello Sanjay Sir,

All the best for your visit, please do bargain in Sultanamet Area. Also look for "T- Shop in Sultanamet area (after McDonald/Burgar King), which is reliable & fixed price shop. You can buy souvenirs in other parts of Turkey and do real bargaining. Euro is widely accepted and you can exchange for Liras in Exchange shops. Credit cards are widely accepted as well. Also check for the weather forecast of all places, where you are visiting and decide on required clothes...

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jinu simon john
Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kd 1000/- guess the tour operators are making good money out of this... Istambul is one among teh cheapest . Wht would be the tour package to Geneva.



regards

jinu simon john

Ramjee
Posted on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Great Job Sindhuja. Very informative, Well expressed and it was like virtual tour of Turkey. Keep it up. Expect many more from you in future also.

PREM CHAND KANJIRE
Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2012

HAI,

I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PART IN YOUR TOUR PROGRAMES SO CAN YOU PROVIDE ALL THE DETAILS REGARDING THIS.



REGARDS

PREMCHAND KANJIRE

Yash Rane
Posted on Saturday, June 2, 2012

Great Job....well written...while reading, it was like virtual tour of Turkey... Keep it up..

Sanjeev
Posted on Saturday, June 2, 2012

very well written indeed Sindhuja. I am also going to Turkey on 18th June with my family and ur article was a preparation for me indeed. I have booked through Magnificient Travels and their itineary is also similar. I am going with my wife & 2 kids (3yrs & 7yrs). Any thing particular u would suggest with kids. Also do we need to take umbrella or raincoat also. What abt Turkish Lira (Shud we take that also or Euro is enough). And what avt shopping there??

Nagesh
Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Good job Sindhuja, I could c Turkey virtually through ur narration and snaps and managed to save 1000KD. Thank u and keep it up.

sindhuja
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012

Hello Kiran Sir, We need to produce salary certificate for the visa and bank statement for last three months. We have paid the advance tour payment (25%) through credit card authorization form and balance on reaching Turkey.. All the best...

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Kiran
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012

Dear Sindhuja,

Thank you for the well-posted information. However, could you please clarify if only passport & photos are sufficient for visa application or do we have to produce employment/salary certificates etc. Moreover, how did you pay to Jasmine Tours - was it during arrival in Turkey or through Credit Card. Thank you & your reply highly anticipated.

shibu
Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mabrouk my dear!good job..keep it up!

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sindhuja
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012

Dear Saro,
The total cost will depend on air fare,we have got a lowest airfare in Turkey airlines for 70KD per person.The visa charges are 17.5KD per person.The total cost of the tour was approximately 1000KD including air fare for all 3 people.
Watch out for airline deals.
Following is the website of the tour we have booked http://www.jasminnetour.com/

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Raja
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Very informative.
Well Written. Keep it up. Kudos.

Saro
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Well explained in details. It will be very kind if you indicate approximate cost including air tickets, visa and tour operators price etc. to know an approximate figure. We are 3 persons wish to visit Turkey.



Waiting for your answer.

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sreedhar
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Great job...Nicely explained..

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Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Nicely explained I must say

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sindhu
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012

You have to apply for the visa in Turkey consulate in Kuwait and it takes two working days for issual. Turkey embassy located near indian embassy area.

Here are the tourist agency website, they are very friendly and affordable:
http://www.jasminnetour.com/

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Addy
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

What abt the Visa for Turkey ?

did u get it on arrival or did u get it prior from the embassy here or did the Travel agent make the arrangement ?

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TS
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dear Sindhuja, please provide the contact details for the travel agent you used.

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sind
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012

Addy, We booked throgh TURSA approved Travel Agency ( M/s Jasmine Tours). The cost depends on the air fare, watch out for Turkey airline offers...

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Noor
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012

Great Job .. Sindhu, You proved once again that you are blessed with talent versatility.

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Addy
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012

Can you pls provide me the tour operator who booked your tour in kuwait..

also the cost of the entire tour package..

and the name of your representative etc..

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