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Turkey Trip

TURKEY • APRIL 1ST – 12TH, 2014

EXPERIENCE THE DAWN
OF CIVILIZATION

ARCHAEOLOGY

MOSQUE & MUSEUMS

CULTURAL

BACKGROUND INFO ON TURKEY

INCLUDED

  • All flights inside Turkey.
  • Eleven (11) nights at wonderful hand-picked 4-star hotels.
  • Twenty-eight (28) meals, including several gourmet meals: Eleven (11) breakfasts, nine (9) lunches, and eight (8) dinners.
  • Services of an English-speaking guide (7x24).
  • All land transportation (as listed on the itinerary).
  • Entrance fees to all sites (as listed on the itinerary).
  • Baggage handling; city and hotel taxes.


The cost for this 11-night trip is $3,999 per person, based on double occupancy. Recommended gratuities are $18 per person per day. For complete pricing details please visit the PRICING & TERMS tab.

  DAY ACTIVITY START END NOTES
  MONDAY, MARCH 31 LEAVE HOME Anytime Roundtrip air to Istanbul is not included but all other flights are incl.
  TUESDAY, APRIL 1 DAY 1: ARRIVE ISTANBUL 8am Check-in; the rest of the day is free
  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 DAY 2: ISTANBUL 8:30am 7:30pm Historic areas, Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, Hippodrome
  THURSDAY, APRIL 3 DAY 3: ISTANBUL 8:30am 7:30pm Topkapi Palace, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Bosphorus cruise
  FRIDAY, APRIL 4 DAY 4: KONYA 8:30am 7:30pm Fly to Konya, Mevlana Museum
  SATURDAY, APRIL 5 DAY 5: KONYA & ANKARA 8:30am 2:30pm Catalhoyuk, Drive to Ankara
  SUNDAY, APRIL 6 DAY 6: ANKARA 8:30am Noon Museum of Anatolian Civilization, Free time in Ankara
  MONDAY, APRIL 7 DAY 7: CAPPADOCIA 8:30am 7:30pm Alaca Hoyuk, Yazili Kaya, Hattusas
  TUESDAY, APRIL 8 DAY 8: CAPPADOCIA 8:30am 7:30pm Goreme National Park, Pasabag, Avanos, Chez Galip
  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 DAY 9: CAPPADOCIA & ADANA 8:30am 7:30pm Cappadocia and Kaymakli
  THURSDAY, APRIL 10 DAY 10: URFA 8:30am 7:30pm Gaziantep, Zeugma Mosaic Museum
  FRIDAY, APRIL 11 DAY 11: URFA 8:30am 7:30pm Gobekli Tepe, Harran, Balikligol
  SATURDAY, APRIL 12 DAY 12: URFA & FLY HOME 8am Fly home (do not fly out of Istanbul prior to 3:00pm)
Pre- and/or post-tour travel is easily added to your itinerary. Evenings that end at 7:30pm include dinner.
map of our trip

DAYS 1, 2, and 3:
TUESDAY–THURSDAY, APRIL 1–3
Your plane departs on March 31 and you arrive Istanbul on April 1.

DAY 1: ISTANBUL

  • Your plane departs on March 31 and you arrive Istanbul on April 1
  • Check in to our hotel; the remainder of the day is free

Decelerate and make yourself at home at your hotel, the Hotel Armada in Istanbul Old Town. Because fellow guests will arrive at varying times, we have no planned meals or activities. You can get acclimated and explore on your own. (No meals are provided this day.)

 

DAY 2: ISTANBUL — OPTION 1

  • Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • Blue Mosque (SLIDE SHOW)
  • Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum (tile art SLIDE SHOW)
  • Hippodrome

Today we ease into Turkish cultural treasures, cultural, historical, and culinary in the UNESCO World Heritage Site called Historic Areas of Istanbul. You’ll visit the Hagia Sophia Museum echoing with its 1,477 years of memories, the Blue Mosque (properly, Sultan Ahmed Mosque), and the incredible mosaics of the Byzantine Chora Church.
      After an authentic Turkish lunch, onward to the Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum with its tile art, rugs, and calligraphy, and the Hippodrome, which dates from the Roman era. Today and many days the order of our activities may vary from the description based on traffic and other considerations. We’ll do dinner at our hotel. (Meals provided: B, L, D.)

DAY 2: ISTANBUL — OPTION 2

If you would like to explore Istanbul independently and do dinner on your own, please let us know. Subtract $100 from the tour price if you opt for OPTION 2. (Meals provided: B only)

DAY 3: ISTANBUL — OPTION 1

Topkapi Palace commands our attention today, and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Areas of Istanbul. We’ll walk there from our hotel, visiting its important rooms and the harem. You’ll experience lunch at the Karakol Restaurant, a restored palace guard house at Topkapi Palace. It’s an easy stroll then to the riches of Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Shifting gears to pure fun, we’ll take a Bosphorus Cruise. Our day ends as we experience authentic, seasonal Ottoman cuisine at a gourmet dinner at Darruzziyafe Restaurant in the Suleymaniye Mosque complex. Today (and many days) the order of our activities may vary from the description based on traffic and other considerations. (Meals provided: B, L, D.)

DAY 3: ISTANBUL — OPTION 2

If you would like to explore Istanbul independently and do dinner on your own, please let us know. Subtract $100 from the tour price if you opt for OPTION 2. (Meals provided: B only)

Three nights accommodation: [Hotel Armada in Istanbul Old Town or similar/comparable].

DAYS 4 & 5: FRIDAY & SATURDAY, APRIL 4 & 5 — KONYA

DAY 4: KONYA

Fly from Istanbul to Konya, a city known for its sunny climate, agricultural history, carpets, and abundance of college students. Konya was the final home of Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet and mystic whose teachings inspired the Mevlevi/Whirling Dervish Sufi order. You’ll visit the Mevlana Museum, Rumi’s mausoleum today. We’ll have a simple dinner at our hotel. (Meals provided: B, L, D.) [Dedeman Hotel or similar/comparable.]

DAY 5: KONYA & ANKARA

  • Catalhoyuk — 9,400 years old! (SLIDE SHOW)
  • Drive to Ankara

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Catalhoyuk is our focus today.
      Catalhoyuk was occupied between 7400 B.C. and 6200 B.C. and is known for the wall paintings, sculptures, and symbolic materials found in its 18 excavated levels. We’ll learn about the contrasting interpretations of the discoveries here. After visiting Catalhoyuk, we will drive across Turkey’s central plain, stopping for a simple lunch along the way. After checking into our hotel in Ankara, the rest of the day and dinner are at your leisure. (Meals provided: B, L.) [Divan Hotel or similar/comparable.]
 

DAY 6: SUNDAY, APRIL 6 — ANKARA

DAY 6: ANKARA

  • Museum of Anatolian Civilization (SLIDE SHOW)
  • Free time in Ankara

After breakfast, we’ll visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilization (pictured bottom right), featuring exhibits covering from Paleolithic to Ottoman times. From the Gilgamesh Epic to the Hittites to the legends of Troy and beyond, the artifacts (6th Century BC broche pictured at left) are marvelous. We’ll return to our hotel late morning, and you have the balance of the day to explore the cosmopolitan Cankaya District where the hotel is located, wider Ankara, and the local culinary delights throughout the city. (Meals provided: B.) [Divan Hotel or similar/comparable.]

DAYS 7, 8, and 9: MONDAY–WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7–9 — CAPPADOCIA

DAY 7: CAPPADOCIA

The Hittites dominated Anatolia and northern Syria in the first and second centuries BCE. Today we visit the Hittite settlement of Alaca Hoyuk, known for its Sphinx Gate and “Royal Graves”. We will stop at Yazilikaya, a Hittite religious sanctuary with bas reliefs incorporated in a striking stone formation. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hattusas, the Hittite capital, sprawls over a 1.8 sq km hilltop site. We’ll learn about the Hittites, their extensive cuneiform tablet archives, and their engineering skills. Our order of visits to these sites may vary. We will have a simple lunch in a local lodge. (Meals provided: B, L, D.) [Perissia Hotel or similar/comparable.]

DAY 8: CAPPADOCIA

  • Goreme National Park
  • Pasabag Fairy Chimneys
  • Avanos
  • Chez Galip (with participation!)
  • Gourmet dinner

You’ll experience the other-worldly beauty of Cappadocia today. We’ll visit Goreme National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where for centuries people lived in homes carved into hillsides and eroded rock formations. We will enter some of the dim, legendary cave churches which preserve the intense blues, reds, and golds of Byzantine frescoes from early troglodytic monastic communities. An interlude at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys gives you a close look at the volcanic geology of Cappadocia.
      Authentic Cappadocian food (SLIDE SHOW) (with some southeastern Turkish influences) awaits at lunch. This afternoon, we visit a noted Avanos potter, Galip, who is noted for his exquisite work, his dedication to bringing women into the traditionally male occupation, and his family’s many generations in the craft. Check out Martha Stewart’s visit to Chez Galip! We’ll relax over a gourmet dinner at a cave restaurant in Uchisar. (Meals provided: B, L, D.) [Perissia Hotel or similar/comparable.]

DAY 9: CAPPADOCIA & ADANA

  • Cappadocia (SLIDE SHOW)
  • Kaymakli (see SLIDE SHOW above)
  • Visit a kilim cooperative
  • Drive to Adana

The history of carpet making is intertwined with that of the Turkish people of Central Asia, an authentic folkway dating back to the Steppes. We bid farewell to Cappadocia with a visit a kilim (flat-woven carpet) cooperative in central Cappadocia. The ancient multi-level underground troglodytic city of Kaymakli, a refuge for early Christians at times of attack, is our next experience. Then we’re off through the Taurus Mountains to Adana in south-central Turkey. (Meals provided: B, L, D.) [Adana Hilton SA or similar/comparable]

 
 

DAY 10, 11, and 12: THURSDAY–SATURDAY, APRIL 10–12 — URFA

DAY 10: URFA

  • Gaziantep
  • Zeugma Mosaic Museum
  • Drive to Urfa
  • Dinner in Manici Hotel (SLIDE SHOW)

Today is an abundance of experiential wealth. Leaving Adana, we drive to Gaziantep (one of the oldest continuously occupied cities) for two sublime opportunities: to visit the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, and to have traditional Gaziantep foods for lunch. The Zeugma Mosaic Museum, opened in 2011, houses the most extensive and magnificent collection of ancient mosaics in the world. We’ll linger for lunch in Gaziantep, the acknowledged capital of Turkish food. Gaziantep is reknowned for its kebobs and its unique form of pistachio baklava.
      After lunch, we drive to Sanliurfa, known for its cuisine, folk music, and significance as a pilgrimage site as the traditional birthplace of Abraham. We will settle into a boutique hotel in Urfa’s Old Town, and have a very pleasant dinner at our hotel. (Meals provided: B, L, D.) [Manici Hotel in Urfa or similar/comparable]

DAY 11: URFA

You’ll end your day with more questions than answers after a trip to the fabled archaeological site of Gobekli Tepe in the northern Fertile Crescent. The construction of megalithic rings composed of 16-ft. high, seven to ten ton pillars predates metallurgy, agriculture, and pottery. Gobekli Tepe is at least at least 2,000 years older than Catalhoyuk, 6,000 years older than Stonehenge, and 7,000 years older than the Egyptian Pyramids. We will view the one-acre excavated portion of the site’s 22 acres as defined by ground-penetrating radar and geomagnetic surveys.
      After a simple lunch, we’ll visit the village of Harran and its renown beehive houses. Harran, in its incarnations over the past 4,300 years, has played a major role from Assyrian times, through early Islamic times when Islam’s first university was here, until the crusades and Mongol invasions of Syria in the 12th century. We’ll return to Urfa for a visit to Balikligol, the “Pool of Sacred Fish” near the legendary birthplace of the biblical Abraham. Your adventure ends with a memorable evening of Sőra Gecesi, a festive meal accompanied by Urfa’s folk music. (Meals provided: B, L, D.) [Manici Hotel or similar/comparable].

DAY 12: URFA and BACK

Fly from Sanliurfa Airport (SFQ) to Istanbul to connect with flights homeward. Breakfast provided.

PRICING & TERMS

This trip is limited to 30 people.

The tour cost is $3,999 per person (pp), based on double occupancy. Recommended gratuities are $18 per person per day. (This gratuity fee includes gratuities for baggage handling, the guides, drivers, and meals.) Government taxes and other fees total $193. Subtract $100 pp, per day, from the tour price if you opt for OPTION 2 on DAY 2 and/or on DAY 3.

A $1,000 per person deposit (payable by MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Diners Club, or American Express or by check drawn on a U.S. bank) along with a completed reservation form confirms your space. A second advance payment of $1,000 is due November 1, 2013. Combined, these $2,000 payments represent your “Deposit”. The balance is due January 1, 2014.

Roundtrip air between Istanbul and all major U.S. gateways is NOT included. All flights within Turkey (specifically, Instanbul to Konya and then Urfa to Istanbul) ARE INCLUDED. Please see the section What’s included in the costs for the complete list.
 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$949. Single rates are capacity controlled and subject to change or withdrawal (prior to a confirmed booking) at any time.
 

3RD- AND 4TH-PERSON RATES

Not available.
 

UPGRADES

Air and/or hotel upgrades are available throughout the trip. Pricing for these change based on availability at time of request. Call or email for an estimate.
 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Air Booking ($75 pp) — this fee is assessed if we book your roundtrip U.S. to Istanbul air. This fee covers our cost to maintain your flight itinerary on your personal itinerary; plus flight schedules can change and when they do we notify you of all itinerary changes.
  • Refund ($30 per refund transaction or 5% of transaction value, whichever is greater) — i.e., each credit card refund or check mailed) if, after payment, you remove items (such as cancel a hotel or the pre-cruise party) or decide to change your method of payment and request a refund.
  • Third-Party Payor ($50 per credit card) — this fee is imposed if someone other than the people traveling is paying all or part of your event cost.
  • Foreign Shipping Fees — there is a foreign shipping charge of $65 (to cover the shipping of paperwork) per foreign residence ($35 per Canadian residence).
  • No Email-Access ($250) — this is assessed for those clients who do not have access to email or those who wish to receive all notices and updates from Insight Cruises via the Post Office. (Add an additional $25 for those residing outside the United States. The service below is included with this $250 charge.)
  • Over-the-phone booking ($50) — this is assessed for those new clients who "call in their booking" as opposed to filling out the online booking form. If you are a past client, because we already have your demographic data, we are happy to take your booking over the phone or via email at no charge.
  • Last-minute changes/additions ($50 – $150 per change/addition per person) — this will be assessed for any last-minute (within 21 days of the Day Your Travel Begins) service that is provided to you. For most last-minute changes the fee is $50 (examples: minor name corrections or last-minute additions and/or cancellations) but if the change or request is complicated and involved, the fee can be as much as $150.
  • Repeated Declined Credit Card(s) ($50) — this may be assessed for two or more credit card transactions that are declined.
     

CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS, INSURANCE, CHANGES

Any cancellation or change of status (or request for a change in status) which relates to your booking must be transmitted as soon as possible to Insight Cruises in writing or via email. If you have travel insurance, and there is an unnecessary delay in notifying us of your change in status, your “cancellation date” will be affected and will adversely affect your insurance reimbursement.

Name changes are permitted (for a $150 fee) up until the time air tickets have been issued to Insight Cruises by Turkish Airlines. This is not a fixed date and varies by gateway — please contact us before requesting a name change.

Per person cancellation fees are based on date of notice to Insight Cruises (in writing or email):

  • Cancellation within 14 days of booking (prior to November 1, 2013): full refund
  • Cancellation more than 14 days after booking and prior to November 1, 2013: $500 cancellation fee
  • Cancellation on or after November 1, 2013 and prior to January 1, 2014: You forfeit your Deposit
  • Cancellations on or after January 1, 2014: no refund

Air and/or pre- and/or post-tour bookings, including but not limited to hotel packages are subject to the same cancellation fees cited above.

If the tour is canceled by Insight Cruises for any reason, Insight Cruises shall incur no liability beyond the refund of all tour participants’ payments received. However, if Insight Cruises must cancel for reasons beyond its control, including but not limited to weather, disease, strikes, acts of God, acts of terrorism or war, Insight Cruises’s liability shall be limited to a refund of only those portions of the tour cost Insight Cruises is able to recover from suppliers.

All prices are subject to change until your booking is confirmed. We will notify you of any price changes, and await your acceptance, before your reservation is considered “booked” and confirmed. Before November 1, 2013, either party may cancel the booking within 14 days of initial Deposit, with no penalty, for any reason. We’ll send you an email confirmation (if you provide us with your email address) and an itemized invoice (“DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT CONFIRMATION”) via mail/post within three (3) business days of your Deposit. You must return a signed copy of your DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT CONFIRMATION form within 30 days of booking or your reservation is subject to cancellation. If you do not return this form by the FINAL PAYMENT date, your reservation will automatically be cancelled and cancellation penalties will be assessed. You will be sent reminders via email and by phone before your reservation is cancelled.

Any/all lost deposits — as a result of a cancellation — for this program can be applied to any future Insight Cruise conference fee.
 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COSTS

  • All flights inside Turkey.
  • Eleven (11) nights at our 4-star hotels.
  • Twenty-eight (28) meals, including several gourmet meals: Eleven (11) breakfasts, nine (9) lunches, and eight (8) dinners.
  • Services of an English-speaking guide (7x24).
  • All land transportation (as listed on the itinerary).
  • Entrance fees to all sites (as listed on the itinerary).
  • Baggage handling; city and hotel taxes.
     

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Air to Istanbul for the beginning of the trip and air home from Istanbul at the end of the trip.
  • Private transfers ($99 per vehicle) to/from our Istanbul hotel. (One group transfer will be offered on April 1 to accommodate as many of the group as is practical.)
  • Passports and visa fees.
  • Meals and activities not specifically included in the tour.
  • Gratuities. These will be added to your bill at $18 pp, per day.
  • Excess baggage charges (if charged by the airlines).
  • Accident, baggage, and Trip Cancellation and Interruption insurance (in addtion to what is below, details for obtaining this optional coverage will be provided with confirmation material).
  • Items of a person nature, including Internet access, spa, and laundry services, etc.
     

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

A Passport (valid for six months after the last day of your trip) is required. Some nationalities are required to have obtain a visa to enter Turkey. If this is the case for you, will need to apply for either a visa or e-Visa. A brief explanation of the Turkish visa needs of many nationalities can be found here. Non-U.S. citizens residing in the United States will need valid Alien Registration (green) cards as well. All travel documents such as passports, visas, proof of citizenship, etc., that are required for entering Turkey, and re-entry into the country of final destination are the responsibility of the passenger. Everyone is asked to check with their government’s agencies, embassies, or consulates to determine documentary requirements and/or needs for visas. You must have any required visas when boarding the airplane for Instanbul at the beginning of your trip. You will be denied boarding without proper proof of citizenship and necessary visas.
 

TRIP CANCELLATION & INTERRUPTION INSURANCE

Insight Cruises provides access to this insurance; Trip Insurance brochures (from M.H. Ross.com and Travel Guard) are included with your initial invoice. We prefer Travel Guard for American citizens over 65 as Travel Guard is “first payer”; M.H. is, by and large, less expensive for those younger than 65.

A few words about trip insurance — buy it.

When you book an Insight Cruise Tour, we include trip insurance brochures* in with your invoice. Please carefully consider buying this or other travel insurance.

We’ve never had a guest cancel because they won the lottery or had a brilliant stroke of fortune. More often than you would expect, we have had guests cancel because of pre-tour illnesses, sports injuries, broken bones, death in the family, unexpected surgery, emergency surgery, stolen passports, and general family uproar.

Life does throw curves. Spare yourself financial disappointment if your trip must be cancelled or is interrupted.

Look at all your options for trip insurance, and make certain your travel investment is protected.

*We offer two options:

1) Travel Guard Gold is best for those with limited health insurance and want a comprehensive insurance plan. Travel Guard is available with emergency assistance and travel insurance. Your coverage includes protection such as Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Dental, Travel Assistance Services, Supplier Financial Default, and even Job Loss Protection. If you purchase within 10 days of your initial deposit, your medical coverage is upgraded to primary coverage. This product is ideal for those who rely on Medicare, for instance, or others who do not have health care coverage outside the United States. In addition, for those looking for “cancel for any reason” coverage, Travel Guard’s Gold insurance offers it. For a 40% premium surcharge, they’ll provide cancel-for-any-reason insurance reimbursing 50%. (Travel Guard Gold Cancel For Any Reason must be purchased within 10 days of your initial deposit.) Please study the details before you’re certain you need this additional coverage. Travel Guard’s Gold product and M.H. Ross’s Advantage Bridge plan (see just below) will reimburse you 100% if you cancel for covered reasons — assuming you have insured the full cost of your trip. You can get a Travel Guard quote and purchase the insurance here.

2) Another company we have very high regard for is M.H. Ross. Read about their Bridge product here: http://InsightCruises.com/pdf/AdvantageBridge.pdf. While they do not offer the advantage of “First Payer” (i.e., you will need to submit any during-the-trip medical expenses to them after you have submitted these expenses to your primary medical insurance carrier), they will reimburse you for your out-of-pocket health expenses plus about two dozen other potential loss items. In our opinion, if you’re under the age of 55, M. H. Ross’s Bridge product is the most cost-effective “trip cancellation and interruption” coverage available and we heartily recommend it.
 

AIR TICKETS PURCHASED INDEPENDENTLY OF THE TOUR

We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Neither Insight Cruises or Insight Cruises’ partners, co-producers, sponsors, or agents accept liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with Insight Cruises’ events.
 

HOTEL ADD-ONS

Additional pre- and/or post-tour hotel stays are available through Insight Cruises. The rate is $275 per room per night (plus a $50 per person service fee applied to your pre- and post-hotel stays) and includes all taxes and breakfast. Insight Cruises offers a private transfer to/from the airport to/from our hotel for $99 (this is a total, per vehicle cost; for up to 4 people per vehicle).


 

ALL ABOUT AIRFARE

Airfare from all major cities, worldwide, is available from us or the cruiseline. The cruiseline’s air is often a little more expensive than buying it directly, but the advantage is that the cruiseline takes responsibility for getting you on the ship and getting you home after the cruise. For mid-winter cruises, when flights are occasionally cancelled, this is an added measure of comfort. If Insight Cruises arranges your air (through the cruiseline or with another supplier) we pass on our costs to you plus add a $75 per person service fee. If we do not book air through the cruise line we use CRC Travel; we do not charge a service fee if you book your air directly (with CRC or anyone else). Please feel free to contact Maureen directly:
CRC Travel
Maureen Feeney
2105 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
773-525-3800 ext 25
maureen@crctravel.com

If you want to shop for your own air, we recommend a few websites:

Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airports. Be certain to confirm all air flights 72 hours prior to departure.

We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since departure times and flights can change. Neither Insight Cruises or Insight Cruises’ partners, co-producers, sponsors, or agents accept liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with Insight Cruises’ events.

Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant (Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance typically provides you with an allowance to buy replacements for your trip.) Most homeowners policies, and most airlines, cover your lost luggage.
 

ITINERARY CHANGES

The order of our activities, on any given day, may vary from the description based on traffic and/or other considerations. Insight Cruises reserves the right to subsitute hotels, if necessary. Please note that extreme weather conditions may force changes to the advertised schedule. Insight Cruises reserves the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in Insight Cruises’ judgement, conditions warrant, or if Insight Crusies deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of our participants.
 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Participants on Insight Cruises tours may be photographed for educational and promotional purposes.
 

SMOKING POLICY

Smoking is not allowed aboard buses or during any indoor group activity.
 

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT, LIABILITY, AND DISCLAIMER

Insight Cruises acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither Insight Cruises or Insight Cruises’ partners, co-producers, sponsors, or agents shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay, or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of Insight Cruises’ suppliers.

If any tour member chooses not to participate in any included activity or meal, there will be no refund for that unused portion of the tour. If any tour member leaves or is removed from the tour, a refund only for refundable unused services shall be made. This tour may be sold in conjunction with the services of any airline. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger. Carriers are not responsible for any act or omission or events during the time tour participants are not aboard their conveyances.

Insight Cruises reserves the right, without penalty, to decline to accept any person as a participant, or to require any participant to withdraw from the event at any time, when such action is determined by Insight Cruises’ staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety, or general welfare of the group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and/or accommodations be refunded, if applicable.

AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF ANY APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO THE STATEMENT SET FORTH BELOW: The undersigned has read carefully the RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER set forth above, the schedule of activities for this event, as well as the TERMS, CONDITIONS, and OTHER DETAILS of application and participation as set forth in the event brochure and/or the Insight Cruises webpages, and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the event and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth above. The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of event staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the event, the undersigned, on behalf of him or herself, his or her dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release Insight Cruises and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this event, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of event staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this event, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.

Any litigation concerning this tour shall be brought in Los Angeles County, in the State of California, pursuant to the laws of California. Changes in this Responsibility Clause can be made only in writing and signed by an officer of Insight Cruises. Deposits paid by tour participant indicate acceptance of the above terms and conditions.

BY REGISTERING FOR THIS TURKEY TOUR, THE PARTICIPANT AGREES TO THE RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS HEREIN.
 

YOUR GUIDE: HAKAN EDIRNE

Hakan Edirne was born in Izmir, Turkey, and studied at Bornova Anadolu High School for seven years. In 1986 he attended medical school at Ege University. After studying medicine for three years, Edirne decided to quit medical school for his first love, archaeology. In 1994 he graduated from the Department of Archaeology at Ege University and participated in archaeological excavations at ancient sites such as Clazomenae and Erythrae in the Aegean region of Turkey. Edirne wanted to share his experience and knowledge of archaeology with foreign guests visiting Turkey, so in 1996 he earned a license to work as a professional tour guide. For four years, he worked as a freelance guide for several travel agencies, and since 2000 he has been working for Meander Travel. Edirne has 15 years of guiding experience, and has done many archaeological, historical, and biblical study tours for different universities and colleges, including Southern Illinois University, UCLA, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, Walla Walla University, and more. Edirne is married and lives in Kusadasi, Turkey.

 

PASSPORT, VISAS, AND OTHER DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
A Passport (valid for six months after the last day of your trip) is required. Non-U.S. citizens residing in the United States will need valid Alien Registration (green) cards as well. All others must have valid passports and any required visas upon arrival in Turkey. All travel documents such as passports, visas, proof of citizenship, etc., that are required for entry to Turkey, and re-entry into the United States are the responsibility of the tourist. American citizens should visit the U.S. Department of State for information on entry requirements for Turkey. Please go to the Entry/Exit Requirements section in the Country Specific Information for Turkey. You may also contact the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. for further information.

Some nationalities are required to have obtain a visa to enter Turkey. If this is the case for you, will need to apply for either a visa or e-Visa. A brief explanation of the Turkish visa needs of many nationalities can be found here.

Citizens of certain countries including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Norway, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom are eligible for e-Visas from the Turkish government. e-Visa-eligible individuals can apply online.

Individuals who are required to obtain a Turkish visa and who are not eligible for e-Visas may purchase the traditional “sticker visa” at their point of entry to Turkey, or may contact the Turkish Consulate nearest them to schedule an appointment to obtain a visa. You can see if you need a visa to enter Turkey at the Consular Website of the Republic of Turkey.

Non-U.S. citizens are asked to check with their government agencies, embassies, or consulates to determine documentary requirements. You may be denied entry to Turkey without proper proof of citizenship. All travel documents such as passports, visas, proof of citizenship, etc., that are required for entry, exit, and re-entry into one’s country of residence are the responsibility of the individual traveler.

The National Passport Information Center (NPIC) is the U.S. Department of State’s single, centralized public contact center for U.S. passport information. Telephone: 1-877-4-USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778); TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793. Passport information is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. You may speak with a representative Monday–Friday, 8am–10pm, Eastern Time, excluding Federal holidays.


ELECTRICITY
Electricity in Turkey is 220–240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Turkey with a device that does not accept 220–240 Volts you will need a voltage converter as travel plug adapters do not change the voltage. Electrical outlets in Turkey use either the “Type C” Europlug or the “Type E/Type F” Schuko plug.


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS ABROAD

U.S. Department of State Emergency Assistance to American Citizens Abroad: American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS)

HERE WAS THE WEATHER FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF APRIL, DURING THE YEAR INDICATED:
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CDC TRAVELERS’ HEALTH WEBSITE

Travelers can check the latest health information with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. A hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) and a website give the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations or requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries, including Turkey. The CDC publication Health Information for International Travel is worth looking over.


U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

Health information, with Recommendations or Requirements for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases for travelers to Turkey.


THE EMBASSY OF TURKEY
For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for Turkey, travelers may contact the Embassy of Turkey at 2525 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20008, via telephone at 1-202-612-6700 or via email, or Turkish Consulates General in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York. These consulates are also accessible through the Turkish Embassy website.


U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT’S INFORMATION FOR U.S. CITIZENS

Important details on entry and exit requirements for U.S. citizens, information on safety and security, crime, MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION, and more are located here. For further information concerning visas and entry requirements for Turkey, travelers may contact the Embassy of Turkey (see above paragraph).


CALLING TURKEY

To call Turkey from the United States, dial the international prefix, 011; then Turkey’s country code, 90; and then the city code (for example, 312 for Ankara). Then dial the actual phone number. For instance to call the American Embassy in Ankara, you dial 011-90-312-445-5555. To make an international call from Turkey, you must dial 00, followed by the country code, the area code, and the telephone number. For example, to call Insight Cruises from Turkey, you would dial 00-1-650-787-5665.


U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

For information on airport and port-related declaration of goods, immigration issues, and more (here).


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE BACKGROUNDER ON TURKEY

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