Istanbul, Cappadocia, and the Turquoise Coast

Turkey Private Journey

Turkey

11 Days

From $5,995

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    Overview

    This Private Journey is an inspired Mediterranean sojourn that brings you sunny skies, a warm, translucent sea, pine-forested coasts scented by wild herbs, tiny seaside villages, and a dream world of astounding treasures: rock-cut Lycian tombs, ruined Byzantine monasteries, ancient Roman baths, and towering Greek amphitheaters. Sailing along the exquisite "Turkish Riviera" by private gulet (sailing yacht), you'll head ashore for hikes, visits to archaeological sites, lunch with a farm family in a beautiful pastoral valley, a soak in thermal mud baths, and a chance to witness life in coastal villages. The pace is a relaxed one, with time each day for swimming, snorkeling, and pampering by your chefs, who serve mouth-watering feasts al fresco on deck. You will have a private guide with you in Istanbul, a private guide on the Turquoise Coast cruise, and a private guide in Cappadocia.

    Arrive: Istanbul, Turkey

    Depart: Istanbul, Turkey

    Highlights

    • Explore the Turquoise Coast aboard your own traditional gulet (sailing yacht) with private guide and crew
    • Cappadocia, with its otherworldly landscapes
    • Magnificently restored Ephesus, exotic Istanbul

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      Itinerary

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      Please note: This is a suggested itinerary. Cappadocia may be included before or after your cruise.
      A guided walking tour includes the renowned Topkapi Palace, a marvelous labyrinth of harem quarters and displays of bejeweled sultans' treasures, the monumental Haghia Sophia, and the ethereal Blue Mosque, with its slender minarets visible for miles around. Cap the day with a sunset ferry ride on the Bosphorus.
      With its dreamlike landscape of tufa towers, Cappadocia is simply breathtaking. Explore lovely villages and Byzantine cave churches adorned with stunning frescoes, head underground to visit an ancient troglodyte city, and hike in the Goreme Valley, with its moonscape of fanciful “fairy chimneys” and rock outcrops. Enjoy a whirling dervish “Sema” ceremony at the original 12th century Seljuk caravanserai of Saruhan. This dance of the whirling dervishes is inspired by Rumi, the mystic poet, and is part of Turkish culture.
      Ancient capital of Roman Asia, magnificent Ephesus is one of the best preserved cities in the world. Walk down Marble Street, where the ruts of chariot wheels can still be seen, visit the striking Library of Celsus, with its elegant two-story facade, and feel transported back to the glory days of Rome.
      Visit the World Heritage Site of Aphrodisias before boarding your luxurious gulet (private yacht) for a cruise along the exquisite "Turkish Riviera". With your guide, explore such sites as the haunting theater ruins of Xanthos and the Crusader castle at Simena, have lunch with a local family, and wander the kilim markets of Kas. Life on board is sheer delight with swimming, snorkeling, and daily culinary feasts.
      Visit Myra, where the tomb of St. Nicholas lies in a ruined Byzantine church, and the Antalya Museum, then return to Istanbul and depart.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: May to October. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      170 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $1,000 per person
      121-170 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      61-120 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      60 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of yacht staff and local guide
      • Accommodations in hotels and gulet yacht
      • All meals included except 1 breakfast and 1 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Levni

      Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 1 (1 night)

      This hotel's location could not be better—it's within close walking distance to all the major sights (you can see the outer walls of the Topkapi Palace from the hotel's front door). Guest rooms are well appointed, with comfortable beds and modern furnishings, and there is a Turkish bath, heated indoor...

      Kale Konak Cave Hotel

      Uchisar, Turkey

      Days 2-3 (2 nights)

      With views of Uchisar Castle on one side and the magnificent valley on the other, this boutique hotel is a wonderful base to explore the area. Like the name suggests, it is a cave hotel, and guest rooms are very atmospheric with beautiful arched ceilings that are carved right into...

      Charisma Hotel

      Kusadasi, Turkey

      Day 4 (1 night)

      The Charisma is set right on the beach, with ocean-swimming access from a private dock as well as a huge swimming pool and open-air restaurant facing the water. Spacious guest rooms have a sea view and a balcony for watching sunset over the Aegean.

      Traditional Gulet Cavurali

      Turquoise Coast, Turkey

      Days 5-9 (5 nights)

      The Cavurali, a classic 65-foot, single-masted yacht with beautiful handmade teak hull and decks that is ideal for a journey with friends or family. (Note—for groups of nine people or more, we charter a larger gulet. Please call us for details.) Smaller and more intimate than...

      Hotel Levni

      Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 10 (1 night)

      This hotel's location could not be better—it's within close walking distance to all the major sights (you can see the outer walls of the Topkapi Palace from the hotel's front door). Guest rooms are well appointed, with comfortable beds and modern furnishings, and there is a Turkish bath, heated indoor...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate. It is a relaxed cruising adventure, with hikes that should be “easy-to-moderate” for the average active traveler. The hikes are a focus of the trip, often bringing us to small villages or off-the-beaten-path ruins accessible only on foot, although all hikes are optional, should you prefer to relax on board the yacht.
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      We have several hikes during the trip, 2-4 hours each, all with some uphill and downhill walking. Several hikes are of moderate difficultly, following coastal paths that can be steep and rocky. Even if you choose not to participate in the optional hikes, most visits to archaeological sites require walking or hiking on sometimes rocky, uneven paths. Having at least one hiking pole can be very helpful on the hikes as well. For your enjoyment of the trip, you should make a special effort to be in good physical condition by engaging in a regular exercise regimen before the trip, and bring lightweight hiking boots

      The climate along the Turquoise Coast is predominantly Mediterranean. Summers are hot and usually dry, as the rainy season along the coast is November to March. It is generally quite warm even during rain showers. Normally there is not much wind, and the afternoon breezes arrive regularly to cool off the coastline. April/May and October departures may be cooler and we suggest bringing warmer clothing for these dates.

      The spacious gulets have shaded aft and fore decks with chaises provide comfortable outdoor dining and lounging. Full air conditioning is available as an option, but the Cavurali's natural ventilation is usually sufficient even during hot mid-summer days (many trip members enjoy sleeping out on the deck under the stars for fresh air, as the locals do).

      Four ocean kayaks (three single, one double) are available on board for exploring secluded coves and marine caves.  A sailboard is also provided. To maximize time for exploration, we normally proceed under motor power. When conditions permit, and at the captain's discretion, sails will be raised. The Cavurali has a crew of three.

      This is not a luxury cruise aboard a big cruise ship, but it's easy to adjust to yacht life, and we think you'll find this to be one of the most pleasant and relaxing journeys imaginable.

      Meals on board have a wide variety of meats, fruits, and vegetables produced in Turkey and the bounty of fish in the Mediterranean, the Turks have developed a sumptuous and rich cuisine, influenced by its position as a cultural and geographical crossroads between Asia and Europe. We enjoy Turkish cuisine at its best aboard our yacht. In fact, for some trip members, meals on board become as much of a trip highlight as hiking and discovering ancient ruins!

      Breakfasts include fresh yogurt, local honey, fresh-baked breads, eggs, and Turkish breakfast items such as feta cheese, olives, and sun-ripened tomatoes and cucumbers. Lunches and dinners offer an array of appetizers, a variety of salads and vegetable dishes (eggplant in olive oil is a favorite), plus a main entree of lamb, beef, chicken, or fish, grilled, baked, or prepared in other styles. Main dishes are often served with side dishes such as rice pilaf seasoned with currents or pine nuts. Some days, our crew fishes and serves us their “catch of the day.” Desserts include fresh fruits or assorted local pastries such as baklava (nuts and honey in puff pastry).

      Thanks to the balmy Mediterranean climate, we enjoy our meals in the open air of the yacht's deck, sitting around a large table under a shade awning, with the fragrant breezes blowing. On occasion, we eat a lunch or dinner at a local town we are visiting. Wine, beer, and sodas are available for purchase. You can run a tab for your drinks and pay at the end of the cruise in Turkish Lira, Euros or US Dollars (credit cards are not accepted on the gulet). Complimentary drinking water, coffee, and tea are provided.

      Being able to swim is important on any boating trip, and the warm waters make this an ideal trip for those who like to swim and snorkel. While there is some snorkeling equipment available on board, we cannot guarantee the quality and the fit of the equipment. We highly recommend bringing your own snorkel and mask to assure a proper fit. To get on and off the boat, there is a gradual 45-degree incline on the suspended sea ladder that allows easy access. The dinghy can take up to five guests at a time and has an outboard engine.

      For trips with less than seven group members, the yacht we use is the Cavurali, a classic 65-foot, single-masted yacht with beautiful handmade teak hull and decks that is ideal for this type of journey. The Cavurali features four comfortable cabins with beautiful mahogany paneling and private bathrooms (two cabins have single beds and two have double beds). All cabins have en suite facilities, including a shower stall, and there are marine windows that open. Linens and towels are provided, including beach towels for swimming. We suggest you pack light because bunk and luggage space aboard is limited. There are 220-volt electrical outlets in the bedroom and bathroom (you will need a plug adaptor with two round prongs), plus an outlet in the salon that supplies power around the clock for charging batteries; it's a useful source when the generators are not on.

      For trips with more than seven group members, a larger six-cabin yacht is used. They are generally about 90 feet in length with a 21-foot beam and are similar to the Cavurali in that they feature teak hulls and decks and mahogany interiors. All cabins have a private toilet and shower.

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      Client Testimonials

      "A terrific combination of sites and experiences. We loved the trip. The captain and crew were 'over the top.' We miss them!"

      Dee and Lewis N.

      Baltimore, MD

      "In Mahmut, Wilderness provided us a magic lamp with a genie, because all our wishes were his command. He was truly amazing!"

      Ellie L.

      Eden Prairie, MN

      "The entire trip was outstanding. Your guides were wonderful—accommodating and flexible as well as thoroughly informed. We learned a ton and had such fun in the process."

      Marnie and John I,

      Anchorage, AK

      "Can't thank you enough for encouraging us to put aside our worries, and proceed with our planned trip to Turkey. All three guides were outstanding and the gulet with its crew couldn't have been nicer!!!! We were treated royally and infused with knowledge. Many, many, many thanks!"

      Myra and Buzzy H.

      Baltimore, MD

      "This trip was our fifth trip with WT and it keeps getting better. We had a private group and our experience was simply wonderful."

      Peter T.

      Stockton, CA

      "Overall great trip, hiking culture, scenic beauty, and excellent food."

      Sam E.

      Long Beach, CA

      "Can another Wilderness Travel adventure live up to this one?!"

      Susan C.

      Colorado Springs, CO

      "My husband and I just experienced a trip of a lifetime. From the mysticism of Istanbul to the magic of the Turquoise Coast, we will have memories that we will treasure for years to come. Thank you for your efforts in creating a dream trip and unforgettable experience in the beautiful country of Turkey."

      Ticia H.

      Corpus Christi, TX

      "We have extremely fond memories of Turkey, its people, the food, and its culture. We learned so much on this trip and we are so glad you put together this itinerary. We loved every region of the country and your wonderful guides made that experience so much more meaningful."

      Vivian K.

      Pasadena, CA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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From the acropolis hill behind the Aphrodisias theater, archaeologists have unearthed stone and bronze idols dating as far back as 3,000 BC, making Aphrodisias one of the earliest settlements in Asia Minor dedicated to the Megalo-Mater, the great mother. From Aphrodisias, continue about 2-3 hours to Gocek, where you board your private gulet (yacht), a comfortable wooden motor-sailer with a wide beam for stability. The yacht is your home for a six-day cruise that explores the endless bays, coves, and crystal-clear waters of the Turquoise Coast. Sail to Yassica Island for overnight aboard your gulet.<br><br>\n*Note: Depending on where you board your gulet, there may not be enough time to visit Aphrodisias comfortably in the time allotted. 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At the end of your hike, arrive in the southern reaches of Gocek Lagoon, where you find Cleopatra&apos;s Sunken Bath, a half-submerged ruin also known as Batik Hamam, or &ldquo;Sunken Bath,&rdquo; in Turkish. Your boat will meet you here. This area usually has reliable winds, and if so, the Captain will raise the sails and glide to a wilderness cove for lunch and a relaxing afternoon with a chance to swim. Overnight aboard your gulet.\r\nApproximate hiking time: 2-3 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast \/ Gemiler Island \/ Kaya Koy \/ Soguk Bay","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Sail across Fethiye Bay to Gemiler Island and head ashore for a hike up to the striking Byzantine ruins tucked in amid the olive trees. This was a monastic settlement established in the 4th century AD. In addition to the great view from the hill crowning the island, there are numerous ruined churches, monks cells, tombs, and a unique covered street to enjoy. We take a short drive to Kaya Koy, a once affluent but now abandoned village that was originally inhabited by Ottoman Greeks. A &ldquo;population exchange&rdquo; agreement in 1924 between the Greek and Turkish governments reduced it to an eerie ghost town. From Kaya Koy, enjoy a hike on a trail lined with aromatic herbs including thyme, oregano, and sage to Soguk Bay. Overnight aboard your gulet.\r\nApproximate hiking time: 3 hours (optional 1.5 hours in morning, 1.5 hours in afternoon)","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast \/ Kalkan \/ Bezirgan \/ Xanthos \/ Patara","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Cruise to Kalkan, a quaint town of traditional white-washed houses perched on a hill. Narrow winding streets lined with shops lead down to the charming marina. After docking at the harbor, drive inland to Bezirgan, a traditional farming village. Here you enjoy lunch in a family home, a wonderful opportunity to meet local villagers and get a glimpse of village life in this lovely rural valley. Continue on to Xanthos, ancient capital of Lycia, virtually intact when British explorers arrived in 1838 (unfortunately, the British carted away many of the artifacts of Xanthos). Explore the two impressive tombs that tower above the upper seats of the Xanthos theater. The Harpy Tomb got its name from the reliefs around the top, which appeared to be Harpies, female figures from Greek mythology. Scholars believe they are depictions of Sirens carrying away the souls of the dead. The other tomb, a sarcophagus standing atop a pillar, is believed to be from the 3rd century BC. The remains of an agora, a basilica, a monastery, and some Byzantine walls are also at this site. In the late afternoon, drive to Patara, birthplace of St. Nicholas, with its long, isolated beach, and visit the ruins of a Roman and Hellenistic theater and acropolis overgrown with olive trees. From the top of the theater, views stretch across the south Lycian coastline. The day concludes with a drive back to Kalkan, with overnight on board in a sheltered lagoon.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast \/ Kas \/ Aperlae \/ Simena","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A two-hour cruise brings you to Kas, a lovely harbor and fishing village with a Greek flavor. As a center for arts and crafts, notably jewelry and textiles, Kas is a wonderful place to find fine examples of Turkish kilims and carpets. The Hellenic town of Antiphellus once stood here, and its well-preserved Hellenistic theater remains. There are Lycian rock tombs above it and the sparkling Mediterranean makes a fine a backdrop. Kas was home to many ethnic Greeks until the 1920s when Turkey and Greece separated their minority populations. The Greek influence is reflected in the classically inspired architecture and tiny Greek homes. Continue to the ancient city of Aperlae to snorkel above ruins long buried by the sea, then cruise to Kekova Sound to visit Simena, a timeless village accessible only by sea. Simena is a highlight of any Turquoise Coast cruise, offering breathtaking bay views from the Crusader-era castle above it. Overnight aboard your gulet.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast \/ Disembark \/ Antalya \/ Istanbul","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Cruise to Andriace, the harbor for Myra, bid farewell to your crew, and disembark. Visit the ancient Lycian city of Myra to see fine examples of Lycian funerary architecture set high in the hillsides. There is also a vast Roman amphitheater built into the cliff face with many of its carved friezes and cavernous tunnels intact. Also in Myra is the lovely Church of St. Nicholas, who was known as the patron saint of children. Born about 300 AD, this famous saint is steeped in legend, particularly of the miracles he performed in his lifetime that left him identified as Santa Claus or Father Christmas. Drive to Antalya, a principal Mediterranean resort with a majestic coastline of beaches and rocky coves and the towering Taurus Mountains as a magnificent backdrop. Since its founding in the 2nd century BC by Attalus II, king of Pergamon, Antalya has had a vibrant history. Romans subsequently occupied the city, then later the Sel\u00e7uks, who built impressive mosques and minarets with elaborate tile decorations, marble pools, and stone carvings. Visit the city&apos;s exquisite Archaeological Museum and walk through Antalya's city gate (Hadrian's Gate), a stately structure of white marble constructed in honor of the Emperor Hadrian's visit in 130 AD. Transfer to the airport and fly to Istanbul, with an overnight at the Hotel Levni.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":12,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Westbound Itinerary","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Note: The trip begins the morning of Day 1. We highly recommend that you arrive in Istanbul before the trip starts to rest up from your flights. We are happy to book a night at the Hotel Levni for you before the trip begins (at extra cost).\n\nBelow is a suggested itinerary for the Westbound direction. Please note that the Cappadocia section of the itinerary may come before or after the cruise section, depending on your boat and your dates of travel.\nYou will receive a personalized itinerary with confirmation of your private journey.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":13,"DayTo":13,"Headline":"Istanbul, Turkey","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Meet in Istanbul at the airport or at the hotel in the morning to begin your day of exploring this illustrious city. Istanbul&apos;s legacy as the only city in the world to have been the capital of consecutive Christian and Islamic empires is very much in evidence in the cultural heart of the metropolis, with its grand edifices and remnants of walls from the time of The Emperor Justinian. Your explorations today include the Topkapi Palace, a marvelous imperial labyrinth of mysterious harem quarters and displays of the bejeweled treasures of the sultans, and the Haghia Sophia, once the greatest church in Christendom. It has now been converted back to a Mosque; please be advised that entry is not allowed for anyone with bare shoulders or shorts.&nbsp;You will also visit the ethereal Blue Mosque, with its slender minarets visible for miles around. (Please note: the Blue Mosque is undergoing restoration and if not completed we will visit the Suleiman Mosque as an alternative, one of the most famous Mosques of the Ottoman&nbsp;period overlooking the Bosphorus.) We also visit the Hippodrome, the Basilica Cisterns, and the Rustem Pasa Mosque, which boasts the finest Iznik tiles found in any mosque in Turkey, followed by lunch. The timing and order of visitations may be adjusted in an effort to avoid crowds.&nbsp;Tonight, head out on a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus to see the classic silhouette of Istanbul&apos;s skyline bridging Europe and Asia, then enjoy a seafood dinner at a caf&eacute; along the Bosphorus waterfront. Overnight at Hotel Levni in the heart of Istanbul's fascinating walking district. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;\r\n&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;\r\nAbout Istanbul: The Old City, or Stamboul as it is sometimes known, is a great district to explore on foot. Many of its most famous sights are within easy walking distance of one another. The Haghia Sophia was once the largest enclosed space in the world and once the greatest church in Christendom. Set atop a hill, the domed basilica of this 6th century cathedral, known as the Church of Holy Wisdom, was the dominant feature of the city's skyline until the 16th century. Memhet the Conqueror converted the Haghia Sophia into a mosque following the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, and Ataturk converted it into a museum in 1935. The restored Basilica Cistern, close to the Haghia Sophia, is an underground chamber built by Justinian in A.D. 532 for storing the imperial water supply. We descend into the cistern and walk along platforms above reflecting pools, where soft lighting illuminates the hundreds of carved Doric, Ionian, and Corinthian columns that support the cistern roof. Also nearby is the Sultan Ahmet Camii, or Blue Mosque, with its six slender minarets visible for miles around. It is known as the Blue Mosque for its blue-themed interior, replete with panels of floral-motif tiles (20,000 of them) and graceful arabesque stenciling. Topkapi Palace, heart of the Ottoman Empire and home of the sultans for four centuries, is a marvelous imperial labyrinth set on the tip of a peninsula where the Golden Horn joins the Bosphorus. Although the original palace was constructed in the 15th century, most of the buildings we see today date from the 18th century. Of particular fascination is the Harem, the set of \"forbidden\" apartments where the Sultan's wives, concubines, and eunuchs lived. Topkapi is also the place to feast your eyes on the fabulous treasures of the sultans, from jewel-encrusted daggers to golden caskets to the 86-carat Spoonmakers Diamond.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":14,"DayTo":14,"Headline":"Antalya \/ Termessos \/ Finike \/ Embark \/ Turquoise Coast","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A morning flight brings you to Antalya, a principal Mediterranean resort with a majestic coastline of beaches and rocky coves. The towering Taurus Mountains provide a magnificent backdrop. Since its founding in the 2nd century BC by Attalus II, king of Pergamon, Antalya has had a vibrant history. Romans subsequently occupied the city, then later the Sel\u00e7uks, who built impressive mosques and minarets with elaborate tile decorations, marble pools, and stone carvings. Above Antalya, visit the immense acropolis of Termessos, one of the most enchanting sites in western Asia Minor, set high in a densely wooded, mountainous area. The impregnable walls and high peaks that surround Termessos so daunted Alexander the Great when he came through in 333 BC that he decided to just pass on by. The vast remains include a magnificent theater, agora, gymnasium and odeon. Later, visit the city&apos;s exquisite Archaeological Museum and walk through Antalya's city gate (Hadrian's Gate), a stately structure of white marble constructed in honor of the Emperor Hadrian's visit in 130 AD. From Antalya, a two-hour drive brings you to Finike, a small town surrounded by citrus plantations, tea gardens, and hidden rocky bays. In Finike, board your private luxurious gulet (yacht), a comfortable wooden motor-sailer with a wide beam for stability. The yacht is your home for a six-day cruise that explores the endless bays, coves, and crystal-clear waters of the Turquoise Coast. Sail to a private cove for overnight aboard your gulet.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":15,"DayTo":15,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast \/ Myra \/ Kekova Sound \/ Simena","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Cruise to Andriace, the harbor for Myra, and visit the ancient Lycian city of Myra. Here you find some of the finest examples of Lycian funerary architecture set high in the hillsides. There is also a vast Roman amphitheater built into the cliff face with many of its carved friezes and cavernous tunnels intact. Also in Myra is the lovely Church of St. Nicholas, who was known as the patron saint of children. Born about 300 AD, this famous saint is steeped in legend, particularly of the miracles he performed in his lifetime which left him identified as Santa Claus or Father Christmas. Rejoin your boat and cruise to Kekova Sound. This afternoon enjoy a hike from Gokkaya Bay to Simena, a timeless village accessible only by sea. Your boat meets you in Simena at the conclusion of your hike. Simena is a highlight of any Turquoise Coast cruise, offering breathtaking bay views from the Crusader-era castle above it. Overnight in Simena aboard your gulet.\r\nApproximate hiking time: 1.5 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":16,"DayTo":16,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast \/ Kas \/ Bezirgan \/ Firnaz Cove","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A morning cruise brings you to Kas, a lovely harbor and fishing village, where you can visit its Lycian rock tombs and splendid Greek amphitheater overlooking the sea. As a center for arts and crafts, notably jewelry and textiles, Kas is also a wonderful place to find fine examples of Turkish kilims and carpets. From Kas, drive inland to Bezirgan, a traditional farming village. Here you have a wonderful opportunity to meet local villagers and glimpse village life in a lovely rural valley as you enjoy lunch in a private home. This afternoon, return to the coast and sail to Firnaz Cove. At dusk, enjoy a short hike (one hour round trip) to a rarely visited early Roman-era aqueduct, a true masterpiece of its time. Overnight in Firnaz Cove aboard your gulet.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":17,"DayTo":17,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast \/ Gemiler Island \/ Kaya Koy \/ Soguk Bay","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Sail to Gemiler Island and head ashore for a hike up to the striking Byzantine ruins tucked in amid the olive trees. This was a monastic settlement established in the 4th century AD. In addition to the great view from the hill crowning the island, there are numerous ruined churches, monks cells, tombs, and a unique covered street to enjoy. A short drive brings you to Kaya Koy, a once affluent but now abandoned village that was originally inhabited by Ottoman Greeks. A &ldquo;population exchange&rdquo; agreement in 1924 between the Greek and Turkish governments reduced it to an eerie ghost town. From Kaya Koy, hike a trail lined with aromatic herbs including thyme, oregano, and sage to Soguk Bay. Overnight in Soguk Bay aboard your gulet.\r\nApproximate hiking time: 3 hours (optional 1.5 hours in morning, 1.5 hours in afternoon)","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":18,"DayTo":18,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast \/ Fethiye Bay \/ Ag Limani \/ Gocek Lagoon","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Cruise across Fethiye Bay this morning to a beautiful cove called Ag Limani. After a chance to swim, enjoy a hike across a peninsula marked by the ruins of Lydae, an unexcavated site reached only by sea. Once a Lycian outpost with spiritual importance, today the ruin is inhabited only by nomads. En route, you may visit with the nomads over some sage tea, or clamber on the remains of a temple dedicated to Apollo. There are also Byzantine cisterns and monumental temple-tombs to explore. At the end of your hike, arrive in the southern reaches of Gocek Lagoon, where you find Cleopatra&apos;s Sunken Bath, a half-submerged ruin also known as Batik Hamam, or &ldquo;Sunken Bath,&rdquo; in Turkish. Your boat will meet you here. This area usually has reliable winds, and if so, the Captain will raise the sails and glide to a wilderness cove for lunch and a relaxing afternoon with a chance to swim. Overnight aboard your gulet.\r\nApproximate hiking time: 2-3 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":19,"DayTo":19,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast \/ Disembark \/ Ephesus \/ Kusadasi","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Sail to Gocek this morning to disembark. Bid farewell to your gulet crew, then drive\nto Ephesus, one of the most beautifully restored ancient cities in the world. Ephesus was the third largest city in the Roman Empire, after Rome and Alexandria. In this metropolis where St. Paul lived and preached to the Ephesians, explore the remains of fine marble homes with well-preserved mosaics and stroll the mile-long marble-paved Arcadian way from the theater to the harbor, feeling transported back to Roman times. Ephesus is one of the few Greco-Roman sites that gives a true sense of the glory of bygone days. One of its treasures is the reconstructed facade of the Library of Celsus, dedicated in 120 AD. Its theater, once the largest in the world, could hold 25,000 spectators and has superb acoustic qualities. You will also visit the impressive Ephesus Museum, with its statues of the goddess Artemis (also known as Cybele) and gladiator artifacts. Continue to Kusadasi, where you overnight at a beautifully appointed waterfront hotel. <br><br><\/body>","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":20,"DayTo":20,"Headline":"Izmir \/ Kayseri \/ Cappadocia","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>This morning, fly from Izmir via Istanbul to Kayseri. Meet your private guide and van at the airport for a 1.5-hour drive to Uchisar. Views of Mt. Erciyes, the 12,000-foot volcano responsible for forming the remarkable landscape of Cappadocia, are ever present on the drive. After a late lunch in the village of Sinasoss, visit the unique troglodyte city of Kaymakli, with its labyrinth of hand-carved tunnels burrowing 12 stories deep into the soft tufa rock. You may also stroll around the village of Uchisar, a natural citadel at the center of Cappadocia's magnificent lunar landscape, and time permitting, hike to the fascinating open-air museum of the Goreme Valley, with its fantastic rock-cut churches. Overnight at a &#8220;cave hotel&#8221; with comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms with private bath.<br>\nApproximate Hiking Time: 2 hours<br><\/body>","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":21,"DayTo":21,"Headline":"Fairytale Cappadocia","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>With its ancient cultural heritage and unique landscape of tufa towers on the Anatolian steppes, Cappadocia is breathtaking. At dawn this morning (or on the following morning), you have the option of participating in a thrilling hot air balloon ride (at additional cost&mdash;if interested, please contact us). Hiking is the other best way to appreciate the fantastic scenery of this region. Enjoy a hike from Ortahisar to Cavusin via the valleys of Gulludere and<br>\nKizilcukur, where you can explore hidden frescoed cave churches in a surreal landscape. After lunch, enjoy a hike in the Valley of Spears, and visit the pottery workshops in the pretty riverside village of Avanos. Tonight, enjoy a whirling dervish &#8220;Sema&#8221; ceremony at the original 12th century Seljuk caravanserai of Saruhan. This dance of the whirling dervishes is inspired by Rumi, the mystic poet, and is part of Turkish culture.<br>\nApproximate hiking time: 5 hours (2.5 hours in morning, 2.5 hours in afternoon after lunch)<br><\/body>","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":22,"DayTo":22,"Headline":"Cappadocia \/ Istanbul","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Morning transfer to the airport and fly to Istanbul where you have the afternoon free to explore on your own. Overnight at Hotel Levni.<br><\/body>","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":23,"DayTo":23,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flights.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":1,"Headline":"Treasures of Istanbul","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>A guided walking tour includes the renowned Topkapi Palace, a marvelous labyrinth of harem quarters and displays of bejeweled sultans' treasures, the monumental Haghia Sophia, and the ethereal Blue Mosque, with its slender minarets visible for miles around. Cap the day with a sunset ferry ride on the Bosphorus.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":2,"DayTo":3,"Headline":"Fairytale Cappadocia","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<body>With its dreamlike landscape of tufa towers, Cappadocia is simply breathtaking. Explore lovely villages and Byzantine cave churches adorned with stunning frescoes, head underground to visit an ancient troglodyte city, and hike in the Goreme Valley, with its moonscape of fanciful &ldquo;fairy chimneys&rdquo; and rock outcrops. Enjoy a whirling dervish &ldquo;Sema&rdquo; ceremony at the original 12th century Seljuk caravanserai of Saruhan. 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Walk down Marble Street, where the ruts of chariot wheels can still be seen, visit the striking Library of Celsus, with its elegant two-story facade, and feel transported back to the glory days of Rome.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Turquoise Coast","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Visit the World Heritage Site of Aphrodisias before boarding your luxurious gulet (private yacht) for a cruise along the exquisite \"Turkish Riviera\". With your guide, explore such sites as the haunting theater ruins of Xanthos and the Crusader castle at Simena, have lunch with a local family, and wander the kilim markets of Kas. Life on board is sheer delight with swimming, snorkeling, and daily culinary feasts.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Myra and Antalya","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Visit Myra, where the tomb of St. Nicholas lies in a ruined Byzantine church, and the Antalya Museum, then return to Istanbul and 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Guest rooms are well appointed, with comfortable beds and modern furnishings, and there is a Turkish bath, heated indoor pool, and fitness center on site. 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There are 220-volt electrical outlets in the bedroom and bathroom (you will need a plug adaptor with two round prongs), plus an outlet in the salon that supplies power around the clock for charging batteries; it's a useful source when the generators are not on. <\/p><p>For trips with more than seven group members, a larger six-cabin yacht is used. They are generally about 90 feet in length with a 21-foot beam and are similar to the Cavurali in that they feature teak hulls and decks and mahogany interiors. All cabins have a private toilet and shower.<\/p>","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. 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We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>170 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $1,000 per person<br>121-170 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>61-120 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>60 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}