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About Treasures of Turkey Singles Tour

Join Singles Travel International for a once-in-a-lifetime journey to discover Turkey’s treasures! This tour is practically all-inclusive: We include most meals, entrance to all historical sights noted in the itinerary, a Bosphorous cruise in Istanbul, visits with locals to learn about ancient handicrafts in the country, intra-Turkey flights (!!) and much more!

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Spend more time abroad by adding our Magical Nile River Singles Cruise immediately preceding this tour! 

If you’re a true traveler, then the historical power-house Turkey is a must-see! Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey is filled with historical sights that so many of us have heard about but perhaps didn’t realize where they were on a modern-day map.

We’ll start our tour in Istanbul (Constantinople), the gateway between East and West, Europe and Asia, between Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottman and Turkish. Thousands of years of history culminate in this large metropolitan area that is truly a sight to behold! Throughout our 12 days together, we’ll cover so many highlights of this fascinating country – as well as some hidden gems – with our wonderful Turkish guide and friend, Mert! From the “fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia to the  “cotton castle” of Pamukkale to the ancient religious and historical sights throughout the country, be ready to experience a tour that you’ve never dreamt possible!

“We strongly encourage all our members to check the latest travel recommendations by the US State Department, CDC and air carriers to review the latest information for travel risks in order to make an informed decision about their travel safety.  See our FAQ section for more.”

INCLUSIVE FEATURES OF OUR TOUR:

  • VACCINATED GUESTS ONLY
  • 12-Night Inclusive Land Tour – (3) Nights in Istanbul at the Arcadia Blue *; (2) Nights in Cappadocia at the Cappadocia Estates; (1) Night in Konya at the Selcuk Sems; (1) Night in Pamukkale at the Lycus River Thermal & Spa Hotel; (3) Nights in Bodrum at the El Vino Hotel & Suites; (2) Nights in Kusdadasi at the Charisma Deluxe Hotel.
  • Flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia (April 21)
  • Flight from Izmir to Istanbul (April 30)
  • Breakfast each morning (12); Lunch (9); and Dinner (4)
  • Professional, English-speaking (fluent) local guide with us throughout the tour (he’s wonderful!)
  • Private and comfortable air-conditioned bus throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all museums/sites of interest within the itinerary
  • Visits with locals in off-the-beaten-track locations!
  • Much more!

UNIQUE SINGLES TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL BENEFITS:

  • PREMIUM MEMBERS get 1 Pre Tour Night FREE** in Istanbul at the Sultanahmet-area Arcadia Blue * hotel (Value Up to $279!). Click here to Join Today!
  • FREE Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia – (Value of $250!)  (if you sign up before September 15, 2021)
  • Singles Travel International SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: A Whirling Dervish cultural show in Cappadocia!
  • Welcome drink at our Singles-Only Meet & Greet on arrival day (April 18)
  • Singles Travel International Professional Concierge commitment to an exceptional member experience assures that you get the most from your vacation.
  • Customized Activities Calendar exclusive to our group!
  • Camaraderie of Adventurous Singles who Enjoy Life!
  • Roommate Matching Saving You Lots of Money!
  • Breakfast Club each morning.
  • Virtual Pre-Trip Get-Together to plan excursions and more!
  • Free Membership to SingleLife.Today, our 365 online community for singles ages 50+
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation.
  • Singles Travel International will provide a complimentary KN95 mask and personal size hand sanitizer to each member on our tour.
  • COVID-19 safe travel protocols – Reference our Travel with Confidence Promise .
  • Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment signed by all members assures a mutually respectful environment surrounding COVID-19 safety.

* Hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Singles Travel International, and we reserve the option to swap for a similar property for any reason, at any time.

** FREE PRE TOUR  Room Accommodation Must Match Main Tour Accommodation: If you reserve a Share & Save on the Main Tour Program, your FREE Package must also be a Share & Save. If you book a Single accommodations on the Main Tour Program, your FREE package will also be Your Own Room.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of Singles Travel International. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

 

Itinerary

Sun, April 17:  Istanbul  OPTIONAL 1 Night Pre Tour Arrivals (Free for Premium Members)  
Mon, April 18 :  Istanbul (D) Main tour package arrivals.
Tues, April 19 :  Istanbul (B,L)  
Wed, April 20 :  Istanbul (B,L)  
Thurs, April 21:  Istanbul/Cappadocia (B,L,D)  
Fri, April 22:  Cappadocia (B,L)      
Sat, April 23 :  Cappadocia/Konya  (B,D)  
Sun, April 24 :  Konya/Pamukkale (B,D)    
Mon, April 25 :  Pamukkale/Bodrum (B,L)  
Tues, April 26 :  Bodrum (B,L)  
Wed, April 27 :  Bodrum (B,L)  
Thurs, April 28 :  Bodrum/Kusadasi (B,L)  
Fri, April 29 :  Kusadasi/Ephesus (B,L)
Sat, April 30:  Kusadasi/Izmir/Istanbul (B) After breakfast, transfer to Izmir Airport for your flight to Istanbul, end of the tour.
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Tour Begins: Monday, April 18, 2022

Tour Ends: Saturday, April 30, 2022

 

Premium Members get a FREE 1 Night PRE TOUR STAY * in Istanbul! Click here today to find out more and start saving!!

Our OPTIONAL 1 Night PRE TOUR PACKAGE Includes (April 17-18, 2022)

  • 1 Night at the centrally-located Arcadia Blue ** in the Sultanahmet historic area
  • Breakfast (1)
  • Personal Services of Your Singles Travel International Concierge***
  • Company of other Single Travelers
  • Singles Travel International Welcome to Istanbul “Meet & Greet”
  • Optional dinner out with your Concierge and fellow travelers
  • Hotel Tax

* FREE Pre Tour Room Accommodation Must Match Main Tour Package Accommodation: If you reserve a Share & Save on the tour, your FREE Package must also be a Share & Save. If you book a Single accommodation on the tour, your FREE package will also be Your Own Room.

**Pre and post tour hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of STI and we reserve the option to swap for a similar property for any reason, at any time. 

***Minimum of 10 guests required to send a Concierge. If no Concierge, a guest will be designated as an Singles Travel International “Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

 

Monday, April 18, 2022 (D)

Istanbul – Welcome to Istanbul, the gateway between East and West, Europe and Asia, between Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottman, and Turkish. At 3pm we’ll meet our guide for an orientation at our hotel, and then we’ll set out on foot to explore the city. Starting from the famous Sultanmet square we’ll begin to perceive how this marvelous city has been shaped by overlapping civilizations. In one direction we’ll face the square of the ancient Roman hippodrome with its towering obelisk, in another the Hagia Sophia, originally the church of Holy Wisdom designed by Greek mathematicians in the sixth century A.D., in another direction the shimmering waters of the Bosporus, and in another the Blue Mosque whose hand painted tiles and powerful arches open to quiet contemplation for its colleges of math and jurisprudence. After finishing our orientation walk, we’ll conclude our first day with a welcome meal and getting to know our new travel companions.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 (B,L)

Istanbul – This morning we’ll begin our local guided tour with a visit to the former church Hagia Sophia. For nearly a thousand years it was the largest church in Christendom with its astonishing dome and gorgeous mosaics. It was the seat of the Eastern Patriarch until the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans when it was converted into a mosque. After our visit to this holy marvel we’ll hop on a tram and head over to the spice market for an introduction to Turkish spices, teas, halva, and perhaps the world’s tastiest Turkish delight. For lunch our guide will introduce us to an assortment of street-food treats before bringing us to one of Istanbul’s greatest architectural marvels, the Suleymaniye Mosque. Designed in the middle of the sixteenth century by the architect Sinan, it is a mathematical wonder of beautiful proportions like the greatest buildings of the renaissance.

This afternoon you’ll be on a boat across the Bosphorus to enjoy seeing the beautiful mansion’s along the water or see the Maiden Tower and Dolmabahçe Palace from our private boat.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (B,L)

Istanbul – This morning our local guide will lead us through the luxurious fifteenth century Topkapi Palace. The former residence of the Ottoman sultans, the story-book beauty of the gardens, gate-towers, kitchens, armory, and royal rooms feels almost enchanted. This place is a window for the imagination, the intrigue of palace romances, political aspirations, and the royal setting of the Ottoman court. We’ll also visit Hagia Irene, the church of Holy Peace. It is one of the oldest churches in city, originally constructed during the reign of Constantine. It was here that the Second Ecumenical Council of Christianity, council of Constantionple took place.

After our visit to the Topkapi Palace and museums we’ll stroll over to the Grand Bazar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With over sixty streets and 4,000 shops, a visit to the Grand Bazar is a multi-sensory experience like stepping into a covered city out of a storybook, filled with craftsmen, jewelers, ceramics, and the vaulted ceilings where the expertise of thousands of years of artisan culture is gathered into one place. After our visit to the Grand Bazar we’ll be free for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Thursday, April 21, 2022 (B,L,D)

Istanbul /Cappadocia – After breakfast this morning we’ll head to the airport to fly to Cappadocia. Famous today as a site of natural wonders and hot-air balloons floating over fairy-chimneys at dawn, the underground forth century A.D. cities of churches, homes, stables, and warehouses are equally marvelous. After lunch and checking into our hotel we’ll have a quick orientation to Sinassos village, one of the oldest settlements of Cappadocia. The architecture here is unique for its stonebrick houses with spacious coutyards and castle-like feel.

This afternoon we’ll make a trip to Uçhisar natural Promontory Castle and stroll around the Pigeon Valley.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a Turkish family style meal with terracotta pots of eggplant, sauteed beef, and the traditional comfort food whose recipes grandmothers have passed down from generation to generation.

Friday, April 22, 2022 (B,L)

Cappadocia We’ll set out very early this morning for an optional hot-air ballooning experience. The soft morning light rising over the honey-combed landscape is an enchanting perspective of the valley, shaped over the course of millions of years.

At the end of our magical morning ride we’ll enjoy the morning’s second breakfast before heading off with our local guide to explore on foot some of the terrain seen from above.

Together we’ll stroll through the Pasabag Valley, one of the most beautiful places in Cappadocia, before visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum. These forth century cave dwellings were once home to a thriving monastic community who embraced a vision of simplicity and sanctity in a life dedicated to prayer in the wilderness. Following our visit to the ancient cities our guide will bring us to a ceramic workshop in Avanos. Located along the Kizilirmak, ‘the red river’, and the source of the red clay, the pottery factories in this area date back to the bronze age and the time of the Hittites. We’ll witness this 3,000-year-old tradition in artisan demonstrations and explanations and a quick visit to the museum.

This evening we can organize a singles-only casual wine-tasting and an optional meal of Turkish barbeque.

Saturday, April 23, 2022 (B,D)

Cappadocia/Konya  This morning our local guide will lead us through a tour of the underground cities of Kaymakli. Originally carved deep into the stone for protection from enemies and heavy winters as early as the seventh century B.C., at one time there were 3,600 of these subterranean cities with populations ranging into the thousands.

After Underground city experience, en route to Konya, we will visit the famous Sultanhan Caravanserai, where the merchants of Silk Road used this magnificent building (built in 1229 AD) as a stopover along their journey. The massive portal carved with Seljukian style represents the art of 13th century. In Konya, we’ll visit the Museum of  Mevlana, the mausoleum-turned-museum of the famous mystic poet and founder of the Sufi Order of the Whirling Dervishes, Rumi. Your guide will read the great poems of Rumi and explain all the costumes and customs of Whirling Dervish tradition. Having pomegranate tea on Alaatin landscaping park walk will be bonus for Konya visit.

Sunday, April 24, 2022 (B,D)

Konya/Pamukkale – Today we will have a long drive to Aegean region.

After lunch we’ll continue towards Pamukkale, a site that has been drawing visitors to its thermal waters since antiquity. The name, which means ‘cotton castle’, derives from the cascading plateaus of white limestone shaped over the course of millenia as the calcite-rich springs continuously overflow into pools below. Here we’ll visit the Pool of Cleopatra, the famed queen of Egypt and we’ll join the tradition of classical Greeks and Romans with a calming soak in these waters renowned for their healing properties. After a barefoot walk over the travertine stone and a relaxed soak, we’ll follow our guide to the amazing Roman theatre from the 2nd century AD.

Our hotel is built at the top of these hot springs with its own thermal pool free for our use.

Monday, April 25, 2022 (B,L)

Pamukkale/Bodrum After breakfast this morning we’ll drive inland towards the ancient Greek city of Aphrodisias. Named for Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodisias was one of the most beautiful and intriguing cities in antiquity. It was tax exempt when it became the holy city of the roman emperors and was famous for its beautiful sculptures and school of philosophy. Today it houses perhaps the best-preserved ancient stadium anywhere in the Mediterranean. Its auditorim, the odeon, and the tetrapylon, the monumental gateway to the sanctuary of Aphrodite, all inspire an idea of the former magnificence of the city.

After lunch today we’ll load our bus and drive west back to the Aegean coast to Bodrum. After checking into our hotel this evening, we’ll be free for dinner, either at our hotel’s excellent restaurant and beautiful view of St. Peter’s Castle or in town by the sea.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 (B,L)

Bodrum – This morning we’ll visit Bodrum’s St. Peter’s Castle. Built by crusaders at the beginning of the 14th century this castle served as a fortification for 500 years before becoming home to Bodrum’s underwater archeological museum. It now houses the treasures of thousands of amphora recovered from the sea floor and shipwrecks of boats from the 12th century B.C., and 6th century A.D.

After visit of castle, we’ll board our ‘gullet’ a traditional two-masted Turkish sailing boat to explore the beautiful Black island, some hidden coves. Enjoy our lunch and serenity of nature.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 (B,L)

Bodrum – After breakfast we’ll drive to Etrim for an immersive experience in the traditional culture of a small Turkish village. Etrim is not in your average traveler’s guidebook and may give us the most authentic local experience of the trip. We’ll start our day in the village coffee house where we’ll meet our host, who will introduce us to the local traditions of wool production and carpet weaving, of wine making, farming and beekeeping. Next our host will bring us into a couple of local houses, where we’ll see firsthand the artisan practice of processing and dying wool, boiling caldrons of pigments, and the looms where the millennial old art of weaving is practiced. This visit is both a step back in time to an older way of life and a stepping closer to humanity and the natural gifts of the world.

Next our host’s mother will bring us into her small kitchen and teach us how to make a dolma, often a communal event in rural Turkish communities. After lunch, coffee, wine, and conversation shared with locals we’ll take a tour of locally made carpets and have an opportunity to learn more about the cooperatives of women that produce them.

In the late afternoon we’ll return to Bodrum for another free late afternoon.

Thursday, April 28, 2022 (B,L)

Bodrum/Kusadasi – After breakfast this morning we’ll drive toward the ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Didyma. Monumental pillars, which are more than 70 feet tall are the proof of amazing ancient Greek architecture. This temple was a renowned prophecy center, as it was the rival of the famous Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. Later on we will drive to Kusadasi, where we may experience local spa with sensational massage options.

 

Friday, April 29, 2022 (B,L)

Kusadasi/Ephesus – After breakfast this morning we’ll drive to the nearby ancient city of Ephesus. Similar in many ways to the Greek sister-city of Athens, Ephesus tells the story of beauty, prosperity, self-governance, and then tragedy and tyranny. As our guide recounts the stories of love, possibility, and betrayal, we’ll walk the ancient streets and visit Theater that once housed 25,000 spectators. As we explore ancient Roman terrace houses and the remnants of temples, shops, bath houses, we’ll glimpse the sophistication and simplicity of the port-city that endured more than a thousand years. Later we will visit the House of Mother Mary, where millions of Catholics believe that our lady spent her last days with peace.

Later we will visit local leather factory where they make leather jackets, bags for well-known brands like Armani, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and etc. Also anyone interested may visit the store of a local Jewish jewelry designer in Kusadasi, whose family has been running this store since 1923.

Tonight we’ll return to port of Kusadasi to visit our guide’s favorite seafood restaurant for an optional meal together of locally caught seabream seabass, calamari, and the catch of the day.

Saturday, April 30, 2022 (B)

Kusadasi/Izmir/Istanbul – After breakfast, transfer to Izmir Airport for your flight to Istanbul, end of the tour. Flight included.

 

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PASSPORT MANDATORY A passport is required for US citizens to enter Turkey. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your return date. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

VISA MANDATORY for Entry into Turkey. Click here to apply. Fee is approximately $100 USD.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

FLIGHT & PASSPORT INFO Two months prior to your vacation, you’ll receive an email with a link to upload your flight and passport information. 

INSURANCE MANDATORY When selecting a travel insurance policy, we recommend that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. We also strongly recommend that the policy cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days, or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

The main tour package begins Istanbul on April 18, 2022. The trip ends in Istanbul on April 30, 2022. So the trip is 12 nights/13 days.

Please arrive at the New Istanbul Airport (IST) no later than 3:00 pm on April 18, 2022, in order to participate in the Singles Travel International Meet and Greet and welcome dinner! Your return flight from Istanbul on April 30 should depart after 1:00 pm.

Spend more time in Turkey by adding our Optional 1 Night Pre Tour Package (April 17-18, 2022)! (See Price My Trip Tab).

PREMIUM MEMBERS get 1 Pre Tour Night FREE** in Istanbul (Value Up to $279!). Click here to Join Today!

 

A deposit is due at time of reservation, and final payment is due on January 18, 2022.

We’ve made paying your balance online as easy as 1-2-3! You’ll be able to see your balance directly within your Singles Travel International profile. Under the shopping cart icon, choose “Reservations and Payments” from the drop down to view your dashboard. To see how to use this NEW reservation and payment feature, watch this quick VIDEO. You may also call us at 877-765-6874 ext. 4 and provide us with your preferred payment information.

If you make a reservation after January 18, 2022, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

 

Because many of our destinations have vaccination requirements for indoor experiences (museums, restaurants, attractions, etc.), all Singles Travel International tour guests must be fully vaccinated and carry proof of vaccination with them to show as needed for upcoming departures.

Other requirements, such as negative COVID-19 tests before and during the tour, may be required.  Your knowledgeable team at Singles Travel International will keep you up to date with plenty of time to prepare.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. Please schedule a physical check-up, before your trip, to discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International (submit to service@singlestravelintl.com) and are subject to the following terms:

*NO RISK DEPOSIT! A full refund will be given for any cancellations made prior to January 18, 2022, less a $75 future trip credit with Singles Travel International. 

From January 19 to February 16 – any cancellations are subject to a 30% penalty.

*After February 16, 2022- any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Allow 30 days for a refund as suggested by our vendor; subject to change at any time. All refunds will be made via company check.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut-off date

 

 

 

Although STI is committed to keep our members informed regarding the current status of our partner-vendor policies, you are ultimately responsible for your health and well-being when making travel decisions. We  strongly encourage all our members to check the latest travel recommendations by the US State Department, CDC, World Health Organization (WHO) and air carriers to review the latest information for travel risks so they make informed decision about their travel safety.

**For those who make the personal decision to travel and in order to assure a mutually respectful environment surrounding Covid-19 safety, each member will need to sign a Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment. Please familiarize yourself with our other new protocols by CLICKING HERE.

Please arrive at the New Istanbul Airport (IST) no later than 3:00 pm on April 18, 2022, in order to participate in the Singles Travel International Meet & Greet and welcome dinner!

Come in a day early for peace of mind and get a head start on making new friends by booking adding our Optional 1 Night Pre Tour Package in Istanbul (April 17-18, 2022)! (See Price My Trip Tab).

(Premium Members get a FREE STAY! Click here today to find out more and start saving!!)

All meet-up details will be provided in your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information document posted to our FAQ tab, 21 days prior to departure.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Of course! We offer a 1 Night Pre-Tour Package (April 17-18, 2022): Click ‘Price my Trip’ or ‘Book now’ to make your reservation.

(Premium Members get a FREE STAY! Click here today to find out more and start saving!!)

Although we make every effort, Singles Travel International does not guarantee roommate shares for Pre-tour/cruise stays. If no roommate is found, single occupancy rates prevail and are payable 30 days prior to departure.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

Please arrive at the New Istanbul Airport (IST) no later than 3:00 pm on April 18, 2022, in order to participate in the Singles Travel International Meet and Greet and welcome dinner! You should schedule your return flight from Istanbul Airport (IST) any time after 1:00 pm on April 30, 2022. The morning flight from Izmir to Istanbul on April 30 will be taken care of by our local tour operator and is included in our tour price.

If you decide to take advantage of the 1 Night Pre Tour Package in Istanbul, then you can arrive any time on April 17, 2022.

 

Arrival airport transfers (April 17 and April 18, 2022) are not included, but Singles Travel International would be happy to arrange them for you. See the Price My Trip tab and select which date you’d like.

Please keep in mind that there is no direct Airport Shuttle or City Bus running from IST to the Sultanahmet area. There is  the Private Shared Shuttle is the most cost effective and convenient way to travel between New Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sultanahmet.

The Airport is about 30 miles from downtown Istanbul. The distance combined with traffic can make the journey take at least an hour.

Our tour does not include your international airfare, meals not included in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages (except when included in Singles Travel International events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to STI staff ($15 per day) and local guides and drivers (approximately $5-10/day total).

 

 

 

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single room is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by January 19, 2022. Guarantees are based on the lowest priced category room. Upgrades are charged the full single rate less the lowest share credit if no equal match is found.

Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.

Assessments are made at final payment date: January 18, 2022.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. Singles Travel International reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the roommate match guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 28 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you arrive at our Istanbul hotel, our Singles Travel International Concierge is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Happy Hour/Mixer.

Yes! Singles Travel International is the only singles vacation company that features a travel community where members may send messages to one another at any time. Once you make a reservation, you are invited to post messages on the trip chat, which is great for finding out more about your fellow travel companions, coordinating taxi shares, setting up tours and more. Your trip chat is accessible from the trip page. Ask your Singles Travel International Reservation Guide for assistance.

Our program includes live, online connections with your travel companions before you depart and RSVP for each event is available on our sister community www.SingleLife.Today.  Be sure to register today so that you don’t miss out on anything!

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the Singles Travel International Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

We also invite you to join our 50+ singles community when you are not on the road, before and after your vacation @ www.SingleLife.Today.  Membership is free and when you upgrade to Premium, you’ll save $1000s of dollars on Your Own Space™

Turkey is an enormous country, having land in both Asia and Europe. The country’s size means there’s lots of different weather, although most places have warm weather in April as summer gets closer.  You’ll find some of the best touring weather on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast at this time, likely in the low-to-mid-70s.

In Cappadocia and even Istanbul, weather will be considerably cooler – likely in the high 50s to low 60s during the daytime. In Cappadocia, be prepared for some rain, as April is the wettest month of the year there.

Currently, most international airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for free. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

In Turkey, the dress code is much the same at it is in the United States. Although it is a Muslim country, it is secular, and everyone is allowed to wear what s/he chooses. You will see most women, especially in Istanbul and in the resort areas, do not cover their hair and wear modern clothing.

There will be times when we will go into mosques and churches. In this case, both men and women will need to ensure that their shoulders and knees are covered. Also, women must cover their hair before entering a mosque. It will be helpful to bring a lightweight scarf with you to use to cover yourself, but most mosques do offer them prior to entry.

 

 

Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack.  Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase. Definitely pack for layering, since we will be traversing various climate zones.

Essential Items:

– A smile and an open-minded attitude
– Light Jacket (wind-and rainproof outer shell)
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes
– A pair of shoes for restaurants, evenings on the town
– Collapsible umbrella and/or lightweight raingear.
– Sunglasses
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, money or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment
– Chargers for all of your tech gear

 

 

A passport is required for travel to Turkey. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your return date. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.

VISA MANDATORY for Entry into Turkey. Click here to apply. Fee is approximately $100 USD.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, for travel to Turkey, the CDC recommends Hepatitis A and B vaccines. We suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

The currency used throughout Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL), although the U.S. dollar is widely accepted (and sometimes preferred).

You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. You may also find a number of websites by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. Two specific websites are: xe.com and Money.com.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Turkey. Just make sure you alert your card company that you will be traveling internationally.

ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas. You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus.

 

INSURANCE FOR THIS TRIP IS MANDATORY.

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard, and, in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, at 877-SOLO-TRIP, EXT #2, if you have not received your quote within 3 days. CLICK HERE FOR A QUOTE

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site 21 days prior to trip start date.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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