Turkey 9 Days Tour in 1000$ – Expense Summary

After comparing several tour itineraries, packages and tours, I decided to explore the country of Turkey on my own with my family. The cost of the trip per person for 8 nights / 9 Days came upto 75K INR and this was inclusive of Flights, Visa, 3/4* Hotel stay (very close to all tourist places), vegetarian lunch & dinners, walking tours (Istanbul), ferry & Metro rides, taxi rides to airport and everything else (except shopping). So here’s a Turkey 9 day tour expense summary , that helps you budget a trip for your family at the lowest possible cost and also strictly avoid tour packages of any kind

Expense Summary

Attraction Entrance Tickets & Walking Tours                         17,068
Domestic Flights (4 flights overall)                           7,194
Food (Lunch & Dinner) for 8 Nights                           3,352
Hotel (8 Nights)                         10,273
International Flights ( Return ticket from Blr)                         22,500
Transportation (Tram,Taxi,Bus,Ferri,Metro)                           6,609
Visa                           8,500
Grand Total 75,497

Average Price List in Turkey

(1 Turkish Lira = 13.2 INR)

ItemTurkish LiraINR
Tea452
Coffee565
Tshirt30390
Metro / Tram / Ferry Ride2.532.5
Istanbul Kart678
Water Bottle226
Vegetarian Lunch/Dinner25325
15 day  All Museum Pass for Entire Turkey3154095
Simit (Bagel)565

Comparative Pricing between Self Tour vs Tour Packages

DescriptionSelf Tour ThomasCookSOTCTripFactory & Other similar Tour Packages
Price75,0001,50,0001,44,000134,000
Incl of Intl Flights & VisaYesYesYesNo
# Nights8878
# Days in Istanbul31.51.51.5
Meals Included (Lunch & Dinner)YesYesYesNo
Internal Domestic FlightsYesPartly Bus/Partly FlightsPartly Bus/Partly FlightsNo
Includes International Flight?YesYesYesNo
Stay in a Cave Room Suite in CappadociaYesNoNoNo
Price includes all attractions & Leisure time activity costsYesNoNoNo
Enouh time to explore all important ttractionsYesNoNoNo
Cities CoveredIstanbul, Capadocia, Antalya, Izmir-Epheseus, PamukkaleIstanbul, Capadocia, Antalya, PamukkaleIstanbul, Capadocia, Antalya, PamukkaleIstanbul, Capadocia, Epheseus, Pamukkale

Disclaimer on above pricing comparison : The pricing for self is based on my actual expenses to Turkey travelled in the last month of October. The total price for a Turkey 9 Days tour may vary depending on the cost of Airfare which contributes to a significant chunk of the expense and the no of days you stay, the cities you want to cover

Price quotes from ThomasCook, SOTC and other tour operators were obtained, inclusive of GST, studied detailed itinerary and compared only post that in Nov 2019. The price mentioned in the above table for other tour companies is the least price mentioned for their tours in their respective websites. The pricing was obtained from the below links:

If you have any queries planning a great “self guided” Turkey tour for your family, do drop me a comment or mail me at hkmurali@gmail.com . Meanwhile, do check out my Istanbul 3 day itinerary here !

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