Turkey Tour Itinerary – 9 Days in 1000$ (80000 INR)

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

Visa

India has 4 centres to apply for a Turkey tourist visa (Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkatta). However you have only option based on your jurisdiction and has to go through VFS who’ll internally send it across to the respective centre. Cost of Tourist Visa was around 4000 and Cost of VFS Processing Fees was 4500 . So totally 8500 INR . Allow yourself atleast 40-45 days to receive the visa from date of submission, esp for the Mumbai Jurisdiction.

Schedule an appointment by calling this no : 022 67866029

If you’re a US or a Schengen visa holder, the process becomes much more easier with just applying for a sticker visa online, else you need to opt in for the normal Tourist Visa, which is granted for three months from date of issue.

Currency & Exchange

Turkish’s national currency is Liras. 1 Lira is roughly 13.2 INR.

However Turkish Liras are not available directly in India and you have to get Euros and once you land in Istanbul convert it to Liras in a local foreign exchange store.

However be wise to convert only what you need as if you are left with a lot of Liras at the end of your trip, conversion back to Euros in a Forex shop might be at a loss for you.

Top Cities to Cover in Turkey

Turkey is a huge country with plenty of cities to cover. The top cities that you should definitely include in your itinerary would be as follows

  • Istanbul (3 days / 3 nights)
  • Cappadocia (3 nights/2 days)
  • Antalya ( 1 night/ 2 days)
  • Pamukkale (1 night/1 day) ( or can be done as a day tour from Antalya or Izmir )
  • Izmir-Ephesus (1 night/1 day)

Total no of days needed: 9 nights / 9 days ( including the start and end day of travel). The no of days mentioned above is the least amount of time needed to cover the cities. Eg : 3 days is a bare minimum to cover a city as huge as Istanbul

To put it simply, start from Istanbul , go to Cappadoccia (flight), third go to Antalya(via Flight), and finally go to Izmir(Via flight) as a final stop. From Izmir , visit Epheseus on Day 1(train from Izmir) and Pamukkale on Day 2(train from Izmir) and return to Izmir on the same night. Fly back to Istanbul to Izmir for your flight back home.

Turkey Tour Itinerary

If you are looking for Turkey tour itinerary, you can check out the individual city itineraries here

Expense Summary

Activity Description Price in INR
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

Turkey Cost of Living

(1 Turkish Lira = 13.2 INR)

Item Turkish Lira INR
Tea 4 52
Coffee 5 65
Tshirt 30 390
Metro / Tram / Ferry Ride 2.5 32.5
Istanbul Kart 6 78
Water Bottle 2 26
Vegetarian Lunch/Dinner 25 325
15 day  All Museum Pass for Entire Turkey 315 4095
Simit (Bagel) 5 65

Turkey Tour Packages Comparison

Description Self Tour  ThomasCook SOTC TripFactory & Other similar Tour Packages
Price 75,000 1,50,000 1,44,000 134,000
Incl of Intl Flights & Visa Yes Yes Yes No
# Nights 8 8 7 8
# Days in Istanbul 3 1.5 1.5 1.5
Meals Included (Lunch & Dinner) Yes Yes Yes No
Internal Domestic Flights Yes Partly Bus/Partly Flights Partly Bus/Partly Flights No
Includes International Flight? Yes Yes Yes No
Stay in a Cave Room Suite in Cappadocia Yes No No No
Price includes all attractions & Leisure time activity costs Yes No No No
Enouh time to explore all important attractions Yes No No No
Cities Covered Istanbul, Capadocia, Antalya, Izmir-Epheseus, Pamukkale Istanbul, Capadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale Istanbul, Capadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale Istanbul, 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, . These turkey tour itinerary was studied in detail 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 requiring a Turkey tour itinerary 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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