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25 Day Grand Balkans

  • Discover the highlights of 9 incredible countries
  • Visit Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia & More
Includes Return International Flights

The mysteries, legends and wonders of the Balkans are yours to discover on this 25-day trip through nine incredible countries. Travel through Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Slovenia, Turkey and Montenegro and tick off the bucket list along the way as you immerse yourself in the highlights of each country.

Begin your trip with a city tour in vibrant Istanbul; visit Ephesus, one of the most well-preserved ancient sites in the world; and take in the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon, along with the historic battlefields of Gallipoli. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Sofia in Bulgaria; experience jaw-dropping Meteora, a complex of monasteries built atop towering rock pillars; and explore UNESCO-listed Vergina in Macedonia. Lap up the beautiful landscapes of Ohrid, Budva, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Split and Zagreb, and visit Ljubljana Castle and Lake Bled, plus so much more.

With return flights with a premium airline, 22 nights 4-5 star hotel accommodation, 42 meals, English-speaking tour leader and guides and more, get ready to experience this beautiful part of Europe.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Auckland or *Christchurch for Istanbul, Turkey! Fly with airlines such as Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, or Swiss Airlines to name a few. (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Plaza Istanbul City Centre / Golden Horn Hotel or similar, Istanbul
Meals included: None

Following breakfast this morning you will be picked up from the hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul. Visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, which houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. Robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle, and enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed are also featured.

Next you will see Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque, built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is perhaps more commonly known as the Blue Mosque, due to its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Afterwards you will see the ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After lunch you will visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. This evening you have the opportunity to join an optional evening cruise (not included).

Optional activity: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - $100 NZD

This evening join a dinner cruise and see sights such as the Bosphorus Bridge, which runs from Europe to Asia. Also see the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, Ciragan Palace, Camlica Hill, Kempinski Hotel, Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress and Beylerbeyi Palace.

Overnight: Ramada Plaza Istanbul City Centre / Golden Horn Hotel or similar, Istanbul
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart to the Uludag Ski Center in Bursa. Located approximately 4 hours from Istanbul, Uludag is the most popular ski resort in Turkey and offers an abundance of attractions no matter the season. The mountain has different levels of runs to suit beginners as well as experienced adults. Equipment will be available for rent (not included) for those wishing to hit the slopes. Upon arrival, enjoy a short Bursa city tour, before checking into the hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Sheraton Bursa Hotel or similar, Bursa
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, depart to Sirince (approx. 5 hours). On the way, visit one of the famous leather production centres of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. Upon arrival, have some free time for lunch (not included) before enjoying a tour of the village in Sirince. Sirince is a pretty village that mostly dates back to the 19th century with original white painted houses. Sirince also has a fantastic reputation for producing some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. Visit a vineyard and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. Afterwards drive to Kusadasi for the night.

Overnight: Suhan 360 Hotel & Spa or similar, Kusadasi
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, visit Ephesus, one of the most well preserved ancient sites in the world. Here you will visit the Temple of Artemis, Curates street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library and Grand theatre. After the tour, visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. During the visit, you will have a chance to see the Turkish women who are working in the factory in action. Afterwards return to Kusadasi for the night.

Overnight: Suhan 360 Hotel & Spaor similar, Kusadesi
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today the tour departs to Pergamon (approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon - its impressive temples and library made it a cultural and political centre at the time. Pergamon is famous for its jewellery, stones and silver, and today you will see this firsthand with a stop at a jewellery centre. After lunch (not included), visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the archaeological site, before continuing Canakkale by 6:00pm for dinner.

Overnight: Troia Tusan Hotel or similar, Canakkale
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

At approximately 7:30am, depart to Gallipoli to visit the historic battle fields. On the way, enjoy a stop for refreshments, before arriving at Gallipoli around midday. Upon arrival, break for lunch (not included), where you can relax before heading to the battle fields. Visit Kabatepe Museum, Ari Burnu Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugge’s Plateau. Afterwards, drive towards to border to Edrine for the night.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel & Suites Edirne or similar, Edrine
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart to Sofia, Bulgaria. Upon arrival, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. You may like to explore Sofia city centre, shop in the local markets or enjoy the nightlife at the many bars or Casino.

Overnight: Ramada Sofia City Center / Jasmin Hotel or similar, Sofia
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city center. Visit the Alexander Nevski Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attraction. Continue to St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, National Theatre, and the former Royal Palace, which now houses the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum. Tonight, join an optional dinner (not included) at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances (available for purchase at checkout. Please note, a standard dinner is available for those who do not wish to join this optional activity).

Overnight: Ramada Sofia City Center / Jasmin Hotel, Sofia or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, depart to Thessaloniki, a busy port town in the north of mainland Greece. Upon arrival, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. You might like to sample some traditional Greek food at a local Taverna.

Overnight: Ramada Plaza Thraki, Thessaloniki or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, drive to Vergina, the first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, and a UNESCO world heritage site. The most important remains are the monumental palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. After lunch (not included), drive to Kalambaka, the gateway to Meteora.

Overnight: Antoniadis, Kalambaka or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After Breakfast, depart on a half day tour of Meteora and Theopetra Cave. Meteora is a monumental rock formation that hosts one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, built atop towering natural rock pillars. The Theopetra cave is an important archaeological site located in Meteora that was inhabited by humans approximately 130,000 years ago. After time for lunch (not included), drive to Ohrid, Macedonia where you will check in and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Tino or similar, Ohrid, Macedonia
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a half day city tour of Ohrid. Ohrid is a UNESCO recognized city, with beautiful landscapes, Byzantine frescoes and icons of traditional architecture. Visit the Hadzi Turgut Mosque, Old Bazaar, Zeynel Abidin Pasha Tekke, Krst Dazmija and more. The Hadzi Turget Mosque was built in 1466 by the Turkish Empire, and is believed to be the oldest in town. After free time for lunch (not included), depart to the resort city of Durres, Albania for the night.

Overnight: Premium Hotel Beach or similar, Durres
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a Half Day City Tour in Durres. Visit the National Archaeological Museum, Roman Amphitheatre, Venetian tower, Town Hall Square and the Promenade, all with historical significance. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch (not included) before departing for Budva, Montenegro for the night.

Overnight: To be confirmed, Budva
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a Budva Town City Tour. Budva is the metropolis of Montenegrin tourism due to its sandy beaches, stunning landscapes and nightlife, however its historical monuments are just as exciting. Visit the historic Old Town, Ballerina and Mogren Beach, the Ancient Necropolis, Slovenska Plaza and more.

Overnight: To be confirmed, Budva
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy the short scenic drive to the walled city of Dubrovnik for a city tour. See this UNESCO protected pearl of the Adriatic and its Cathedral, Rector’s Palace, Fransican Monastery, Clock Tower and Orlando’s Columns. Afterwards check in to your accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Hotel Neptun, Dubrovnik or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today is yours to relax in the Old Town, swim in the crystal waters or perhaps take a day trip to the Elaphite Islands (not included).

Overnight: Hotel Neptun, Dubrovnik or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast travel to Mostar. Known for its iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge, Mostar was developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman Frontier town, and during the Austro-Hungarian period in the 19th and 20th centuries. Enjoy a short scenic tour of the town before enjoying free time for lunch (not included) and shopping. The evening is at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Bristol or similar, Mostar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast check out hotel and drive north to the Bosnian Pyramids near Visoko. After a short visit and lunch (not included), continue to Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.

Overnight: Split Urban Rooms or similar, Split
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Enjoy the morning at leisure before departing to Zagreb at midday. Enjoy a late afternoon city highlights tour, including the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral and Archbishops Palace.

Overnight: Double Tree by Hilton or similar, Zagreb
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, travel to Ljubljana. On the way stop at Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the 16 crystal-blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Walk on the wooden promenades providing magnificent views of the waters, where every turn leads to a breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice Lake is a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Afterwards continue to Ljubljana, where you will check in to your accommodation.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Ljubljana or similar, Ljubljana
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a city highlights tour. Take a walk around the historic centre before visiting to the Ljubljana Castle, which has been standing atop a hill above the city for 900 years. The Castles Outlook Tower and ramparts offer some of the best views of the city, while the castle itself houses a museum exhibition on Slovenian history. Afterwards, enjoy a short scenic drive to Lake Bled in the Julian Alps. Here you will have time at leisure to explore on your own. In the evening, return to Ljubljana for the night.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Ljubljana or similar, Ljubljana
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 days later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Explore the highlights of tantalising Turkey
  • Tour the best of the Balkans, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Slovenia
  • Visit Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Sofia, Ohrid, Durres, Budva, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Ljubljana and more.
  • Visit Topkapi Palace on a city tour of Istanbul
  • See Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque and explore the Hippodrome
  • Experience the sights, sounds and smell of the Spice Bazaar
  • Spend a night at Turkeys most popular Ski Resort, Uludag, Bursa
  • Travel to the pretty Turkish village of Sirince
  • Visit a vineyard and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers
  • Visit the Temple of Artemis and House of the Virgin Mary on a tour of Ephesus
  • Separate fact from fiction at the archaeological site of Troy
  • Travel to Gallipoli and explore the historic battlefields
  • Explore the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon and stop at a jewellery centre
  • Visit a carpet weaving centre and learn about one of Turkeys oldest arts
  • Visit the Alexander Nevski Cathedral on a sightseeing tour of Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Spend a night in the port city of Thessaloniki
  • Stop in Vergina, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia
  • Witness the awe-inspiring monasteries atop natural rock pillars in Meteora
  • Enjoy a half day city tour of Ohrid in Macedonia
  • Spend a night in the resort town of Durres, Albania
  • See the historic old town on a city tour of Budva, Montenegro
  • Explore the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik on a guided walking tour
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik
  • Swim in crystal clear waters throughout the Dalmatian Coast
  • See the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge) on a city tour of Mostar
  • Visit the Bosnian Pyramids near Visoko
  • Spend the night in the historic city of Split, Croatia
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Explore the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Explore Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia
  • Spend an afternoon at leisure at the picturesque Lake Bled in the Julian Alps
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL/*CHC
  • 22 nights 4-5-star hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 42 meals including daily breakfast
  • English speaking tour leader and guides
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 20th October 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1750 applies.
 
Departure Dates
2019:
October: 22, 29 (SOLD OUT)
 
2020
February: 18
March: 3
May: 1, 10, 22
May: 5, 12, 19, 26 (SOLD OUT)
June: *4,*16
June: 1, 9* (SOLD OUT)
*August: 25 (SOLD OUT)
September:  12, 15
September: 1, 5, 8 (SOLD OUT)
October: 14, 18, 20
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $400 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Auckland or *Christchurch
 
Departure City Surcharges
*Christchurch: $100 per person


Full Service Airline(s) Used
Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Royal Brunei, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, Malindo Airlines plus codeshare partners (subject to availability)
 
Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.
 
Arrive early in Istanbul, Turkey
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout Dates:
* 20 September 2019 - 13 October 2019
* 14 December 2019 - 20 January 2020
* 28 March 2020 - 27 April 2020
* 20 June 2020 - 19 July 2020
* 17 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
 
Stay behind in Ljubljana, Slovenia
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout Dates:
* 14 December 2019 - 20 January 2020
* 28 March 2020 - 27 April 2020
* 20 June 2020 - 19 July 2020
* 17 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
* 10 December 2020 - 20 January 2021
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $550 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $800 one way
Locations:
* Dubai
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers
Please note:
Dubai stopover is not permitted during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (29 November 2019 - 2 December 2019. 2020 dates yet to be released)
- An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not Available
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): Buy now for $7499 per person
Please note:
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights, Trans-Tasman, and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.


Accommodation Used
4 - 5 Star (self-rated)
Istanbul, Turkey: Ramada Plaza Istanbul City Centre / Golden Horn Hotel or similar
Bursa, Turkey: Sheraton Bursa Hotel or similar
Kusadesi, Turkey: Suhan 360 Hotel & Spa or similar
Cannakale, Turkey: Troia Tusan Hotel or similar
Edrine, Turkey: Ramada Hotel & Suites Edirne or similar
Sofia, Bulgaria: Ramada Sofia City Center / Jasmin Hotel or similar
Thessaloniki, Greece: Ramada Plaza Thraki or similar
Kalambaka, Greece: Antoniadis or similar
Ohrid, Macedonia: Hotel Tino or similar
Duress, Albania: Premium Hotel Beach or similar
Budva, Montenegro: To be confirmed
Dubrovnik, Croatia: Hotel Neptun or similar
Mostar, Bosnia: Hotel Bristol or similar
Split, Croatia: Split Urban Rooms or similar
Zagreb, Croatia: Double Tree by Hilton or similar
Ljubljana, Slovenia: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Ljubljana
 
Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
 
Extra Nights
- Istanbul, Turkey (Pre Tour): $300 per room (including breakfast).
 - Ljubljana, Slovenia (Post Tour): $340 per room (including breakfast).
Please note: extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 People (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability.
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 34 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Day 3: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - $100 NZD
- Day 10: Traditional Bulgarian Dinner with Folklore Music - $75 NZD
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability)
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.


- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required if travelling on a New Zealand Passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping:
* Turkey - 25 Lira (approx. $10 NZD) per person/day payable on tour
* Europe - €5 person/per day payable on tour
- Any applicable city tax (payable directly to the resort on check-in)
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Turkey:
Temperatures in May/June and September/October are between 22 and 30°C. January/December has an average temperature of around 15°C.
   
Greece:
The best time to visit Greece begins in May, when the mean temperature is 21 °C degrees and rainfall is minimal and continues on through to October with average temperatures ranging from 21-29 °C. Days are sunny and clear!
  
Bulgaria/Macedonia/Bosnia:
Bulgaria and Macedonia have a temperate-continental climate with moderate features which is characteristic for Central Europe. with hot summers, cold winters and very distinct seasons. Abundant snowfalls may occur throughout Bulgaria from December to mid-March, especially if you are in the mountainous areas.
  
Albania/Montenegro/Croatia/Slovenia:
May
May is when temperatures really begin to climb and the summer season truly begins. The town and ports are filling up with tourists, restaurants and bars are alive, museums open and extend their hours and the weather triumphs it all by warming up considerably. Average temperatures reach a very pleasant high of around 21°C and reach a low of a very manageable 11°C.
  
June
The weather in June is one of the warmest you’ll experience. Daily average temperatures in June are about 22°C, highs reaching up to 27°C and lows plummeting to about 16°C. Over the course of the month, the hours of sunshine remain pretty constant, with an average of about 15 hours per day.
   
September
September is still very warm, with the average daily temperature ranging from 16-19°C, the highest still a lovely 24°C and the lowest temperature is only around 13°C.
  
October
Is still fairly warm during October, but the temperature is noticeably lower than summertime. October’s average daily temperature is about 18°C over the course of the month, with highs decreasing from 22°C to 18°C and lows from 15°C to 12°C. Of course with the temperature being lower at night, it would be wise to pack a few items such as a light jacket just in case.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
42 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is 25 Lira (approx. $10 NZD) per person per day in Turkey and €5 (approx. $9 NZD) per person per day in Europe, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


A tourist visa is not required in Turkey or Europe for stays of up to 90 days if travelling on a New Zealand Passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


Post-Purchase Change
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order.
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