||Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah - 2 Nights||None||
Welcome to Turkey and Istanbul! Meet your local Cox & Kings Representative at the airport for your transfer to the hotel. Your drive will take you along the shores of the Bosporus affording splendid vistas of the city's Asian part on one side, and the ancient walls of the city on the other side. The hotel is located in the dynamic heart of Istanbul, in the lively Beyoglu, also known as Pera, district, with a variety of caf�s and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
||Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah||Breakfast||
This morning, after breakfast, join our local Cox & Kings expert historian for a comprehensive exploration of the Old Town. Your visit begins at the site of the Augusteion, the most important square in the city in ancient times. Tour the Basilica Cistern, largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city. The emblematic Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the Palace of Ibrahim Pasa provide for amazing impressions and photo opportunities. Continue your sightseeing program at the city walls and Chora Church, the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. The Golden Horn area with its magnificent 17th century Aynalikavak Palace. Transfer back to your hotel and enjoy some down time before this evening's guided stroll in the vibrant Pera district around Istiklal Avenue. Turning any corner may reveal a surprise view of the Golden Horn, and the scent of freshly prepared food lingers in the air; here is your opportunity to sample delicious Mediterranean and Turkish dishes at local stalls and restaurants.
||Renaissance Izmir Hotel - 2 Nights||Breakfast||
Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast in Istanbul, with renewed energy to visit Topkapi Palace, started by Mehmet the Conquerer, and primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. This opulent palace complex is the subject of more colorful stories than most of the world's royal residences put together. Your local Cox & Kings guide will regale you with tales of mad prisoners, malevolent concubines and magnificent Sultans. Your guide will offer great restaurant recommendations for lunch. After lunch, transfer to Istanbul airport for a short flight to Izmir, in the western part of Anatolia. Check-in to the Renaissance Izmir Hotel, located in the heart of the city's commercial district, steps from the water front, the Kordon Promenade. Onto your next adventure: an orientation tour where you will admire the ancient Agora and the colorful markets, before stopping for tea or coffee at a Caravanseray, where a tasseographer reads your future from the patterns of coffee grounds and tea leaves. The evening is yours to stroll along the sweeping seaside promenade known as Kordon, and indulge in local fish and seafood – the kind that put Izmir on the culinary map of Turkey.
||Renaissance Izmir Hotel||Breakfast||
Make the Greco-Roman world come alive today with a full day excursion to the archeological area of Ephesus. At its peak during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, the capital of Asia Minor once boasted a population of more than 250,000, second in importance and size only to Rome. Walk along the Royal Road, a 4th-century white marble chariot thoroughfare, whose most striking sight is the two-story Library of Celsus. Uniquely beautiful, with its restored facade, now the famed symbol of Ephesus, the library once housed 12,000 scrolls of papyrus manuscripts, making it the second largest in the ancient world after the library in Alexandria. As you continue, your private Cox & Kings historian illuminates the history behind some of the ancient city's major buildings, including the Ephesus Theater and the Terrace Houses, which are currently still undergoing excavation. Return to the hotel at the end of the day and enjoy the evening at leisure.
||Park Hyatt Istanbul - 2 Nights||Breakfast||
Depart Izmir via a domestic flight returning you to Istanbul this morning. Meet your local Cox & Kings Representative and transfer you to your hotel: the Park Hyatt Istanbul, luxurious boutique hotel offering genuine service and authentic hospitality in historic Istanbul. After check-in, more fascinating sights await you including Dolmabahce Palace, a blend of various European architectural styles built between 1843 and 1856 by Karabet Balyan, the court architect of Sultan Abdulmecid, on the shores of the Bosporus. Then cruise the aforementioned body of water separating Europe and Asia by private boat – the best way to enjoy the breathtaking skyline of Istanbul in the light of the setting sun.
||Park Hyatt Istanbul||Breakfast||
Step aboard your private Cox & Kings town car, and let your driver and local guide whisk you away to an exciting and exotic world of Mosques and Bazaars. Begin the day with an in-depth visit to the Ottoman imperial Süleymaniye Mosque complex, the city's largest and one of its best-known sights. Stop for Boza, a popular malt drink made from fermented wheat, then continue to Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque built 450 years ago on the side of a steep hill. Later, begin explorations of the markets at the Spice Bazaar, and learn about the secrets of good coffee from a local roaster. This afternoon the Grand Bazaar, with its 61 streets and over 3,000 shops one of the most immense covered markets in the world, beckons you to put your bargaining skills to the test. Celebrate the conclusion of your Turkish sojourn with a private cooking class and dinner hosted by a renowned local gourmet chef including shopping for ingredients at the local market – a T + L Special!
After breakfast, our private driver will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight with memories to last.
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Terms & Conditions
Please read the conditions of travel as your booking is subject to the terms listed below. A contract is entered into once your travel agent or Cox & Kings (East India Travel Company, Inc.) receives your signed booking form and deposit and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by Cox & Kings.
An appropriate deposit for each program chosen will be your only obligation until 90 days prior to departure. Additional deposits may be required. The balance of the cost must be paid 90 days before you travel. Payment must be made to Cox & Kings in Los Angeles, California. If the final balance is not received on time Cox & Kings reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled by you and to levy cancellation charges. If you book your travel within 90 days of departure, the full amount must be paid when you make the booking.
Alterations by You
If you request any amendments to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, an amendment fee of $150 per alteration will be charged. If after the commencement of your travel you request any amendment to your arrangements or accommodation, Cox & Kings and their agents will do their best to implement it, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such an amendment being made you will be liable for any cancellation/retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by Cox & Kings and their agents in attempting to secure any revised arrangement.
Cancellation by You
Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are non-refundable. Such notification will only be deemed to have been given on receipt of your letter, since we can only act on receipt. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. If notification of cancellation is received more than 90 days before departure you will only lose your deposit(s). For notification received within 90 days of departure, cancellation charges are as follows:
Days Before Departure Total Travel Program Cost Lost
Before 90 your deposit
90 to 61 20%
60 to 31 50%
30 to Day of Departure 100%
Cancellations received Fridays for tour departures that weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) will be treated as a day of departure cancellation. We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. not taken, when these are included in the price of the program. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or vouchers. Certain departures may have higher penalty for cancellation, please contact your travel consultant for details. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline. Protect your travel investment, buy travel insurance.
Alterations Made to the Scheduled Program
Our tours are planned in advance and changes may be unavoidable, some may be due to circumstances amounting to “force majeure” or similar reasons beyond our control, such as delays in departures on travel booking or closure of a hotel, strikes, riots, natural occurrences, decisions by State Governments or Tourist Organizations altering the itinerary, the duration of time spent in a city or even omitting a city or part of the itinerary due to the local situation. In such cases we will offer comparable alternative arrangements. If any of the circumstances listed above occur during the course of the tour, we reserve the right to alter the scheduled itinerary accordingly and no compensation will be paid. We will make every reasonable effort to provide you with the booked tour arrangements but minor changes may occur. If they are significant we shall, if possible, inform you or your travel agent before departure. In the event of such an amendment being made, you will be liable for any cancellation / retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by Cox & Kings and their agents in attempting to secure any revised arrangement. Please note that Cox & Kings will not be liable to reimburse additional expenses undertaken by the client in preparation for the tour. These include and are not limited to international tickets, used mileage awards and fees, cost of visas, immunizations, shots, etc.
Tours prices are based on U.S. dollars (unless otherwise noted) and exchange rates in effect Summer 2012. They are subject to variation if there are increases due to governmental action, additional taxes, exchange rates, increases in scheduled airfare or increases in fuel surcharges. Any increase in the original tour price will be notified to you at least 90 days before departure. If you make your booking within 90 days of departure the surcharge will be included in your invoice. Cox & Kings will absorb an amount equivalent to two percent of the tour price. Any surcharge will not exceed 10 percent of the listed tour price. If you settle the final balance by the due date we will absorb any price increases after that due date. In return for this commitment, we are unable to make any refund or reduce any other costs should the value of the U.S. dollar improve against the currencies used. For scheduled group departures, it may be necessary to re-cost your tour due to a low number of participants. You will be contacted 90 days prior to your departure date and advised should a supplementary fee apply. If all group members accept the increased cost the tour will operate as scheduled. However, if the supplement is not accepted by you then you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or a transfer to another tour.
Visas and Your Responsibilities
All Travelers require a passport with at least six months validity beyond completion of travel. Visas may be required and for U.S. Citizens we will furnish the relevant details after receipt of your booking deposit and confirmation of your booking. Non U.S. citizens should consult with the appropriate Consulates and Embassies. It is the responsibility of the individual traveler to secure the proper documentation prior to joining the tour.
It is the responsibility of The Traveler to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department's travel website at www.travel.state.gov or by phone at 1-888-407-4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location/s of the trip, should The Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, The Traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.
What Your Tour Price Generally Includes
Economy class on inter-tour flights as listed in this brochure.
Standard class on rail, road and other transportation as described in our brochure.
In-flight meals and/or refreshments according to flight timings.
44 lbs. or 20 kg baggage allowance, or as specified on your air tickets/itinerary.
Transfers between the appropriate overseas airports /stations/ports and your hotels according to each itinerary unless otherwise stated.
Twin sharing standard room accommodation with private bath or shower and toilet in each room where available.
Excursions and tours where specifically detailed.
Meals as described.
Services of professional guides and/or a Tour Escort.
For luxury group tours, gratuities for services included in the itinerary.
Your Tour Price Generally Excludes
International airfare, unless otherwise stated.
The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, incidentals, etc.
Airport security charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements.
Airport departure taxes.
Cost of visas and passports where necessary.
Transport between your home and home airport/port/station.
Gratuities for services provided on a personal basis.
Meals other than those specified.
The sole traveler supplement payable on all bookings where only one person is traveling.
Gratuities for services on all individual tours and gratuities to your Tour Escort.
Still, video, film and camera fees.
Cox & Kings makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide you with the travel services you purchase. We do not own or operate any of the accommodation, transport or other facilities used in connection with our tours. We therefore cannot accept liability for negligence of the staff of these organizations. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. Cox & Kings is not liable in the event of any failure by any person or company to render any transportation, accommodation or other travel service to be provided on the journeys, or for expenses incurred due to delays caused by weather, strikes, war, civil disturbances, natural disasters, flight delays, government actions, mechanical failures or any acts of God.
Cox & Kings cannot assume any responsibility for flight delays, cancellations or missed connections and is not liable for any expenses or consequences resulting therefrom, and such expenses shall be borne by the client. When you travel with an airline the Conditions of Carriage of that airline will apply. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements and may limit or exclude liability. Your travel agent or airline can advise you of these conditions. The participant waives any claim against Cox & Kings for any damage to, or loss of, property, or injury to, or death of, due to any act, or negligence of any airlines, surface transportation companies, hotels or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included. Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible for any claim, losses, damages for delay of baggage or other properties, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset and disappointment, distress or frustrations, whether physical or mental, resulting from the act or omission of any party providing services.
We do take all reasonable steps to insure that organizations providing services maintain standards, which are acceptable within the norm in each locality. The participant assumes the risks and understands that all travel has inherent risk that may result in injury or death and that participation in activities, including but not limited to, driving, hiking, walking, touring, visiting archeological sites, walking on uneven surfaces, riding on rough roads, rafting, boating, canoeing riding in helicopters, on trains, in boats, swimming, surfing, horseback or camel riding, and any other activities. The information contained in this brochure has been compiled with all reasonable care, is accurate to the best of our knowledge and is given in good faith.
All services are subject to the laws of the countries in which these services are rendered.
Venue for all claims or disputes shall be exclusively in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A., whose courts, using California Law, shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Damage claims against Cox & Kings shall be limited to the value of the particular item in dispute and not for any incidental, consequential, or special damages. Cox & Kings assumes responsibility for representations it makes, but not for those made by others and including, but not limited to, any employee of Cox & Kings or independent travel agent. Payment for reservations on any Cox & Kings travel arrangements shall constitute consent to all the provisions in the Booking Terms & Conditions published herein and is binding on all travel participants.
United States Tour Operators Association
$1 Million Travelers Assistance Program
Cox & Kings, The Americas, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Cox & Kings, The Americas' customers in the unlikely event of Cox & Kings, The Americas bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by Cox & Kings, The Americas may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Cox & Kings, The Americas. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to email@example.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com.
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