The Best of Turkey Group Trip (10 days/9 nights) with Crazy Travelista

The Best of Turkey Group Trip (10 days/9 nights) with Crazy Travelista

I let you guys decide where we will go next, and I must say I’m SO excited you picked TURKEY! I’ve secretly wanted to go back there for a while now. I’ve been twice now and I can never get enough. Turkey is truly one of the most  diverse countries in the world with SO much to offer and so many amazing places to experience.

If you’ve been a little too afraid to make the journey there yourself, this is the perfect opportunity to come experience the country with a small group of girls! In my 2 visits to Turkey, I have never once felt unsafe. It’s an incredible place and I’m excited to share my favorite places with you!

This trip is special because I have hand picked the best places based on my experience there and excluded the places that weren’t worth it. Turkey is huge and although I haven’t been everywhere, I can assure you we will visit all the top highlights of Turkey! It’s going to be a lot packed into 10 days, but SO worth it, and you won’t go home missing out on any of the best places in Turkey.


Turkey Trip Details

Trip Dates: May 2020 (exact dates will be announced by December 2019)

Trip starts in: Istanbul, Turkey

Trip Ends in: Fethiye, Turkey**

Trip Price: $1790

***you can either fly into Istanbul and out of Fethiye (Dalaman airport), or you can catch a quick and cheap flight back to Istanbul from Dalaman airport if you buy a round-trip ticket to Istanbul. The flight from Dalaman airport to Istanbul is about 1 hour and costs under $40 so it’s really easy to get back to Istanbul if you have a round-trip ticket into there. I can help you coordinate these flights so don’t worry too much about it!

***a VISA is required for Turkey. US citizens can get a visa on arrival OR apply online beforehand. It costs $30. If you’re from another nation, please do your research on visa requirements to make sure you can enter Turkey!


Itinerary: we will spend 2 nights in Istanbul, 2 nights in Cappadocia, 1 night in Pamukkale, and 4 nights on the Turkish coast (2 nights in Fethiye and 2 nights in Izmir).

Places we will visit in Turkey: Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar, Cappadocia, Galata Tower, Love Valley, Basilica cistern, Tokapi Palace, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Izmir, Blue Lagoon (Ölüdeniz), Ephesus, Alaçati.

Istanbul, one of my top 3 favorite cities in the world!

The magical hot air balloons in Cappadocia

“Cotton Castle” aka Pamukkale

The incredible ancient city of Ephesus, a UNESCO site.

What’s included

  • All accommodations in Turkey (a mix of hotels and apartments; Cave hotel in Cappadocia). Shared room with another female (with your own bed obviously)
  • Some breakfasts (when we stay at hotels)
  • All transportation within Turkey (except airport transfers on the day of arrival and departure)
  • 2 plane tickets within Turkey (from Istanbul to Cappadocia and from Cappadocia to the Turkish coast)
  • Entrance fees to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Basilica cistern, Tokapi Palace, Pamukkale, Ephesus.

What’s NOT Included

  • Airfare to and from Turkey
  • Travel Insurance (this is mandatory for this trip)
  • Visa fees (the cost is $30 for US citizens)
  • Food (excluding breakfasts at hotels)
  • Entrance fees not mentioned above
  • Any optional activities (example: hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia)

Is This Trip for You?

If you are a fun loving adventurous spirit with a good sense of humor and love meeting new people and experiencing different cultures, this trip is for you! These trip will focus mainly on adventure activities, and photography, so a love for both is a must!

This Trip is NOT for you if:

If you love drama, drugs, or getting black-out wasted every night, this trip is NOT for you. This is for the more mature traveler who doesn’t mind long days of adventures and photo taking. 

This trip is probably not for you if you are a budget traveler. My group trips will mimic my traveler style, which I describe as “ballin on a budget” (I heard it on a rap song and thought it described my style perfectly). This style means not budget, but not super luxury. Basically, I like nice places, but I find awesome deals to make them cheaper. Most the accommodations we stay in will be comfortable, cute, and unique. 

Trip Cost

Non-refundable deposit: $500 due TBD

Total trip cost: $1790 due 60 days before the trip

To Reserve Your Spot

You can fill out the form HERE to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited and only open to 4 people so if you’re interested, please sign up as soon as possible to assure your spot!♥

Please DO NOT buy any plane tickets until you talk to me first! If you have any questions, you can email me at Crazytravelista@gmail.com.

 

2019 Crazy Travelista’s Group Trip Details and Sign Ups

2019 Crazy Travelista’s Group Trip Details and Sign Ups

Hi guys! I put this blog post together to give you a little idea of where the next group trips will be! I am only going to do ONE (possibly 2) more this year so I’m trying to see where people are more interested in.

Please take a look at the destinations below and use the sign up form at the end of this post to put your name down so you get first choice! There will only be room for 4 girls on each trip, so if you’re interested, don’t wait to sign up!

My past group trips have included Croatia, Iceland, Jordan, Banff, Lebanon, and Lofoten Islands. They have all been such a blast and we’ve made life long friends already! And most of the girls have been on multiple CrazyTravelista group trips already!

Can’t wait to see where the next trip takes us!♥

The options so far are: Azores/Lisbon/Sintra, Peru, Patagonia, Lofoten islands, Croatia, and Turkey.

*Please only sign up if you are really likely to go and the price and dates are good for you.

THESE TRIPS ARE FOR FEMALES ONLY! 🙂


Portugal (Azores island/Lisbon/Sintra) 

Lagoa do Canario Miradouro

Dates: September 2019

Length: 7 nights

Trip Starts in: Lisbon, Portugal

Trip Ends in: Lisbon, Portugal

Where we will visit: Sao Miguel island (Azores), Lisbon, Sintra

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy, transport around the Azores and day trip to Sintra/Cascais, entrance fees to Sintra, hot springs in Azores, train tickets, round trip plane tickets to Sao Miguel from Lisbon.

What’s not included: plane tickets to Lisbon, food, alcohol, travel insurance (mandatory), activities/entrance fees not listed

Price: $1600


7 nights Peru (Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley)

Dates: March 2020

Length: 7 nights

Starts and ends in Cusco, Peru

Where we will visit: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Rainbow Mountain (optional)

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy, all transport including luxury vista dome train to Machu Picchu, entrance fee to Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu mountain hike, private Sacred Valley tour

What’s not included: plane tickets to Peru, food, alcohol, travel insurance (mandatory and must include high altitude coverage), activities/entrance fees not listed, Rainbow Mountain day trip (optional)

Price: $1900


Lofoten Islands, Norway

Dates: October 2019

Length: 5 nights

Where we will visit: Lofoten islands

Trip Starts in: Bodo, Norway

Trip Ends in: Bodo, Norway

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy (in the most amazing cabin on the water), all transport, return plane ticket from Bodo to Lofoten islands

What’s not included: plane tickets to Norway, travel insurance (mandatory), food

 

Price: $1690


Patagonia

patagonia photo

Dates: December 2-10, 2019

Length: 8 nights

Where we will visit: Torres Del Paine National Park, Mt. Fitzroy, El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Puerto Natales

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy, transport

What’s not included: plane tickets to South America, food, alcohol, travel insurance (mandatory) activities/entrance fees not listed

Trip Starts in: Puerto Natales, Chile

Trip Ends in: El Calafate, Argentina

Cost: $2100-$2500 (depending  on the number of ppl going…so if you sign up, please be willing to pay the $2500..it may be a little cheaper depending on the final number of girls). But, Patagonia is NOT cheap! 🙂

*PLEASE NOTE: there will be NO camping on this trip. So if you want to do multi-day hikes with camping, this is not the trip for you. This is for people who are short on time, or who don’t like to camp in a tent, but still want to see the main highlights of Patagonia.

*Must have moderate hiking experience for this trip. No beginner hikers please.

*You will need to bring sturdy hiking shoes and a rain coat for this trip.


Croatia Highlights (Dalmatian Coast)

When: September 2019

Where we will visit: Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar island, Plitvice Lakes, Vis island

What’s included: Accommodation in double occupancy, all transport, ferry tickets, tolls, entrance to Plitvice Lakes

What’s not included: plane tickets to Croatia, food, alcohol, travel insurance (mandatory) activities/entrance fees not listed

Trip Starts in: Split, Croatia

Trip Ends in: Split, Croatia

Cost: $1650


Turkey

Details: To be Determined

Dates: October 2019 or May 2020

I will give more details based on response 🙂

Price: $1600-1950


SIGN UP HERE

Use this form to sign up HERE. Again, I will only be running one or 2 of these trips so I will pick the ones with the highest votes! 🙂

 

Top 6 Travel Surprises of 2018 (+2019 Travel Inspiration)

Top 6 Travel Surprises of 2018 (+2019 Travel Inspiration)

Wow, each travel year keeps getting better and better and as I reflect on the places that I’ve gone, I still cant believe it! In 2018 I traveled to 7 new countries including Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, UAE, and Vietnam. I also re-visited some of my favorite countries including Greece, Norway, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Denmark, England, Albania, Canada, Iceland, and Northern Ireland. 

In 2018, I visited a total of 18 countries on 3 continents. It was extremely hard to pick my favorites but I’ve narrowed it down to the following 6 places (plus a few more). Hopefully it provides some new travel inspiration for 2019!

Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands were a dream destination for me and high up on my bucket list. Norway is one of my favorite countries in the world and the natural landscapes in Lofoten Islands were just unreal. Lofoten Islands exceeded my expectations and literally took my breathe away. It’s also a photographer’s dream!

This trip was also special because it was my first ever GROUP TRIP that I led and it was so much fun to meet new girls and share the experience with others for a change. We stayed in the coziest cabin right on the lake and were dazzled by the Northern Lights on our last night there. The icing on the cake! I plan on doing another group trip there in 2019 since I loved it so much. Lofoten Islands was probably my favorite place I visited in 2018!

Bagan, Myanmar

Not many people I know go to Bagan…one of the reasons that it really appealed to me! I loved it and it was such a unique place that was different to any other place I had ever been. Riding E-bikes around dirt roads searching for the sunrise or sunset was magical. I was also there during the water festival (“Thingyan”) which was…interesting haha.

It took some work getting all the way over to Bagan, but I’d say it was truly worth it! If you want somewhere different or off the beaten path, Bagan is the place to go in 2019! PS: try to make it during hot air balloon season (I just missed it by like a week or 2).

Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands (made up of 18 islands) are a self-governing region of Denmark located in the North Atlantic Ocean halfway between Iceland and Norway. It reminded me a lot of the landscape in Iceland, but with NO crowds. The Faroe Islands are the place to go if you love nature, hiking, photography, and isolation.

I spent a total of 5 days there and couldn’t recommend it more. Just beware of car rental prices because they are absurd! Book in advance. Also, if you’re interested in seeing puffins, the season runs from late May to early September! For all of the details and the 5 day itinerary I put together, check out my post about the Faroe Islands here.

Banff, Canada

I had been to Canada several times before but nothing prepared me for what I would see in Banff. The most beautiful blue and crystal clear lakes you will ever see in your life are in Banff. This was also a group trip destination and it was such a fun time. Banff had some of the most gorgeous hiking trails and the scenery is hard to beat! Banff should definitely be at the top of your 2019 travel wish list!

Banff is the perfect place to go if you love hiking in nature and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Make sure to carry bear spray and try not to hike alone because some trails actually require a minimum number of hikers (but you can always join other hikers as well).

PS: some of the trails and roads are closed throughout the year due to snow so to be safe, travel there from June to early September if you want to make it to Moraine Lake, etc.

Ninh Binh, Vietnam 

Vietnam was one of those destinations that really surprised me in 2018, particularly the countryside. I took a day trip to Ninh Binh and Tam Coc and it blew my mind! You can easily take a 2 hour train ride from the crazy bustling Hanoi center to a whole different world filled with epic mountainside views and tranquility.

Make sure to take a boat ride through the valley with the Vietnamese feet rowers for a very cool experience that will take you through some caves and let you feed some goats on the way. And you cannot leave the area without hiking up to the Hang Mua Caves, pictured below.

Not only did I LOVE Vietnam, but I can now honestly say Vietnam has the best coffee in the world! (along with Italy and Colombia). The egg coffee is life changing (and i’m not even being dramatic haha). Oh, and did I mention endless Pho soup for only a few bucks? I was in complete heaven.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

It took my second trip to Iceland (and my last group trip) to finally make it to the lesser visited Snaefellsnes peninsula, and boy was it worth the wait! I had longed to visit Arrowhead Mountain from Game of Thrones and it was absolutely gorgeous.

One of my favorite memories was actually on the way up there stopping at a cute little hot spring in the middle of nowhere. What made it so magical was that we were the only ones there and it felt like a little gnome house or something.

My other favorite destinations from 2018 included Sicily (Italy), Rhodes (Greece), Northern Ireland Game of Thrones trip, Sri Lanka, The Cotswolds (England,  and an epic Norway road trip. 

What’s On My 2019 Travel List

There are SO many places I can’t decide! But i do know I am going back to Asia for a few weeks and also going to try to visit the few countries left in Europe that I haven’t been. And my ultimate destination will be Patagonia (which I have been trying to go to for the last 3 years). I’m hoping 2019 will finally be that year!

I also have a few destination weddings I am going to in North Carolina and Mexico so it’s going to be a busy year!

More Group Trips

I had a BLAST doing group trips last year and I want to continue them in the new year! I will probably host 3-4 trips in 2019, the first being Lofoten islands, Jordan, and Beirut! Check the details here.

Other group trip options for the second half of the year are Azores islands, Peru, GOT Northern Ireland tour, Scotland road trip, Oman, Lapland, and Patagonia!

Crazy Travelista’s wish list for 2019:

7 re-visited countries: Italy, Croatia, Greece, Jordan, Spain, N. Ireland, Scotland 

9 new countries: Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Lebanon, S. Korea, Malaysia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil

Here’s to another awesome year of travels and new adventures! 2019, I’m ready for ya!♥

Where would you like to visit in 2019?