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  • Istanbul

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  • Mouth-watering Turkish cuisine

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  • Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque

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  • Great Mosque, Sivas

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  • Authentic Turkish coffee made on hot sand

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  • Istanbul Spice Bazaar

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  • Istanbul Bosphorus

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  • Fairy chimneys in Pasabagi

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  • Gallipoli

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  • A gozleme cooking class

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  • Ankara, the capital of Turkey

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  • Troy

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  • Ataturk Mausoleum

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  • Ballica Cave

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  • The ruins and reconstruction of Hattusa

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  • Balloons over Cappadocia

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  • Istanbul

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Mouth-watering Turkish cuisine

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Great Mosque, Sivas

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Authentic Turkish coffee made on hot sand

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Istanbul Spice Bazaar

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Istanbul Bosphorus

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  • Fairy chimneys in Pasabagi

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Gallipoli

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  • A gozleme cooking class

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Ankara, the capital of Turkey

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Troy

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  • Ataturk Mausoleum

    NO LONGER AVAILABLE
  • Ballica Cave

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  • The ruins and reconstruction of Hattusa

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  • Balloons over Cappadocia

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  • Wood fired pide

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16 Day Turkish Foodie Tour

  • Delve into the culinary wonders of Turkey
  • Visit Istanbul, Cappadocia, Canakkale & More
Includes Return International Flights

One of the greatest things about travel is getting to sample delicious, exotic new cuisines wherever you go. On this 16 day gourmet tour of Turkey, that’s exactly what’s on the menu - plus a whole lot more. From learning to make authentic kebabs in Cappadocia to exploring the fragrant spice market of Istanbul, the diverse foods, flavours and culinary traditions of Turkey are ready to make your tastebuds sing.

Begin your expedition with a sightseeing tour of Istanbul; visit historic Topkapi Palace, enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia, and savour the sights, sounds and smells of the famous Spice Bazaar. Journey to the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia, known for its rugged hills and abundant hot air balloons. Visit the ancient archaeological site of Troy; see the unique three-headed fairy chimneys of Pasabagi; explore the Ataturk Museum in Ankara and more! Along the way, delve into the exquisite culinary traditions of Turkey with five cooking classes. Learn to make authentic dishes including gozleme, kebabs, and mouth-watering pide. This sensational package also includes return international flights, 13 nights hotel accomodation, English-speaking tour guide and more.

If you love to sample local cuisine when you travel, then this is the tour for you!

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Istanbul, Turkey! Fly with airlines such as  Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific to name a few (subject to availability).

Please note: Some customers may be required to depart Day 2. Affected customers will still arrive on Day 2.


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel where you will meet your fellow travellers over some traditional Turkish food. 

Overnight: Ramada Hotel and Suite Golden Horn or similar
Meals included: Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a morning orientation tour of Istanbul before participating in a Turkish cooking lesson. Here you will taste various flavours of Turkey from different regions, preparing a delicious lunch as you go.

After lunch, be picked up from the hotel for a tour of old Istanbul city. Visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. Next see Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque, built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it’s known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.

Afterwards see the Ancient Hippodrome, once the home of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. 

Overnight: Ramada Hotel and Suite Golden Horn or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a Bosphorus Cruise and a tour of the spice market. Sail down the ancient waterway that separates Europe and Asia, taking in the many sites along the way. During the tour stop at the Grand Spice Bazaar, a historic marketplace where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

Enjoy lunch at a Turkish restaurant before transferring to the Istanbul Airport for your domestic flight to Cappadocia (approx. 90 min flight). Upon arrival be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar, Cappadocia
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a cooking lesson in Cappadocia. You will have the opportunity to taste the great food of Central Turkey, including Turkish pancakes and traditional kebabs. In the afternoon, visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for its frescoes dating back to the 10th century depicting the life of Jesus Christ and many monks.

The next stop is Cavusin, an old abandoned village carved into the rocky hillside, before stopping at a pottery workshop to see how pottery is made in this region. Afterwards visit Pasabagi to see the famous three-headed fairy chimneys. 

Overnight: Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar, Cappadocia
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, depart to Sivas. Visit the many historic Ottoman highlights including the Meydan Mosque and Sems-i Sivasi Tomb, İhramcızade Cultural and Art House, Subası Kervansarayı and Taşhan Kervansarayı. Afterwards depart for Tokat and check into the accommodation. 

Overnight: Dedeman Hotel or similar, Tokat
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, depart for a city tour of Tokat. Visit the famous Tokat Castle, followed by other historical sites such as religious educational centres, the award-winning Tokat Museum, as well as the Clock Tower in downtown. While sightseeing in the city, you will notice the sincere hospitality and honest warmth of the local people. Have the chance to visit local shops stocked with local products and souvenirs.

If you travel during May - November, you will have the opportunity to pick some fresh fruits and vegetables while interacting with the friendly local people. Later, cook authentic dishes with the villagers and witness how to cook the Tokat Kabab - a globally recognised delicacy for over a century. 

Overnight: Dedeman Hotel or similar, Tokat
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast visit the famous Ballica Caves, said to have healing powers for Asthma patients. After Ballica Cave tour depart for Zile, where the famous saying of “Veni Vidi Vici” by Roman Emperor Caesar, took place. Here you can also see how pekmez, or white grape molasses, is made. A specialty of this area, it is thought to be one of the first sweeteners used before cane sugar and honey were introduced. Depending on the season and weather conditions, visit a village where villagers make bread, pide, traditional pancakes and stuffed grape leaves. If lucky, you might come across a traditional village wedding ceremony displaying folkloric dances.

Overnight: Grand Ali'n Hotel or similar, Turhal
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast depart for Hattusa. Located in the region of Alacahoyuk, Hattusa is a historical heaven, housing four civilisation periods from the bronze age onwards. Being a Hittites’ cultural and religious centre, these grounds have witnessed 1500 years of humanity’s development along with Anatolian Heritage. This area is also world famous for its roasted chickpeas and gourmet rice varieties. After the Hattusa tour depart for Ankara. Upon arrival visit Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - the founder of modern Turkey.

Overnight: Best Western Hotel 2000 or similar, Ankara
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, check out and depart for Abant Lake, the most famous lake in Turkey. The 7-kilometre walk around the lake offers a great opportunity to admire the surrounding scenery. Those who don't want to walk can ride horseback or complete the tour on a horse cart. Bolu has a variety of local dishes, and during your visit you can try your hand at cooking traditional and authentic soups.

Overnight: Hampton by Hilton or similar, Bolu
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After an early breakfast, depart at 8.00am for Bursa, the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Grand Mosque, Green Tomb and the historical Silk Market. Bursa has a well-known authentic dish of “Iskender Kabobs” made from thinly sliced beef, yoghurt and tomato sauce, which you can try during your visit.

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

After breakfast, visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, the home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After the tour, depart to Canakkale and check into your accommodation. Lunch and dinner today will feature the delicious cuisines of Western Turkey.

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

Today, you have a free day in Canakkale. Around 5:00pm enjoy a cooking lesson in an area that is famous for pide and lahmacun with cheese and vegetables. If you are a pizza lover, this one’s for you!

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

After an early breakfast this morning, depart for Gallipoli to visit the historic battlefields. Visit the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove, then the Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugge’s Plateau. After the Gallipoli Tour, drive to Istanbul and check into the accommodation for the night. 

Overnight: Ramada Hotel and Suite Golden Horn or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast check out of the hotel and be transferred to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your return flight back to Australia. 


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

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

Tour Inclusions

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  • Explore the history, culture and cuisine of Turkey
  • Visit Topkapi Palace on a city tour of Istanbul
  • See the Sultan Ahmet Imperial (Blue) Mosque and explore the Hippodrome
  • Cruise along the beautiful Bosphorus between Europe and Asia
  • Savour the sights and smell of the Spice Bazaar
  • Journey to the historic battlefields of Gallipoli
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in Canakkale
  • Visit the ancient archaeological site of Troy
  • Learn about the founder of modern Turkey at the Ataturk Museum
  • Journey around the picturesque Abant Lake
  • Admire the 10th century frescoes at Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Visit a pottery workshop and see how local pottery is made
  • See the three-headed fairy chimneys of Pasabagi
  • Enjoy up to five authentic cooking lessons
  • Learn how to make Pide and Lahmacun, Turkey’s take on Pizza
  • Try your hand at making the Tokat Kebab, a century old delicacy
  • Learn how to make Gozleme and traditional Kebabs in central Turkey
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 13 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 33 meals including daily breakfast
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airport taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • 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 AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 27th 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 $1000 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2020)
February: 19 
March: 18, 23
*April: 29 
*May: 20 
*July: 23 
*August: 19 
October: 21, 27
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a land high season surcharge of $400 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth



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 
$200 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
 
Stay behind in Istanbul, Turkey
$200 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: $500 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $750 one way
Locations:
* Abu Dhabi 
* Doha
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- A pre and post-tour stopover may be chosen for Abu Dhabi; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Only a pre OR a post-tour stopover may be chosen for Doha stopovers. 
- Abu Dhabi stopovers are not available for Perth departures due to Etihad no longer flying out of Perth from October 2018.
- Abu Dhabi stopover not available during the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (dates yet to be released)
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not Available
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): Starting from $5599 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 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: Ramada Hotel & Suites Istanbul Golden Horn or similar

Cappadocia: Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar

Tokat: Dedeman Hotel or similar

Zile/Turhal: Grand Ali'n Hotel 200 or similar

Ankara: Best Western Hotel 2000 or similar

Bolu: Hampton by Hilton Bolu or similar

Cannakkale: Troia Tusan Hotel or similar

 

3 star (self-rated)

Bursa: Aloft Hotel Bursa or similar

Please note: Accommodation/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
Not Available
 
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 10, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.



- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: 25 Lira (approx. $6 AUD) per person/day payable on tour.
- 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
Istanbul:
Temperatures in May/June and September/October are between 22 and 30°C. January/December has an average temperature of around 15°C.
 
Cappadocia:
Cappadocia has a continental climate characterised by dry summers and sometimes snowy winters. Rainfall is sparse and the region is largely semi-arid to arid. There is a sharp difference in the temperature between day and night and it is not uncommon to have cold nights interspersed with hot days. 
 
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:
33 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.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
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 is 25 Lira per person per day this covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
- Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
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 a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian Passport. You will be able to start your eVisa application process once you receive your final travel documentation 6 weeks prior to departure. You can apply for your eVisa via this link: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
 
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian 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.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.



·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.