Michael and Michael
M&M Photo Tours, Inc.
PO Box 951069
South Jordan, Utah 84095-1069
Phone (801) 652-9316 www.mmphototours.com
April 26 Tuesday - May 7 Saturday
April 26 Tuesday
Arrive in Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul Transfer to Hotel The tour starts at 4:00 pm in the lobby
of the hotel.
After a short introduction we will visit
the Blue Mosque
Overnight at Hotel Garden House
Depending on your time of
arrival this schedule might change. We might start before 05:00 PM
Our hotel is situated
within walking distance of the must-see places in Istanbul.
Blue Mosque inside photos
might require tripod. Using a tripod at the mosque is allowed
The out side photos of
the Blue Mosque at this time is wonderful because the light of the
setting sun will be illuminating the domes and the minarets
ABOVE PHOTOS BY JAMES CALDWELL
April 27 Wednesday
Full day in Istanbul
Start the tour at 08:15 AMPhotograph the HippodromeByzantine cisternAya SophiaLunchOrtakoy : Cruise on the BosphorusFerry to Anatolian side for a sun set
* Please let me know if your clients are interested in seeing some
of the museums or if they are predominantly interested in street
*In the Byzantine Hippodrome there are 3 obelisks and a
fountain to be photographed:
Walled Obelisk,Thutmosis' Obelisk and the Bronze
* Byzantine cistern is an underground cistern
Reflections of the pillars in the water and the Medusa relief are
major interest for the photographers.
* Ortakoy has a variety of photo opportunities: street shots,
traffic in the Bosphorus, good shot of the first bridge that
connected Asia to Europe
April 28 Thursday
Istanbul until 4:00 PM Fly to Cappadocia
Grand BazaarSpice MarketIstanbul street shotsLunchTransfer to the air portFly to CappadociaTransfer from Kayseri to the Hotel in
Leave the hotel at 08:30
with our luggage
In and around the Grand
Bazaar and the Spice Market will offer numerous photo
opportunities. The group will be given free time in each market so
every one can discover their own interesting corner in these
historic bazaar settings.
The flight to Cappadocia
is 1,5 hrs
Transfer to the hotel in
Cappadocia is 1 hour 15 minutes
Dinner will be served at
April 29 Friday
Full Day Cappadocia
We will start the day at about 07:30
with a walk in the neighborhood of our hotelShoot the Rock fortress of Uchisar from
the Pigion valleyDrive to Cavusin village to see the
abandoned city carved on yellow and Light brown rocksA short hike in Zelve takes us to 10th
and 11th century churches, monasteries, and houses carved into the
rocks, LunchVisit a family who live
in one of the ancient rock dwellings.
Sun Set Shot at Red Valley Overnight at Lalesaray Hotel in Uchisar
Cappadocia is a land where
nature and man have competed with each other to create the unusual
and the most beautiful landscape.
The moonlike terrain of Cappadocia with its endless natural
artwork is a photographer's delight.
Please make sure you let us know if
there is a vegetarian in the group, or if we should know about
food allergies so that we can arrange the meals accordingly
Cappadocia is a grand
valley with many photogenic valleys. All day today as we are
driving we will be stopping at other sites other than what is
mentioned in the itinerary. However, all the valleys have a
different time of the day when they are more interesting. So
depending on the light (cloudy or sunny) we will decide which
valley to give priority.
When we do the family
visit, we do not give any gifts. But if you do take their
photograph , they will appreciate if a couple of pictures are sent
Though March is bit too
early to see the people working in the fields. However, if we do
see people in the fields to take pictures of, PLEASE MAKE SURE
you let your clients know that in Turkey we NEVER EVER
offer money to the people to have their pictures to be taken.
- OFFERING MONEY WILL INSULT THOSE PEOPLE
- LIKEWISE, THE CHILDREN SHOULD NEVER BE
GIVEN MONEY OR CANDIES
Full day Cappadocia
MustafapasaUrgupLunchGoreme Open air MuseumCappadocia Art cooperativeDinner
Lalesaray Hotel in Uchisar Cappadocia.
Mustafa Pasa is a
very old village. The houses have very artistic gates. We will
a short visit in the vilage
The court yards are also very unique. Goreme openair museum
has innumerable churches with 11th century frecoes
depicting the Bible as the monks then had interpreted them.
Since Cappadocia is
also the crafts center of Turkey we will visit the craftsmen
and women at their work shops and photograph their talented
hands at work. In the carpet center of Turkey, we have
scheduled a visit to see how the world-renowned art of
Turkish carpet making by hand along the use of natural dies
is kept alive.
By Gene Morita
- Optional hot Air Balloon Ride
- Avanos potters
- Lunch in Avanos
- Kaymakli underground city
If the weather
is good, we will strongly suggest you to consider the
optional Hot Air Balloon ride today. The cost is 160
Euro per person. For those who can change their mind, we
can cancel the ride 24 hours before. At no cost. The
payment can be made with credit card directly to the
Balloon Company the day of the ride.
Leave the hotel
at 09:45 for Avanos which is the traditional pottery
center of Turkey since 4000 BC.
We will visit
the work shops of the potters to see them working at the
wheels used by their ancestors for generations.
- A visit to the
Kaymakli underground city of early Christians is also on
our program. In Belisirma village we will have our best
village shots. We will see the"mother of Cappadocia"-"
The volcano, Hasan Dag, which is one of the two
volcanoes that had created Cappadocia. Overnight in
Guzelyurt in a hotel that was built as a Christian
girl's school in 1853.
Breakfast at a village houseGuzelyurt visitLunchCaravan saraiArrive in Konya at duskDinnerOvernight at Hotel Rumi
We will have
breakfast at a home in the village to learn more about
the village life, to see the unique architecture and to
taste the best home made breakfast.
We will start
the day with a short walk to the most scenic location of
Guzelyurt, where we will capture 10,000 years of history
in the gorge where houses were built on arch upon arch.
Hikers can take a morning hike to the oldest monastery
valley in Christian history. If you do not hike, you can
stay in town and enjoy locals absorbing the local
atmosphere meeting with the locals with whom you can
easily make friends. After Lunch, depart for Konya,
stopping en route at a 12th century Caravanserai. Konya
is the first capital of the Selcuks, the oldest Turkish
Empire in Anatolia. It is also known for being the
homeland of Rumi, a 13th century poet-philosopher and
one of the earliest humanists. The ambiance of the city
has not changed much for the past 800 years. Overnight
at Hotel Rumi- walking distance to the Rumi Mausoleum
and the marke
In the morning a stop at
the mausoleum of philosopher and the poet, Rumi, 17th Century
We get to Egirdir in time
to see how the fading sun makes this lake and
mountains a photographer dream of dramatic effects
unfolding right in front of the lens.Overnight stay by the
- Our trip to Egirdir will
be via a wonderful lake and through high mountains.
- Along the way, the old
villages, black goats and their hospitable
shepherds, homecoming of the cows are few cultural
- Kaklik Cave
- Pamukkale at sun set
- Overnight at Pamukkale Pam
- En route we will stop at the
Kaklik Caves for stunning shots of this amazing cave
which looks like an underground version of Pamukkale.
- The afternoon drive takes us
to Pamukkale where we catch the setting sunlight
magically illuminating the white cliffs as well as
yellow travertine walls of tombs and monuments.
Pamukkale (ancient Heirapolis) is singularly the most
unusual natural phenomenon of Turkey. The Turkish name
literally means - "cotton castle" - and refers to the
extraordinary surface of the snow-white cliffs, shaped
over millennia by accumulation of calcium deposited by
By Ben Kong
By James Caldwell
Didyma Miletus Kusadasi
- Through the Meander Valley we
will drive to the Temple of Apollo.
- Biblical city of Miletus.
- Overnight at Kusadasi
of Apollo is the largest standing
Ionic temple of the world,
those who are interested in photography of architecture,
these two sites will be
By James Caldwell
- Ephesus in the morning for morning shots
- Virgin Mary;s House
- Ephesus in the afternoon for afternoon
- Overnight at Kusadasi
Our first visit will be in the
morning and for those who choose to return for the afternoon light,
we will have time to enjoy photography of Ephesus. We will also
visit the house of the Virgin Mary and the 13th Century Mosque of
Isa Bey. Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city in the eastern
Mediterranean and today ranks among the best places in the world to
get a feel for what life was like in Roman times. While sitting in
the theater of ancient Ephesus you can visualize 35,000 Ephesians
listen to silversmith Demetrius shout..."great is Artemis of
Ephesians"… in reaction to St. Paul's preaching… "there shall be no
By James Caldwell
Fly to Istanbul Departure
Morning flight to Istanbul to catch the
international flight out of Istanbul
- If there are clients whose
flight is very early in the morning we can arrange a flight
for them on Day 11 and they can stay overnight in Istanbul
to catch their early flight
INFO ON THE TOUR
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ARRIVAL INFO
01 Arrive in Istanbul
02 Full day Istanbul
03 Istanbul / Cappadocia
04 Full Day Cappadocia
05 Full day Cappadocia
10 Didyma Miletus Kusadasi
11 Ephesus Kusadasi
12 Fly to Istanbul Departure
Frequently Asked Questions
* Travel Insurance
Tour members find their own insurance companies. We will list here
the names of the insurance companies recommended to us by the tour
members as we get suggestions:
Travelex recommended by Fred and Ze Geber
As soon as you check in the hotel – any hotel – please always
ask for their card. If they do not have a card, write down the
name and the address for emergency
If you had booked for a double room, your room mate might
arrive any time so please at all times leave your room key at the
reception desk if you are not going to be in the room
Breakfast is served below the ground level between 07:30 -
Is there hair dryer in the rooms?
the hotels have hair dryers
Do we need slippers?
are no slippers available in the rooms, you might want to pack a
Is there an elevator?
there are no elevators in the hotels except the one in Kusadasi
Is there Laundry Service?
the hotels that we will stay has laundry service. Please find out
about the price before you hand in your laundry
1US$ = 1.5 YTL
In Turkey you can use US Dollars
Do not forget to bring your personal checks
ATM s are available in every city. You can
get maximum approximately US$ 300 worth a day
It is best to change half of what you are planning to spend
in the beginning of the tour at a bank.
The hotel exchange rates are not good.
Many places will accept VISA or MASTERCARD. Less places
accept American Express
Carrying your valuables - Passport, Money, Credit Card, Air
line ticket- under your clothing is important though In Turkey
you will feel very safe, it is simply a good precaution.
*** 6 out of 10 people
have this experience with their credit cards and ATM cards. Please
note this reminder very carefully. The US and CANADIAN banks are
very protective of their clients. So you have to tell them where
you will be using your cards. Other wise they block the card until
you make an international phone call.
Before you leave home you have to let your bank and/or your
credit card company the dates that you will be away inTurkey. Just
letting them know that you will be away is often not enough. Many
tour members get frustrated and when they can not draw money from
their cards they say “but I have called them” Call them a second
time before you leave home, and ask them to make sure that there
is the appropriate note for you on their computers.
In case you need to call them from out side of US and Canada,
you should have a phone number that will get you connected with
the right person directly with out being put on hold for 10
minutes as most of the “collect” call numbers for the banks are
not collect numbers once dialed from abroad.
WHAT TO WEAR
- The lighter you travel
initially the more you will appreciate this note at the end of
- If you are expecting Turkey to be warm, you will be right
only during lunch time. When we are ready to leave the hotels in
the morning and in the afternoons you will be happy to have your
arms covered with a heavy jacket.
- For the evenings you might want some thing more than a light
Silk underwear works well.
- You can wear shorts if weather permits.
- On MELITOUR tours we take responsibility of not treating the
children of the countries we visit in any way different that we
like to treat our own children or grand children. We do not want
the local children to take gifts of any kind from the strangers.
So please do not give pens, pencils, candy, balloon…..
- Bring your family pictures to share with the others.
- The tour will be a much appreciated one if every one honors
the absolute need for punctuality.
- We suggest rotation on the bus. However, if some one needs
to sit forward, this will be accommodated.
- To make check in at the hotels faster and more efficient,
please stay together in the lobby as a group until further
instructions are given.
- After check in at the hotels, the guide will be at the desk
for 15 minutes. Please report if there is some thing you want to
be done with your room. Complaining about the room later does
not do any body good.
- On this tour we have carefully allowed as much “free time”
as is possible. Given the itinerary and the number of days on
- If any one wants more time on their own , we suggest staying
additional days after the tour
- “Too much food! “is generally the comment we get from the
tour members who are sad about the amount of food we are served
and not fully consumed. Unfortunately, the culture of Turkey has
a way and amount of serving food. Though we have tried it can
not be less than what it is.
- Turkey will be cold in late March please be prepared with
hats and scarves and a coat
- Maps of Turkey are available to purchase in Istanbul. do not
pay a lot of money for maps in the USA
- Have a way of identifying your bag with a ribbon or other
wise. It helps finding your bag among many others which look the
the M&M web site "INFORMATION -- TRAVEL
TIPS" section get photo
specific equipment packing suggestions.
- MELITOUR pays for all the tips at the hotels and at the
restaurants where we have group meal
- MELITOUR pays for the tip of the Driver in Istanbul only
- However, in Turkey, the expectation of the driver is that
each tour member to pay a little gratuity to the driver Please
calculate minimum US$ 30 per person for driver's tip.
- Bathrooms cost half a ytl. in most places
- You have to take permission from the people before you take
their pictures. Some times they might not like to be
- If you promise some one that you will mail their picture
please do it.
- Extra batteries or chargers are very important. The
electricity is 240 Watts and you need European adopter for your
All the hotels have Free Wireless Service available
CAN MELITOUR BUY IZMIR ISTANBUL PLANE TICKET
Yes MELITOUR can buy
your ticket for you. If you want MELITOUR to arrange for your
flight from Izmir to Istanbul
The air plane ticket cost between US$ 80 - US $100 depending on
the day we purchase the ticket.
If you have dietary restrictions
please let us know at the group meeting before the tour starts.
US citizens need a visa
to travel in Turkey. You may obtain this visa upon your arrival at
the Istanbul airport. The fee is $ 20 in US currency for the USA
citizens. The visa is valid for three months. When you come out of
your plane please proceed to the Visa Booth. before you get in line
in the Immigration. They only accept cash.
Immigration and Baggage claim
paying for your visa please proceed to police control. Baggage claim
is immediately down the ramp after the police check. At the bottom
of the ramp there is a monitor indicating where you will collect
your luggage. If you need a cart, you will need to pay one US dollar
cash to a person who stands by the carts. It will be nice if you
have a change. The Melitour representative for transfer to the hotel
will meet you out side the custom area.
Meeting MELITOUR Representative for
transfer to the hotel
After you collect
your baggage, to leave the customs area, continue to the
gate. There is only one gate , you can not miss it.
When you leave the gate, you will see many people waiting out side
It is very confusing to find MELITOUR sign among that crowd. SO
PLEASE IGNORE THEM.
Keep walking to your LEFT.
Pass the ATM Machines
Pass the iINFORMATION desk.
In the ceiling there is a big white pointed sign saying :MEETING
POINT 1 (ONE)
Please meet the person who will meet you under that sign.
* Use the ATM or the Banks at the
There are a number of ATMs and banks at that location. AFTER you
meet the person who will pick you up from the air port, it is
recommended that you use the ATM or banks to change money. Air port
rates and city rates are identical.
The ATMs in Turkey has numbers for pin codes nut letters.
Before you leave the USA find out what your pin code is in numbers.
* Emergency info for the transfer
In case of
unexpected delay or change of your flight, should there be a
problem in meeting the person who should be waiting for you at the
airport please call Hotel Garden House at
Phone: +90 212 517 9111-12
or take a taxi to Hotel Garden
House. Your taxi fare will be refunded.
You can also call 90 532 345 9987. If your driver have difficulty
finding the hotel ask him to cal one of these numbers. The taxi
costs apprx. 30 Turkish Liras ( apprx US$ 30,-)
Hotel Garden House ADDRESS:
Sehit Mehmet Pasa No:11/13
34400 Sultanahmet / ISTANBUL
On Arrival at the hotel
If you need
water , there is a grocery shop on the corner of the street
there is a grocery shop.
If you are staying in a double room, please make sure you leave your
key at the reception at all times so that your room mate can get in
the room as well. The tour will start at 05:00 pm at the lobby of
the hotel. Please be on time.
* Pretour Arrangements
If you plan to arrive a few
days before the tour to get over jet lag we can reserve a room at
the Garden House Hotel