This trip was mainly take up with the organised Peregrine Adventures Treasures of Turkey Tour.  It was a very good, well organised and informative tour. However, it can be a bit boring to have everything prepared ahead for you.  I don’t think group tours are for me.  I prefer to feel that I can change my direction on a whim and perhaps make a few mistakes, get lost etc.  There is something to be said for launching out on your own not knowing whether your decisions have been good or bad…

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TRAVEL BUDGET – 3 WEEKS IN TURKEY PLUS 1 WEEK IN PARIS 2012

I ended up going WAY over budget for this trip – in total about $12,000

Airfares, Accommodation and Tours  Total $8400.
I then bought 2 Persian Carpets for a total of $1950….
Then there were meals, shopping etc – about $1500

Recommended hotels (all good in safe areas, good rates etc, for a single female):
Formule1, Melbourne Airport

Q Inn Hotel Old City, Istanbul

Tourisme Hotel, Paris (This hotel is literally less than 5 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower AND the metro is directly outside the front door)

Rydges Tradewinds, Cairns


Recommended Tours (all good for single female):
Treasures of Turkey – 15 days – Peregrine Adventures

Tour Bookings – www.viator.com

All Viator: Paris Chocolate Tour, Skip the Line Eiffel Tower Sunset Tour, Skip the Line Louvre Tour, Segway Tour

Paris Walks – Hemingway, La Belle Epoque

Singapore Airport – free City Bus Tour


Travel Insurance
TID www.tid.com.au