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FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions / Help

Here are some frequently asked questions about our trips and some answers that you may find helpful:

Why should I choose Istanbul Dinner Cruise?

Book with us because you will;

Is it best to pre-purchase a tour or should I wait until I arrive at my destination?

All of our tours and activities are available for sale at any time online in advance or when you arrive to your destination. However, please bear in mind that there is limited availability and high demand for many tours so we may be sold out once you arrive. To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking well before you leave home to get the best possible deal.

How will I receive my voucher/tickets?

Once you've completed the request process online, you will receive an electronic, ready-to-print tour voucher / ticket or a confirmation e-mail. In case you do not recieve it, please check for it in your Junk/Spam email folder before contacting us.

Do I need to re-confirm my booking?

No, unless any information such as where you stay was missing/has changed since time of booking. Otherwise your booking is already confirmed instantly at time of booking by e-voucher to your email. Please check that voucher for all pertaining information including pick-up time and our contact details.

In case any issues have arisen that would require alternate plans, such as national strikes, weather hazards, unexpected road closures, etc. we will contact you beforehand.

Once I have booked, can I change my booking?

We're more than happy to accommodate you on a different date, or at a different time if we have the availability. To make a change, please contact us at info@istanbuldinnercruise.net

Please note that there are some tours that once booked, cannot be amended. For example, tours that include a hotel stay, flight or rail tickets. Text on the tour page will indicate if the date and time cannot be changed once booked. Bookings Via Credit Card Booking Form:

Please refer to our Cancellation Policy, Terms & Conditions enclosed within the booking form sent to you for that specific tour.

We're happy to refund your pre-booked tour or activity, less a 10% service fee, as long as you let us know at least 7 days.

Are products booked refundable?

However, we do have products that are 100% non-refundable once booked. This mostly applies to some of our rail journeys, products that include a hotel stay or in high-demand activities. Please check the terms and conditions for your specific tour while booking where this policy is indicated.

If you have an emergency and absolutely can't travel on the date you originally planned your trip, let us know and we'll do everything we can to work with you. We recommend all travellers have travel trip insurance.

What does a ‘Private Tour’ mean?

In private tours, you will have your own private professional tour guide just for you and your chosen companions only for a more personalized experience of Turkey. (So you will NOT join any other people).

This type of tour offers much flexibility and a more relaxed pace with greater opportunity for enjoying spontaneous moments and events and seeing more off the beaten track places. You can easily focus on specific interests of history, religion, culture, art, architecture and cuisine.

We highly recommend this type of tour to families, groups of friends, individuals with a special interest/requirements or corporate groups.

What does a ‘Group Tour’ mean?

In group tours, you will be sharing the guide and vehicle with approx. 15-30 other people depending on the day. The sightseeing and route are fixed so there is no flexibility or personalization with this type of tour. This can be a nice way of meeting people if you are travelling alone or for those on a budget.

Do we need a visa for Turkey?

Depending on your nationality, you may or may not be able to buy a tourist entry visa stamp on arrival at Ataturk Airport on the day in Istanbul. Please check this with your nearest Turkish Consulate or at the Turkish Government’s visa site athttp://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr for details by your nationality.

Do cruise-ship passengers need a visa for Turkey?

Cruise ship passengers arriving and departing by cruise ship do not need this visa, as a simple landing card valid for the day is given to everyone landing for the day by ship (or staying overnight on ship).

Is the international airfare to Turkey included?

No this is not included in any of our tours. You can book the international flights to Turkey yourself with any airline. We will arrange everything within Turkey after that for your trip including domestic flights necessary for your trip.

Are the domestic flight tickets included?

It depends on the tour - please check the 'What's Included' list for your specific tour or activity. For some trips, the domestic flight may be quoted and arranged separately - Once we know your exact travel dates, we can quote you the exact price of all the domestic flight tickets necessary for your trip separately at the time of booking. This is because domestic flight prices are subject availability at the time of booking. Please check the ‘Included Services’ section of our quote to check this.

Can we choose our own start and finish dates for a trip?

Yes you can. All our tours can be taken/started any day of the year you like, subject to availability. For tailor made tours, just let us know your exact start and end travel dates and we can shorten/lengthen any trip to suit your dates.

Can we choose our own hotels?

Yes – Just let us know which hotels you would prefer and we can arrange the itinerary with these instead. For Istanbul, it is also possible to book your own hotel direct if you have hotel points you wish to spend – in this case we can just arrange the tours and transfers and everything else around that.

What kind of vehicles do you use?

The vehicles used are fully air-conditioned non-smoking modern vehicles – so that you can enjoying touring in comfort.

What if the weather is bad for our boat cruise?

Unless cancelled by the boat captain due to unacceptable weather conditions for cruising, cruises take place rain or shine. Many of our boats have heated indoor areas so you can be comfortable whatever the weather all year around.

What if the weather is bad for our tour/activity?

All tours and activities take place rain or shine unless cancelled by the provider due to unsuitable conditions, in which case it will be re-scheduled or refunded.

What time of year is best to visit Turkey?

Peak season is from mid-April to late-October. Mid April-June and September- October tend to be the busiest and with the nicest weather. Spring and Fall tend to have milder weather and less visitors making. July and August are the hottest months in Turkey.

Peak Times/Holidays/Events:

Please note that during national holidays and special events/festivals, availability at hotels may be very limited. It is advisable to book in advance for availability or consider alternative dates before/after.

Ask a Question:

For any other questions not answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us by email at info@istanbuldinnercruise.net