Ever been to a transcontinental country before? No? Well Turkey is about to be your first. Good enough both cities; Istanbul and Cappadocia, we’ll be visiting are on two continents. While Istanbul is on the European side (some parts cover asia),Kayseri province (where Cappadocia is) sits on the Asian continent.
Istanbul, like most major European cities, has good metro and bus network. On this trip, specifically in Istanbul we’ll be getting around via public transport. It’s the best way to see the city! We’ve been there twice so trust us on this one.
Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia and Cappadocia itself is a major highlight! We’ll be lodged in hotels built out of caves and that in itself is an experience. Think The Flintstone’s meet Captain Cave Man.
Balloon flights in Cappadocia are like a balloon festival and on a good day, you’ll see 120-150 balloons in the air. It’s such a beauty to behold/experience and it also makes the perfect photo backdrop. This is an optional activity, you don’t have to sign up if you have acrophobia or if you are generally not up for it!
Turkey is home to some of the most tasteful cuisines so if you have a sweet tooth, you are in for a treat! Maras ice cream is a must have, not only for its taste also for the show that comes with it!
Check out a few activities you’ll get up to during this trip. Activities/Itineraries are not set in stone so feel free to be a party pooper and opt out, haha!
BOSPHORUS CRUISE: visiting Istanbul and skipping this cruise is like going to Paris and skipping the Eiffel Tower. Naija Nomads won’t do that to you! We’ll be treated to a dinner cruise and a belly dancing show across the Bosphorus and see where Europe meets Asia.
TOUR OF OLD ISTANBUL: this covers the famous Topkapi palace and the more famous Hagia Sophia. We’ll also explore (and probably get lost while at it) the chaotic spice and Grand bazaar’s.
HOT AIR BALLOON IN CAPPADOCIA: Finally, you get to see what the fuss about Cappadocia is! See if it’s worth the Instagram hype. One thing for sure, Cappadocia is exactly the same as photos you’ve seen, pretty whimsical! If you are ever going to do hot air ballooning anywhere in the world, it should be in Cappadocia!
CAPPADOCIA TOUR: touring this straight out of a fairy tale city; visiting the open air museum and the insta famous carpet shop.
PRINCES’ ISLAND: this is an island in the Sea of Marmara where no vehicles are allowed. The only means of transportation is bicycles and horse and carriage! How’s that for tranquility??
Travel costs money…but you cannot put a price tag on a Naija Nomad experiences. Our nomad trips are one-of-a kind experiences and our itinerary will cover every aspect of travel from food, leisure, culture to adventure, business and even volunteering. We hope to use our platform to encourage you to see travel as an impactful mind-blowing experience as opposed to a luxury you cannot afford. We want you to see traveling as an avenue to learn something new that could be brought back home. We want you to see travel as empowering, educative and an investment in yourself. We want you to appreciate and explore green passport friendly destinations! SAY NO TO VISA STRUGGLES! And finally, together we will disrupt the perception of the country and also open our minds to see people beyond stereotypes.
An adventurous Nomad.
We totally discourage bad energy during our Nomad experiences. If you know or you’ve been told you exude negative vibes, take a cue from Wizkid and please stay far away! If you are unadventurous, not interested in immersing yourself in culture or new cuisine, always moody, not a people person, only interested in sleeping throughout a trip, always late for everything, these are all signs of bad energy/negative vibes. Nomad experiences are a good vibes only zone and we’ll love to keep it that way.
Our trips are usually fun packed and adventurous, down to where we stay. We seldom stay in fancy hotels as it is not our thing. Expect to be lodged in Airbnb type accommodations. A fancy hotel will probably not permit our off key singing, dancing like no one is watching and playing Nigerian music at its loudest and as we would want! .
Our prices will cover breakfast throughout the trip and one fancy dinner on our last night at the destination. All other feeding expenses will be borne personally.
Our price covers tours and logistics as stated in our itinerary. Nomads that have confirmed and paid for any of the trips will receive a full itinerary and fact sheet in our NOMAD INFORMATION GUIDE. Cost of tours outside the stated itinerary will be also be borne personally.
Please ensure to get to the airport 3 hours before departure time. If you are departing from Nigeria, the departure airport will be the Murtala Muhammad International airport, Ikeja Lagos. Nomads will be responsible for transporting themselves from their current location to Murtala Muhammad airport. Naija Nomads will not be responsible for any missed flights or no shows.
All our costs are in USD. If you’ll be paying in Naira please use abokifx as your conversion tool. The rate will be the current BDC selling rate on abokifx at the time of payment. This is our only acceptable conversion rate.
*Nomad’s living outside Nigeria are welcome to join us!
*Accommodation is based on a per person sharing basis. If you’ll like a single room please indicate when Booking the trip.
*You are required to have at least 6 month validity on your international passport.
*All prices are inclusive of a 5% VAT.
*A nomad information guide containing details of our itinerary will be mailed to confirmed Nomads.
This blog which started out as a travel journal of a spontaneous, adrenaline junkie to share her experiences with friends and family has evolved to a platform that assists Nigerians in planning better vacations.