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Turkey Discovered

14 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Istanbul  |  from USD $2,299  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Discover Turkish treasures on a trip that packs in Ottoman Istanbul, ancient ruins, Gallipoli and the Aegean, fine Mediterranean beaches, whirling dervishes, stunning Cappadocia and UNESCO Listed Safranbolu. This is ultimate Turkey, in two amazing weeks!

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul airport and included transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon offers free time for you to relax or explore. At 8 o clock this evening our tip filled welcome meeting takes place. A great opportunity to meet your tour guide and travelling companions before our exciting 14 day adventure gets under way.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul is the only city in the world to span two continents resting on the shores of the Bosphorus - the strait of water that divides the continents of Europe and Asia. Its illustrious past leaves a rich legacy of churches, mosques, palaces and museums, complemented by the behemoth Grand Bazaar and colourful street life.

Today we embark on a classic guided tour of the city's highlights. Our first stop is Sultanahmet, the compact old city filled with parks, gardens and stunning sights. The Blue Mosque is famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets. The Hagia Sofia, constructed in the 6th century, reigned as the grandest and biggest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when it became a mosque. Just around the corner is the stunning Topkapi Palace where we spend time exploring the grounds and various museums contained within the Palace walls. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3
Gallipoli - WW1 battlefields

Istanbul – Gallipoli. Early this morning we travel to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli. Here, we’ll embark upon a guided tour of the region, once the site of fierce fighting and today almost hauntingly beautiful, with its wooded landscape dotted with understated memorials to the war dead.

Our guided tour of the region will take in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian War Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair New Zealand War Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years. Roughly 3 feet deep, the system of trenches provided much need safe cover for troops as they desperately fought the enemy.

Crossing the Dardenelles by ferry (offering panoramic views of the entire Gallipoli Peninsular) we proceed to our hotel for a little rest and relaxation, waterside.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4
Troy & Coastal Kusadasi

Gallipoli – Kusadasi. At Troy (the inspiration for Homer's Illiad and much more recently the movie Troy) we visit the Trojan Horse and ruins. We enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city that dates back to 3000BC! En route to Kusadasi, we explore the ruins of Pergamum with it's impressive temples, library and medical facilities which made it a famous cultural and political centre of it's time.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Kusadasi - Sirince. Today, we enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Positively the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, Ephesus, under the Romans, was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000 and became the Roman Capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in it's prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see the great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts carefully restored elements including a Great Theatre, Curetes Way, the Temple of Serapis and the Library of Celsus. Stop by the ancient public toilets and public brothel!

Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and afterward we stop to watch a demonstration of how they are made before visiting the quaint Greek village of Sirince peached mountainside within a valley of vineyards and orchards.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Kusadasi – Pamukkale – Marmaris. Meandering through the sweeping plains and endless cotton farms we arrive at the ruins of Roman Hieropolis and the hot springs of Pamakkule. Admire this surreal landscape created by frequent earthquakes in the fault depression of the Menderes river basin. Marvel at the crystalline marble, quartzites and stalagtites, which shimmer in the sunlight. There will be time to paddle our feet as you walk the terraces or opt for a dip in the thermal baths. Later we stop at a leather manufacturing house.
Overnight: Marmaris  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Marmaris - Koycegiz - Fethiye. Arriving at the lakeside town of Koycegiz, we embark upon a boat cruise to Turtle Beach and smother ourselves in mud at the local mud bath. We continue our journey to Fethiye, a charming port town on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, fringed by the Taurus Mountains where we'll spend the next two nights.
Overnight: Fethiye  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Fethiye - Kayakoy Greek village - Oludeniz - Fethiye. After breakfast today we explore the quaint Greek village of Kayakoy. This afternoon we drive to Oludeniz, a popular resort town which is home to the beautiful Blue Lagoon. Here you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a swim before travelling back to neighbouring Fethiye.
Overnight: Fethiye  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Fethiye - Antalya. Today we visit the stunningly beautiful Saklikent Gorge, Turkey’s longest and deepest canyon, take a walk through nature, or just relax and watch the world go by from the fig tree-shaded wooden platforms that overlook the river. Weaving our way through the Touros Mountains we arrive to Antalya visiting the Duden Waterfalls en route.
Overnight: Antalya  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Antalya – Cappadocia. Early morning departure for Konya, en route we visit the ancient theatre of Aspendos. Arriving at Konya, we tour the monastery of the Mevlana whirling dervishes and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. A further stop is made along the Silk Road at the Seljuk - a fine example of an ancient Silk Road caravanserai.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11
Underground Cities

Today we tour the stunning Cappadocia region - an extraordinary national treasure The utter improbability of the seemingly surreal landscapes have to be seen to be believed, where whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia.

The crumbling legacy of persecuted Christians trying to escape the Muslim onslaught in 1st - 10th centuries AD by effectively heading underground is one of Turkey’s finest attractions.

A guided tour of the region includes the World Heritage Listed Goreme Valley to see stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches and chapels, Kaymaki Underground City and Uchisar Castle. Stopping on the outskirts of Goreme Village we have the opportunity to see Pigeon Valley where century’s old pigeon houses are carved into the surrounding cliffs, the pigeon droppings that litter the area have been used as fertilizer on crops for generations. Here you will also have the opportunity to visit an Onyx shop, specialising in historic jewellery designs unique to Turkey and using local materials and craftsmen. For those not interested in shopping spend a little time relaxing and grab a drink from the local cafe. An optional Turkish dinner and folklore evening is available tonight.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Cappadocia – Ankara - Safranbolu. Opt for an early morning hot air balloon flight over lunar landscape. Via Ankara and the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk we arrive at the World Heritage Listed town of Safranbolu. The town boasts many graceful Ottoman homes, once the residences of royalty and artisan work shops crafting traditional Turkish wares. Tonight we stay in an Ottoman mansion home.
Overnight: Safranbolu  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

Safranbolu - Istanbul. This morning we embark on a walking tour of the old town before returning to Istanbul with an afternoon visit to the Grand Bazaar.The remainder of the afternoon and evening offers free time.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Friday. We say goodbye to our new friends, our tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Crowne Plaza Harbiye, Istanbul
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Opened in 2011, Crowne Plaza Harbiye is housed in a brand new building close to downtown. Guest rooms are well equipped with state of the art design including a rain shower and high speed internet. The hotel includes 2 restaurants including the Palm Court Restaurant that serves delicious Mediterranean dishes. Facilities at the hotel include a fully equipped Spa and a Turkish Hamman for the ultimate Turkish experience! Well located in Taksim, close to the Military Museum.

Kolin Hotel, Canakkale
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Looking out across the Dardanelles the modern and bright Kolin Hotel offers well appointed rooms with hard wood flooring and tasteful decor. The hotel also boasts a luxury spa, wellness centre and a number of mouth watering restaurants all set within perfectly manicured lawns. Sipping a sundowner on the Roof Bar overlooking the beautiful strait is the perfect way to end the day. The hotel is located on the water’s edge a short drive from the town centre with beautiful views out to sea.

Grand Belish, Kusadasi
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Sitting along the magnificent Aegean Coast, the Grand Belish is impressively designed hotel. Offering guests a fantastic service and rooms with quality amenities and a private balcony overlooking the grounds. The delightful outdoor pool is great for lazing by during the day and at night a trip to the Terrace Bistro Bar for a delicious cocktail whilst looking out across the magnificent sea views is a must. Located just outside Kusadasi on a gorgeous stretch of beach along the Aegean Coast.

Anemon Hotel, Marmaris
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone’s throw from the beach, the Anemon Hotel welcomes guests in its grand marble lobby. Rooms are comfortable with modern amenities and excellent en suite facilities. The buffet breakfast is plentiful and the Sensus Wine and Cheese Boutique is well worth a visit. Starting the day with a traditional Turkish Bath is our top tip! Well located just two blocks from the beach on the main boulevard.

Hotel Ata Park, Fethiye
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set with a beautiful green backdrop, the Hotel Ata Park is a comfortable with well equipped rooms and a gorgeous outdoor pool. The rooms boast hard wooden flooring, some quirky furnishing and balconies with fantastic views across the bay. Tempt your palate with delicious local seafood at the in house Bahriyeli Fish House or a quaff beautiful local wines at the Wine House. Both come highly recommended. Located right on the bay overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea with the wonderful green peninsular as a good looking backdrop.

Barut Hotel, Antalya
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Built in 1997, the white washed Dedeman Park offers wonderful views of the Mediterranean coast. Rooms are modern and bright with excellent en suite facilities and some benefitting from stunning balcony views. Complementary Wi-fi is available throughout and guests also receive free access to the nearby Aquapark . Relaxing at the complimentary in house Turkish baths is our top tip for ending the day. Beautifully located overlooking the stunning Mediterranean Sea and in the centre of town.

Dinler Hotel, Cappadocia
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Dinler Hotel has breathtaking Urgup / Kayakapi views, from all the rooms, which are spacious and welcoming.

Cinci Han, Safranbolu
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

One of the biggest historic caravansarays in Turkey, the Cinci Han is a unique style hotel. Guest rooms are classically designed with attractive silk bedding and rustic stone interiors. Meals are served in the a la carte restaurant and wi-fi is available throughout. Sip delicious Turkish tea in the open courtyard - the perfect way to end the day! Well located on the outskirts of Safranbolu.

Ramada Old City, Istanbul
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A member of the reputable Ramada chain, the Istanbul Old Town property is modern and comfortable with excellent amenities. Guestrooms are bright and spacious with contemporary amenities. Two restaurants are on offer and our personal favourite is the wonderful roof top restaurant, serving delicious local cuisine coupled with a magnificent view of the City and Sea. The perfect way to end the day. Located very close to the Historical part of the city with major Monuments are all walking distance.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old City, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar
Troy - Trojan horse and ancient ruins
Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum
Carpet weaving demonstration and leather showroom
Greek villages of Sirince and Kayakoy
Konya - Silk Road, ancient caravanserais and Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum
Cappadocia region, UNESCO World Heritage listed Goreme Valley, Kaymakli Underground City and Uchisar Castle
Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, trenches and battlefields
Aegean coast
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Fethiye, Koycegiz and Olu Deniza - lake, Turtle Beach, mud baths and the beautiful Blue Lagoon
Marmaris, Saklikent Gorge, Antalya and the ancient theatre of Aspendos
Ankara - Ataturk's Mausoleum
Safranbolu - UNESCO World Heritage Listed town, Ottoman architecture and artisians

Included

13 breakfasts and 8 hotel dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 14
Koycegiz lake cruise and mud baths
Saklikent Gorge - canyon walk and tubing (optional)
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
12 nights 4 star hotels and special class hotels, 1 night Otoman Mansion home - Safranbolu
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus, Pergamum, Sirince, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Koycegiz, Kayakoy, Marmaris, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia and Safranbolu
Wine tasting in Sirince
Ferry crossing of the Dardenelles
All relevant transfers and transportation in private, modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

Tip for your tour guide and driver. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide and $2 USD per day for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture.
Entrance Fees: $120-140 USD
International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: $45 USD

Absolutely outstanding !!

He worked very hard to make sure the trip went as easy as possible, for example phoning ahead to the hotels so that our room keys were ready on arrival so he could pick them up and hand them to us, phoning ahead to the lunch restaurants to prepare them and give us the choices where possible.

He had a good sense of humour and was very balanced in his views of Turkish politics.

His knowledge of the history of all the cultural sites we visited was exceptional and in between on the bus he filled us in nicely with humour with the current Turkish cultural habits.

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He was simply the best guide I have had on this type of tour. At Gallipoli I spoke to another tour guide and he praised Recep saying he was an important man in Turkey. I know Recep is considering taking his PhD and I wish him all the best for that.

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Excellent tour. An ideal introduction to Turkey, and our guide was fantastic at balancing the imparting of information with being personable and fun. I thought the pace was excellent, the choice of hotels surpassed my expectations, and our driver (Okan?, not sure of the spelling!) was also great.

Recommended.

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The tour was great it gave us an overview of Turkey and some great insights into the country and people. Our guide Metin was fantastic as he was so knowledgeable and great with all the history facts.

Our teenage boys enjoyed it also as they love learning new things.

The bus driver Gengis was amazing too even having to drive through snow!

The hotels were of a good standard and mostly located well. The hotel in Kusadasi was too far out of town.

Thank you and we will definitely travel with On the Go again.

Kerry

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Wonderful tour. It covered many different places and our guide was informative and passionate of his country and proud to be showing others around it.

A couple of hotels could have been better and the wifi on the bus needed to have been working all the the time.

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4
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Metin was marvellous. He has in depth knowledge and passion for his country, Turkey. The information he provided was excellent. He helped make my tour extremely enjoyable.

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5
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Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Dinner: 8
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Princes Islands
USD $179 / 1 day

Absolutely outstanding !!

He worked very hard to make sure the trip went as easy as possible, for example phoning ahead to the hotels so that our room keys were ready on arrival so he could pick them up and hand them to us, phoning ahead to the lunch restaurants to prepare them and give us the choices where possible.

He had a good sense of humour and was very balanced in his views of Turkish politics.

His knowledge of the history of all the cultural sites we visited was exceptional and in between on the bus he filled us in nicely with humour with the current Turkish cultural habits.

.

He was simply the best guide I have had on this type of tour. At Gallipoli I spoke to another tour guide and he praised Recep saying he was an important man in Turkey. I know Recep is considering taking his PhD and I wish him all the best for that.

Roy Yorke
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