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Turkey Unplugged

10 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Istanbul  |  from $1,599  |   Guaranteed Departure

Explore Istanbul and its bazaars and grand Mosques, wander round the battlefields of Gallipoli, see Roman ruins, the beautiful Aegean Coast, Pamukkale and the jewel in Turkey’s crown - Cappadocia, with its amazing underground cities and whimsical landscape.

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Day 1
Overnight: Istanbul  |  

Saturday. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your holiday. Included arrival transfer to our hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure or head out to explore the city. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes dotted about the city.

Day 2
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Enjoy a tour of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. We’ll visit the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian and Topkapi Palace.

Day 3
Gallipoli - WW1 Battlefields
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Istanbul – Gallipoli. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Our guided tour takes in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years.

Day 4
Troy & Kusadasi
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Gallipoli – Kusadasi. This morning we enjoy a short guided tour of Troy! The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was bought alive by it’s rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC! We enjoy a tour of the ruins and bear witness to a replica of the stoic Trojan wooden horse that, as the story goes, was filled to the gunnels with Aechaean soldiers who helped sack Troy.

Driving further south to the ancient ruins of Pergamum, home to one of the steepest, vertigo - inducing amphitheatres in the classical world. Pergamum was also famous for its Asclepion (medical centre). We continue to Kusadasi on the Aegean Coast via a leather manufacturing house.

Day 5
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast

Today, we explore legendary 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, revelling in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders.

We have plenty of time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. Be sure to see the famous Library of Celsus, the gymnasium of Vedius, Stadium, and the Great Theatre. We’ll see ancient public toilets, a brothel, fountains and various temples. We also visit a carpet manufacturing house.

Day 6
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Kusadasi – Pamukkale. Driving east, we arrive at Pamukkale - home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they are a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines. Take a barefoot walk along the traverines or opt for a dip in the warm waters of the Pamukkale Thermal pool, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns. Our last stop for the day is the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, famed for the curative powers of mineral springs, dammed to create communal baths.

Days 7 - 8
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Pamukkale - Cappadocia. On our drive to Cappadocia, we visit some ancient caravanserais such as Sultanhani caravanserai. Tonight (day 7) why not join us on an optional and fun Turkish evening out.

On day 8, after breakfast and a good night’s rest, we enjoy a guided tour of Cappadocia - perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown. Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most extraordinary national treasures. The utter improbability of the seemingly surreal landscape has to be seen to be believed with its ‘stuff of fables’ cave dwellings and phallic ‘fairy chimneys’ landscape. 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 takes us to the World – Heritage listed site of the Göreme Valley where you’ll see stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples and Zelve with its phallic-like eroded landscape. 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. This evening, we enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 9
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Cappadocia - Istanbul. Via Ankara - the nation’s capital, we visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Ataturk - the father of modern Turkey, before continuing to Istanbul.

Day 10
Breakfast

Monday. After breakfast your tour draws to a close. Onward departure transfers to Ataturk International Airport are offered complimentary at 11am and 1:30pm today. Happy travels!

Tailor-made accommodation

No-frills or fancy, historic, quaint or quirky, we offer accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

On all our quotes we will provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels using our 'On The Go' categories below. Accommodation can range from western-style hotels and resorts to charming boutique or heritage properties, cruise boats, desert camps, jungle lodges and other styles of accommodation unique to the region.

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!

Kent Hotel, Istanbul
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Renovated in 2009, the charming Kent Hotel offers is a great example of contemporary design and a friendly atmosphere. Guest rooms are superbly equipped with modern facilities including Wi-Fi connectivity, state of the art technology and bright marbled bathrooms. Enjoying a delicious Turkish meal at the in house Calcedoine Restaurant after a hard days sightseeing is highly recommended. Fantastically located within 10 minutes walk of the Grand Bazaar and Old Town in the Bayazit area in the European side of Istanbul.

Tusan Hotel, Canakkale
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The family run Tusan Hotel offers modern facilities in a tranquil setting. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped and offer guests beautiful forest or sea views. The hotel benefits from a private beach and an indoor and outdoor restaurant. A refreshing pint of beer in the English Pub whilst challenging the bar staff to a game of pool is a great way to spend the evening. Set within a beautiful pine forest looking across the Dardanelles with a private beach exclusively for guests.

Marina Hotel, Kusadasi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Marina hotel is a modern hotel with a sea view and balcony from nearly every spacious room. It has recently been renovated and features an indoor and outdoor pool and you may also use the facilities and beach of 5-Star Pine Bay.

Colossae Thermal Spa Hotel, Pamukkale
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in landscaped gardens, the Colossae Thermal Spa Hotel has an envious location in Pamukkale. Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. The on site thermal spa offers guests a chance to relax and enjoy what this region is most famous for. Why not take breakfast on the terrace or dinner by the pool? Two of our top tips! The hotel is well located close to the travertines in Pamukkale.

Peri Tower, Cappadocia
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Renovated in 2006, the Peri Tower Hotel’s design is inspired by the region’s famous fairy chimneys. The contemporary guest rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated with rich mahogany furniture. Guests can enjoy a delicious Turkish meal in front of the roaring fire in winter or outside as the sun sets in summer. The hotel also has full Turkish spa facilities which are a great way to relax and unwind. Perfectly located in a quiet area with great access to restaurants and shops.

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

One of Istanbul’s most popular hotels, Titanic City offers modern accommodation in a central location. Rooms are bright and comfortable offering state of the art technology and luxurious walk in rain showers. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available and the views from the trendy Compass Bar and Restaurant are simply stunning. Sipping a refreshing beverage overlooking the mighty Bosphorus is a great way to unwind at the end of the day. Perfectly located in Taksim, the beating heart of Istanbul with lots of great shops, restaurants and bars.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Istanbul, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Basilica Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace
Troy - Trojan horse and ruins
Carpet weaving and leather manufacturing houses
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Ankara - Ataturk's Mausoleum
Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, trenches and battlefields
Aegean Coast
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Cappadocia region, Goreme Valley and underground city

What's Included

9 breakfasts and 4 hotel dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 of tour and departure transfer (to Ataturk International Airport) at 11am & 1.30pm on day 10
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
9 nights 4 star and special class hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, Pamukkale, Hierapolis and Cappadocia
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

What's 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: $115-130 USD
International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: $40 USD

Our tour guide was very informative , had a good sense of humour. Accommodation was excellent , clean and comfortable hotel rooms and most included wi-fi. Great variety of activities and optional extras.Thanks we had very memorable honeymoon!! We had an awesome time!!!

Carmelina La Galia

Emma,

WOW!!!

I just wanted to again say thank you for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Turkey and experience On The Go.

I am only full of praise for the tour and the tour guide also. I will be recommending On The Go to all of my customers and I now truly believe that everyone should travel to Turkey at least once in their lifetime. I know without a doubt I will be going back.

The standard and location of the accommodation exceeded my expectations. The tour guide, Metin, was absolutely fabulous, his knowledge was outstanding and he ensured that everything ran smoothly.

Thanks again!

Rebecca Walsh

Great experience. Loved the small group size and very knowledgeable guide, Ahmet. The trip was amazing.

Kameko Wilson

Driver Mesut - excellent driver, well mannered, very friendly and well presented. Guide Mehmet - very informative, in control all the time, friendly and polite.

Ian Colee

The driver Mesut - Excellent. The Guide Mehmet - very knowledge & experienced & passionate. Thank you.

Rhiannon Colee

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.

All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travellers.

09 NOVEMBER 2014 DEPARTURE. Please note this tour starts on a SUNDAY and ends on a TUESDAY. This tour offers travellers the opportunity to pay their respects on Remembrance Day at Gallipoli. On 11 November we tour the battlefields of Gallipoli remembering the brave soldiers that died on upon these shores. On this tour includes a stop Hagia Sophia - exterior only,(as the interior is closed on a Monday) and visit Istanbul's famed Grand Bazaar in the afternoon which will be open on this day.

Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
Please note this tour departs on a Monday.
Monday Departure
New Year Departure

2015

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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Pre-Tour Accommodation
$129
$80
Post-Tour Accommodation
$129
$80
Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
Saturdays - year round
Hotel Rating
4 star & Special Class
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Dinner: 4
Tour Bolt-ons
Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons
Princes Islands
$179 / 1 day

Our tour guide was very informative , had a good sense of humour. Accommodation was excellent , clean and comfortable hotel rooms and most included wi-fi. Great variety of activities and optional extras.Thanks we had very memorable honeymoon!! We had an awesome time!!!

Carmelina La Galia
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