Turkey Tours and Holidays

Turkey Travel with On The Go Tours

All our tours of Turkey kick off in Ottoman Istanbul - a fascinating city to explore and the only city in the world to straddle two continents. With landmarks such as the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia and the calcium deposits forming the ‘Cotton Castles’ of Pamukkale, Turkey is an extraordinary holiday destination. Add to that the sparkling coast of Fethiye, the battlefields and memorials of Gallipoli, and you have a host of great reasons to visit this amazing country.

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Top Turkey Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Budapest to Istanbul - 15 Days Budapest 30 Oct 2016 USD $1,815 was $2,135 15% off Budapest to Istanbul - 15 Days Map
Prague to Istanbul - 19 Days Prague 12 Apr 2017 USD $2,563 was $3,015 15% off Prague to Istanbul - 19 Days Map
Gallipoli & Troy - 4 days Istanbul 30 Oct 2016 USD $795 Gallipoli & Troy - 4 days Map
Turkey Unplugged - 10 Days Istanbul 05 Nov 2016 USD $1,665 Turkey Unplugged - 10 Days Map
Turkey Discovered - 14 Days Istanbul 12 Nov 2016 USD $2,425 Turkey Discovered - 14 Days Map

Turkey Group Tours

Pergamum | TurkeyExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Aegean Explorer

7 Days | FROM USD $1,165

Kicking off in the powerhouse of the Ottoman empire - Istanbul, pay at...

Port of Marmaris | TurkeyExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Istanbul to the Med

7 days | FROM USD $1,435

Following the famed Aegean coastline, we discover Ottoman Istanbul, in...

Cappadocia | TurkeyExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Turkey Unplugged

10 Days | FROM USD $1,435

Explore all of stunning Istanbul with its bazaars and mosques, wander...

Anzac medals | Anzac Day | TurkeyExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Remembrance Day

10 days | FROM USD $1,665

This exciting classical tour of Turkey with great 4 - 5 star hotels,...

Hagia Sofia in winter | Istanbul | TurkeyExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Christmas Turkey

12 days | FROM USD $2,295

There’s no stuffing birds or entertaining aunts! Enjoy snowflakes on...

Library of Celsus | Ephesus | TurkeyExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Turkey Discovered

14 Days | FROM USD $2,425

Discover Turkish treasures on a trip that packs in Ottoman Istanbul,...

The Acropolis looking out over the city of Athens in GreeceCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Istanbul to Athens

14 days | FROM USD $4,135

From Istanbul - the great capital of the Ottoman Empire, to Athens -...

Camel trekking | The Pyramids | Giza | EgyptExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Turkey & Tutankhamun

16 days | FROM USD $2,335

From Ottoman Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli, Roman ruins, the...

Budapest to Istanbul

15 Days | FROM USD $2,135

Take a journey from the Hungarian capital of Budapest to neighbouring...

Prague to Istanbul

19 Days | FROM USD $865

Take an epic journey from the Czech Republic all the way to Turkey the...

We have a range of group tours to suit all interests from short city breaks that focus on Istanbul and Gallipoli to Remembrance Day tours that commemorate those that died in WWI. Opt to end in Marmaris where you can enjoy some beach-side bliss or head to Turkey this Christmas for a festive holiday with a difference. There's also the choice to combine Turkey with neighbouring Greece or the ancient wonders of Egypt.

Turkey Sailing Holidays

Traditional gulet | TurkeyCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Cruise the Med

8 days | FROM USD $795

Up anchor at Marmaris on Turkey's spectacular Mediterranean coast for...

Island of Symi | GreeceCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Greek Island Getaway

8 days | FROM USD $1,755

Setting sail from Bodrum spend an idyllic week aboard a gulet, Greek...

Set sail from the Mediterranean resort of Marmaris or Bodrum for a relaxing 8 day cruise through crystal clear waters, stopping to visit Turkey’s unspoilt offshore islands and beautiful coves on a traditional gulet. Turkey’s proximity to Greece also makes it the perfect starting point for languid cruises around the stunning Dodecanese islands.

Turkey Private Tours

Library of Celsus | Ephesus | TurkeyTailored To Suit You

Crystal Coast

7 days | FROM USD $4,045

See all that is iconic to Turkey, magnificent Istanbul, extraordinary...

Sanfranbolu | TurkeyTailored To Suit You

Black Sea Discovery

7 days | FROM USD $5,935

Explore the sites of enchanting Istanbul, then get off the beaten and...

Cappadocia | TurkeyTailored To Suit You

Classical Turkey

10 days | FROM USD $5,395

A 10 day tour that uncovers the highlights of Turkey. From the of and...

Hagia Sofia | Istanbul | TurkeyTailored To Suit You

Jewels of Sultans Crown

12 days | FROM USD $7,325

From historic and majestic Istanbul to surreal Cappadocia, all the of...

Santorini | Greek Islands | GreeceTailored To Suit You

Istanbul to the Acropolis

15 days | FROM USD $8,235

From the great capital of the Ottoman Empire to the ancient capital of...

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We have a number of private tours to Turkey which take in the popular sites as well as hidden gems off the beaten track. Explore the coast from Istanbul to Marmaris, follow a different route along the Black Sea visiting charming historic towns, discover the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, marvel at brilliantly preserved ancient amphitheatres, island hop your way to Athens or combine classical touring with Mediterranean sailing.

Turkey Day Tours

Dolmabahce Palace | Istanbul | Turkey | Photo courtesy: Allan_GreyTailored To Suit You

Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace

1/2 day | FROM USD $160

Marvel at the grandeur of the Dolmabahce Palace, the last legacy of of...

Whether travelling to Turkey on business or pleasure, join us for a day tour of some of the country’s most famous sights from the stunning Blue Mosque and opulent Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul to the ancient classical sites of Ephesus and Pergammum along the coast.

Turkey Short Stays

The Bosphorus | Istanbul | TurkeyTailored To Suit You

City of Sultans

4 days | FROM USD $795

Visit Istanbul - the only city that spans two continents. See the Blue...

ANZAC Cove | Gallipolli | TurkeyTailored To Suit You

Gallipoli & Troy

4 days | FROM USD $795

Head away on a short break with a difference. Pay your respects at and...

The Bosphorus and Blue Mosque | Istanbul | TurkeyCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Istanbul & Gallipoli

5 days | FROM USD $1,345

Head to Turkey for a short break with a difference. Explore Istanbul,...

Sample the exotic meeting of Europe and Asia in the city of Istanbul with our range of short stays in Turkey. Spend 4 days in Istanbul marvelling at the grand Byzantine monuments and exploring the local bazaars or consider heading to the Dardanelles to learn all about the history of ANZAC at Gallopoli and whether a face really did launch a thousand ships at Troy. With accommodation, airport transfers, transportation and guided sightseeing included, these short stays are the perfect way to enjoy some of Turkey's most popular destinations.

Turkey tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.7 out of 5 based on 100 recent reviews — See All Turkey Reviews

From family and friends who begged as not to go to Turkey due to the recent events...we went and found a country full of surprizes. Great people and great food. Our expectations were exceeded, learned soo much from our guide and had a couple of moments were the sites took your breath moments of just being in awe of what the ancient civiliazation built.

Unfortunetly so many people cancelled their trip to Turkey and our group ended up just being 4. But the 4 of us and with our guide Recep, we created memories that is so precious to me. We made new friends for life.

A huge thank you to Recep for the great birthday surprize cake for my husband at one of the restaurants. All the efforts you made for our little group of 4 speaks volume about your love for your country, passion and work ethics.

I encourage all to go to Turkey! No where did we ever feel unsafe. Security everywhere. My heart goes out to all effected by the drop in tourist. The media made it worst and its unfair to the ordinary citizens relying on the tourism industry. ”  

Michelle Venter • Submitted 14 Sep 2016

This tour was well organised and well run. Borhan (I think that is the correct spelling) was extremely knowledgeable and very informative. Mustafah, the driver, was an excellent driver and joined in with the group when he could. His 'disco' drive-bys were hilarious.

I would recommend this tour to everyone!”  

Ken Meehan • Submitted 15 Aug 2016

Our 14 day tour of Turkey was fantastic. Our guide Yusuf was so knowledgeable, I couldn't fault our entire trip. We were a small group of 4 plus our guide and driver and so it felt like a private tour. Yusuf would always explain the areas we were visiting and then give us time to explore on our own. The tour was very organised with tickets ready for entry to different sites so there was no queuing. Most dinners and all our breakfast were included so all we had to worry about was what souvenirs to buy.

I have done some previous travelling but Turkey and its people are a highlight for me.

I have never seen so many amazing ruins nor have I eaten such wonderful baklava .

14 days gave us a really good feel for the country and every day was full of highlights.

Being an Australian Gallipoli was a must see and the hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia was another highlight.

I have travelled once before with On The Go and was impressed and this last trip reinforced my belief that the company and the tours are extremely well organised and the guides are simply the best. ”  

Sue Harris • Submitted 4 Aug 2016

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Combine Turkey with Eastern Europe and more

See the best of Turkey on a standalone group tour covering the exotic cities, ancient Roman ruins, beautiful coastline and amazing natural formations or mix it up with a multi-country tour through Eastern Europe to end at the intoxicating city of Istanbul or head west across the Aegean Sea and the Greek islands to Athens or south to the spectacular archaeological sites of Egypt.

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Recommended places to visit in Turkey

Turkey has more architectural wonders than you can shake a Fez hat at from Roman ruins to grand Ottoman palaces with a healthy does of gorgeous coastline and natural wonders. To get you started here's some of the top sites we recommend in Turkey.

Cappadocia - Lunar Landscape

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Hot air ballooning | Cappadocia | Turkey

Every trip to Turkey really should include Cappadocia. The bizarre rock formations of Turkey’s Central Anatolia are famous the world over. Fairy-like chimneys tower over the special landscape and the Goreme Open Air Museum is a must see. The site is particularly spectacular first thing in the morning when you can opt to take an unforgettable balloon ride over the area.

Konya - Whirling Dervishes

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Konya is a mystical city, home to the magical whirling dervishes, a member of the Sufi faith who wear a long white dress and spin in circles for 15 minutes at a time. The town is deeply historical, the site of a number of ancient settlements and civilisations though nowadays, Konya is recognised for its strong economy and respected university, giving the town a unique blend of history and modernity.

Kusadasi - Coastal Resort

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Kusadasi waterfront

With around 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s little surprise that Kusadasi is such a popular beach holiday destination. There are a number of wonderful restaurants and bars all over the city as well as stunning beaches making it a fantastic place for those seeking a mix of relaxation and excitement. It is also well situated for those seeking to explore the incredible, ancient city of Ephesus, which was built by the Greeks in 10th century BC.

Oludeniz - Blue Lagoon

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Oludeniz beach

Blended with turquoise and aqua marine, it is easy to see why Oludeniz, a stunning secluded bay on a beautiful blue lagoon is one of the most photographed beaches in Turkey. Construction is prohibited here and it is also a national nature reserve so it is one of Turkey’s best beaches to visit. Paragliding is a big thing here and it gives you a fantastic view of the bay from the air.

Pamukkale - Cotton Castles

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Pamukkale | Turkey

One of Turkey’s most famous sites, Pamukkale is another wonder of nature. Calcium rich mineral waters have cascaded over the cliff’s edge creating these amazing travertines. A quick dip in the warm soothing waters is a must – most hotels in the area take advantage of this geothermal wonderland and have naturally heated pools as wonderful spa facilities.

Istanbul - Ottoman Capital

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Hagia Sofia | Istanbul | Turkey

The gateway to the east and most people’s starting point in Turkey. Istanbul is a city that needs little introduction – spanning both Europe and Asia it is one of the world’s most fascinating cities with one of the most beautiful harbours. With minarets gleaming in the sunshine and the sound of the call to prayer ringing across the city – it is a place not to be missed.

Turkey Travel Guide

Know before you go and prepare for your trip with our useful planning points for travel to Turkey.

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Turkey

Hagia Sofia | Istanbul | Turkey

Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Turkey

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Turkey and info on getting your visa

Panoramic view of Cappadocia with purple flowers | Turkey

Turkey Video Lounge

Travel videos from Turkey

Travel Advice and Updates

Know before you go. Safety advice for travel to Turkey

Ephesus | Turkey

Traveller Reviews

Trip reviews from our travellers to Turkey

Get to know Turkey

Recommended Reading

  • Birds Without Wings
    by Louis de Bernieres
  • Istanbul: Poetry by Place
    by Ates Orga
  • Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds
    by Stephen Kinzer
Did you know...?

Facts about Turkey

  • The first church to be built by man is situated in Antakya and Turkey is also home to the oldest known human settlement.
  • The trojan horse made for the 2004 film Troy now sits in the city of Canakkale.
  • The longest single word in Turkish has 70 letters and loosely translates as "to make unsuccessful ones"!

Turkey Travel Advice:

We keep a close eye on the latest travel updates to Turkey and follow the advice of the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country prior to travel.

Due to ongoing conflict in the Middle East region, travel advice to Turkey does change from time to time. The FCO has recently placed travel restrictions to Eastern Turkey, specifically the region bordering Syria, and due to this travel advice we are no longer offering touring arrangements to this area of Turkey. Our standard tours to Turkey remain unaffected and the main tourist sites of Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale and the Aegean coastline are considered safe to visit.

Online travel resources for Turkey:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Turkey Tourist Organisation site and the latest Turkey Weather Updates from the BBC.

TURKEY TRAVEL BLOGS: Here's a few blogs on travelling to Turkey that we love - Turkish Travel Blog, Istanbul Eats and Turkey From The Inside.

Travelling to Turkey with us

We offer a range of tours and holidays in Turkey, including city breaks, group tours, family holidays, private tours, tailormade holidays and our annual ANZAC Day tours. In addition we also have tours which combine the highlights of Turkey with some of its neighbouring nations such as Greece, home to breathtaking islands and fascinating ancient ruins, Georgia, a fantasy land of magnificent castles and stunning high valleys and Armenia, home to rocky highlands and shimmering lakes - making for that perfect twin or triple centre holiday.

Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Cultural Experiences, Local Partners OTG Handpicked
Cultural Experiences, Local Partners

On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.

Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.

Active Days, Rustic Nights OTG Adventure
Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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