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Istanbul to the Med - 7 days

Following the famed Aegean coastline, we discover Ottoman Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, ancient Ephesus and Pamukkale, finishing in coastal Marmaris - gateway to Greece and the stunning Mediterranean Sea!

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Hippodrome, Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace
Troy - Trojan horse, ancient ruins and Aegean coast
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Marmaris - on the Aegean Coast. Opt to extned with a beach stay or travel over to Greece!
Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, trenches and battlefields
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Carpet weaving demonstration and leather manufacturer

Included

6 breakfasts and 4 hotel dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
6 nights 4 star & special class hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus, Pergamum, Pamukkale and Roman Hierapolis
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$75-85, paid in local currency
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.
Tipping Kitty: USD$40, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul

Saturday. Arrive Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes dotted about the city. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

The Old City

Istanbul. 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.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Gallipoli

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.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Troy and Kusadasi

Gallipoli - Kusadasi. Step back in time as we visit the legendary Roman ruins of Troy and Pergamum. We enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Troy dating back to 3000BC! En route to Kusadasi, we explore the ruins of Pergamum with it’s impressive temples,library and medical facilities, before visiting a local carpet emporium - Turkey produces some of the finest carpets in the world!
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Ancient Ephesus

Today we explore ancient Ephesus. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts incredible excavated ruins 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

Pamukkale Terraces

Kusadasi – Pammukale - Marmaris. Meandering through the sweeping plains and cotton farms we arrive at the ruins of Roman Hieropolis and the hot springs of Pamakkule. Admire this surreal landscape created by frequent earthquakes. Marvel at the crystalline marble, quartzites and stalagtites, which shimmer in the sunlight. There will be time to paddle our feet as we walk the terraces or opt for a dip in the Thermal Bath House before visiting a leather fashion house.
Overnight: Marmaris  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Marmaris

Friday. Marmaris. Our tour concludes after breakfast. Extend your holiday with our 3 night beach stay. Relax by the pool or beach or opt for a day trip to the Greek Island of Rhodes - only an hour catamaran ride away!
Breakfast

Extend with a 3 night beach stay

Extend your holiday with our 3 night beach stay in postcard perfect Marmaris. Relax by the pool or beach or opt for a day trip to the Greek Island of Rhodes - only an hour catamaran ride away!

Our 4 day/ 3 night Marmaris beach stay includes 3 nights 4 star hotel with breakfast, transfer and flight from Marmaris/ Dalaman to Istanbul.

Prices & Dates

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.

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2017
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Person
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01 Jul - 07 Jul 20% off
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
08 Jul - 14 Jul 20% offG
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USD $580
15 Jul - 21 Jul 20% offG
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USD $580
22 Jul - 28 Jul 20% off
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
29 Jul - 04 Aug 20% off
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
05 Aug - 11 Aug 20% offG
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
12 Aug - 18 Aug 20% off
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
19 Aug - 25 Aug 20% off
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
09 Sep - 15 Sep 20% off
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
16 Sep - 22 Sep 20% off
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
07 Oct - 13 Oct 20% offG
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
21 Oct - 27 Oct 20% off
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
28 Oct - 03 Nov 20% off
USD $1,625
USD $1,300

USD $580
2018
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Person
Single
Supp.
USD $1,435
USD $580
USD $1,625
USD $580
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USD $1,435
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Extra Prices

Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $160
USD $110

Hotels

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.

Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus (Karakoy), Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Opened in February 2016, the Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus is the latest in the Novotel range. Guest rooms have a contemporary design and the hotel also benefits from an indoor pool, onsite spa and fitness centre. The Novist restaurant serves up a delicious array of Turkish and international dishes. Set in the trendy Karakoy district of the city it's a great place to base yourself when visiting the city.

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.

Ramada Kusadasi, Kusadasi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Perched on the coast next to the Aegean Sea, the palatial Ramada Kusadasi has no less than six outdoor pools with water slides, a stunning indoor pool and luxury spa centre. Guest rooms are spacious and well equipped all with private balconies. Guests can choose from Turkish or Italian inspired restaurants as well as a number of bars. There is also a large golf club with excellent facilities and beautiful grounds.

Bluebay Platinum Hotel, Marmaris

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Sitting right on the beach, the Bluebay Platinum Hotel offers no fewer than 4 outdoor pools. This 5 star resort includes a full service spa, expansive restaurant and Wi-Fi in public areas. Guest rooms are spacious and bright and all come with private balconies and plasma TVs. The restaurant serves both Turkish and international cuisine in a vast buffet within the modern dining hall. The staff at the hotel come highly recommended and the Blue Bay has an enviable location close to the centre of the vibrant resort town of Marmaris.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 recent reviews

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We couldn’t imagine Turkey without Recep! His experience and education gave us a foundation for every site we visited and brought the history of Turkey alive with his stories. Each morning on the bus Recep would explain the history of the site we were visiting and general information about life in Turkey. He generously shared his own family stories, which personalized the information and the history of this beautiful country. His method allowed him to give more detail as we toured the site and answer our questions. He also ensured that we had free time in the evenings to explore and was always willing to suggest somewhere we could go for dinner or a walk. Recep was extremely courteous, professional and helpful. The information he provided during our tour made the rest of our time in Turkey more enjoyable and this trip wouldn’t have been the same without him as our guide. Recep is also extremely well organized and prepared for every step of the journey. We were always on time and the first to arrive at each site. His polite and courteous manner was demonstrated by the positive relationships he had almost everywhere we stopped. Everyone seemed happy to see him arrive and looked as though they would have liked to tag along. From restaurants to short coffee/toilet breaks on the road, Recep knows the best place to stop. If we had known about him before I would have considered a private tour. Thank you for having such wonderful staff!!

• Submitted 09 Sep 2015
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The tour was excellent and we enjoyed it very much. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and imparted interesting information and managed the group, tour timings and logistics very well. The hotels were very good, have nothing negative to comment on. All good.

• Submitted 14 Jul 2015
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Morning Cherylyn

I have just returned from holidays overseas I would like to thank you for all that you did to make this a memorable experience.

The On The Go tour was beyond my imagination The guide was a wealth of knowledge (Fayhid) was a true supporter and true believer in his country Each day group (which was only 12 of us) kept thinking could the accommodation get any better, it was 5 star and above all expectations Marmaras was a great place to end the tour, the days were full of sunshine and water (cold as anything) Sunshine every day and 25 - 26 degrease Was a good time to travel as the tourist season had only just started so numbers were down as were the prices The whole atmosphere of the holiday was something that will never be forgotten We went from 2000 BC to modern day in a week long history lesson.

Once again I thank you and would recommend this tour to anybody.

Kevin • Submitted 22 May 2015

Burhan is a wonderful person & guide. His knowledge of the sites we visited & explanations were great. I really enjoyed my tour around Turkey. Thank you.

Francesca Mascolo • Submitted 17 Sep 2014

Our guide & driver were excellent.

Gisele Kapterian • Submitted 17 Sep 2014

Erkan is the best guide I have ever had on a tour, so informative + knowledgeable, passionate, so nice and caring. I couldn't fault him at all. Wish i could take him home with me!

Alise Robinson • Submitted 17 Sep 2014

Our tour guide was excellent. Brilliant interpersonal skills & knowledge of history. He made the holiday completely stress free. Bus very comfortable.

Sarah-Jane Hook • Submitted 17 Sep 2014

Erkan's knowledge is exceptional and he communicated this knowledge in an entertaining and informative way. Thank you Erkan.

Kim Guthrie • Submitted 17 Sep 2014

It was a well balanced tour. Tour Guide Esra was excellent.

Ria Ver loren van themaat • Submitted 17 Sep 2014

Esra was extremely knowledgeable about all the places she took us. She was extremely friendly and very patient. She is an excellent tour guide.

Peta Murray • Submitted 17 Sep 2014
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Marmaris
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Dinner: 4
Visiting
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Updated
1st March 2017

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The tour was excellent and we enjoyed it very much. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and imparted interesting information and managed the group, tour timings and logistics very well. The hotels were very good, have nothing negative to comment on. All good.

Tamara Dawood