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Turkey Discovered - 14 Days

Discover Turkish treasures on a trip that packs in Ottoman Istanbul, the ancient ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, historic 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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Trip Highlights

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

Included

13 breakfasts and 8 hotel dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer (to Ataturk International Airport) on 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 Ottoman Mansion home - Safranbolu
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus, Pergamum, Sirince, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Koycegiz, Kayakoy, 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: USD$120-140, paid in local currency
International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$45, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul

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

The Blue Mosque & Topkapi Palace

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

Ancient Ephesus & Greek Sirince

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

Cotton Castles of Pamukkale

Kusadasi – Pamukkale. 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: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Turtle Beach & Fethiye

Pamukkale - 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

Kayakoy & Oludeniz

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

Saklikent Gorge

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

Whirling Dervishes

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.

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

Safranbolu - Ottoman Royalty

Cappadocia – Safranbolu. Opt for an early morning hot air balloon flight over lunar landscape. Today we head to 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

The Grand Bazaar

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

Istanbul

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

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Departure Transfer - Sabiha Gokcen Airport
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Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $145
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Post-Tour Accommodation
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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.

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.

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.

Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Charisma is a modern and elegant hotel with spacious rooms. The rooms are equipped with jacuzzi, LCD screen television, split air conditioning, mini-bar, electronic safe box, hairdryer and free internet connection. Towering over the Aegean Sea's outstanding view, the Hotel is just 15 minutes by walk from Kuşadası's shopping and entertainment area.

Pamukkale Doga Thermal Hotel , Pamukkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Complete with both indoor and outdoor pools, the Doga Thermal Hotel is a modern hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are bright and spacious with wonderful en suite facilities. There is complimentary Wi-Fi offered throughout and a sumptuous buffet served for breakfast and dinner. The spa facilities on offer include sauna, Turkish bath, hot spring bath, massage treatments and a fittness centre.

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 hotel with well equipped rooms and a gorgeous outdoor pool. The rooms boast hard wooden flooring, some quirky furnishings and balconies with fantastic views across the bay. Tempt your palate with delicious local seafood at the in house Bahriyeli Fish House or quaff some beautiful local wines at the Wine House. Both come highly recommended. The hotel is located right on the bay overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Best Western Khan Hotel, Antalya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Modern and elegant, the Best Western Khan has good sized rooms with en suites and a range of modern amenities, and free transportation to Konyaaltı, one of the most beautiful beaches in Antalya. A breakfast buffet iserved in the hotel's restaurant on a daily basis and various Turkish delicacies can be found here as well. The hotel also has a pool and fitness centre. The hotel is located in the city centre, within easy walking distance of the Old Town and Marina.

Kapadokya Lodge, Cappadocia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Kapadokya Lodge is a contemporary hotel featuring carefully designed rooms. The architectural style draws upon the shapes, colours and textures of the landscape to make your trip to Cappadocia seem even more special.The hotel has an onsite restaurant is buffet style with a great array of Turkish and International cuisine. Free wi-fi is available and the outdoor pool is great for a refreshing dip. It is also possible to see the hot air balloons in the morning from the hotel.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.88 out of 5 based on 40 recent reviews

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Turkey Discovery was a superb tour. Fabulous destinations, well thought out and well organised, Recep was the best guide we have ever had, He has so much knowledge to share. If you want to see Turkey then I would thoroughly recommend this tour.

• Submitted 03 Jun 2018
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This tour exceeded all expectations. A lovely group of 10 and an outstanding guide. Reggie was enormously knowledgible, funny and kind. His many contacts enabled us to enjoy an unscheduled evening cruise and dinner including swimming from the boat.

It is deeply impressive that Reggie has been touring for many years but greets each group with delight as he introduces us to his country. The tour, itself glorious and satisfying, is so much more under his guidance. It was a privilege to be guided by him. On the Go has a star, cherish him.

• Submitted 03 Jun 2018
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This tour was a really a great experience for 14 days, with plenty of variety in terms of scenery, history, archaeology, rushing and relaxing. Hotels on the whole were good and generally food was good and plentiful. The guide, Recep Aydin, was excellent, professional, friendly and patient and well organised, definitely one of the best I have been with for the 8 or 9 OTG tours I have done.

A good trip with excellent pre-arrangements by Alex and again, a very professional OTG tour, many first timer-OTG people on the trip also agreed they would definitely use OTG again, well done.

• Submitted 28 May 2018
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Recep was the best tour guide I’ve ever had. He was knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and so much fun to be around. He deserves the tour guide of the year award!

• Submitted 26 May 2018
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This was my first trip with On The Go Tours as l usually make my own arrangements. I have been very pleased with the service l have received from your company and l cannot rate our guide reggie highly enough he was so enthusiastic, upbeat and thoroughly professional throughout and obviously loves showing his country to visitors.

The tour itself is well thought out and l really enjoyed the education l have received over the last two weeks. The tour guide was 5+. Thank you

• Submitted 26 May 2018
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We had a great time and the tour was very good. Burhan our guide was excellent and he made our trip a truly memorable one. Also our group of 19 were really nice and very friendly , very punctual making our trip schedule and pace easy. Our driver too was very good. Thumbs up for making our trip to Turkey a truly memorable one. We will be definitely hoping to travel with you in the future too. Thank you On The Go Tours, keep up the good work.

• Submitted 25 Apr 2018
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We had a great time and the tour was very good. Burhan our guide was excellent and he made our trip a truly memorable one. Also our group of 19 were really nice and very friendly , very punctual making our trip schedule and pace easy. Our driver too was very good. Thumbs Up for Go Tours for making our trip to Turkey a truly memorable one. We will be definitely hoping to travel with you in the future too. Thank you On The Go Tours, keep up the good work.

• Submitted 25 Apr 2018
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Burhan was very organized and punctual. He made the tour appear to flow effortlessly. He was also a fountain of information and was fascinating to listen to. Our bus was large and comfortable and our driver Ibrahim was great. The tour itinerary was good for the most part with lots of variety including a bit of downtime to relax. We were disappointed that we spent 2.5 hours at the Grand bazaar on our last tour day and would have much preferred seeing one or two more historical sites instead.

• Submitted 23 Apr 2018
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From the instant out tour started we knew Burhan Coskun was going to be the best of the best tour guide. His knowledge of times dates and history was extraordinary. He transported me (us) back in time. Many times I just was blown away with the WOW factor of the sights. Burhan is so passionate about his country's history. His caring and understanding of us was so reassuring. He always told us what was coming up next and how far to the next stop. It was a full on tour hence the name "On the GO" and one has to be prepared physically. It was a fabulous tour. Also what was so special was Burhan had a bag of Red Gerbera flowers for us to place at Gallipoli - not many dry eyes at that gesture.

I would also like to make special mention of our driver, Ali. He was awesome, his driving is the very best and we all felt very safe and secure and never felt nervous. Burhan and Ali complimented each other extremely well, such a good team!! Fantastic tour all round.

• Submitted 07 Oct 2017
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So glad I booked the trip to Turkey. Had a most amazing time. Our guide Mete was the best, What a wonderful country. So glad On The Go did not cancel their tour like many of the other tour company's. I will certainly promote the country & Onthego

• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
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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Turkey Discovery was a superb tour. Fabulous destinations, well thought out and well organised, Recep was the best guide we have ever had, He has so much knowledge to share. If you want to see Turkey then I would thoroughly recommend this tour.

Joss Noble