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Turkey Unplugged - 10 Days

Explore stunning Istanbul with its bazaars and mosques, wander around the battlefields of Gallipoli, see Roman ruins in Pergamum and Ephesus, discover the beautiful Aegean Coast, the natural wonder of Pamukkale and the jewel in Turkey’s crown - Cappadocia, with its amazing underground cities and whimsical landscape.

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Trip Highlights

Cappadocia region, UNESCO World Heritage listed Goreme Valley, Kaymakli Underground City and Uchisar Castle
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, trenches and battlefields
Troy - Trojan horse and ruins
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Istanbul - old city, Istanbul, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Basilica Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace
Aegean Coast
Carpet weaving and leather manufacturing houses

Included

9 breakfasts and 1 dinner
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

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$115-130, paid in local currency
International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$40, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Turkey!

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.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

The Old City

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 - WW1 Battlefields

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

Day 4

Troy & Kusadasi

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 nine 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.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Ancient Ephesus

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.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Pamukkale Thermal Pools

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.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast

Days 7-8

Fairytale Cappadocia

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 folklore 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.

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.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 9

Back to Istanbul

Cappadocia - Istanbul. Today we head back to Istanbul, stopping en route for lunch (payable locally). We arrive into Istanbul in the evening.

If you'd prefer to avoid the long journey over land today we also offer the opportunity to fly from Cappadocia to Istanbul.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Istanbul

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!
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

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2018
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Departure Transfer - Sabiha Gokcen Airport
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Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $160
USD $150
Post-Tour Accommodation
USD $160
USD $150

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.

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.

Parion Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Parion is an elegant property situated in the heart of Canakkale on the southern coast of the Dardanelles in Turkey. The hotel features 162 guest rooms and suites with en suit facilities, air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV and a fully stocked minibar. Those looking for a bite to eat can check out the hotel restaurant, which serves a breakfast buffet and a la carte menus at lunch and dinner. There is also a hotel bar and room service is available.

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 and offer a wonderful level of comfort, ensuring a good night's sleep. The on site thermal spa offers guests the chance to relax, revitalise and enjoy what this region is most famous for. Breakfast can be eaten outside on the terrace while dinner is often taken by the shimmering water of the pool.

Burcu Kaya Hotel, Cappadocia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Burca Kaya building was modelled on ancient Seljuk architecture and carved into rocks. The rooms are simply furnished and decorated with neutral colours. The stone walls and rich wooden panelling give the accommodation a truly authentic feel, whilst still maintaining a high level of comfort. The swimming pool has views of the famous fairy chimneys and the restaurant uses locally produced fruit and vegetables. The hotel is located in Ortahisar, the centre of Cappadocia.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.64 out of 5 based on 50 recent reviews

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Spending 10 Days in Turkey with On The Go Tours is a travelling adventure I will never forget. What a great time I had! Firstly the people on our tour, including our wonderful Tour guide Recep 'Regie' Aydın made it such an enjoyable experience. I travelled with my mum, and being 1 of 6 other multi-generational pairs on the tour, it was evident from Day 1 that we were going to share our time with an amazing group of like minded people.

Recep, our guide's knowledge on history, geography, culture and organisational skills allowed us to gain an insight into what a beautiful country Turkey is, and you could tell that his sole focus was to ensure we had the greatest touring experience with On The Go.This was evident in the way he handled every aspect of the tour from checking into our hotels, and ensuring he did his best for us to skip the crowds on sightseeing visits. Not to mention he was so much fun, we always had a laugh with him!

I have done many bus tours in my time, and it goes without saying that I have never felt in more safe hands that with our bus driver Ali as well. He was so attentive and his driving skills were excellent, never making us feel in danger, and he kept the coach in great condition to ensure the comfort of the passengers were always there.

Turkey is a beautiful country, full of history, culture, and the Turkish People were very welcoming and friendly to visitors. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to see this part of the world for myself.

• Submitted 08 Oct 2018
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Spending 10 Days in Turkey with On The Go Tours is a travelling adventure I will never forget. What a great time I had! Firstly the people on our tour, including our wonderful Tour guide Recep "Regie" Aydın made it such an enjoyable experience. I travelled with my mum, and being 1 of 6 other multi-generational pairs on the tour, it was evident from Day 1 that we were going to share our time with an amazing group of like minded people.

Recep, our guide's knowledge on history, geography, culture and organisational skills allowed us to gain an insight into what a beautiful country Turkey is, and you could tell that his sole focus was to ensure we had the greatest touring experience with On The Go. This was evident in the way he handled every aspect of the tour from checkin into our hotels, and ensuring he did his best for us to skip the crowds on sightseeing visits. Not to mention he was so much fun, we always had a laugh with him!

I have done many bus tours in my time, and it goes without saying that I have never felt in more safe hands that with our bus driver Ali as well. He was so attentive and his driving skills were excellent, never making us feel in danger, and he kept the coach in great condition to ensure the comfort of the passengers were always there.

Turkey is a beautiful country, full of history, culture, and the Turkish People were very welcoming and friendly to visitors. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to see this part of the world for myself.

• Submitted 08 Oct 2018
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I had the most wonderful time on the tour! The itinerary was fantastic. The inclusions were such amazing value. Highlight was definitely the Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia. What made the trip was our incredible guide Reggie. He was there for anything we needed and filled us with knowledge and laughter. I would happily book another tour.

• Submitted 01 Oct 2018
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My Mum and I have just finished the 10 day Turkey Unplugged tour and it was amazing. Our guide Recep was super professional, highly knowledgeable and loads of fun. He went above and beyond to make our time in Turkey special. The food, the history, the people, we have both fallen in love with Turkey. We can’t thank Reggie and the On the Go team enough.

• Submitted 25 Sep 2018
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I enjoyed the tour so much! The guide was great, very knowledgeable, accommodating, polite and helpful. The tour was well organised, and the hotels were of very good standard. I will definitely recommend to others

• Submitted 05 Aug 2018
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The tour was fabulous. Burhan is very knowledgeable, entertaining and approachable and he made the experience unforgettable. I would definitely recommend this to anyone

• Submitted 03 Aug 2018
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This trip was amazing, well organised, and everything took place on time. Yosef our driver was so kind and helpful and tried his best with the English language - thanx for that. Reggie, our guide made it all happen. His knowledge was exceptional. His organisational skills were superb and there was no problem that he did not handle with patience. He went over and above to take care of our needs - thanks for that Reggie.

All in all ''On The Go'' this was a great trip and Turkey will remain in my memories as being a special country ti visit.

• Submitted 22 Jul 2018
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Very well scheduled, interesting and picturesque tour. Our guide Yusuf was a very efficient organizer. His archaeological and historical experience and knowledge made

places we visited even more interesting. Excellent mixture of variety of experiences. He made us fell at home in this amazing country. We were able to try local, traditional cuisine.

Yusuf is very approachable, friendly and well balance person. We couldn't wish for better guide.

We would recommend this tour to anyone and we would love to do it again sometime.

• Submitted 29 Jun 2018
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We stared our month long vacation with the tour in Turkey. Now that our vacation has come to an end having visited 3 countries we can honestly say that our time in Turkey by far was the best time. The culture, the food and especially the history of Turkey that we learned from our tour guide Recep Aydin was very educational but most of all very memorable. It was very obvious that his knowledge of the historical sites as well as the Turkish culture came from the heart. His professionalism with the group as well as knowing when to joke around and keep things fun was outstanding. Without any doubt we know that we will never forget our trip to Tukey with on the go tours.

• Submitted 30 Jul 2017
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Turkey was incredible, so much history and natural beauty. My whole trip I was in awe. But I must express how fabulous our guide was. I have travelled the world and never in my entire life did I learn so much from any guide. He was full of information with so much love and respect for his country. He was also caring and protective, this was so good for me as I was traveling alone. Recep Aydin was also so much fun, he made us laugh a lot all the time and kept us all entertained. I will highly recommend this tour to everyone, but most importantly I will tell friends to request to be on Recep's tour, because the truth is I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did if it was not for him. Thank you for an amazing experience.

• Submitted 14 Jul 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: 9, Dinner: 1
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I had the most wonderful time on the tour! The itinerary was fantastic. The inclusions were such amazing value. Highlight was definitely the Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia. What made the trip was our incredible guide Reggie. He was there for anything we needed and filled us with knowledge and laughter. I would happily book another tour.

Sharmayne Bennett