Explore stunning Istanbul with its bazaars and mosques and 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.
Saturday. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your holiday. There's an included arrival transfer to our hotel before the afternoon is at leisure. Relax in the hotel 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.
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 its blue Iznik tiles. Discover the Hippodrome and Hagia Sofia, which was constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Finally, we explore the impressive Topkapi Palace, which was the main residence of the Ottoman sultans in the 15th century.
Overnight: Istanbul | Breakfast
Istanbul – Gallipoli. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Our guided tour takes in sights including 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
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 brought to life 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 admire a replica of the Trojan wooden horse that, as legend goes, was filled with Aechaean soldiers who helped to sack Troy.
Driving further south we reach the ancient ruins of Pergamum, home to one of the steepest 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
Today, we explore legendary Ephesus - perhaps the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Under Roman rule, Ephesus was a vast and prosperous city with a population nearing 250,000. It was an important centre of commerce and a popular destination for pilgrims who came to see the great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders.
We have plenty of time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. Discover the famous Library of Celsus, the Stadium, the gymnasium of Vedius and the Great Theatre. We’ll see ancient public toilets, a brothel, fountains and various temples. There's also a visit to a carpet manufacturing house.
Overnight: Kusadasi | Breakfast
Kusadasi – Pamukkale. Driving east, we arrive at Pamukkale - home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they're a natural phenomena and gift from 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 are known as travertines. Take a barefoot walk along the travertines or opt for a dip in the warm waters of the thermal pool, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns.
Our last stop of the day is the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, famed for the curative powers of its mineral springs. These were dammed to create communal baths.
Overnight: Pamukkale | Breakfast
Pamukkale - Cappadocia. On day 7 we drive to Cappadocia, stopping to visit some ancient caravanserais (roadside inns) such as Sultanhani. Tonight there's a fun optional evening of Turkish folklore.
On day 8 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 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 Goreme Valley. See stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples. Marvel at Zelve, with its phallic-like eroded landscape. Stopping on the outskirts of Goreme Village we have the opportunity to see Pigeon Valley, where centuries old pigeon houses are carved into the surrounding cliffs. Our tour also takes in the incredible Uchisar castle-mountain. Enjoy marvelous views of Cappadocia from the summit and explore the underground city of Kaymakli.
You'll also have the opportunity to visit an Onyx shop, which specializes in historic jewellery designs that are unique to Turkey and crafted using local materials. For those not interested in shopping, there's time to relax and grab a drink from the local cafe. This evening, we enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Cappadocia | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1
Monday. After breakfast our tour draws to a close. An onward departure transfer is included to Istanbul International Airport and is offered at 11am or 1:30pm today.
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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.
Ramada Old City, Istanbul
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.
Tusan Hotel, Canakkale
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. This accommodation sits within a beautiful pine forest looking across the Dardanelles with a private beach exclusively for guests.
Marina Hotel, Kusadasi
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
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
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.
This tour would have to be the highlight of our journey, it was perfectly balanced and made even more special by our guide Reggie, from our first meeting one could tell he was passionate about his country and enjoyed sharing his knowledge which he conveyed in simple terms for us all to understand. Reggie looked after us all in a caring and disciplined manner, we also had lots of fun and many laughs, he always went above and beyond what is expected as a tour leader, e.g. our check in/out of accommodation ran smoothly with no time wasted. He used the bus travelling time to brief us on the next site and to answer any questions, which he did honestly. We are sure our whole group thoroughly enjoyed Turkey Unplugged and bonded extremely well because of Reggie’s input. We would like to say a sincere thank you to Reggie for making our journey to Turkey one we will never forget and also many thanks to our coach driver Milat for keeping us safe. We are pleased we didn’t give much heed to the negative comments from friends about Turkey being dangerous, because we would never have had this experience. Well done ‘On the Go’ for a great tour. ”
What a wonderful tour of a spectacular country! Reggis, our guide extraordinaire, shared his wealth of information with the group and was at all times helpful, approachable and great fun - who will ever forget his singing and the rendition of "Istanbul" As there were only 20 of us, travelling in the coach was spacious and comfortable, and the additional meals which were provided but not included in the itinerary were much appreciated. For me the highlight of the trip was the balloon trip over Cappadocia. Thank you, Reggie, and On the Go Tours for a memorable experience.”
Tour guide was very knowledgeable about country, history, and events.
Would have liked a few more days around historical sites and ruins.
I would highly recommend this tour.”
The tour was amazing & the tour guide was fantastic. He made our journey easier & enjoyable. Very helpful.”
This tour was wonderful and our tour guide Metin was great. He was a wealth of knowledge and passionate about his country. Nothing fazed him, and he was nice to talk to privately.
My wife and I really enjoyed all the aspects of this tour, (even the long return journey back to Istanbul by coach).
Our coach driver was very professional and courteous.
Turkey is a beautiful country, we travelled with a great group of people, and would recommend this tour to others. ”
I wasn't sure what to expect when arriving into Turkey as I hadn't done much research before coming. Burhan ensured that I left feeling extremely knowledgeable on all things Turkish & made sure we all saw the best sites on our tour. I absolutely loved travelling through Turkey with On The Go, especially because it was a small group tour. When we would visit tourist attractions, eateries or at the hotel for check in, it was such an easy process compared to the huge 50 seater buses that were also there. It allowed all of us to really bond over our experiences & get to know one another better. I also could not recommend Burhan enough as a tour guide. He was absolutely incredible!! The wealth of knowledge & passion for his country stood out every time we visited somewhere new which was so nice to see. ”
My wife,daughter and I have just completed the Turkey unplugged OTG tour. The trip was fantastic. Turkey is a wonderful place to tour, we felt safe and comfortable in the hands of our phenomenal guide Reggie. Reggie was super organised, helpful, efficient and lots of fun to be with. He made our trip interesting with his extensive knowledge of all the sights we visited. He was sensitive to all the groups individual needs and made our family feel well taken care of at all times. The coach we travelled on was extremely comfortable, we even had wifi on the coach. There were only highlights on this trip and I cannot praise OTG and Reggie enough for making our holidays such a memorable experience.
Peter, Vanessa and Ingrid
Turkey Unplugged 16th March 2019 ”
Absolutely incredible tour. Burhan went above and beyond to help us do everything we wanted. He was super knowledgeable and made the trip so much fun!”
So happy we didn't listen to the negative thoughts about Turkey! I traveled to Turkey with a friend through On The Go. As young, female travellers, many people were concerned about our safety. Turkey is such a beautiful country! There was never a time when we felt unsafe. Even when on our own in the evenings (this tour has a lot of evening downtime which was amazing).
Metin was so knowledgeable, fun and kind. The amount of historical information he was able to share was outstanding. He also provided many recommendations for dining and knew the best time to arrive at the sights to beat the tourist crowds.
Some hotels weren't quite the 4-5 star quality you get at home but they were still comfortable.
This tour is totally worth every penny. You learn so much and get to see so many things. We hope to return in the future. Thank you, On The Go!”
What can I say? The 10 days trip in Turkey is amazing and I am happy Lale is our tour guide. She really took care of us the whole entire trip and made sure that everyone's need is fulfilled from day 1 until the end. Honestly, having her as our tour guide what made the whole trip much more fun. She is very knowledgeable in explaining the historical places that we visited and answers any questions that we had.
Turkey itself is spectacular - the view, the historical sites (each places that we visited is amazing) and of course - the famous Cappadocia - hot air balloon. We managed to experience the hot air balloon even though it was cancel when we were supposed to fly on our first morning in Cappadocia.
Not to forget, our driver as well who managed to drive us safely around Turkey especially from Cappadocia back to Istanbul - an almost 12 hours ride. Thank you Lale and On The Go tours team.”
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I loved this tour, its a fun filled tour and I met some great new friends, travelling solo.
Our tour guide Burhan was great and such a treat.”