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.
First of all, thanks Mark Prymier for quickly taking care of my booking in such a short notice. Also, Yusuf, the driver, was awesome in guaranteeing our safety and enjoyable transportation. Esra, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and helpful along the way and I truly learned a lot about Turkey from her. It was an amazing trip. It started slow but it got better every day. Ephesus was amazing to see, and taking a walk along the traverine terrace in Pamukkale was soothing and relaxing. Not to mention taking a hot air balloon watching the sunrise at Cappadocia with amazing landscape alone made the trip worthwhile. Lastly, thanks on the go for having such a well organized tour and treating us a lot of local treats and dinners. I highly recommend this tour to anybody.”
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 away....wow 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. ”
My husband & I had a marvellous experience, the places we saw were interesting and our guide Emrah was outstanding”
I would like to thank and commend OTG Tours for a wonderful tour. It was really exciting and memorable, beyond what I had anticipated before the tour.
The guide and the driver were truly excellent. I also appreciate gesture of affording us those extra dinners that were not specified as part of the tour and also the special arrangements that were made to transport Lene and I to another hotel at the end of the tour due to a wrong assumption made by the travel agent.
John Wilson ”
Our tour of Turkey was excellent. We were looked after from the time we arrived till we left. We never had to worry about a thing.
All our accommodation was very good and all meals at the accommodation and the restaurants/cafes which were arranged by On The Go Tours were excellent. As I am vegetarian Erkan would arrange my meals. All meals were excellent.
Our tour guide Erkan was very passionate about Turkey and was very knowledgeable. All our questions were clearly answered. Each day Erkan told us what we would be doing, we were never left in the dark. There was plenty of time at every tour stop, we never felt rushed.
Erkan always ensured our 86 year old mother was okay and provided her with the assistance she required so that she was able to accompany us on all parts of the tour.
Thanks also to Cengiz our bus driver who was always very friendly and easy to communicate with.
I would be more then happy to travel with On The Go Tours again.
Erkan was more the helpful with our group, he went out of his way to make sure everything was taken care of. Checked the weather for every day the night before and just did a lot of things we didn't expect of him. He was also extremely helpful with my grandmother as she is 86 and very patient. Lovely and generous man. Thank you! ”
The ten day tour was fantastic, the highlights being Gallipoli and Cappadocia. Our tour guide Huseyin was full of stories and knowledge of Turkey and he never had a problem with any question directed at him, the best tour guide I have been with. Our small group of twelve was a great fit and we all had a fantastic time together. ”
We have just finished our 10 day tour. Having not visited Turkey before we didn't know much about this country but our tour guide Recep Aydin with an amazing amount of knowledge shared the many stories and history of this fascinating country. Recep was fantastic at getting us to where we needed to go and always just a bit ahead of the big tour buses. What precision! Thanks Recep for your knowledge, warmth and sense of humour. Our driver Amed was fantastic at getting us safely from place to place. It was great travelling with a small group - it seems much more personal. One negative was the hotel that we stayed in at Kusadasi. The rooms were in desperate need of refurbishment which apparently is happening in the future. Very happy with the other hotels however. All in all it was a fantastic experience that we would highly recommend. Heather and Leigh Munro”
I can't rate this tour high enough! This has been my favourite trip I've ever taken, and I've travelled a lot! Erkan was spectacular, and his knowledge about Turkey (and everything else) was astounding. Everything went so smoothly, and he went above and beyond to make sure we had the best trip! Accommodation was all fantastic, service was amazing, and our lovely smiley driver (forgot his name sorry! Ahmet??) made us very secure and safe.
Having wifi on the bus was a huge plus as the hotel wifi was average, and having porter service and unexpected included dinners were great as well.
Highlights of the trip? Everything! But Gallipoli and the balloon ride in Cappadocia were definitely up there with the best of it.
Highly recommend this trip! Anyone thinking about this needs to do it!”
Hello On the GO,
This was my first time with On The Go tours, and my first time to Turkey. I picked your company because it was the only one available for my vacation time and that being of Greek heritage, I wanted to see historical ancient Greek sites.
I travelled solo, but our tour group of 11 people made it so wonderful, it felt like traveling with family.
And our Tour director, Erkan was the best! He had passion about Turkey, he had passion about each site we visited, and his personality was wonderful.
I enjoyed learning about the history and culture.
This was an excellent tour! I'm so happy I experienced this.
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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.”