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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 USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide and USD$2 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

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Pre-Tour Accommodation
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USD $150
USD $140

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.

Tusan Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.68 out of 5 based on 60 recent reviews

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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!

• Submitted 18 Mar 2019
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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!

• Submitted 11 Mar 2019
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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.

• Submitted 07 Mar 2019
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Thank you for a wonderful trip! Turkey is a must see! From Istambul, Ephesus, the pools at Pamukkale - the one more amazing than the other, we ended our tour with a balloon ride over Cappadocia. A perfect way to end this amazing trip.

Our guide Lale made the trip extra special. She has great knowledge of the history, the country and culture. Lale went out of her way to accommodate everyone’s needs and requests. Thank you Lale. I would visit your county again and hope Lale could be our guide.

• Submitted 06 Mar 2019
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Couldn't have asked for a better guide, highly commended! Lale so friendly, patient and very professional. She went out of her way to do the best for the tour. Thank you so much for a wonderful time in Turkey Lale!

• Submitted 06 Mar 2019
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Wow, jam-packed tour with wonderful locations. The one wants to overshadow the next. A rare combination of exotic and absolutely beautiful nature scenes and well- preserved historical cities. Visits to all cultural skills shops showing off the diversity and highly artistical background of Turkey.

Our guide, Lali, is well versed in her profession. She has a network of contacts everywhere which she uses to enhance the experience of tour members. Her enthusiasm for her country, history and religion is highly commendable and it rubs off! She has a beautiful way of involving all tour members and making everyone feel special and at home. Thank you so much, Lali and On The Go Tours.

• Submitted 27 Feb 2019
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Wow, jampacked tour with wonderful locations. The one wants to overshadow the next. A rare combination of exotic and absolutely beautiful nature scenes and well- preserved historical cities. Visits to all cultural skills shops showing off the diversity and highly artistical background of Turkey.

Our guide, Lali, is well versed in her profession. She has a network of contacts everywhere which she uses to enhance the experience of tour members. Her enthusiasm for her country, history and religion is highly commendable and it rubs off! She has a beautiful way of involving all tour members and making everyone feel special and at home.

Thank you so much, Lali and On The Go.

• Submitted 27 Feb 2019
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Recep (Reggie) our tour guide made an amazing tour all the more amazing! He shared his extraordinary knowledge of Turkey's history, both modern and ancient, in a way that was accessible to all participants: well paced, informative and witty. He is a great story teller, bringing to life characters of legend and history and able to place them in the contexts of the landscapes we were passing through and the historic sights we visited.

Reggie is an excellent people manager. He invited us to travel with open minds and open hearts, and when this became a difficulty for some participants, he handled the situation quietly and discreetly. We enjoyed his sense of humour and his professional care for us as 'his' group.

We felt privileged to travel with Reggie and would recommend him as a top tour guide on a top tour.

• Submitted 27 Jan 2019
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I was fortunate enough to have Reggie Aydin as my tour guide for this trip, and he was simply exceptional. I have never met someone so passionate about their work, their country, and their history. Every day, Reggie brought a professional enthusiasm to sites we know he had seen hundreds of times, and yet he still brought them alive for us.

Reggie’s subject knowledge was simply awe-inspiring too. To have someone so highly educated guiding us around such fascinating sites was an absolute honour. That, coupled with his warm and patient personality truly made the tour something special.

It is a credit to On the Go to have guides that are this outstanding. I have spoken very highly of my experiences since returning home and will continue to do so.

• Submitted 21 Jan 2019
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We were very impressed with this comprehensive tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. At Gallipoli he took a group photo and said he would forward it to us but we have not seen it yet. The hotels were great, the shopping opportunities well planned, the scenery was beyond what I had imagined. The bus was comfortable and the driver very competent. Kemal made the history come alive. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.

• Submitted 29 Dec 2018
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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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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!

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