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Aegean Explorer - 7 Days map

Kicking off in the powerhouse of the Ottoman empire - Istanbul, pay your respects at Gallipoli, get lost in the impressive Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, witness the beautiful Aegean Coast and dip your toes in Pamukkale's beautiful cascading mineral pools.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Istanbul – Visit highlights of the Old City including the beautiful Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and imposing Topkapi Palace
Pamukkale – Stroll around the terraced pools and opt for a relaxing dip in the naturally warm and calcium rich waters
Troy – Discover the legendary ruins and see a replica of the famous wooden horse which as the story goes, was used to sack the city
Hierapolis – See the UNESCO-listed ruins of this ancient spa town, built on the site of natural hot springs
Ephesus – Tour the marble ruins of this Roman city which was once the site of the great Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders
Gallipoli – Pay your respects at the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials and visit ANZAC Cove, a famous WW1 landing site
Pergamum – Marvel at the Roman amphitheatre which is one of the steepest in the classical world

Included

5 breakfasts
Economy class flight from Denizli (Pamukkale) to Istanbul
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
6 nights 4 star hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, Pamukkale Terraces and Hierapolis
Airport arrival transfer on day 1

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$85-95pp, paid in local currency
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
Tipping Kitty: USD$40pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul

Saturday. Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul and included transfer to our hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure or head out to explore the city. This evening our tip filled welcome meeting takes place.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul

Istanbul. We'll start the day with an exciting tour of Istanbul's old city. We'll make a number of stops on our trip, starting with a visit to the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets, we'll continue to the ruinous Hippodrome – now a small park of sorts and once scene of chariot races and political activities in Byzantine times, we'll also discover Hagia Sofia Museum - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, Topkapi Palace and the Underground Cistern – an ancient underground water tank - replete with carved and fluted Corinthian columns and a puzzling head of Medusa. Visitors walk on walkways suspended above the shallow water. It’s very cool and peaceful.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Gallipoli

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 Blair 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.

Crossing the Dardenelles by ferry (offering panoramic views of the entire Gallipoli Peninsular) we proceed to our hotel for a little rest and relaxation.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Troy & Kusadasi

Gallipoli – Kusadasi. Heading south, we enjoy a guided tour of Homer’s Troy, famed for the Trojan wooden horse and fabled Helen. Continuing to ancient Pergamum - the cultural and political capital of its time, before continuing onto coastal Kusadasi. Make the most of the hotel facilities this evening.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Ancient Ephesus

Today, we enjoy a guided tour at the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world to get a feel for what Roman life must have been like. Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000. It became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. We’ll have plenty of time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. Be sure to see the famous Library of Celcus, the gymnasium of Vedius and Stadium, the great theatre and stroll the streets in the ruins of this large Roman ruined city. It’s completely fascinating. We’ll see public toilets, a brothel, fountains and various temples. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and afterward we stop to watch a demonstration of how they are made.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Pamukkale

Kusadasi - Pamukkale. Today, after breakfast, we drive to Pamukkale visiting the region’s famed calcium rich 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. Today, some of the pools are closed. However, areas of the travertines can be walked upon, albeit in bare feet. We can however opt to enjoy a unique and very pleasant dip in the warm waters at the Pamukkale Thermal, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns in the centre of the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, which was a was a cure centre founded around 190 BC by the Romans. This evening we have some free time to relax and unwind.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Istanbul

Friday. This morning we make our way to Denizli airport for our flight to Istanbul. On arrival to Istanbul Airport we bid farewell to our group and representative and catch our onward flights.

Note: Please note your internal flight is currently arriving into the new Istanbul Airport airport at approx. 08:50am. Please ensure you book an international flight departing Istanbul after 1pm, allowing for flight delays. If you are departing via Sabiha airport you will need to make arrangements between airports and we recommend booking flights after 2:30pm Alternatively, you could choose to extend your stay by purchasing an additional night's hotel accommodation.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All departure dates from 1 Apr 2023 are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. Prior to this date a departure is guaranteed with 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

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2022
Twin Share
Single Room
03 Dec - 09 Dec 15% off
NZD $2,325
NZD $1,976
NZD $2,995
NZD $2,546
31 Dec - 06 Jan 10% off G
NZD $2,495
NZD $2,246
NZD $3,385
NZD $3,047
2023
Twin Share
Single Room
07 Jan - 13 Jan 10% off G
NZD $2,325
NZD $2,093
NZD $2,995
NZD $2,696
04 Feb - 10 Feb 10% off
NZD $2,325
NZD $2,093
NZD $2,995
NZD $2,696
NZD $2,325
NZD $2,995
18 Mar - 24 Mar 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
01 Apr - 07 Apr 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
08 Apr - 14 Apr 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
06 May - 12 May 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
20 May - 26 May 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
03 Jun - 09 Jun 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
17 Jun - 23 Jun 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
01 Jul - 07 Jul 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
15 Jul - 21 Jul 15% off
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
29 Jul - 04 Aug 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
05 Aug - 11 Aug 15% off
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
12 Aug - 18 Aug 15% off
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
26 Aug - 01 Sep 15% off
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
09 Sep - 15 Sep 15% off G
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
16 Sep - 22 Sep 15% off
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
23 Sep - 29 Sep 15% off
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
07 Oct - 13 Oct 15% off
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
21 Oct - 27 Oct 15% off
NZD $2,575
NZD $2,189
NZD $3,385
NZD $2,877
04 Nov - 10 Nov 15% off
NZD $2,325
NZD $1,976
NZD $2,995
NZD $2,546
18 Nov - 24 Nov 15% off
NZD $2,325
NZD $1,976
NZD $2,995
NZD $2,546
02 Dec - 08 Dec 15% off
NZD $2,325
NZD $1,976
NZD $2,995
NZD $2,546

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Istanbul
NZD $245
NZD $425
Post-Tour Accommodation - Istanbul
NZD $245
NZD $425
Princes Islands - 1 day
NZD $245
N/A

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.

Kent Hotel, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The charming Kent Hotel is a great example of contemporary design and a friendly atmosphere. Guest rooms are superbly equipped with modern facilities including Wi-Fi connectivity, state of the art technology and bright marbled bathrooms. Enjoying a delicious Turkish meal at the in house Calcedoine Restaurant after a hard days sightseeing is highly recommended. The hotel is also fantastically located within a 10-minute walk of the Grand Bazaar and Old Town in the Bayazit area in the European side of Istanbul.

Iris Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Iris is a modern, low rise hotel with spacious, comfortable rooms and a good size swimming pool. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi connection and has an enviable beach front location. You can enjoy a delicious meal at the outdoor restaurant with views across the ocean.

Ramada by Wyndham Hotel & Suites, Kusadasi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set within beautifully landscaped gardens and boasting an incredible panoramic view of the Aegean Coast, the Ramada Hotel & Suites is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun by its large outdoor pool, or pamper yourself at the spa. Comfort is guaranteed in the spacious guest rooms, which are modern and well equipped. The hotel offers a choice of three bars, a buffet restaurant and an à la carte restaurant, serving tasty Italian cuisine. A variety of bars and restaurants can also be found within walking distance of the hotel, near Kusadasi's pretty marina.

Richmond Ephesus Resort Hotel, Kusadasi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

With a beautiful sandy beach lining the shore between the hotel and the sea, the Richmond Ephesus Hotel is a perfect place to relax. Take a dip in one of the two pools or enjoy a delicious dinner and drink at one of the three restaurants. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with air conditioning throughout the hotel.

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.74 out of 5 based on 19 recent reviews

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We had a wonderful tour, bit of a hiccup at the airport, as there was no one to collect us, but it was quickly resolved. Both the tour guide and driver of the tour bus were more then competent. The tour guide had an amazing array of knowledge of the area in which we travelled, and the sites and places of interested we visited, he was also able to answer any general information related to Turkey. He managed the group well as it related to time keeping without making us feel rushed, or having time to ourselves. The coach was spacious and comfortable. The hotels in which we stayed were comfortable and well appointed, the dinners and breakfasts had a wide array of options.

Although we had initially booked to go to Croatia in 2020, COVID made that impossible, however our tour to Turkey was a great alternative and we were not disappointed.

Would we use On the Go Tours again, certainly and we will encourage our friends to do the same.

• Submitted 13 Oct 2022
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Tour guide Lale was excellent - very knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend.

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Recap was very knowledgeable about the places we visited. Everything was well organized and worked like clockwork. He was friendly and always willing to assist all the travellers. I greatly enjoyed the tour. He is the best tour guide I have ever encountered.

• Submitted 25 Sep 2019
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The destinations were amazing. The wonders we were exposed to are a once in a lifetime to witness. From the time we were picked up from the airport to the time we returned to the airport our guide and driver were amazing. The knowledge of our guide Metin was captivating. The history was intriguing and how they wove it to the present to give us a real feel of Turkey today.

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Enjoyed the trip - it was intense with regards to the schedule.The guide was knowledgeable with her history and extremely flexible in dealing with changes and she gets high marks for effort for that.

• Submitted 30 May 2018
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It was my 1st experience with On the Go tours and it was fabulous tour and tour guider "Esra" got good knowledge about wherever we visited sites in turkey.I will recommend on the go tours to everyone.

• Submitted 25 Apr 2017
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This tour was well organised and well run. Borhan (I think that is the correct spelling) was extremely knowledgeable and very informative. Mustafah, the driver, was an excellent driver and joined in with the group when he could. His 'disco' drive-bys were hilarious.

I would recommend this tour to everyone!

• Submitted 15 Aug 2016
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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Turkey. Our guide Reggie was most personable, approachable and knowledgeable. Small tour group of about 12 made for a good group who travelled well together through some spectacular historic sights. Hotels were of an excellent standard and we were most appreciative of a temporary room in Pammukkale, to have a quick shower and ready ourselves for a pick up to the Denizli International Airport . Hotels were generally within easy walking distance to the town and restaurants. We were given enough time to walk around the sights but would have liked have more time at Ephesus. We found the travel times between sights a little long, but understand this was beyond OTG's control. This would be a factor in choosing land tours in the future. All in all a great tour and we would certainly consider booking with OTG in the future. Thank you Reggie for a memorable tour of Turkey

• Submitted 02 Jul 2016
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Both the tour and especially our guide, Burhan, were fabulous. Burhan could not have been more organized, more supportive, more generous with his time nor more knowledgeable about every aspect of our tour. This was our first with On The Go and it won't be our last .

• Submitted 26 Jun 2016
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I must say I was not looking forward to this trip because I was travelling alone but our Tour Guide and the group I met made it a pleasant one.

I really enjoyed my stay in Turkey and the tour itself from beginning to end.

I will definitely be doing another tour with on the go in the near future.

By the way Burchan is THE best tour guide..

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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5
Visiting
Istanbul, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Ephesus
Countries
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Pillars on a cliff in Canakkale
The stunning ancient ruins at the historical site of Ephesus
The salt encrusted pools at Pamukkale
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul

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NZD $ 245 / 1 day

We had a wonderful tour, bit of a hiccup at the airport, as there was no one to collect us, but it was quickly resolved. Both the tour guide and driver of the tour bus were more then competent. The tour guide had an amazing array of knowledge of the area in which we travelled, and the sites and places of interested we visited, he was also able to answer any general information related to Turkey. He managed the group well as it related to time keeping without making us feel rushed, or having time to ourselves. The coach was spacious and comfortable. The hotels in which we stayed were comfortable and well appointed, the dinners and breakfasts had a wide array of options.

Although we had initially booked to go to Croatia in 2020, COVID made that impossible, however our tour to Turkey was a great alternative and we were not disappointed.

Would we use On the Go Tours again, certainly and we will encourage our friends to do the same.

julian van den berg
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