Library of Celsus | Ephesus | Turkey
FROM: USD $1,895 pp

Discover the best of Turkey on a captivating two-week adventure. From the bustling bazaars of Istanbul to the thermal pools of Pamukkale. From the fairytale views of Cappadocia to the ancient ruins of Troy. In the land where East meets West, we'll take you on a journey you'll never forget.

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Trip Highlights

Cappadocia - Explore the spectacular landscapes, villages and valleys of this extraordinary national treasure
Konya - Travel the Silk Road and discover the magic of the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum
Ancient ruins - Roam around Roman relics in Ephesus, Pergamum, Antalya, and Troy
Spectacular scenery - From the beautiful Blue Lagoon to picturesque Fethiye, discover astonishing scenes of natural beauty
Istanbul - Immerse yourself in the lively streets teeming with bazaars and mosques
Gallipoli Peninsula - Pay your respects at some of the memorials, trenches, and battlefields of WW1
Thermal pools - Bask in the natural springs amongst the white cliffs of Pamukkale
Safranbolu - Weave around the cobbled streets and spot the Ottoman architecture

Included

Breakfast daily and 8 dinners
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus, Pergamum, Sirince, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Koycegiz, Kayakoy, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia and Safranbolu
Wine tasting in Sirince
Canyon walk and tubing (optional) around Saklikent Gorge
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 of tour and departure transfer (to Istanbul International Airport) at 9am and 1pm only on day 14
12 nights 4-5 star hotels and 1 night in an Ottoman Mansion home
Koycegiz Lake cruise and mud bath experience
Ferry crossing of the Dardanelles
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guides
All relevant transfers and transportation in private, modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$120-140pp, 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$45pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Meet Istanbul

Touchdown in Turkey! We'll meet you at Istanbul airport and take you to your hotel.

You can either explore the city or unwind in your hotel. At 8pm, we'll gather in the hotel to meet our fellow travellers before our adventure begins.

Included:

  • Direct transfer from the airport to your hotel

Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Sightseeing in the city

Today we'll explore the sights of Istanbul. Our local guide will weave us through the bustling streets and reveal the fascinating history behind the mosques, palaces and museums.

We'll roam the streets of Sultanahmet - Istanbul's old town, explore the famous Blue Mosque and stop off at the stunning Topkapi Palace.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

ANZAC Cove and battlefields

Istanbul - Gallipoli. Once a site of devastating violence, the battlefields of Gallipoli now stand as a sombre reminder of lives lost in World War 1. We'll embark on an eye-opening tour as our guide unpacks the captivating history of the area.

We'll explore ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian War Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand War Memorial and the trenches that soldiers once sought cover in as they fought.

Crossing the Dardenelles by ferry, we'll enjoy panoramic views of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Arriving at our hotel in Canakkale, we can unwind by the water's edge after a busy day.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

The Trojan Horse and ancient ruins

Gallipoli - Kusadasi. Taking a tour around the ancient city of Troy, we'll see the replica Trojan Horse and explore streets dating back to 3000BC. On our way to Kusadasi, we'll stop in Pergamum. Once a famous cultural and political centre, we'll explore its preserved temples and fascinating relics.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Roman relics and Greek villages

Kusadasi - Sirince. Today, we'll take a step back in time and explore the Roman ruins of Ephesus. Roaming the streets of this classical city, we'll take an unforgettable tour around the carefully restored relics of a once-thriving empire.

After our tour, we'll watch a traditional carpet weaving demonstration; a true piece of Turkish culture. We'll then head to the Greek village of Sirince, a quaint mountainside valley, before returning to Kusadasi.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Hot springs of Pamukkale

Kusadasi – Pamukkale. Making our way through cotton farms, we'll arrive at the ruins of Roman Hierapolis and the hot springs of Pamukkale. A surreal landscape of white cliffs, shimmering marble and quartz, the ruins are known locally as 'Cotton Castles'. Walk along the terraces or take a dip in the thermal baths.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Turtle Beach and Turquoise Coast

Pamukkale - Koycegiz - Fethiye. Arriving in the lakeside town of Koycegiz, we'll set sail on a boat cruise to Turtle Beach. Bathe in the moisturising muds of the local mud bath before we continue to Fethiye; a picturesque town nestled in the banks of Turkey's stunning Turquoise Coast.
Overnight: Fethiye  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Blue Lagoon

Fethiye - Kayakoy Greek village - Oludeniz - Fethiye. In the morning, we'll explore the Greek village of Kayakoy. Then, we'll make tracks to Oludeniz; home to the spectacular Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the endless blue waters before we head back to Fethiye.
Overnight: Fethiye  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Saklikent Gorge

Fethiye - Antalya. Departing Fethiye we head across to another stunning part of the Mediterranean cost, Demre. In Demre, we'll take to the turqoise waters to visit the partially sunken city of Kekova. We'll explore the incredible ruins of this once flourishing city. Originally damaged by an earthquake in the 2nd century it was rebuilt during the Byzantine period before finally being abandoned during the Arab incursions of the 7th century. Once we've returned to Demre, we'll continue to the coastal city of Antalya where we'll enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Antalya  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Whirling Dervishes

Antalya - Cappadocia. After an early rise, we'll head to Konya. On our way, we'll visit the ancient theatre of Aspendos - famously known as one of the best-preserved theatres of the Roman world.

In Konya, we'll tour the monastery of the Mevlana whirling dervishes; a fascinating insight into traditional Turkish culture. We'll then make our way along the famous Silk Road and stop at the Seljuk - an enchanting example of ancient caravanserai (a roadside inn).
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Captivating Cappadocia

Today, we'll discover the unforgettable scenery of Cappadocia. A land where time stands still, we'll explore prehistoric villages, underground churches and fascinating fortresses carved into rock.

Our expert guide will reveal the secrets of every turn we take. As we roam around Goreme Valley, we'll see clifftop houses, rock-cut chapels and castles. We'll also have the chance to enjoy a spot of retail therapy in an Onyx shop, where you'll find authentic Turkish jewellery.

In the evening, you can embrace your fairytale surroundings and enjoy an optional Turkish dinner and folklore evening.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Ottoman Royalty

Cappadocia - Safranbolu. In the morning, you'll have the chance to see Cappadocia from afar with an optional hot air balloon flight. See the surreal landscape from a unique perspective as you glide above the ancient villages and fortresses.

We'll then head to Safranbolu; a World Heritage site and home to striking examples of royal Ottoman architecture. Spend the afternoon roaming the characteristic cobbled streets and discovering traditional Turkish wares in artisan workshops.

In the evening, we'll stay in a traditional Ottoman mansion. Alternatively you can travel by flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul and spend the night at leisure in Istanbul.
Overnight: Safranbolu  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

The Grand Bazaar

Safranbolu - Istanbul. In the morning, we'll soak up the sights of the Old Town with a fascinating walking tour. After, we'll return to Istanbul and head to the famous Grand Bazaar. It's the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Turkey's iconic market stalls.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring Istanbul on your own terms. Stuck for ideas? Just ask your friendly guide for some inspiration.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Istanbul

Friday. Our Turkish adventure comes to an end after saying farewell to your new-found friends.

Included:

  • Departure transfer from your hotel to Istanbul International Airport at 9am or 1pm

Breakfast

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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.

Point Hotel Taksim, Istanbul

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Well-located just a short walk from the nearest Metro station, this modern hotel is a great base for exploring the sights of Istanbul. Light and spacious guestrooms offer air conditioning and free high speed WiFi. There’s also a indoor pool, spa facilities and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy a choice of eateries, including an authentic Japanese Restaurant and two café bars. However, this hotel’s highlight is the top-floor View Point Restaurant, which boasts delicious Turkish and world cuisine alongside sweeping views of the Bosporus Strait.

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.

Kolin Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Looking out across the Dardanelles, the modern and bright Kolin Hotel offers well appointed rooms with hard wood flooring and tasteful decor. The hotel also boasts a luxury spa, wellness centre and a number of mouth watering restaurants all set within perfectly manicured lawns. Sipping a sundowner on the roof bar, overlooking the beautiful strait, is the perfect way to end the day. The hotel is located on the water’s edge a short drive from the town centre with beautiful views out to sea.

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.

Marina Boutique, Fethiye

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Thanks to its delightful marina setting, the Marina Boutique offers picturesque views over the Bay of Fethiye. Its stylish guestrooms open out onto private balconies with sea views and feature marble bathrooms. They also provide free WiFi as well all the other modern amenities you’d need to enjoy your stay. The hotel is surrounded by Mediterranean gardens with a refreshing outdoor pool and bar. Guests can enjoy the daily breakfast buffet in the onsite restaurant, which serves delicious regional food from the Mugla Province. Set on the beautiful waterfront, you’re sure to take the option of outdoor dining so you can soak up the views with your meal.

Best Western Khan Hotel, Antalya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Modern and elegant, the Best Western Khan has good sized rooms with en suites and a range of modern amenities, and free transportation to Konyaaltı, one of the most beautiful beaches in Antalya. A breakfast buffet iserved in the hotel's restaurant on a daily basis and various Turkish delicacies can be found here as well. The hotel also has a pool and fitness centre. The hotel is located in the city centre, within easy walking distance of the Old Town and Marina.

Crowne Plaza Nevsehir, Cappadocia

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Situated only 15 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Goreme, this modern hotel boasts an excellent location in Cappadocia. Its guestrooms are located in quiet zones to ensure you have a restful sleep and offer modern amenities including free WiFi so you can stay connected to friends and family back home. Guests can unwind in the indoor pool or book a revitalizing treatment at the onsite spa centre. A rich breakfast is served in the Gurme Restaurant, then for dinner head to the a la carte Manzara Roof Restaurant on the top floor for some delicious international cuisine.

İmren Lokum, Safranbolu

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated in Safranbolu, Imren Lokum is styled after the traditional houses of the region. Surrounded by historical and natural beauty, this hotel offers its guests a comfortable stay in rooms equipped with modern amenities including free WiFi and 24-hour room service. A complimentary full breakfast with local specialties is served each morning and the restaurant also offers a lunch and dinner menu. In the evenings, guests can relax in the lounge bar or take a drink to the outdoor seating in the garden.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.9 out of 5 based on 52 recent reviews

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My experience was very good. They understood the circumstance of Covid 19 and allowed me to use my travel cost for next trip.

• Submitted 13 Mar 2020
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The tour was fabulous but it was our guide who made it special. The history, knowledge and Turkish culture he imparted to us in our two short weeks together was amazing. He made the trip lots of fun as well as a real voyage of discovery. This was the first tour we have ever done as we always travel independently and thanks to the tour content, but especially Reggie we will be back for more.

• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
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My first with On the go experience but for sure not the last.

The best experience I have had with touring companies!

The itinerary is excellent, the tour guide is very good, the hotels are great, the group size is small, we started with 16 people and then 6 of them left so now we are 10. The bus ride is nice & smooth, WiFi in the bus!! Everything is EXCELLENT!!

• Submitted 15 Sep 2019
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Excellent - small group Tour leader and bus driver fantastic.Would recommend tour to anyone. Great value for money-all aspects of trip were great

• Submitted 23 Aug 2019
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I would like to say a personal thank you to both OTG and my guide Esra for making my travel experience to Turkey so smooth and beautiful. Esra’s knowledge on Art, Culture and History was impressive, combined with her selflessness and bubbly personality made our extensive travels which were sometimes overwhelming and tiring, fun and memorable. Esra is an incredibly kind and compassionate person who ensured we were happy and well and I am very lucky we crossed her path. I’ve learnt a lot about the Turkish heritage and it’s been a privilege to have seen so many ancient and underground cities. I’m already thinking about a next visit!!! Thank you ever so much.

• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
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Guide was wonderful, personable and professional and encyclopedic in his knowledge of Turkey's history, geology, geography, agriculture and plants.

I loved the route and itinerary, saw everything on my list and I was pleased with the organisation and efficiency of OTG.

• Submitted 01 Jul 2019
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Absolutely amazing tour and our guide could not have been more knowledgeable and accommodating. Reggie made our tour better by predicting when other tours would be there so we got quieter times at busy sites . His humour and professionalism was amazing. Thanks ‘ On the go ‘ and Reggie.

• Submitted 08 Jun 2019
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Burhan is an amazing guide! So much knowledge, so attentive, quick to make alternatives if needed and is still so excited about Turkey after all his years of guiding. Couldn’t have wished for a better experience

• Submitted 18 Mar 2019
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Tour was awesome, loved the visits to all the historical sites in Turkey. One of the highlight was going to Gallipoli, it was an eye-opener. Cappadocia region, another one of my highlights, was beautiful during winter with all the snow, disappointed that we could not do the balloon ride. Will definitely come back here in the warmer months. Oguzhan was a great tour guide, his knowledge on the cities and sites we visited was awesome, it gave a better understanding of the city and site.

• Submitted 11 Mar 2019
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Amazing in all the possible ways

• Submitted 18 Sep 2018
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Dinner: 8
Visiting
Countries
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Pillars on a cliff in Canakkale
View of Kusadasi from across the water
The stunning ancient ruins at the historical site of Ephesus
The salt encrusted pools at Pamukkale
The blue lagoon and sandy spit of land in Oludeniz
Beautiful mosque in Konya
Hot air balloons floating over the stunning landscape of Cappadocia
White washed houses with terracotta roofs in Safranbolu

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