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Turkey Unplugged - 10 Days

Watching sunrises in otherworldly landscapes, dancing, shopping and plenty of good times make this getaway a real Turkish delight.
Sultan’s palaces gilded in gold and jewels. Surreal lunar landscapes. Bazaars of glittering treasures. Come discover the treasures of Turkey! 

This nation is unique in every way; an exciting blend of the modern and traditional; quiet and vibrant. Stroll through it capital that hugs two continents, one end in Asia and the other in Europe.  Learn about delectable Turkish cuisine, eat, explore, dance, laugh and have fun with new friends throughout!


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Duration
10 Days

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₹116,435
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On The Go

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Reviews

8 Reviews

SARIKA BACHOO

Written on 01 Jul, 2019

5.0 out of 5
Tour was amazing Lale was brilliant loved the historical stories she told and fascinated us with her wealth of knowledge. Enjoyed the ride in the bus our driver Mustafa was amazing. The tour was indeed value for money, well planned and executed tour.
Tour was amazing Lale was brilliant loved the historical stories she told and fascinated us with her wealth of knowledge. Enjoyed the ride in the bus our driver Mustafa was amazing. The tour was indeed value for money, well planned and executed tour.read less
HIERONYMUS SCHONFELDT

Written on 01 Jul, 2019

5.0 out of 5
We were lucky enough to do the hot air ballooning in Cappadocia. This is the ultimate bucket list item to tick a picture will never give you a complete picture. Throughout this tour, Burhan who needs special recognition was incredible. Not only was he knowledgeable but brought humour to the ...read more
We were lucky enough to do the hot air ballooning in Cappadocia. This is the ultimate bucket list item to tick a picture will never give you a complete picture. Throughout this tour, Burhan who needs special recognition was incredible. Not only was he knowledgeable but brought humour to the tour! He is an asset to On The Go Tours.read less
Fiona Callisto
4.0 out of 5
Amazing tour, wonderful sights, great hotels but most importantly the best guide ever, Dino was amazing, so helpful with everything ”
Amazing tour, wonderful sights, great hotels but most importantly the best guide ever, Dino was amazing, so helpful with everything ”read less
Roberto Roja
5.0 out of 5
We had such a magical and awesome time travelling through Egypt. The organisation of the tour was exceptional. Highlights for us was definitely the felucca boat trip, swimming with the wild dolphins in The Red Sea, riding on camels through the desert with the Great pyramids of Giza in the ...read more
We had such a magical and awesome time travelling through Egypt. The organisation of the tour was exceptional. Highlights for us was definitely the felucca boat trip, swimming with the wild dolphins in The Red Sea, riding on camels through the desert with the Great pyramids of Giza in the background!! Memories and experiences that will forever stay with us! Our tour guide Medo was amazing! Best tour guide ever... he was always there for us and his knowledge and wisdom about the ancient Egyptian culture and mythology is on another level... such a passionate individual and caring about our ever need. ”read less
Brian Falou
5.0 out of 5
Explains things to us as if we can see and feel that we are actually there.Top marks of being a tour guide and with a sense of humour is great,always on time helpful to all of people on tour keep up the great job momo.😊”
Explains things to us as if we can see and feel that we are actually there.Top marks of being a tour guide and with a sense of humour is great,always on time helpful to all of people on tour keep up the great job momo.😊”read less
Natalia Mcallansmith
4.5 out of 5
All 3 staff [driver, cook and guide] were great, friendly, and the food was wonderful. Tents and mattresses were of a good standard. The staff who ran the Serengeti excursion were also very professional.Some of the campsites were a little basic; with poorly maintained facilities - for example broken toilet ...read more
All 3 staff [driver, cook and guide] were great, friendly, and the food was wonderful. Tents and mattresses were of a good standard. The staff who ran the Serengeti excursion were also very professional.Some of the campsites were a little basic; with poorly maintained facilities - for example broken toilet seats and non-flushing toilets were unpleasant. But they all had a bar area for child drinks, which was good.We didn't appreciate beforehand the number of very early starts that would be required; perhaps this should be made more clear on trip notes.”read less
Jan Sawyer
5.0 out of 5
Thank you to Sarah for arranging this tour for us via your China agents. This is the first tailor made tour you have provided to Taiwan and was an experiment on both sides. Whilst the tour itinerary was not easy to understand and Lion Travel Service in Taipei City were ...read more
Thank you to Sarah for arranging this tour for us via your China agents. This is the first tailor made tour you have provided to Taiwan and was an experiment on both sides. Whilst the tour itinerary was not easy to understand and Lion Travel Service in Taipei City were unable to provide it in a more usual format for UK clients, the actual tour worked very well. We were picked up on time at the University Campus in Taoyuan and were provided with an exceptionally good tour by a very good english speaking guide. The only down side was the first hotel which was poor. We gave feedback to the company as it lets down their excellent reputation and we suggested that they don't use this hotel again. We were told by our hosts at Taoyuan University that Lion Travel is the biggest travel company in Taiwan and has a very good reputation there. We particularly enjoyed the National Centre for Traditional Arts near Yilan and the fish spa. We were unable to make use of the hot springs at the hotel as it was so dirty and the hotel was so poor. The following day the highlight was the drive to Hualien on a spectacular coast road, and the visit to Tarago Gorge Park where the gorge sides are all marble, as are the 'rocks' in the river bed below. Superb! We had a little time spare on the final day so had some time at the Royal Palace Museum in Taipei - an absolute 'must' for any visitors to Taiwan. It is fabulous and really needs several hours just to scratch the surface. 20% of China's best treasures are housed here and whilst China would like them back, Taiwan is not giving them up. The last hotel at the airport is very new and is excellent. Highly recommended company, guide, and tour. Thank you Sarah for arranging it.”read less
Leanda Howell
5.0 out of 5
I couldn’t recommend a guide more highly than Jamal. He was always watching after us and making sure that all our needs were met. He went above and beyond his duties many times. Above all he has a wonderful sense of humor, warmth and a great deal of knowledge. He ...read more
I couldn’t recommend a guide more highly than Jamal. He was always watching after us and making sure that all our needs were met. He went above and beyond his duties many times. Above all he has a wonderful sense of humor, warmth and a great deal of knowledge. He made our holiday and because of him I would book with On the Go Tours again! ”read less
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Best in class hotels that are conveniently located in city centres.

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Itinerary

Welcome to Turkey

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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 amphitheaters 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.

Ancient Ephesus

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.

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'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.

Fairytale Cappadocia

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.

Fairytale Continues

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.

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.

Istanbul

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.

Inclusions

  9 breakfasts and 1 dinner

  Airport arrival transfer on day 1 of tour and departure transfer (to Istanbul 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$115-130pp, paid in local currency

 International flights and visa

 Tipping Kitty: USD$40pp, paid in local currency 

 Additional 5% GST

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30 Nov 2019 - 09 Dec 2019

10 Days / 9 Nights

4+ Spots left

₹133,900

₹116,435 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

or starting at ₹16,000/month with Byond Postpaid


28 Dec 2019 - 06 Jan 2020

10 Days / 9 Nights

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₹142,295

₹123,735 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

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11 Jan 2020 - 20 Jan 2020

10 Days / 9 Nights

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₹142,295

₹123,735 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

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15 Feb 2020 - 24 Feb 2020

10 Days / 9 Nights

4+ Spots left

₹142,295

₹123,735 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

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29 Feb 2020 - 09 Mar 2020

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₹142,295

₹123,735 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

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14 Mar 2020 - 23 Mar 2020

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28 Mar 2020 - 06 Apr 2020

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04 Apr 2020 - 13 Apr 2020

10 Days / 9 Nights

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11 Apr 2020 - 20 Apr 2020

10 Days / 9 Nights

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₹142,295

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02 May 2020 - 11 May 2020

10 Days / 9 Nights

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₹142,295

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23 May 2020 - 01 Jun 2020

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13 Jun 2020 - 22 Jun 2020

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27 Jun 2020 - 06 Jul 2020

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11 Jul 2020 - 20 Jul 2020

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₹142,295

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18 Jul 2020 - 27 Jul 2020

10 Days / 9 Nights

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₹142,295

₹123,735 + 5% GST (per person on twin-sharing basis)

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25 Jul 2020 - 03 Aug 2020

10 Days / 9 Nights

5+ Spots left

₹142,295

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This Trip Is Operated By On The Go

On The Go Tours are an award-winning provider of unforgettable travel tours and tailor-made holidays. From Egypt to Ecuador, Myanmar to Madagascar, we love helping you see the world your way, unlocking the finest sights and experiences the world has to offer. From humble roots taking intrepid travelers budget-style to Egypt, we now enjoy the privilege of taking tens of thousands of customers to over 60 exciting countries around the world on all sorts of budgets. Whether you’re after culture, adventure, or just want to kick back and relax, our outstanding local guides get you to the heart of your destination and deliver truly authentic experiences.  One thing remains, however, and that is our commitment to authentic and accessible cultural experiences in the very heart of our destinations.


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