Aegean Explorer - 7 Days

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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.

Highlights
  • Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, trenches and battlefields
  • Istanbul - Old city, Istanbul, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Basilica Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace
  • Troy - Ancient ruins, 9 cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC and replica Trojan horse
  • Stunning Aegean Coast
  • Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
  • Pamukkale - Thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
  • Turkish carpet weaving and leather manufacturing houses
Age Policy
16 years with an accompanying adult
Destinations
  • Turkey
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • History
  • Museum
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Battlefields
  • Cultural
  • Small Group
  • Singles

Location: İstanbul

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.

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Accommodation Name: Ramada Old City

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Location: İstanbul

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.

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Accommodation Name: Ramada Old City

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Location: Çanakkale

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.<br/><br/> Crossing the Dardenelles by ferry (offering panoramic views of the entire Gallipoli Peninsular) we proceed to our hotel for a little rest and relaxation.

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Accommodation Name: Iris Hotel

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Location: Kuşadası

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.

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Accommodation Name: Carina Hotel

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Location: 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.

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Accommodation Name: Richmond Ephesus Resort Hotel

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: 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. <br/><br/> 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.

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Accommodation Name: Colossae Thermal Spa Hotel

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Location: İstanbul

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. <br/><br/> 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.

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

Not Included
  • International flights and visa
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  • 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
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  • Entrance Fees: USD$85-95pp, paid in local currency
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4* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
The tour was great but a little bit hectic - really on the go every day. The hotels were good, except for Hotel Alisha. It was atrocious, filthy and dirty and one couldn't eat the food, it was that bad. Kamel was a great tour guide and I would really recommend him for any tour.
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Date: 24-Sep-2014

4* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
We enjoyed the tour very much, found all the places visited of interest and well explained by our guide. The visit to Galipoli was a worthwhile experience, and had extra significance due to the centinary in 2015. We found the Turkish memorial worth a visit, and well frequented by many Turkish people. The guide had a wealth of information about all places visited, provided appropriate level of information, but could always add more when asked specific questions.
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Date: 13-Oct-2014

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
This was an amazing trip and everything was great. This was my first group tour trip as a single traveler and I am already starting to think about my next trip later this year because it was so fun and learned so much about turkey largely thanks to my tour guide. This trip was very important to me and it 100 percent exceeded my expectation. Thank you so much!!!
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Date: 01-Jun-2015

4* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
Did everything it said it would, good pace, nice accommodation and coach with wifi etc. Group was more mature than expected. Saw enough of sights of Turkey but missed out on Capaodcia (I realise this is available on the 10 day Turkey tour!) Overnight bus back was a strange way to end tour, would have preferred coach/private transfer as previously.
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Date: 16-Jan-2015

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
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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Date: 19-Dec-2015

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
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.
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Date: 25-Sep-2019

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
Tour guide Lale was excellent - very knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend.
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Date: 13-Mar-2020

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
Recep is so helpful, passionate and educational. The best tour leader I have ever had!
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Date: 29-Sep-2015

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
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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Date: 22-Aug-2019

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
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
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Date: 02-Jul-2016

4* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
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 .
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Date: 26-Jun-2016

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
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.
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Date: 30-May-2018

4* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
Tour was excellent absolutely fantastic we will definitely visit Turkey again. We particularly want to vote for our amazing tour guide Recep Aydin. His knowledge was brilliant, his attention to detail and care for his group was appreciated and respected. He is a really nice person and he deserves to win tour guide of the year for Turkey. We wish him the best of luck for the future.
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Date: 26-Sep-2015

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
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!
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Date: 15-Aug-2016

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
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.
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Date: 25-Apr-2017

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
I spoke to my client and they have traveled quit a lot over the years. This was the best trip by far for them. Everything was exciting the tour guide was amazing and very informative. They enjoyed every second of the trip. They will recommend ON THE GO to all their friends and family.
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Date: 19-Nov-2014

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
The tour was fantastic! I really enjoyed meeting the other travelers and we saw some amazing sights. Our guide was very informative.
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Date: 04-Dec-2014

5* Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
Sedat was absolutely amazing. He was well informed on everything that he told us about the areas we covered. He was very accommodating for bathroom breaks and making sure we were not on the bus for too long periods of time. He made it feel as if we were a group of friends travelling versus random people from all walks of life listening to a man that is just doing this for his pay. It was a pleasure meeting Sedat and doing the Aegean Explorer tour with him. One of my best parts is even the use of words he used when wanting to take photographs. He would say "Is everyone ok to take our FAMILY photo in this area" The personal touch by using one word made all the difference. I wish Sedat the very best with his career and I truly believe he should be in the running for top tour award. You are a great person...its crazy! can you believe it? (He would know what is meant by these)
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Date: 29-Oct-2014

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Start:Istanbul
Finish:Istanbul
Group size:2 - 24
Suitable for: 16 years with an accompanying adult
Accommodation:4 star
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests
Tour operated in: English
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