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.

  • Istanbul - Old city, Istanbul, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Basilica Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace
  • Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, trenches and battlefields
  • 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
  • Turkey
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Singles
  • History
Day 1: Istanbul

Saturday. Welcome to Turkey, included arrival transfer to our hotel.

Day 2: Istanbul

Istanbul. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul's old city. Our tour including the Blue Mosque, the ruinous Hippodrome, the Hagia Sofia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Underground Cistern.

Day 3: Canakkale

Istanbul – Gallipoli. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields, such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and more.

Day 4: Kusadasi

Gallipoli – Kusadasi. Heading south, we enjoy a guided tour of Troy and continue onto ancient Pergamum before our arrival at coastal Kusadasi.

Day 5: Ephesus

Today, we enjoy a guided tour at the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Be sure to see the famous Library of Celcus, the gymnasium of Vedius and Stadium. We also visit a carpet manufacturing house.

Day 6: Pamukkale

Kusadasi - Pamukkale. Today, after breakfast, we drive to Pamukkale visiting the region’s famed calcium rich terraced pools.

Day 7: Istanbul

Friday. Take flight from Denizli to Istanbul where our tour ends. Please note the flight arrives at approx 8:50am. Please ensure you book a flight departing Istanbul after 1pm, allowing for flight delays.

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

NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-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$85-95pp, paid in local currency

Liza Krassner 30-May-2018

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.

Rating: 5/5

Faisal Amin 25-Apr-2017

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.

Rating: 5/5

Ken Meehan 15-Aug-2016

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!

Rating: 5/5

Gregory Kemp 02-Jul-2016

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

Rating: 5/5

Susan Peatey 26-Jun-2016

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 .

Rating: 4/5

Palesa Dikgale 19-Dec-2015

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..

Rating: 5/5

Sharna Burgess 29-Sep-2015

Recep is so helpful, passionate and educational. The best tour leader I have ever had!

Rating: 5/5

Mark and Andrea Folkard 26-Sep-2015

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.

Rating: 4/5

Rosemary Morison 25-Sep-2015

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.

Rating: 5/5

Nicole Long 01-Jun-2015

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!!!

Rating: 5/5

Michael Clements 16-Jan-2015

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.

Rating: 4/5

Vicki Demel 04-Dec-2014

The tour was fantastic! I really enjoyed meeting the other travelers and we saw some amazing sights. Our guide was very informative.

Rating: 5/5

Maree Van Dyk 19-Nov-2014

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.

Rating: 5/5

Gary De Sa' 29-Oct-2014

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)

Rating: 5/5

Dennis Fearnley 13-Oct-2014

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.

Rating: 4/5

David Pretorius 24-Sep-2014

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.

Rating: 4/5


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