Grand Tour of Turkey

15 days
In Turkey, Ottoman domes float against modern skylines. Classic scenes from Greek epics come to life, and bustling bazaars and vibrant street vendors prove variety is the spice of life. From Istanbul to Cappadocia and the ruins of Ephesus, take in the living traditions where East meets West.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets, dirt paths and wooden platforms, with some hills and steps.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 9 three-course dinners with beer or wine included at welcome and farewell dinners

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Turkey

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Turkey today.

Istanbul 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Istanbul

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Turkey! Land in Istanbul—one of the world’s only cities that spans two continents—and meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Istanbul

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a tour of Istanbul’s vibrant streets and historic UNESCO World Heritage sites.

• Visit the Hippodrome, once considered the social center of ancient Constantinople

• Explore the Blue Mosque, named for the blue tiles adorning its interior

• Enter an elaborate underground cistern built by Emperor Justinian I

• Discover the former residence of Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace 

• Step inside the Hagia Sophia, which held the title of the world’s largest cathedral for nearly 1,000 years

Canakkale 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Canakkale via Troy

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set out for Canakkale. Along the way, take a quick ferry ride across the Dardanelles Strait and embark on a guided tour of Troy, the city at the heart of Homer’s “Iliad.”

Ephesus Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Ephesus Region via Pergamon

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel south along the Aegean coast to Pergamon. Take a cable car to the top of the Acropolis before continuing on to the Ephesus region, a historic area on Turkey’s west coast.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Ephesus

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of Ephesus, one of the Mediterranean region’s best-preserved ancient Greek cities.

• Discover the major landmarks of Ephesus: the elaborate Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Great Theatre, which is still in use today

• Travel to the house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her final days

Pamukkale 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Pamukkale via Sirince

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head inland and stop in the quaint town of Sirince, known for its wine and olive oil, to get a firsthand look at rural village life. Later, arrive in Pamukkale.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Pamukkale

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover Pamukkale, a popular spa town during the Roman times, on a guided tour.

• Visit Pamukkale’s famous travertines—petrified waterfalls of white stone

• Travel to the nearby city of Hierapolis to see the well-preserved ancient ruins 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Pamukkale or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Aphrodisias $25pp* Details

Visit Aphrodisias and marvel at the excavated ruins that bear testimony to an age-old artists' colony. In the late first century B.C., the Roman Empire granted autonomy to the city that honored Aphrodite, goddess of love. Aphrodisias' ancient sculptors created works of stunning beauty out of the glowing marble they found in the nearby mountains, and many of these treasures can still be seen today.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $35)

Antalya 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Antalya

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Antalya, where a local guide leads you on a tour of the city. 

• Explore the Antalya Museum, an enormous complex with nearly 30,000 antiquities

• Uncover the ruins of Hadrian’s Gate, a remarkably well-preserved triumphal arch

Day 10: Free day in Antalya

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Antalya on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Aspendos & Perge $25pp* Details

After the Trojan Wars, some of the victorious Greek forces stayed in Asia Minor and established new towns for Greek colonists. This excursion will take you to Perge, one of the most successful of these new colonies, which prospered under the patronage of Alexander the Great. The ancient remains of this proud city are extensive, and you’ll have a chance to explore the Great Theatre, the ruined Hellenistic Gates, Roman baths and the impressive stadium. Later, visit the Roman theater at Aspendos, a center of classical drama in the first century A.D. Please note: During the summer months, this region can be quite hot. Please bring sunscreen and sturdy footwear.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $35)

Cappadocia 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Cappadocia via Konya

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross the Taurus Mountains to visit the mystical center of Konya, the spiritual home of Sufism and the Whirling Dervishes.

• Learn more about the Dervishes on your tour of the Mevlana Museum, which was once their monastery

• Continue on to Cappadocia and its unearthly rock formations

Enjoy a free evening in Cappadocia or add an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion - Whirling Dervishes $39pp* Details

The Sufi Muslim sect known as the Whirling Dervishes was founded in the 13th century by Mevlana Rumi. They were named after their elaborate dance-like ritual, which honors the movement of the Earth. Learn more about this fascinating ancient faith and its modern-day practitioners during this cultural performance.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $49)

Day 12: Göreme & Avanos

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wander through the Göreme Open-Air Museum, comprised of frescoed rock churches dating back to the fourth century. Then, explore the bustling trading center of Pasabag before discovering the distinctive red-clay pottery of Avanos.

Istanbul 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Flight to Istanbul

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the morning exploring Cappadocia on your own or add an excursion.

Later, catch an afternoon flight back to Istanbul.

Optional Excursion - Underground City $25pp* Details

Discover the mysterious underground city of Kaymaklı. This guided tour will expose the secrets of this ancient city brimming below the surface. The underground city consists of 8 floors, 4 of which are open to visitors. Built to house hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people, the city's tunnels and underground rooms boast innovations including a church, a stable, wineries, kitchens and a ventilation system, along with living areas.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $35)

Day 14: Free day in Istanbul

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Istanbul or add an excursion.

Later, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Bosphorus Straits Cruise $55pp* Details

Cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, looking out on decadent Ottoman palaces and imposing medieval castles as you journey through the narrow waterway that separates Europe from Asia. On your way, you’ll stop to visit the famous Egyptian bazaar, known as the Spice Market. After returning from your cruise, sit down to a lunch of Turkish specialties. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent. In some cases, dinner will be offered instead of lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Istanbul.

Add Istanbul Starting from $249 pp

The cultural and economic capital of Turkey, Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia—both figuratively and geographically. Once known as Constantinople, this former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires has long been a bustling and cosmopolitan crossroads. Experience the intersection of East and West at the Byzantine-built Hagia Sofya, the Ottoman-era Blue Mosque and the exotic Topkapi Palace.

Istanbul 2 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Free day in Istanbul

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Istanbul.

Day 16: Free day in Istanbul

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Istanbul.

Day 17: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Canakkale, Turkey
  • Ephesus
  • Pamukkale, Turkey
  • Antalya, Turkey
  • Cappadocia, Turkey
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Turkey, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • In order to enter Turkey, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain an electronic visa through the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to arrival. E-visas can be purchased at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for $20 USD for U.S. citizens and $60 USD for Canadian citizens (fee is subject to change). You can also purchase your visa by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.   

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets, dirt paths and wooden platforms, with some hills and steps. 
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Istanbul. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul is included in the price of your tour. 
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag. 

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. Please note that temperatures will dip with changes in elevation throughout your tour. 
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended for outdoor activities. 
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit mosques or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).   

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Turkey.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting. 
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications may be banned in one or all of the countries on this tour. Importing these drugs can carry severe consequences, including imprisonment. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to departure to ensure that any drugs you may want to bring with you are legal in all countries you will visit.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team. 

Cuisine

  • In Turkey, breakfast typically consists of sourdough bread with sheep’s cheese and olives, as well as jam or honey. A midday meal or dinner often starts with a meze, which is a plate of varied appetizers like cheese pastry rolls, pickled vegetables and potato fritters. On the coast, fish is an excellent choice, especially tuna, turbot and sardines. Meat eaters should try lamb kebabs, available in a wide variety of types, each with a different sauce or dressing. The national drink is tea, but don't miss out on the strong and rich Turkish coffee.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Turkey operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in Turkish hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

   

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.    

Time zones

  • Turkey is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 7pm in Istanbul. 

Currency

  • You will use the Turkish lira in Turkey. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: QC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Experience

Plenty of people thought I was crazy for travelling to Turkey. What is there to do or see in Turkey, everyone asked. The truth is, there is so much you don't even realize it. From Greco-Roman ruins, amazing food experiences, beaches, unreal landscapes and unforgettable sunsets to the incredibly kind people it is an unforgettable place. From the markets of Istanbul to the travertines of Pamukkale and all the way to the otherworldly rock formations of Capadoccia, every part of Turkey had new and interesting things to offer. We had an amazing group and a fantastic Tour Director in Selçuk. He really went above and beyond and made the entire experience feel seamless.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour and Tour Director!!!

The Grand Tour of Turkey is a fantastic trip for learning the history and culture of this beautiful country. The itinerary includes numerous historical sights as you travel across the country. Our Tour Director, Selcurk, was very organized, extremely knowledgeable, and possessed a warm and humorous personality. He made the bus travel of 2,000 miles a pleasant experience! In addition the bus driver was extremely skilled in navigating the full size bus up and down mountains! This is my sixth trip with Go Ahead Tours and is the best of all. Although family members and friends voiced their concerns about traveling to Turkey, I felt safe and enjoyed the people and the culture of this magnificent country. Selcurk is the best Tour Director of my many trips wit Good Ahead!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great experience

I can't tell you how many times we heard from friends that we were crazy to be going to Turkey. I'm so glad I didn't listen to them because we had an absolutely wonderful time. Our Tour Director, Suleyman, was great, knowledgeable, well organized, helpful, great sense of humor - just wonderful. This trip has a jammed packed itinerary covering many, many miles, changing hotels every couple of days, lots of walking and climbing thru ruins, so for me it was challenging at times. We had booked all the optionals and had considered canceling some before the tour, but since most were so inexpensive, we didn't and decided along the way whether to go or not understanding that we wouldn't get a refund - our choice. Istanbul is an amazing city modern in many ways & and then so traditional & historical. The Grand Bazaar was quite an experience - be prepared to bargain. And Cappadocia was amazing - nothing like you've ever see before. The Underground City is not for anyone who is claustrophobic but I'm glad I did it. The Whirling Dirvishes were an unexpected treat. Each stop offered a great experience. We stopped at a Turkish rug maker & store and saw young women working on pieces - tying one knot at a time creating beautiful art that you walk on and you'll get to see rugs fly. The people were just wonderful and be sure to accept an offer of tea. I think they wanted to know as much about us as we wanted to know about them. It was a wonderful experience that we'd highly recommend. Never once did we feel in danger or even uncomfortable. As for food, not a great variety and their kebabs are well done but we did have some wonderful meals. So glad we went.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous tour with a great director!

I just returned from this tour. We had a small group(15), so we got to know each other well. Our tour director, Mehmet, was amazing! He knowledge of Turkey kept us entertained and educated during the many bus rides on our tour. The sights in this country are so interesting. Turkey has more Greek ruins than Greece and more Roman ruins than Rome. Istanbul is a city of 18 million people with a lot to offer the visitor. I am especially glad we took the optional Bosphorus cruise the day before our departure. The food was so good and plentiful. Hotel accomodations were likewise excellent, both for quality and location.In my opinion, we Americans that have never been to Turkey are missing an undiscovered gem. It took me a long time to get there, but am so glad I finally made it.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: IL

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

It appeared that he lacked interest in the group.

The itineraries was excellent. I always feel I have seen the highlights of each place visited. Overall, I will remain a loyal Go Ahead traveler, and one that I will recommend to others. I find that all of my trips have been a wonderful experience with Go Ahead. The restaurants we visited was great and fantastic quality of food. The weather was great, the food was great, I had a wonderful time. I am looking forward to my next trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Ever!

We loved this tour. The history of Turkey as told by Baris, our wonderful guide, was amazing. Museums, ancient cities and country as a whole were fantastic as were all the nice people along the way. Would go back in a minute. We also felt very secure and comfortable.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/22/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic variety of experiences

Of all the Go Ahead trips I've taken, I would rate "Grand Tour of Turkey" at the top of the list for its variety of experiences--from exciting Istanbul to the ancient treasures of Pergamon and Ephesus to the out-of-this-world sights of Pamukkale and Cappadocia to the gorgeous seaside city of Antalya. (While in Antalya, take advantage of some downtime at the beach, and be sure to take a boat ride to see the waterfalls.) I understand there was some question as to whether this tour would run due to unrest in the Middle East and Americans' subsequent concerns. But we felt safe throughout our travels--and while Americans weren't too visible, there were many European travelers. With the exception of one hotel, the accommodations were all perfect, with excellent locations within walking distance of many sights. I wish we could have had more than one night at the Kolin Hotel in Canakkale, as it was the lovliest. On the flip side, I wish we could have stayed somewhere other than the Colossea Hotel in Pamukkale. It may be a top-rated spa hotel, but it nickel-and-dimed us--and its food wasn't very good either. (As an example, it was the only hotel on the whole trip that charged for a bottle of water in the room.) Since Turkey is a very large country, tour participants need to be prepared for some long road trips, with the longest being the day-long drive between Antalya and Cappadocia. Luckily, that day was broken up with a stop in Konya to see the spiritual home of Sufism. It would be nice, however, if a flight could be offered between Antalya and Cappadocia similar to the flight taken from Cappadocia back to Istanbul. I understand that even if that's available, however, it would add to the cost of the trip. Because our group was very small--only 9 people--we rode in a small van rather than a tour bus. This allowed us to go to some areas we might not have been able to if traveling in a large bus. On the other hand, we didn't have wifi on the van like we would have on the bus. I missed that, especially on some of the longer rides when using the internet would have helped pass the time. Wifi was somewhat spotty in some of the hotels in more remote areas. Our tour director, Suleyman did a wonderful job of managing our group, and his knowledge of Turkey--past and present--was truly amazing. Congratulations also go to Can, our van driver, who did a superb job of negotiating some tight driving situtations on this, his first tour with Go Ahead. Thank you again, Go Ahead, for a wonderful look at another part of our world!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excelent guide

Excelent tours

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

My wife and thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Turkey. All aspects of the tour provided rewarding experiences. Our group of 10 fellow travelers was a convivial one, and included 7 teachers of various disciplines. The tour director was first-rate, very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. He provided considerable background information about all historical sites visited, and explained many of the customs and cultural aspects of Turkey's citizens. The December time period worked well, as the weather was mostly moderately cool and dry, and tourists were fewer than other times of the year. Overall, we highly recommend this tour.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Grand tour of Turkey

It was a great experience we really enjoyed. We normally search, plan and travel our self but Turkey was not easy to do it ourselves. The total cost was very reasonable. We also luck to have a small group of 18 travelers so the movements was easy with no waist of time. Traveling itinerary was much less strenuous than group tour we experienced

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

2nd Fantastic GoAhead Experience

I heard about GoAhead Tours from a colleague on a service trip to Cuba in January. We were so impressed with the recommendation that we booked our first tour…destination Peru. What a fantastic travel experience that was. What made the trip so memorable were our travelling companions and most importantly our guide Reberto. As our tour progressed, we heard over and over again about the extraordinary trip to Turkey that GoAhead offered. Some of our travelling companions suggested going on a trip for which Mehmet would be the Tour Director. Roberto concurred that while he had never met Mehmet, he had heard that Mehmet makes Turkey come alive. We booked the tour and Mehmet fulfilled our expectations. Turkey, rich with history has an energetic and engaged culture mixing eastern and western traditions, which came alive with the engaging personality of Mehmet who is fervently rooted in his culture and more than willing to share it with others. His numerous daily lectures were exceptional, giving us a much better understanding of Turkey. We look forward to our next GoAhead Tour!

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2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 9/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Good tour

The tour guide was knowledgeable, but spent a bit too much time on Islam. I did not go on the tour to learn about Islam and that was not something to which I wanted to listen. The hotels started out being HOT, but I think that is because they turned off the air this time of year, thinking they would not need it. The food was not great, but I think it is a matter of taste. Go Ahead does a good job and I will probably book through them again, but I doubt that I will go with them to a HOT climate in the summer months. I just don't trust the hotels to be able to provide cool rooms in which to rest. The first three nights I was on the tour, I did not sleep at all due to the inordinate heat in the rooms.

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Hello Paula, As an education-based company, we encourage our tour directors to give our travelers as much information as possible about the history and the culture of the destinations they are visiting. We understand that every traveler has a unique perspective, and we apologize if the tour director didn’t quite meet your expectations. We are glad to hear you had a positive experience overall, and we would be thrilled to welcome you back on another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 29, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome Tour Director!!!

We were ALL very impressed with our tour director Selcuk, what a wonderful person all around. Very knowledgeable, great sense of humor, very caring, great attitude, great disposition. Always with a smile on his face no matter what! He even learn Spanish with some of us! Our driver was a very nice guy too, very polite and very helpful. Thank you Go Ahead tours for great planning and choosing great people to take care of us!!! We always felt very safe and very comfortable! Selcuk's passion and enthusiasm made our learning experience even more exciting! He is a wonderful teacher! He should trained future tour directors!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Lifetime Trip!!! Thank you!!!!

I really wanted to take some time to review Go Ahead Tours. What an INCREDIBLE trip. I have traveled around the world, not just by myself but with a couple of different tour companies. I must say that GO AHEAD definitely exceeded my expectations. What a lovely trip. Most of the hotels were five stars, while I was imagining low budget hotels. The food was fantastic. Of course, Turkey is well known for its fantastic food. On the other hand, our Tour Director Selcuk has BEYOND AMAZING. His knowledge, his impeccable English, his wonderful patience and friendship made of this trip a unique experience. I must say he never lost his temper. He always greeted everyone with a smile. He was extremely polite. He did not hesitate to get up at three in the morning to say good bye to his tour travelers. So far, I have recommended Go Ahead to my friends all over the world. Some have chosen already Egypt, Turkey and I am actually considering India. Thank you guys for such an unforgetable experience! I left my heart in Turkey! Gina

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Excellent introduction to Turkey's ancient and modern cultural riches

This tour is an excellent way to visit multiple sites significant to ancient and early medieval history, and to get an overview of contemporary Turkey and its current and historical place in world culture. The pace is quick but not unreasonable, and the logistics of travel were smoothly handled. Mehmet, our tour guide, did an excellent job of planning so that we never met with huge crowds of other tourists and so were able to enjoy the sites much more fully. His lectures, both on the bus as we were driving from one destination to another and at the sites, were engaging and informative; his depth of knowledge, particularly about various ancient ruins, is excellent. In a couple of places I was disappointed that we weren't given more free time to explore on our own--perhaps sometimes because he lectured a bit too long when we could have been viewing more of the site--but I also understand that he was bound to a time schedule so as to provide the excellent logistical maneuvering I refer to above, and I did learn immensely from his comments. The accommodations generally were fine, although the Hotel Akol in Cannukale was rather grim. (I understand that this hotel has been removed from the itinerary based on our group's experience there.) The Lycos River resort in Pammukale has a lovely hot mineral bath, swimming pool, and other spa amenities that we enjoyed.Food was usually served buffet-style but was often very good, and there was plenty of it. Many of the hotels provide complimentary bottled water since they recommend that tourists not drink the tap water, but we did end up purchasing quite a bit on our own as well. A small inconvenience given the amazing sites we visited! There are several long bus rides in the course of the tour, but our driver, Sinan, did an excellent job of conveying us safely and efficiently to our destinations. I'm amazed by his skill in maneuvering the gigantic tour bus through shockingly narrow spaces. We made plenty of rest stops and ate at several excellent restaurants on the road that Mehmet arranged for us to visit. He frequently provided opportunities to sample local cuisine--he even stopped at a local candy shop in one town to get some particularly good halva for us to try. I most enjoyed the visits to the small villages in the areas surrounding some of the sites--Sirence especially is not to be missed--and the Aphrodisias excursion, along with the amazing sights in the Cappadocia region. (Bring some sturdy shoes for these--there is some light-to-moderate hiking required to get the most out of these sites.) Overall, this tour makes it possible to visit numerous sites in a single trip in a way that would not be easily possible on one's own. Now that we've gotten the overview, we'd like to return to specific places for more in-depth exploration. I would definitely recommend it as an introduction to a fascinating area of the world. The Turkish people are very welcoming and helpful and proved to be excellent hosts to us as we visited their country (showing remarkable patience and good will even during the seemingly inevitable "ugly American" moments that occasionally arose).

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour to last a lifetime!

This tour was an exceptional way to experience one of the world’s most beautiful, significant, and fascinating countries. The description does not begin to capture the richness of this experience. It is a carefully planned, multi-layered. and locally authentic itinerary that encourages a lasting appreciation of Turkey’s immensely long history, rich culture, unique geology, Mediterranean climate and coastline, agriculture, and marvelous skilled heritage in an array of handicrafts. One gains a new understanding of the significance of its location and why, for much of human history, this was the optimal situation for the development of advanced civilization and culture. Selcuk, the Tour Director, was well-prepared, well-organized, and efficient, along with being knowledgeable, entertaining, engaging and accommodating--a key reason why this tour was so successful. The tour’s driver, Sinan, was first-rate. My first morning back, I was describing the tour to our neighborhood sidewalk vendor, who happens to be a Turkish ex-pat. As we filled my bag with Persian cucumbers, pomegranates, figs and apricots, and persimmons--foods that were fresh and abundant in Turkey and that I was already missing--he listened intently, commenting that few tours stop at Konya, which he regarded as one of the most important sites in the country. I responded that, while it was indeed thrilling to visit Konya, to me it was only one of a continuum of new learnings and marvelous new exposures. In fact, on that very day, I stopped at our local Turkish restaurant for doner, visited the Turkish galleries at the Met, and then picked up ingredients for a meze dish (or two). For me, this will be a trip that keeps on giving.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

An Awesome Journey!

With a fantastic, personable,and knowledgeable Tour Director, our journey through Turkey was unlike any country I had visited in Europe or in Asia. We were introduced to a wealth of history, the wealth of mother earth, diversity not only in their culture, but in the resources of the land, and growing and developing into contemporary society despite their huge population. I learned so much! Thank you for this opportunity.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: UT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic!

My Grand tour of Turkey was a blast. Selcuk, the tour director, did a spectacular job of getting us to places when the crowds were gone and entertaining our group on the bus trips. He explained everything we needed to know without drowning us in too much information. I have already recommended him and the tour to several fellow travelers in Greece. My only complaint would be that the number of tour days listed in the catalog includes the travel days. In this case that would be three out of sixteen days. This would seem inaccurate to me. Otherwise, this was a total success from beginning to end.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Had a very informative and interesting trip. Our director, Selcuk, spoke excellent English, very knowledgeable, great sense of humor & was very courteous and always available if we needed any assistance or information. I was amazed at all the ruins that have been excavated throughout the years. I highly recommend The Grand Tour of Turkey to everyone.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Land of Surprises!

What a beautiful country!. Turkey surprised me with its people, landscapes, history & food. Each day our guide, Suleyman shared his country with us with such enthusiasm & pride leaving us hungry to learn more about this amazing part of the world. This tour allowed us to experience bustling Istanbul & then showed us the quiet natural beauty of Pamukkale. We saw the seaside Kusadasi & the magnificent rock formations of Cappadocia. Suleyman, our tour director was AMAZING, a walking encyclopedia of information with a terrific sense of humor. The value of this Grand Tour of Turkey cannot be overstated. We came away with a new appreciation for a different culture. We more than got our money's worth from Go Ahead & if you are hesitating to take this tour, DON'T. It's the experience of a lifetime.

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