Istanbul. Sights you won't see at the in-law's house in Ohio. East meets west right here. Turkey brings the best of both worlds together in a vacation destination that can't be beat. With escorted tours, tours with a cruise, coupled with Greece and independent vacations that allow you the freedom to explore, Virgin Vacations brings you the comfort of western Europe and the mystery of the middle east with a vacation sure to make you the envy of colleges. Take pictures. Buy souvenirs. It's the least you could do for those that couldn't come with you.
Turkey Tours - Escorted Travel
Escorted tours of Turkey feature a professional English-speaking tour manager to handle all of your needs. Maximize comfort and value, while taking advantage of the camaraderie that comes with traveling as a group.
|Package||Type||Itinerary||Season||Air & LandA&L||Land OnlyLO|
13 Day Affordable Turkey
||Escorted||3 Istanbul, 1 Canakkale, 2 Kusadasi, 1 Pamukkale, 1 Konya, 2 Cappadocia, 1 Ankara||Oct '16 - Apr '17||$1419*||$899||View|
13 Day Turkish Treasures
||Escorted||3 Istanbul, 1 Canakkale, 2 Izmir, 2 Antalya, 2 Cappadocia, 1 Ankara||Apr - Oct '17||$1589*||$1059||View|
3 Istanbul, 1 Canakkale, 2 Kusadasi, 1 Pamukkale, 1 Konya, 2 Cappadocia, 1 Ankara
Oct '16 - Apr '17Air & Land:
4 Istanbul, 1 Canakkale, 2 Kusadasi, 1 Pamukkale, 1 Konya, 2 Cappadocia
Nov '16 - Apr '17Air & Land:
4 Istanbul, 1 Canakkale, 2 Izmir, 2 Antalya, 2 Cappadocia
Apr - Oct '17Air & Land:
3 Istanbul, 1 Canakkale, 2 Izmir, 2 Antalya, 2 Cappadocia, 1 Ankara
Apr - Oct '17Air & Land:
Our trip was wonderful. The weather cooperated so NO RAIN. Our guide was excellent--very personable and knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Driver was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary. Having been to Turkey previously, we liked seeing different sites, especially the school and having lunch in a private home.Martha E. Westerville, OH
Our trip was excellent and our host Ender was really good.Salim J. San Antonio, TX
The trip was well organized and the tour manager Ender is very through with his schedule and the time. We really liked the Turkey over all and enjoyed very much. we will look forward some other country tours in the near future.Anji P. Monmouth Jct, NJ
The trip was great. It met and exceeded all our expectations. Sayat, our guide, was wonderful. His knowledge, experience, and passion really made a huge difference for all of us. Thank you for a great experience.Laura C. San Diego, CA
We had a fabulous time. It is certainly the best trip we have taken for many reasons. I was a little nervous to go because of recent unrest in the country but we are so glad that we went. Ender, our guide, was so informed and spoke in depth about all the sites we visited and we learned so much about the people and their history.He also was very kind and warm and we felt like family by the end of the trip. Gate 1 also went over the top in many respects on our trip; we had a full-size tour bus even though our group was small. Also, on the Bosphorous cruise we had a full ship to tour the sites. The sights were amazing! The Cappadocia balloon ride was breathtaking and the ancient sites that were so well preserved had us believing we were a little Roman, All in all a wonderful and memorable trip.Julia A. Kansas City, KS
Thank you! It was beyond my wildest expectations. Our guide, Namik, had an incredible grasp of the history and religion from antiquity to contemporary times. This enriched our experience and enlivened a simple walk down an ancient street cobbled by the Romans or a view of a mother goddess crafted by the Catalhoyuk. Nami also found opportunities to build connection with the culture. For example, enjoying a Turkish quesadilla prepared by mother and daughter on a domed grill over a wood fire, as he interpreted a lively conversation. Or the time we visited the school and later the carpet center. Precious moments with Turkish people between amazing landscapes, history, and photo ops that deepened my own love of the country and the people. All other Gate 1 personnel were equally professional and efficient. I was met promptly at the airport on arrival. The bus driver was both skilled and careful and managed tiny city streets, curving mountain roads, and highways with the same exceptional skill. And upon leaving for home our, transfer was at the hotel just before 3:00 a.m. and took us through the airport to gate security to be sure we got where we were going. All accommodations were excellent and the only problem with the food is that there was too much of it all the time! One thing the hotels could improve upon is the beds. The Legacy Ottoman and the Renaissance both in Istanbul were great. But after that not so much! I was so pleased to see that Gate 1 is still offering a full schedule of the 13 Day Turkish Treasures Tour next spring. I went at a bit of a risky time though US State Dept. had already lowered the risk just before I left. I never felt unsafe or threatened at any time during my stay. I will absolutely take the Eastern Turkey Tour should it ever come to fruition - might even take the Western tour again! I cannot recommend more highly the tour and this particular team. It was the constant support of guide and driver that made the trip so exceptional.Angela M. Portsmouth, NH
We had an amazing time in Turkey. Now that we are home settling in and continuing to unpack, so many special memories are coming back to us. What an amazing trip. And what amazing people. It truly is a shame to see the hit that their tourism industry is taking right now. I have been recommending everyone I know to check out the Gate 1 Travel Turkey itineraries and not to hesitate to go. The entire time we felt safe and enjoyed every second of this adventure.Drew W. Sunnyvale, CA
The Turkey trip was wonderful, we got to see and do so many things, Turkey is amazing. Sad to see tourism down and being there, there doesn't seem to be a reason for it. We felt very safe everywhere we went, taxi's, metro and walking great distances both at night and during the day. Turkish people are very welcoming and so friendly, we never worried for our safety. Our tour manager was very knowledgeable and shared so much information with us. I definitely would go back, but there are so many places to see in the world. On to the next adventure.Nancy G. Pittsboro, NC
We had an amazing trip! I'm so happy with our guides - Senol (Istanbul) and Panos (Greek Island cruise) were both fantastic. My daughter and I participated in a few organized tours, but primarily investigated on our own. Both Senol and Panos gave excellent restaurant and attraction/sightseeing suggestions, clear travel directions and many helpful hints to make our trip easier. It was a fantastic experience and I am so glad we went. As with our previous travel through Gate 1, I am very satisfied with all of the arrangements and the ease of booking. In spite of the violence in Istanbul, I am recommending this trip to my friends. Best wishes and safe travels to Senol and PanosChristine Q. Baraboo, WI
It was fabulous! Sayat was a fantastic guide and we had a wonderful time in Turkey.Daniel P. Roswell, GA
Our trip to Turkey was amazing!!!! We are so impressed with Gate 1, and we loved everything about our vacation. A huge congratulations to Metin and our driver "Jason" and the assistant Medgit (I apologize for the spelling!) for providing us with the BEST possible vacation. We could not have asked for friendlier people. The knowledge of all three, especially Metin, and their absolute patience and kindness is something to be marveled at...I wish I could have Metin as my guide for every single vacation we decide to go on next-he was truly remarkable! My husband and I have done nothing but tell people about Gate 1, and what a BEAUTIFUL, hospitable, safe country Turkey is-and we urge them all to travel with your company. Thank you all again for all of your hard work, and to all the behind the scenes people in the offices that don't get enough credit for organizing everything, thank you too!Dyanna S. Sedona, AZ
It was a great trip , enjoyed it very much , wonderful tour guide and staff , great hotels and best food and most of all a magnificent journey in a great land and wonderful hospitable peopleAbdul M. W Bloomfield, MI
Our trip was well planned, safe, comfortable, educational and entertaining. I would recommend Turkey's adventure to any one who ever dreamed to see the wonders of Istanbul, who wanted to tour the ancient cities of Troy, Ephesus or Pamphylian, who never lost a desire to experience scenery of the hot springs of Pamukkale or magnificent landscape of Cappadocia from above the ground. Gate 1 helps to make those dreams come true making adventure worthwhile.Krzysztof L. Chicago, IL
Our trip was outstanding! Our tour guide, Metin was extremely knowledgeable and did an excellent job. He really made history come alive and reminded us of all the things we learned years ago. It was so great actually walking through the locations we had read about in the Bible, in history books, and in historical movies and documentaries. The accommodations were great. Everything far exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend this tour of Turkey. This was our 4th tour with Gate 1 and all have been spectacular!Carlos B. Milledgeville, GA
The trip to Turkey was great. Probably among my top 3 international trips. The country is very pretty. And it's rich with wonderful relics and ruins of the ancient world. I can not say enough abut our Tour Guide, Oguz. He was extremely knowledgeable about his country and showed his love of it by sharing it with the group. No matter what question was asked, he knew the answer and was in-depth about the information. He was charming and patient and very organized. Gate 1 could not have a better, more informative guide for Turkey than Oguz.Olive M. Warner Robins, GA
The Trip to Turkey was so great! Our travel guide Farok was so nice and considerate. He provided us with information about all the Roman Ruins, history of the various people who lived in the region, and answered questions. Turkey is such a great country with free education, low unemployment, and a growing economy. We felt very safe there. We were such a small group of ten that everyone knew each other well and enjoyed the joking. We ate together a great deal because breakfast and dinner was at the 5 star hotels. We enjoyed our our side trips that we purchased. I would recommend this trip with Farok to EVERYONE!Saundra D. Wichita, KS
Fabulous!! Faruk was super! Sights unforgettable.Brenda P. British Columbia, Canada
My trip was incredible. Ender, our tour guide, was a fountain of knowledge about the geography and history of Turkey. He delivered the information in a very entertaining manner. He kept us on time, but we never felt rushed Our driver Vidat performed driving maneuvers that seemed impossible. He was awesome. We felt safe with Ender and Vidat. Our group melded almost immediately. We laughed most of the time. Turkey is a land of many ancient and diverse cultures. It's fascinating and beautiful and the people are warm and welcoming. I think it's a must-see for everyone. Gate 1 was so organized that we never felt like we didn't know what was coming next. I thank you for that. I'll be booking another tour with Gate 1.Stephanie W. Flowery Br, GA
My 18th trip with Gate 1 did not disappoint. Many tourists are choosing not to travel to Turkey right now due to perceived security issues, but really in this changed world we live in where are you safe? Live your best life as you never know what is going to happen home or abroad - that's my mantra! Our group was small, just 13 people, but absolutely incredible in all ways. Turkey - Anatolia - Asia Minor - whatever you want to call it is a land of history, beauty, kind people and a superb destination. I felt completely safe and secure in all places, whether during the day or the evening. The tour covered 2,200 miles in its exploration around the country, but was well paced, comfortable and full of fantastic sights. They say to see Turkey you need to see Istanbul and the UNESCO world heritage sights of Ephesus, Pamukalle and Cappadocia. We saw them all and so much more! Hotels were uniformly excellent, food was delicious and as always the tour manager and driver were brilliant. The driver Ekrem was very kind and a skilled and safe driver and the tour manager Metin was organized, funny, kind and a treasure trove of historical facts with a unique perspective, having spent some college time on archaeological digs around the country. His delivery of facts and figures was done in a way that made everything interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the capital city Ankara, clean, impressive, majestic and yet cosmopolitan and full of life. All optional tours I took were well worth it - the highlight being the hot air balloon ride in magical Cappadocia - a first class experience from start to finish. Thank you for another wonderful travel experience - on to the next with Gate 1 of course!Lorraine P. Stamford, CT
It was awesome. The people are friendly the food was great. Yucell our tour guide was knowledgeable. Gate 1 did an amazing job with hotels, itinerary, tour, attractions and food. Well Done.Vicki L. Alameda, CA
Our trip was incredible from the start to the finish. Turkey is a beautiful place with lot if history and very hospitable people. All the hotels were good, food was excellent and all the cities we visited were very interesting. The tour group was small consisting of 8 which made it very close. We were thinking of cancelling because of the situation in Turkey. I am very glad that we did not. We felt safe and didn't feel any danger. Our tour guide Yucel was very very knowledgeable about the history of the country (maybe a history teacher). He was a great guide, very pleasant, and always accommodating. On a daily basis he kept the tour group on a timeline thereby be able to complete all the daily activities that were planned. We highly recommend him to future groups. Our tour driver Sezgen ( I hope I spelled his name correctly ) was very quiet but an incredible driver. We felt very safe with his driving. Concluding I like to say that we had such a great time with Gate 1 tour that I have been recommending my friends and relatives to to try Gate1 if they are planning a trip. Thank you so much for a good trip. If there is anything else I can do to promote Gate 1, please let me know.Salim K. Brewster, MA
We had a great time! Turkey was exotic, rich in History, and culture. Our tour guide Mehmet was very knowledgeable, professional and patient with us. We could not ask for a better person. We look forward to going back, maybe in the eastern side next time if Gate 1 has that program.Rebecca A. Staten Island, NY
It was fantastic. The airline was excellent (especially liked the direct flights), all the hotels were great, and the food there was very good. We saw a lot of ancient sites, Mosques, Palaces, etc. and it was made all the more interesting by our marvelous tour manager Oguz. He took care of our every needs and had an incredible knowledge of Turkish history (kudos also to our driver Duran). We made a lot of friends as every one on the tour got along famously. This was our 4th tour with Gate 1 and I look forward to the next one.Robert R. New York, NY
The trip was great and we are safe because of the security forces and the good Gate 1 planning. On a scale of one to ten I would give the trip a 9.5.Thomas K. Billerica, MA
What a wonderful trip!!! Just wish more people would have taken the opportunity to see Turkey and meet the people. You wouldn't believe the number of people we met who welcomed us to their country and thanked us for not being too afraid to come.Margaret C. Scottsdale, AZ
It was a great trip. This was the first time I used Gate 1 Travel, must say they were great at every step of the process including the trip itself. Great hotels, even the minute things like the rest stops to lunch stops were well planed and gave us a good flavor/experience of Turkey. I have already recommended the company to my friends and family.Nandhini G. Woodstock, IL
We had a great time. Turkey is a gem. We also had a wonderful and knowledgable guide, Dilek!!!! She is a wonderful ambassador for Turkey as well as your company.Mohsin A. Bloomfld Hls, MI
Our trip to Turkey was wonderful made so much more enjoyable by our tour guide Nam, whose knowledge of history, politics and his account of the daily life of the Turkish people were exceptional.He also ensured that we were safe.We could not praised him highly enough. My wife and I throughly enjoyed the trip and would not hesitate to reccomend to others.James A. Cronulla, NSW
On behalf of my wife and myself, we would like to express how wonderful our trip was. This trip was our 5th Escorted tour with Gate 1 Travel and it was by far the best one yet. A combination of things came together to make this possible. First, the tour guide Yakut was amazing. His immense knowledge, personality and efforts to make the entire group feel like a family surpassed our expectations. We learned more about Turkey on this trip than we did about any other country on previous trips. Second, it just happened that every person on the tour with us was great. Everyone interacted and by the end of the trip was acting like family. We hadn't experienced that before on other trips. Thirdly, the history and people of Turkey were also amazing. All of these factors came together to make an amazing trip full of friends and memories. We did not allow recent events of crime and terrorism in Turkey deter us from going on this trip and as a result had a wonderful time incident free. We will be traveling on our 6th Gate 1 Trip on May 3rd for a Russian River Cruise. We have no doubt this trip will be just as amazing as the trip to Turkey.David K. Fayetteville, NC
Thank you. I had a great time in Turkey. Wonderful to experience such a different cultural environment. Our Tour Manager, Senol, was excellent and very knowledgeable about the historical background of the places we visited.Ruben L. Englewd Clfs, NJ
Wonderful. Great weather the entire time. A tour leader who was a wealth of knowledge, and a wonderful group of people. Can't ask for more than that.Mary R. Leesburg, FL
Overall the trip was wonderful. It was well planned and executed. We found the tour manager Metin very knowledge of the history and cultural aspects of the places visited. He has kept the bus trips to places enjoyable. The chosen hotels and food are great. We have no issues at all with this trip. Thank you.Yuun C. Porter Ranch, CA
The trip was amazing. Gate 1 program was a pleasant surprise. Everything was beyond expectation. Mary the trip guide and Urgur the driver worked very hard to make for a good experience.
I will use Gate 1 from now on and recommend it to others.Nicholas T. Fremont, CA
The trip (Turkish Treasures) was great. Meryam, our guide was amazing. Wonderfully organized, extremely well informed. Our driver was excellent too! Marvelous itinerary was well though out. Remarkable value for money!Harold W. Berlington, Ontario CA
Turkey is Amazing!!!! We had so much fun and I learned a lot about ancient history . My expectation went above and beyond! Thanks to Nesli, our tour guide!!!Alvin A. Astoria, NY
We LOVED it! Turkey was great and we can't say enough good things about our tour manager Nesli. We had done a wonderful Gate 1 tour in Iceland and thought it could not be equaled but this Turkey tour certainly rivals it. We are Gate 1 believers.Matha J. Chapel Hill, NC
I had a terrific trip. I was a little apprehensive about going to Turkey at this time, but as soon as I joined the tour group, I felt very safe. The weather was hotter than any of us expected, but we really enjoyed all of the sightseeing anyway. Our tour manager and driver were amazing and took good care of us. Another Gate 1 tour that has filled my life with happy memories.
Dolores F. Tarzana, CA
We had a fantastic time. Nesli, our guide, was very impressive with her depth of knowledge of both ancient and modern history. The hotels were great and the rest of the tour passengers were wonderful to travel with (not a sour grape in the bunch).
We will travel with Gate 1 again, you can be assured.Denise A. Clio, CA
All in all, a great trip: professional/informative/good-natured guide (Fatih), safe and quality bus driver, great itinerary, very nice hotels, good food, comfortable bus, and very good value. Our first (experimental) tour after over 27 years of independent travel, and both my wife and I will consider future tours with Gate 1.
Thanks to Gate 1 for putting together a great "package".Nicholas B. Cumberland, MD
It was great! Enjoyed every minute of it! Tour manager/guide was excellent! Very professional, organized and very caring! That made a big difference in all our tour! Value of trip beyond my expectation! I will travel with Gate I again! This was my first.Odelia T. New York, NY
It was fabulous!! Our guide Erdal was superior, my fellow travelers were lots of fun, and Turkey was so interesting, the Turkish people were welcoming, I felt safe and the country was beautiful and so clean. I have recommended Gate 1 to my friends. Thank you!Gilberta A. El Cerrito, CA
It was incredible! Turkey is a gorgeous country, so much history, people are super nice and friendly, so much to see. My only complaint is that some days we spent too much time at certain sites, like Anzac cemetery, some of the ruins, and got to our hotels so late.
Most of our group agreed on that, we stayed in lovely hotels but weren't able to spend much time in the hotel or at the locations. Like Cannakale, it was a beautiful town and we would have liked to walk around and spend a little more time at night but we arrived so late, it was tough to enjoy it. Luckily, we had more time in Izmir and Antalya to enjoy the cities.
Fati was an excellent tour guide and we had a great group. I've told all my friends about Gate 1 and what an incredible value it is. All of our group is so impressed with the value of Gate 1 and what a great job you do. Also, we all LOVED our luncheon with the local families in the little village and our visit to the school. That is what makes Gate 1 stand out, your ability to connect us with the local people and sites, so we're not simply tourists, we get to interact with the locals!Denise R. Riviera Beach, FL
It was GREAT experience seeing Turkey and her development . Also some of the highlights, Pamukkale Hot Spring and Cappadocia 's natural formations look to me as one of the wonders. Balloon Price is very high so didn't go.
People are living there very HAPPY compare to USA and homeless people 0%. Very clean even cities are populated, not single piece paper find on the street. Most of cities build on hills all the around, surrounded with waters, U can see prosperity in the PEACE?
All stays and hospitality in hotels are Five star or more. Foods buffet style and fresh. Of course not Indian or Asian test but plenty to eat.
Turkey flight and hospitality is great than USA and some of the major flights ,Kind of well coming to Fly and visit Turkey ,again.
Overall we all ENJOYED.Manhar M. Union City, CA
The trip was absolutely fabulous. We travel a lot but never done a tour . So we were somewhat apprehensive. However the experience could not have been better. Great guide, Nesli, was very artful and attentive balancing individual and group needs and promoting a nice atsmophere. The itinerary was great, all very organized. We came back considering other Gate 1 trips. Of course everything started with you! Thanks so much for your special assistance.Eliana K. Bronx, NY
This was our first tour with Gate 1 Travel and our first ever coach tour so we were more than a little concerned about how this would work out, especially the fact that we would be stuck with 30+ strangers for 2 weeks on a fairly rigid itinerary and with some long travel days.
Well, we need not have been concerned as the way this tour was run TOTALLY allayed our concerns and in fact surpassed our expectations. This will definitely NOT be the last tour with Gate 1 Travel. The company and especially our INCREDIBLY knowledgeable tour guide, Ender Tan, thought of every little detail, so much so that there is simply not one thing we can fault them for.
The whole trip was smooth, the coach rides comfortable and very entertaining with Ender weaving all the ancient history, religions, cultures, wars, geography and so on into telling the story of Turkey. We were quite simply blown away. The sites themselves were of course awe inspiring, but without such an amazing guide to explain it all, it would have remained that - awe inspiring. Ender elevated our experience to the next level and left us with so much more knowledge and awareness of how it all fit together. One member of our party said jokingly one day "we should get college credit for this" - it was that good. Ender has a special quality too - he is calm, never ruffled in any situations, friendly and eagre to let us really get to know his country and the history. The extraordinary skills of our driver Jason and his assistant Irfan added to making this team "one of a kind".Jane G. British Colombia, CA
I LOVED my Turkey adventure! I did not know what to expect and had never taken a group tour before. It was amazing. I was also travelling on my own but everyone was so warm and welcoming.
First, the hotels were well above expectation. Especially in Istanbul, Pammukale, and Ankara. The food was also good. This was simply outstanding value for the length and breadth of the tour.
Second, I found the pacing really good. We didn't see too much or too little in one day. We also covered so much ground from Anzac to Ephesus, Troy, Caravansei, Cappadocia, the Old Town in Istanbul - I cannot believe we traveled 3200 kms and it was so enjoyable.
Third, Orhan, our guide, was terrific. I did not want endless talks. He gave us enough information to enjoy and understand all the sites and then gave us time to explore on our own.. For me it was the perfect way to organize a tour. I found him funny, knowledgeable and accommodating .
Finally, it was wonderful to have my luggage taken care of, everything booked, no waiting lines and all the highlights of Turkey included.
My only suggestion would be to include the tour of Cappadoccia. I would just raise the tour cost and include it. It is so spectacular that I feel the tour MUST include it.
I cannot say enough good things about the tour. I am looking forward to booking another tour with Gate 1 and won't worry about being with a group or travelling solo again.Paul M. Victoria, CA
Wonderful trip. We loved Greece and Turkey and want to return for more historical touring. Gate 1 hit on all 8 cylinders as our guides, Chagdas and Yanni, were fun, informative and sensitive to everyone's needs. It felt like a graduate course in Greek, Roman, Christian and Turkish history, coupled with beautiful hotels, scenery, many new lovely new acquaintances, and delightful local cuisine. All reservations, meals, tours, events and travel went without a hitch for the full 21 days. Our 3 day side trip to Santorini was the perfect R&R between the two extensive land tours.
Thanks for your assistance with our 50th Anniversary trip. It met and exceeded all our expectations.Terry H. Redmond, WA
The trip to Turkey was excellent in all respects. The itinerary was thougthfully planned and expertly executed. The accomodations excellent, and the meals were top notch (with specialties noted for each location). The travel logistics were expertly handled throughout.
Our tour manager and guide, Metin, was outstanding in everyway. His explanations of the history and culture of Turkey were at the right depth and expertly delivered to bring meaning to the tremendous sights we saw. He expertly used our bus time to great effect providing background and insight to the culture of Turkey.
All of the optional programs were most worthwhile and added substantially to our experience. We were told about, and took advantage of, additonal local museums, at our own additional expense, which substantially enriched our experience (e.g. the Harem at the Topkapi Palace)
We will certainly travel with Gate 1 again.Stephen T. Rochester, MN
Our Turkey tour was amazing! Yucel Atik, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and a great guide. The historic places we saw were amazing!
I really appreciated having breaks during our drives - we were able to stretch our legs and had clean restrooms available to us.
We enjoyed visiting the school and talking to the students, who we were told were shy, but were actually very friendly and curious.
The transportation to and from the airport was very convenient.
I definitely would be interested in future tours with Gate 1.Agnes C. Newhall, CA
Trip was very nice. Very cold the first day but got progressively better....not too much you could do about that. My head is so full of history and things I know I was taught in school but forgot, it is amazing. My sister and I will be looking forward to another trip in a year or so - depending on costs, what strikes our interest, and all sorts of foolish things like that.Donna G. Panama City, FL