Anzacs & Pharaohs 2015 - 16 days

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Family Tour - ANZAC Day 2015, spend ANZAC Day with your family and pay your respects as well as taking in the key sites of Turkey and ancient Egypt. From Ottoman Istanbul to Pharonic Cairo and so much more in between – a truly unique family getaway.

Please Note: You are required to hold an Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli 2015 ticket, obtained by the Australian or New Zealand Department of Veterans’ Affairs to participate in this tour.

Day 1: Istanbul
Sunday 19 April, 2015. Welcome to Istanbul! You'll be met at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore bustling Istanbul - a city that straddles 2 continents! Tonight at our welcome meeting at 8pm, you'll meet your guide and the rest of the group. Overnight - Istanbul
The Roman Ruins of Ephesus in Turkey
Day 2: Istanbul
Today we enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul, visiting the iconic Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, the Underground Cistern, Hagia Sofia (exterior only) and Topkapi Palace. After a break for lunch we take a relaxing 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, before testing our bargaining skills at the famed Grand Bazaar – boasting more than 4000 stores and the lively Egyptian Spice Market. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Anzacs & Pharaohs 2015 - 16 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
On The Go Tours' travellers at Pammukale's incredible white calcium, terraced pools in Turkey
Day 3: Pamukkale
Istanbul - Pamukkale. This morning after breakfast we travel south to the magnificent white calcium terraces at Pamukkale. This magnificent natural wonder is popular for its amazing thermal pools that contain ancient Roman ruins. We are due to arrive at our destination in late afternoon. The hotel has a great indoor pool, so why not spend some time relaxing here. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
An On The Go Tours group at the Great Theatre in Ephesus, Turkey
Day 4: Ancient Ephesus
Pamukkale - Kusadasi. Today we explore the Roman ruins of Hierapolis which sits at the top of Pamukkale’s travertine source and walk barefoot along the calcium terraces allowing the mineral rich waters to wash over our feet or opt for a dip in the Pamukkale Thermal Springs - an amazing pool full of sunken Roman columns. Continuing all things Roman, we enjoy a guided tour of Ephesus - perhaps the best preserved classical city on the Eastern Med. Highlights of our tour of this incredible site, include the famous Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. We’ll also take in a fashion stop at a top-grade leather garment house, before driving to coastal Kusadasi, where we can relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 5: Roman Pergamum
Kusadasi - Edremit. This morning we begin to head north to Edremit, visiting the breath taking Roman ruins of Pergamum en route. Set on the top of a steep hillside we roam around the ruins and visit neighbouring asclepion (an ancient hospital). Overnight - Edremit (B, L)
A family at On The Go's exclusive ANZAC Eve BBQ on the Gallipoli Peninsular
Day 6: Troy & Anzac Cove
Edremit - Gallipoli. It's an early start this morning, for our journey to Gallipoli, stopping en route to visit the famous wooden Trojan horse at Troy. Next we jump aboard the ferry and cross to the Gallipoli Peninsular. This afternoon we enjoy a delicious Turkish BBQ to commemorate ANZAC Eve. Then it's time to wrap up warm and pick yourself a great spot for the evening as we settle down for the night at the atmospheric ANZAC Eve vigil. Overnight - Dawn Service Site (ANZAC Cove) (B, L)
Crowds on ANZAC Day in Gallipoli
Day 7: ANZAC Day - 2015
Gallipoli - Istanbul. At first light a bugle is sounded and the Dawn service begins. After the service you’ll have plenty of time to independently explore the many trenches and memorial sites as you make your way up to Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair for the Australian or New Zealand National services. The service at Chunuk Bair starts 45 minutes after the Australian service at Lone Pine. If you’re a New Zealander, you will need to head straight to Chunuk Bair. This afternoon, we return to Istanbul, arriving very late in the evening. Hotel check in and a well-deserved rest, after an emotion-filled day at Gallipoli. Overnight - Istanbul
Day 8: Istanbul to Cairo
Today, make your way to Cairo where your Egyptian adventure begins. Turkish Airlines offers open jaw flights between London, Istanbul and Cairo, check the THY website for more details or we can arrange flights on your behalf. If you provide us with your incoming flight details to Egypt we will be there to meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to our hotel. Remainder of the day and evening at leisure.

Note: The flight from Istanbul to Cairo is not included in the cost of this tour. Overnight - Cairo (B)
A mother and daughter enjoying a ride at the pyramids
Day 9: Pyramids of Giza
Today, we visit the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, gaze in awe at the largest of the three great pyramids. Cheops, the largest pyramid, was constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks and took more than 20 years to construct. We explore the area on foot and enjoy a camel ride across the desert sands. Continuing on to Saqqara, we will see the myriad of tombs and temples at this site, including Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Day 10: Cairo to Aswan
Cairo – Aswan. Today we visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum. A mind-boggling array of relics and antiquities from almost every period of ancient Egyptian history are housed in the museum. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the solid gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamen. Made of solid gold and weighing 11kg. This evening we travel to Aswan by overnight sleeper train with a basic dinner served on board. At the train station, there will be the opportunity to buy more water and snacks for the trip ahead. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B, D)
The Philae Temple on Agilika Island
Day 11: Philae Temple & Camel Trekking
Arrive into Aswan and check into our hotel. An excursion out of town takes us to the mighty High Dam – a modern feat of engineering which created Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake. This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to Philae Temple for a guided tour of the romantic Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile.

Later we take a camel trek to St Simeon's Monastery, one of the largest Coptic Monasteries in the world dating back 6th Century. Overnight - Aswan (B)
Colossal statues of Ramses II - Abu Simbel temple
Day 12: Optional Abu Simbel
Aswan - Luxor. Optional early morning air excursion to Abu Simbel, the magnificent rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. Today we board a Nile felucca for a relaxing voyage downstream on the River Nile, passing islands en route. This afternoon we drive to Luxor, which was once known as the ancient city of Thebes and is now considered to be one of the world's largest open air museums. Overnight - Luxor (B)
The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut on the West Bank in Luxor
Day 13: Valley of the Kings
Consider opting to join our hot air ballooning excursion over ancient Thebes - fabulous early in the morning! Today an early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against a historic backdrop, the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This evening, we travel in horse-drawn carriages to the beautifully illuminated Temple of Luxor where we enjoy a tour in the cool evening air. Overnight - Luxor (B)
Karnak Temple on Luxor's west bank.
Day 14: Karnak Temple
Luxor - Cairo. Today we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Karnak dates back many centuries and almost every pharaoh left his (or her) mark here with evolving artistic and architectural styles, making it one of ancient Egypt's finest temples. The rest of the day is free to relax by the pool or explore more of Luxor. This evening we take the overnight sleeper train back to Cairo. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
Day 15: Free Time in Cairo
Arriving into Cairo this morning, the rest of the day is free to explore Africa’s largest city. Spend the day around the pool, or perhaps head out, explore the capital. The vibrant Khan el Khalili market is a great place to pick up some last minute souvenirs. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Day 16: Cairo
Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport. Happy Travels! (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Cairo
  • Departs: Sunday 19 April, 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:14, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 3
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star, 5 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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