Giza & Gallipoli 2015 - 16 days

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ANZAC Day tour 2015. Starting in Egypt’s bustling capital of Cairo, take in the best of ancient Egypt from the mighty pyramids and felucca sailing on the Nile, to Luxor and temples and tombs of the once mighty Thebes. Then continue on to Istanbul to explore Turkey’s finest sites, from the thermal pools of Pamukkale to the magnificent Roman ruins of Ephesus, before taking your place at the moving Anzac Day commemorations, on the momentous 100th anniversary.

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: Ancient Egypt at its Best
Saturday 11th April 2015. Welcome to Egypt! Arriving into Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you please. Overnight - Cairo
Day 2: Pyramids of Giza
Cairo - Aswan. Today we visit the famous pyramids and iconic Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Cheops (Khufu), the largest of the three great pyramids is constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks and it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct.

Continuing to Saqqara, we explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC. Later there is a chance to have dinner before the overnight train to Aswan, 1st class recliner seats. Sleeper cabin upgrade available. Overnight - Seater Train (B)
Giza & Gallipoli 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!
King Zhoser's step pyramid at Saqqara
Day 3: Philae Temple
After arrival into Aswan and hotel check-in we head off to the grand High Dam - an impressive feat of engineering which resulted in the creation of Lake Nasser. Next we enjoy a boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the Temples of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure; shop in the colourful souqs or simply kick back and relax. Overnight - Aswan (B)
Felucca Sailing
Days 4 - 5: Nile River Cruise
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning excursion by road to Abu Simbel, the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. If sailing by felucca is not for you, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade. Overnight - Felucca Cruise (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Egypt Tours - Karnak Temple and the Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor
Day 6: Kom Ombo Temple & the Temple of Horus at Edfu
Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking in Kom Ombo, we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek and the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before driving north to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor, alternatively enjoy the facilities of your hotel. Overnight - Luxor (B)
The Tomb of Tutankhamen, at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor
Day 7: Valley of the Kings
Luxor - Cairo. Consider opting to join our hot air ballooning excursion over ancient Thebes - fabulous early in the morning! An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings today. Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against the backdrop of history, the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome ramped and colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life. This afternoon after lunch and time to relax we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, we return by overnight train to Cairo. Sleeper cabin upgrade available. Overnight - Seater Train (B)
The famous Saqqara pyramid
Day 8: Cairo
Arrival into Cairo and hotel check-in. Today we visit the Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon is free to independently explore Cairo. Consider visiting Khan el Khalili markets for a spot of souvenir shopping. Overnight - Cairo (B)
The Roman Ruins of Ephesus in Turkey
Day 9: Onward to Istanbul
Sunday 19th April 2015. After hotel checkout onward transfer to the airport, it's time to bid farewell to Egypt and say hello to Istanbul. Turkish Airlines offers open jaw flights between Cairo and Istanbul, 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 Turkey we will be there to meet you at Istanbul airport and transfer you to our hotel. The rest of the day is free, why not explore some of the fantastic city that is Istanbul.

Please noteThe flight from Istanbul to Cairo is not included in the cost of this tour. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 10: Istanbul city tour
Today we take in some of the Istanbul's best landmarks including the iconic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia (exterior only), Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome of Constantinople - an old sporting and social centre. Later we explore the Roman underground cistern, covered with glistening spot lights and full of intricately carved columns. After a break for lunch we'll take a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus before visiting the lively and colourful Egyptian Spice Market and Grand Bazaar, where you will be able to test your haggling skills. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
On The Go Tours' travellers at Pammukale's incredible white calcium, terraced pools in Turkey
Day 11: Pamukkale
This morning we say goodbye to Istanbul and start to travel south towards Pammukale. On the way we stop for an informative visit to a Turkish carpet weaving and manufacturing house. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
An On The Go ANZAC tour group in front of the Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey
Day 12: Ancient Ephesus
Pamukkale - Kusadasi. Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s finest natural wonders, home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools, known locally as the Cotton Castles. Walk barefoot along the travertine pools and explore the ruins of Hierapolis, an old Roman spa town.

From Pamukkale, we travel on to Ephesus, regarded as one of the best preserved classical cities in the Western Med. Highlights of our guided tour of this incredible site, include the famous Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. En route to coastal Kusadasi, we visit a high grade leather garment house. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 13: Pergamum & Asclepion
Kusadasi - Edremit. This morning we travel north to Edremit, stopping en route at the Roman ruins of Pergamum, which was once the capital city of the Asian province of the ancient Roman Empire. Home to one of the steepest, vertigo-inducing amphitheatres in the classical world, Pergamum was also famous for its Asclepion (medical centre). Overnight - Edremit (B, D)
Day 14: Troy & ANZAC Cove
Edremit - Gallipoli. We make an early start this morning, for our journey to Gallipoli, stopping en route to visit the famous Trojan wooden horse of Troy. Next we jump aboard the ferry and cross to the Gallipoli Peninsular where we enjoy a delicious Turkish BBQ to commemorate ANZAC Eve. 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)
Day 15: ANZAC Day 2015
Gallipoli - Istanbul. First light heralds the Dawn Service, then 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 16: Istanbul
Sunday 26 April 2015. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check-out today. We hope you have had a wonderful ANZAC and Egypt experience. Istanbul (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Cairo / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: Saturday 11 April 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:14, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 5
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star, 5 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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