Gallipoli Uncovered 2015 - 11 Days

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Explore the poignant WWI battlefields, landing sites and memorials of the Gallipoli Peninsular and enjoy a boat trip off ANZAC Cove on this indepth tour which also takes in Roman ruins, the surreal landscape of Cappadocia and exotic Istanbul.

This tour includes extensive sightseeing on the Gallipoli Peninsular on 26th & 27th April. You are NOT required to hold an Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli 2015 ticket to participate in this tour.

Day 1: Istanbul
Friday 24 April 2015. Welcome to Turkey! Included arrival transfer from Ataturk International Airport to our hotel. This evening at 8pm meet your guide and the rest of the group at our welcome meeting. Overnight - Istanbul
The Roman Ruins of Ephesus in Turkey
Day 2: Old city tour
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul's old city. Our tour includes a visit to the stunning Blue Mosque famed for its blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets, Hagia Sofia Museum - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, Topkapi Palace and the Underground Cistern – an ancient underground water tank - replete with carved and fluted Corinthian columns and a puzzling head of Medusa. Later in the afternoon you can hone your bargaining skills at the famed Grand Bazaar – one of the largest covered markets in the world, boasting more than 4000 stores. You can also visit the Egyptian Spice Bazaar at this time too. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
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A cemetary in Anzac Cove on Rememberance Day
Day 3: Gallipoli Battlefields
Istanbul – Gallipoli. Early this morning, we travel to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli. Here, we’ll embark upon a guided tour of the region, once the site of fierce fighting and today almost hauntingly beautiful, with its wooded landscape dotted with understated memorials to the war dead. Our guided tour will take in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian War Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Blair New Zealand War Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible among the scrub after all these years. Overnight - Eceabat & Gallipoli (B)
Loan Pine memorial in Gallipoli
Day 4: Shrapnel Valley, Shell Green & boating off the cove
Returning to the Gallipoli Peninsular today we visit Shrapnel Valley cemetery and walk up to Shell Green where the Australians famously played cricket in full view of the Turks. We'll tour some of the British landing sites such as X beach, Seddul Bair and W beach - the site of the Lancashire Landing and then head over to Krithia Vineyard, the war museum and nearby Redoubt Cemetery. We travel on to Kilitbaher Fort, another site that had much effect on the Gallipoli Campaign, where artillery was set up to fire on the British warships as they tried to sail up the Dardanelles prior to the landing campaign.

After lunch we take a boat trip off the cove to see the Gallipoli Peninsular from a different perspective before heading back to our hotel for dinner and free time. Overnight - Eceabat & Gallipoli (B, L, D)
Day 5: Fabled Troy
Gallipoli – Kusadasi. After crossing the Dardenelles by ferry, which offer panoramic views of the entire Gallipoli Peninsular we travel south, to Homer’s Troy, famed for the Trojan wooden horse and fabled Helen. After a guided tour we continue to ancient Pergamum - the cultural and political capital of its time, before continuing onto coastal Kusadasi. Make the most of the hotel facilities this evening. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
The Temple of Ephesus framed by poppies
Day 6: Ephesus & Sirince
Kusadasi - Sirince. Today, we enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Positively the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, Ephesus, under the Romans, was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000 and became the Roman Capital of Asia Minor. Ephesus revelled in its prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see the great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts carefully restored elements including a Great Theatre, Curetes Way, the Temple of Serapis and the Library of Celsus. Stop by the ancient public toilets and public brothel. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and afterwards we stop to watch a demonstration of how they are made before visiting the quaint Greek village of Sirince, perched on a mountainside within a valley of vineyards and orchards. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
The white calcium terraces of Pamukkale
Day 7: Pamukkale
Kusadasi - Pamukkale. After breakfast today we drive to Pamukkale to visit the region’s famed, calcium rich terraced pools which are known locally as the Cotton Castles and the neighbouring ancient ruined spa town of Hierapolis, which was a cure centre founded around 190 BC by the Romans. Wade through the warm waters of Pamukkale's travertine pools, explore the remarkable ruins of Heirapolis and perhaps opt for a dip in Pamukkale's thermal pool. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
The amazing fairy chimney rocks of Cappadocia
Days 8 - 9: Cappadocia
Pamukkale - Cappadocia. On day 8 we travel on to Cappadocia, visiting an ancient caravanserai en route. Very early the following morning (weather permitting), there's the opportunity to take an exhilarating hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia (bookable locally). We then enjoy a guided tour of Cappadocia, with its surreal landscape of cave dwellings and fairy chimneys. Whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia. The crumbling legacy of persecuted Christians trying to escape the Muslim onslaught in 1st-10th centuries AD by effectively heading underground is one of Turkey’s finest attractions. Our guided tour of the region takes us to the World Heritage listed site of the Göreme Valley where you’ll see stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples and Zelve with its phallic eroded landscape. In the evening why not join us on an optional and fun Turkish evening out? With dinner, drinks and entertainment it’s a great night out! Overnight - Cappadocia (B:2, D:1)
The beautiful Hagia Sofia with fountains in Istanbul
Day 10: Ankara & Istanbul
Cappadocia - Istanbul. Via Ankara - the nation’s capital, we visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Ataturk - the father of modern Turkey, before continuing to Istanbul. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 11: Istanbul
Monday 04 May 2015. After breakfast our tour draws to a close. Onward departure transfers to Ataturk International Airport are offered complimentary at 11am and 1:30pm today. Happy travels! (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: Friday 24 April 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:10, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 5
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes - escorted by a tour guide
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