Wellington Battalion - 11 days

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Starts: 23rd April 2015. Commemorate the brave ANZACs and embrace history at the 100th Anniversary at Gallipoli in 2015. Then take a journey of discovery through the ever changing landscapes of Turkey with its Roman ruins, underground cities, fairytale chimneys, striking calcium pools and beautiful Aegean coastline.

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
Thursday 23 April 2015. Welcome to Turkey! Arrival transfer from Istanbul airport to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. At 8pm tonight you will meet your guide and fellow travellers at our welcome meeting. Overnight - Istanbul
Crowds on ANZAC Day in Gallipoli
Day 2: Gallipoli
Istanbul - Gallipoli. We depart early this morning, to travel to the Gallipoli Peninsular. This afternoon we’ll relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before travelling on to ANZAC Cove to take our places amongst the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere charged ANZAC Eve vigil. Overnight - Dawn Service site (ANZAC Cove) (B, L)
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A cemetary in Anzac Cove on Rememberance Day
Day 3: ANZAC Day - Gallipoli
Gallipoli - Edremit. First light heralds a poignant bugle call and commencement of the Dawn Service. After the service there's a chance to independently explore many of the trenches and memorial sites as you head up to Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair for the Australian or New Zealand National services. Later this afternoon we continue onwards to Edremit, where upon our late evening arrival, we check into our hotel for a well-earned rest after such an emotion-filled day. Overnight - Edremit (D)
Day 4: Kusadasi
Edremit – Kusadasi - breakfast. This morning we drive south stopping at the Roman ruins of Pergamum and its impressive hillside amphitheatre. We also visit the neighbouring Asclepion - a Roman precursor to modern-day hospitals before continuing onto coastal Kusadasi. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Ancient Ephasus - a highlight of any trip to Turkey
Day 5: Ephesus
Today, we enjoy a guided tour at 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. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, it became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in its prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts carefully restored elements within the huge archaeological area including the Great Theatre once capable of seating 25,000 spectators at one time, Curetes Way (one of the main thoroughfares) the Temple of Serapis, the elegant façades of the Temple of Hadrian and the awesome Library of Celsus. Off Curetes Way, are ancient public toilets, a brothel, remains of fountains and various temples. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
On The Go Tours' travellers at Pammukale's incredible white calcium, terraced pools in Turkey
Day 6: Pamukkale
Kusadasi - Pamukkale. Driving east, a short stop is made at a leather manufacturing house before arriving at Pamukkale - famed for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools. Here we can paddle our feet in the warm water flowing over the terraces or perhaps opt for a swim at the Pamukkale Thermal Baths. There's also time to explore the remarkable Roman ruins of Hierapolis which are located just above the travertine pools. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
Hot air ballooning over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on an On The Go tour.
Day 7: Konya's Whirling Dirvishes
Pamukkale - Cappadocia. We have a long drive today, as we travel north-east to the famed fairy castles of Cappadocia. En route to Cappadocia we stop at Sultanhani’s old caravanserai and at Konya to visit the fascinating Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum. Overnight - Cappadocia (B, D)
On The Go Tours hot air ballooning in Cappadocia
Day 8: Cappadocia
Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most extraordinary national treasures and the surreal landscape has to be seen to be believed with its 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. Very early this morning (weather permitting), there's the opportunity to take an exhilarating hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia (book locally). Then a guided tour of the region takes us to the World Heritage listed Goreme Valley where we’ll see stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples and Zelve with its eroded landscape of so-called ‘fairy chimneys’. Tonight, you can opt to a folklore evening. With a 3 course dinner, beer, wine, belly dancers and entertainment its a top night out! Overnight - Cappadocia (B)
Day 9: Return to Istanbul
Cappadocia - Istanbul. Today, we return to Istanbul via the nation's capital Ankara, where we visit the Ancient Civilisations Museum. Arriving into Istanbul late evening, we check into our hotel. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Hagia Sofia and the Bosphorus in Istanbul
Day 10: Istanbul old city
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the old city, taking in the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Hippodrome area, the 6th century Hagia Sofia and more. This afternoon, we take a relaxing cruise on a Bosphorus Strait, where you'll see waterside palaces framed by a modern city skyline dotted with expansive domed mosques and towering minarets of traditional Ottoman style. After the cruise there's the opportunity to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice Market. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 11: Istanbul
Sunday 03 May 2015. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out at 12 noon today. (B)

Combine Turkey with a holiday to Egypt

Combine ANZAC day in Turkey with the best of ancient Egypt - taking in the legendary Pyramids of Giza, treasures of King Tutankhamen and the Valley of the Kings.

You could choose to embark on your Egyptian Adventure either before or after your Anzac holiday. Check out our Egypt Group tours section for holiday ideas and itineraries.

The Wellington Battalion - New Zealand Army

 

The Wellington Battalion were a New Zealand troop that served in the Battle of Gallipoli during the Great War. Most famous for their important part in the capture of Chunuk Bair, they were led by a brave soul called William Malone. Malone had a unique way of running his troops in that he didn’t always agree with the orders coming from above. Most commonly noted for his refusal to agree to the order for his troop to go into battle by day, he released them under the cover of darkness where they successfully managed to get Chunuk Bair from the Turks.


They lost 690 men that day and a couple of days later they were relieved of their post by the 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and some of the 5th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment. Unfortunately their hard work didn’t pay off for too long and on 10th August Ataturk and his army led an overwhelming counter attack and the Allies were toppled. The bloodshed was immense with the complete Loyal North Lancashire Regiment wiped out.

 


 

Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: 23 Apr 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:9, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 5
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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