2nd Aust Light Horse - 14 days

FROM USD $3,299

Starts: Monday 13 April 2015. Discover the best of Turkey, exploring Cappadocia with its underground cities and fairy chimneys, the Mediterranean Coast, Pamukkale, Roman Ruins and Troy. Then take your place at Gallipoli to honour our brave ANZACs at the 100th Anniversary commemorations

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: 13 April 2015 - Istanbul
Monday 13 April 2015. Welcome to Turkey and the start of our 100th Anniversary tour! 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
Day 2: Istanbul Old City Tour
Today we explore Istanbul on a guided tour taking in the Hippodrome area, the stunning Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and underground cistern. After a break for lunch, enjoy a relaxing 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus - the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. Back on dry land we visit to the Egyptian Spice market and free time is given for you to explore the legendary and cavernous Grand Bazaar - boasting some 4000 shops under one immense roof. The Grand Bazaar is just the ticket for souvenirs, clothing, scarves, brassware, silver and handbag purchases. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
2nd Aust Light Horse - 14 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Hot air ballooning over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on an On The Go tour.
Day 3: Cappadocia
Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia. Driving via the nation’s capital, Ankara where we visit the Ancient Civilisation's Museum, we continue east to Cappadocia - one of Turkey’s finest attractions. The isolated region is famed for its troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses, hewn from the soft, eroded volcanic rock. Late afternoon hotel check in. Overnight - Cappadocia (B, D)
Goreme open air museum with its remarkable rock-cut Byzantine churches.
Day 4: Cappadocia
Very early this morning (weather permitting), there's the opportunity to take an exhilarating hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia (book locally). Then we enjoy a guided tour of the World Heritage listed Göreme Valley to view the stunning rock cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples carved by the Christians facing persecution in the 1st - 10th centuries AD. We also tour Zelve with its phallic-like eroded landscape of so-called ‘fairy chimneys’ and other notable rock formations within the region. This evening you can opt to attend a folklore evening. With a 3 course dinner, beer, wine, folklore show, belly dancer and entertainment, it's a top night out. Overnight - Cappadocia (B)
Sultanhani Caravanserai in Turkey
Day 5: Konya & Antalya
Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya. Heading south along an ancient Silk Road, we visit an old caravanserai in Sultanhani. Continuing on to Konya, we tour the mystic Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum before making our way to Antalya on the beautiful Mediterranean coast. Overnight - Antalya (B, D)
Day 6: Perge & Aspendos
Today we visits to the remarkable Roman ruins of Perge and Aspendos. Perge boasts a stadium, colonnaded street and impressive baths while Aspendos has an incredible Roman theatre - restored on the orders of Ataturk. This afternoon is free for you to exploring the winding streets of Antalya's picturesque old town. Overnight - Antalya (B, D)
An on the go group having fun,  'tubing' at Saklikent Gorge
Day 7: Saklikent Gorge
Antalya - Fethiye. Following the stunning Mediterranean coast, we visit Saklikent Gorge in the Taurus Mountains - a natural wonder of breathtaking beauty. After exploring the gorge there's the opportunity to go river tubing (weather permitting). Continuing our journey, we wind our way through the spectacular Taurus Mountains en route to Fethiye, a picturesque seaside town on the Turquoise coast, stopping at a carpet dyeing, weaving and manufacturing house en route. Overnight - Fethiye (B, D)
Fethiye, on Turkey's beautiful Turquoise Coast
Day 8: Fethiye R&R
A free day to explore Fethiye, book a 12 Islands boat cruise or perhaps head to the beautiful Blue Lagoon in neighbouring Olu Deniz. Fethiye also boasts great pubs and clubs for evening entertainment. Overnight - Fethiye (B, D)
On The Go Tours' travellers at Pammukale's incredible white calcium, terraced pools in Turkey
Day 9: Pamukkale
Fethiye - Pamukkale. Today we drive north to Pamukkale - famous for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools. We explore the ancient town of Hierapolis and the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. You can walk barefoot along the terraces allowing the mineral rich waters to wash over your feet or opt for a dip in the hot springs renowned for their therapeutic powers since Roman times. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
An On The Go ANZAC tour group in front of the Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey
Day 10: Ancient Ephesus
Pammukale - Kusadasi. Onward to Ephesus - positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, Ephesus became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see the its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exploring all things Roman, our tour takes us to the Great Theatre once capable of seating 25,000 spectators at one time, Curetes Way (one of the main thoroughfares) the Temple of Serapis and the awesome Library of Celsus. Off Curetes Way, are ancient public toilets, a brothel, remains of fountains and various temples. After a short stop at a leather factory, we continue to coastal Kusadasi. Overnight - Kusadasi (B)
Day 11: Aegean Coast
Kusadasi - Avylik. Today we explore the ruins of Pergamum with its steep hillside amphitheatre and neighbouring asclepion (ancient medical centre). We continue on to Avylik on the Aegean coast with free time to relax and enjoy the beach. Overnight - Ayvalik (B, D)
A soldier at an ANZAC memorial on ANZAC Day
Day 12: Gallipoli
Izmir/ Bergama - Gallipoli. Departing very early, if open we will enjoy a short visit to Homer’s Troy - famed for its Trojan wooden horse. Continuing on to the Gallipoli Peninsular we'll tuck into our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before taking our places among the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere charged ANZAC Eve vigil. Overnight - Dawn Service site (ANZAC Cove) (B, L)
People paying their respects to war graves at Anzac Cove
Day 13: ANZAC day
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
Hagia Sofia in Istanbul
Day 14:
Sunday 26 April 2015. Our tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out at 12 noon. We hope you have had a wonderful tour of Turkey and memorable Anzac Day experience. (B)

ANZAC Day with 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.

Our 10 day Jewel of the Nile, 9 day King Tutankhamen and 6 day Pharaoh's Adventure tours conclude on Sunday 12 April 2015, giving you a day to travel from Egypt to Turkey before your ANZAC Day 2015 holiday begins.

 

The 2nd Australian Light Horse
The 2nd Australian Light Horse were a mounted regiment active from the year of 1914 through to 1919. Commonly comprised of farm workers from Australia, recruited for their horsemanship and rifle skills they were one of the many troops fighting during the Dardanelles Campaign in the Battle of Gallipoli. They came about after the Australian government promised Britain 20’000 troops to use at their discretion in the Great War. 
Anyone who has seen the film Gallipoli will recall Frank Dunne’s character (played by Mel Gibson) trying to get into the brigade but failing due to his lack of riding skills. Ironically by the time the brigade arrived at ANZAC Cove they were without their horses and had to see the Gallipoli campaign through on foot. 122 fallen soldiers from the Australian Light Horse are buried at Shell Green Cemetery near ANZAC Cove.

The 2nd Australian Light Horse - Australian Army

 

The 2nd Australian Light Horse were a mounted regiment active from the year of 1914 through to 1919. Commonly comprised of farm workers from Australia, recruited for their horsemanship and rifle skills they were one of the many troops fighting during the Dardanelles Campaign in the Battle of Gallipoli. They came about after the Australian government promised Britain 20’000 troops to use at their discretion in the Great War.

 

Anyone who has seen the film Gallipoli will recall Frank Dunne’s character (played by Mel Gibson) trying to get into the brigade but failing due to his lack of riding skills. Ironically by the time the brigade arrived at ANZAC Cove they were without their horses and had to see the Gallipoli campaign through on foot. 122 fallen soldiers from the Australian Light Horse are buried at Shell Green Cemetery near ANZAC Cove.

 


 

 

Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: Monday 13 April 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:12, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 7
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
The On The Go Theatre
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