Anzac Smoko - 8 days

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ANZAC Day Tour, Gallipoli 2016. Starts: 20th April. Kicking off in Istanbul, take a dip in Pammukale's thermal pools, explore the Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum before experiencing the memorable ANZAC Dawn Service at Gallipoli.

Day 1: Istanbul - Gateway to the East
20th April 2016. Welcome to Turkey and the start of a memorable ANZAC experience! Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore Istanbul - a city that straddles both Europe and Asia! Overnight - Istanbul
Pamukalle'sbeautiful surounding scenery and cotton castles
Day 2: Pamukkale Thermal Springs
Istanbul - Pamukkale. Today we travel south to Pamukkale, home to the magnificent white calcium terraces known as the Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Late afternoon arrival and free time. Maybe opt for a refreshing dip in the hotel's indoor swimming pool. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
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The Roman ruins of Ephesus in Turkey
Day 3: Ancient Ephesus
Pamukkale - Kusadasi. Today we tour the Roman Hierapolis which sits at the top of Pamukkale’s travertine source, where we enjoy a short tour. Here, you can walk barefoot along the terraces allowing the mineral rich waters to wash over your 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 visit at Ephesus - perhaps the best preserved classical city on the Eastern Med. 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)
The replica wooden Trojan horse at Troy
Day 4: Roman Pergamum
Kusadasi - Ayvalik. Driving north, we visit the Roman ruins of Pergamum with it’s steep hillside amphitheatre, a great photo opportunity, and neighbouring asclepion (ancient medical centre). We then continue to Ayvalik on the Aegean coast. Overnight - Ayvalik (B, D)
People paying their respects to war graves at Anzac Cove
Day 5: ANZAC Eve at Gallipoli
Ayvalik - Gallipoli. A very early departure, if open we'll stop at Homer's Troy - famed for its Trojan wooden horse. Crossing by ferry to the Gallipoli Peninsular, this afternoon we enjoy a guided tour (subject to ANZAC Cove opening hours and traffic conditions) of the evocative war memorials that dot the region, for example; Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly and the trenches. Early this evening, we’ll relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before later taking 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)
Crowds at the ANZAC day Dawn Service site in Turkey
Day 6: ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2014
First light heralds a poignant bugle call and commencement of the Dawn Service. After the service and armed with your maps, you’ve 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 return to Istanbul, where upon our late evening arrival, we check into our hotel for a well-earned rest after such an emotion-filled day. (timings on 25 April subject to coach traffic) Overnight - Istanbul
The Roman Ruins of Ephesus in Turkey
Day 7: The Blue Mosque & Topkapi Palace
This morning we commence a classic city tour, taking in the Hippodrome area, stunning Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the ancient Underground Cistern and Hagia Sofia - Emperor Justinian's grand basilica. Later this afternoon we take a 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus before honing our 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! Opt to further explore the city by night or return to our hotel with your guide for a few quiet drinks at the bar. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 8: Istanbul - your way
Sunday 27th April 2014. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday in Turkey and memorable ANZAC Day, 2014 experience. (B)

Combine ANZAC in Turkey with a holiday in 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.

If you are interested in a combining this Smoko tour with a holiday in Egypt take a peek at our and 16 day Pharaoh's & ANZAC tour. or other variations such as our 18 day ANZAC & Ancient Egypt tour

Note: Istanbul sites are closed on the following days, this in NO WAY affects your touring program: Grand Bazaar - closed Sunday, Hagia Sofia - closed Monday, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesday, Egyptian Spice Market - open everyday.

Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: 20th April 2016
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:6, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 3
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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