Anzac Uncovered - 6 days

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ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2016. Starts: 21st April. A unique tour that takes an indepth look at the many battlefields, memorials and strategic military points of the Gallipoli Peninsular. Plus Istanbul sightseeing and a cruise on the Bosphorus.

Day 1: Istanbul
Thursday 21st April 2016. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your inspirational 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
Day 2: Istanbul Old City
Enjoy our guided city tour taking in the hippodrome area, exotic Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hagia Sofia - Emperor Justinian's grand basilica, Topkapi Palace (exterior only) and more. Later this afternoon we'll wander the cavernous Grand Bazaar before walking to the waterfront, where located opposite is the colourful and ever lively Egyptian Spice Market. Time will be given for you to explore the exotic bazaar and possibly purchase some fresh or dried fruits, nuts, pistachios, Turkish Delight and other treats. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Anzac Uncovered - 6 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Girls in one of the WW1 trenches in Gallipoli
Day 3: Touring of ANZAC Cove
Istanbul - Gallipoli. An early morning departure to the WW1 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsular. The futile campaign, infamously known as Gallipoli, is poignantly etched in history. In the fierce struggle for Turkish territory, thousands perished as the odds were resolutely stacked against them. The Turks sustained terrible losses. Thousands of Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Indian Allied troops also died. Today we tour the region with ease and without the crowds, as most ANZAC pilgrims will descend upon the peninsular tomorrow. Walk in the footsteps of the ANZAC’s with visits to ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and the trenches. Early evening we travel to our hotel in the seaside village of Gallipoli for free time. Take a stroll around the waterfront before dinner at our hotel. Overnight - Eceabat & Gallipoli (B, D)
Day 4: Turkish Airforce Display, ANZAC Eve - hotel
Returning to the Gallipoli National Park, we attend the Turkish International Service and watch the Turkish Air Force display at Mehmetcik Abide. We then visit the small fishing village of Kilitbahir and tour the impressive Kilitbahir Fort. Kilitbahir - meaning lock of the sea, duly living up to its name. The fort was built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, as part of his successful siege on Constantinople. Many of the naval battles of the Dardanelles in the Gallipoli campaign took place here, from the strategically placed fort prior to the army landings. After we've explored the fort it's time to sit down to relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before again returning to our hotel for a leisurely evening. Overnight - Eceabat & Gallipoli (B, L, D)
A guide and tour member at an ANZAC memorial
Day 5: ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2016
Gallipoli - Istanbul - hotel breakfast box. Departing our hotel close to midnight, we return to the Dawn Service Site, soaking up the atmosphere of the morning and the heartfelt chants of the crowd. First light heralds a poignant bugle call and commencement of the Dawn Service. After the service, you can take time to independently explore the trenches and memorial sites before walking to the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine or New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair. The service at Chunuk Bair usually starts about an hour after the Australian service at Lone Pine. If you’re a Kiwi, head straight to Chunuk Bair. Later this afternoon, we’ll journey back to Istanbul, arriving late in the evening and in need of a well-deserved rest after an emotion-filled day at Gallipoli. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic) Overnight - Istanbul (B)
A view of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul
Day 6: Istanbul - your way
Tuesday 26th April 2016. Istanbul. After breakfast - approx 09:00, join us for a 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus - the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. Returning to the hotel before 12 noon and hotel check out. Our tour concludes at this time we hope you had a wonderful and truly memorable ANZAC experience.

If your flight does not depart till later in the day, after our cruise pop across the road to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice market. The ideal spot for some last minute souvenir shopping! (B)

Egypt - ever so close!

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.

Check out our popular 9 day King Tutankhamen, 14 day King Ramses, 17 day Road to Jordan or 18 day Pyramids, Petra, Promised Lands tours. Each of these tours commence on Saturday 26th April 2014, are perfectly timed to commence on Saturday 26th April 2014, the very day your ANZAC Uncovered tour concludes. Catch a quick flight from Turkey to Egypt and let an exciting Egyptian Adventure begin!

Please 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.

Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: 21st April 2016
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:5, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: Special Class Hotel & 2-3 star in Gallipoli
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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