ANZAC With Teens - 8 days

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ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2016. Starts: 20th April. Pay your respects on Anzac Day at Gallipoli with the family on an exciting cultural holiday to Turkey. Discover Istanbul, the city that straddles two continents before heading to the thermal pools of Pamukkale and the famous wooden horse of Troy. Finish off the week with the moving Dawn Service at famous Anzac Cove.

Day 1: Istanbul - Gateway to the Orient
20th April 2016. Welcome to Istanbul and the start of your memorable ANZAC journey! You'll be met at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore bustling Istanbul - a city that straddles two continents! Overnight - Istanbul
Pamukalle'sbeautiful surounding scenery and cotton castles
Day 2: Pamukkale's calcium terraces
Istanbul - Pamukkale. it's an early start today travelling south to the magnificent white calcium terraces at Pamukkale. This natural wonder is popular for its amazing thermal pools that contain ancient Roman ruins. We are due to arrive at our destination in late afternoon. The hotel has excellent leisure facilities including a great swimming pool, so why not spend some time relaxing here. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
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People paying their respects to war graves at Anzac Cove
Day 3: Ancient Ephesus & Thermal Pools
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)
Crowds on ANZAC Day in Gallipoli
Day 4: Pergamum & Troy
Kusadasi - Canakkale. We need to rise bright and early today and travel north to see the Roman ruins of Pergamum. This amazing site is built on a steep hillside and is complete with amphitheatre and neighbouring asclepion (ancient medical centre). We continue on towards Gallipoli, with a stop at famous Homer's Troy - famed for its giant Trojan wooden horse. This evening we arrive at the town and seaport of Canakkale, on the southern side of the Dardenelles. Overnight - Canakkale (B, D)
The stunning Blue Mosque in Istanbul with the Bosphorus in the background
Day 5: ANZAC Eve
Canakkale - Gallipoli - Canakkale. This morning, we cross the deep blue waters of the Dardenelles (at the narrowest point) by ferry. Here, we travel to the southern tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula to attend the International Service at the Turkish memorial - Mehmetcik Abide, before embarking on a guided tour of ANZAC Cove (subject to opening hours and traffic conditions). Explore the evocative war memorials that dot this region, for example; Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly and the trenches. In the afternoon, enjoy our tasty ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before returning to the hotel for dinner and a chance to enjoy a few hours sleep before the big day.

Note: If we are unable to visit the sites of ANZAC Cove today we will instead visit the small fishing village of Kilitbahir and Kilitbahir Fort. It was built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, as part of his successful siege on former Istanbul, Constantinople. The famous naval battle of the Dardanelles in the Gallipoli campaign also happened here. Overnight - Canakkale (B, L, D)
Day 6: ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2016
Gallipoli - Dawn Service Site - Istanbul. Leaving the hotel at around midnight, we catch the ferry back across the Dardenelles and head to the Dawn Service site on the Gallipoli Peninsular to take our places and soak up some of the atmosphere in the early hours of the morning. Just as the sun rises the service begins with a moving bugle call.

Once the service is over you are free to explore the surrounding trenches and memorial sites. Following the Dawn Service there is the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine and the New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair. The service at Chunuk Bair usually starts about an hour after the Australian service at Lone Pine. So it is advisable for those wishing to attend the New Zealand one to head there straight away. Once all services have finished we will return to Istanbul for a well-deserved rest. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic) Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Hagia Sofia and the Bosphorus in Istanbul
Day 7: City tour & Bosphorus Cruise
Today we embark on a classic sightseeing tour of the old city with visits to the stunning Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia - Emperor Justinian's grand basilica (exterior only), Topkapi Palace and the ancient Underground Cistern. In the afternoon we enjoy a beautiful and relaxing 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus Strait where you can enjoy views of the 2 continents either side, before walking through the exotic Egyptian Spice Market and the famed Grand Bazaar – one of the largest covered markets in the world, boasting more than 4000 stores. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 8: Istanbul - your way
27th April 2016. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out at 12noon. We hope you and all the family had a wonderful tour of Turkey and a memorable ANZAC Day experience. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: 20th April 2016
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 4
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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