ANZAC Day Tour, Gallipoli 2016. Starts: 20 April. Experience ANZAC Day at Gallipoli and attend the Dawn Service without having to sleep out at ANZAC Cove. Our Classic ANZAC tour offers hotel accommodation on ANZAC Eve in addition to guided touring of Ottoman Istanbul, ancient Ephesus, Pammukale, coastal Kusadasi and more. This is our signature ANZAC Day holiday!
Day 1: Istanbul - Gateway to the Orient
20th April 2016. Welcome to Turkey and the beginning of a memorable ANZAC experience! We meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel before you can start exploring amazing Istanbul on your own. Overnight - Istanbul
Day 2: Pamukkale's calcium terraces
Istanbul - Pamukkale. After breakfast we head south to Pamukkale, home to one of Turkey's most famous and unique natural wonders the Pamukkale Thermal Pools. We aim to arrive late afternoon and the rest of the day is free to do as you please. Maybe opt for a refreshing dip in the hotel's indoor swimming pool. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
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Day 3: Ancient Hierapolis & Ephesus
Pamukkale - Kusadasi. This morning we explore the Roman Hierapolis which stands at the top of Pamukkale. You will also be able to take a stroll along these unique terraces or take a relaxing dip in the invigorating thermal springs. The Pamukkale Thermal Springs are particularly impressive given that the pool is filled with ancient sunken Roman columns. Next up is Ephesus, arguable one of if not the best preserved classical city in the Eastern Med. Once we’ve had our fill of Roman sites, we get back to modern day with a visit to a fantastic leather garment shop in Kusadasi. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 4: Pergamum & Troy
Kusadasi - Canakkale. Today we have an early start and begin our final travels to Gallipoli. On the way we stop at the Roman ruins of Pergamum, an ancient Greek city. Marvel at the impressive hillside amphitheatre and the neighbouring asclepion (healing temple). Next stop is the famous wooden horse of Troy where you can climb inside, get some pictures and also learn about the legend of Homer’s Troy. This evening we arrive at the town and seaport of Canakkale, on the southern side of the Dardenelles. Overnight - Canakkale (B, D)
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, we enjoy an amazing exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before getting an early night.
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.
Crossing the Dardenelles again, there is time to relax at our hotel before dinner and a drink at the bar or an early night. Overnight - Canakkale (B, L, D)
Day 6: ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2014
Gallipoli - Dawn Service Site - Istanbul. An early start this morning as we depart our hotel at approx midnight. You’ll be given a breakfast box as we return to Anzac Cove for the Dawn Service. As soon as the sun is up you’ll hear a poignant bugle call and the Dawn Service will commence.
Once the service has finished, you’ll have the opportunity to independently explore the trenches and memorial sites of the Cove. Next you can take a walk to the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine or New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair. The Australian Memorial starts first followed an hour later by the New Zealand one. It is advisable that those wishing to attend the New Zealand service head straight there as it is quite a bit further. Later this afternoon, we head back to Istanbul for a rest after a moving day at Gallipoli. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic) Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 7: Istanbul Old City & Bosphorus Cruise
After a good night’s sleep and some breakfast we start our sightseeing tour with a visits to the iconic Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia - Emperor Justinian's grand basilica before heading over to Topkapi Palace and the ancient Underground Cistern. After lunch we head out on a relaxing 2 hour cruise along the border with Europe on Asia on the Bosphorus Strait. Once back on dry land a short walk leads us to the exotic Egyptian Spice Market and famous Grand Bazaar where we will get the opportunity to barter with the market vendors and experience one of the world’s largest covered markets. The evening can be spent further exploring this great city or head back to the hotel for a relaxing drink at the bar. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 8: Istanbul - your way
Sunday 27th April 2014. The tour ends after breakfast and we need to check out. We hope you had a truly memorable and enjoyable ANZAC Day experience.
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 Anzac Classic tour with a holiday in Egypt take a peek at our 9 day King Tutankhamen tour departing 12th April or 10 day Jewel of the Nile tour departing 11th April, both perfectly timed to finish the very date your Anzac Classic tour commences.
FROM USD $1,649
Prices & Departure Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. Single rooms are available on this tour! The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
Please note that if booking pre or post tour accommodation, single travellers will need to pay the single supplement for nights booked. Families with young adults aged 12 years and over may also participate in this tour.
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Ataturk International Airport at any time of day or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 2.30pm and 8pm.
Guided sightseeing of the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Hippodrome area
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles
7 nights 4 star & Special Class hotels
Guided sightseeing of Pamukkale and Hierapolis, Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum and Gallipoli (subject to site opening times set by the Anzac Day Organising Committee).
Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise – Istanbul
English speaking, qualified Turkish tour guide tour
Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/ jumper
What's Not Included
International flights & visa
Entrance Fees: $85-$105
Tip for your tour guide and driver: as a guideline we recommend you budget USD $3-5 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD $1-2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Titanic Business Bayrampasa - Istanbul
The recently built Titanic Business Bayrampasa is a modern hotel affording wonderful views across the city. This contemporary building creates the perfect ambiance for a relaxing stay in an otherwise hectic city. Rooms are tastefully designed with hard wood flooring stylish cream tones. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and guests can whet their appetite at the Alesta Restaurant where you can grab a cocktail, head to the rooftop and gaze across this sprawling city.
Located in the European city of the city with good access links to the rest of the city.
Our Rating : Deluxe —
Local Rating: 5 Star Hotel
Lycus River - Pamukkale
Just a short drive from the famous travertines and terraces, the huge Lycus River Spa Complex is a traveller’s thermal paradise. The fantastic facilities include interlinking indoor and outdoor thermal pools, complimentary Wi-Fi and excellent dining. The leisure facilities are endless and rooms are bright, comfortable and all come with a private balcony.
Well located just a short journey from Pamukkale and Hieroplis.
Our Rating : Superior —
Local Rating: 4 Star Hotel
Tatlises Hotel - Kusadasi
Looking out across the Aegean Sea, the Hotel Tatlises is modern and bright offering fantastic views from its upper floors. All guestrooms have excellent facilities and offer a pool or sea view. Wi-Fi is available throughout and the outdoor restaurant serves excellent Turkish and International cuisine. A refreshing early morning dip in the outdoor pool is a great way to start the day.
The hotel is located a few blocks from the beach and in the middle of Kusadasi town.
Our Rating : Superior —
Local Rating: 4 Star Hotel
Iris Hotel - Canakkale
The Iris is a modern, low rise hotel with spacious, comfortable rooms and a good size swimming pool. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi connection and has an enviable beach front location
The hotel is located between Canakkale and Troy on the coast.
Our Rating : Superior —
Local Rating: 4 Star Hotel
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
Anzac Classic - 8 days
Very happy with how Mehmet + Ali the driver took care of us. Very professional + Mehmet was a wealth of knowledge and happy to answer questions.