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ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2016. Starts: 23rd April. Commemorate the brave ANZAC's and embrace history at Gallipoli. Then check out amazing Turkey taking in Roman ruins of Ephesus, Perge and Aspendos; the stunning Mediterranean and spectacular Cappadocia.

A group of New Zealanders at ANZAC Cove
Day 1: Istanbul - Gateway to the Exotic East
23rd April 2016. Welcome to Turkey and the start of a memorable ANZAC experience! Choice of shuttle transfers to hotel. Rest of the day free in Istanbul. Overnight - Istanbul
Day 2: Gallipoli, ANZAC Eve
Istanbul - Gallipoli. A very early departure to the WW1 battlefields on Gallipoli Peninsular. This afternoon, 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, the trenches and Kabatepe - the modest ANZAC museum. 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)
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Day 3: 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 continue onwards to Ayvalik, where upon our late evening arrival, we check into our hotel for a well-earned rest after such an emotion-filled day. Overnight - Ayvalik (D)
Day 4: Kusadasi
Ayvalik – Kusadasi - breakfast. This morning we drive south stopping at the Roman ruins of Pergamum and its impressive hillside amphitheatre. We also visit the neighbouring Asclepion - a Roman precursor to modern-day hospitals before continuing onto coastal Kusadasi. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 5: Ephesus
Today, we enjoy a guided tour at the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, it became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in its prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts carefully restored elements within the huge archaeological area including the Great Theatre once capable of seating 25,000 spectators at one time, Curetes Way (one of the main thoroughfares) the Temple of Serapis, the elegant façades of the Temple of Hadrian and the awesome Library of Celsus. Off Curetes Way, are ancient public toilets, a brothel, remains of fountains and various temples. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Pamukalle'sbeautiful surounding scenery and cotton castles
Day 6: Pamukkale
Kusadasi - Pamukkale. Driving east, a short stop is made at a leather manufacturing house before arriving at Pamukkale - famed for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools. Here we can paddle our feet in the warm water flowing over the terraces or perhaps opt for a swim at the Pamukkale Thermal Baths. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
The famous Whirling Dervishes in Turkey
Day 7: Konya's Whirling Dervish Museum
Pamukkale - Cappadocia. Today, we travel north-east to the famed fairy castles of Cappadocia. En route we break at Sultanhani’s old caravanserai and at Konya to visit the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum. Overnight - Cappadocia (B, D)
A hot air balloon drifts over the famous fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
Day 8: Underground cities of Cappadocia
Breakfast. Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most extraordinary national treasures. The surreal landscape has to be seen to be believed with its ‘stuff of fables’ cave dwellings and phallic ‘fairy chimneys’ landscape. Whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia. The crumbling legacy of persecuted Christians trying to escape the Muslim onslaught in 1st-10th centuries AD by effectively heading underground, is one of Turkey’s finest attractions. A guided tour of the region takes us to the World – Heritage listed - Goreme Valley where we’ll see stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples and Zelve with its surreal landscape of towering eroded rocks.

Tonight, why not join us on our optional 'Cappadocia by night!' With a 3 course dinner, beer, wine, belly dancers and entertainment its a top night out! Tickets can only be purchased before arriving in Turkey. Overnight - Cappadocia (B)
Hagia Sofia and the Bosphorus in Istanbul
Day 9: Cappadocia
Cappadocia - Istanbul. Today, we return to Istanbul via the nation's capital Ankara, where we visit the Ancient Civilisations Museum. Arriving Istanbul late evening, we check into our hotel. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
The beautiful Hagia Sofia with fountains in Istanbul
Day 10: Istanbul - Old City Tour
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the old city, taking in the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Hippodrome area, the 6th century Hagia Sofia, the ancient Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace and more. This afternoon, we take a relaxing cruise on a Bosphorus Strait. You'll see waterside palaces framed by a modern city skyline dotted with expansive domed mosques and towering minarets of traditional Ottoman style. Afterwards time is given for you to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice Market, the latter located opposite from the cruise terminal. From here you can opt to stay and discover the old city by night or return with your guide to our hotel for a little R&R Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 11: Istanbul - your way
3rd May 2016. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out at 12noon. Maybe return to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market for some last minute souvenir shopping before departing for the airport. (B)

Ancient Egypt before ANZAC Day in Turkey

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 6 day Pharaohs Adventure or 9 day King Tutankhamen, both perfectly timed to conclude on Sunday 21 April 2013, giving you a day to travel from Egypt to Turkey before your exciting ANZAC Adventure begins.

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: 23rd April 2016
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:9, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 5
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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