Anzac Cobber - 14 days

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ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2016. Starts: 13th April. Enjoy the best of Turkey exploring Cappadocia with its underground cities, the Mediterranean Coast, Pamukkale, Roman Ruins and Troy. Then take your place at Gallipoli for the ANZAC Day.

Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul!
13 April 2016. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your awesome ANZAC experience! Choice of shuttle transfers to hotel. Rest of the day free in Istanbul – a city that straddles both Europe and Asia! Overnight - Istanbul
The beautiful Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet, Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul's Top Sights
This morning we embark a classic city tour taking in the Hippodrome area, the stunning Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the ancient Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia (exterior only). Afterward we enjoy a relaxing 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus - the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. At the southern end of the Galata Bridge, near our ferry terminal is the colourful and ever lively Egyptian Spice Market and Grand Bazaar. Time will be given for you to explore the bazaar and possibly purchase some fresh or dried fruits, nuts, pistachios, Turkish Delight and other treats. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
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Beautiful Cappadocia in Turkey
Day 3: Cappadocia
Driving to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where we visit the Ancient Civilisation's Museum. Then we continue east to Cappadocia - one of Turkey’s finest attractions. The isolated region is famed for its troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses hewn from the soft, eroded volcanic rock. Late afternoon hotel check in. Overnight - Cappadocia (B, D)
Day 4: Fairy Chimney's of Cappadocia
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the World Heritage listed Göreme Valley to view the stunning rock cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples carved by the Christians facing persecution in the 1st - 10th centuries AD. We also tour Zelve with its phallic-like eroded landscape of so-called ‘fairy chimneys’ and other notable rock formations within the region. Tonight we offer our optional 'Cappadoccia by Night' folklore evening. With a 3 course dinner, beer, wine, folklore show, belly dancer and entertainment, it's a top night out. Tickets can only be purchased before arriving in Turkey. Overnight - Cappadocia (B)
The whimsical peaks of Cappadocia in sunlight, Turkey
Day 5: Konya & the Silk Road
Heading south along an ancient Silk Road, we visit an old caravanserai in Sultanhani. In pious Konya, we tour the mystic Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum before continuing to the Mediterranean coast. Overnight - Antalya (B, D)
Day 6: Perge & Aspendos
Today we visits to the Roman ruins of Perge and Aspendos. Perge boasts a great theatre, stadium, colonnaded street and impressive baths. Free time to relax. Overnight - Antalya (B, D)
An on the go group having fun,  'tubing' at Saklikent Gorge
Day 7: Saklikent Gorge
Antalya - Fethiye. Following the stunning Mediterranean coast, we visit Saklikent Gorge - a natural wonder of breathtaking beauty, where we can perhaps enjoy an invigorating dip in the ice cold waters that cut a swathe through the fissure. En route to Fethiye - a seaside town on the Turquoise coast, we also stop at a carpet dyeing, weaving and manufacturing house. Overnight - Fethiye (B, D)
Days 8 - 9: Fethiye R&R
A free day to relax, swim, take a boat trip and shop. Fethiye also boasts great pubs, clubs and nightlife. On day 9, from Fethiye we drive north to Pamukkale - famous for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools. Evening at leisure. Overnight - Fethiye (1), Pamukkale (1) (B:2, D:2)
A gulet boat on the famous turquoise waters of Turkey
Day 10: Pamukkale Pools & Ancient Ephesus
Pamukkale - Kusadasi. Today, we visit the ancient town of Hierapolis and the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. You can walk barefoot along the terraces allowing the mineral rich waters to wash over your feet or opt for a dip in the hot springs reknown for its therapeutic powers since roman times. Onward to Ephesus - positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, Ephesus became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see the its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exploring all things Roman, our tour takes us to the Great Theatre once capable of seating 25,000 spectators at one time, Curetes Way (one of the main thoroughfares) the Temple of Serapis and the awesome Library of Celsus. Off Curetes Way, are ancient public toilets, a brothel, remains of fountains and various temples. After a short stop at a leather factory, we continue to coastal Kusadasi. Overnight - Kusadasi (B)
The ruins of Ephesus
Day 11: Aegean Coast
Kusadasi - Bergama/Izmir. Today we explore the ruins of Pergamum with its steep hillside amphitheatre and neighbouring asclepion (ancient medical centre). We continue on to Bergama on the Aegean coast where there's free time to relax. Overnight - Bergama (B, D)
Crowds on ANZAC Day in Gallipoli
Day 12: Gallipoli - ANZAC Eve 2014
Bergama - Gallipoli. Departing very early, if open we will enjoy a short visit to Homer’s Troy - famed for its Trojan wooden horse. Continuing to the Gallipoli Peninsular we enjoy a guided tour of the evocative war memorials that dot the region 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 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)
Day 13: ANZAC Day
Gallipoli - Istanbul. First light heralds the Dawn Service, then you’ll have loads of time to independently explore the many trenches and memorial sites as you make your way up to Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair for the Australian or New Zealand National services. 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. This afternoon, we return to Istanbul, arriving very late in the evening. Hotel check in and a earn a well- deserved rest after an emotion-filled day at Gallipoli. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic) Overnight - Istanbul
Day 14: Istanbul - your way
26th April 2016. Our tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out. We hope you have had a wonderful tour of Turkey and memorable Anzac Day experience. (B)

Heading to 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.

Our 9 day King Tutankhamen, 14 day King Ramses and 17 day Road to Jordan tours commence on Saturday 26 April 2014, giving you a day to travel from Turkey to Egypt before your Egyptian 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: 13th April 2016
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:12, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 7
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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