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Anzac & Ancient Egypt 2015

16 days  |  Istanbul to Cairo  |  from USD $3,429  |   Guaranteed Departure 

ANZAC Day tour 2015, commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landings after visiting Turkey’s finest sites before travelling onwards to Egypt. From Istanbul, Troy, ancient Ephesus and the trenches of Gallipoli to the pyramids of Giza, felucca sailing on the Nile and tomb strewn Luxor – truly an epic adventure.

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Please Note: You are required to hold an Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli 2015 ticket, obtained by the Australian or New Zealand Department of Veterans’ Affairs to participate in this tour.

Day 1


Sunday 19 April 2015. Welcome to Istanbul! After being met at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight a welcome meeting takes place where you'll meet your guide and the rest of the group.
If you've arrived early you may wish to join our 'Backstreets Tour', further details relating to the excursion can be found in our trip notes.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul City Tour

Today we take in some of the Istanbul's best landmarks including the iconic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia (exterior only), Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome of Constantinople - an old sporting and social centre. Later we explore the Roman underground cistern, covered with glistening spot lights and full of intricately carved columns. After a break for lunch we'll take a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus before visiting the lively and colourful Egyptian Spice Market and Grand Bazaar, where you will be able to test your haggling skills.

This evening we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3


Istanbul - Pamukkale. This morning we say goodbye to Istanbul and travel south to Pamukkale. On the way we stop for an informative visit to a Turkish carpet weaving and manufacturing house. Carpets are one of Turkey's most beautiful exports, generally woven by women, they learn the trade at quite a young age and can take months or even years to finish some of these masterpieces.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Ancient Ephesus

Pamukkale - Kusadasi. Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s finest natural wonders, home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools, known locally as the Cotton Castles. Walk barefoot along the travertine pools and explore the ruins of Hierapolis, an old Roman spa town.

From Pamukkale, we travel on to Ephesus, regarded as one of the best preserved classical cities in the Western Med. Highlights of our guided tour of this incredible site, include the famous Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. En route to coastal Kusadasi, we visit a high grade leather garment house.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Roman Pergamum

Kusadasi - Edremit. This morning we travel north to Edremit, stopping en route at the Roman ruins of Pergamum, which was once the capital city of the Asian province of the ancient Roman Empire. Home to one of the steepest, vertigo-inducing amphitheatres in the classical world, Pergamum was also famous for its Asclepion (medical centre).
Overnight: Edremit  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

ANZAC Eve at Gallipoli

Ayvalik - Gallipoli. We make an early start this morning, for our journey to Gallipoli, stopping en route to visit the famous Trojan wooden horse of Troy. Next we jump aboard the ferry and cross to the Gallipoli Peninsular to commemorate ANZAC Eve. Wrap up warm and pick yourself a great spot for the evening as we settle down for the night at the atmospheric ANZAC Eve vigil.
Overnight: Dawn Service Site (Anzac Cove)  |  Breakfast

Day 7


Gallipoli - Istanbul. First light heralds the Dawn Service, then you’ll have plenty 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 starts 45 minutes after the Australian service at Lone Pine. If you’re a New Zealander, you will need to head straight to Chunuk Bair. This afternoon, we return to Istanbul, arriving very late in the evening. Hotel check in and a well-deserved rest, after an emotion-filled day at Gallipoli.
Overnight: Titanic Byrampasa/ Grand Cevahir Hotel

Day 8

Fly Istanbul to Cairo

Sunday 26 Apr 2015. Istanbul - Cairo. Today, make your own way to Cairo where your Egyptian adventure begins. If you provide us with your incoming flight details to Egypt we will be there to meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to our hotel. Remainder of the day and evening at leisure.

Note: The flight from Istanbul to Cairo is not included in the cost of this tour.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

The Pyramids of Giza

Cairo - Aswan. A big day out. First to the Giza Plateau to see the pyramids and the iconic Sphinx. Then we travel on to Saqqara, an ancient necropolis of sand-strewn tombs and home to the great step pyramid. Zhoser’s step pyramid was the first ever constructed in 2700 BC by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect. Later there is opportunity to freshen up before boarding the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 10


Aswan. After arrival into Aswan and hotel check-in we head off to the grand High Dam - an impressive feat of engineering which resulted in the creation of Lake Nasser. Next we enjoy a boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the Temples of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure; shop in the colourful souqs or simply kick back and relax.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Days 11-12

Felucca Sailing

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning excursion to the colossal Temple of Abu Simbel by road. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage on the River Nile downstream, stopping along the way at local villages and islands. If sailing by felucca is not your style, navigate the River Nile on board a 5 star Nile Cruiser with private cabin and en suite bathroom. See our Nile Cruise Upgrade bolt-on for more info.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 13

Kom Ombo to Luxor

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking in Kom Ombo we visit the temple before travelling to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, a huge complex that began construction in 237 BC. We then continue to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor is available alternatively, enjoy the facilities of our hotel.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. Take flight over ancient Luxor with an optional hot air balloon ride early this morning before exploring the West Bank of the Nile and the legendary Valley of the Kings. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the temple of Amenophis III, and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs.

After lunch we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you get lost wandering around the stone papyrus columns. Tonight we travel by overnight train back to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Egyptian Museum

Morning arrival into Cairo and hotel check-in. Later, we visit the Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his famous solid gold funerary mask. The museum also has a bounty of other treasures and one could spend days wandering the great halls. The rest of the day free to relax, shop and explore. Perhaps head to Khan el-Khalili bazaar and pick up a few souvenirs.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 16


Monday 04 May 2015. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room.

Due to capacity restraints we do not offer single rooms on the Turkey component of this ANZAC tour. We will match up all single travelers with another fellow passenger of the same sex. We can also do this in Egypt, should you choose. Alternatively it is possible to book a single room for the Egypt component of your holiday and the single supplement detailed below can be added to the 'Twin/Double' price, allowing for the comfort of single room from days 8 - 16.

f booking pre or post tour accommodation in either Istanbul or Cairo, single travellers will need to pay the single supplement for nights booked.

Please note that the connecting flight between Istanbul-Cairo or vice versa. is not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be arranged independently, or contact us and we will be happy to arrange it for you.


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.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Titanic Business Bayrampasa, Istanbul

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

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.

Colossae Thermal Spa Hotel, Pamukkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in landscaped gardens, the Colossae Thermal Spa Hotel has an envious location in Pamukkale. Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. The on site thermal spa offers guests a chance to relax and enjoy what this region is most famous for. Why not take breakfast on the terrace or dinner by the pool? Two of our top tips! The hotel is well located close to the travertines in Pamukkale.

Alish Hotel and Spa, Kusadasi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Opening in 2012, the Alish Hotel and Spa is one of Kusadasi's most modern hotels. All rooms are well equipped with modern facilities, private balconies and laminate flooring. A number of restaurants and bars exist including the pool bar that serves refreshing beverages and snacks whilst you sunbathe. An early morning swim in the pool is a great way to start the day. Well located with close links to the city centre, local beaches and the famous waterparks.

Adrina Hotel de Luxe, Edremit

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Perched on the seafront, the Adrina Hotel de Luxe is a modern hotel offering excellent accommodation. Guest rooms are well appointed and comfortable. The expansive outdoor pool is a great place to relax by or take a dip in. A number of restaurants are at the resort including Italian, Turkish and Seafood specialities. Those who want ultimate relaxation should head to the Spa where you can indulge in Turkish baths ad other excellent spa facilities. Located right on the shores of the Aegean Sea near Edremit.

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

In a great location for the Pyramids, the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are well furnished with modern interiors and en suite facilities. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and there is a beautiful outdoor pool perfect for relaxing by. Why not head to the restaurant on the roof for a delicious meal and impressive views of the Pyramids. Perfectly located across from the Pyramids and also close to Cairo University and the Hanging Church.

Helnan Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There is also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan. The hotel has an excellent location on the Corniche in the heart of Aswan, just a few minutes from the Nile.

Felucca Cruise, Felucca Cruise

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category:

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 8 - 12 passengers comfortably. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. A support boat travels alongside your felucca and is on hand if you need to use the toilet or wash. It is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of the included meals, though they welcome helpers!

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

A grand and classical hotel, the Sonesta is luxurious, ensuring you a comfortable stay. The hotel has a sweeping terrace with fantastic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail and a beautiful health spa.

Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Aegean coast and Kusadasi
Gallipoli Peninsula - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine memorial, Chunuk Bair memorial, battlefields and trenches
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
Aswan - High Dam and Philae Temple
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Bosphorus Strait - the strategic waterway dividing Europe and Asia
Carpet weaving demonstration
ANZAC 2015 Dawn Service and the national services of Australia or New Zealand
Istanbul - old city, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia and the Underground Cistern


14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
Airport arrival transfer in Turkey on day 1 from Ataturk International Airport. Airport arrival transfer in Cairo on day 8 and departure transfer on day 16, Note: this tour does not include a departure transfer in Turkey
Guided sightseeing of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and Hippodrome area.
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market in Istanbul
Escorted by an English speaking tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology (Egypt) and a qualified Turkish tour guide (Turkey).
Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/ jumper
3 nights 4 - 5 star hotels in Egypt and 6 nights 4 star and special class hotels in Turkey
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Edfu & Luxor
Cruise along the Bosphorus in Istanbul
Guided sightseeing of the Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, Pamukkale/Hierapolis and Gallipoli (subject to site opening times set by the Anzac Day Organising Committee)
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: Egypt: US$105-115 Turkey: US$110-120
Tip for your tour guides in Turkey and Egypt - we recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tip for your driver in Turkey and Felucca Crew/ Nile Cruise staff in Egypt, we recommend you allow $10 USD for each. These tips are an entirely personal gesture.
Tipping Kitty: Egypt: US$30
Tour Details
19 Apr 2015
Hotel Rating
4 & 5 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 5
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.