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Giza & Gallipoli 2015

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

ANZAC Day tour 2015. Starting in Egypt’s bustling capital of Cairo, take in the best of ancient Egypt from the mighty pyramids and felucca sailing on the Nile, to Luxor and temples and tombs of the once mighty Thebes. Then continue on to Istanbul to explore Turkey’s finest sites, from the thermal pools of Pamukkale to the magnificent Roman ruins of Ephesus, before taking your place at the moving Anzac Day commemorations, on the momentous 100th anniversary.

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Itinerary
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Itinerary

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

Ancient Egypt at its best

Saturday 11th April 2015. Welcome to Egypt! Arriving into Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you please.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza

Cairo - Aswan. Today we visit the famous pyramids and iconic Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Cheops (Khufu), the largest of the three great pyramids is constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks and it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct.

Continuing to Saqqara, we explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC. Later there is a chance to have dinner before the overnight train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Philae Temple

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 4-5

Nile River Cruise

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning excursion by road to Abu Simbel, the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. If sailing by felucca is not for you, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 6

Kom Ombo Temple & the Temple of Horus at Edfu

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking in Kom Ombo, we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek and the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before driving north to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor, alternatively enjoy the facilities of your hotel.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. Consider opting to join our hot air ballooning excursion over ancient Thebes - fabulous early in the morning! An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings today. Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against the backdrop of history, the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome ramped and colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life. This afternoon after lunch and time to relax we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, we return by overnight sleeper train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Cairo

Arrival into Cairo and hotel check-in. Today we visit the Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon is free to independently explore Cairo. Consider visiting Khan el Khalili markets for a spot of souvenir shopping.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Onward to Istanbul

Sunday 19th April 2015. After hotel checkout onward transfer to the airport, it's time to bid farewell to Egypt and say hello to Istanbul. Turkish Airlines offers open jaw flights between Cairo and Istanbul, check the THY website for more details or we can arrange flights on your behalf. If you provide us with your incoming flight details to Turkey we will be there to meet you at Istanbul Airport and transfer you to our hotel. The rest of the day is free, why not explore some of the fantastic city that is Istanbul.

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

Day 10

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 11

Pamukkale

This morning we say goodbye to Istanbul and start to travel south towards Pammukale. On the way we stop for an informative visit to a Turkish carpet weaving and manufacturing house.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

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 13

Pergamum & Asclepion

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, Dinner

Day 14

Troy & ANZAC Cove

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 15

ANZAC Day 2015

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: Holiday Inn, Topkapi

Day 16

Istanbul

Sunday 26 April 2015. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check-out today. We hope you have had a wonderful ANZAC and Egypt experience.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

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 1 - 8.

If 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 Cairo-Istanbul 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.

Whilst every effort has been made to provide you with an accurate cost for this tour, prices are subject to change. Additional costs may apply should hoteliers, transportation companies or the guiding association increase their prices/fees for arrangements relating to the event.

Hotels

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.

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

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

Superior
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
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
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!

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.

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.

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, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia and the Underground Cistern

Included

14 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 dinners
2 nights felucca cruise (open deck). 5 star Nile Crusie upgrade available
Airport arrival transfer in Egypt on day 1 and departure transfer on day 9. Airport arrival transfer in Turkey on day 9 from Ataturk International Airport.
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
Egypt: 4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck) and 2 overnight sleeper trains. Turkey: 6 nights 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night ANZAC Cove.
2 nights overnight seater train (Sleeper train upgrade available)
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
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: Egypt: US$105-110 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: $30 USD
Tour Details
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
11 Apr 2015
Hotel Rating
4 & 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 6
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.