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9 days  |  Starts/Ends: Istanbul  |  from USD $2,589  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Indepth touring & hotel accomm on ANZAC Eve. ANZAC Day Tour, Gallipoli 2015. Starts: 18th April. Pay your respects to the brave soldiers of the ANZAC landings by visiting ANZAC Cove in 2015 - 100 years on and the day is still as memorable and poignant as ever.

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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
Istanbul - Gateway to the East

Saturday 18 April 2015. Included arrival transfer from Ataturk International Airport to our hotel. This evening you'll meet your guide and the rest of the group at our welcome meeting.
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 explore Istanbul, taking in all of the city’s best landmarks including the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the iconic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Roman underground cistern. After a break for lunch we enjoy a relaxing cruise of the Bosphorus Strait. After our cruise those in need of some retail therapy will be keen to visit the lively and colourful Egyptian Spice Market, where you will be able test your haggling skills. This evening we enjoy dinner together at our hotel.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3
Pamukkale Thermal Springs

Istanbul - Pammukale. This morning we bid farewell to Istanbul and travel south to Pammukale. Stopping en route 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
Pamukkale Thermal Springs

Pamukkale is an unusual site famous for its cascading thermal pools and unique appearance. Take a dip in the natural pools and experience one of Turkey’s best natural wonders. We also explore the remarkable ruins of the Roman Hierapolis which sit above the pools. This afternoon we head over to Ephesus, arguably one of the most well preserved classical cities in the Western Med. Later on we visit a high grade leather garment house and then stop the night in beautiful coastal Kusadasi.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5
Roman Pergamum

Kusadasi - Gallipoli. Heading north, we take a guided tour of the ancient cultural and political capital of Pergamum. Pergamum is home to one of the steepest, most impressive amphitheatres form the classical world and was once one of the Middle East’s richest and most powerful little kingdoms. Next we carry on to the famous wooden horse of Troy for a bit of fun and photographs. Later on we arrive into the Gallipoli region for the night.
Overnight: Eceabat & Gallipoli  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6
Canakkale

Today we embark upon a guided tour of the historic Gallipoli region. Once the site of fierce fighting and today very hauntingly beautiful. It has a wooded landscape dotted with understated memorials to those fallen in the war. Our guided tour of the region will take in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian War Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Blair New Zealand War Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years.
Overnight: Eceabat & Gallipoli  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7
British & International Services

Today we return to Gallipoli National Park to attend both the British and Turkish International services to pay our respects. Afterwards we travel to the small fishing village of Kilitbahir, time permitting and visit the impressive Kilitbahir Fort. Kilitbahir - meaning lock of the sea, duly living up to its name. Built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, the fort was part of his successful siege on Constantinople. Many of the naval battles of the Dardanelles in the Gallipoli campaign took place here, from the strategically placed fort prior to the army landings. Later we we return to our hotel for a leisurely evening.
Overnight: Eceabat & Gallipoli  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8
Anzac Day 2015

Gallipoli - Istanbul. Today is Anzac Day 2015. Exactly 100 years since that fateful morning. At around midnight we leave the hotel and head to the Dawn Service site to soak up the atmosphere and wait until morning. Just as the sun rises the service begins with a moving bugle call. Once the service is over you can 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. Once all services have finished we will return to Istanbul for a well-deserved rest.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 9
Istanbul

Sunday 26 April 2015. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out at noon.
Breakfast

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!

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.

Lycus River, Pamukkale
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

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.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Hippodrome area, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Underground Cistern
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Troy and the Wooden Trojan Horse (subject to time)
Gallipoli Peninsula - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine memorial, Chunuk Bair memorial, battlefields and trenches
National Services of Australia or New Zealand
Bosphorus Strait Cruise - views of the city skyline, Ottoman architecture and waterside palaces
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Aegean coast
ANZAC 2015 Dawn Service and the national services of Australia or New Zealand
Visits to carpet weaving and leather manufacturing houses

Included

7 breakfasts and 4 dinners
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
6 nights Special Class hotels (3 - 4 star), 2 nights 2 - 3 star hotel in the Gallipoli Region.
Guided sightseeing of Pamukkale and Hierapolis, Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum.
Morning Bosphorus Cruise - views of the city skyline, Ottoman architecture and waterside palaces
English speaking, qualified Turkish tour guide tour
Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/ jumper

Not Included

International flights & visa
Entrance Fees: $110-130 USD
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
Tipping Kitty: $30 USD

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.

Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
18 Apr 2015
Hotel Rating
4 Star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Dinner: 6
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