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Wellington Battalion

11 days  |  Starts/Ends: Istanbul  |  from USD $2,399  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Starts: 23rd April 2015. Commemorate the brave ANZACs and embrace history at the 100th Anniversary at Gallipoli in 2015. Then take a journey of discovery through the ever changing landscapes of Turkey with its Roman ruins, underground cities, fairytale chimneys, striking calcium pools and beautiful Aegean coastline.

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Itinerary
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Hotels
Inclusions

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

Istanbul

Thursday 23 April 2015. Welcome to Turkey! Arrival transfer from Istanbul airport to your hotel. Tonight you will meet your guide and fellow travellers 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

Gallipoli

Istanbul - Gallipoli. We depart early this morning, to travel to the Gallipoli Peninsular. This afternoon we’ll relax before travelling on to ANZAC Cove to take our places amongst the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere charged ANZAC Eve vigil.
Overnight: Dawn Service site (ANZAC Cove)  |  Breakfast

Day 3

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli

Gallipoli - Edremit. First light heralds a poignant bugle call and commencement of the Dawn Service. After the service there's 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 Edremit, where upon our late evening arrival, we check into our hotel for a well-earned rest after such an emotion-filled day.
Overnight: Edremit  |  Dinner

Day 4

Kusadasi

Edremit – 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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

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. There's also time to explore the remarkable Roman ruins of Hierapolis which are located just above the travertine pools.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Konya's Whirling Dirvishes

Pamukkale - Cappadocia. We have a long drive today, as we travel north-east to the famed fairy castles of Cappadocia. En route to Cappadocia we stop at Sultanhani’s old caravanserai and at Konya to visit the fascinating Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most extraordinary national treasures and the surreal landscape has to be seen to be believed with its cave dwellings and fairy chimneys. 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. Very early this morning (weather permitting), there's the opportunity to take an exhilarating hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia (book locally). Then 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 eroded landscape of so-called ‘fairy chimneys’, Kaymakli Underground City and Uchisar Castle. Tonight, you can opt to a folklore evening. With a 3 course dinner, beer, wine, belly dancers and entertainment its a nice night out!
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Return to Istanbul

Cappadocia - Istanbul. Today, we return to Istanbul via the nation's capital Ankara, where we visit the Ancient Civilisations Museum. Arriving into Istanbul late evening, we check into our hotel.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Istanbul old city

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 and Topkapi Palace. This afternoon, we take a relaxing cruise on a Bosphorus Strait, where you'll see waterside palaces framed by a modern city skyline dotted with expansive domed mosques and towering minarets of traditional Ottoman style. After the cruise there's the opportunity to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice Market.

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

Day 11

Istanbul

Sunday 03 May 2015. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out at 12 noon today.
Breakfast

Combine Turkey with a holiday 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.

You could choose to embark on your Egyptian Adventure either before or after your Anzac holiday. Check out our Egypt Group tours section for holiday ideas and itineraries.

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 our ANZAC tours and therefore there is no single supplement to pay. We will match up all single travellers with another fellow passenger of the same sex.

Please note that if booking pre or post tour accommodation, single travellers will need to pay the single supplement for nights booked.

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!

Novotel Istanbul, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Spacious and modern and contemporary in design the Novotel is a popular choice when staying in Istanbul. All guest rooms are spacious, bright with excellent amenities. The restaurant offers a great selection of cuisine and in the morning a wake up call before a top full buffet breakfast is the perfect way to start the day. The Novotel is located on the shores of the Sea of Marmara betwen the airport and the old city.

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.

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.

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.

Peri Tower, Cappadocia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Renovated in 2006, the Peri Tower Hotel’s design is inspired by the region’s famous fairy chimneys. The contemporary guest rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated with rich mahogany furniture. Guests can enjoy a delicious Turkish meal in front of the roaring fire in winter or outside as the sun sets in summer. The hotel also has full Turkish spa facilities which are a great way to relax and unwind. Perfectly located in a quiet area with great access to restaurants and shops.

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.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - the old city, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia and the Underground Cistern.
ANZAC 2015 Dawn Service and the national services of Australia or New Zealand
Roman Ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum
Aegean Coast - Kusadasi
Silk Road from Konya and Ankara - the nation's capital
Gallipoli Peninsula - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine memorial, Chunuk Bair memorial, battlefields and trenches
National services of Australia or New Zealand
Pamukkale thermal pools & Roman Hierapolis
Cappadocia region, UNESCO World Heritage listed Goreme Valley, Kaymakli Underground City and Uchisar Castle
Carpet weaving and leather manufacturing houses

Included

9 breakfasts and 6 dinners
Guided sightseeing of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome area
Guided sightseeing of Ephesus & Pergamum, Pamukkale/Hierapolis and Cappadocia
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.
Modern air-conditioned touring coach
Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/ jumper
9 nights - 4 star and Special Class hotels
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul
Ancient Civilisations Museum - Ankara
English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
All relevant transfers and transportation

Not Included

International flights & visa
Entrance Fees: $120-140 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: $35 USD
Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
23 Apr 2015
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, 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.