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Friday 21st April 2012. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your awesome ANZAC experience! You will be transferred to your hotel in Istanbul, a city that straddles both Europe and Asia! Tonight you will have a welcome dinner at a nice restaurant in the old city. Overnight - Istanbul.
This morning we enjoy a relaxing 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus ‐ the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. Afterward we have a city tour taking in the Hippodrome area, the stunning Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the underground cistern. This afternoon offers free time to do as you please, maybe hone your bargaining skills at the Egyptian Spice market or famed Grand Bazaar – one of the largest covered markets in the world, boasting more than 4000 stores. Overnight - Istanbul.
Istanbul - Gallipoli - An early departure to the WW1 battlefields on Gallipoli Peninsular. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the evocative war memorials that dot the region, for example; Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly, the trenches and Kabatepe - the modest ANZAC museum. After a detailed visit drive to our hotel in Ayvalik for overnight. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight - Ayvalik.
After breakfast at the hotel drive to the legendary Troy; the site where the legendary Trojan War took place. After the tour we return back to our hotel in Ayvalik. We depart Ayvalik at 0100 am for Gelibolu for the dawn service privately arranged for us. Overnight - Ayvalik
First light heralds a poignant bugle call and commencement of the Dawn Service which is located at a beach overlooking the Dardanelles. Today there will be a private gathering in the region for the service at Kilitbayır Damla Camping. We will then return back to our hotel in Ayvalik . Remainder of the day will be at leisure. Overnight – Ayvalik.
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Kusadasi, crossing the legendary mountain Ida where you will continue to Pergamum an ancient Greek city in Aeolis. Here you will take the cable car up the steep incline to visit this time worn monument and learn of its history. Spend some time exploring the Acropolis and ancient medical centre Asklepion. Here you can also view one of the steepest ancient amphitheatres in the world. Overnight - Kusadasi.
Enjoy a morning visit to the Ancient City of Ephesus where you will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. A definite must while in Turkey. Then drive to Pamukkale and visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. Overnight - Pamukkale.
Today we leave Pamukkale and drive straight back to Istanbul and arrive in the late afternoon. Overnight - Istanbul.
Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight to your onward destination.
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