Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Anzac Bonzer

11 days  |  Starts/Ends: Istanbul  |  from USD $1,885  |   Guaranteed Departures  6 reviews

ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2017. Starts: 22nd April. Commemorate the brave ANZACs and embrace history at Gallipoli. Then check out amazing Turkey taking in the Roman ruins of Ephesus, Perge and Aspendos, the stunning Mediterranean and spectacular Cappadocia.
Countries Visited: ANZAC Day, Turkey

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul - Gateway to the Exotic East

22nd April 2017. Welcome to Turkey and the start of a memorable ANZAC experience! Airport to hotel arrival transfer. Rest of the day free in Istanbul.

If you are arriving to Istanbul early, you may wish to consider joining our Optional Backstreets Of Istanbul Tour taking place today. The tour commences at 9am. For further details of the excursion, please see our tour Trip Notes.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul - Old City Tour

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 (exterior only), the ancient Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace and more. This afternoon, we take a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. You'll see waterside palaces framed by a modern city skyline dotted with expansive domed mosques and towering minarets of traditional Ottoman style. Afterwards time is given for you to explore the exotic Egyptian Spice Market, located opposite the cruise terminal. From here you can opt to stay and discover the old city by night or return with your guide to our hotel for a little R&R.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Gallipoli, ANZAC Eve

Istanbul - Gallipoli. This morning we drive to the WW1 battlefields on Gallipoli Peninsular. Early this evening we all relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before the Australians can head to Lone Pine for the Australian Wreath Laying Ceremony. Once we're in Anzac Cove you are free to visit the memorials and trenches that dot the area before taking our places amongst the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere-charged ANZAC Eve vigil.
Overnight: Dawn Service site (ANZAC Cove)  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2017

Gallipoli - Avyalik. First light heralds the Dawn Service, which starts with a poignant bugle call. The service lasts for an hour before we drive to Eceabat – a seaside village approx 20 minutes away, for breakfast (payable locally). Later this morning the Australians in the group have the option to visit Lone Pine Memorial for independent exploration of the cemetery and dignified, quiet reflection. Our New Zealanders are invited to attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. Please note that there will be no Lone Pine service as in previous years. Later this afternoon, we’ll journey on to Avyalik by coach, arriving in the evening.
Overnight: Ayvalik  |  Dinner

Day 5

Roman Ruins of Pergamum

Avyalik – Kusadasi. 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 6

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 7

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.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Konya's Whirling Dervish Museum

Pamukkale - Cappadocia. Today we travel north-east to the famed fairy castles of Cappadocia. En route we break at Sultanhani’s old caravanserai and at Konya to visit the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Underground cities of Cappadocia

Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia is an extraordinary national treasure. The surreal landscape has to be seen to be believed with its cave dwellings and phallic ‘fairy chimneys’ landscape that are the stuff of fables. Whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia. It's a crumbling legacy of persecuted Christians trying to escape the Muslim onslaught in the 1st-10th centuries AD by effectively heading underground. 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 surreal landscape of towering eroded rocks.

Tonight, why not join us on our optional Cappadocia by night? With a three course dinner, beer, wine, belly dancers and entertainment it's a top night out!
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Cappadocia

Cappadocia - Istanbul. Today we return to Istanbul stopping en route for lunch (payable locally). Arriving Istanbul late evening, we check into our hotel.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Istanbul

2nd May 2017. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out at 12 noon. Maybe return to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market for some last minute souvenir shopping before departing for the airport.
Breakfast

Ancient Egypt before or after ANZAC Day in Turkey

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.

Check out our Gallipoli & Giza and Anzac and Ancient Egypt tours for the ultimate Anzac experience.

Prices & Dates

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.

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4+ places available
Limited places
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2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1885
USD $940
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1885
USD $940

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.

Ramada Old City, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A member of the reputable Ramada chain, the Istanbul Old Town property is modern and comfortable with excellent amenities. Guestrooms are bright and spacious with contemporary amenities. Two restaurants are on offer and our personal favourite is the wonderful roof top restaurant, serving delicious local cuisine coupled with a magnificent view of the City and Sea. The perfect way to end the day. Located very close to the Historical part of the city with major Monuments are all walking distance.

Grand Hotel Temizel, Ayvalik

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located on a private beach, the Grand Hotel Temizel is an imposing accommodation with lots of excellent amenities. Guest rooms are spacious with private balconies, giving lovely views across the nearby beach. The hotel benefits from free Wi-fi, an expansive restaurant that serves a range of delicious cuisine and a beautiful outdoor pool area. The onsite spa includes a sauna, Turkish baths and massage treatments. For those seeking some excitement, the nearby waterpark is a great place for a fun day day out.

Marina Hotel, Kusadasi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Marina hotel is a modern hotel with a sea view and balcony from nearly every spacious room. It has recently been renovated and features an indoor and outdoor pool and you may also use the facilities and beach of 5-Star Pine Bay.

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 and offer a wonderful level of comfort, ensuring a good night's sleep. The on site thermal spa offers guests the chance to relax, revitalise and enjoy what this region is most famous for. Breakfast can be eaten outside on the terrace while dinner is often taken by the shimmering water of the pool.

Kapadokya Lodge, Cappadocia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Kapadokya Lodge is a contemporary hotel featuring carefully designed rooms. The architectural style draws upon the shapes, colours and textures of the landscape to make your trip to Cappadocia seem even more special.The hotel has an onsite restaurant is buffet style with a great array of Turkish and International cuisine. Free wi-fi is available and the outdoor pool is great for a refreshing dip. It is also possible to see the hot air balloons in the morning from the hotel.

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.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - the old city, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Underground Cistern
ANZAC 2017 Dawn Service and option to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service
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
Gallipoli Peninsula - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials
Roman Ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum
Aegean Coast - Kusadasi
Silk Road from Konya
Exploring the colourful Egyptian Spice Market

Included

9 breakfasts, 1 Lunch (our ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ) and 5 dinners
Guided sightseeing of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome area & Egyptian Spice Market
Independent sightseeing of Gallipoli (subject to site opening times set by the Anzac Day Organising Committee), battlefields, guided sightseeing of Ephesus & Pergamum, Pammukale/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
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
9 nights - 4 star and Special Class hotels
Afternoon cruise along Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul
Ancient Civilisations Museum - Ankara
English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/ jumper

Not Included

International flights & visa
Entrance Fees: USD$120-130, paid in local currency
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

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 recent reviews

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Murat was a fabulous tour guide - the right mix of detailed information also mixed with personal and cultural information. He was very organised, extremely pleasant to deal with - nothing was ever a problem. He went above and beyond many times, serving us meals at some very bus restaurants to help out.

The ancient sites were incredible - my only complaint was that I could not stay longer!

Some of the hotels were not very comfortable but I think this being a very busy time with the Anzac Centenary there was a shortage of accommodation of this standard.

• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
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Yesterday I received two hoodies regarding the celebration of the above mentioned Tour.

I wish to thank you for your follow up of these items. On the tour our bus only had S, M, and a few L, which only fitted a few people. Disappointing at the time.

Having received your correspondence previously regarding the tour (which I thought was excellent) I will now be shouting your praises as to the fact that your company followed through completing our experience of our holiday.

And leaving us with a wonderful memento of our trip.

Again many thanks and every success with your Tours of Turkey.

Kind regards,

Robyn Harris

Mt. Waverley Vic. 3149

• Submitted 16 Jun 2016
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Thought the entire tour was excellent. Metin was a wonderful tour leader, his knowledge on history and the areas visited was great. Metin showed a friendly nature, care for each one on the tour, his answers to questions were complete and helpful. Metin has a good sense of humour enjoyed by all on tour. I thought Metin was one outstanding tour leader. Our coach driver was also friendly + approachable and his driving skills were excellent.

Troy Jankowski • Submitted 21 May 2016

Metin was a fantastic guide! He was not only informative and knew so much about this history of the places we were visiting but was also hilarious and fun! We loved our time on the tour and don't think it would have been the same without Metin.

• Submitted 19 May 2016
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Metin really made the trip a never to be forgotten experience for me. We normally do our own organisation on our overseas trips, but this tour with On The Go gives me a new perspective on our future overseas holidays. The coach driver was also excellent.

Michael Walsh • Submitted 17 May 2016

Metin was excellent. He is very knowledgeable with Turkish history & the local history of areas and citiess we visited. Metin has a great sense of humour which gave us all a laugh from time to time. Thank you Metin for a great tour. Also a big thank you to our coach driver Yüksel.

Carol Peters • Submitted 13 May 2016

Fantastic time learning about a country that I had limited knowledge of. Metin has been a ripper in expressing his knowledge of locations, history, tips at places, a real pleasure. Have felt safe and comfortable all trip.

Phillip Barnes • Submitted 10 May 2016

I thought the tour was great, we saw a lot of the country & Murat was a very good guide who made sure we were looked after and went out of his way to help u & to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. The only problem with the tour it was that it was NOT long enough, it would have been great to spend more time in soem places so we migth have to go back again in a few years to see it again.

• Submitted 09 Jun 2015
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I had a fantastic time!! 2 weeks went by so fast because we were having such a good time, everyone on my tour (bus C) was friendly, on time, and easy to get along with. Loved all the sights we saw & felt very well looked after by tour guide & driver - had not travelled with on the go before, was very impressed with every aspect.

• Submitted 18 May 2015
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Reggie was amazing, he was extremely informative, fun and nothing was to much trouble for him. He really made us feel very comfortable and safe. I loved all the local eating,I would never normally risk eating local food when travelling............I truly got to experience the entirety of Turkey.

I am going to miss his cheeriness when I go home

xxxxx

• Submitted 25 Apr 2015
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Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
22 Apr 2017
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 5

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Murat was a fabulous tour guide - the right mix of detailed information also mixed with personal and cultural information. He was very organised, extremely pleasant to deal with - nothing was ever a problem. He went above and beyond many times, serving us meals at some very bus restaurants to help out.

The ancient sites were incredible - my only complaint was that I could not stay longer!

Some of the hotels were not very comfortable but I think this being a very busy time with the Anzac Centenary there was a shortage of accommodation of this standard.

Melissa Jones
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