Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Anzac Cobber

14 days  |  Starts/Ends: Istanbul  |  from USD $0 5 reviews


Countries Visited: ANZAC Day, Turkey

Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Istanbul!

14th April 2017. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your awesome ANZAC experience! Transfer from airport to hotel. Rest of the day free in Istanbul – a city that straddles both Europe and Asia!
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Cappadocia

Today we drive east to Cappadocia - one of Turkey’s finest attractions. The isolated region is famed for its troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses hewn from the soft, eroded volcanic rock. Late afternoon hotel check in.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Fairy Chimney's of Cappadocia

Today we enjoy a guided tour of the World Heritage listed Göreme Valley to view the stunning rock cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples carved by the Christians facing persecution in the 1st - 10th centuries AD. We also tour Zelve with its phallic-like eroded landscape of so-called ‘fairy chimneys’ and other notable rock formations within the region. Tonight we offer our optional 'Cappadoccia by Night' folklore evening. With a 3 course dinner, beer, wine, folklore show, belly dancer and entertainment, it's a top night out. Tickets can only be purchased before arriving in Turkey.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Konya & the Silk Road

Heading south along an ancient Silk Road, we visit an old caravanserai in Sultanhani. In pious Konya, we tour the mystic Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum before continuing to the Mediterranean coast.
Overnight: Antalya  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Perge & Aspendos

Today we visits to the Roman ruins of Perge and Aspendos. Perge boasts a great theatre, stadium, colonnaded street and impressive baths. Free time to relax.
Overnight: Antalya  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Saklikent Gorge

Antalya - Fethiye. Following the stunning Mediterranean coast, we visit Saklikent Gorge - a natural wonder of breathtaking beauty, where we can perhaps enjoy an invigorating dip in the ice cold waters that cut a swathe through the fissure. En route to Fethiye - a seaside town on the Turquoise coast, we also stop at a carpet dyeing, weaving and manufacturing house.
Overnight: Fethiye  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 7-8

Fethiye R&R

A free day to relax, swim, take a boat trip and shop. Fethiye also boasts great pubs, clubs and nightlife. On day 8, from Fethiye we drive north to Pamukkale - famous for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Fethiye (1), Pamukkale (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 9

Pamukkale Pools & Ancient Ephesus

Pamukkale - Kusadasi. Today, we visit the ancient town of Hierapolis and the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. You can walk barefoot along the terraces allowing the mineral rich waters to wash over your feet or opt for a dip in the hot springs reknown for its therapeutic powers since roman times. Onward to Ephesus - positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, Ephesus became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see the its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exploring all things Roman, our tour takes us to the Great Theatre once capable of seating 25,000 spectators at one time, Curetes Way (one of the main thoroughfares) the Temple of Serapis and the awesome Library of Celsus. Off Curetes Way, are ancient public toilets, a brothel, remains of fountains and various temples. After a short stop at a leather factory, we continue to coastal Kusadasi.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Aegean Coast

Kusadasi - Edrimit/Izmir. Today we explore the ruins of Pergamum with its steep hillside amphitheatre and neighbouring asclepion (ancient medical centre). We continue on to Bergama on the Aegean coast where there's free time to relax.
Overnight: Edremit  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Gallipoli - ANZAC Eve

Bergama - Gallipoli. Departing very early, if open we will enjoy a short visit to Homer’s Troy - famed for its Trojan wooden horse. Continuing to the Gallipoli Peninsular we enjoy a guided tour of the evocative war memorials that dot the region on Gallipoli Peninsular. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour (subject to ANZAC Cove opening hours and traffic conditions) of the evocative war memorials that dot the region, for example; Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly and the trenches. 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 and later taking all 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 12

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2017

Gallipoli - Istanbul. 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 Australian’s 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 back to Istanbul by coach, arriving in the evening. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic).
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 13

Istanbul's Top Sights

This morning we embark a classic city tour taking in the Hippodrome area, the stunning Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the ancient Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Afterward we enjoy a relaxing 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus - the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. At the southern end of the Galata Bridge, near our ferry terminal is the colourful and ever lively Egyptian Spice Market and Grand Bazaar. Time will be given for you to explore the bazaar and possibly purchase some fresh or dried fruits, nuts, pistachios, Turkish Delight and other treats.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Istanbul

27th April 2017. Our tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out. We hope you have had a wonderful tour of Turkey and memorable Anzac Day experience.
Breakfast

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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2018
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USD $2649
USD $1329

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.

Kent Hotel, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The charming Kent Hotel offers is a great example of contemporary design and a friendly atmosphere. Guest rooms are superbly equipped with modern facilities including Wi-Fi connectivity, state of the art technology and bright marbled bathrooms. Enjoying a delicious Turkish meal at the in house Calcedoine Restaurant after a hard days sightseeing is highly recommended. Fantastically located within 10 minutes walk of the Grand Bazaar and Old Town in the Bayazit area in the European side of Istanbul.

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.

Best Western Khan Hotel, Antalya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Modern and elegant, the Best Western Khan has good sized rooms with en suites and a range of modern amenities, and free transportation to Konyaaltı, one of the most beautiful beaches in Antalya. A breakfast buffet iserved in the hotel's restaurant on a daily basis and various Turkish delicacies can be found here as well. The hotel also has a pool and fitness centre. The hotel is located in the city centre, within easy walking distance of the Old Town and Marina.

Hotel Ata Park, Fethiye

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set with a beautiful green backdrop, the Hotel Ata Park is a comfortable hotel with well equipped rooms and a gorgeous outdoor pool. The rooms boast hard wooden flooring, some quirky furnishings and balconies with fantastic views across the bay. Tempt your palate with delicious local seafood at the in house Bahriyeli Fish House or quaff some beautiful local wines at the Wine House. Both come highly recommended. The hotel is located right on the bay overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

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.

Kismet Hotel, Kusadasi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Kismet offers spacious rooms with unique views of the Aegean Sea and a beautiful terrace restaurant.

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

Istanbul - the old city, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and the Underground Cistern
Roman sites Perge and Aspendos, Silk Road from Konya
Pamukkale thermal pools & Roman Hierapolis
Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts
Gallipoli Peninsula - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair memorials, Johnson’s Jolly, battlefields and trenches
Bosphorus Strait Cruise - waterway dividing Europe and Asia
Cappadocia region, UNESCO World Heritage listed Goreme Valley, Kaymakli Underground City and Uchisar Castle
Antalya and Fethiye - Turquoise Coast and Saklikent Gorge
Roman ruins of Pergamum & Ephesus
Troy – Trojan horse and ruins (if open)
ANZAC 2017 Dawn Service and option to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service
Visits to carpet weaving and leather manufacturing houses

Included

12 breakfasts, 1 lunch (our ANZAC afternoon Turkish BBQ) and 7 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
Morning cruise along the Bosphorus in Istanbul
Visits to the Egyptian Spice Market
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles
12 nights - 4 star and Special Class hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Cappadocia - Ancient Civilisations Museum, Roman Perge and Aspendos, Pamukkale/Hierapolis, Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, Troy (if open) and Gallipoli (subject to site opening times set by the Anzac Day Organising Committee)
Guided sightseeing of the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Hippodrome area
English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/jumper

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$150-160, 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 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews

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My husband and I were on bus "V" with Ilker Avci as our guide. Ilker was an incredibly knowledgeable guide, he was warm, friendly and caring; he spoke with great passion about his country and its history. We learned so much from him and are keen to return to Turkey to visit more of this wonderful country. I cannot commend him highly enough - a credit to himself and his profession. The tour went very smoothly and met all our expectations. The group of people on the tour were friendly and we had a lovely time in their company and were pleased that some of the group later travelled to Egypt with us. They too were very very happy with Ilker as our guide. However there was one couple who complained about everything with absolutely no reason to do so - even things that had nothing to do with the trip such as Turkey's education system!. From the very first day they were late to meet up points, if the guide said to go left they went to the right, if they were meant to be at a certain meet up point they would be 100 yds away and Ilker had to look for them - very very annoying! At one point when Ilker was explaining what would happen on the way to Gallipoli the woman verbally attacked Ilker (she did not listen properly to what he was saying nor his clarification for her benefit - most of what he said was in our information book - but still carried on about it). He handled her professionally and diplomatically. I feel sorry for the people sitting near her on the bus as they had to listen to her continual rubbish throughout the trip. I do not know their names as I didn't bother to find out - I think their surnames were Brown and Silvine (sp ?). Most people avoided them at meal times etc. Despite this small annoyance the trip was wonderful and I wish Ilker and family all the best.

• Submitted 13 May 2015
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Enjoyed our tour. Eylem was a fantastic guide. He was very knowldgeable and also had a great sense of humour. Some of the hotels weren't the best. The Titanic was a lovely hotel but the location was terrible. A bit more free time would have been good as the days were quite long.

Will definately keep recommending and selling On the Go!

• Submitted 12 May 2015
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We loved it! Turkey is an amazing country which we really knew little about.

Our tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable across a broad range of topics, issues, history, customs etc etc & he added enormously to our experience.

We felt that we spent "about the right" amount of time at each location (I'm sure if you are a very keen historian or archeologist then you would do a more specific tour). Whilst there was a great deal of travel there was also enough downtime, including time on the bus for resting/sleeping as required.

The Gallipoli/Anzac Day was amazing & certainly a highlight.

(Some of the arrangements at Anzac Cove were less than what we expected e.g. catering - coffee lines all night 100-150m long!; bus departure process from Lone Pine was a bit chaotic. Whilst this was the centenary, every year there are nearly as many, or more?, people there every year so is hard to understand how this isn't better organised).

We had 32 on our (very comfortable) bus which meant we had plenty of space & not feeling "crammed in".

2 suggestions for improvement:

(i) a number of the hotels were some distance from centre of town which made "informal sightseeing" difficult, including the Titanic Hotel in Istanbul being a long way from downtown

(ii) as this is an "Anzac Tour" it would have been great to have an additional day to explore the Gallipoli peninsula & the broader Anzac-related sites/trenches/grave sites etc.

• Submitted 07 May 2015
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The Tour (group C) was fantastic and the Tour guide was very knowledgable and gave us a great insight into Turkish Culture. It would of been great if some of our included dinners could be away from the hotel as this made us stay at the hotel and gave us very little time to explore the surrounding areas. Pamakule was also a stop that should not have a night stay just a day trip only. The hotel there was not up to standard of all the other hotels. The bus and the small group size was good as it was more comfortable. Would definitely recommend On the Go to people in the future.

• Submitted 05 May 2015
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What a fantastic holiday. Murat our guide was well educated in Turkish history. I have travelled on many tours and this was the best. Murat provided excellent information on the Ottoman period, Ataturk and so much more. I now love learning about history, thanks to Murat. Well organised tour, with most hotels good, with one really bad, dirty. Murat only takes small tour groups, so we were privileged to have him as our Guide.

• Submitted 01 May 2015
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Thank you for a wonderful time. Turkey is an awesome county and we had a great guide and fantastic driver.

Susan Brown • Submitted 27 May 2014

Had a brilliant time. Huseyin was a fantastic guide and his knowledge & organisational skills really made a difference between a good trip and a great trip.

Sheryl Bichel • Submitted 27 May 2014

Our guide was a wonderful font of knowledge and very patient. He really made our tour more enjoyable plus he was funny and very good dancer :)

Beth Maggs • Submitted 27 May 2014

We had a great time in Turkey, it's a beautiful country and we really enjoyed the tour. Our guide Huseyin was excellent, he is incredibly knowledgeable, informative and funny, and to top it off, he has some amazing dance moves, we have video footage if you want to see it! I'm sure I'll be booking another On The Go tour soon, thanks for everything!

Daniel Ashley • Submitted 06 May 2014

Hi Rachel,

First day back at work after my holiday in Turkey :/

I just wanted to say a big thank-you and let you know that I had a fabulous time! The group age was a little higher than what I was expecting but there were about 6 people around my age which was great and the oldies ended up being great entertainment. The trip was an excellent pace and had the best tour guide that I have had on my trips so far, very very impressed and he had excellent feedback from everyone else on the tour.

Thanks a tonne!

Samantha Gower • Submitted 03 May 2012

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Enjoyed our tour. Eylem was a fantastic guide. He was very knowldgeable and also had a great sense of humour. Some of the hotels weren't the best. The Titanic was a lovely hotel but the location was terrible. A bit more free time would have been good as the days were quite long.

Will definately keep recommending and selling On the Go!

Lisa Levido
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