Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Anzac Coo-ee

9 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Istanbul  |  from USD $1,795

ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2017. Starts: 21st April. This holiday offers fully guided sightseeing tours of Istanbul and Gallipoli with visits to Lone Pine Cemetery, the Nek, Chunik Bair and various other memorials and battlefields. After attending the evocative Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove it's time to discover some of Turkey's fascinating Roman wonders such as Ephesus and Pergamum and opt for a dip in the thermal pools of Pamukkale.
Countries Visited: ANZAC Day, Turkey

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul

21st April 2017. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your awesome ANZAC experience! Airport to hotel arrival transfer. Rest of the day free in Istanbul – a city that straddles both Europe and Asia!

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

This morning we spend a couple of hours cruising the Bosphorus and embarking on a guided sightseeing tour of the old city, taking in the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Hippodrome area, the 6th century Hagia Sofia, the ancient Underground Cistern and more. This afternoon time is given for you to explore the immense Grand Bazaar and the exotic Egyptian Spice Market, the latter is located opposite from the ferry 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

Guided tour of Gallipoli & ANZAC Museum

Istanbul - Gallipoli. Early today we set off to explore the WW1 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula. On the 25th April 1915, under the guidance of the British Command, the combined forces of Australia and New Zealand, otherwise known as the ‘ANZACs’, mounted an ill conceived assault on the Central Powers here at Gallipoli. The futile campaign, infamously known as Gallipoli, is poignantly etched in history of all Australians and New Zealanders due to the enormous loss of lives and the impossibly hopeless situation faced by these brave young soldiers, destined never to return.

Today we walk the trails of the ANZAC’s with guided visits to the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, The ANZA Museum, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek, ANZAC Cove and a number of other notable points of interest within the region. Free time is offered for you to independently explore the battlefields and trenches, before we cross the Dardenelles by ferry arriving at the seaside village of Canakkale. Tonight, we include dinner at our hotel. After you might like to take a walk with our guide for a coffee or tea at a nearby cafe.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Kilitbahir Fort, Wreath Laying & ANZAC Eve

This morning offers a lie in and a leisurely breakfast before returning to the Gallipoli region to explore the well preserved Kilitbahir Fort. Kilitbahir - meaning lock of the sea, duly lives up to its name. The fortified stronghold was built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, as part of his successful siege on Constantinople. Many of the naval battles of the Dardanelles during the Gallipoli campaign were carried out from this strategically placed landmark.

Mid afternoon we relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before the Australians can head to Lone Pine for the Australian Wreath Laying Ceremony. Once we've entered the Anzac Cove area you are free to make further visits to the nearby memorials and trenches before taking your place amongst the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere charged ANZAC Eve vigil.
Overnight: Dawn Service site (ANZAC Cove)  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2017

Gallipoli - Ayvalik. 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 Ayvalik by coach, arriving in the evening. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic).
Overnight: Ayvalik

Day 6

Troy & Pergamum

Ayvalik – Kusadasi. This morning we drive south stopping at Troy - the legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer's poetry was brought alive by its rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000BC! We continue to 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

Days 7-8

Kusadasi - Pamukkale. On day 6 we enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. After a short stop at a leather factory we continue to Pamukkale. Famous for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools perhaps opt for a swim at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On day 7 we drive back to Istanbul
Overnight: Pamukkale (1) Istanbul (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 9

Istanbul

29 April 2017. Today marks the end of your stay in Turkey. 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.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1795
USD $895
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1795
USD $895

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.

Parion Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Parion is an elegant property situated in the heart of Canakkale on the southern coast of the Dardanelles in Turkey. The hotel features 162 guest rooms and suites with en suit facilities, air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV and a fully stocked minibar. Those looking for a bite to eat can check out the hotel restaurant, which serves a breakfast buffet and a la carte menus at lunch and dinner. There is also a hotel bar and room service is available.

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.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and the Underground Cistern
Gallipoli - Guided touring of ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, battlefields and trenches
ANZAC 2017 Dawn Service and option to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service
Roman ruins of Pergamum & Ephesus
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait
Kilitbahir Fort - the fortified stronghold of Mehmet II
Pamukkale thermal pools & Roman Hierapolis

Included

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch including our ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ and 3 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
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
Guided sightseeing tour of Gallipoli, The ANZAC Museum, Lone Pine, Chunik Bair, Johnson's Jolly, ANZAC Cove and more
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles
Turkey: 7 nights 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night ANZAC Cove
Guided sightseeing of the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome and Hagia Sofia in Istanbul and Kilitbahir Fort, Ephesus, Pergamum and Pamukkale
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait – Istanbul
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide in Turkey and qualified Egyptologist in Egypt
Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/ jumper

Not Included

International flights & visa
Entrance Fees: USD$110-120, 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
Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
21st April 2017
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 3
Extra Tour Info
ANZAC Travel Tips
Get the most out of your visit to Turkey over ANZAC Day
The Gallipoli Campaign
Learn more about the Gallipoli Campaign and the battalions
Beginner's Guide to ANZAC
Discover what happened at Gallipoli back in 1915
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