Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
FROM: USD $1,379

Anzac Smoko - 8 days

Kicking off in Istanbul, experience the memorable ANZAC Dawn service at Gallipoli before exploring more of what Turkey has to offer including taking a dip in Pamukkale's thermal pools, marvelling at the Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum on the Aegean Coast.

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Hippodrome area, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Underground Cistern
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Troy and the Wooden Trojan Horse (subject to time and if open)
Gallipoli Peninsula - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine memorial, Chunuk Bair memorial, trenches and battlefields
Visits to carpet weaving and leather manufacturing houses
Bosphorus Strait Cruise - views of the city skyline, Ottoman architecture and waterside palaces
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Aegean coast
ANZAC 2018 Dawn Service and option to attend Australian or New Zealand Memorial Services

Included

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch (our ANZAC afternoon 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
Guided sightseeing of the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hagia Sofia and the Hippodrome area
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles
6 nights 4 star and Special Class hotels
Guided sightseeing of Pamukkale and Hierapolis, Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum and Gallipoli (subject to site opening times set by the Anzac Day Organising Committee)
Morning Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait
Qualified English speaking Turkish tour guide
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

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul - Gateway to the East

22nd April 2018. Welcome to Turkey and the start of a memorable ANZAC experience! Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore Istanbul - a city that straddles both Europe and Asia!
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul - 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

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 entering the Cove. 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 2018

Gallipoli - Ayvalik. First light heralds the Dawn Service, which starts with a poignant bugle call. The service lasts for an hour and public wreath laying at the ANZAC Memorial site is possible afterwards. Later this morning Australian’s have the opportunity to visit the Lone Pine Memorial Service at the cemetery that begins at 09:30. Our New Zealanders are invited to attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair at 11:30am. Later this afternoon, we’ll journey onward to Ayvalik by coach, arriving in the evening. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic)
Overnight: Ayvalik  |  Dinner

Day 5

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

Days 6-7

Ephesus

Kusadasi - Pamukkale. On day 7 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 8 we drive back to Istanbul.
Overnight: Kusadasi (1) Istanbul (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 8

Istanbul

20th April 2018. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday in Turkey and memorable ANZAC Day 2018 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.

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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.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.65 out of 5 based on 20 recent reviews

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I really enjoyed my tour, although I would have loved to spend longer at almost every place we visited - I WILL be going back to Turkey some day and particularly to Gallipoli when there are no crowds or infrastructure.

Esra was AWESOME and her English was great! I would love to have her as a tour guide again.

It would have been great to have some detailed notes of the history of the places we visited. Esra's knowledge was amazing but I have not remembered everything she told us. She also gave us some handy hints along the way (e.g. about the bazaar).

One let-down was not having a final meal with the group. We left Gallipoli, drove back to Istanbul and that was it.

I would also suggest having name-tags (maybe first names only) to wear for the first few days to get to know each other and, perhaps, for everyone to introduce themselves at the first meeting.

The most disappointing part is the advertised tour length. I think it stretches the friendship for tour companies (you are not the only one that does this) to advertise the tour as 8 days when the first day is only a meeting on the first evening and the last day is only the included breakfast in the accommodation. It was really a six day tour.

• Submitted 10 Jun 2015
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HI. I am just writing to let you know that my aunt and I did the Royal Engineers Tour as part of Anzac Day 2015 and I wanted to leave some feedback about our tour guide Sevim Kivrak. She is amazing! Her knowledge is incredible. She was very patient with my 90 year old aunt and went out of her way to make sure we were all looked after. We fitted so much into our tour but it was never rushed so we had time to explore. She kept us all on track and got us to Galipolli early and also got us out of there on Saturday afternoon a lot earlier than some of the others. I really just wanted you to know you have a great guide and a genuinely nice person working for you. Thank you.

• Submitted 22 May 2015
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Accommodation was great in all locations, although Kusidasi was not quite to the same standard as the rest.

Emrah was an enthusiatic guide and his love for his country was infectious, his planning meant we would always be ontime or even slightly early which was great for a coach tour and also meant we got pictures of ruins without any other people in them!!!

We would love to come back and visit again.

• Submitted 12 May 2015
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I was really pleased with how many interesting sights and experiences we managed to cram into this short tour, which was perfect for me as I had very ;little time available. I thought it gave great value for money. Our guide was very pleasant, entertaining, informative and well organised - I felt we were well looked after throughout the tour.

• Submitted 10 May 2015
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We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Turkey, and cannot speak highly enough of our guide Aykut Gun. We really feel that his extensive knowledge of the country and its history, together with his enthusiasm and honour helped to make our experience wonderful!

• Submitted 10 May 2015
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The tour was very good with some very interesting places along the way. I did not like the stop at the carpet place or the leather shop. I did not go on holidays to have a sales pitch shoved down my throat.The accommodation was mostly very good except for the 4th night.

Emrah was an exceptionally good guide, his communication skills and persona were very good and he was always there when any on the tour needed assistance. His knowledge and delivery of facts was very good and he was genuine in the way he spoke of his country and of the events of Galipolli regardless of countries involved.

It would be our pleasure to go on another of Emrahs` tours.

• Submitted 09 May 2015
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The tour was fantastic. Our tour guide was Aykut Gun, who was very knowledgeable and on my made the tour better

• Submitted 07 May 2015
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Aykut was a brilliant guide. He have us a look into the life of the Turkish both historically and now and made us feel like we were family. The tour was brilliant and informative but Aykut told us stories and jokes along the way that made the trip more relateable. We will definitely be coming back and hope to met up with aykut in the future. He really is the best guide out there.

• Submitted 07 May 2015
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Murat was a great tour guide. His knowledge of Turkey was a bonus to us as travellers in a foreign country. He introduced us to his culture and country very effectively. We enjoyed his company as well as his well informed chats on Turkey. Murat showed compassion, respect and exercised flexibility with us all whilst understanding our culture (Australians). We felt safe and well looked after under his guidance and care. We had a fantastic trip and he was our bonus. Lots of fun. His assistance at all times was of a high level and value. All the best to you Murat. We will come back to Turkey to enjoy its qualities again via touring. Thanks.

• Submitted 07 May 2015
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Out guide was outstanding- knowledgeable, unflappable, flexible and with a sense of humour. We did this tour because we wanted to get to Gallipoli on the 25th but we were delighted with the choice. Plenty to see, comfortable bus, good hotels- with great breakfasts, lots of stops while travelling, interesting and inexpensive food choices for main meals. And the sites like Ephesus and Pamukkale- they were fascinating. Turkey is now on my radar with another friend for a future visit. Would I use "On the Go" again? - definitely.

• Submitted 06 May 2015
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
22nd April 2018
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 3
Countries

HI. I am just writing to let you know that my aunt and I did the Royal Engineers Tour as part of Anzac Day 2015 and I wanted to leave some feedback about our tour guide Sevim Kivrak. She is amazing! Her knowledge is incredible. She was very patient with my 90 year old aunt and went out of her way to make sure we were all looked after. We fitted so much into our tour but it was never rushed so we had time to explore. She kept us all on track and got us to Galipolli early and also got us out of there on Saturday afternoon a lot earlier than some of the others. I really just wanted you to know you have a great guide and a genuinely nice person working for you. Thank you.

Chris Smith