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Anzac Bonzer - 10 days

ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2019. Starts: 18th April. Check out amazing Turkey taking in spectacular Cappadocia, the Roman ruins of Ephesus and the stunning Mediterranean before commemorating the brave ANZACs and embracing history at Gallipoli.

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Trip Highlights

Istanbul - the old city, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Underground Cistern
ANZAC 2019 Dawn Service and option to attend Australian or New Zealand Memorial Services
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

8 breakfasts, 1 Lunch (our ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ) and 4 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
8 nights - 4 star and Special Class hotels
Cruise along Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide

Not Included

International flights & visa
Attendance Pass for ANZAC 2019. Please see the Trip Notes for information on how to obtain your attendance pass - these are free of charge but need to be registered for in advance.
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
Entrance Fees: USD$130-140, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul - Gateway to the Exotic East

18th April 2019. 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

Cappadocia

Istanbul - Cappadocia. Today we depart Istanbul and head across the country towards Cappadocia. We'll make a number of stops on route. Arriving into Cappadocia this afternoon the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast

Day 3

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. 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.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Konya's Whirling Dervish Museum

Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale. It's an early departure this morning as we head for Pamukkale. On the way we will visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai before arriving in Konya. In Konya we will visit the Mevlana Museum also known as the Green Mausoleum which is the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes. We then continue our drive to Pamukkale for our overnight stay.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Pamukkale

Pamukkale - Ephesus - Kusadasi. Famed for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools, Pammukale is home to some stunning natural mineral 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. Just beyond the thermal pools a stop is made at the Roman ruins of Hierapolis.

This afternoon we continue to 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. We end our day at our hotel in Kusadasi.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Roman Ruins of Pergamum

Kusadasi - Pergamum - Ayvalik. This morning we drive north, 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 to Ayvalik.
Overnight: Ayvalik  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Troy and ANZAC Eve

Ayvalik - Troy - Gallipoli. This morning we will visit ancient city of Troy, with over 4,000 years of history, it's one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

You'll have some free this afternoon before 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 8

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2019

Gallipoli - Istanbul. Today, the 25th April is the reason we came to Turkey and Gallipoli. Dawn and first light signals the commencement of the annual Dawn Service, attended by Australian, New Zealand and other foreign dignitaries, military personnel and a strong following of regular Australian and New Zealand folk. The poignant and emotive service commemorating this important and historical date allows us time to reflect. Lest we forget.

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 11:30. Everyone will be picked up after the service at Chunuk Bair (exact time and location to be confirmed with your guide). We anticipate an early afternoon departure time from Gallipoli for onward travel to Istanbul. Crossing the Dardanelles by ferry we will arrive in to Istanbul later this afternoon.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 9

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 rest and relaxation.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Istanbul

27th April 2019. You tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday in Turkey and a memorable ANZAC Day 2019 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.

Mercure Taksim, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

In the heart of European Istanbul, the Mercure Taksim is a great location to explore the city. Guest rooms are bright and spacious with modern interiors. The hotel has an onsite restaurant serving a great range of international and Turkish cuisine. There is also a fantastic roof terrace cafe that serves a wide range of snacks and drinks whilst boasting stunning views of the city. Sip a cocktail whilst watching the sunset across Istanbul.

Burcu Kaya Hotel, Cappadocia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Burca Kaya building was modelled on ancient Seljuk architecture and carved into rocks. The rooms are simply furnished and decorated with neutral colours. The stone walls and rich wooden panelling give the accommodation a truly authentic feel, whilst still maintaining a high level of comfort. The swimming pool has views of the famous fairy chimneys and the restaurant uses locally produced fruit and vegetables. The hotel is located in Ortahisar, the centre of Cappadocia.

Pamukkale Doga Thermal Hotel , Pamukkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Complete with both indoor and outdoor pools, the Doga Thermal Hotel is a modern hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are bright and spacious with wonderful en suite facilities. There is complimentary Wi-Fi offered throughout and a sumptuous buffet served for breakfast and dinner. The spa facilities on offer include sauna, Turkish bath, hot spring bath, massage treatments and a fittness centre.

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

Travellers have rated this tour as 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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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
18th April 2019
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 4
Visiting
Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ayvalik, Eceabat & Gallipoli
Countries

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1st March 2017

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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