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Anzac Coo-ee - 8 Days

ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2019. Starts: 22nd 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.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

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
Pamukkale thermal pools & Roman Hierapolis
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait
ANZAC 2019 Dawn Service and option to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service
Roman ruins of Pergamum & Ephesus

Included

6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch (our ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ) and 2 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: 6 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

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$110-120, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul - Gateway to the Exotic East

22nd April 2019. Welcome to Turkey and the start of an exciting 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

ANZAC Eve at Gallipoli

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 we enter 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 - Gallipoli 2019

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

Day 5

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 6-7

Ephesus & Pamukkale

Kusadasi - Pamukkale. On day 6 we enjoy a guided tour of 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.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 make the long drive back to Istanbul.
Overnight: Pamukkale (1) Istanbul (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 8

Istanbul

29 April 2019. 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.

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USD $1,295
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USD $720

Extra Prices

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Person
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Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $165
USD $135
Post-Tour Accommodation
USD $165
USD $135

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 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. The hotel is also fantastically located within a 10-minute walk of the Grand Bazaar and Old Town in the Bayazit area in the European side of Istanbul.

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.

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.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
22nd April 2019
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Istanbul, Eceabat & Gallipoli, Ayvalik, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Pamukkale
Countries

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
Updated
5th April 2017

This tour was absolutely FANTASTIC! I loved and enjoyed everything, the organization that went into the program, the professionalism, the people, the content. Burhan was an exceptional tour guide, you could tell how much he loved his job and had excellent knowledge and enthusiasm. He was kind and helpful through the whole tour and I felt very safe with him. He assisted us when the tour had finished also. Turkey as a country is beautiful and I would love to go back! anyone that has Burhan has a tour guide is extremely lucky. I would defiantly book a tour through On the Go again and I will be recommending Turkey and On the Go to everyone. Amazing experience. Thank you

Melissa Robson
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