FROM: USD $1,495

ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2020. Starts: 18th April. Kicking off in Istanbul, fly to Pamukkale to experience the incredible mineral rich natural pools. Visit Roman ruins, hear ancient stories and discover Turkeys diverse capital. Commemorate the brave fallen soldiers at the ANZAC dawn service.

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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 Dawn Service and option to attend Australian or New Zealand Memorial Services

Included

7 breakfasts and 3 dinners
1 night at the Dawn Service site
Guided sightseeing of the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hagia Sofia and the Hippodrome area
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)
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles
7 nights 4 star and Special Class hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Istanbul International Airport at any time of day or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 11am and 3pm
Guided sightseeing at Gallipoli, war cemeteries and battlefields
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide

Not Included

International flights & visa
Attendance Pass for ANZAC. 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.
Tipping Kitty: USD$35-45pp, 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
Entrance Fees: USD$100-110pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul - Gateway to the East

18th April 2020. 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!

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 - 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, 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, Dinner

Day 3

Pamukkale

This morning we drive to Pamukkale - home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they're a natural phenomena and gift from Mother Nature. Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs are known as travertines.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Kusadasi

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 our journey continues 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 reveled 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 5

Ayvalik

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

Day 6

Gallipoli - WW1 Battlefields

Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale/Ayvalik. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Our guided tour takes in sights including ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years.
Overnight: Ayvalik/Canakkale   |  Breakfast

Day 7

Kilitbahir & ANZAC Eve

Ayvalik - Troy - Kilitbahir - Gallipoli. This morning we enjoy a short-guided tour of Troy. The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was brought to life by its rediscovery in 1863. We then continue to the village of Kilitbahir, situated on the eastern shore of the Gallipoli peninsula, and dominated by the fortress of the same name.

You'll have some free this afternoon before early this evening we all relax at 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

Day 8

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2020

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. Our New Zealanders are invited to attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair later on in the morning 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 into Istanbul later this afternoon.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 9

Istanbul

26th April 2020. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday in Turkey and memorable ANZAC Day 2020 experience.
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Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.64 out of 5 based on 22 recent reviews

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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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The tour was as described, lively and on the go. We saw some great sights and in general the hotels were pretty nice except one where the rooms were crappy and had sensors on the taps in the bathroom of all things. There was also no hot water. The bus was good and the driver very steady and skilful and gave confidence in his direction and driving.

Canbulat or John as we called him was a pleasant surprise , knowledgable and very easy to understand with an excellent command of English. He took us around and got us places with good timing avoiding the worst of the crowds and allowing us time without compromising the schedule. At the end of the tour I was more than pleased to tell him on behalf of all of us on the tour that he had helped make our trip an unforgettable experience . He said it was also a tour he would never forget and there would never be a 100 year celebration of the Galipoli landing again and he was right. There never will be and I am glad he was the tour guide for T group.

• Submitted 05 May 2015
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the tour was really fast paced. maybe a bit to fast for the age group on our bus. the drinks were expensive at the hotels we stayed at, this may have been inflated due to a captive audience or their normal prices, i'm not sure but $5 for a glass of coke is dear. there was not time given to actually look around the Gallipoli peninsular which was disappointing. the fact that there was not enough hoodies for every one on our bus was really poor. our travel agent had emailed you with our sizes but they were not available. my husband wears a 6xl (Aus size), we were told a 4xl was ordered for him but this ended up on another bus. in the end he took a xl so that at least he had one, and my 2xl was not available either. this was really disappointing as we had made the effort to inform your company of our sizes.

on a good note Tolga our guide was really good. he was a wealth of information about many things to do with Turkey both historical and modern along many fronts to do with religious, political, social and economical aspects. he was also very helpful when we could not understand or get across our wants/needs due to the language barrier in some places.

• Submitted 05 May 2015
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Emrah made our tour sensational! He went above & beyond to ensure we did not have to wait any longer than necessary for meals & tours. He would often ring through our orders ahead of time, to stream line the process & in most restaurants & cafes, we were served first, while other tour groups had to line up. He was very knowledgeable about Turkey & its history & he was extremely personable. He always made sure we were informed & that we could locate him at all time. Emrah quickly became our friend, he did not feel like a tour guide. I would certainly request a tour with him again. Emrah was passionate about his country but was able to give an objective view. His English was excellent & was able to relate to all the ages on the bus. He helped us fall in love with Turkey even more! My 24 year old son is not normally a 'tour' type person but Emrah's genuine care & regard for everyone made us feel safe, educated & enthused, even after some very long days. Any tour group with Emrah is in for a 'fantastic' time. Kerrie

• Submitted 04 May 2015
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The tour met all our expectations and was well organised- with very good communication.

Tour guide Emrah was exceptional. In our eight years of overseas touring he was by far the best guide that we have experienced. His English was excellent, he had exceptional knowledge of his country and history and had excellent interpersonal skills.

• Submitted 04 May 2015
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The tour met all our expectations and was well organised- with very good communication.

Tour guide Emrah was exceptional. In our eight years of overseas touring he was by far the best guide that we have experienced. His English was excellent, he had exceptional knowledge of his country and history and had excellent interpersonal skills.

• Submitted 04 May 2015
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I really enjoyed this tour. Turkey has always been a country I wanted to visit but never thought I would actually get the chance to see it with my own eyes, and I loved the thermal pools they have there! Getting the chance to be there for the Anzac Service was such an amazing experience, was so honoured to be able to pay my respects there. My tour guide, Fahrettin, was so great, he had so much knowledge about his country and I loved listening to all his stories. Was so passionate about his job and was always very helpful.

• Submitted 04 May 2015
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Murat (bus K) was awesome. Extremely knowledgable, flexible, and humorous. Our bus all felt extremely lucky that we had Murat as our guide. Would highly recommend him and this tour to others.

• Submitted 01 May 2015
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We enjoyed the tour very much. Esra did a magnificent job and is to be warmly congratulated on her performance! The only downside was that the hotels in Pamukkale and Bandirma were not good. The beds were like sleeping on concrete.

• Submitted 29 Apr 2015
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
18th April 2020
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Dinner: 3
Visiting
Istanbul, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ayvalik, Eceabat & Gallipoli
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He was amazing. Running around after us over and over again. Always had more details of anything you asked about. Was able to talk to us as a group or individual and was easy going and good to talk to.

Stephen Gribben
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