ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2020. Starts: 16th 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.
Istanbul - Gateway to the Exotic East
16th April 2020. 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.
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 and get lost in the Grand Bazaar. 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
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, Dinner
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
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
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
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
Gallipoli - WW1 Battlefields
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
Troy & 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
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.
26th April 2020. You tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday in Turkey and a memorable ANZAC Day 2020 experience.
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.Read More
This tour has been fantastic made extra special by our tour guide and his knowledge & his desire to make sure everyone has an awesome time. ”
Burhan was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable with a wonderful ability to make the stories come alive. He was warm helpful and accommodating , engaging
organised and professional with the just the right balance of friendliness and professionalism." ”
"While Turkey is an amazing place and the quality of the sites selected for the tour were exceptional, I feel very lucky to have had Burhan as our tour guide.
His knowledge , skills warm and engaging personality , efficiency and sense of humour made this an even more enjoyable experience. ”
To dear Burhan,
Just a note to thank you for all you have done to make this a wonderful trip. It was the first bus tour I had been on and after this experience I would certainly do another.
Your knowledge of Turkish history and the sights we visited is enviable. Your warm and friendly nature were most appreciated.
It was so nice to have you taking care of the details so that we could just enjoy all that Turkey has to offer. 'On The Go' are lucky to have someone with your knowledge, skills and passion. I have been fortunate to have their experience under your guidance. It has been a very memorable trip. ”
Thank you for making my first trip to Turkey memorable in so many ways. Your vast knowledge of all things 'Turkey' and the engaging way you make your stories come alive is captivating. And your warmth and friendly demeanour strikes just just the right balance. I have loved this trip and will always remember my time in Turkey with much fondness and a smile. ”
I would recommend the Anzac Day experience at Gallipoli to anyone now I have been. I have been a bit hesitant about going for the service, however On the Go looked after us and made it as smooth as possible. It was such a memorable experience and something I am so glad I have been able to pay my respects. The rest of the trip was such fun – we had a great group and our tour guide was lots of fun whilst ensuring we saw as much of Turkey as we could. Hot Air Ballooning over Cappadocia was amazing – such a site to see over 30 hot air balloons so close at the same time. Then to cap it off shopping in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul was great fun – lots of treasures bought to take home and remind me of the trip – plus don’t forget to taste the real Turkish delight!
Many Thanks ”
Our guide was exceptional - a gentleman, caring, well organized.
We really enjoyed the tour and whole 'On the Go' experience.”
I would love to come back to see the Black Sea and other parts of Turkey, it was a privilege to be in this magnificent country.
Overall, this tour was an amazing experience.
I found the variety of sights covered so interesting and was overwhelmed with how beautiful Turkey is.
Anzac Day was very well organized and the guides went above and beyond to make sure we got the best out of it.
Thank you. ”
Our tour leader was very knowledgeable on all aspects of Turkey, I enjoyed listening to all the information he gave us about towns and acient sites. He had a great sense of humour and went through a lot of trouble to make sure we got the best out of our Turkey tour.
Istanbul is an amazing city, very vibrant and colorful, i am looking forward to going back there!
Will definitely recommend On the Go to my family and friends.”
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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.”