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Anzac & Ancient Egypt - 17 days

ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2017. Starts: 21 April. After guided tours of Istanbul and the Gallipoli battlefields we pay your respects at the evocative ANZAC Dawn Service before travelling on to discover Turkey's Roman wonders. The final leg of this once in a lifetime holiday is pyramids, tombs and temples in fascinating ancient Egypt.

Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul

21st April 2017. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your awesome 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

Guided Tour Of Gallipoli & ANZAC Museum

Istanbul - Gallipoli. Today we travel south-east to the WW1 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula. On the 25th April 1915, under the guidance of the British Command, the combined forces of Australia and New Zealand, mounted an ill conceived assault on the Central Powers, here at Gallipoli. The futile campaign, infamously known as Gallipoli, is poignantly etched in history to the enormous loss of lives and the impossibly hopeless situation faced by these brave young soldiers.

Today we walk in the footsteps of the ANZAC’s with guided visits to the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, The ANZAC Museum, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek, ANZAC Cove and a number of other notable points of interest within the region. We After free time to independently explore the battlefields and trenches, we cross the Dardenelles by ferry arriving at the seaside village of Canakkale. Tonight, we include dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

ANZAC Eve - Gallipoli

This morning offers a lie in and a leisurely breakfast before we cross the Dardenelles again to visit Kilitbahir Fort. Kilitbahir - meaning lock of the sea, duly lives up to its name. The fortified structure was built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, as part of his successful siege on Constantinople. Many of the naval battles of the Dardanelles during the Gallipoli campaign were carried out from this strategically placed landmark.

This afternoon we relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before the Australians can head to Lone Pine for the Australian Wreath Laying Ceremony. Once we've entered the Anzac Cove area you are free to further explore the nearby memorials and trenches before taking your place at the Dawn Service site for the ANZAC Eve vigil.
Overnight: Dawn Service site (ANZAC Cove)  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2017

Gallipoli - Ayvalik. First light heralds the Dawn Service, which starts with a poignant bugle call. The service lasts for an hour before we drive to Eceabat – a seaside village approx 20 minutes away for breakfast (payable locally). Later this morning Australian’s have the option to visit Lone Pine Memorial for independent exploration of the cemetery and dignified, quiet reflection. Our New Zealanders are invited to attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. Please note that there will be no Lone Pine service as in previous years. Later this afternoon, we’ll journey back to Ayvalik by coach, arriving in the evening. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic).
Overnight: Ayvalik

Day 6

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 7-8

Pamukkale Thermal Pools

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: Pamukkale (1) Istanbul (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 9

Istanbul - Cairo

29 April 2017. Today, make your own way to the airport and fly to Cairo where your Egyptian adventure begins. Turkish Airlines offers open jaw flights between London, Istanbul and Cairo, check the THY website for more details or we can arrange flights on your behalf! If you provide us with your incoming flight details to Egypt we will be there to meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to our hotel. Remainder of the day and evening at leisure
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Pyramids & Saqqara

Cairo - Aswan. Visit to the famous pyramids and huge Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 27BC! We later enjoy a chance to freshen up then catch the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Philae Temple

Arrive Aswan and check into our hotel. Today, we visit the High Dam and travel by boat to the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Remainder of day and evening free.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Days 12-13

Felucca Cruise

Aswan - Nile felucca cruising. Optional early morning excursion to the famed Temples of Abu Simbel. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night cruise upstream toward Kom Ombo. Relax, top up your tan and chat with new friends as the felucca gently plies its route. Stops are made en route at local villages and at the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo. If sailing by felucca is not your style, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 14

Kom Ombo Temple & Edfu

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking near Kom Ombo we visit the temple before travelling to the Temple of Horus at Edfu, a huge complex that began construction in 237 BC! We then continue to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor is available alternatively, enjoy the facilities of our hotel.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

    Luxor
Day 15

Valley of the Kings

This morning we have the option to take a hot air balloon ride over Luxor. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the temple of Amenophis III, and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs.

After lunch we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you can lose yourself in the forest of stone papyrus columns. This evening we take the overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train

Day 16

Egyptian Museum

Arrival into Cairo and hotel check-in. Later, we visit the famous Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon is free - perhaps spend the remainder of the day exploring Cairo your way.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 17

Cairo

7 May 2017. Cairo. After breakfast, hotel check-out and onward transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Bolt-on Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel, possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gigantic rock–cut façade, was created to revere the mighty ruler Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the 4 colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically staring out across the desert, seemingly since time began. We offer an amazing excursion to visit the Temples of Abu Simbel on the morning of day 11. Click here for further information.

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.

Please note that if booking pre or post tour accommodation, single travellers will need to pay the single supplement for nights booked.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $3055
USD $1250

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.

Parion Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Parion is an elegant property situated in the heart of Canakkale on the southern coast of the Dardanelles in Turkey. The hotel features 162 guest rooms and suites with en suit facilities, air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV and a fully stocked minibar. Those looking for a bite to eat can check out the hotel restaurant, which serves a breakfast buffet and a la carte menus at lunch and dinner. There is also a hotel bar and room service is available.

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.

Colossae Thermal Spa Hotel, Pamukkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in landscaped gardens, the Colossae Thermal Spa Hotel has an envious location in Pamukkale. Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated and offer a wonderful level of comfort, ensuring a good night's sleep. The on site thermal spa offers guests the chance to relax, revitalise and enjoy what this region is most famous for. Breakfast can be eaten outside on the terrace while dinner is often taken by the shimmering water of the pool.

Oasis Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Oasis Hotel is a classic Egyptian hotel with beautiful expansive gardens. Rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds and fantastic en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast offers a good spread. In the evening the outdoor pool and fountains are lit up making the restaurant and bar the perfect place to spend an evening sipping on a cold glass of beer. Well located in Giza on the Cairo-Alexandria Road. The pyramids and Sphinx are all close by.

Helnan Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There are also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan. The hotel has an excellent location on the Corniche in the heart of Aswan, just a few minutes from the Nile.

Felucca Cruise, Felucca Cruise

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: 3 star cruise boat

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 8 - 12 passengers comfortably. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. A support boat travels alongside your felucca and is on hand if you need to use the toilet or wash. It is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of the included meals.

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

A grand and classical hotel, the Sonesta is luxurious, ensuring you a comfortable stay. The hotel has a sweeping terrace with fantastic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail and a beautiful health spa.

Le Meridien Heliopolis, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Just a short drive from Cairo’s Old Town and international airport, the 5-star Le Meridien Heliopolis combines comfort with convenience. The guest rooms are spacious and equipped with air-conditioning, satellite television and a minibar, plus there’s complimentary WiFi throughout the property. Dining options include a choice of four on-site restaurants, serving Egyptian and international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment and cocktails at The 51 Bar. During the warmer months hotel guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or relax on a sun lounger on the terrace. There’s also a fitness centre and tennis courts for those who like to stay active whilst on holiday.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and the Underground Cistern
Gallipoli - guiding touring of ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial, Chunuk Bair Memorial, battlefields and trenches
Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Edfu - Temple of Horus
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait
ANZAC 2017 Dawn Service and option to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service
Aswan - High Dam and Philae Temple
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Luxor - Temple of Karnak. Opt to see Luxor Temple by night

Included

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches including our ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ and 5 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, Hippodrome and Hagia Sofia in Istanbul and Kilitbahir Fortm Ephesus, Pergamum and Pamukkale
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide in Turkey and qualified Egyptologist in Egypt
Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/ jumper
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
Turkey: 7 nights 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night ANZAC Cove. Egypt: 4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck) and 2 overnight sleeper trains
Airport arrival transfer to Cairo on day 8 and departure transfer to Cairo airport on day 17
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait – Istanbul
Guided tour of Gallipoli, The ANZAC Museum, Lone Pine, Chunik Bair, Johnson's Jolly, ANZAC Cove and more
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Edfu and Luxor

Not Included

International flights, visas and flight from Istanbul to Cairo
Attendance Pass for ANZAC 2017. 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: Turkey: USD$0 / Egypt: USD$45-55, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guides in Turkey and Egypt - we recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tip for your driver in Turkey and Felucca Crew/ Nile Cruise staff in Egypt, we recommend you allow $10 USD for each. These tips are an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: Turkey: USD$40-50 / Egypt: USD$105-110, paid in local currency

Dear on the go,

I have been meaning to write for ages but time has got away from me. I would like to thank everybody involved in my brilliant tour of Turkey and Egypt. I took part in the Anzac and Ancient Egypt tour in April and had the time of my life. Anzac was incredible and something I have wanted to do my whole life and Egypt was amazing especially finishing the whole tour off in Dahab. This made for a relaxing finale. Thank you again and keep up the good work, Lachie.

Lachlan Turner • Submitted 27 Jul 2010

I had a great time on the tour. So worth flying over from Australia to experience Anzac Day and of course see the pytamids! I had a wonderful time. Thank you.

Taryn Schultz • Submitted 27 May 2010

What a great tour! Great idea to combine the Anzac experience with Egypt! I will treasure some great memories from this trip.

Stephanie B • Submitted 27 May 2010

Anzac day was amazing. It is hard work but a pilgrimage all Aussies have to do at some point in their lives. My tour was great and now I am off to Egypt which I can't wait for. Keep up the good work and thanks to everyone both in London and Turkey. Cheers.

Julia G • Submitted 24 May 2010

Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Cairo
Departs
21 Apr 2017
Hotel Rating
4 & 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 5
Visiting
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

Dear on the go,

I have been meaning to write for ages but time has got away from me. I would like to thank everybody involved in my brilliant tour of Turkey and Egypt. I took part in the Anzac and Ancient Egypt tour in April and had the time of my life. Anzac was incredible and something I have wanted to do my whole life and Egypt was amazing especially finishing the whole tour off in Dahab. This made for a relaxing finale. Thank you again and keep up the good work, Lachie.

Lachlan Turner
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