Egypt & Anzac 2019 Explorer - 17 days
ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2019. Starts: 13th April. Our Egypt & Anzac 2019 explorer is a 17 day combo tour taking in the highlights of Egypt and Turkey and giving you the chance to pay your respects at the Dawn Service. From the Pyramids of Giza to the Thermal Pools of Pamukkale, you'll witness some of man and natures greatest creations.
13th April 2019. Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival in Cairo you will be transferred to your hotel. Our Welcome Meeting will be held tonight, at 7pm where we will meet our guide and fellow travellers.
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
Aswan & Philae Temple
Aswan. Arrive and check into our hotel. This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple for a guided tour of the romantic Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile.
Overnight: Aswan | Breakfast
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning drive to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II. 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
Kom Ombo Temple & Luxor
Kom Ombo - Luxor. Disembarking in Daraw we drive to Kom Ombo to explore the waterside temple dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek. After we drive north 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 is available to the Temple of Luxor, spectacularly illuminated at night. We travel to the temple by traditional horse and carriage with restaurant dinner afterwards. The excursion is payable locally. Rest of evening free to enjoy the facilities of our hotel.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Valley of the Kings
Luxor - Cairo. Rising early we cross the Nile to arrive at the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against the backdrop of history, the Valleys of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the awesome ramped and colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life. This afternoon after lunch and time to relax we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak. Lose yourself in the stone-columned Hypostle Hall and go crazy with your camera. This is ancient Egypt at its best. Tonight, we return by overnight train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast
Arrival and hotel check-in. Later, we visit the famous Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his famous solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon is free - perhaps spend the remainder of the day exploring Cairo your way.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
Cairo - at leisure
Today offers free time for you to explore Cairo at your own pace. You might also want to enjoy some rest and relaxation by the pool.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
Cairo to Istanbul
22nd April 2019. This morning the Egyptian section of your tour comes to an end with included transfer to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. The flight to Istanbul isn't included in the cost of the tour. Turkish Airlines offers open jaw flights between London, Cairo and Istanbul, check their website for more details or we can arrange flights on your behalf! If you provide us with your incoming flight details to Turkey we will be there to meet you at Istanbul airport and transfer you to our hotel.
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. Alternatively, spend the day independently exploring Istanbul – a city that straddles both Europe and Asia!
Istanbul Old City Tour
This morning we spend a couple of hours cruising the Bosphorus before embarking on a guided sightseeing tour of the old city, taking in the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Hippodrome area, Topkapi Palace, the 6th century Hagia Sofia (exterior only) and more. This afternoon time is given for you to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice Market, the latter 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
ANZAC Eve - 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 the Australians can head to Lone Pine for the Australian Wreath Laying Ceremony. 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
ANZAC Day 2019 - Gallipoli
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 on to Ayvalik by coach, arriving in the evening. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic)
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
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
29 April 2019. Today marks the end of your stay in Turkey. We hope you have had a wonderful tour of Egypt & Turkey and a memorable Anzac Day experience.
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 4.
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