FROM: USD $2,525

Gallipoli 2019 & Giza - 14 days

ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2019. Starts: 22nd April. Take in the delights of Istanbul and explore the WW1 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsular and remember those fallen at the Dawn Service. Continue to Egypt to discover the incredible history, visiting the Pyramids, Luxor and much more.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia and the Underground Cistern
Gallipoli Peninsula - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, battlefields and trenches
Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum
Luxor - Temple of Karnak
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Bosphorus Strait - the strategic waterway dividing Europe and Asia
ANZAC 2019 Dawn Service and option to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service
Luxor - West Bank - Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
Aswan - High Dam and Philae Temple

Included

12 breakfasts, 3 lunches (including ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ) and 2 dinners
2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
In Turkey airport arrival transfer on day 1 at Ataturk International Airport at any time of day or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 2.30pm and 8pm. Airport transfers on days 6 and 14 at Cairo Airport - you must provide your flight details from Istanbul
Guided sightseeing of Galipolli (subject to site opening times set by the Anzac Day Organising Committee)
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide in Turkey and degree qualified Egyptologist throughout Egypt
4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels (Egypt), 4 nights 3 - 4 hotel (Turkey)
2 overnight trains: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Guided sightseeing of the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hagia Sofia and Hippodrome area and Gallipoli
Guided touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan & Luxor
Morning Cruise along the Bosphorus in Istanbul
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned touring coaches/ vehicles

Not Included

International flights, visas and flight from Istanbul to Cairo
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.
Tipping Kitty: Turkey: USD$20-30 / Egypt: USD$50-70, 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$30-40 / Egypt: USD$90-110, 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 before embarking on a guided sightseeing tour of the old city, taking in the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome area, the 6th century Hagia Sofia, the ancient Underground Cistern and more. This afternoon time is given for you to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice Market, the latter is located opposite the ferry terminal. Afterwards, you can opt to stay and discover the old city by night or return to the hotel.
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 - Istanbul. 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 back to Istanbul by coach, arriving in the evening. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic)
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 5

Istanbul - your way

Today offers free time to explore Istanbul at your own pace. This morning or later today, consider venturing over to the colossal Grand Bazaar for some souvenir purchases.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Cairo to Istanbul

27th April 2019. This morning the Turkish section of your tour comes to an end. You'll need to make your own way to the airport in order to catch your flight to Egypt. The flight to Cairo 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 Egypt we will be there to meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to our hotel.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 7

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 2700 BC! Later there is a chance to have dinner before the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Philae Temple

Arrive and check into our hotel. This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island 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

Day 9

Felucca Sailing & Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning drive to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. 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, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Felucca Sailing & Kom Ombo

Nile Felucca Sailing - Kom Ombo. Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route. In the afternoon we dock near Kom Ombo and take a motorboat to visit the temple, which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek, before returning to the felucca for the night.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Luxor

Kom Ombo - Luxor. This morning we disembark and drive to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor, alternatively enjoy the facilities of your hotel.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. This morning we will be touring the West Bank of the Nile, an early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to 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 a historic backdrop, the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome 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, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, we return by overnight sleeper train to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 13

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 14

Cairo

Sunday. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport.
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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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
22nd April 2019
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Istanbul, Canakkale, Eceabat & Gallipoli, Cairo, Aswan, Felucca Cruise, Luxor
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