Lone Pine at Anzac Cove | Anzac Day | Turkey
FROM: AUD $1,995 pp

ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2021. 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

Gallipoli, Anzac Day (25 April) - ANZAC Dawn Service and option to attend the Australian or New Zealand Memorial Services
Bosphorus Strait Cruise - Soak in views of the city skyline, Ottoman architecture and waterside palaces
Troy - Enjoy a short guided tour of the setting of Homeric legend
Asclepion - Drop into Asclepion, a Roman precursor to modern day hospitals
Pamukkale - Bask in delightful thermal pools, a true natural phenomenon
Istanbul - Explore the old city, Hippodrome area, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Underground Cistern
Anzac Cove, Ayvalik - Experience the Lone Pine Memorial, Chunuk Bair Memorial, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, plus trenches and battlefields
Ephesus - Admire the former Roman capital of Asia Minor with its magnificent Temple of Artemis and Great Theatre
Pergamum - Stop off to see the Roman ruins of Pergamum with its imposing hillside amphitheatre


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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guide and driver: as a guideline we recommend you budget USD $5 - 7 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD $2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$35-45pp, paid in local currency
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
Entrance Fees: USD$100-110pp, paid in local currency


Day 1

Istanbul - Gateway to the East

18th April 2021. Welcome to Turkey and the start of a memorable ANZAC experience! If you're flying into Istanbul International Airport someone will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to the airport. Should your flight arrive in to Sabiha Gokcen there is a transfer available at either 11am or 3pm. 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

We explore the incredible old city today as we head out on a guided tour. We'll visit some of the most breathtaking parts of Istanbul including 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. We 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


Today we make our way to Pamukkale - home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. Pamukkale litterally translates to 'Cotton Castles' in Turkish and this natural phenomenon is thought of as a gift from god by locals. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs are known as travertines.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4


Pamukkale - Ephesus - Kusadasi. This morning we get the opportunity to paddle our feet in the warm water flowing over the terraces of Pamukkale or perhaps opt for a swim at the Pamukkale Thermal Baths. Famed for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools, Pamukkale is home to some stunning natural mineral pools. 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


Kusadasi - Pergamum - Ayvalik. Driving north today we make a stop at the Roman ruins of Pergamum and its impressive hillside amphitheatre. These impressive ruins were part of a once rich and powerful Greek city dating back to Hellenistic Period of 323-30 BC. 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

Ayvalik - 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.

We 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 2021

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 is 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 arrive into Istanbul later this afternoon.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 9


26th April 2021. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday in Turkey and memorable ANZAC Day 2021 experience.


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

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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.

• Submitted 21 May 2018

Hello, I recently went on this tour and I have only amazing things to report. The tour guide Recep (or Reggie as we called him) was amazing. He is one of the best guides I have ever had. He went above and beyond for our group and the next time I book a tour in Turkey I hope I get him.

The tour itself was fantastic. The time in places was perfect and the sites we visited were wonderful.

• Submitted 08 May 2018

I really enjoyed my tour, although I would have loved to spend longer at almost every place we visited - I WILL be going back to Turkey some day and particularly to Gallipoli when there are no crowds or infrastructure.

Esra was AWESOME and her English was great! I would love to have her as a tour guide again.

It would have been great to have some detailed notes of the history of the places we visited. Esra's knowledge was amazing but I have not remembered everything she told us. She also gave us some handy hints along the way (e.g. about the bazaar).

One let-down was not having a final meal with the group. We left Gallipoli, drove back to Istanbul and that was it.

I would also suggest having name-tags (maybe first names only) to wear for the first few days to get to know each other and, perhaps, for everyone to introduce themselves at the first meeting.

The most disappointing part is the advertised tour length. I think it stretches the friendship for tour companies (you are not the only one that does this) to advertise the tour as 8 days when the first day is only a meeting on the first evening and the last day is only the included breakfast in the accommodation. It was really a six day tour.

• Submitted 10 Jun 2015

HI. I am just writing to let you know that my aunt and I did the Royal Engineers Tour as part of Anzac Day 2015 and I wanted to leave some feedback about our tour guide Sevim Kivrak. She is amazing! Her knowledge is incredible. She was very patient with my 90 year old aunt and went out of her way to make sure we were all looked after. We fitted so much into our tour but it was never rushed so we had time to explore. She kept us all on track and got us to Galipolli early and also got us out of there on Saturday afternoon a lot earlier than some of the others. I really just wanted you to know you have a great guide and a genuinely nice person working for you. Thank you.

• Submitted 22 May 2015

Accommodation was great in all locations, although Kusidasi was not quite to the same standard as the rest.

Emrah was an enthusiatic guide and his love for his country was infectious, his planning meant we would always be ontime or even slightly early which was great for a coach tour and also meant we got pictures of ruins without any other people in them!!!

We would love to come back and visit again.

• Submitted 12 May 2015

I was really pleased with how many interesting sights and experiences we managed to cram into this short tour, which was perfect for me as I had very ;little time available. I thought it gave great value for money. Our guide was very pleasant, entertaining, informative and well organised - I felt we were well looked after throughout the tour.

• Submitted 10 May 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Turkey, and cannot speak highly enough of our guide Aykut Gun. We really feel that his extensive knowledge of the country and its history, together with his enthusiasm and honour helped to make our experience wonderful!

• Submitted 10 May 2015

The tour was very good with some very interesting places along the way. I did not like the stop at the carpet place or the leather shop. I did not go on holidays to have a sales pitch shoved down my throat.The accommodation was mostly very good except for the 4th night.

Emrah was an exceptionally good guide, his communication skills and persona were very good and he was always there when any on the tour needed assistance. His knowledge and delivery of facts was very good and he was genuine in the way he spoke of his country and of the events of Galipolli regardless of countries involved.

It would be our pleasure to go on another of Emrahs` tours.

• Submitted 09 May 2015

The tour was fantastic. Our tour guide was Aykut Gun, who was very knowledgeable and on my made the tour better

• Submitted 07 May 2015

Aykut was a brilliant guide. He have us a look into the life of the Turkish both historically and now and made us feel like we were family. The tour was brilliant and informative but Aykut told us stories and jokes along the way that made the trip more relateable. We will definitely be coming back and hope to met up with aykut in the future. He really is the best guide out there.

• Submitted 07 May 2015
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In Brief

Trip Type
18th April 2021
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 7, Dinner: 3
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
View of Kusadasi from across the water
Coastline and sparkling blue water of Ayvalik
Sunset behind the Gallipoli Castle
Sunset behind the Gallipoli Castle

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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