Anzac Cove Beach | Anzac Day | Turkey
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ANZAC 2025 Memorial Tour of Turkey - 11 days map

ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2025. Starts: 16th April. Take in the highlights of Turkey and attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli on this 11 day tour. Marvel at the spectacular landscape of Cappadocia and discover the remarkable Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum. See Istanbul's iconic Blue Mosque and paddle in Pammukale's thermal pools. Visit legendary Troy and Gallipoli's WW1 battlefields, before commemorating the brave ANZACs on ANZAC Day in 2025.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

ANZAC Service Site - Attend the ANZAC eve vigil on the Gallipoli Peninsula and as the sun rises, pay your respects at the Dawn Service
Istanbul - Take in the highlights of Istanbul including the iconic Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia mosque and the Underground Cistern
Pamukkale - Paddle in the thermal waters flowing down the white travertine terraces
Konya - Visit the Mevlana Museum (or Green Mausoleum) and discover the original home of a mystical Sufi Muslim group and their founder Mevlana
Troy - Enjoy a short tour of the famous city of Homeric legend and see the giant replica Trojan Horse
Gallipoli Peninsula - Learn about the Gallipoli Campaign, explore the WW1 battlefields, memorial sites and ANZAC Cove
Cappadocia - Delight in surreal landscapes, hermit cave villages and World Heritage Listed Goreme Valley with its rock cut churches and Zelve Monastery
Ephesus & Pergamum - Roam around the Roman ruins of ancient Ephesus, with its spectacular Library of Celsus and the hillside amphitheatre at Pergamum
Kilitbahir - Admire the imposing fortress on the west side of the Dardanelles built to control the strait at its narrowest point
Silk Road from Konya - Stop off at the traditional roadside inn of Sultanhan Caravanserai, a resting point of former weary travellers

Included

9 breakfasts and 4 dinners
1 night at the Dawn Service site
Guided sightseeing of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hagia Sophia (exterior), Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome area and Egyptian Spice Market
Cruise along 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
Maximum Group Size: 32 persons
9 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
Guided sightseeing of Ephesus, Pergamum, Pammukale/Hierapolis and Cappadocia
Guided sightseeing of Gallipoli, battlefields and war memorials (subject to site opening times set by the Anzac Day Organising Committee)
English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guide and driver: as a guideline we recommend you budget EUR €5 - 7 per day, per traveller for your guide and EUR €2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: EUR€55-65pp, paid in EUR
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: EUR€265-285pp, paid in EUR

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul

Wed 16th April 2025. Welcome to Turkey and the start of a unforgettable ANZAC experience! Airport to hotel arrival transfer. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. If you are arriving to Istanbul early, we recommend 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. This evening meet your guide and fellow travellers at a welcome meeting.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul - Old City Tour

Today we set off on guided tour of the old city, taking in the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, historic Hippodrome area, 6th century Hagia Sophia (exterior only), ancient Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace and more. This afternoon, we take a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Look out for waterside palaces framed by a modern city skyline dotted with expansive domed mosques and towering minarets of traditional Ottoman style. Afterwards there's free time to independently explore. From here you can either 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

Day 3

Cappadocia

Istanbul - Cappadocia. Today we depart Istanbul and begin our lengthy journey across the country towards Cappadocia. We'll make a number of stops on route. After arriving into Cappadocia this afternoon, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Cappadocia's Goreme Valley

Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia is an extraordinary national treasure. Gaze in awe at this unbelievable landscape with its cave dwellings and phallic ‘fairy chimneys’ landscape that are the stuff of fables. Whole troglodyte (hermit) 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 monastery with its jaw-dropping landscape of towering eroded rocks.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Konya's Whirling Dervish Museum

Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale. It's an early departure this morning as we head for Pamukkale. On the way we visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai before arriving in Konya. In Konya we 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

Day 6

Pamukkale & Ephesus

Pamukkale - Ephesus - Kusadasi. Famed for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools, Pammukale captures the heart of any traveller. Here we can paddle our feet in the warm water flowing over the terraces or take a relaxing dip in the Pamukkale Thermal Baths. Just beyond the thermal pools we make a stop at the Roman ruins of Hierapolis.

This afternoon we continue to the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Easily the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, Ephesus stood as a vast Roman 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 and enjoyed prosperity thanks to commerce and visiting pilgrims who flocked for a glimpse of the magnificent Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Strong archeological remains can be seen at Ephesus 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 - underlining its status as a centre point for Roman urban life. 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 7

Roman Ruins of Pergamum

Kusadasi - Pergamum - Assos. 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 Assos.
Overnight: Assos  |  Breakfast

Day 8

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: Assos / Canakkale   |  Breakfast

Day 9

Troy & ANZAC Eve

Assos – Troy - Kilitbahir - Gallipoli. After a morning at leisure 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. After exploring Kilitbahir we stop in the town of Eceabat for dinner (at your own expense) before entering the Cove. Once we're in Anzac Cove you are free to visit the memorials and trenches in the area before taking our places among the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere-charged ANZAC Eve vigil.
Overnight: Dawn Service site (ANZAC Cove)  |  Breakfast

Day 10

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2025

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 gives 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 Australians have the opportunity to pay their respects at the Lone Pine Memorial Service, while New Zealanders can attend the service at Chunuk Bair. After the Chunuk Bair service we anticipate an early afternoon departure time from Gallipoli, for our return journey to Istanbul. Please note: the 2025 national memorial services at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair are subject to confirmation.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 11

Istanbul

Sat 26th April 2025. You tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday in Turkey and a memorable ANZAC Day 2025 experience.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 4 persons booked on the tour.'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
AUD $4,935
AUD $6,815

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation
AUD $225
AUD $415
Post Tour Accommodation
AUD $225
AUD $415

Hotels

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Piyalepasa, Istanbul

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

This impressive 5-star hotel is located in the upmarket Beyoglu district of Istanbul and a free shuttle is provided to the city centre, home to the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sofia, amongst other attractions. Rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton are elegant and modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning and a flatscreen TV. Some rooms feature a balcony. There is free Wi-Fi at the property and amenities include an indoor pool with whirlpool, fitness centre and sun terrace. There are two onsite restaurants and a daily breakfast buffet.

Burcu Kaya Hotel, Cappadocia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Burca Kaya building was modelled on ancient Seljuk architecture and carved into rocks. The rooms are simply furnished and decorated with neutral colours. The stone walls and rich wooden panelling give the accommodation a truly authentic feel, whilst still maintaining a high level of comfort. The swimming pool has views of the famous fairy chimneys and the restaurant uses locally produced fruit and vegetables. The hotel is located in Ortahisar, the centre of Cappadocia.

Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel, Pamukkale

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel is ideally located just a short drive from the Pamukkale Travertines surrounded by mountains. Guest rooms are modern and comfortable equipped with private bathrooms, air conditioning and satellite tv channels. There is a restaurant and bar onsite offering Turkish and international cuisine. The hotel features a Thermal Pool, Outdoor Swimming Pool, 2 Red Thermal Pools, Turkish bath and sauna as well as an array of luxurious spa treatments to indulge in after a day of sightseeing.

Ramada by Wyndham Hotel & Suites, Kusadasi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set within beautifully landscaped gardens and boasting an incredible panoramic view of the Aegean Coast, the Ramada Hotel & Suites is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun by its large outdoor pool, or pamper yourself at the spa. Comfort is guaranteed in the spacious guest rooms, which are modern and well equipped. The hotel offers a choice of three bars, a buffet restaurant and an à la carte restaurant, serving tasty Italian cuisine. A variety of bars and restaurants can also be found within walking distance of the hotel, near Kusadasi's pretty marina.

Eden Garden, Assos

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Eden Gardens hotel is a wonderful beachfront hotel located near to the historical town of Assos, surrounded by forest. Guest rooms are contemporary offering private bathrooms, satellite tv channels and a balcony with a sea or garden view. There is a restaurant onsite that serves local Turkish dishes using fresh local ingredients. The property also features a swimming pool, private beach, fitness centre and spa - the perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing.

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 spacious guest rooms en suite facilities, air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV and a minibar. Those looking for a bite to eat can check out the hotel restaurant, which serves a tasty breakfast buffet and offers an a la carte menu at lunch and dinner. There is also a hotel bar and room service is available.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.75 out of 5 based on 8 recent reviews

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Wonderful tour and fantastic tour guide, couldn’t have wished for more.

The only disappointment was the accommodation in Cappadocia, apparently we were upgraded however the accommodation (guest rooms) were absolutely filthy, also the air con didn’t work or the fridge.

There was no ventilation so we had to leave our door open with chain on which is not acceptable.

The floor was so filthy we had to wear jandles at all times.

Talking to the other guests they thought their rooms, especially the floors were filthy and also had issues with amenities.

Our bathroom/toilet also had an awful smell, smelt like a men’s public urinal.

We had to spend 2 nights in this accommodation, all the other accommodations were wonderful however this particular one certainly let the tour down.

Would also like to say our guide and bus driver were absolutely amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour, it was just a shame about the Cappadocia accommodation or the tour would have been perfect.

• Submitted 06 May 2024
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The tour, guide and driver were fantastic. The Blue Mosque was closed on the day of the tour which was disappointing. I also would ask On the Go tours admin to review the pre tour options ie the spice market and cruise as they are duplicated again in other tours. The back street tours goes to the spice markets and the cruise is undertaken during the main tour. The guide however for the spice market tour and cruise was very good. Also some consideration should be given to the ballooning operator and people were getting better prices independently sometimes up to $400 cheaper

• Submitted 30 Apr 2024
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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.

• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
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Yesterday I received two hoodies regarding the celebration of the above mentioned Tour.

I wish to thank you for your follow up of these items. On the tour our bus only had S, M, and a few L, which only fitted a few people. Disappointing at the time.

Having received your correspondence previously regarding the tour (which I thought was excellent) I will now be shouting your praises as to the fact that your company followed through completing our experience of our holiday.

And leaving us with a wonderful memento of our trip.

Again many thanks and every success with your Tours of Turkey.

Kind regards,

Robyn Harris

Mt. Waverley Vic. 3149

• Submitted 16 Jun 2016
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Thought the entire tour was excellent. Metin was a wonderful tour leader, his knowledge on history and the areas visited was great. Metin showed a friendly nature, care for each one on the tour, his answers to questions were complete and helpful. Metin has a good sense of humour enjoyed by all on tour. I thought Metin was one outstanding tour leader. Our coach driver was also friendly + approachable and his driving skills were excellent.

Troy Jankowski • Submitted 21 May 2016

Metin was a fantastic guide! He was not only informative and knew so much about this history of the places we were visiting but was also hilarious and fun! We loved our time on the tour and don't think it would have been the same without Metin.

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Metin really made the trip a never to be forgotten experience for me. We normally do our own organisation on our overseas trips, but this tour with On The Go gives me a new perspective on our future overseas holidays. The coach driver was also excellent.

Michael Walsh • Submitted 17 May 2016

Metin was excellent. He is very knowledgeable with Turkish history & the local history of areas and citiess we visited. Metin has a great sense of humour which gave us all a laugh from time to time. Thank you Metin for a great tour. Also a big thank you to our coach driver Yüksel.

Carol Peters • Submitted 13 May 2016

Fantastic time learning about a country that I had limited knowledge of. Metin has been a ripper in expressing his knowledge of locations, history, tips at places, a real pleasure. Have felt safe and comfortable all trip.

Phillip Barnes • Submitted 10 May 2016

I thought the tour was great, we saw a lot of the country & Murat was a very good guide who made sure we were looked after and went out of his way to help u & to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. The only problem with the tour it was that it was NOT long enough, it would have been great to spend more time in soem places so we migth have to go back again in a few years to see it again.

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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
16th April 2025
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 32
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Dinner: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes (Sabiha Gokcen at 11am & 3pm)
Dep. Transfer
No
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Hot air balloons floating over the stunning landscape of Cappadocia
The salt encrusted pools at Pamukkale
Coastline and sparkling blue water of Ayvalik
Sunset behind the Gallipoli Castle
Hot air balloons floating over the stunning landscape of Cappadocia
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul

Extra Tour Info

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Beginner's Guide to ANZAC
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Updated
26th April 2023

Wonderful tour and fantastic tour guide, couldn’t have wished for more.

The only disappointment was the accommodation in Cappadocia, apparently we were upgraded however the accommodation (guest rooms) were absolutely filthy, also the air con didn’t work or the fridge.

There was no ventilation so we had to leave our door open with chain on which is not acceptable.

The floor was so filthy we had to wear jandles at all times.

Talking to the other guests they thought their rooms, especially the floors were filthy and also had issues with amenities.

Our bathroom/toilet also had an awful smell, smelt like a men’s public urinal.

We had to spend 2 nights in this accommodation, all the other accommodations were wonderful however this particular one certainly let the tour down.

Would also like to say our guide and bus driver were absolutely amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour, it was just a shame about the Cappadocia accommodation or the tour would have been perfect.

Leanne Keating
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