Anzac Monument | Turkey | On The Go Tours
FROM: NZD $2,345 pp
ANZAC Day & Istanbul - 5 Days map

ANZAC Day & Istanbul 2025. This 5 day ANZAC Tour of Turkey & Istanbul offers travelers a chance to attend the evocative ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Gallipoli and experience a taste of Istanbul - from the iconic Blue Mosque to exotic spice markets.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - Take in the highlights of Istanbul including the iconic Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia mosque and the Underground Cistern
Istanbul - Independently explore this captivating city, home to the iconic Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
The Bosphorus Strait - Cruise the Bosphorus, taking in views of the city skyline, Ottoman architecture and waterside palaces
ANZAC Service Site - Attend the ANZAC eve vigil on the Gallipoli Peninsula and pay your respects at the Dawn Service
Gallipoli Peninsula - See ANZAC Cove, memorials trenches and battlefields

Included

Guided sightseeing of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia
3 breakfasts
1 night at the Dawn Service site
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
Morning cruise along the Bosphorus in Istanbul
3 nights 4 star hotels
English speaking tour organiser
Modern air-conditioned touring coach

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour organiser and driver: as a guideline we recommend you budget EUR €3 - 5 per day, per traveller for your tour organiser and EUR €2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: EUR€30-40pp, 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€110-115pp, paid in EUR

Itinerary

Day 1

23 April - Istanbul

Wed 23 April 2025. Welcome to Turkey. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the incredible city of Istanbul. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of attractions dotted about the old city known as Sultanahmet. Maybe head to the Grand Bazaar or the Egyptian Spice Market, both open today! This evening after our welcome meeting opt for a drink in the bar, a great way to break the ice and meet fellow travellers.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

ANZAC Eve - Gallipoli

Istanbul - Gallipoli. Spend the morning at leisure in Istanbul. This afternoon we drive to Gallipoli. En route to the peninsula we'll stop for a bite to eat, stretch our legs and stock up on supplies for the evening ahead. Upon arrival (exact time subject to Dawn Service Site opening hours) you will be given instructions about where to meet with your coach on 25 April, after the services have concluded. 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 3

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli

Gallipoli - Istanbul. A poignant bugle call along with first light heralds the start of the Dawn Service. Lasting around an hour, the service is a special and moving experience and it's possible to lay a wreath at ANZAC Memorial site after the service has concluded. 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 4

Istanbul Old City

Istanbul. We spend the morning cruising the amazing Bosphorus strait, the geographical divide between Europe and Asia. After the cruise we take in the highlights of the old city on a guided sightseeing tour, including the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome area, the 6th century Hagia Sophia (exterior only), the ancient Underground Cistern and more. This afternoon there's time for you to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice Market. Afterwards, you can opt to stay and experience the old city by night or return to the hotel.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 5

27 April - Istanbul

Sun 27 April 2025. Istanbul. Enjoy breakfast, and get ready for hotel check-out at 12 noon. This marks the end of a memorable 5 day ANZAC 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
NZD $2,345
NZD $3,215

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation
NZD $245
NZD $455
Post Tour Accommodation
NZD $245
NZD $455

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.

Grand Hotel Halic, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Conveniently located in the central Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the modern Grand Hotel Halic is within walking distance of popular sites such as Taksim Square and the Galata Tower. Guest rooms are well-appointed with a seating area and modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Delicious Turkish mezes can be enjoyed at the Adali Restaurant on the top floor, with fabulous views across the famous Golden Horn of Istanbul, while Raki aniseed spirit can be sampled in the bar with billiards, while listening to live music. The hotel also benefits from an indoor swimming pool and spa, with a traditional hammam, dry sauna and massage facilities. Public transportation is within easy reach of the hotel with the Tunel Tram Stop on bustling Istiklal Street just 5 minutes’ walk away and Beyoglu Funicular Station 100 yards away.

Golden Tulip Istanbul Bayrampasa, Istanbul

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Golden Tulip Istanbul Bayrampasa is a modern 5 star hotel, with scenic views of Istanbul and the Marmara Sea. Comfort is guaranteed in the spacious guest rooms, which benefit from large windows and free high speed WiFi. These well-appointed rooms also offer an en suite with rain-fall walk-in shower, hair dryer, LCD TV, minibar, in-room safe and complimentary coffee & tea making facilities. Guests can enjoy tasty Turkish and international cuisine at hotel's restaurant and bar which is open from early morning to late night. The property also features an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa with a Turkish Bath and sauna - perfect for some R&R after a busy day of sightseeing in the city! This luxurious hotel is located in Bayrampasa, a peaceful suburb of Istanbul, which is a short 6-minute walk from Topcular metro station, offering easy access to the rest of the city.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
23rd April 2025
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 32
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 3
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes (Sabiha Gokcen at 11am & 3pm)
Dep. Transfer
No
Pillars on a cliff in Canakkale
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
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