Anzac Day Tour-11 Days

from $1274/per person

Before visiting the shores of Gallipoli, discover some of the most fascinating sites of Turkey in our 11 Day ANZAC Day tour. Ravel in the magic of Cappadocia from high above in a hot air balloon. Soak in the famous natural spa pools of Pamukkale and experience the best preserved ruins and ancient wonders of Ephesus. Visit the ever popular Trojan horse in Troy, before embarking on the emotional and unforgettable experience of Gallipoli.

Duration
11 Day
Destination(s)
ANZAC Day
Starts in / Ends in
Istanbul / Istanbul
Departs on
Fridays
Hotel Rating
5-4-3 Star
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Asklepion
    Asklepion

    The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

  • Ayvalik
    Ayvalik

    Feel and experience the local life around the town. Ayvalik has many local cafes and restaurants, and is surrounded with many beautiful beaches.

  • Blue Mosque
    Blue Mosque

    The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

  • Cappadocia
    Cappadocia

    A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

  • Ephesus
    Ephesus

    The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.

  • Gallipoli
    Gallipoli

    Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

  • Hagia Sophia
    Hagia Sophia

    The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

  • Istanbul
    Istanbul

  • Pamukkale
    Pamukkale

    Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.

  • Topkapi Palace
    Topkapi Palace

    Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.

  • Troy
    Troy

    The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other and visit the famous Trojan horse, awaits you.

ITINERARY

1
Day 1: Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! At the Istanbul airport terminal keep your eyes peeled for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. Meet in the hotel reception between 6pm to 7pm (please check the board in reception) for an informal meeting with your group and guide. After the meeting, join in an optional group dinner at a local restaurant to get to know your new travel mates.
  • Included Activities: Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities: Group Dinner
  • Meals: No
2
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour, Bosphorus Cruise
After breakfast, we begin to experience the magnificence of Istanbul. We will stroll through the historical heart of the old city, making stops along the way to the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum. We will then take a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus capturing the delights of Istanbul.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing of Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus Boat Trip
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
3
Day 3: Istanbul, Cappadocia
Today we sit back and relax in the coach. Watch the amazing Turkish scenery unfold before us and see small towns and villages as we pass on by. We will drive through the capital city of Ankara before we reach Cappadocia. In the afternoon, we will visit Derinkuyu Underground City, a city complete with a church, wells, food stores, and even stables which is all located 60m under the ground. End the day with an optional traditional Hamman (Turkish bath).  We will sleep overnight in Cappadocia.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing of Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Optional Activities: Turkish Bath
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
4
Day 4: Cappadocia
Rise and shine, it will be an early start for our optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscapes and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Or if preferred enjoy a leisurely start to the morning before we all fill up on breakfast. We will explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Göreme, and tick off bucket list sights along the way including Göreme Musuem, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar and Cavusin. Tonight, get your dancing shoes on for our optional Turkish Night.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing of Goreme Open Air Museum, Pigeon Valley, Cavusin, Uchisar
  • Optional Activities: Hot Air Ballooning.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
5
Day 5: Cappadocia, Ihlara, Pamukkale
It’s time to hit the road to Pamukkale. Along the way we will stop at Ihlara Valley, a unique honeycombed canyon with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period. Time to rest up at our overnight stay in Pamukkale.
  • Included Activities: Photo Break over the Ihlara Valley
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
6
Day 6: Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi
Get your cameras ready, as it is time to visit Pamukkale, or ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish. Pamukkale is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertine, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white castle and people have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. Our next stop is Ephesus which is a spectacular, well preserved ancient city. Ephesus was cited in the book of Revelations, and historians believe the Gospel of John was written here. Famed for the Temple of Artemis which was completed around 550 BC and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We will sleep overnight in the seaside town of Kusadasi.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing of Pamukkale, Ephesus Ancient City
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
7
Day 7: Kusadasi, Pergamum, Ayvalık
After breakfast we continue to Pergamum, and visit the ruins of the Asklepion, an ancient healing centre. We will then drive to Ayvalik where you will have the afternoon to relax and discover the seaside town.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing of Asklepion ruins
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
8
Day 8: Ayvalik, Troy, Gallipoli, Dawn Service (Overnight at Anzac Cove)
Today we will depart for ancient city of Troy. You may of heard of Troy from Greek mythology or maybe just watched the Brad Pitt movie, but now you will visit the ruins and archaeological site of the city of Troy, and of course the famous wooden horse. In the evening we head to the shores of Gallipoli. Tonight, we will sleep under the stars at the ceremony space to ensure we have the best position for the Dawn Service.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing of Ancient city of Troy
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
9
Day 9: Gallipoli, National Ceremonies, Canakkale
We wake before the break of dawn and watch as the sun rise over the battlefield, as we remember the soldiers who lost their lives on this exact day all those years ago. We will also attend the national ceremonies and services at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair later in the day. This afternoon we will depart for Canakkale.
  • Included Activities: Dawn Ceremony, National Ceremonies
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Dinner
10
Day 10: Canakkale, Gallipoli, Istanbul
Today we will explore the Gallipoli peninsula without the crowds. It is in silence and quiet contemplation we can truly capture the ANZAC spirit. Today provides a more in-depth and emotional experience to reflect and explore the history and heartbeat of this region. We will visit Kabatepe War Museum, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Jonston’s Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Road, and the Turkish Memorial. In the afternoon, we will drive back to where our adventure began, Istanbul.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing of Gallipoli Peninsula, trenches, battlefields without the crowd
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
11
Day 11: Istanbul
Our trip will end in Istanbul after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast and check-out of the hotel by 11:00am.
  • Meals: Breakfast
Start
Price ($)
Fri 17 Apr 2020
$1274

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

5, 4 and 3 star hotels

Airport Transfer

From Istanbul Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen Airports (on day 1)

Meals

9 breakfasts | 6 dinners

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Guide

Services of experienced guide licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

Bosphorus Cruise

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL - ISTANBUL


PRINCESS OLD CITY HOTEL - ISTANBUL


DILEKKAYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


BURCU KAYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


There is no better place to stay in Cappadocia than a real stone-carved room. With its world widely unique geography, you can experience staying in cozy authentic stone rooms like locals of ancient times and receive the good quality service of today.

AVRASYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


TRIPOLIS HOTEL - PAMUKKALE


MARINA HOTEL - KUSADASI


This hotel has a seafront location in the Aegean coast, only 250 metres from the beach. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and a terrace with panoramic views of the sea and Kusadasi Marina. The air-conditioned rooms of Marina Hotel Kusadasi include a minibar and an LCD TV with satellite channels.

RAMADA HOTEL - KUSADASI


GRAND SAHINS HOTEL - KUSADASI


GRAND TEMIZEL HOTEL - AYVALIK


TROIA TUSAN HOTEL - CANAKKALE


GRAND ANZAC HOTEL - CANAKKALE


IDA KALE HOTEL - CANAKKALE


ZILELI HOTEL - CANAKKALE


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