13 DAYS LUXURY GOLD ANZAC DAY TOUR
Day 01 - Istanbul Arrival Day Welcome to Istanbul! We are waiting for you directly at the gate behind passport control / immigration at Ataturk International Airport (IST). Watch out for the TravelShop Turkey sign. Arrival airport transfer from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) can be arranged at additional expenses. Transfer to your five star hotel, you will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul until 6:00pm
At 6:00pm we will start our conference about ANZAC Dawn Service and Turkey (Duration approx 1 hour). The conference is held by ANZAC experts from Australia and New Zealand and by our professional Turkish ANZAC tour guides. Welcome cocktail, coffee, tea and snacks are included. You will meet your fellow ANZAC Day Gallipoli tour members and the TravelShop Turkey staff. We recommend you to arrange your international flights, to be at Ataturk airport in time and check-in your hotel prior our ANZAC conference starts.
An optional activity to the Traditional 1001 Turkish Night Show departs from your hotel lobby at 8:00pm The show includes all meals, two local drinks, belly dancers, Anatolian Folklore groups, featuring popular instruments and Turkish singers. Return transfer to your hotel around midnight. Overnight at Dosso Dossi DownTown Hotel in Istanbul.
Day 02 - Istanbul City Tour We depart from the hotel after breakfast at 8:30am for your guided Istanbul city tour.
Hagia Sophia is the greatest surviving example of Byzantine Architecture. For 1000 years it was once the largest church in the world, decorated with stunning 6th century golden mosaics. At its height the temple itself was so rich and artistically ornamented that then Roman Emperor Justinian proclaimed, Salomon I have surpassed you! Did you know that this is the most sacred temple of the Orthodox world? As you tour the museum, you will learn that and so much more.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque: The mosque, built between 1609 and 1616, is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. With its six minarets and a great cascade of domes, the mosque is a worthy sibling to Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia). Pope Benedict XVI visited the Sultan Ahmed Mosque on 30th November 2006 during his visit to Turkey. It marks only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship.
Hippodrome: Today the area is officially called Sultan Ahmet Square, and is carefully maintained by the Turkish authorities. The course of the old racetrack has been indicated with paving, although the actual track is some 2 m below the present surface. The surviving monuments of the Spina, the two obelisks and the Serpentine Column, now sit in holes in a landscaped garden. The German Fountain, an octagonal domed fountain in neo-Byzantine style, which was constructed by the German government in 1900 to mark the German Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul in 1898, is located at the northern entrance to the Hippodrome area, right in front of the Blue Mosque.
Spice Bazaar: The Spice Bazaar, or Egyptian Bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminonu, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
After your Istanbul city tour there is an option to experience a Bosphorus boat cruise, enjoy the magnificent views of the Bosphorus straight which is connecting Asia to Europe, the best way of seeing the Bosphorus in all its beauty. With the shores rising to heights up to 200m, lined with palaces, ruins, villages, and gardens, this is one of the most beautiful stretches of scenery in Turkey. Overnight at Dosso Dossi DownTown Hotel in Istanbul.
Day 03 - Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale We depart for Gallipoli at 7:00am (4.5 hours distance). On the way we will watch the latest documentaries about the Gallipoli campaign. We arrive in Gallipoli for lunch on the coast of Gabatepe. After lunch we start our tour of the Gallipoli peninsula. Visit Kabatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australias Memorial and Cemetery, Quinns Post, Turkish 57th Regiment Cemetery, the Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and Cemetery. Overnight at Ida Kale Resort Hotel in Çanakkale.
Day 04 - Troy - Anzac Cove The governments of Australia and New Zealand have announced that the Gallipoli peninsula will be closed on 24th April 2017 for safety and security purposes, cemeteries and memorials cannot be visited as in previous years. Therefore, we have visited the Gallipoli peninsula and done our guided Gallipoli tour yesterday already.
Today we will visit the Trojan horse and the ancient city of Troy, located on the other side of the Dardanelles (approx. 1.5 hours distance including ferry).
Troy is one of the most famous cities in the history, remembering us Hector, Achilles and Achaean Greeks, the sake of Helen, Paris, Agamemnon and Priam. Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy.
If you wish to buy snacks for the overnight camp, today is best time to do it. There are also some food and drink stalls available at ANZAC Cove. Tonight at 5:30pm we will meet at the hotel for our buffet dinner before heading to ANZAC Cove for the Dawn Service. Overnight at ANZAC Cove.
If you dont wish to stay outside at the ANZAC Commemorative Site overnight, we provide optional hotel accommodation in Çanakkale .This option is not available after your arrival in Turkey, pre-booking is required.
Please note: In 2017 the ANZAC Commemorative Site will open later than it has in previous years. The new opening time will be 1800hrs (6:00pm) on 24th April, the ANZAC Commemorative Site will not open before the designated opening time.
Day 05 - Dawn Service at Anzac Commemorative Site Don't forget your warm clothes, sleeping bags, wet weather gear, torches, hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes because Gallipoli is still as cold and dark as it was 102 years ago! Optional we provide sleepings bags, please let us know at time of booking.
05:30-06:15 Dawn Service, ANZAC Commemorative Site, North Beach
Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine canceled by DVA
11:15-12:00 Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial Service
12:30-13:15 New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair
After attending the ANZAC services, at approx. 3:00pm we will travel back to your hotel in Canakkale. The night is yours to relax, dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight at Ida Kale Resort Hotel in Çanakkale.
Day 06 - Canakkale - Pergamon - Kusadasi Drive to Pergamon (3 hours distance) - see Asklepion, Zeus's alter, the Red Bassilcia etc. Bergama is the site of the Hellenistic - and later Roman city of Pergamon, ruled for several centuries by a powerful local dynasty. Its foremost attraction is the Red Basilica, a huge edifice on the river not far from the acropolis, originally built as a temple to the Egyptian god Osiris and converted to a basilica by the early Christians, when it was one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor addressed by St John in the book of Revelation - though sadly it's now a crumbling ruin with a mosque in one of its towers. After our guided Pergamon tour we continue towards Kusadasi. On the way, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre, followed by an optional Turkish Bath. After a good scrub down we will check-in your hotel in time for dinner. Overnight at Charisma Deluxe Hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 07 - Ephesus - Kusadasi At 8:30am departure to Ephesus (20 minutes distance) - once the commercial centre of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. Ephesus, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, considered one of the Seven Wonders, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The guided Ephesus tour also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like jewellery and leather manufacturing. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Overnight at Charisma Deluxe Hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 08 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Hierapolis At 8:30 we leave Kusadasi for Pamukkale (2.5 hours distance). We visit the Cotton Castle calcium terraces of Pamukkale and ancient Hierapolis, walking around this natural phenomenon gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces. Check-in your hotel in time for dinner and the rest of the evening is yours to explore the small village or relax around the swimming pool. Overnight at Colossae Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale.
Day 09 - Pamukkale - Antalya Today, from Pamukkale to Antalya, We will also have one break on the way after 2,5 hours. Only 5 hours drive to Antalya. Overnight at The Marmara Hotel in Antalya.
Day 10 - Antalya - Aspendos and Perge After breakfast we will depart for Perge and Aspendos.
PERGE: According to the geographer Strabon. Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. In the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprise that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. After Perge, we will depart for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.
ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won, they didn't stay for long). During the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theatre, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by Romansand maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Dinner and Overnight at The Marmara Hotel in Antalya.
Day 11 - Antalya - Cappadocia After breakfast, 12:00 hrs check out and free time till departure. Then we depart for Antalya airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Dinner and Overnight at Gamirasu Cave Deluxe in Cappadocia.
Day 12 - Cappadocia Tour Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximatley 09:30 from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Gamirasu Cave Deluxe in Cappadocia.
Day 13 - Cappadocia - Istanbul End of the Tour After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Then we depart for Kayseri airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
13 DAYS LUXURY GOLD ANZAC DAY TOUR Photos
• Arrival airport transfer between 8:00am and 11:00pm (every two hours)
• Domestic flight from Antalya to Cappadocia
• Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
• Welcome Cocktail
• ANZAC Conference in Istanbul
• A range of Gallipoli documentaries
• 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
• 2 nights Hotel in Istanbul
• 2 nights Hotel in Canakkale
• 2 nights Hotel in Kusadasi
• 1 night Hotel in Pamukkale
• 2 night in Antalya
• 2 night in Cappadocia
• Guided Istanbul City Tour
• Guided Gallipoli Tour
• Guided Troy Tour
• Guided Pergamon Tour
• Guided Ephesus tour
• Guided Pamukkale Tour
• Guided Aspendos and Perge Tour Antalya
• Guided Cappadocia Tour
• Dawn and National Services (Australian & New Zealand)
• Professional English-speaking tour guides
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
• All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
• Travel insurance according to TURSAB law 1618
Tour Not Includes
• International flights
• Insurance: All types
• Turkey entry visa
• Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
• Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
St.Sophia - Hippodrome - Blue Mosque - Spice Bazaar - Bosphorus Cruise - Anzac Cove - Lone Pine - Chunuk Bair - Troy - Pergamon - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Hierapolis - Perge - Aspendos - Goreme Open Air Museum