|8 days (Saturday 21st April - Saturday 28th April)
|Istanbul, Gallipoli Battlefields, Cape Helles Services, Troy, ANZAC Day at Gallipoli, Pergamum, Kusadasi, Ephesus
DAY 1 - (Saturday 21st April) Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your guide and the rest of your group. Overnight Istanbul
DAY 2 - (Sunday 22nd April) Istanbul Old City
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and today we also have the chance to learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Tonight you get to know your travelling companions a little better and enjoy some Turkish cuisine at your welcome dinner. Overnight Istanbul
DAY 3 - (Monday 23rd April) Gallipoli Battlefields
Depart for the Gallipoli peninsula early morning and tour this now serene site. Visiting original trenches and tunnels and ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston's Jolly and The Nek before a short ferry ride across the Dardanelles. Overnight Canakkale.
DAY 4 - (Tuesday 24th April) Cape Helles Services, Troy
Today we spend the morning at the southern tip of the Gallipoli peninsula at the International Service at the Turkish memorial, Mehmetcik Abide, and then the Commonwealth service at the British memorial. We then head back across the Dardanelles and visit the archaeological ruins of Troy. Your afternoon is free to explore or rest prior to an 11 pm departure for ANZAC Cove. Overnight ANZAC Cove.
DAY 5 - (Wednesday 25th April) ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
At the ANZAC Dawn Service we will commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day. We also attend the Australian &/or New Zealand Memorial services before returning to our hotel for some well deserved rest. Overnight Canakkale.
DAY 6 - (Thursday 26th April) Pergamum, Kusadasi
Today we head south along the Aegean coast and on the way we enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamum. Overnight Kusadasi
DAY 7 - (Friday 27th April) Ephesus
Visit Ephesus, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient sites and the House of Virgin Mary. Turkey produces some of the finest leather goods in the world and many are made here before branding in Italy. We finish the day with a leather goods presentation before a short drive to Izmir for a flight to Istanbul. Transfer to Istanbul hotel on arrival. Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 8 - (Saturday 28th April) Istanbul
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.
- Inbound & outbound airport transfers in Istanbul
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking bus
- Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
- Commemorative gift
- One-way flight from Izmir to Istanbul and transfers
- Tips except driver and guide
- Entrance fees
- 6 nights - 4 star & 5 star accommodation in total.
- 2 nights in Guzelyali
- 3 nights in Istanbul
- 1 night in Kusadasi
- 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
(1 boxed lunch on ANZAC Day)
- Personal expences on the tour
- Any gratuies for guide & driver