Anzac Day Tour: 11 Days

11 DAYS ANZAC DAY TOUR

Experience the must see places of Turkey including Istanbul, Gallipoli Battlefields and the Anzac Services, Troy (time permitting), Pergamum, the ancient ruins of Ephesus, the hot springs of Pamukkale, a mud bath in the middle of Lake Koycegiz, then finish in magnificent Fethiye/Oludeniz. From Fethiye you can book onto our famous ANZAC DAY 4 day Boat Party that will take you to Olympos >> see our 13 DAY ANZAC DAY TOUR 2015!

Start Date: 22/04/2015
Finish Date: 02/05/2015
Start: Istanbul
Finish: Istanbul
Places Visited: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Sirince, Pergamum, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Hierapolis, Troy, Gallipoli, ANZAC Cove.
Duration: 11 Days
Price: Double - Triple: 519.00 Pound - PP | Single: 682.00 Pound - PP

"If you are travelling alone and would prefer to pay the lower rate, then we can match you up with someone of the same gender to share a twin/triple room during the tour (Subject to Availability). For pre & post accommodation only single rooms available."

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Day One: 22nd April
Arrival in Istanbul

Arrival in to Istanbul. Welcome to Turkey!
Free transfer from Ataturk Airport to your hotel.
Tonight, meet with your guide and other members of your group for a "get to know you" drink.

Note: Paid airport transfers from Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul on the 22nd April 2015 are also available. For customers arriving on the Easy Jet Flight from London Luton we can meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for £15 per person.

Important Note: Please provide your full arrival flight details (full flight details including airline name, flight number, terminal number, arrival time) no later than the 7th April 2015 if you wish to use our free airport transfer service. If you do not provide these then we cannot guarantee an airport transfer.

Day Two: 23rd April
Istanbul Old City

After breakfast we head out for a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents.

HAGIA SOPHIA: One of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed under Emperor Justinianus in the 6th century as a basilica.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE: Has been a church, a mosque and finally a museum and lies across from St. Sophia. Built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
TOPKAPI PALACE: The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
HIPPODROME: Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.

Overnight in Istanbul

Day Three: 24th April
Gallipoli, Suvla Bay

We depart early in the morning for the Gallipoli peninsular where we will visit the Suvla Bay Battlefields (4.5 hrs drive).

Then we arrive at Kabatepe to relax and enjoy a fabulous BBQ with your group. After lunch we head for Anzac Cove to find our place ready for the Dawn Service the following morning.
Please be aware that there will be many, many tourist buses and delays over the Anzac event are inevitable.

Overnight in ANZAC Cove

Day Four: 25th April
ANZAC DAY - Gallipoli

At first light the Dawn Service begins. It is a truly moving experience where we honour and remember our forefathers.

04:30 Dawn Service.
10:30 Australian National service.
13:00 New Zealand National service.

We attend the Australian &/or New Zealand Memorial services before a short ferry ride across the Dardanelles.

Overnight in Canakkale

Day Five: 26th April
Troy and Pergamum

As we head south along the Aegean coast towards the ancient site of Troy. We stop for a guided tour of Troy and the magnificent acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamum.

BERGAMA is the site of the Hellenistic - and later Roman - city of Pergamum, ruled for several centuries by a powerful local dynasty. Its foremost attraction is the Kizil Avlu or "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.

Overnight at Kusadasi.

Day Six: 27th April
Ephesus, Sirince

Ephesus, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Lose yourself in history when we visit the site of the Temple of Artemis
This enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and was rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city and stadium of Ephesus.

Next we learn how the carpets from this region are made by hand and what determines their value before an afternoon visit to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines.

Turkey produces some of the finest leather goods in the world and many are made here before branding in Italy. We will have an opportunity to watch these artists at work.

Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day Seven: 28th April
Pamukkale, Hierapolis

Today we visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient resort city overlooking the terraces.

Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day Eight: 29th April
Konya, Cappadocia

We continue east along an ancient Silk Road for the lunar like landscape of Cappadocia. We take time out along the way to visit Sultanhani Caravansari and the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum in Konya.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day Nine: 30th April
Goreme, Underground city

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.

Our guided tour takes us to the Goreme Open Air Museum , Pasabag Dervent Valley , Uchisar Castle and one of the fascinating underground cities. These underground cities were home to early Christians who hid underground from Roman persecution and the raids of hostile tribes.

Experience these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for crop storage, barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels and shafts. It is an amazing place and photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready!

Tonight, don't miss the optional 'Turkish Night' featuring folklore and belly dancers... a night you won't forget!

Overnight Cappadocia

Day Ten: 1st May
Ankara, Istanbul

Leaving the surreal landscape of Cappadocia behind, we head for exotic Istanbul.
Along the way we visit the nation's capital, Ankara. Ankara is the 2nd biggest city in Turkey and the nation's capital.
We visit Ataturk Mausoleum and Ataturk Museum. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the founder of the modern Turkey.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day Eleven: 2nd May
Istanbul

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and say goodbye to our new found friends as the tour comes to an end.
We hope that your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another V-GO Turkey Tour.
Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing V-GO Travel Turkey!

Important Note:

Please bring a day pack for the stay at Anzac Cove and the next day in Gallipoli as once you put your main luggage on the coach on the morning of the 24th in Istanbul you will not have chance to access it again until arriving in Ayvalik the evening of the 25th. Your main luggage will be securely locked away in the coach overnight. Please note that Gallipoli is still as dark and as cold today as it was years ago when your ancestors landed.
We suggest that you bring sleeping bags, blankets and warm clothes and even wet weather gear in the event that it rains. You might also bring a torch.

Tour Includes:

Accommodation:
1 x night Canakkale(X star)
2 x nights Cappadocia (X star)
3 x nights Istanbul (X star)
2 x nights Kusadasi (X star)
1 x night Anzac Cove
1 x night Pamukkale (X star)

Meals:
9 x Breakfasts
1 x lunch
5 x dinners

Transport: Transfers to and from Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airports
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking bus
Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
Commemorative gift

Tour does not include:

Meals unless stated
Drinks
Flight Tickets
Personal Expenses
Tips for Guides and Drivers
Suggested optional activities
Entrance fees to the various sites

Optional Activities available to 11 Days Tour:

1. Traditional Turkish Night - 1001Nights: 23/04/2015 19:30
2. Bosphorus Cruise: 23/04/2015 14:30
3. ANZAC PARTY: 23/04/2015 21:00
4. Turkish Bath: 23/04/2015 during the day/evening in Istanbul OR 26/04/2015 evening in Kusadasi.

Start Date Double - Triple Single
22/04/2015 519.00 682.00
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General Travel Information:

When booking an Anzac tour it is important to ensure that your tour operator is a member of TURSAB which is the Turkish regulatory body of tourist activities. It is illegal for non-members to operate tours in Turkey without a TURSAB license and membership number.
V-GO's Travel is a member of TURSAB (License No:4563).

Notice:
Before you book with any agency, it is most important that you check all the details of the services offered. Low budget offers usually don't cover many services, such as: quality, entrance fees, standard of the coaches, accommodation in Gallipoli, professional lecture about Gallipoli, private security, professional guide (not an escort or offside), references of the agency & background.

The Australian Dept of Veteran Affairs is making special arrangements for those with special needs in an effort to assist aged and infirm visitors.
Read more about this at: Australian Government.
Also note from their website: "Travel by passenger car to these services is not allowed and on completion of the Dawn Service, official coaches will depart before public coach departures to meet Turkish protocol requirements."

Please, Read the notice from Australian Embassy at Australian Embassy.
A brief warning from the Australian Embassy web site: "Accommodation in the Gallipoli area, particularly for the night of 24 April, is very heavily booked well in advance of ANZAC Day. Intending travellers will need to make bookings as early as possible to secure accommodation."