Anzac Day Tour: 15 Days

15 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, Antalya, Cappadocia and Ankara.
This tour will ensure you leave Turkey with many great memories of the beach, sun, sand, blue cruises and parties!

Start Date: 22/04/2015
Finish Date: 06/05/2015
Start: Istanbul
Finish: Istanbul
Places Visited: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Sirince, Pergamum, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Hierapolis, Troy, Gallipoli, ANZAC Cove
Duration: 15 Days
Price: Double - Triple: 605.00 Pound - PP | Single: 795.00 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 and Gallipoli

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.

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.

Late afternoon we drive west along the Sea of Marmara towards the Gallipoli peninsula.

Overnight in Canakkale

Day Three: 24th April
Cape Helles services

We set off this morning to the Turkish Memorial to attend the Turkish International Service and the Commonwealth Memorial Service at the British "Cape Helles" Memorial.

Following the service you can enjoy an afternoon barbeque before we set off to visit the archaeological ruins of Troy. We return to our hotel and have a chance to relax before departing late in the evening for ANZAC Cove.
We will spend the night at Anzac Cove ready for the Dawn Service.

Day Four: 25th April
ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

At first light the Dawn Service begins, a truly moving experience.

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

After the NZ service we ferry back to Canakkale and back to our hotel. Time to relax !

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 at 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
Saklikent Gorge, Fethiye

Heading south to the Mediterranean coast, we stop at the breath-taking Saklikent Gorge. Here you can tube down the river and explore the awesome canyon. Today, we also visit a carpet village and learn how carpets are made by hand, what determines their value and their historical and cultural background of the region.

Overnight in Fethiye

Day Nine: 30th April
Fethiye boat cruise

Today we relax on a leisurely boat cruise around the picturesque 12 islands of Fethiye. Relax and enjoy the amazing Mediterranean waters off the coast of Turkey.

We will spend the day visiting Flat Island, Dock-Yard Island, Bedri Rahmi Bay, Cleopatra Bath and Red Island.

Overnight in Fethiye

Day Ten: 1st May – Antalya
Termessos, Antalya

Attalia, the ancient name of Antalya , is derived from that of the Pergamum king Attalos II Philadelphus, who founded the city on the Pamphylian seacoast around 150 BC.

It is known that it was visited by St. Paul by way of Perge in 46 A.D., that it was an important trading centre in the 2nd century A.D., and that the Emperor Hadrian's visit in 130 A.D. was commemorated with new monuments.

En-route to Antalya you visit the ancient Lykian city of Termessos which was built at a height of 1050 meters in the beautiful Taurus Mountain range.

Overnight Antalya

Day Eleven: 2nd May
Silk Road, Konya

Leaving the Mediterranean coast we follow an ancient Silk Road that once connected Europe and Asia. In Konya you visit the Mevlana Dervish Museum before continuing onto Cappadocia via Sultanhani Caravansari.

Overnight in Cappadocia

Day Twelve: 3rd May
Goreme, Uchisar Castle

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.

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more.
Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!

Overnight in Cappadocia

Day Thirteen: 4th May
Ihlara Valley, Underground City

Today we trek the wildly beautiful Ihlara valley and explore the many levels of an underground city. 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!

Overnight in Cappadocia

Day Fourteen: 5th May
Nation is Capital Ankara

Leaving the surreal landscape of Cappadocia behind, we head Ankara. Ankara is the 2nd biggest city in Turkey and the nation's capital.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the founder of the modern Turkey and we visit the Ataturk Mausoleum and Ataturk Museum before continuing back to Istanbul.

Overnight in Istanbul

Day Fifteen: 6th 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 Antalya (X star)
2 x nights Canakkale (X star)
1 x night Anzac Cove
3 x nights Cappadoccia (X star)
2 x nights Fethiye (X star)
2 x nights Iastanbul (X star)
2 x nights Kusadasi (X star)
1 x night Pamukkale (X star)

Meals:
13 x Breakfasts
2 x lunch
8 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
Fethiye 12 Islands cruise

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 15 Days Tour:

1. Traditional Turkish Night - 1001Nights: 23/04/2015 19:30 in Istanbul or 02/05/2015 in Cappadocia
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.
5. Hot Air Ballooning Cappadocia 03/05/2015 - 04/05/2015 05:00.

Start Date Double - Triple Single
22/04/2015 605.00 795.00
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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."