Anzac Day Tour: 8 Days

8 DAYS, ANZAC DAY TOUR

The eight day Anzac tour is ideal for those people who have enough time to attend the Anzac Day Commemorations and get a really good taste of what Turkey has to offer!
This tour ends in Istanbul.

Start Date: 23/04/2015
Finish Date: 30/04/2015
Start: Istanbul
Finish: Istanbul
Places Visited: Istanbul, Gallipoli Battlefields, Anzac Cove, Pergamum, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Bosphorous
Duration: 8 Days
Price: Double - Triple: 429.00 Pound - PP | Single: 569.00 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: 23rd 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.

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: 24th April
Gallipoli & BBQ at Kabatepe

We depart early in the morning for Gallipoli (4.5 hrs drive).
We arrive at Kabatepe 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.

Day Three: 25th April
Gallipoli, ANZAC DAY

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 leave for a late afternoon drive along the Aegean coast to Ayvalik where we check into our next hotel.

Day Four: 26th April
Pergamum, Ephesus

Today we head off for the magnificent acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamum.
This area boasts a reputation as one of the most important of carpet weaving regions and we will stop for a demonstration of this ancient and traditional craft.

In the afternoon you can continue to lose yourself in history as we visit the site of the Temple of Artemis. Enjoy a guided tour of the awe inspiring Ephesus. Experience the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and stadium.
We head back to our Hotel and spend the evening in Kusadasi!

Day Five: 27th April
Pamukkale, Hierapolis

After checking out the local handicrafts, we head inland away from the Aegean to the terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castles) and the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient resort city overlooking the terraces.
We head back to our hotel and relax!

Day Six: 28th April
Kutahya, Istanbul

Today we leave Pamukkale and head back to Istanbul, enjoying a different landscape as we travel through rural Turkey and ancient Kutahya.
Once in Istanbul, we check into our hotel.

Day Seven: 29th April
Istanbul, Bosphorous cruise

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.
After the guided tour around SultanAhmet we take a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorous followed by an evening of Turkish Folklore (optional).

Day Eight: 30th April
Istanbul

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and say goodbye to our new found friends and 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 and leave your main luggage in your room in Edremit.
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 Ayvalik (X star), 3 x nights Istanbul (X star), 1 x night Anzac Cove, 1 x night Kusadasi (X star), 1 x night Pamukkale (X star)

Meals:
6 x Breakfasts, 2 x lunches, 3 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
Bosphorous 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.

Start Date Double - Triple Single
23/04/2015 429.00 569.00
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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."