16 DAYS SILVER ANZAC DAY TOUR
Tour Start Date: 22.04.2010
Tour End Date: 06.05.2010
Ocean TRAVEL Turkey ANZAC Day Tour Prices - Per Person
Double / Twin / Triple: Euro 889.00
Single Room: Euro 1,109.00
5% discount on early bookings or 10% off full payments!
16 DAYS SILVER ANZAC DAY TOUR GALLIPOLI SUMMARY:
First of all Welcome to Turkey. When you arrive International İstanbul Airport you will be met by our staff who will be responsible for your transfer to your 4 star hotel. The transfer to hotel and welcome coctail at the hotel lobby will be all inclusive. Durin this tour Profassional Anzac experts from Australia and New Zeland and Also from Turkey will accompany to you adn enlighten about the tour.
16 Days Silver ANZAC Tour Turkey Itinerary:
Day 1 - Istanbul - Thursday 22nd April 2010
(Welcome cocktail and ANZAC conference included)
After meeting at Atatürk Airport, you will be taken to your 4 star hotel. You will be charged cost extra if you come from Sabiha Gökçen Airport. When you come to hotel, first you will be given your rom key. At 06:00-07:00 pm there will be a welcome party at the lobby and our well experienced guides will give you information about your Gallipoli- Anzac tour.
Traditional 1001 Turkish nights departs optional from hotel lobby at 08:00pm. Includes Turkish dinner, drinks and entertainment. Enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight 4 star hotel in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour - Friday 23rd April 2010
We depart from the hotel at 08:30am for the Istanbul city tour.
We depart from the hotel at 10:00am for our Istanbul city tour. Please check out from your room, as we will not be back at the hotel in time.
TOPKAPI PALACE: The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an wonderful 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.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE: Across the St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
HIPPODROME: Ancient Hippodrome, where the chariot races were held in Byzantine times. It was a great enjoyment for the people at that centuries.
After the Istanbul city tour you have the option to experience a Bosphorus cruise, you will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of the Bosphorus straigt which is connecting Asia to Europe. Overnight 4 star hotel in Istanbul.
For those in a party mood we have an optional ANZAC party scheduled for tonight. Party information, prices and details can be found here >>>
Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour - Saturday 24th April 2010
(Breakfast included - BBQ buffet dinner optional)
We leave for Gallipoli at 07:00am. On the way we will watch the latest documentary on the Gallipoli Campaign. A break will be provided on the way down for supplies. We begin our tour of the Gallipoli Peninsula a little after midday. The Gallipoli tour covers the Kabatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine (Australias Memorial and Cemetery), Quinns Post, Turkish 57th Regiment Cemetery, The Nek and Chunuk Bair (New Zealand's Memorial and Cemetery).
After the tour we go to the coast of Gabatepe for our big ANZAC BBQ and buffet dinner thats optional. At about 09:30pm we will depart for the ANZAC Dawn Service. Overnight at ANZAC Cove. If you dont want to stay outside at the ANZAC Commemorative Site overnight, we provide optional hotel accomodation at Gallipoli. This option is not available after your arrival in Turkey, pre-booking is required.
Day 4 - Gallipoli Dawn Service - Sunday 25th April 2010
(Buffet dinner included)
Take your sleeping bags with you,also warm clothes, wet weather gear and torches because Gallipoli is still as dark and as cold today as it was 95 years ago when our ancestors landed. Please don't forget your hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes! Optional we provide sleepings bags, please let us know at time of booking.
04:30am ANZAC Day Dawn Service
10:30am Australian National Service
11.45am Turkish National Service
01:00pm New Zealand National Service
After the services with time available we will depart for the ancient city of Troy. Your guide will explain history of the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy, we go back to our hotel in Ayvalik where we will have dinner at the fantastic beach front hotel and a comfortable bed to rest your weary bodies. Overnight 4 star hotel in Ayvalik.
Day 5 - Bergama Tour & Kusadasi - Monday 26th April 2010
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Proceed to Pergamom (45 minutes drive) - have a look at Asklepion, Zeus's alter etc. BERGAMA is named from the city of the Hellenistic - and later Roman city of Pergamon, ruled for several centuries by a powerful local dynasty. Its best attraction is the Kizil Avlu or "Red Basilica", a big 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 though sadly it's now a crumbling ruin with a mosque in one of its towers. After Pergamon we go on towards the city of Kusadasi. On the way, we will see a place which keeps going on 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 into our hotel in time for dinner. Overnight 4 star hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Ephesus & Kusadasi - Tuesday 27th April 2010
(Breakfast and dinner included)
At 08:30am we leave for Ephesus - once the trade centre of the ancient world - is a wonderful of any visit to Turkey. The city is among the largest archeological sites in the world. Her huge temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The tour of the ruins 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 leather manufacturing and jewellery. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Having you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. We will stay the night in 4 star hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 7 - Pamukkale Tour - Wednesday 28th April 2010
(Breakfast and dinner included)
At 08:30 we depart from Kusadasi for Pamukkale. In Pamukkale we are going to visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) and the tracess of Hierapolis, strolling around this natural phenomenon gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces. After our days activities we will check into our hotel intime for dinner and have a rest of the evening is yours to discover the small village or relax around the pool bar. Stay the night in 4 star hotel in Pamukkale.
Day 8 - Pamukkale / Bodrum - Thursday 29th April 2010
At 08:30am we leave for Bodrum. Bodrum is a city which is the combination of ancient and modern times fantastic city of Turkey. You should visit the castle of St. Peter, the icon of Bodrum. The Crusader castle was built by the knights of St. John between 1402 and 1409. After being beaten in Smyrna, the knights came to Halikarnassos and began the building of the castle.. 01:00pm we will see the ancient theater The Theatre is situated on the hillside overlooking Bodrum. The hillside theater that dates from the 4th century BC was built to seat 5.000 people. When rediscovered, it was not in very good condition and therefore has been recently restored. The view of the town from there is beautiful. Overnight 4 star hotel in Bodrum.
Day 9 - Relax Day in Bodrum - Friday 30th April 2010
It is your day today. You do not need to wake up early, have the fun of the sunshine and take in the views and natural beautiful beach and crystal clear sea and discover the city, do shopping in the local markets, relax on the beach or enjoy one of the many day trips you have to choose from. These cover Aqua Park, scuba diving, fishing tour and many more. Overnight 4 star hotel in Bodrum.
Day 10 - Koycegiz Dalyan Mud Bath - Fethiye Oludeniz - Saturday 1st May 2010
At 08:30am we will be on the way of Koycegiz. There we take a boat and sail across Lake Koycegiz where we will have so many opportunities to swim. We go to Turtle Beach, where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet and have a traditional Turkish lunch. On our return to Koycegiz we go to the mud-bath to get ourselves in MUCK, before having a shower in the natural thermal springs. After the trip we take a short bus trip to our night stop in Oludeniz.
Day 11 - Blue Lagoon Oludeniz - Antalya - Sunday 2nd May 2010
After having breakfast leave from hotel to Antalya. On the way we will see one of the best fantastic views of the Mediterranean Sea.Have lunch break on the way. We will be crossing from ancient Likya and you will have the opportunity to take photos of marvelous scenes. In ancient times it covered all Pamphylia that means "the land of all tribes". Attalia, the ancient name of Antalya, is derived from that of the Pergamon king Attalos II Philadelphus, who established the city on the Pamphylian coast around 150 BC. It is know that 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. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover Antalya. Overnight 4 star hotel in Antalya.
Day 12 - Antalya Perge Aspendos Tour - Monday 3rd May 2010
(Breakfast lunch and dinner included)
PERGE : According to the geographer Strabon, Perge was explored after the Trojan Wars. Perge was first refered in 334 BC when Alexander the Great came through here. In the following years, Perge was under the domination of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge was being one of the richest towns in Pamphylia.The people of Perge loved and respected their Artemis to such an extent that Christianity had to wait for another 400 years to enter here. In the Byzantine period, Perge was the seat of the bishop. Even though Arabs raided Perge in the 7th century AD, when Seljuk Turks settled the area, records show the existence of an older race living here. After the tour, departure for Aspendos. Have lunch break on the way.
ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was named Pamphylia in old times. The Taurus Mountains displays a beautiful back drop to the fertile coast, rich with soils of cotton and vegetables. Aspendos locates 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. During the domination of he Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos had its theatre, which is the best of all. It was constructed by Romans and rearranged by Byzantines and Seljuks. The traces of the ancient city are outdoor and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Overnight 4 star hotel in Antalya.
Day 13 - Antalya - Cappadocia - Tuesday 4th May 2010
Early in the morning we have a long journey to Cappadocia. Doing check in to your hotel. After having some rest, you will go to the famous traditional Turkish Night, you will have fun Whirling Dervishes, Belly Dancing and Traditional Turkish Folklore accompanied by traditional Turkish food. We recommend you should not be miss. Overnight cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 14 - Cappadocia Tour - Wednesday 5th May 2010
Today we will explore the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation began 10 million years ago. As a conclusion of this event phallic like pillars have occure to life. The beautiful horse country "Katpatuka," (as the Persians called her) is an amazing strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Your tour will begin at 09:30am and include Avcilar, Pigeon Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum Dervent Valley, Uchisar Castle and the pottery village of Avanos. If you want to join our optional activity of Hot Air Ballooning, please ask your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning.Have dinner at your hotel. Overnight 4 star hotel in cave hotel Cappadocia.
Day 15 - Cappadocia & Ankara City Tour - Thursday 6th May 2010
We leave at 09:00am for Ankara during the trip. We will go to Ataturk Museum at the Ataturk Mausoleum.Ataturk is the founder of the Turkish Republic. Have lunch break. After thestop, we will have city tour of Ankara which is the 2nd biggest city and the capital of Turkey. Then depart for Istanbul (5 hours drive). Overnight 4 star hotel in Istanbul.
Day 16 - Istanbul / End of Tour - Friday 7th May 2010
After having breakfast, please check out from your room before 11:00am, as your ANZAC day tour ends today. Please make your own arrangements for departure or simply ask us.
We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour.
16 DAYS SILVER ANZAC TOUR INCLUDES:
- Welcome Cocktail
- ANZAC Conference
- A range of Gallipoli documentaries
- 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners
- 3 nights at 4 star hotel in Istanbul
- 1 night at 4 star beach hotel in Ayvalik
- 2 nights at 4 star hotel in Kusadasi
- 1 night at 4 star hotel in Pamukkale
- 2 nights at apart boutique hotel in Bodrum
- 1 night at 4 star hotel in Fethiye / Oludeniz
- 2 nights at 4 star hotel in Antalya
- 2 nights at cave hotel in Cappadocia
- Guided Istanbul city tour
- Guided Gallipoli tour
- Guided Troy tour
- Guided Pergamon tour
- Guided Ephesus tour
- Guided Pamukkale tour
- Guided Bodrum city tour
- Guided Dalyan Mud Bath
- Guided Antalya Aspendos and Perge tour
- Guided Cappadocia tours
- Guided Ankara tour
- Dawn and National Services (Australian & New Zealand)
- Fluent English speaking professional tour guide for the duration of the tour
- All transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking new luxury coach
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Arrival airport transfers between 8:00am and 11:00pm every two hours
- FREE T-Shirt
TOUR PRICES: 5% discount on early bookings or 10% off full payments!
Euro: 889.00 per person (double, twin or triple share)
Euro: 1,109.00 per person (single room)