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ANZAC - The Major

Day 1 Thursday 16th 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 Friday 17th April Istanbul old city
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul (B)

Day 3 Saturday 18th April Ankara, Cappadocia
After breakfast, drive to the nations capital, Ankara, visit the Mausoleum of Turkeys first President, Ataturk and learn a little about why he is so revered in this country. With Ankara behind us, we head for the surreal moonscape of Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)

Day 4 Sunday 19th April Goreme, Underground city
Today we tour the Goreme open-air museum, Pasabag, Uchisar castle and one of the fascinating underground cities, home to early Christians who hid underground from Roman persecution. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Tonight, dont miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers... a night you wont forget! Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)

Day 5 Monday 20th April Konya, Caravansary
Leaving Cappadocia we head west along an ancient Silk Road for the stunning Aegean Coast. We take time out along the way to visit Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum in Konya. Overnight Pamukkale (B, D)

Day 6 Tuesday 21st April Pamukkale, Hierapolis
Today we visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient resort city overlooking the terraces. Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)

Day 7 Wednesday 22nd April Ephesus, Sirince, Kusadasi
Absorb yourself in history today with a visit to the Temple of Artemis and a guided tour of Ephesus. Experience the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and stadium. This afternoon we visit the former Greek village of Sirince, which is famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)

Day 8 Thursday 23rd April Acropolis of Pergamum
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before driving along the Aegean coast to the ancient city of Pergamum. We visit the magnificent Acropolis of Pergamum, its impressive temples and library that made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.Overnight Ayvalik (B, D)

Day 9 Friday 24th April Troy
Today we visit the archaeological ruins of Troy and we will enjoy BBQ lunch. As soon as we are able we will cross the Dardanelles to the Gallipoli peninsula and head straight to the Anzac area to secure the best spot possible. Overnight ANZAC Cove (B, L)

Day 10 Saturday 25th April ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
Awake before sun rise to the ANZAC Dawn Service. We become aware of the almost deafening silence as we commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day. We attend the Australian &/or New Zealand Memorial services, later we check into our hotel for some well deserved rest. Overnight Guzelyali (D)

Day 11 Sunday 26th April Gallipoli
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, Johnstons Jolly and The Nek before returning to Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B, L)

Day 12 Monday 27th April Istanbul
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends. (B)

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Inbound airport transfer - Istanbul
Outbound airport transfer - Istanbul
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking bus
Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
Commemorative gift
Tips except driver and guide
Entrance fees
10 nights - 4 stars accommodation
10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners

EXCLUDING

Suggested optional activities
Tips – driver and guide


Adult(s) Price (Total)