Art 06
14 NIGHT & 15 DAYS TOUR  / 4* - 5* Hotels

Day 1: 

Welcome to Turkey and the start of your awesome ANZAC experience! Choice of shuttle transfers to hotel. Rest of the day free in Istanbul - a city that straddles both Europe and Asia! Overnight - Istanbul

Day 2: Istanbul-breakfast

Good morning Istanbul! Officially founded by Emperor Constantine in AD326, the city formally known as Constantinople remained capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires up until 1923. It’s illustrious past leaves a rich legacy of churches, mosques, palaces and museums, complemented by the behemoth Grand Bazaar and colourful street life. Sultanahmet, the compact old city of Istanbul is full of parks, gardens and stunning sights. The Blue Mosque which faces the Hagia Sofia is famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets, whilst the nearby ruinous Hippodrome, now a small park of sorts, was once scene of chariot races and political activities in Byzantine times. The Hagia Sofia, constructed as a grand basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian reigned as the grandest and biggest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. Enjoy our classic city tour taking in the Hippodrome area, the stunning Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia (exterior only, as closed Mon), underground cistern and more. This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus, the body of water that separates European from Asian Istanbul. When the sun sets, enjoy Istanbul by night! With dinner, belly dancers and entertainment at a central Istanbul venue, it’s a top value evening and a great way to break the ice and meet fellow travellers (transport shuttles provided).Overnight - Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul - Gallipoli - breakfast

A very early departure to the WW1 battlefields on Gallipoli Peninsular. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour aboard the coach (where subject to traffic from time to time we can get off and explore) of the evocative war memorials that dot the region, for example; Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly, the trenches and Kabatepe - the modest ANZAC museum (subject to timings). Tonight, we’ll relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before later taking our places amongst the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere charged ANZAC Eve vigil. BBQ Dinner and overnight - Dawn Service site (ANZAC Cove)

Day 4- ANZAC Day: Gallipoli-Ayvalik

First light heralds a poignant bugle call and commencement of the Dawn Service. After the service and armed with your maps, you’ve a chance to independently explore many of the trenches and memorial sites as you head up to Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair for the Australian or New Zealand National services. Later this afternoon, we depart the Gallipoli region and travel to the Aegean coast. On arrival at Ayvalik, we check into our hotel for a well-earned rest after such an emotion-filled day.(Timings on 25 April subject to coach traffic). Dinner and overnight - Ayvalik.

Day 5: Ayvalik - Kusadasi - breakfast

Today, we strike south. Set on a high hill are the Roman ruins of Pergamum and awesome hill-side amphitheatre, which we’ll explore. We also visit the neighbouring asclepion, a Roman precursor to modern-day hospitals! Continuing to coastal Kusadasi, relax after a day of high-jinks. Dinner and overnight - Kusadasi

Day 6: Kusadasi - Pamukkale - breakfast

Today, we enjoy a guided tour at the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, it became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in its prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see the its great Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts carefully restored elements within the huge archaeological area include the Great Theatre once capable of seating 25,000 spectators at one time, Curetes Way (one of the main thoroughfares) the Temple of Serapis, the elegant façades of the Temple of Hadrian and the awesome Library of Celsus. Off Curetes Way, are ancient public toilets, a brothel, remains of fountains and various temples. After a short stop at a leather factory, we continue to Pamukkale. Famous for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools, perhaps opt for a swim at Pamukkale Thermal. Dinner and overnight - Pamukkale

Days 7 - 8: Pamukkale - Fethiye - breakfast

Continuing to Fethiye, we have free time for the rest of days 7 and 8 to relax in this seaside town on the Turquoise Coast. Consider opting for a boat cruise to some of the offshore islands, explore the Lycian ruins dotted about or just maroon yourself at the beach or a bar! Dinner and overnight (2) - Fethiye

Days 9 - 10: Fethiye - Antalya - breakfast

Following the stunning Mediterranean coast, we visit Saklikent Gorge, a natural inland wonder of breathtaking beauty, where we can perhaps enjoy an invigorating dip in the ice cold waters that cut a swathe through the fissure. We also stop at a carpet dyeing, weaving and manufacturing house as we continue along the coast to Antalya, our base for exploration of the Roman ruins of Perge and Aspendos on day 10. Perge boasts a great theatre, stadium, colonnaded street and impressive baths, whilst Aspendos has a Roman theatre, restored on the orders of Ataturk. Dinner and overnight (2) - Antalya

Days 11 - 12: Antalya - Cappadocia - breakfast

Today, we head inland and north. En route to Cappadocia, we break at Konya and visit the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum and an old caravanserai in Sultanhani. Whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses hewn from the soft, eroded volcanic rock have made Cappadocia one of Turkey’s finest attractions. Enjoy a guided tour on day 12 taking in Goreme Valley, Zelve with its phallic-like eroded landscape of so-called ‘fairy chimneys’ and more. Dinner & overnight (2) - Cappadocia region

Day 13: Cappadocia - Istanbul - breakfast

Today, we return to Istanbul via Ankara, the nation’s capital. Here, we visit the mausoleum of Atatürk - the founding father of modern Turkey. Arriving Istanbul late evening, we check into our hotel. Overnight - Istanbul

Day 14: Istanbul - breakfast

A free day giving you the chance to further explore Istanbul. Perhaps head along to the Grand Bazaar. The cavernous Karpali Carsi - or Grand Bazaar boasts some 4000 shops under one immense roof. It’s tops for clothing, handbags, gold and silver, leather ware, shoes and Turkish souvenirs. Overnight - Istanbul.

Day 15: Istanbul - breakfast

End of arrangements.

Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, whilst the Hagia Sofia is closed on Mondays. Please consider this when booking. Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market are both closed on Sundays.

What you see
Istanbul - Sultanahmet (old Istanbul), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque & the Bosphorus
Gallipoli Peninsular - memorials, trenches & battlefields, ANZAC Dawn service
National services of Aust. or NZ
Aegean Coast, Roman ruins of Pergamum & Ephesus, Pamukkale thermal pools & Roman Hierapolis
Saklikent Gorge , Antalya & Fethiye - Turquoise Coast , Roman Perge & Aspendos
Silk Road from Konya, Cappadocia region, Ankara

What you get
3 breakfasts, 9 dinners PLUS our ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ
Superior tourist class hotels - 13 nights, Airport arrival shuttle transfer - 21/22 April only 
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Ruins of Ephesus & Pergamum, Pamukkale/ Hierapolis, Roman Perge & Aspendos, Cappadocia
Bosphorus cruise - Istanbul, Atatürk Mausoleum, English speaking tour leader
Modern VCR-equipped coach, Gallipoli map, Commemorative ANZAC t-shirt

Not included
International flights, Visas, Entrance fees - budget USD$65 for entrance fees
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature



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