16 Day Anzac Tour is the ideal way to see a lot of what Turkey has to offer as well as being part of the yearly pilgrimage to Gallipoli. This tour will take you to most of Turkey’s famous sights in Turkey.
Start Date: Thursday 21st April
Finish Date: Friday 6th May
Places Visited: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Pergamon – Kusadasi – Selcuk – Ephesus – Sirince – Dalyan – Koycegiz – Oludeniz – Olympos – Antalya – egridir – Konya – Cappadocia – Ankara
Duration: 16 Days – 15 Nights
Price: Double/Twin/Triple : £859.00 – Single : £999.00
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 (Subject to Availability).
Day One: Thursday 21st April – Arrival in Istanbul
Overnight: Istanbul – The Rox Hotel
Included: Transfer from Ataturk International Airport
Once you have checked into your hotel you have the rest of the day free to explore Istanbul, you will meet your guide later that evening who will give you information and answer any questions you might have. Following this meeting we have a welcome drink for all tours starting on the 21st April and a chance for you to meet everyone
Please Note: Check in times vary between hotels, normally 12:00pm; no earlier.
Day Two: Friday 22nd April – Istanbul City Tour
Overnight: Istanbul – The Rox Hotel
Included: Breakfast, Guided Tour of Istanbul
Optional: Gala Dinner, Bosphorus Cruise
This morning we partake in a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents. Visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and 6 unique minarets, Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm IIare the monuments decorating Hippodrome. Topkapi Palace The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle and enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Day Three: Saturday 23rd April – Istanbul to Gallipoli – Guided Tour of Gallipoli
Included: Breakfast & Dinner
After an early breakfast we drive to the World War I Battlefield of Gallipoli stopping along the way to pick up refreshments for lunch. You will also have an opportunity to watch a movie about Gallipoli so you get a feel for the type of people who fought in this war and to help you picture conditions 104 years ago. This afternoon on a fully guided tour, you will visit, Anzac Cove, Hell Spit Cemetery, Lone Pine, The Nek, and Chunuk Bair War memorial. Your guide will reveal stories of battle woes and will bring alive the legend of the Anzac’s. By visiting the peninsula on the 23rd April we get to spend more time exploring without the crowds from other tours that arrive on the 24th. This evening we will travel to our luxurious accommodation, where an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner awaits.
Day Four: Sunday 24th April – Relax and Prepare for Anzac Day at Gallipoli
Overnight: Anzac Cove
Sleep till late and rise to a full breakfast. Then the day is yours to partake in number of the many activities offered at this resort. Activities include; bathing in the waters of the outdoor pool, relaxing at the beach. Play football, tennis, basketball, volleyball or just strolling around the gardens and parks. Make sure you get plenty of rest because ANZAC day will be a long busy day. A buffet dinner will be served so you can fill up before departing for Gallipoli late afternoon.
We arrive at Anzac Cove to ensure we get a good spot for the dawn service. Don’t forget your sleeping bags, warm clothes, wet weather gear and torches because Gallipoli is still as dark and cold tonight as it was 104 years ago when your ancestors landed.
Please Note: We recommend bringing a small day pack with you to carry things around during the overnight stay and also during the day on the 25th April. You will leave your main luggage in your room in Edremit so will not have access to it until the evening of the 25th when we return there.
Day Five: Monday 25th April – ANZAC Day (Gallipoli to Edremit)
At first light the day begins with the Dawn Service held at the ANZAC Commemorative Site, which will be followed by the Australian and New Zealand memorial services held at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair respectively. Today is the reason you came to Turkey, to commemorate the sacrifice your forefathers have made which will run your emotions high. After visiting Gallipoli ,you may have an optional visit to the Ancient City of Troy. A world famous archaeological and mythological site, Troy is home to the “Trojan Horse” and “Helen of Troy” .We then will proceed back to your hotel in Edremit, arriving there in the late evening.
Day Six: Tuesday 26th April – Edremit to Kusadasi via Bergama
included: Breakfast & Dinner
After waking feeling recharged we depart for Bergama where your guide will show you around the Ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum. There will be time for a lunch break before we continue on the way to the seaside town of Kusadasi. As this area boasts a reputation as one of the most important carpet weaving regions we will stop at Selçuk for a demonstration of this ancient and traditional craft. After you have checked in to your Kusadasi hotel you may have an optional traditional Turkish bath to be washed and massaged by a pair of expert hands and the rest of the day is yours to relax.
Day Seven: Wednesday 27th April – Visit to Ephesus Ruins & Village Of Sirince
Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Today we will visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world….Ephesus. First we will visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world where your guide will explain to you the significance of this important site. Following this we will make our way to Ephesus which was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient word. We will visit the Ephesus ruins, Odeon, Celcus Library and the Theatre which is still in use today for concerts and has an amazing capacity of 25,000. As we walk through this ancient site you will notice the streets paved with marble which gives a hint to this city’s great wealth many years ago. Then we will drive to the scenic mountain side Village of Sirince and we will visit the AntiqueChurch, Mosque and Typical Turkish Houses. Şirince is very popular for its style of building, streets and hand made fruit wines and is a nice relaxing way to finish your day. After the tour, we will stop at Selçuk for a fashion parade and information on Turkey’s famous leather production.We will drive back to hotel for overnight.
Day Eight: Thursday 28th April – Dalyan & Koycegiz Boat Cruise
Overnight: Dalyan or Koycegiz
Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today after breakfast we drive for Dalyan. Once there we board a boat and we will have numerous opportunities to swim. We visit mud-baths to cover ourselves in MUCK, before jumping in to the natural thermal springs. We head for Turtle Beach for a swim where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet. We also have the chance to see the amazing 4th century BC rock tombs located on the rock cliffs.
Day Nine: Friday 29th April – Fethiye
Today is a free day in Fethiye and we will arrange a shuttle service to ulü deniz beach where there are many optional activities available such as Paragliding or you can just laze on the beach.
Day Ten: Saturday 30th April – Fethiye to Olympos
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Today we drive for the Saklikent Gorge, a mountain split formed several years ago. We trek up a short distance and stop for lunch at the Saklikent River Bar and Cafe. Don’t forget to bring your bathers with you today because as we drive along the turquoise coast for Olympos Valley we will stop for a swim on the way. After dinner at our night spot at the treehouses we shall be visiting Yanartas (Optional), which is located on the slopes of Cirali beach at the north end of Olympos and at an altitude of 300 meters with the legends of flying horse Pegasus.
Day Eleven: Sunday 01st May – Olympos – egridir
After a lazy morning in Olympos, we will drive to Antalya and you will have a chance to visit the old part of Antalya (Kaleici). We will then drive over the Taurus mountains to get to the town of egridir by the turkuaz coloured lake of the same name.
Day Twelve: Monday 02nd May – Cappadocia Tour
We will drive to Konya where we have a chance to visit the Museum of Sufi Leader of Mevlana and look around this well known religious city. After that we will drive for Cappadocia and will visit the Derinkuyu Underground City. The Christians hide from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels. Later that night, you will have the option of going to a Traditional Turkish Folklore Evening, which should definitely not be missed.
Day Thirteen: Tuesday 03rd May – Cappadocia Tour
Optional: Hot Air Balloon Ride.
Early this morning you can join an optional Hot Air Ballooning experience over the amazing landscape of Cappadocia. Today we will marvel at the chimney-like structures in this one of a kind region. Your guide will lead you around Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Pasabag,Uchisar Castle and the pottery Village of Avanos. Cappadocia is the country of fairy tales. The beautiful horse country “Katpatuka,” (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land; enchanting and mysterious.
Day Fourteen: Wednesday 04th May – Ankara
This morning we will drive for Ankara and on the way we will visit the religious house of Haci Bektas-i Veli. Once we arrive in Ankara we will visit one of the best museums in the World, the Ancient Civilization Museum Of Anatolia and Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. From Ankara we take an overnight Bus to Istanbul.
Day Fifteen: Thursday 05th May – Istanbul
Overnight: Istanbul – The Rox Hotel
We arrive in Istanbul early in the morning and we will drive to Camlica Hill exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point in Istanbul. We will cross the Bosphorus Bridge for a unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Check into our hotel and the rest of the day is a free day in Istanbul.
Day Sixteen: Friday 06th May – Istanbul
After breakfast our tour finishes and we bid farewell to our new-found friends. Wherever you are heading to next, undoubtedly you will take with you unforgettable memories and a new understanding of the country that plays such an important part in your history.
3 X Night Istanbul (3 Star), 2 X Night Edremit (4 Star), + 1 X Night Anzac Cove + 2 X Night Kusadasi (3 Star), 1 X Night Koycegiz (3 Star), 1 X Night Fethiye (3 Star), 1 X Night Olympos ThreeHouse or Bungalow, 1 X Night egridir, 2 X Night Cappadocia (3 Star)
Meals: 13 X Breakfasts, 6 X Dinners, 1 X Lunch, 1 X Lunchbox
Transport: Air Conditioned (Non Smoking) Coach
All Entrance Fees ( Troy is optional )
Professional English speaking Guide
Istanbul City Tour
Ephesus Tour (including Sirince Village and Temple of Artemis)
Koycegiz Tour and Boat Trip
Antalya Kaleici Tour
Konya Mevlana Museum