12 Day – Anzac Day Tour
12 Day Anzac Day Tour from Istanbul, and Anzac Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and back to Istanbul
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
Combine your trip to attend the annual Dawn Service at Gallipoli with visits to some of Turkey’s most impressive destinations. Tour the lively bazaars and architectural landmarks of Istanbul, visit the legendary city of Troy and experience a guided tour of the battlefields, memorials and cemeteries at Gallipoli. This 12-day itinerary from Istanbul also includes a visit to the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the breathtaking travertine terraces of Pamukkale, ending in the magnificent landscapes of Cappadocia.
Transfers from Ataturk International Airport on arrival
Dawn Service, Australian and New Zealand Ceremonies
Guided tour of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus and Pamukkale
All transportation in A/C non-smoking buses
Meals as stated
2 nights accommodation in Istanbul
1 night accommodation in Eceabat
2 nights accommodation in Selcuk
1 night accommodation in Fethiye
3 nights accommodation onboard a gulet cruise
Entrance fees per itinerary
Fethiye to Olympos 4-day gulet cruise (non-guided)
Please note that the airport transfers are for Ataturk International Airport only. If you are flying into Sabiha Gokcen Airport, there will be an additional charge of 30 Euros per person/per transfer.
Meals not stated
Sleeping bags or blankets at commemorative site
Entrance fees to sights during gulet cruise
Arrive in Istanbul
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Istanbul, with the afternoon and evening free to explore at your leisure.
08:30 Today you will tour the highlights of Istanbul. Staring off at the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. The Hagia Sophia offers a look at two types of worship and a look into history followed by the Sultans treasure Topkapi Palace.
17:00 will see you travelling through the city back to your hotel for the end of your tour.
Today you will begin with a visit to the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar. After your time shopping, you will take a cruise along the Bosphorus, where you will experience the Rumeli Fortress and Dolmabahce Palace.
You will explore more of Istanbul by taking a relaxing walk along the quiet streets, beginning at Taksim Square you will walk along Istiklal Street to pass Galata Tower. Your time walking will bring you to Karakoy to end on Galata Bridge.
Important: Lunch is not included this day as there are a wide variety of food vendors to choose from as you tour the city.
06.30 – 07.00 You will be picked up from your accommodation and depart for Eceabat
12.00 Arrive in Eceabat and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
13.00 Depart on a fully-guided Gallipoli tour to visit Brighton Beach and its cemetery, as well as the ANZAC Commemorative Site and the Respect to Mehmetcik Statue. Stop at the Ariburnu Cemetery in ANZAC Cove and the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, then visit the Allied and Turkish trenches at Johnston’s Jolly. We will also visit the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and the Turkish 57. Infantry Regiment Cemetery at The Nek.
18.00 Check in to your Eceabat hotel where we will spend the night, with free time in the evening to have dinner at one of the local restaurants.
07:30 Breakfast at the hotel
08:00 Depart for a fully-guided tour of Troy, exploring the 3,700-year-old city walls, the Houses of Troy and the Sacrificial Altars. Admire the Bouleuterion (Senate Building) and the Odeon (Concert Hall) and uncover the mystery of the Trojan Horse.
20:00 Depart for our sleep-out at the Anzac Commemorative Site where the Dawn Service will take place
ANZAC Day Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove
05:30 Dawn Service (breakfast box provided)
10:00 Australian National Ceremony at Lone Pine where one of the most famous battles of the Gallipoli campaign took place between the Anzacs and Turkish forces.
11:45 New Zealand National Ceremony at Chunuk Bair where a memorial and ceremony honours those who lost their lives in the battle here.
Transfer back to Eceabat and depart for Selcuk where you will spend the night.
8.30 You will be picked up from your accommodation to explore the wonders of Selcuk, including one of the most beautifully preserved ancient cities in the world at Ephesus. Dating to the 10th century BC, it includes the famous Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), the Library of Celsus and one of the most advanced aqueduct systems in the ancient world. Visit the Temple of Hadrian and the Terraced Houses, then stop at the House of the Virgin Mary where the Mother of Christ is believed to have lived her final days.
Overnight in Selcuk
Pamukkale and Hierapolis
08.30 You will be picked up from your accommodation to visit the spectacular travertine terraces of Pamukkale, which cascade down a hill below the ancient Roman ruins of Hierapolis. Enjoy a guided tour of this natural wonder and the historical streets of the Roman spa town, with the option to bathe in the mineral-rich, therapeutic waters.
21:00 This evening you will board a comfortable overnight bus for the journey to Cappadocia.
This morning you will arrive into Cappadocia where you will be met by its breathtaking scenery and check into your cave hotel to settle in and catch up on some sleep. In the afternoon, we will depart for a walking tour through some of the spectacular valleys of Cappadocia, so wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget your camera!
This morning you have the option to wake early for a sunrise hot air balloon tour (not included) to witness the magnificent landscapes of Cappadocia from above. This is a bucket list experience for many and not to be missed!
09.30 After breakfast back at the hotel, you will be picked up for a tour of the Cappadocia region, visiting the Underground City, Uchisar Castle and Cavusin Village. Enjoy a scenic walk through the Rose Valley and Pigeon Valley as you explore some of Cappadocia’s most breathtaking natural landmarks.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
09.30 After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up for your final day in Cappadocia, visiting some of its oldest settlements and traditional villages. Shop for local handicrafts and spend time exploring the Goreme Open Air Museum, Monks Valley, Devrent Valley and Avanos.
20.00 This evening you will board an overnight bus bound for Istanbul.
09.00 You will arrive early into Istanbul this morning where your tour ends.
Our accommodation is carefully selected to ensure the most comfortable experience for our guests, as well as immersing them in the local culture. Many of our itineraries include unique homestay experiences, allowing you to connect with local families and enjoy traditional Turkish home-cooked meals.
We offer two different accommodation styles for you to select from:
Standard tourist-class hotels with local guesthouses and homestay experiences on some itineraries.
Comfortable hotels designed with local characteristics and private amenities, with some itineraries including homestay experiences.