9 Day – ANZAC Day Tour
9 day ANZAC day tour from Istanbul, and include Anzac Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergammon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Istanbul
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
Experience the vibrant bazaars and spectacular architectural landmarks of Istanbul as you tour this fascinating city, then travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula to attend the annual Dawn Service, remembering the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish soldiers who fought here during World War I. This 9-day tour from Istanbul includes a fully-guided tour of the Gallipoli Peninsula to explore the battlefields, memorials and cemeteries, as well as a visit to the legendary city of Troy, followed by a visit to the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Witness one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World at the Temple of Artemis, then photograph the surreal, white travertine terraces at Pamukkale.
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
4 breakfasts and 2 lunches
2 nights accommodation in Istanbul
1 night accommodation in Eceabat
2 nights accommodation in Selcuk
Entrance fees per itinerary
Lunches or dinners not stated
Sleeping bags or blankets at commemorative site
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.
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 You will begin your day touring Istanbul and seeing the highlights it has to offer. Visiting the Blue Mosque, with the Obelisk and Hippodrome. You will head to the Hagia Sophia, followed by Topkapi Palace the treasure of the Sultans.
During the tour you will stop for lunch, and ending around 17:00. You will be returned to your hotel to end the day.
08:30 Today’s tour will take you to the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar where you will have the chance to wander the traditional shopping districts. Take a cruise along the Bosphorus where you will visit the Rumeli Fortress and Dolmabahce Palace.
You will continue the tour by visiting and walking through the quiet and traditional streets, beginning with Taksim Square, from here you will make your way along Istiklal Street passing Galata Tower. Karakoy and the Galata Bridge are the final Destinations for this tour.
Important: Lunch is not included this day as there are a wide variety of food vendors to choose from as you tour the city.
Istanbul to Gallipoli Tour
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.
22.00 This evening you will board a comfortable overnight bus for the journey to 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.