Best of Turkey with ANZAC day
Best of Turkey with ANZAC day; 12 day – Anzac day tour from Istanbul, and ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Gulet cruise, Olympos.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
Experience the highlights of Turkey during this 12-day Anzac Day tour from Istanbul, attending the Dawn Service at Gallipoli to honour the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish soldiers who fought here during World War I. 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. Witness one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World at Ephesus and the breathtaking travertine terraces of Pamukkale, then relax onboard a four-day gulet cruise along the Turkish Riviera.
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 Tour the beautiful city of Istanbul, beginning with the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome together in stunning grounds. Visit the Hagia Sophia and the Sultans treasure Topkapi Palace where history was born.
08:30 Begin today with a tour of the twin traditional markets Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. You will continue with a cruise of the Bosphorus, visiting Rumeli Fortress and Dolmabahce Palace and view both Asian and Europe side of the city.
The quiet streets of Istanbul welcome you, beginning at Taksim Square you will walk along Istiklal Street, passing Galata Tower you will come to Karakoy district with the tour ending at Galata Bridge and the view of the Bosphorus.
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 on 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
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.
We will then continue our journey to the picturesque seaside town of Fethiye where you will spend the night.
Gulet cruise: Fethiye to Olympos
09.45 After breakfast, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Fethiye and board one of our Alaturka Gulets to begin a four-day cruise along the beautiful Mediterranean coastline. Explore Butterfly Valley and the Oludeniz Lagoon, then watch an incredible sunset while anchored at St. Nicholas Island.
You will also have the option to go paragliding (not included) from Mount Baba Dag that sits high above Oludeniz Beach and boasts magnificent views of the lagoon.
Gulet cruise: Kas
There will be plenty of time for swimming as we slowly make our way towards the charismatic town of Kas, renowned for its cobblestoned old town and artisan boutiques. You will have the option to go diving on its fascinating wrecks to explore the myriad of marine life, with Kas one of the best places to dive in Turkey. Alternatively, spend the afternoon wandering the charming streets and harbour of this seaside town before boarding your gulet again in the evening.
Gulet cruise: Kekova Island, Simena Castle
Today we will explore the sunken ruins of Kekova Island that have been left semi-submerged after a devastating earthquake centuries ago. Wander the island’s Lycian tombs and visit Simena Castle for magnificent views of the coastline.
10.30 am This morning you will disembark your gulet and travel to the ancient city of Olympos where your tour will end, with the option to book into one of its famous treehouse hotels.
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.