Highlights of Turkey with ANZAC Day
Highlights of Turkey with ANZAC Day; 16 days Anzac day tour from Istanbul include Anzac Day Dawn Service, and Gallipoli, Troy, Pergammon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Gulet cruise, Olympos, Cappadocia, Istanbul
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
Uncover the fascinating history and spectacular natural beauty of Turkey on this 16-day Anzac tour from Istanbul. Attend the Dawn Service at Gallipoli honouring the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish soldiers who fought here during World War I before touring the battlefields, memorials and cemeteries of the peninsula. Visit the legendary city of Troy and witness one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World at Ephesus, together with the breathtaking travertine terraces of Pamukkale. You’ll have the opportunity to relax onboard a traditional gulet as you cruise along the Turkish Riviera, as well as go walking amidst the surreal natural landmarks 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
1 nights accommodation in Olympos
2 nights accommodation in Cappadocia
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 You will be picked up from your hotel to begin a full-day tour of the highlights of Istanbul, visiting the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum, as well as the Hippodrome and the Golden Horn. Explore the treasures of the Sultans at Topkapi Palace and soak up the sights, sounds and smells as you wander through the famous Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar.
We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant, with the tour finishing around 17:00 when you will return to your Istanbul hotel or enjoy a night out at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
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
Eceabat - Istanbul
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 Fethiye to Olympos
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 Fethiye to Olympos
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 to explore its ruins or go swimming at the beach. In the evening there will be the option to visit the eternal flames at Chimaera.
Today you will have a free day to relax, soak up the sunshine or have one last swim in the Mediterranean before boarding your overnight bus to Cappadocia.
19.00 We will depart Olympos in the early evening to meet the overnight bus in Antalya that will take you directly to Goreme.
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 on a walking tour through some of the spectacular valleys in 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.