Anzac Day Tours - Gallipoli Turkey

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ANZAC DAY 2019 - 10 Day Tour - 18-27 April

From GBP 999/pp

Overview

Email us at london@thefanatics.com for more details about this tour!

Our 10 Day Tour is the ultimate Turkish and Anzac experience combining Gallipoli with Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Goreme, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Pergamum & Troy!

10 Day Tour Overview

We start in Istanbul with a guided day tour of Istanbul's amazing sightseeing attractions & our traditional opening night party.

We then go on to visit the national capital Ankara, the out-of-this-world landscape of Cappadocia, the famous cotton terraces of Pamukkale, the port town of Kusadasi, Ephesus (one of Turkey's best preserved ancient cities) and the ruins of Troy and Pergamum.

In Gallipoli we spend the day exploring the battlefields ahead of the arrival of the Anzac Day crowds before sleeping out overnight at Anzac Cove. At the rising of the sun the moving dawn service starts, following which we have more time to visit the Gallipoli battlefields and memorials including Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Johnston's Jolly, Shell Green, the Nek, Shrapnel Valley, Quinn's Post, Beach Cemetery, the Turkish Memorial & more.

Any Questions?

Email us at london@thefanatics.com if you have any questions about the tour.

Inclusions

  • Inbound transfer from Istanbul New Airport or Sabiha Gökçen Airport
  • Anzac Day memorial services at Gallipoli
  • Three nights Istanbul hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • One/two nights hotel with breakfast in Cappadocia, Pamukkale & Kusadasi
  • Fully guided tour of Gallipoli battlefields & memorials
  • Walking tour of Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district
  • Turkey highlights of Ankara, Cappadocia, Goreme, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Pergamum & Troy
  • Professional English speaking Turkish tour guide
  • Fanatics Anzac Day hoodie - Aussie gold or Kiwi black

Register Your Attendance

All attendees (Aussies & Kiwis) must register their attendance at the Gallipoli commemorative services on the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs website HERE.

Tourist Visas

People travelling on Australian, UK or European passports (among others) must purchase a tourist visa online before arriving in Turkey - see the TURKISH VISA WEBSITE for details. New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa.

Entry Fees & Meals

The tour price does not include entrance fees to museums. No entry fee is required at the Gallipoli battlefields or Anzac services. Turkey's currency is the Lira and exchange rates are approximately 1TL = AUD 0.33 / NZD 0.35 / GBP 0.18 / EUR 0.21 (as at mid-2018). Some examples of entry fees to visit the main sites the tour takes in are:

  • Hagia Sophia - 30 TL
  • Topkapi Palace - 30 TL
  • Underground Cisterns - 20 TL
  • Goreme Open Air Museum - 30 TL
  • Kaymakli Underground City - 25 TL
  • Hierapolis (Pamukkale) - 35 TL
  • Swimming in thermal baths at Hierapolis - 30 TL
  • Ephesus - 40 TL
  • Troy - 25 TL
Other activities you may enjoy include:

  • Turkish Bath - 70 TL
  • Hot Air Ballooning - €160
  • Paragliding - 250 TL
Breakfasts are included each morning of the tour (apart from Anzac Day). Dinners are also included when we stay at Kusadasi, Pamukkale & Cappadocia. At other times there are a range of options for you to eat on the cheap. The ever-popular Turkish kebab is around 10 TL, or you can opt for western style restaurants - it's really up to you!

Itinerary

Thursday 18 April - Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival at Istanbul New Airport or Sabiha Gökçen Airport you will be met by our transfer crew who will take you to the coach shuttles to our accommodation. Email london@thefanatics.com with your flight arrival information at least one month before your tour to arrange your arrival transfer.

Those already in Istanbul or arriving by any means other than flight will need to make their own way to our Istanbul meeting point (details will be emailed to you two weeks before the tour).

Tonight we have our opening night party - a great way to break the ice with your fellow tourists & year after year ends up being a great night out.

Friday 19 April - Ankara & Cappadocia

This morning we depart for the surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Along the way we visit the nation's capital, Ankara, and see the mausoleum of Turkey's first president - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - and learn a little about why he is so revered in this country.

Saturday 20 April - Goreme & the Underground City

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, an underground city and more. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Tonight, don't miss the Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers - a night you won't forget!

Sunday 21 April - Konya

Leaving Cappadocia we head west along the old Silk Road for the stunning Aegean Coast. We take time out along the way to visit Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum in Konya.

Monday 22 April - Pamukkale & Hierapolis

This morning we will visit the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as the Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Then head for Kusadasi where will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods.

Tuesday 23 April - Ephesus

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at a carpet village we learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Wednesday 24 April - Pergamum & Troy

Today we step back in time as we visit tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. Later in the day we tour Homer’s Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse. We then cross the Dardanelles and enjoy a BBQ dinner.

This evening we sit back at North Beach and watch the video documentaries on the big screens to get in the mood for the moving experience to follow in the small hours of tomorrow morning. Keep warm in your sleeping bag under the stars with the thousands of others while waiting for sunrise. Food and drinks are available to purchase near the dawn service site.

Please note: all our tours observe the sanctity of Gallipoli by not drinking around the battleground site. At Gallipoli there is strictly no drinking, we trust you understand this position.

Thursday 25 April - Anzac Day at Gallipoli

Awake before sunrise to the Anzac dawn service and commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day.
Following the dawn service we spend more time visiting the Gallipoli battlefields and memorials before the Australian Lone Pine ceremony takes place later in the morning while Kiwis will attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair.

After the ceremonies we board our coach to Istanbul and reflect on the whole Gallipoli experience. You’ll be leaving a different person, no two ways about it. On arrival we get together with other Fanatics groups for an evening of two-up at our bar.

Friday 26 April - Istanbul

After breakfast we enjoy a guided walking tour of Istanbul’s fascinating old city. Istanbul is the only city to span two continents, Europe and Asia. Sights include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Underground Cisterns and the Hippodrome. Tonight we have an optional Turkish folklore experience.

Saturday 27 April - Istanbul departure

Our tour concludes after breakfast and we bid farewell to our new friends.

* Extra nights before and after the tour are available to add during booking process.

Note: Tour does not include entrance fees to museums & historical sites as required at some venues. No entry fee is required at the Gallipoli battlefields or Anzac services.

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ANZAC DAY 2019 - 10 Day Tour - 18-27 April
Venue:
Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Goreme, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Epheses, Pergamum, Troy & Gallipoli, Turkey
Tour Dates:
18-27 Apr, 2019
Tour Duration:
10 Days/9 Nights