Highlights of this itinerary
OverviewDay 1: Arrival Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul Old City Tour
Day 3: Anzac Cove
Day 4: Anzac Eve - hotel
Day 5: Anzac Day - Gallipoli 2016
Day 6: Departure flight out of Istanbul
- 4 breakfasts, and 2 dinners
- Included lunch (ANZAC afternoon Turkish BBQ)
- Airport transfer on day 1
- Morning public cruise along the Bosphorus in Istanbul
- English speaking Turkish Tour Guide
- All relevant transfers and transportation in a modern air-conditioned vehicles
- 5 nights' accommodation
- Guided sightseeing of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace & Hagia Sofia.
- Visit to Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
- Guided sightseeing of Galipoli, war cemeteries and battlefields (subject to site opening times)
- Entry visa
- International flight tickets
- Extra meals/ tipping gratitude / optional tours and / or any other item which is not listed above.
Day 1 (Arrival Istanbul)
Let us start the inspirational ANZAC unique experience! Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore Istanbul - a city that straddles both Europe and Asia!
Day 2 (Istanbul Old City Tour)
Enjoy our guided city tour taking in the hippodrome area, exotic Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hagia Sofia - Emperor Justinian's grand basilica, Topkapi Palace and more. Later this afternoon we'll wander the cavernous Grand Bazaar before walking to the waterfront, where located opposite is the colourful and ever lively Egyptian Spice Market. Time will be given for you to explore the exotic bazaar and possibly purchase some fresh or dried fruits, nuts, pistachios, Turkish Delight and other treats.
Overnight: Istanbul | Breakfast included
Day 3 (Anzac Cove)
Early morning departure to the WW1 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The futile campaign, infamously known as Gallipoli, is poignantly etched in history. In the fierce struggle for Turkish territory, thousands perished as the odds were resolutely stacked against them. The Turks sustained terrible losses. Thousands of Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Indian Allied troops also died. Today we tour the region with ease and without the crowds, as most ANZAC pilgrims will descend upon the peninsular tomorrow. Walk in the footsteps of the ANZAC’s with visits to ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and the trenches. Early evening we travel to our hotel in the seaside village of Gallipoli for free time. Take a stroll around the waterfront before dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Eceabat & Gallipoli
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 (ANZAC Eve - hotel)
ANZAC Eve - hotel
Returning to the Gallipoli National Park, we attend the Turkish International Service and watch the Turkish Air Force display at Mehmetcik Abide. We then visit the small fishing village of Kilitbahir and tour the impressive Kilitbahir Fort. Kilitbahir - meaning lock of the sea, duly living up to its name. The fort was built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, as part of his successful siege on Constantinople. Many of the naval battles of the Dardanelles in the Gallipoli campaign took place here, from the strategically placed fort prior to the army landings. After we've explored the fort it's time to sit down to relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before again returning to our hotel for a leisurely evening.
Overnight: Eceabat & Gallipoli
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 (ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2016)
ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2016
Gallipoli - Istanbul. Departing our hotel close to midnight, we return to the Dawn Service Site, soaking up the atmosphere of the morning and the heartfelt chants of the crowd. First light heralds a poignant bugle call and commencement of the Dawn Service. After the service, you can take time to independently explore the trenches and memorial sites before walking to the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine or New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair. The service at Chunuk Bair usually starts about an hour after the Australian service at Lone Pine. If you’re a Kiwi, head straight to Chunuk Bair. Later this afternoon, we’ll journey back to Istanbul, arriving late in the evening and in need of a well-deserved rest after an emotion-filled day at Gallipoli. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic)
Day 6 (6)
Istanbul - departure
Tuesday 26th April 2016. Istanbul. After breakfast - approx 09:00, join us for a 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus - the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. Returning to the hotel &check out. Our tour concludes at this time we hope you had a wonderful and truly memorable ANZAC experience.