The beginning of this tour follows the basic ANZAC Day with the cultural day included and then the group takes off for their Turkey trip. This trip includes everything from archaeology to mythology. You’ll see the varied landscapes, traditions and magical scenery from Turkey’s lush west coast, to the desert surroundings of Cappadocia.
Your Turkish/English speaking guide will be with you on your bus for the whole trip, ready to explain or answer any questions you might have on your journey.
Accommodation is all hotel style. Different places are chosen for specific reasons, be it the quality of the rooms, the standard of service, the friendliness of the staff, or the amazing hospitality of the owners.
This tour brings together the most popular of sites with some added extras of great value but less travelled places by western tourists.
24th April 2016, Istanbul - Gallipoli Peninsula
13:00 Depart for Eceabat from Istanbul.
There will be a rest stop half way where you can buy nibblies for the night ahead.
18:00 Enter the town of Eceabat where we will grab our Gallipoli goodies bag and home made pie for munching on for our drive to the service site.
19:00 Join the convoy of TJs TOURS buses for departure to the Dawn Service site where we will grab a space in the large crowd and wait, listening to the pre dawn program.
25th April 2016,ANZAC Day Services
05:30 Dawn Service commences as the sun breaks the skyline behind the Turkish Sphinx.
07:30 While waiting for your bus to transfer you to the next service you can eat breakfast on the grass with the group or feel free to tell your leader that you want to go exploring; take your breakfast pack and walk the ridges and old trenches to the next service. Australian and/or New Zealand National services. (Service times for these have yet to be released)
Lunch at restaurant back in town.
Late afternoon Buses depart for Eceabat, where you will check into your accommodation, have a shower and a well-deserved sleep.
19.30 Screening of the Gallipoli movie. And parties around town if you wish to attend.
26th April 2016, Gallipoli Peninsula
8.30–10.30 Breakfast awaits.
9.30 Documentary: The Fatal Shore
12:00 Restaurant lunch to start off the tour.
Departure for Gallipoli battlefield tour of the ANZAC area.
5 hour tour visiting:
• Kabatepe War Museum.
• Beach Cemetery (John Simpson's grave).
• ANZAC Cove.
• Ari Burnu - first ANZAC landing place.
• Lone Pine - main Australian memorial.
• Johnson's Jolly - walk in the original ANZAC & Turkish trenches and view the tunnels.
• Turkish memorial.
• The Nek - main scene depicted in the movie Gallipoli.
• Chunuk Bair - main memorial for the New Zealand soldiers.
Already toured Gallipoli with us before? Then you could use the day to go exploring in the trenches.
27th April 2016, Gallipoli Peninsula
8:00 Depart for a day of culture and sites. Fully guided tour of the ruins of Troy. Off to Assos, an amazing village with hand-built rock houses. Here you can buy your lunch at the harbour and eat with the view of the island of Lesvos in front of you. A stop off at TJs home village to see the real Turkey. And then back to Eceabat for your farewell dinner and show at 8pm. Say goodbye to those you’ve met on the basic tour. Overnight Gallipoli Peninsula.
28th April 2016, Assos - Bergama - Efesus
8.00 Breakfast awaits.
9.00 Depart for Efesus, stopping at Bergama on the way. Bergama’s site is home to a long history going back to Hellenistic and Roman origins. The acropolis was home to many a famous person from the history books. Evening arrival to your accommodation near Efesus.
29th April 2016, Efesus ruins
Morning tour of the Efesus ruins. Efesus is the largest and best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. Option of visiting Mary’s house, the location of which is believed to be the house of the Virgn Mary from biblical scripture. Free afternoon. Overnight near Efesus.
30th April 2016, Pamukkale
Early morning drive to Pamukkale where we’ll check in to our accommodation and head off for a guided tour of the ruins of the Heiropolis and visit the traventines, a natural wonder of spectacular white rock terraces with scatterings of rock pools. Overnight Pamukkale.
1st May 2016, Pamukkale - Cappadoccia
A scenic drive to Cappadoccia, taking you from the interior of Turkey, through the mountsins and on to the desert scenery. Overnight Cappadoccia.
2nd May 2016, Cappadoccia
Fully guided day tour of Cappadoccia. Lunch included. On tour you’ll go down into an underground city with many levels and see the way people lived during the time of the crusades. Hike through Ilhara Valley, a rock monastery hidden away in a lush valley, filled with cave churches and visit the amazing rock formations of the area. Overnight Cappadoccia.
3rd May 2016, Cappadoccia
Free day. Option of taking a sunrise balloon ride over the area, hiring a scooter, walk the may valleys or shop in the many trinket shops in the town centre. Overnight Cappadoccia.
4th May 2016, Cappadoccia – Ankara
Morning drive to Ankara to visit Ataturk’s mousaleum and the arcgaeological museum. Then off to Istanbul for evening check in. Overnight Istanbul.
OPTION 5 : 11 days : Hotel: £1,958 GBP
ANZAC Day Tour included:
- ANZAC Day services
- Gallipoli tour
- Gallipoli museum entrance
- Troy tour with entrance included
- Turkish/English speaking guide on bus
- Private coach, return Istanbul
- 10 nights hotel style accommodation
- 10 breakfasts
- 2 restaurant lunches
- Video screenings
- Dinner and show
- Entrance fees, unless stated.
- Meals, unless stated.