The beginning of this tour follows the basic ANZAC Day package, then the group takes off for an extensive trip around Turkey. This trip includes everything from archaeology to mythology. You’ll see the varied landscapes, traditions and magical scenery from Turkey’s interior to its crystal blue Mediterranean waters.
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 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.
A great plus to this tour is the 4 day/3 night boat cruise aboard a gullet which we have included as a real holiday getaway. You have everything at your fingertips on the trip including all meals, plus 5 tea breaks with biscuits. Cruise the Mediterranean, seeing Turkey’s coastline and coves with amazing views and sites of interest.
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
10:00 Meet your bus group in front of the Hagia Sofia Mosque (pink mosque, opposite the Blue
Mosque in Sultanahmet, Istanbul. Look for TJs TOURS signs with your bus number on it.)
11:00 Depart for the Gallipoli peninsula. There will be a rest stop half way where you can buy lunch.
19:00 Join the convoy of TJs TOURS buses for departure to the Dawn Service site. This is a good time to stock up on munchies for the big day to come. There are no shops after departing Eceabat.
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)
15:00 Approx. 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, Sunday Gallipoli tour
Breakfast time will be decided upon by the group the night before.
12:00 : Departure for Gallipoli battlefield tour of the ANZAC area.
5 hour tour visiting:
A restaurant lunch is included today.
- Kabatepe War Museum.
- Turkish memorial.
- Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s grave).
- The Nek – main scene depicted
- ANZAC Cove.
- Ari Burnu – first ANZAC landing place.
- Chunuk Bair – main memorial for
- Lone Pine – main Australian memorial.
- the New Zealand soldiers.
- Johnson’s Jolly – walk in the original (ANZAC & Turkish trenches and view the tunnels.)
(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.
28th April 2016, Assos - Bergama - Efesus
8.00–10.00 Breakfast awaits.
9.00 Depart for Efesus, stopping at Bergama on the way. Bergama’s site is home to a long history stretching 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 - Fethiye
A scenic drive to Fethiye, taking you from the interior of Turkey to the Mediterranean coastline. 8.00 Breakfast awaits. Here you can explore the town of Fethiye, walk the shops or visit the lagoon. Overnight Fethiye.
2nd May 2016, Boat cruise - 1st day
Board your gullet mid-morning for your 4 day / 3 night cruise from Fethiye to Olympos. All meals are catered for on board. Your trip includes options of watersports, 3 meals/day, 5 tea and biscuit breaks and drinking water. The gullet has shared cabins, each with their own bathroom. The cruise pulls into bays along the way for sightseeing and adventure.
3rd May 2016, Boat cruise – 2nd day
4th May 2016, Boat cruise – 3rd day
5th May 2016, Boat cruise – 4th day - Olympos
Boat cruise finishes midday at Olympos. Here you swap boat life for tree life. You have the option here of staying in a tree-house or bungalow for the night. Olympos is a tree-house settlement nestled in the hills around Mt. Olympos, Turkey’s mountain with the eternal flame. There are ruins in the forest to explore, or just sit back and enjoy the chilled out atmosphere. Overnight Olympos.
6th May 2016, Antalya
Drive towards Antalya, taking a guided tour of the ancient site of Perge. Option of visiting the archaeological museum which, is one of the top 5 collections in the country. Then check in to your accommodation. Overnight Antalya.
7th May 2016, Antalya - Cappadoccia
Day drive to Cappadoccia, the area known for its mystical landscapes of soft-rock faces and inhabited cave dwellings. Overnight Cappadoccia.
8th 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.
9th May 2016, Cappadoccia
Free day. Option of taking a 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.
10th May 2016, Cappadoccia – Ankara – Istanbul
Early morning drive to Ankara, where you will visit Ataturk’s mousaleum and the arcgaeological museum. Then off to Istanbul. Evening check in. Overnight Istanbul.
11th May 2016, Istanbul
A goodbye breakfast. End of tour.
OPTION 6 : 17 days : Hotel: £2,469 GBP
ANZAC Day Tour includes:
- ANZAC Day services
- Gallipoli tour
- Gallipoli museum entrance
- Troy tour with entrance included
- Cultural day & traditional village lunch
- Turkish/English speaking guide on bus
- Private coach, return Istanbul
- 13 nights hotel style accommodation
- 3 nights boat cabin accommodation
- All breakfasts
- 2 restaurant lunches
- All meals on boat.
Not included in option 6:
- Entrance fees, unless stated.
- Meals, unless stated.