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15 Day Anzac Tour – 22nd April to 6th May

Day 1 – Istanbul – Thursday 22nd April 2010

Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul.Transfer from the International Ataturk Airport and check-in to your hotel. Transfers from Sabiha Gokcen Airport can be arranged with an extra charge. You have free time to discover Istanbul till the evening. There will  be a conference about ANZAC Dawn Service and Turkey from 06:00 pm. to 07:00 pm. The conference will be given by ANZAC experts who will come from Australia and New Zealand and by our professional Turkish ANZAC guides. After conference, at 07:30 p.m you have “Welcome Cocktail” at the hotel. Tonight, you can join one of our optional tour, Traditional 1001 Turkish Nights. You can meet our friendly crew and the other travellers while enjoying traditional Turkish food and the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. The programme begins at 08:30 p.m. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour – Friday 23rd April 2010

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart from the hotel at 08:30 a.m for the Istanbul city tour.

TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break and then we head to the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

After the tour you can join one of our optional tour “The Bosphorous Dinner Cruise”. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorous which is connecting Asia to Europe.

Tonight we have a “Welcome ANZAC Party” arranged to meet and greet the groups and tour guides. This is an optional activity, unlimited local drinks from 09:00 -11:00 p.m. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 – Gallipoli Tour – Saturday 24th April 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we depart from the hotel at 07:00 a.m. for Gallipoli (4,5 hours drive). Through our journey, we have a chance to watch the latest documentary on the Gallipoli Campaign. We will have a stop on the way down for supplies. Our tour stars from the Gallipoli Peninsula in the afternoon. The tour includes The Kapatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine (Australias Memorial and Cemetery), Quinns Post, Turkish 57th Regiment Cemetery, The Nek and Chunuk Bair (New Zealand’s Memorial and Cemetary).

By the end of the tour we drive to the coast of Kabatepe, for one of our optional service ANZAC BBQ and buffet dinner. At 09:30 p.m we will depar fort he ANCAZ Dawn Service. Overnight at ANZAC Cove.If you prefer to stay in a hotel instead of staying outside at the ANZAC Commemorative Site overnight, we provide optional hotel accommodation at Gallipoli. But this option is not available after your arrival, you should book your accommodation before you arrive in Turkey.

Day 4 – Gallipoli Dawn Service – Sunday 25th April 2010

You should better bring your slleping bags, warm clothes, wet weather gear and torches with you. Because Gallipoli is still dark and cold today, same as it was 95 years ago when your anchestors landed.

04:30am ANZAC Day Dawn Service – Breakfast box
10:30am Australian National Service
11.45am Turkish National Service
01:00pm New Zealand National Service

After the services we will depart for the ancient city of Troy (about an hour drive). After Troy, we drive to our hotel (3 hours drive) in Ayvalik (dinner included) and overnight in Ayvalik.

Day 5 – Bergama Tour & Kusadasi – Monday 26th April 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart for Bergama Tour (45 minutes drive), to see Asklepion, Zeus’s alter, the Red Bassilcia etc. BERGAMA is the site of the Hellenistic – and later Roman city of Pergamon, ruled for several centuries by a powerful local dynasty. Its foremost attraction is the Kizil Avlu or “Red Basilica”, a huge edifice on the river not far from the acropolis, originally built as a temple to the Egyptian god Osiris and converted to a basilica by the early Christians, when it was one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor addressed by St John in the book of Revelation – though sadly it’s now a crumbling ruin with a mosque in one of its towers.

After Pergamon we will drive to Kusadasi and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6 – Ephesus & Kusadasi – Tuesday 27th April 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart at 08:30 a.m for Ephesus Tour. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus.

After lunch, we will have time to shopping, that you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like leather manufacturing and jewellery. Then transfer back to hotel and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 7 – Pamukkale Tour – Wednesday 28th April 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart at 08:30 a.m for Pamukkale Tour (2,5 hours drive).
In Pamukkale we will see the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, walking around this natural phenomenon gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces.

After the tour we will check in to our hotel and have dinner at the hotel. After dinner you will have free time. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 8 – Pamukkale & Bodrum Thursday 29th April 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we wil depart at 08:30 a.m for Bodrum. Bodrum as a city is quickly becoming one of the most sort after destinations in Europe and with such a precedence, it offers some fantastic adventures for any age group. Visit the castle of St. Peter, the symbol of Bodrum. The Crusader castle was built by the knights of St. John between 1402 and 1409. After being defeated in Smyrna (The ancient name of Izmir), the knights came to Halikarnassos and began the construction of the castle.. 01:00 p.m Visit the ancient theater The Theatre is located on the hillside overlooking Bodrum. The hillside theater that dates from the 4th century BC was built to seat 5.000 people. When rediscovered, it was not in very good condition and therefore has been recently restored. The view of the town from there is beautiful. After the Bodrum city tour depart for Bodrum Harbour for check in to yacht cruise to Turkish and Greek Island Tour. On the first day, our boat will be anchored at Bodrum port for dinner and overnight stay on the yacht. (dinner included)

Day 9 – Yacht Cruise Cos (Kos) Greek Site – Friday 30th April 2010

While you have breakfast, you will be informed about the cruise programme. After the paper work at customs is completed we will cruise to Kos Island. Asclepion, known to be the birth place of Hippocrates, ‘the Father of Medical Sciences’, is located here. All the East-Mediterrenean people with health problems were treated in Kos (İstankoy). Kos; the second largest island of the 12 islands (Dodecanese islands) has a very mild climate and very fertile lands. The island houses a 560-year-old tree, a 211-year-old fountain and a 290 km long beach. Kos is one of the islands with the best night life. Nafklirou, a street full of bars, is always crowded, colourful, and full of life. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 10 – Yacht Cruise Nisiros – Tilos Greek Site – Saturday 1st May 2010

Early in the morning we will set sail to Nisiros. The volcano on Nisiros island- which means ‘the place with figs’- in the Aegean Sea- erupted in 1422 and is still active. Nikea village located on the side of the crater is constituted with white streets and a mosaic-style square. You can take an optional bus tour to the crater which is still active and where you can see the gases coming from the underground. On the way back after, a short village tour and a lunch break; we will cruise to Tilos Island. For dinner and overnight stay, we will anchor in the port of this small tranquil island. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 11 – Yacht Cruise Rhodes (Rhodos) Greek Site – Sunday 2nd May 2010

Cruising to Rhodes early in the morning. Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands.

The island is a very popular holiday place as it has one of the best-protected and the largest European Medieval city and has warm weather 300 days of a year. Rhodes has been a home for many civilizations; starting with the knights of St.John in the Middle Ages, then Ottomans and Italians; thus the island has a unique historical harmony and beauty. The main port Rhodes is the Rhodes City which bears the same name with the island. The other very touristic areas of Rhodes island are; Lyndos and Kamiros. The city, which is still surrounded by 12 meter-thick city-walls, gives you the feeling of travelling back to Medieval times especially when you walk around its narrow, stone-paved roads. After dinner, our guests are highly recommended to enjoy a Rhodes night out. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 12 – Yacht Cruise Simi (Symi) Greek Site – Monday 3rd May 2010

We will set sail for Simi Island early in the morning and arrive at the Monastry of Panormitis located in the southern part of Simi. It is possible to visit the Monastery and the Museum on this well-protected and peaceful bay. After having a swimming break on the eastern shores of the island, we will anchor at the port early in the evening. You can see the shore-side with its neo-classical houses and the peripheral districts. You are going to adore Simi for its pine and oak forests and unique bays. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 13 – Yacht Cruise Datca – Knidos Greek Site – Tuesday 4th May 2010

We will get into Turkish waters from Datca. You can enjoy a short-walk on the shore while your captain deals with the customs procedures. We will sail to Knidos after lunch. Knidos was a developed city in science, art and architecture. Eudoxos, a very popular astronomer and maths professor; Dr. Euryphon; Polygontos, a poular painter; Skopas and Bryaksis of Faros, the most famous sculptors of the era; Sostrates, the architect of Alexandrian light house -one of the seven wonders of the World-and Ktesias the doctor who saved the life of a Presian king from a disaster lived on this island. Dr. Euryphon and his students founded the second largest medical sciences school in Knidos.The island also homes the largest sun clock of its time which was erected by Eudoksos. Knidos was the home for Aphrodite’s monument and at those times the city was famous for brothels and became popular for sailors and Arabic tradesmen. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 14 – Yacht Cruise Poyraz Turkish Site – Bodrum – Wednesday 5th May 2010

We will anchoring in Karada Poyraz Bay and have the last swimming break in these beautiful blue waters. We will be sailing to Bodrum Port for dinner and overnight stay. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 15 – Bodrum The End – Thursday 6th May 2010

Breakfast at the yacht. After breakfast, please check out from your room before 11.00 a.m. End of our ANZAC Day Service.

Please make your own arrangements for departure or please let us know if you need airport transfer. We can arrange your transfer and it is extra of charge. Also if you want to stay longer in Bodrum we can extend your accommodation. In your spare time in Bodrum, you can join other optional tours like Jeep Safari, Horse Safari, Turkish Bath, Turkish Night etc.

We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing Road Runner Travel Turkey.

Your 15 Days ANZAC Day Tour Includes:

* Welcome Cocktail
* ANZAC Conference
* A range of Gallipoli documentaries
* 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners at the hotel and full board at the yacht cruise
* 2 nights at 4 star hotel in Istanbul
* 1 night at 4 star beach hotel in Ayvalik
* 2 nights at 4 star hotel in Kusadasi
* 1 night at 4 star hotel in Pamukkale
* Guided Istanbul city tour
* Guided Gallipoli tour
* Guided Troy tour
* Guided Pergamon tour
* Guided Ephesus tour
* Guided Pamukkale tour
* Guided Bodrum city tour
* Dawn and National Services (Australian & New Zealand)
* Fluent English speaking professional tour guide for the duration of the tour
* All transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking new luxury coach
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Arrival airport transfers between 8:00am and 11:00pm every two hours

Places visited during Turkey and Greece Yacht Cruise:

# Bodrum Turkish Site
# Cos (Kos) Greek Site
# Nisiros Greek Site
# Tilos Greek Site
# Rhodes (Rhodos) Greek Site
# Simi (Symi) Greek Site
# Datca Site Turkish Site
# Knidos Greek Site
# Poyraz Turkish Site

Yacht cruise including: Full board double cabin share basis for a week in a yacht, welcome cocktail, breakfast, lunch, dinner & afternoon tea, cake service per day on board, use of sport equipment on board, diesel, using water, crew service, yacht insurance, yacht’s laundry, harbor taxes and mooring expenses.

Yacht cruise excluding: Soft drinks, drinking water and alcoholic beverages are excluded, these can be purchased on board for reasonable prices.

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