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16 Day Anzac Tour – 22nd April to 7th 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. Overnight in Bodrum.

Day 9 – Relax Day in Bodrum – Friday 30th April 2010

Free day in Bodrum. You can visit the Underwater Museum and Bodrum Castle, join daily tours like Aqua Park, scuba diving, fishing tour and many more. Overnight in Bodrum. (breakfast dinner included)

Day 10 – Pamukkale – Koycegiz / Dalyan (Mud Bath) – Fethiye (Oludeniz) – Saturday 1st May 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart at 08:30 a.m for Koycegiz. We will cruise across the Lake Koycegiz and have many opportunities to swim. We will have our traditional Turkis lunch at Turtle Beach, where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet. On the way back to Koycegiz  we will visit the mud-bath and have chance to cover ourselves in Muck before jumping in the natural thermal springs. After the cruise wiil take a short bus trip to Oludeniz. Overnight in Oludeniz.

Day 11 – Antalya – Sunday 2nd May 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart to Antalya (5 hours drive). On the way we will see one of the best panoramic views of Meditterranean Sea. Lunch break on the way. We will be passing from ancient Likya and you will have the chance to take photos of breath taking scenes. In ancient times it covered all Pamphylia that means “the land of all tribes”. Attalia, the ancient name of Antalya, is derived from that of the Pergamon king Attalos II Philadelphus, who founded the city on the Pamphylian seacoast around 150 BC. It is know that it was visited by St. Paul by way of Perge in 46 A.D., that it was an important trading centre in the 2nd century A.D. and that the Emperor Hadrian’s visit in 130 A.D. was commemorated with new monuments. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 12 – Antalya Perge Aspendos Tour – Monday 3rd May 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart for Perge and Aspendos tour.

PERGE : According to the geographer Strabon, Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. The people of Perge loved and respected their Artemis to such an extent that Christianity had to wait for another 400 years to enter here. In the Byzantine period, Perge was the seat of the bishop. Even though Arabs raided Perge in the 7th century AD, when Seljuk Turks settled the area, records show the existence of an older race living here. After the tour, departure for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.

ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. The Toros Daglari (Taurus Mountains) forms a beautiful back drop to the fertile coast, rich with fields of cotton and vegetables. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (the Greeks won, they didn’t stay in the area for long). During the reign of he Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theatre, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Overnight in Antalya. (dinner included)

Day 13 – Antalya – Cappadocia – Tuesday 4th May 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart for Cappadocia (8 hours drive). Check in to your hotel. After having a rest you will have chance to go to the famous traditional Turkish Night,  you will enjoy Whirling Dervishes, Belly Dancing & Traditional Turkish Folklore accompanied by traditional Turkish food. Overnight in a cave hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 14 – Cappadocia Tour – Wednesday 5th May 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart for Cappadocia tour. Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country “Katpatuka,” (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Our guided tour will start at 09:30am and cover Avcilar, Pigeon Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum Dervent Valley, Uchisar Castle and the pottery village of Avanos. If you want to join our optional activity of Hot Air Ballooning, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning. Dinner at your hotel. Overnight in a cave hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 15 – Cappadocia & Ankara City Tour & Istanbul – Thursday 6th May 2010

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart for Ankara at 09:00 a.m (4 hours drive). We will visit Ataturk Museum at the Ataturk Mausoleum. (Ataturk is the founder of the modern Turkey). Lunch break. After the break, we will have city tour of Ankara which is the 2nd biggest city and the capital of Turkey. Then depart for Istanbul (5 hours drive). Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 16 – Istanbul The End – Friday 7th 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.

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 16 Days ANZAC Day Tour Includes:

  • Welcome Cocktail
  • ANZAC Conference
  • A range of Gallipoli documentaries
  • 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • 3 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
  • 2 nights at apart boutique hotel in Bodrum
  • 1 night at 4 star hotel in Fethiye / Oludeniz
  • 2 nights at 4 star hotel in Antalya
  • 2 nights at cave hotel in Cappadocia
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Guided Gallipoli tour
  • Guided Troy tour
  • Guided Pergamon tour
  • Guided Ephesus tour
  • Guided Pamukkale tour
  • Guided Bodrum city tour
  • Guided Dalyan Mud Bath
  • Guided Antalya Aspendos and Perge tour
  • Guided Cappadocia tours
  • Guided Ankara 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

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