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5 Day Anzac Tour – 22nd April to 26th April

Day 1 – Istanbul – Thursday – 22nd April 2010

Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul.Transfer from the airport and check-in to your hotel. You have free time to discover Istanbul till the evening. 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.

-Note!! Free transfers are available from Istanbul Ataturk Airport throughout today. Please confirm your flight details in advance. Transfers from Sabiha Gokcen Airport are only available for Easy Jet Passengers, and for the other guests transfers are extra of charge.

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 Diner 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 document 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 for the 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 – Saturday 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 achestors 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, at 03:00 p.m we will depart from Gallipoli and drive back to Istanbul (4.5 hours drive). Overnight in Istanbul, dinner is not included.

Day 5 – Istanbul / End of Tour – Sunday 26th April 2010

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, please check out from your room before 12.00 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 5 Days ANZAC Day Tour Includes:

  • Welcome Cocktail
  • A range of Gallipoli documentaries
  • 3 nights at accommodation in Istanbul
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Guided Gallipoli 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

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