2014 Anzac Day Tour - Turkey Gunner

This tour is for travellers who want to Experience Anzac day and some of the highlights of Turkey, but are short of time and cash, so they need to shoot straight through the centre of Turkey.

Departure: Istanbul

Duration:8 Days

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Day 1 24th AprilIstanbul to Gallipoli
Mid morning departure to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli stopping along the way to stock up on supplies and rations. Once we arrive at the Gallipoli peninsula we head straight to Anzac Cove to secure a good spot on the grass for the long night ahead.

Day 2 25th April ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
Awake before sunrise to the Anzac Dawn service and commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day. The Gallipoli battlefields are well sign posted so you can walk amidst the various cemeteries, trenches and memorials on your way to Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair to attend the Australian, Turkish and New Zealand memorial services. Late afternoon you will meet up with the Fez Bus again to head to the small town of Ayvalik for some well deserved sleep.
Overnight Ayvalik 3 star Hotel to be advised (D)

Day 3 26th April Pergamum to Kusadasi
This morning, you head south along the Aegean Coast, stopping at the ancient city of Pergamum for a guided tour before travelling onto the resort town of Kusadasi. Overnight Kusadasi 4 star Hotel to be advised (B, D)

Day 4 27th April Kusadasi
Absorb yourself in history this morning with an optional tour of one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis and the former capital of Roman Asia and best-preserved ancient city in Turkey, Ephesus or maybe just spend the day relaxing on an Aegean Beach. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and next we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value before we finish the day with a leather goods presentation. Turkey produces some of the finest leather goods in the world and many are made here before branding in Italy. Overnight Kusadasi 4 star
Hotel to be advised (B, D)

Day 5 28th April Kusadasi to Pamukkale
This morning we check out some local Turkish handicrafts before heading to Pamukkale to paddle in the natural calcium formations and visit the ancient spa town of Hierapolis. Maybe take a dip in therapeutic hot springs used in Roman times. Overnight Pamukkale 3 star Hotel to be advised (B)

Day 6 29th April Silk Road to Cappadocia
Today we head out to follow an ancient silk trade route across the Anatolian Plain, on the way you will visit Sultanhani Caravansary just as the ancient traders did. Overnight Cappadocia Cave Room Hotel to be advised (B)

Day 7 30th April Cappadocia
This morning you have the option of taking a hot-air balloon ride in a region famed for being one of the best places in the world for ballooning. You will be back in plenty of time for an optional tour to check out the carved cave villages, underground cities and spectacular fairy chimney formations. Tonight, do not miss the optional Turkish Folklore evening, including all the food and drink you can handle! Overnight Cappadocia Cave Room Hotel to be advised (B)

Day 8 1st May Istanbul via Ankara
Early morning start today as we head back to Istanbul, via Ankara, the nations Capital. You will have time to visit the Mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and discover what happened to the Turkish nation after the ANZAC's left. Upon arrival in Istanbul your tour concludes and sadly it is time to say good bye to new friends. (B)

(B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
English speaking Tour Leader on the bus giving you a wealth of super interesting and useful info
(All optional tours are conducted by English speaking professional tour guide)
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking bus
Guided tour of Pergamum. (Entrance fees not included)
Commemorative gift
Tips except driver and guide
6 nights - 3 star / 4 star / Cave Room accommodation.
1 night 3 star Ayvalik Hotel to be advised
2 nights Cave Room Cappadocia Hotel to be advised
2 nights 4 star Kusadasi Hotel to be advised
1 night 3 star Pamukkale Hotel to be advised
6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Suggested optional activities and sightseeing
Tips – driver and guide
Entrance fees
This tour is a 'Guaranteed Departure' tour. This means that it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.
599,00 EUR

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