21 April 2014 - Arrival in Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! You will be greeted with hospitality at the Ataturk International Airport by our representative and driven into the heart of the old city where you can rest and relax for the remainder of the day. Tonight at "Welcome Drinks" in your hotel you can meet you’re the rest of your tour group. Overnight in Istanbul.
22 April 2014 - Istanbul tour, Istanbul Bosphorus cruise
This morning after breakfast we partake in a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents. We will visit the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Museum, Hippodrome and the underground cistern. Today you may wish to view the wonders of Istanbul from the water on an optional Bosphorus Cruise (15:30 pm). Tonight you also have the option of attending a special Turkish Gala Evening (19:30 pm) where you will enjoy amazing Turkish food and world famous Turkish entertainment. Overnight in Istanbul.
23 April 2014 - Drive ro Gallipoli, Gallipoli tour
After breakfast we drive to the World War I Battlefield of Gallipoli stopping along the way to pick up refreshments for lunch. You will also have an opportunity to watch "Gallipoli" the movie so you get a feel for the type of people who fought in this war and to help you picture conditions 92 years ago. This afternoon on a fully guided tour, you will visit the Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, Hell Spit Cemetery, Lone Pine, The Nek, and Chunuk Bair War memorial. Your guide will reveal stories of battle woes and will bring alive the legend of the Anzac's. By visiting the peninsula on the 23rd April, we get to spend more time exploring without the crowds from other tours that arrive on the 24th. This evening we will travel approximately 2 hours to our luxurious resort hotel, where an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner awaits. Overnight in Edremit.
24 April 2014 - Gallipoli, Anzac Cove
Sleep till late and rise to a full breakfast. Then the day is yours to partake in number of the many activities offered at this resort. Activities include; bathing in the waters of the outdoor pool, relaxing at the beach. Play football, tennis, basketball, valleyball or just strolling around the gardens and parks. You will have the chance to swim in the nearby thermal water pool at Adramis Thermal Hotel. Make sure you get plenty of rest because Anzac day will be a long busy day. A buffet dinner will be served at 5:00 pm so we can fill up before leaving for Gallipoli at 6:30 pm. We arrive at the dawn service to get a good spot on the grass, already, here are several hundred people about. There are big screens and music to entertain you and to thank you, the people who have made the pilgrimage to Gallipoli for Anzac Day. War veterans, military personal and media are everywhere and the atmosphere is electric. There is a unique feeling in the air, a celebration of peace subdued by a cloud of commemoration. Within 3 hours, the site will appear like a sea of colour with thousands of Aussies and Kiwis sprawling out on the grass, warmly wrapped up sleeping bags, national flags and rugby tops. Get a few hours rest/sleep on the grass because by 09.00 pm the MC will be asking you to squash forward to try and make space for the thousands more people still to come. The buzzing atmosphere will permeate the whole night. Well before the grey light of dawn signals the start of the dawn service, speakers and entertainers begian their addresses, folk songs and stories. The local Turks also sell a great variety of Turkish Kebabs, pancakes and fast hot foods. We will spend the night at the Anzac Cove to prepare ourselves for Dawn Service.
25 April 2014 - Anzac day, drive to Edremit
We arrive at Gallipoli on the evening of the 24th to ensure we get a good spot for the dawn service. Don't forget your sleeping bags, warm clothes, wet weather gear and torches because Gallipoli is still as dark and cold today as it was 92 years ago when your ancestors landed. The day begins with the Dawn Service held at the Anzac Commemorative Site, which will be followed by the Australian and New Zealand memorial services held at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair respectively. Today is the reason you came to Turkey, to commemorate the sacrifice your forefathers have made. Drive to Edremit and overnight in Edremit.
26 April 2014 - Kusadasi
After waking feeling recharged we depart for the seaside town of Kusadasi. As this area boasts a reputation as one of the most important carpet weaving regions we will stop at Selcuk for a demonstration of this ancient and traditional craft. Once you are checked in to your Kusadasi hotel. Today you may have an optional a traditional Turkish bath to be washed and massaged by a pair of expert hands. Overnight in Kusadasi.
27 April 2014 - Ephesus tour, Temple of Artemis, Kusadasi
Today we will visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world, Ephesus. We visit this amazing site and wonder at the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary, (supposedly where St. John brought her to live out her final days), Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world). After the tour, we will stop at Selcuk for a fashion parade and information on Turkey's famous leather production. Overnight in Kusadasi.
28 April 2014 - Pamukkale tour, Koycegiz
We drive east today for the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis. We stop for lunch then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of swimming amongst the ruins in a natural spring. Then we carry on for the quiet village of Koycegiz for our night stop. Overnight in Koycegiz.
29 April 2014 - Koycegiz cruise, drive to Oludeniz
After breakfast we board a boat and cruise across lake Koycegiz where we will have numerous opportunities to swim. We head for Turtle Beach, where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet and on our return journey back to Koycegiz, we visit the mud-bath to cover ourselves in muck, before jumping in the natural thermal springs. After the cruise we take a short bus trip to our night stop in Oludeniz. Overnight in Oludeniz.
30 April 2014 - Fethiye
Today is a free day in Fethiye, our night stop. There are many activities such as Paragliding tour available in Oludeniz or you can just laze on the beach. Overnight in Fethiye.
01 May 2014 - Olympos
Today we drive for the Saklikent George, a mountain split formed several years ago. We trek up a short distance and stop for lunch at the Saklikent River bar and cafe. Don’t forget to bring your bathers with you today because as we drive along the turquoise coast for Olympos Valley we will stop for a swim on the way. After dinner at our night spot at the tree houses we shall be visiting Yanartas, which is located at the slopes of Cirali beach at the north of Olympos and at an altitude of 300 meters. Overnight in Olympos.
02 May 2014 - Drive to Cappadocia
After breakfast we set off for Cappadocia and upon arrival there will be some time to relax in the hotel before dinner. Later you will have the option of going to a Traditional Turkish Folklore evening, which should definitely not be missed. Overnight in Cappadocia.
03 May 2014 - Cappadocia tour
Today we marvel at the phallic-like structures in this one of a kind region. Our guide will lead us around Avcilar, Goreme Open Air Museum, Dervent Valley, Uchisar Castle, Zelve and the pottery village of Avanos. Cappadocia is the country of fairy tales. The beautiful horse country "Katpatuka" (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land; enchanting and mysterious. There is the option of a fantastic Cappadocia voyage on a hot air balloon. Overnight in Cappadocia.
04 May 2014 - Cappadocia tour, return to Istanbul
After breakfast we depart for one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia, Derinkuyu Underground City. The Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels. This afternoon we will depart for Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
05 May 2014 - End of Anzac day tour
After breakfast our tour finishes and we bid farewell to our new-found friends. Wherever you are heading to next, undoubtedly you will take with you unforgettable memories and a new understanding of the country that plays such an important part in your history.
* The above times shown in the itenerary are for your reference only. Itinerary is subject to change according to weather and/or daily circumstances.
Prices for 2014 - 2015
|Shown prices are per person in the mentioned rooms.
|You don't have to pay single rate just because you are single! We do match up singles in double & triple rooms in male & female categories.
• 3 nights Istanbul (3 Star), 3 nights Edremit (4 Star), 2 nights
Kusadasi (3 Star), 1 night Koycegiz (3 Star), 2 nights Fethiye
(3 Star), 1 night Olympos Treehouses, 2 nights Cappadocia
(3 Star) accomodation
• English speaking professional guide licenced by the Ministry of
• Airport - hotel trasfer on the 21st April between 08:00 am
• Dawn and National Services (Australian, New Zealand)
• 13 breakfasts, 11 dinners, 1 lunch, 1 lunchbox
• All tours mentioned above in the tour programme
• All transportation by private a/c tour coach
• Entrance fees to the sites and museums