2017 - 'ANZAC Day Tour 2017 - The Major Tour'
11 - Day itinerary
Sunday 16th April
Welcome to Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your guide and the rest of your group.
Monday 17th April
Istanbul Old city
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Late in the afternoon we will drive to Harbiye Military Museum for a short visit.
Tuesday 18th April
After breakfast, drive to the nation's capital, Ankara, visit the Mausoleum of Turkey's first President, Ataturk and learn a little about why he is so revered in this country. With Ankara behind us, we head for the surreal, lunar-like landscape of Cappadocia.
Wednesday 19th April
Goreme, Underground city
Today we tour the Goreme open-air museum, Pasabag, Uchisar castle and one of the area's fascinating underground cities, home to early Christians who hid underground from Roman persecution. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Tonight, don't miss the optional Turkish folkdance evening featuring folk and belly dancers... a night you won't forget!
Thursday 20th April
Leaving Cappadocia we head west along the old Silk Road for the stunning Aegean Coast. We take time out along the way to visit Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum in Konya.
Friday 21st April
Today we visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient spa town overlooking the terraces.
Saturday 22nd April
Absorb yourself in history today with a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis and a guided tour of Ephesus. Experience the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and stadium. This afternoon we visit the former Greek village of Sirince, which is famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at a local carpet village we learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
Sunday 23rd April
Acropolis of Pergamum
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before driving along the Aegean coast to the ancient city of Pergamum. We visit the magnificent Acropolis of Pergamum, its impressive temples and library that made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
Monday 24th April
Today we visit the archaeological ruins of Troy and then head to the Gallipoli peninsula where we will learn more about the place where the ANZAC legend was born. Highlights will include the original trenches and tunnels Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston's Jolly and The Nek. As soon as we are able to enter Anzac Cove, head straight to the Dawn Service area to secure the best spot possible.
Monday 25th April
ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
At first light we will commemorate our fallen forefathers during the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. You will have the chance to visit the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine before heading to Chunuk Bair Memorial to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service after which we head back to Istanbul. (In 2016 the Australian service at the Lone Pine memorial was discontinued.)
Tuesday 26th April
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
- Istanbul - Old City - UNESCO Heritage site
- Istanbul - Blue Mosque
- Istanbul - St Sophia Museum
- Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
- Istanbul - Hippodrome
- Istanbul - Harbiye Military Museum
- Ankara - Atatürk's Mausoleum
- Göreme Open Air museum
- Cappadocia - Kaymakli - Underground City
- Cappadocia - Paşabağ - Fairy Chimneys
- Cappadocia - Optional Traditional Turkish night
- Sultanhani Caravansary
- Konya - Mevlana Museum
- Pamukkale - Calcium Travertines - UNESCO Heritage site
- Pamukkale - Hierapolis
- Site of the Temple of Artemis
- Ephesus - UNESCO Heritage site
- Sirince - Greek Village
- Pergamum - UNESCO Heritage site
- Troy - UNESCO Heritage site
- Gallipoli - ANZAC Cove
- Gallipoli - Lone Pine - Australian Memorial
- Gallipoli - Johnson's Jolly - original tunnels
- Gallipoli - The Nek - original trenches
- Gallipoli - Chunuk Bair - New Zealand Memorial
- Gallipoli - ANZAC Day program - Dawn Service and ANZAC Memorial Services
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This page is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.
Where more than one hotel is shown for a given overnight stop this means that we alternate between the listed hotels. The pre departure pack will show hotel for a given departure.
Prices & Departure Dates
Options & Add-Ons
Attendance passes will be required for the ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli in 2017.
For more information please visit this page
For information on how ANZAC day is run visit our ANZAC Day Information
Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
This tour is a '
' tour. This means it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.