Splendours of Turkey

Turkey is an impressive country with millenniums of unique culture and history, a very stark contrast to our own youthful nation. Despite this, our own national identity, our story and our people are indelibly connected by the blood of soldiers from both countries, shed on Turkish shores in the first World War. Rarely do once belligerents share such close bonds as the Australians and the Turks.

Turkey has become a popular destination for Australian travellers, with many making the pilgrimage to follow in the footsteps of relatives and to see where the Anzac legend was forged. This tour arrives in Turkey perfectly timed to coincide with Anzac Day services at Anzac Cove before seeing all of the Splendours of Turkey.

Tour Highlights

  • ANZAC Day Commemorative Services
  • Full day on the Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Traditional Turkish welcome dinner
  • Hagia Sofia - The Blue Mosque
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
  • Hippodrome; Yerebatan Cistern
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Bosphorus river cruise
  • Ancient Troy - Trojan Horse
  • Gulet Cruise on the Aegean Sea
  • Hot Springs and Travertines of Pamukkale
  • Sultanhani Caravanserai, ancient silk road
  • Underground cities and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
  • Explore Ephesus

 

ANZAC commemorative services have strictly limited places. Attendance at ANZAC commemorative services must be applied for in advance by registering online at https://overseascommemorations.ticketek.com.au/ Attendance at commemorative services not guaranteed. Early registration advised. 

Departing
20/04/2018
Duration
17 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Tour Coach

Day 1: ISTANBUL - Friday 20 April
Arrive in Istanbul and meet your Tour manager, local Tour Guide and the tour group in the Hotel Lobby before enjoying a traditional Turkish welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: ISTANBUL - Saturday 21 April
Take a half day tour of Istanbul. Visit Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, the amazing underground Yerebatan Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus River. (B)

Day 3: CANAKKALE - Sunday 22 April
Enjoy a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, then leave Istanbul for Canakkale; pronounced “Chan-nuck-alay” which resides on the shores of the Dardanelles. (BD)

Day 4: CANAKKALE - Monday 23 April
Take a full day tour of the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Visit Anzac Cove, the Beach Cemetery, Brighton’s Beach, Shrapnel Valley, The Nek, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine. Visit Cape Helles on the southern point of the peninsula before a picnic lunch and a toast to the soldiers at Gallipoli. (BLD)

Day 5: CANAKKALE - Tuesday 24 April
Today, visit Troy, built upon ancient layers of cities and featuring a replica wooden horse. (BD)

Day 6: CANAKKALE - Wednesday 25 April
Make a very early start today and depart for the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove. Following the service, walk to the special Australian Anzac Day service at Lone Pine. (BLD)

Day 7: KUSADASI - Thursday 26 April
Visit the ancient Greek city of Pergamum which features an ancient acropolis and medical centre. (B)

Day 8: KUSADASI - Friday 27 April
Visit Ephesus, one of the best preserved Greco-Roman cities, dating back to 1000BC. Then, the House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (B)

Day 9: BODRUM - Saturday 28 April
Drive to the picturesque town of Bodrum with its charming old town and white washed houses, via the high ruins of Priene and the grand temple at Didyma. (B)

Day 10: BODRUM - Sunday 29 April
Tour of the Crusader Castle at Bodrum, built by the Knights of St. John in the 15th century. Then cruise the beautiful Aegean Sea in a Turkish gulet. (B)

Day 11: PAMUKKALE - Monday 30 April
Visit Pamukkale and the Necropolois of Hierapolis, the white cascades of Pamukkale and even swim in the ancient Roman hot springs bath. (B)

Day 12: ANTALYA - Tuesday 1 May
Explore the Aphrodisias stadium, then travel through the Taurus Mountains to Antalya. (B)

Day 13: ANTALYA - Wednesday 2 May
Explore the ancient Roman theatre at Aspendos. (B)

Day 14: CAPPADOCIA - Thursday 3 May
See the Mevlana Museum home of the Whirling Dervishes. Travel to Cappadocia on the ancient silk road. (BD)

Day 15: CAPPADOCIA - Friday 4 May
Tour Cappadocia and the amazing underground city of Kaymakli, Goreme Open-air Museum. (BLD)

Day 16: ISTANBUL - Saturday 5 May
Visit the Uchisar Citadel, the deserted cave village of Zelve and the unique fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Fly back to Istanbul and enjoy a farewell dinner. (B)

Day 17: HOME - Sunday 6 May
Tour Concludes.

 

Meals: 14 breakfasts | 2 Lunches | 8 Dinners

Transport: Tour Coach

Flights: Economy Domestic Flight Kayseri to Istanbul

Accommodation: 16 Nights Hotel Accommodation

Activities:

  • ANZAC Day Commemorative Services

  • Full day tour of Gallipoli Peninsula

  • Traditional Turkish welcome dinner

  • Entry to Hagia Sofia The Blue Mosque

  • Bosphorus river cruise

  • Gulet Cruise on the Aegean Sea

  • Visit to the hot springs and Travertines of Pamukkale

  • Entry to underground cities and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia

Departing
20/04/2018
Duration
17 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Tour Coach
Price
AUD $5,995.00
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