ANZAC Day 2013 Silver 9 days itinerary
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Welcome to Istanbul - Turkey! A wonderful adventurous tour covering Istanbul, Gallipoli and the ANZAC Services, the Trojan Horse and ancient city of Troy, Ephesus, Kusadasi and Cotton Castle Pamukkale, including welcome cocktail, coffee, tea and snacks. Conference about ANZAC Dawn Service and Turkey, held by ANZAC experts coming from Australia and New Zealand, in cooperation with our professional Turkish ANZAC tour guides. Arrival airport transfer from Ataturk Airport Istanbul, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary, 4 star hotel accommodation in Istanbul, in Canakkale we will stay at the Grand ANZAC Hotel (3 star), and our professional English speaking tour guides have the insight, knowledge and experience to give you the best ANZAC day tour money can buy. View first hand, some of the historical arts of Turkey. An ANZAC buffet BBQ dinner is also an option available to you. All you need is to book with us, we take care of all your travel needs and we make your Gallipoli trip an unforgettable memory which lasts a lifetime!
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Day 1 - Istanbul Arrival Day - Monday, 22nd April 2013
(Airport transfer from IST, welcome cocktail and ANZAC conference included)
Welcome to Istanbul! We are waiting for you directly at the gate behind passport control / immigration at Ataturk International Airport (IST). Watch out for the TravelShop Turkey sign. Arrival airport transfer from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) can be arranged at additional expenses. Transfer to your hotel, you will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul until 6:00pm
Between 6:00pm - 7:00pm we will have a conference about ANZAC Dawn Service and Turkey. The conference is held by ANZAC experts from Australia and New Zealand and by our professional Turkish ANZAC tour guides. Welcome cocktail, coffee, tea and snacks are included. You will meet your fellow ANZAC Day Gallipoli tour members and the TravelShop Turkey staff. We recommend you to arrange your international flights, to be at Ataturk airport in time and check-in your hotel prior our ANZAC conference starts.
Traditional 1001 Turkish nights departs optional from hotel lobby at 8:00pm The show includes all meals, two local drinks, belly dancers, Anatolian Folklore groups, featuring popular instruments and Turkish singers. Return transfer to your hotel around midnight. Overnight at Feronya hotel in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour - Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
We depart from the hotel after breakfast at 8:30am for your guided Istanbul city tour.
Hagia Sophia is the greatest surviving example of Byzantine Architecture. For 1000 years it was once the largest church in the world, decorated with stunning 6th century golden mosaics. At its height the temple itself was so rich and artistically ornamented that then Roman Emperor Justinian proclaimed, Salomon I have surpassed you! Did you know that this is the most sacred temple of the Orthodox world? As you tour the museum, you will learn that and so much more.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque: The mosque, built between 1609 and 1616, is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. With its six minarets and a great cascade of domes, the mosque is a worthy sibling to Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia). Pope Benedict XVI visited the Sultan Ahmed Mosque on 30th November 2006 during his visit to Turkey. It marks only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship.
Hippodrome: Today the area is officially called Sultan Ahmet Square, and is carefully maintained by the Turkish authorities. The course of the old racetrack has been indicated with paving, although the actual track is some 2 m below the present surface. The surviving monuments of the Spina, the two obelisks and the Serpentine Column, now sit in holes in a landscaped garden. The German Fountain, an octagonal domed fountain in neo-Byzantine style, which was constructed by the German government in 1900 to mark the German Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul in 1898, is located at the northern entrance to the Hippodrome area, right in front of the Blue Mosque.
Spice Bazaar: The Spice Bazaar, or Egyptian Bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminonu, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
After your Istanbul city tour there is an option to experience a Bosphorus boat cruise, enjoy the magnificent views of the Bosphorus straight which is connecting Asia to Europe, the best way of seeing the Bosphorus in all its beauty. With the shores rising to heights up to 200m, lined with palaces, ruins, villages, and gardens, this is one of the most beautiful stretches of scenery in Turkey. Overnight at Feronya hotel in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Troy Tour & ANZAC Cove - Wednesday, 24th April 2013
(Breakfast inclusive - BBQ buffet dinner optional)
After breakfast departure to Gallipoli at 7:00am (approx. 4.5 hours distance). On the way to Gallipoli we will watch the latest documentaries on the Gallipoli campaign. We arrive at Gallipoli on the coast of Gabatepe for lunch.
The governments of Australia and New Zealand have announced that the Gallipoli peninsula will be closed on 24th April 2013 for safety and security purposes, cemeteries and memorials cannot be visited as in previous years. Therefore, we will visit the Gallipoli peninsula and doing our guided Gallipoli tour after ANZAC Day on 26th April.
Today we will visit the Trojan horse and the ancient city of Troy, located on the other side of the Dardanelles (approx. 1.5 hours distance including ferry).
Troy is one of the most famous cities in the history, remembering us Hector, Achilles and Achaean Greeks, the sake of Helen, Paris, Agamemnon and Priam. Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy.
After your guided Troy tour we drive to the coast of Gabatepe for our optional ANZAC BBQ and buffet dinner. At approx 9:30pm we depart to ANZAC Cove to get a good spot for the ANZAC Dawn Service. Overnight at ANZAC Cove Commemorative Site.
If you do not wish to stay outside at the ANZAC Commemorative Site overnight, we provide optional hotel accommodation at ANZAC hotel in Canakkale. This option is not available after your arrival in Turkey, pre-booking is required.
Please note: In 2013 the ANZAC Commemorative Site will open later than it has in previous years. The new opening time will be 1800hrs (6:00pm) on 24th April, the ANZAC Commemorative Site will not open before the designated opening time.
Day 4 - ANZAC Dawn Service at Commemorative Site Gallipoli
Thursday, 25th April 2013
Don't forget your warm clothes, sleeping bags, wet weather gear, torches, hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes because Gallipoli is still as cold and dark as it was 98 years ago! Optional we provide sleepings bags, please let us know at time of booking.
05:30-06:15 Dawn Service, ANZAC Commemorative Site, North Beach
10:00-10:45 Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine
11:15-12:00 Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial Service
12:30-13:15 New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair
After attending the ANZAC services, drive to our hotel in Canakkale where we will have dinner (not included) at the hotel and a comfy bed to rest your weary bodies. Overnight at Grand ANZAC hotel in Canakkale.
Day 5 - Gallipoli Tour & Kusadasi - Friday, 26th April 2013
(Breakfast and dinner included)
We start our tour of the Gallipoli peninsula after breakfast. The Gallipoli tour includes the Kabatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine (Australias Memorial and Cemetery), Quinns Post, Turkish 57th Regiment Cemetery, the Nek and Chunuk Bair (New Zealands Memorial and Cemetery). After our guided Gallipoli tour we continue towards Kusadasi. On the way, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre, followed by an optional Turkish Bath. After a good scrub down we will check-in your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight at Albora hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Ephesus & Kusadasi - Saturday, 27th April 2013
(Breakfast and dinner included)
At 8:30am departure to Ephesus (20 minutes distance) - once the commercial centre of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. Ephesus, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, considered one of the Seven Wonders, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The guided Ephesus tour also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like jewellery and leather manufacturing. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Overnight at Albora hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 7 - Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour - Sunday, 28th April 2013
(Breakfast and dinner included)
At 8:30am we leave Kusadasi for Pamukkale (2.5 hours distance). We visit the Cotton Castle calcium terraces of Pamukkale and ancient Hierapolis, walking around this natural phenomenon gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces. After our days activities we will check-in your hotel in time for dinner and the rest of the evening is yours to explore the small village or relax around the swimming pool. Overnight at 4 star hotel in Pamukkale.
Day 8 - Pamukkale & Istanbul - Monday, 29th April 2013
After breakfast, you can enjoy the thermal pool and sun until 10.00am. At which time we departure for our long return drive to Istanbul. (8.5 hours distance). Once checked into your hotel you final evening is yours to enjoy. Overnight at Feronya hotel in Istanbul.
Day 9 - Istanbul Tour - ANZAC Tour End - Tuesday, 30th April 2013
After breakfast, check out from your hotel before 11:00am. Please make your own arrangements for departure transfers or simply ask TravelShop Turkey staff.
We hope you had a memorable ANZAC day tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
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Visitors should register their intention to visit at www.gallipoliregistration.com to assist with advance planning for the commemorations and to receive updates should there be any changes to the arrangements for the commemorations.
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