ANZAC Day 2013 Gold 6 days itinerary
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Welcome to Istanbul - Turkey! This tour is suitable for those on a tight time frame and would like to experience Istanbul and Gallipoli at its finest. Visit Istanbul, Gallipoli and the ANZAC Dawn Service, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. Tour includes arrival airport transfer from Ataturk Airport Istanbul, welcome cocktail, coffee, tea and snacks, luxury air-con transportation throughout, an ANZAC BBQ buffet dinner at the Gallipoli peninsula, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary, 5 star hotel accommodation in Istanbul, beachfront club hotel in Assos and professional English speaking tour guides who have the insight, knowledge and experience to give you the best ANZAC tour money can buy. 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. We will make your trip a lifetime memory. All you need to do is book with us and we will take care of al your travel needs!
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Day 1 - Istanbul Arrival Day - Saturday, 21st April 2013
(Airport transfer from IST, welcome cocktail and ANZAC conference inclusive)
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 five star hotel, you will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul until 6:00pm
At 6:00pm we will start our conference about ANZAC Dawn Service and Turkey (Duration approx 1 hour). 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.
An optional activity to the Traditional 1001 Turkish Night Show departs from your 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 Central Palace hotel in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour - Sunday, 22nd April 2013
We depart from the hotel after breakfast at 8:30am for your guided Istanbul city tour.
Topkapi Palace: Beginning from the Mehmed the Conqueror, the Topkapi Palace which was the official residential of the Ottoman Sultans until the Sultan Abdulmecid the thirty-first Sultan's time has been used as a center for the state administration, education and art of the Empire approximately 400 years. The palace is full of examples of Ottoman architecture and also contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armor, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts and murals, as well as a display of Ottoman treasure and jewelry.
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 Central Palace hotel in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour - Monday, 23rd April 2013
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner inclusive)
We depart for Gallipoli at 7:00am (4.5 hours distance). On the way we will watch the latest documentaries about the Gallipoli campaign. We arrive in Gallipoli for lunch on the coast of Gabatepe. After lunch we start our tour of the Gallipoli peninsula. Visit Kabatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australias Memorial and Cemetery, Quinns Post, Turkish 57th Regiment Cemetery, the Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and Cemetery. Overnight at Club Hotel Albena in Assos.
Day 4 - Troy Tour & ANZAC Cove - Tuesday, 24th April 2013
(Breakfast and buffet dinner inclusive)
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 have visited the Gallipoli peninsula and done our guided Gallipoli tour yesterday already.
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.
If you wish to buy snacks for the overnight camp, today is best time to do it. There are also some food and drink stalls available at ANZAC Cove. Tonight at 5:30pm we will meet at the hotel for our buffet dinner before heading to ANZAC Cove for the Dawn Service. Overnight at ANZAC Cove.
If you dont wish to stay outside at the ANZAC Commemorative Site overnight, we provide optional hotel accommodation at our beachfront club hotel in Assos. 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 5 - ANZAC Dawn Service at Commemorative Site Gallipoli
Wednesday, 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 97 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, at approx. 3:00pm we will travel back to Istanbul (4.5 hours distance). Overnight at Central Palace hotel in Istanbul.
Day 6 - Istanbul - ANZAC Tour End - Thursday, 26th 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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