Tours in Turkey, Canakkale, Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir, Pamukkale, Ankara & Konya

Spend Anzac Day in Gallipoli - Turkey Highlights Tour

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Take a leisurely jaunt through Turkey to visit the extraordinary excavations at Ephesus, the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and Istanbul's bustling city markets. On ANZAC Day witness a stirring Dawn tribute at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli.

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DURATION
13 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Day tours
  • Exclusive experience
  • Selected entry fees
  • Selected meals
  • Selected drinks
  • Solo traveller
  • Daily breakfast

About this holiday

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From $2,950 pp twin share / From $3,910 sole use

Rather not incur the additional expense for a sole use room? Our tour operator has a single traveller room share option! They will accommodate you with a fellow guest of the same gender, on a twin-bed basis.
Be sure to ask one of our travel consultants about this option when booking!

To enquire about flights please call our friendly travel team on freecall 1300 414 198.

Inclusions

  • 13 Nights accommodation
  • 13 buffet breakfasts. 1 lunch. 10 dinners
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • CITY TOUR in Istanbul
  • VISIT the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the ruins of the ancient city at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravanseray on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara
  • VIEW the Wooden Horse at Troy

INSIDER EXPERIENCES

  • Connect with Locals
    Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains near Antalya. (Day 7)
  • Dive into Culture
    Haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops. (Day 2)
  • Stays with Stories
    Located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle, the rooms at Dilek Kaya Hotel are hewn out of the surrounding rock. (Day 10)

Accommodation

13 Nights in 4 to 5 star accommodation

Travel dates

Trip starts - 22 April 2020

Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVE ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS)
Stand at the ancient crossroads between Europe and Asia, embarking on a journey of discovery through ancient lands and the marauding empires who fought to rule it. Arriving in vibrant Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick off your epic adventure.
MEALS - Welcome Reception
HOTEL - Radisson Blu Sisli

DAY 2 - ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Spend your day delving into a city where modern and ancient coexist effortlessly. Visit Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3 - ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING – ÇANAKKALE (2 NIGHTS)
Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire this morning. Stroll through Topkapi Palace and see the 4th-century Egyptian obelisk before journeying south to Çanakkale, crossing the Dardanelles, immortalised in the legend of the Golden Fleece.
MEALS
- Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL
- Iris

DAY 4 - ÇANAKKALE – GALLIPOLI – ÇANAKKALE
Your morning begins with a poignant reminder of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We witness a stirring dawn tribute at Anzac Cove, then continue to an ancient city immortalised by Homer. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy and the replica Trojan horse, commemorating the war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege.
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - ÇANAKKALE – PERGAMON – IZMIR
We'll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair. Then, continue to Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This evening, we arrive in the coastal city of Izmir.
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - Mövenpick

DAY 6 - IZMIR – PAMUKKALE FREE TIME
Leave the coastal city of Izmir behind as you journey inland to Pamukkale. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner.
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - Richmond Thermal

DAY 7 - PAMUKKALE – HIEROPOLIS – ANTALYA (2 NIGHTS)
Tread in the footsteps of the ancients who sought relief and relaxation at the Roman health spa at Hieropolis, then admire the bubbling pools and delicate white cascades of water of Pamukkale's Cotton Castle Springs. Later, we travel through scenic countryside and join the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains, where we'll 'Connect With Locals' and gain insights into their traditions at our Be My Guest lunch. Our stop for the next two nights is the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya. Enjoy some time on your own ambling through the winding lanes of its old city and admiring beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. This evening, join your companions for a rousing Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Meal
HOTEL - Rixos Downtown

DAY 8 - PERGE EXCURSION
Enjoy a morning on your terms to soak up the enchanting seaside atmosphere of the Turkish Riviera, embarking on an optional yacht cruise or relaxing at the hotel pool. This afternoon, we travel to the Roman city of Perge to visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and see treasures spanning the centuries. Your evening is free to find an inviting meyhane for some local chit chat and delicious flavours of kebab and baklava.
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9 - ANTALYA – ASPENDOS – KONYA
Witness the world's best-preserved theatre of antiquity during your first stop in Aspendos this morning, before continuing to Konya, where we will gain insights into the mystical Whirling Dervish sect whose remains lie in the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum. We continue to the Karatay Tile Museum, spellbound by its exquisitely Seljuk-tiled dome, before returning to our hotel where we'll dine tonight.
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - Dedeman

DAY 10 - KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (2 NIGHTS)
See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanseray, at which weary travellers used to rest. We journey to Cappadocia with its honey-coloured rocky spires providing an enchanting backdrop for our visit to the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road. This evening, indulge in the flavours of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Meal at a local restaurant, before retiring to your hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding fairy chimneys.  Tonight we stay in one of 'Trafalgar's Stays With Stories', located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle.
MEAL - Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
HOTEL -Dilek Kaya

DAY 11 - GÖREME EXCURSION
The other-worldly landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as we explore its volcanic landscape dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. We visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum to admire the extraordinary rock-hewn churches and learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening. 
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 - CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA
Arriving in the youthful capital of Turkey today, we visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the final resting place of the country's beloved Atatürk, the first president of the modern Turkish nation. This evening we dine at our hotel in Ankara.
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - Crowne Plaza

DAY 13 - ANKARA – ISTANBUL FREE TIME
Returning to Istanbul, we enjoy the rest of the day on our own. Delve into the depths of the Basilica Cistern, savour the intoxicating smells of the Spice Market or ascend Galata Tower for exquisite views of east and west. Consider an optional cruise navigating the waters of the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
HOTEL - Radisson Blu Sisli

DAY 14 - DEPART ISTANBUL
Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. 
MEALS - Buffet Breakfast

Questions

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
If you’d rather not pay the single supplement and are happy to share a roomyou could consider the single traveller room share option. You will be accommodated with a fellow guest of the same gender, on a twin-bed basis.

LUGGAGE
On this tour, each guest is entitled to travel with one suitcase not exceeding 23kg (50lbs) in weight, with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30” x 18” x 10”). Guests may also bring one item of hand luggage that is small and light enough to be carried onto the coach and fit underneath the seat, or in the small overhead compartment above (luggage with adjustable handles and wheels will not fit).

PORTERAGE 
For ease and comfort, porterage is included for each guest’s suitcase throughout the trip (one item per person) which means that you only have to bring your hand luggage on and off the coach each day. 

COACH
You will be travelling on modern air-conditioned coaches complete with WiFi. Your Travel Director will introduce the Driver, explain any safety information in detail and familiarise you with all of the features on board. A washroom is fitted for your comfort, and please rest assured that regular stops are made for you to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles and use the facilities.

A SMART OUTFIT 
You may wish to bring a dressier outfit for visits to the theatre or an elegant restaurant. Smart casual clothes are usually acceptable attire for other evening activities.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES 
To enable you to personalise your Touring experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your holiday without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary. The Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip and are priced in the local currency.

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