Istanbul - Bursa, ANZAC Services, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Pamukkale
18th April 2014, Istanbul Arrival
Arrival to Istanbul & transfer to hotel. We have transfer vehicles around the clock, please forward us your flight number &/or details for airport pick up. Overnight in Istanbul.
19th April 2013, Istanbul Tour
After breakfast we leave our hotel for an introductory tour of Istanbul & Turkey. We will take you to Spice Market, still in use as one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. Next, we will board the ferries across the Bosphorus which will take us to both European & Asian shores of the city. After lunch at a local fish restaurant in Sariyer we will drive you by coach via the Intercontinental Bridge 'Bosphorus' & take you to Camlica Hill on the Asian side. Camlica is the summit where you will enjoy breathtaking views of Istanbul. We will visit the Dolmabahce Palace, the residence of the royal Ottoman family with original furniture & magnificent gardens. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel with the remainder of the day free. Overnight in Istanbul.
20th April 2014, Istanbul Tour
We will leave hotel in the morning to visit the Sultanahmet Square & the spectacular Blue Mosque decorated with beautiful 17th century Iznik tiles. Then stroll around the historical Hippodrome where chariot races were once held. Continue with the St. Sophia, an early Christian church, later converted to a mosque under Ottoman rule, this magnificent temple now serving as a museum with all the artefacts from the Byzantine era intact. After lunch, we will visit the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum. It consists of several exhibition halls, such as the Treasury, the porcelain section, Armoury & Holy Relics. We will complete this historical day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
21st April 2014, Istanbul Free Day
Free day at leisure. The bustling metropolis of 18 million offers countless activities & attractions for travellers. Please ask our staff for ideas on how to make the most of your time & possible activities that suit your interests & travel style. Overnight in Istanbul.
22nd April 2014, Istanbul to Bursa
Check out after breakfast & departure by ferry boat to Yalova and drive onto Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century. Visit the Ottoman complex to see the Grand Mosque, the Green Mosque, considered to be one of the finest examples of early Ottoman architecture. This is Bursa's loveliest building with its spectacular tile work. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Uludag to enjoy magnificent views over Bursa’s parks and gardens from the skirts of the mountain slope. Afternoon free at leisure, or for those who wish to join our optional 'Turkish Hamam' tour we will take you to a traditional jeothermal Turkish Bath where the water is known to have healing feautures & is naturally hot from the source. Overnight in Bursa.
23rd April 2014, Bursa to Gallipoli
Check out after breakfast & drive to Canakkale. Upon arrival we cross the Dardanelles strait by ferry & enjoy lunch in Eceabat before commencing the Gallipoli tour. Departure for Gallipoli battlefield tour of the ANZAC area. 5 hour tour visiting:
• Kabatepe War Museum
• Beach Cemetery (John Simpson's grave)
• ANZAC Cove
• Ari Burnu - first ANZAC landing place
• Lone Pine - main Australian memorial
• Johnson's Jolly - walk in the original ANZAC & Turkish trenches & view the tunnels
• Turkish memorial
• The Nek - main scene depicted in the movie Gallipoli
• Chunuk Bair - main memorial for the New Zealand soldiers
24th April 2014, Gallipoli Peninsula
8:00 - 10:00 Breakfast awaits. Today gives you a chance to see the international service in Cape Helles. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you please. A good sleep in the late afternoon is recommended.
19:00 Join the convoy of Backpackers Travel buses for departure to the Dawn Service site where we will grab a space in the large crowd & wait, listening to the pre dawn program.
25th April 2014, ANZAC Day Services
05:30 Dawn Service commences as the sun breaks the skyline behind the Turkish Sphinx.
07:30 While waiting for your bus to transfer you to the next service you can eat breakfast on the grass with the group or feel free to tell your leader that you want to go exploring; take your breakfast pack & walk the ridges & old trenches to the next service. Australian and/or New Zealand National services. (Service times for these have yet to be released)
Late afternoon our buses depart for Eceabat where you will check back into your accommodation, have a shower & a well-deserved sleep.
26th April 2014, Troy & Pergamum Tour - Selcuk or Kusadasi
After breakfast at hotel, check-out & drive to Troy. The Greek poet Homer wrote about the ancient city Troy in The Iliad. Troy is one of the world's most important archaeological sites because of its place in literature & what it tells us about a critical early period in the development of European civilization. The large replica of the Trojan horse at the front of the ruins, is part of the myth of the Trojan War. After the city of Troy we will proceed to Pergamum. The site of ancient Pergamum is set on a steep hilltop, the capital of Pergamum kingdom after the death of Alexander the Great was a cultural center having a large library rivaling that of Alexandria in Egypt. After the tour, we will drive apx. 2 hrs to reach Selcuk or Kusadasi. Transfer to hotel upon arrival. Optional: Check out & return transport to Istanbul.
27th April 2014, Ephesus Tour
After breakfast today we visit the Ancient City of Ephesus which is among one of the best preserved Greco-Roman Cities in the world enabling one to genuinely 'soak in' the atmosphere of Roman times. Enter through the Magnesia Gate & begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. After lunch, we depart to visit the House of Virgin Mary where she is said to be brought here by St. John & have spent the last of her days. The tour also includes a visit to the remains of Artemis Temple which was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World & finally (time allowing) we visit Sirince, an old Greek Orthodox village most famous for its local wine, olive oil & 19th century architecture. Overnight Selcuk or Kusadasi.
28th April 2014, Aphrodisias & Pamukkale Tour
We will check out from hotel & drive for 1.5 hours to reach Aphrodisias. As its name implies, it was named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love. The city was built near a marble quarry, which was extensively exploited in the Hellenistic & Roman periods & sculptors of marble from Aphrodisias became famous in the Roman world. After lunch we will continue the day with visit to Pamukkale. This natural phenomenon leaves thick white layers of limestone & travertine cascading down the mountain slope, which resemble a frozen waterfall. There will be free time to walk on the terraces (where allowed). We then visit Hierapolis, the ruins of the ancient city cover more than a mile. After the tour of Pamukkale, you will be transferred to Denizli Airport for the flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel upon arrival. Overnight in Istanbul.
29th April 2014, Istanbul Departure
Free day at leisure. Depending on your flight time, transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport International Terminal for homebound flight.
OPTION 6 : 12 days : Basic: 970 Euro or Comfort: 1225 Euro
We offer a 5% discount for cash payments.
Included in option 6 :
• Pick up from hotel lobby & drop off back to hotel (except free days)
• ANZAC Day services
• Istanbul, Bursa, ANZAC Day, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus & Pamukkale day tours
• Professional English speaking guide(s) licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
• Entrance fees to sites & museums during guided tours
• Lunch on full day tours
• Transport with A/C vehicles with driver, fuel, road tolls & parking fees
• All local taxes
Accommodation : 5 nights Istanbul, 1 night Bursa, 2 nights Gallipoli, 2 nights Selcuk / Kusadasi
Basic Accommodation; PP in double room including breakfast, bathroom
Comfort Room; PP in double room including, breakfast, bathroom, free internet, satellite tv, air-con
Land Transfers :
• All transfers & transport in Turkey on arrivals/departures from/to airport, hotels & all above destinations as mentioned in the travel itinerary (except free days)
• A/C comfortable coaches with reclining seats & luggage compartments
• Meet & greet services at airports in Turkey
Excluded in option 6 :
• International airfare
• Turkish Visa fee (if required)
• Overseas travel insurance
• Drinks & meals which are not listed in the itinerary
• All personal expenses
• Tips to drivers, guides & transfer staff are made at the travellers discretion
• Denizli Istanbul, economy class airfare