ANZAC DAY 2021 - 11 Day Tour - 16-26 April
From AUD 2,265/pp
It now looks unlikely that travel will be possible for this tour, register your details HERE and we will keep you updated if anything changes!Our 11 Day Tour is the ultimate Turkish and Anzac experience combining Gallipoli with Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Goreme, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Pergamum & Troy!
11 Day Tour OverviewWe start in Istanbul with a guided day tour of Istanbul's amazing sightseeing attractions & our traditional opening night party.
We then go on to visit the national capital Ankara, the out-of-this-world landscape of Cappadocia, the famous cotton terraces of Pamukkale, the port town of Kusadasi, Ephesus (one of Turkey's best preserved ancient cities) and the ruins of Troy and Pergamum.
In Gallipoli we spend the day exploring the battlefields ahead of the arrival of the Anzac Day crowds before sleeping out overnight at Anzac Cove. At the rising of the sun the moving dawn service starts, following which we have more time to visit the Gallipoli battlefields and memorials including Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Johnston's Jolly, Shell Green, the Nek, Shrapnel Valley, Quinn's Post, Beach Cemetery, the Turkish Memorial & more.
Register Your AttendanceAll attendees (Aussies & Kiwis) must register their attendance at the Gallipoli commemorative services on the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs website HERE..
Tourist VisasPeople travelling on Australian passports (among others) must purchase a tourist visa online before arriving in Turkey - see the TURKISH VISA WEBSITE for details. New Zealand and UK passport holders do not require a visa.
Any Questions?Email us at email@example.com if you have any questions about the tour.
- Inbound transfer from Istanbul Ataturk, Istanbul New or Sabiha Gökçen airports
- Anzac Day memorial services at Gallipoli
- Three nights Istanbul hotel accommodation with breakfast
- One/two nights hotel with breakfast in Cappadocia, Pamukkale & Kusadasi
- Fully guided tour of Gallipoli battlefields & memorials
- Walking tour of Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district
- Turkey highlights of Ankara, Cappadocia, Goreme, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Pergamum & Troy
- Professional English speaking Turkish tour guide
- Fanatics Anzac Day hoodie - Aussie gold or Kiwi black
Entry Fees & MealsThe tour price does not include entrance fees to museums. No entry fee is required at the Gallipoli battlefields or Anzac services.
Turkey's currency is the Lira and exchange rates are approximately 1TL = AUD 0.24 / NZD 0.26 / GBP 0.13 / EUR 0.15 (as at mid-2020).
Some examples of entry fees to visit the main sites the tour takes in are:
- Hagia Sophia - 30 TL
- Topkapi Palace - 30 TL
- Underground Cisterns - 20 TL
- Goreme Open Air Museum - 30 TL
- Kaymakli Underground City - 25 TL
- Hierapolis (Pamukkale) - 35 TL
- Swimming in thermal baths at Hierapolis - 30 TL
- Ephesus - 40 TL
- Troy - 25 TL
- Turkish Bath - 70 TL
- Hot Air Ballooning - €160
- Paragliding - 250 TL
Friday 16 April - Arrive in IstanbulWelcome to Turkey! Upon arrival at Istanbul New Airport or Sabiha Gökçen Airport you will be met by our transfer crew who will take you to the coach shuttles to our accommodation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your flight arrival information at least one month before your tour to arrange your arrival transfer.
Those already in Istanbul or arriving by any means other than flight will need to make their own way to our Istanbul meeting point (details will be emailed to you two weeks before the tour).
Tonight we have our opening night party - a great way to break the ice with your fellow tourists & year after year ends up being a great night out.
Saturday 17 April - IstanbulAfter breakfast we enjoy a guided walking tour of Istanbul’s fascinating old city. Istanbul is the only city to span two continents, Europe and Asia. Sights include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Underground Cisterns and the Hippodrome. Tonight we have an optional Turkish folklore experience.
Sunday 18 April - Ankara & CappadociaThis morning we depart for the surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Along the way we visit the nation's capital, Ankara, and see the mausoleum of Turkey's first president - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - and learn a little about why he is so revered in this country.
Monday 19 April - Goreme & the Underground CityMarvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, an underground city and more. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Tonight, don't miss the Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers - a night you won't forget!
Tuesday 20 April - KonyaLeaving Cappadocia we head west along the old Silk Road for the stunning Aegean Coast. We take time out along the way to visit Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum in Konya.
Wednesday 21 April - Pamukkale & HierapolisThis morning we will visit the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as the Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Then head for Kusadasi where will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods.
Thursday 22 April - EphesusAbsorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at a carpet village we learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
Friday 23 April - Pergamum & TroyToday we step back in time as we visit tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
Saturday 24 April - Troy & Gallipoli arrivalThis morning we tour Homer’s Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse. We then cross the Dardanelles to Gallipoli.
This evening we sit back at North Beach and watch the video documentaries on the big screens to get in the mood for the moving experience to follow in the small hours of tomorrow morning. Keep warm in your sleeping bag under the stars with the thousands of others while waiting for sunrise. Food and drinks are available to purchase near the dawn service site.
Please note: all our tours observe the sanctity of Gallipoli by not drinking around the battleground site. At Gallipoli there is strictly no drinking, we trust you understand this position.
Sunday 25 April - Anzac Day at GallipoliAwake before sunrise to the Anzac dawn service and commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day.
Following the dawn service we spend more time visiting the Gallipoli battlefields and memorials before the Australian Lone Pine ceremony takes place later in the morning while Kiwis will attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair.
After the ceremonies we board our coach to Istanbul and reflect on the whole Gallipoli experience. You’ll be leaving a different person, no two ways about it. On arrival we get together with other Fanatics groups for an evening of two-up at our bar.
Monday 26 April - Istanbul departureOur tour concludes after breakfast and we bid farewell to our new friends.
* Extra nights before and after the tour are available to add during booking process.
Note: Tour does not include entrance fees to museums & historical sites as required at some venues. No entry fee is required at the Gallipoli battlefields or Anzac services.