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Anzac Day Tours 2016 - 14 Day

Anzac Day Tours 2016 - 14 Day
Anzac Day Tours 2016 14 Day
14 Day Anzac Day Tours 2016
Anzac Day Tours
Anzac Day Tours 2016
Tour Start Point : Istanbul ( from any hotel in Istanbul, Cruise Ship Terminal, or Airport)   Duration : 14 Days
Tour End Point : Istanbul   Departure : 13 APRIL 2016
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Anzac Day Tours

ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2016. A special tour that takes an in-depth look at the many battlefields, memorials and strategic military points of the Gallipoli region. The tour also covers Istanbul sightseeing and a cruise on the Bosphorus as well as the most beautiful sights in Anatolia and the Aegean including the cave churches of Cappadocia, the white cliffs of Pamukkale, and the ancient ruins of Ephesus.
In this 14 day package historic Turkey comes alive and the WWI battlefields on which the Anzacs gave their lives are honorably remembered.


Tour Highlights
  • Cappadocia
  • Ankara
  • Pamukkale
  • Ephesus
  • Virgin mary house
  • Temple of artemis
  • Pergamon
  • Troy
  • Istanbul - old city
  • Blue mosque
  • Hippodrome
  • Hagia sofia
  • Topkapi palace
  • Underground cistern
  • Bosphorus strait
  • Gallipoli peninsula
  • Anzac cove
  • Lone
  • Pine
  • Chunuk bair memorials
  • Johnsons
  • Jolly
  • Battlefields and trenches
  • Turkish International service & kilitbahir
  • Fort, anzac 2016 dawn service national services of australia or new zealand
  • Anzac eve
  • Prior to the commencement of the dawn service
Tour Includes :
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch (our ANZAC afternoon Turkish BBQ) and 2 dinners
  • 11 nights Special Class hotels (3 - 4 star), 2 nights 2 - 3 star hotel in the Gallipoli Region.
  • Guided sightseeing of the Blue Mosque,Underground Cistern, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace. Cappadocia,Ephesus,Konya,Pamukkale,Pergamon,Troy
  • Extensive sightseeing of Gallipoli, battlefields, memorials and trenches on 23rd and 24th April.
  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Ataturk International Airport at any time of day or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 2.30pm and 8pm.
  • English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned touring coach
  • Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/ jumper
Exclusions:
  • Entrance Fees: $40-50 USD
  • International flights & visa
  • Tip for your tour guide and driver: as a guideline we recommend you budget USD $3-5 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD $1-2 per day, per traveller for yourdriver. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture.
Tour Type Sightseeing, cultural, activity, history, art, shopping, History, Speical Event Group Size Group Size :4-36 pax

First Travel provides high quality at great value. Joining this tour means you will have a unique experience of some of Turkey's major attractions. From Istanbul to Troy we guarantee a memorable experience.
Our goal is for you to fall in love with our country. Turkey (Asia Minor or Anatolia ) belongs to you as well. Our well trained guides are ready to answer all your questions.
Immersed in history, culture, nature, and shopping, Turkey imbues magnificence like no other destination in the world.
The country offers a wealth of sightseeing opportunities in ISTANBUL, CAPPADOCIA, EPHESUS ANCIENT CITY, TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS, HOUSE OF THE VIRGIN MARY, PRIENE, MILETUS, DIDIMYA, APRODISAS, PAMUKKALE, HIERAPOLIS and many more...


First Travel package tours combine these spectacular attractions with quality dining and accommodation, and you will appreciate the luxury tour suppliers.
An experienced Tour Guide will share with you their intimate knowledge of each city's avenues, monuments, restaurants and neighborhoods.


Istanbul Sightseeing :
Istanbul sights are closed on the following days: Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. This in NO way affects your touring program. Two of our tour start hotels - The Novotel Istanbul and Ibis Hotel Istanbul offer a hotel shuttle bus service to and from Sultanahmet - the old City (taking approximately 35 minutes) and Taksim Square a few times a day. If you are arriving early and wish to independently explore, consider making use of the service. Taxis are also available from the hotel at all times, if all taxis are taken at any time another is typically along every few minutes, if not, ask reception to organise one for you.


Restaurants :
During the tour we are going to take you one of the best restaurants of Turkey. We always escape from crowds.
While you are in Cappadocia you are going to have oppurtunity to taste of Pottery Kebab at one of the day tour in Cappadocia.


Turkish Bath :
Especially for night arrival to Cappadocia we recommend you take exprience of Turkish Bath at real historical bath. The bath are included all progress of Turkish bath. It is easy to make reservation at one of the bath in Cappadocia-Urgup.


Horse Riding :

Horse riding is an other possible activity in Cappadocia. If you have interest in riding horse please inform us in advance.


Balloon Ride :

Balloon ride in Cappadocia is one of the major activity in Turkey. Just with reservation we are able to meet with you at your requested place in Cappadocia we pick you up with mini van and driver. Choose your flight according to your budget and time schedule. All options ensure you are back at your hotel in time to join a daily tour or just to make the most of your time in this amazing region of Cappadocia. If you do not make your reservation for high season you may lose oppurtunity take a balloon ride. Make sure your balloon reservation made for the first flight not second one.


Jeep Safari Cappadocia :
One of the most exciting adventures in Cappadocia is exploring the region in an off-road vehicle. Our Jeep Safari tour offers you the best of the best:
open-top jeep vehicles for unobstructed views of the valleys, churches and other cultural highlights. We take you to the hard-to-find places and away
from the crowds for spectacular views and the excitement of traveling off-road in the unique landscapes of Cappadocia – all in one day or 2 hours express safari.

 

Rugs and Kilims :
Cappadocia is famous for world famous hand made carpet weaving centre. There are many carpet shops all around Turkey. If you like to have exprience of carpet weaving and have oppurtunity Cappadocia is the correct place. If you like to purchase a real hand made carpet; you should visit carpet village all progress of making carpet you can see and get idea value of carpet. The big carpet factories have interesting demonstrations which are well worth seeing. Some of the big stores are a cooperative subsidised by the State. Anatolian rugs and kilims If you really want to do your bit to support the local economy. Carpet villages are correct place. At the end of the day, you don't have to buy, you can just have an enjoyable time looking and learning about
rugs while sipping a tea or two.


Pottery :
The famous city of Avanos, whose name in old times was Venessa, overlooks the longest river of Turkey, the Kızılırmak (Red River), which also divides
Avanos from the rest of Cappadocia. The most famous historical feature of Avanos, which is still relevant and very visible today, is its production of
earthenware pottery; it is also the most economic activity in the town. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. It is going to be great exprience to try making pottery and
ceramics.


Onyx :
Onyx the word it's self means nail. Greek language it's benefical to skin, nail and hair it belongs to oxite mineral family and consist of mangan calium,
it's volcanic and mineral family stone having 6.5° hardness and and 2.5° instenty, it's taken out from Brazil, India, Arabia and Turkey in tehe world.
In Turkey it's taken from out Bolu, Manisa, Balikesir and specialy cappadokcia. It has twelwe different colours in the world an seven of them are from cappadocia.


Cappadocia Dolls :
Soganli is a peaceful little village set on a hillside in the Saganli valley. Few and mainly old people live there now as the young have moved out. A beautiful rock cut church lies a short walk away with black frescoes mostly undisturbed by defacement.At the entrance to the village sit old women who make
the famous traditional Saganli dolls. They will show you how they make them as well as sell you some - they are well worth it for presents and help support the old people of the village. True Cappadocia is found here, where it has been for a thousand years.


Day-1
13 APRIL 2016 DAY 1-ISTANBUL

Arrival inTurkey (Istanbul) and airport transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Day-2
14 APRIL 2016 DAY 2-ISTANBUL (OLD CITY)

The tour starts with a visit to the ancient Hippodrome. The original building of the Hippodrome was built in the 3rd century A.D by Septimus Severus.The Hippodrome was the civic center for the people. In the hippodrome, you may also see The Egyptian Obelisk(Dikilita˛), The Serpentine Column, The Constantine Column and the German Fountain of Wilhelm 2. The tour continues with a visit to The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camisi). It was built by Sultan Ahmet I in the 17th century. Visitors are fascinated by its beautiful blue tiles. This is followed by a visit to the Topkapi Palace which was the second palace in Istanbul for the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries.
After lunch the tour continues with a visit to The St. (Hagia) Sophia which was built by The Emperor Justinian.It was the largest church for many centuries and today it is the fourth largest church in the world. You will see its beautiful mosaics that are samples of Byzantine art. We will also visit The Underground Cistern which is the largest and most ornate cistern in Istanbul. The tour continues with The Grand Bazaar. (You may have free time in the Grand Bazaar to see beautiful crafts.)
Overnight in Istanbul.

Day-3
15 APRIL 2016 DAY 3-ISTANBUL - ANKARA

Check out from the hotel and transfer to airport for the short flight to Ankara. Visit the Museum Of Anatolian Civilizations. It is one of the most beautiful and richest museums in the world. In this museum you will see many fine examples from the sites of the all civilizations of Anatolia.
The exhibits are arranged chronologically from the Paleolithic Age until today. The tour continues with a visit to the majestic Mausoleum of Ataturk (Anitkabir). Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is the founder of the Turkish Republic, but he never requested a monumental tomb for himself. After his death the Turkish people built the Mausoleum for him to show their adoration and respect.The mausoleum includes statues, inscriptions and reliefs on topics from Turkish history and Ataturk's life.
Overnight in Ankara.

Day-4
16 APRIL 2016 DAY 4 - CAPPADOCIA

Check out from the hotel and drive to Cappadocia. Upon arriving in Cappadocia we will visit Devrent Valley to see the lunar landscape and different rock formations.
We will walk in Pasabag to see the tallest fairy chimneys as well as the caves where Christian monks lived like hermits. Lunch in Avanos will be followed by a visit to a traditional pottery workshop for a demonstration. In the afternoon we will visit Goreme Open Air Museum and see the rock-cut cave churches with their beautiful frescoes and paintings dating from the 10th through the 13th centuries. After the museum we will go to the Uchisar rock castle for a beautiful view of Cappadocia valleys.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day-5
17 APRIL 2016 DAY 5 - CAPPADOCIA

A visit to Kaymakli Underground City. It is one of the largest underground settlements in Cappadocia, and it was used as a shelter by the Byzantines.
Drive to Soganli valley. A visit to the rock-cut churches with frescoes from 13th century. A visit to the village in the valley which is surrounded by table top mountains. Lunch in Soganli village at a small village restaurant. Drive to archaeological site Sahinefendi (Sobessos). It was discovered by the local people in 2002. You will see beautiful mosaics and a Roman bath. The tour continues through the Keslik Monastery for the frescoes from the 9th to 11th centuries. Next, you will enjoy a visit to Mustafapasa Village, an old Greek village. You will see very fine examples of Greek houses.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day-6
18 APRIL 2016 DAY 6 - CAPPADOCIA - KONYA

After breakfast, check out from Gamirasu Hotel and drive to Sultanhan Caravansary. It is the biggest caravansary in Turkey. It was the place where the traders rested on the Silk Road. Drive to Konya. After lunch visit The Museum of Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi. Mevlana was a great poet and philosopher who lived in the 13th century, and he was the founder of Sufism and the whirling dervish ceremony.
Overnight in Konya.

Day-7
19 APRIL 2016 DAY 7 - KONYA - PAMUKKALE

Check out from the hotel and drive to Pamukkale. Visit the travertine terraces and the ancient city of Hierapolis. The terraces were formed by hot spring water flowing over the surface and down the hill. These are different colors and shapes in the form of terraces with pools. Pamukkale, which means cotton castle, takes its name from these formations. After tour, check into the hotel.
Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day-8
20 APRIL 2016 DAY 8 - EPHESUS

Check out from the hotel and drive to Ephesus.
A Visit to the House of the Virgin Mary. The Virgin Mary was brought here by St. John after Jesus' crucifixion and lived her final years near the city of Ephesus on an isolated mountaintop. It has been designated a pilgrimage site by the Pope. After visiting the House of the Virgin Mary we will visit Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city of Turkey. Ephesus, where Heraclitus (the philosopher who said "There is nothing permanent except change.") lived, boasted the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
This Temple, which Alexander the Great visited and in which St.Paul preached to the early Christians, was beautiful beyond compare. Lastly, we will visit the Basilica of St.John in which he was buried.
Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day-9
21 APRIL 2016 DAY 09 - PERGAMUM

Check out from the hotel and drive to Pergamum. Pergamum was an important kingdom in the Hellenistic period. In the Archaic period Pergamum had the second biggest library in the world after Alexandria. We will visit the Acropolis and Asclepion. The Asclepion was a sanctuary and healing center built for the god of health Asclepius. Drive to Assos.
Overnight in Assos.

Day-10
22 APRIL 2016 DAY 10 - TROY

Check out from your hotel and drive to Homer's legendary Troy. The city of Troy dates from 3000BC until 400 AD in nine different layers.
After visiting Troy drive to Canakkale. Check into the hotel.
Overnight in Canakkale.

Day-11
23 APRIL 2016 Day 11 : Touring of ANZAC Cove

Canakkale - Gallipoli.
Depart to the WW1 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Please bring your bags with you and place them on the bus. Pay all room bills and hand your key into reception before going to breakfast. The futile campaign, infamously known as Gallipoli, is poignantly etched in history. In the fierce struggle for Turkish territory, thousands perished as the odds were resolutely stacked against them. The Turks sustained terrible losses. Thousands of Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Indian Allied troops also died.
Today, we tour the region with ease and without the crowds, as most ANZAC pilgrims will descend upon the peninsula tomorrow. Walk in the footsteps of the ANZACs with visits to ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnstons Jolly and the trenches. We then drive to the seaside village of Gallipoli.
After hotel check-in and dinner at our hotel, we'll take a stroll along the small harbor. Stop for coffee at any one of the many port side local restaurants and cafes overlooking the water.
Overnight - Eceabat & Gallipoli (B, D)

Day-12
24 APRIL 2016 Day 12- Turkish Air Force Display, ANZAC Eve - Hotel Gallipoli

Returning to the Gallipoli National Park area, we attend the Turkish International Service and watch the Turkish Air Force display at Mehmetcik Abide. We then visit the small fishing village of Kilitbahir and tour the impressive Kilitbahir Fort. Kilitbahir, meaning lock of the sea, lives up to its name. The fort was built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, as part of his successful siege on Constantinople. Many of the naval battles of the Dardanelles in the Gallipoli campaign took place here prior to the army landings. After we've explored the fort we will sit down and enjoy our ANZAC BBQ (late afternoon) lunch before returning to our hotel for dinner and a leisurely evening.
Overnight - Eceabat & Gallipoli (B, L, D)

Day-13
25 APRIL 2016 Day 13 : ANZAC Day - Gallipoli

Gallipoli - Istanbul.
Today, the 25th of April marks the reason we came to Turkey and Gallipoli. Departing our hotel around 2:00 am, we return to the Dawn Service Site. At this point it is a good time to fix in your mind the letter of your coach which can be seen on the sign on the right side of the front windshield. Remember your coach letter, i.e. Coach A, B, C etc.
Important instructions will be given about where to meet with your coach on April 25 after the national services have concluded. It is very important that you follow the meeting instructions in order that you rendezvous with your correct coach. Whilst drop-offs usually run smoothly, be prepared for a long walk from where your coach is ordered to stop, to get to ANZAC Cove on ANZAC morning.
Departing our hotel at approximately 2:00 am, we return to the Dawn Service Site, soaking up the atmosphere of the morning and the heartfelt chants of the crowd.
First light heralds a poignant bugle call and commencement of the Dawn Service. On completion of the Dawn Service at approximately 6:15 am, visitors have a four hour period before commencement of the Australian National Memorial Service at Lone Pine Service around 10:30 am. Many choose to walk the 2-3 kilometers distance via Ari Burnu, Beach, Shrapnel Valley and Shell Green Cemeteries.

Day-14
26 APRIL 2016 Day 14 : ISTANBUL

Istanbul. At 09:00 (after breakfast), join us for a 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus - the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. Returning to the hotel before 12 noon and hotel check-out. This marks the end of a memorable ANZAC experience. If your flight does not depart till later in the day opt to check out early in the morning, then after our Bosphorus Cruise pop across the road to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice market. The ideal place for some last minute souvenir shopping! Make sure you have checked out of the hotel this morning though. (B)

Package Includes:
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch (our ANZAC afternoon Turkish BBQ) and 2 dinners
  • 11 nights Special Class hotels (3 - 4 star), 2 nights 2 - 3 star hotel in the Gallipoli Region.
  • Guided sightseeing of the Blue Mosque,Underground Cistern, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace. Cappadocia,Ephesus,Konya,Pamukkale,Pergamon,Troy
  • Extensive sightseeing of Gallipoli, battlefields, memorials and trenches on 23rd and 24th April.
  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Ataturk International Airport at any time of day or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 2.30pm and 8pm.
  • English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned touring coach
  • Commemorative ANZAC hoodie/ jumper
Exclusions:
  • Entrance Fees: $40-50 USD
  • International flights & visa
  • Tip for your tour guide and driver: as a guideline we recommend you budget USD $3-5 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD $1-2 per day, per traveller for yourdriver. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture.

First Travel (www.travelturkey.com) is official A Group Travel Agency; member of (TURSAB)Turkish Travel Agencies Associations since 1993. Membership Id : 2399 All scheduled times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.


AIRPORT TRANSFERS
An arrival transfer/shuttle bus from Ataturk International Airport is provided on day 1 of your tour from 00:01 through 06:00 on day 2 (or relevant day if traveling on a tour that commences in Egypt and travels to Turkey at a later stage). If arriving via Sabiha Gokcen Airport an arrival transfer is available on day 1 at 2.30pm & 8.00pm. If you are arriving earlier than day 1 and have purchased pre-tour accommodation with First Travel, a transfer will be provided. If you have not booked pre-tour accommodation with First Travel, you will need to make your own way to the start hotel on day 1 after 14.00.


VISAS
It is no longer possible to obtain a visa on arrival in Turkey. Australian, British, Canadian, Irish and USA passport holders can apply for a 3-month tourist e-visa online at: https:// www.evisa.gov.tr. The form is easy to complete and only takes a few minutes. Costs are currently USD$60 for Australian and Canadian passport holders, USD$20 for USA, Irish, British and South African passport holders. New Zealand passport holders currently do not require a visa for a stay not exceeding 3 months.
Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your date of departure from Turkey. Please double-check all visa requirements with the Turkish embassy at least one month before travel, as the above is intended as a guide. Visa procurement is subject to change and remains the responsibility of the traveller and not that of First Travel.


CLIMATE
Turkey is a destination that can be visited year round. Temperatures in April are unpredictable. Days can be amazingly warm, though temperatures do drop at night so it's important to pack some warmer clothes. The weather on the Gallipoli Peninsula in April can be very hot during the day and bitterly cold overnight (with temperatures below freezing). Rain and very cold winds are possible, but you can also get burnt from the sun and wind.
It is important to ensure you have sufficient warm and protective clothing for all weather conditions.


Expect to stand for long periods at times, including in queues for security screening to enter each commemorative site. Some assistance is available, by advance application, for visitors with mobility issues. All of the basic facilities like portable toilets, lighting, and non-drinking water are brought in for the commemorations. Seating is not allocated and is extremely limited at all services. Facilities are provided for people with mobility issues or medical conditions at Gallipoli. The commemorative sites are difficult to access for individuals who require special assistance. Limited mobility assistance is available including: seating in reserved stands, with access to a reserved disabled toilet, and seats on assisted mobility shuttle buses, which move between the commemorative sites.
The commemorative sites are not wheelchair friendly and there are no wheelchairs available for use onsite. Only basic first aid facilities are available from the evening of 24 April and during the day on 25 April. If you do have limited mobility it is also essential that you contact First Travel and complete a fit to travel form so that we can assess if the tour is suitable for you.


Timings for ANZAC Day :

  • The Anzac battlefield area of the Gallipoli Peninsula will close to all visitors from 12.01am on the morning of 24 April.
  • Turkish security personnel will conduct a full security sweep of the National Park on the morning of 24 April to clear any unauthorised visitors.
  • While many coaches and tour buses arrive at the Gallipoli Peninsula in the morning or during the day of the 24th, the Anzac Commemorative Site, where the Dawn
  • Service is held does not open for visitor entries until 4pm.
  • Due to the large crowds and a number of security processes, it may take a while to reach the Anzac Commemorative Site after the opening time.
  • The overnight reflective program commences at 8pm on 24 April and runs until the early hours of the morning on 25 April.
  • The reflective program includes documentaries and interviews about the Gallipoli campaign, as well as musical performances by the Defence Force band.
  • The Dawn Service commences at 5.30am on 25 April and finishes at 6.30am.
  • After the conclusion of the Dawn Service, Australians will walk to Lone Pine to attend the Australian Memorial Service, while New Zealanders will walk on to Chunuk Bair.
  • The Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine commences at 10.00am and concludes at 11.00am.
  • The New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair commences at 11.45am and concludes at 12.15pm.
  • All Australians may be required to remain at Lone Pine until the conclusion of the New Zealand Memorial service, when coaches will be released to pick up their passengers at
  • Lone Pine and then Chunuk Bair.
  • Several hundred coaches may be queued in a random order and it could take a number of hours before your coach arrives. Therefore, you may not be able to leave the Gallipoli
  • Peninsula until mid to late in the afternoon on 25 April. REMEMBER YOUR BUS NUMBER & LETTER What will you need to bring to ANZAC Day Commemorations...

What to Take to Anzac Day Commemorations :

  • When you disembark your coach on arrival, you will need to ensure you are carrying everything you need for that night and the next day, including a sleeping bag, food, water, prescription medications, protective clothing, torch, sunscreen, camera, etc.
  • As you will be seated for a long period of time, for extra comfort we recommend bringing a foam cushion to pad your seat.
  • En route to the Gallipoli Peninsular from Istanbul we stop at a supermarket giving you the chance to pick up reasonably priced snacks and drinks.
  • Your main luggage will be stored securely in the coach.
  • You will not be able to return to your coach if you have forgotten something or wish to return prohibited items.
  • You will not return to your coach until the end of the commemorations period on the afternoon of 25 April.

Our tours are designed for small groups and if you wish to make your package with private guide and transportation we can arrange it.
If You want to book this tour private please complete your reservation from private book button.


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