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Anzac Expedition 2018 (14 Days, Istanbul to Istanbul)

Plan your escape route to Istanbul and discover all this intoxicating country has to offer on a once-in-a-lifetime, Anzac-inspired adventure. From ogling the mighty Blue Mosque in Istanbul to gazing at the balloon-filled sky in Cappadocia, to soaking up the coastal vibes in Fethiye and joining the throngs of other travellers on the pilgrimage to Anzac Cove, this well-rounded exploration of Turkey ticks all the boxes. Expect Instagram-worthy scenery and bucketloads of pinch-yourself moments.

Inclusions

Attendance to the ANZAC Cove Dawn Service
Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait
Opportunity to attend the New Zealand memorial service
Entrance to the Goreme open air museum and ruins of Hierapolis & Pergamon
Walking tour of Istanbul with a local guide
12 Breakfasts
12 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $2,129
Start Location
Istanbul, Turkey
End Location
Istanbul, Turkey
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
13 Apr 201826 Apr 201838AUD $2,129
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Istanbul, Turkey
Join your new friends at the welcome meeting to get clued up about the trip. Then: off to a local bar in Sultanahmet to ring in your adventure.
Day 2: Istanbul
This morning = a guided tour of Istanbul to see the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar (just to name a few). Practise your haggling skills, Instagram all the twinkling Turkish lamps, and stop to refuel on sticky ice-cream and mint tea. Trust us. Later, enjoy a Bosphorus river cruise to soak in the sights of the continental boundary between Asia and Europe. Included today: -Walking tour with local guide -Bosphorus River cruise -Entrance into the Blue Mosque Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Entrance into Hagia Sofia -Topkapi Palace -Underground cistern
Day 3: Istanbul to Eskisehir
Today we roll into Eskiş A vibrant and cosmopolitan melting pot, Eskiş is home to a booming restaurant scene. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 4: Eskisehir to Cappadocia
Next is Cappadocia, where the sky comes alive with technicoloured hot air balloons and cone-like rock formations spatter the landscape like something from outer space. Get your cameras/Snapchats/Instagrams ready: this place has photo-worthy material for days. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 5: Cappadocia
Your second day in this arid paradise calls for further exploration of the Ihlara Valley. Tonight, join the pros and shake what your mama gave you at an optional belly dancing show with dinner. Included today: -Visit to a Goreme Meals: -Breakfast Optional activity: -Optional belly dance and dinner -Visit to underground city of Derinkuyu
Day 6: Cappadocia to Antalya
Onwards south to the Mediterranean Coast. Our travels pass Caravansary in Sultanhani, the deep blue lake in Obruk and Konya, where we check out the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum. Tonight, we rest our heads in Antalya. Included today: -Visit the deep blue lake in Obruk Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: Antalya to Fethiye
Two days in Fethiye are yours with plenty of options to explore. Located on Turkey's aptly-named Turquoise Coast, Fethiye is known for its natural harbor, azure waters and numerous rock tombs that are remainders from the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Entrance into Saklikent Gorge
Day 8: Fethiye
More paradise today. Stroll the boat-lined docks, tuck into some seafood or gozleme and hunt down the quirky hanging umbrellas in the pedestrian shopping street. Hello, perfect photo op! Meals: -Breakfast Optional activity: -Boat cruise in Fethiye
Day 9: Fethiye to Kusadasi
Another day, another impossibly blue ocean. This time: the Aegean. Make a pit stop at the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis, before arriving at Kuşı Included today: -Visit to Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 10: Kusadasi
Situated on the Aegean Sea, Ephesus was a centre of travel and commerce in the ancient world. Brush up on your history (and Instagram skills) with a visit to the site. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Guided tour of Ephesus
Day 11: Kusadasi to Ayvalik
With its reconstructed temples, crumbling altars and archaic theatres, Pergamon remains one of the world's most interesting ancient Greek cities. Stop at this legendary site to check out the mighty Acropolis, then onto the seaside town of Ayvalı for a hit of sunshine and more turquoise waters. Included today: -Pergamon visit Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 12: Ayvalik to Gallipoli
Start the morning with an optional tour of the archaeological Troy site before making your way to the battlefields of Gallipoli. Tonight, we camp out under the stars and await the Dawn Service. Included today: -Visit the ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli and attend the Dawn Service Optional activities: -Visit to Troy Meals: -Breakfast
Day 13: Gallipoli to Istanbul
If the stirring tributes to the fallen soldiers don’t rouse your tired bones, then nothing will. Despite the lack of sleep, you’ll be pulsing with energy as thousands of Aussies and New Zealanders unite for the Anzac Day Dawn Service. For all the Kiwis, take the chance to participate in the New Zealand memorial service at Chunuk Bair, before we all return to Istanbul in the afternoon for our final night.
Day 14: Istanbul
The trip may be over but the memories will last forever. Sip on mint tea while munching on some breakfast, before we bid adieu to the week that was. Meals: -Breakfast