Anzac Day 2015

Anzac Day 2015

11 days
DEPARTS 17 April 2015

Price from$3,195

Dawn Service Anzac morning / Cappadocia / Pamukkale / Istanbul

Join us as we visit Gallipoli on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings.

'Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives; You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well." - Mustafa Kamal Ataturk

Anzac Day 2015 map

Fri 17 Apr Istanbul Welcome to Istanbul, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel located in the Old City. Remainder of day at leisure.

Sat 18 Apr Istanbul (B) Visit the only city to span two continents,including: the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.

Sun 19 Apr Istanbul > Cappadocia (BD) Drive to Ankara to visit the Mausoleum of Turkey's first President, Ataturk and learn a little about why he is so revered in this country. Then head into the surreal moonscape of Cappadocia.

Mon 20 Apr Cappadocia (BD) Visit the Goreme open-air museum, Pasabag, Uchisar castle and one of the fascinating underground cities, home to early Christians who hid underground from Roman persecution. Optional evening bellydancing show.

Tue 21 Apr Cappadocia > Konya > Pammukale (BD) Head west along an ancient 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. Continue to Pamukkale for overnight.

Wed 22 Apr Pamukkale > Kusadasi (BD) Visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient resort city overlooking the terraces. Overnight Kusadasi.

Thu 23 Apr Ephesus > Sirince (BD) Visit the site of the Temple of Artemis and tour the ancient city and stadium of Ephesus. This afternoon visit the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines before returning to Kusadasi for overnight.

Fri 24 Apr Kusadasi > Pergamum > Canakkale (BD) We head north along the Aegean coast towards the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli. Along the way we stop for a tour of the magnificent acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamum. Afternoon visit to tour Troy, the site of the famed Trojan Wars. Then proceed to Canakkale for dinner and later cross the Dardenelles by ferry to Gallipoli. We head straight to the site of the dawn service to get a good spot for the long night ahead. We expect there to be considerable disruption and delays accessing the site this evening and patience will be necessary! All passengers must be able and prepared to walk up to 8kms unaided across uneven ground. Overnight Anzac Cove.

Sat 25 Apr Anzac Cove > Assos (BD) Awake before sunrise to the ANZAC Dawn Service. We become aware of the almost deafening silence as we commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day. Attend the New Zealand Memorial services before driving to our hotel. Overnight at Assos.

Sun 26 Apr Assos > Gallipoli > Istanbul (BD) Today we will return to Gallipoli to visit Lone Pine Memorial, Chanuk Bair and Anzac Cove if accessible. Then continue to Istanbul for our final night in Turkey.

Mon 27 Apr Istanbul (B) Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

• Transfers in air conditioned vehicles • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary including entrance fees and the services of an English speaking guide. • 4 star hotels • Meals as indicated • Services of a World Journeys host

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

17 Apr 2015

$3,195

$3,995

Booking conditions

Full payment is required at the time of booking.

There will be considerable demand for accommodation for this particular anniversary so we recommend you indicate your interest at the earliest possible time.

IMPORTANT: Gallipoli Please note that in order to attend the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove, you must be the holder of a Gallipoli 2015 Ballot pass.

World Journeys will make every endeavour to ensure all travellers are kept up to date with the latest regulations dictated by local and international authorities in Turkey, but conditions may change with little notice and we cannot take responsibility for situations outside our control.

Accommodation is not included for the night of 24 April and all travellers should be prepared to spend the full night outside at Gallipoli with limited facilities.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

Airfares, optional excursions, drinks, items of a personal nature.

Gratuity

A tipping fund will apply where each participant will pay the tour host US$135 in cash which will cover all tips throughout the journey.