Small Group Tour (min: 10 / max: 18 participants)
10 Days ex Istanbul
Departs on 20 April 2024
The opportunity for New Zealanders and Australians to remember their forebears who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Mark the 109th anniversary of Anzac Day and the National Day of Remembrance in New Zealand and Australia to honour the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACS) who fought with bravery on the Peninsula. We return to honour the Anzac Day pledge “We will remember them”.
- Visit the majestic sites in Istanbul of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the fabulous Grand Bazaar
- Explore the Gallipoli Peninsula and Anzac sites in depth before attending the commemorative services on Anzac Day
- View Gallipoli from the Dardanelles by boat
- Important Information
Day 1: Istanbul (D)
Welcome to Istanbul. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Vogue Supreme Hotel for two nights accommodation. Dinner is included this evening at the hotel to meet your fellow travellers.
Day 2: Istanbul (BL)
This morning depart on a half day tour exploring the main Ottoman sites of the ancient city, including Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, which was main residence of Ottoman Sultans, and the Blue Mosque. Lastly is a stop at the Grand Bazaar for time to explore at your own leisure. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Istanbul - Canakkale (BL)
Transfer to Canakkale. You are reserved at the Akol Hotel or similar for four nights including breakfast. (A close base to the Gallipoli Peninsula to ensure you make the most of your time whilst in this area and avoid long delays in traffic for those departing the Peninsula on 25 April.)
Over the next two days visit: Beach Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Hill 60, Ari Burnu Cemetery which houses the graves of 252 commonwealth soldiers, including 42 unidentified graves, Anzac Commemorative Site, Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, Turkish and Allied trenches, and tunnels, 57. Regiment Turkish Cemetery, The Nek Cemetery and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Visit the Turkish village of Eceabat and the Fort of Kilitbahir on the West side of the Dardanelles, in the form of a clover, built by Sultan Mehmet II and the Maori Pah the recently opened commemorative site where the NZ Maori Contingent made its camped before the assault on the heights of Chunuk Bair during World War I. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
Day 4: Gallipoli (BLD)
Continue with your visit of the Gallipoli Peninsula. This afternoon join a cruise along the Dardanelles, to gain insight of the Gallipoli Peninsula battlefield, from the sea. Continue this afternoon with a visit to Suvla Bay Vineyard for a demonstration and wine tastings. Dinner is included this evening.
Day 5: Canakkale – Gallipoli (BD)
Today is a day at leisure to rest before attending the commemorations. An early dinner is included.
This evening depart for Gallipoli (time to be advised) to secure your place ready for the early morning commemorations. (BD)
Today’s itinerary is very much subject to the final timings at the Gallipoli Peninsula. You will be updated on Tuesday 23 April as to your programme for today.
Day 6: Gallipoli (B)
Note: a simple boxed breakfast is included today
Day 7: Canakkale - Sirince (BLD)
This morning transfer to Sirince where accommodation is reserved for two nights, including breakfast. Enroute you will visit the ruins of ancient Troy famous with its wooden horse, before you continue to the ruins of ancient health site of Asklepion in Pergamon. Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.
Day 8: Sirince - Ephesus - Sirince (BL)
Day 9: Sirince - Izmir - Istanbul (BD)
This morning transfer to Izmir Airport for your flight to Istanbul for overnight. Afternoon at leisure in Istanbul. A farewell dinner is included.
Day 10: Istanbul - Departure Day (B)
Transfer to the Airport for your onward flight.
- Small group tour – based on a minimum of 10 & maximum of 18 participants
- Private specialist Gallipoli guide
- First Class Hotels as specified or similar with private facilities
- All transfers
- Commemorative Service at Gallipoli on 25 April
- Breakfasts daily
- 6 lunches
- Welcome Dinner
- 3 dinners at hotel or local restaurants
- Farewell Dinner at local restaurant
- Flight Izmir – Istanbul
- Boat tour at Gallipoli Peninsula
- Wine tasting and dinner at Suvla Winery
- Wine tasting at Sirince
- Bottled water on coach each day
- Porterage at hotels
- Tipping for group activities
- Turkey Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Accommodation based on the below or similar
Vogue Supreme Hotel
Akol Hotel (or similar)
Sirince Hotel (to be advised)
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
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