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ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE 2024 & Turkey Tour

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Attend the moving dawn service on 25th April 2024 on our special ANZAC Day Turkey tour. Pay homage to our brave troops who stormed the shores of Gallipoli in 1915. Also visit highlights of Turkey such as Istanbul, Troy, Ephesus and Pamukkale.

the tour

Attend the moving Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2024 on our special ANZAC Day Turkey tour. Pay homage to our brave allied troops who stormed the shores of Gallipoli in 1915. Commemorating one of the greatest battles of modern times between Turkish and Australian/New Zealand troops. A harrowing event that turned into a strong bond between the nations forever. The Gallipoli battlefields are visited by 10,000 visitors annually, mostly by the descendants of those who fought here heroically and became part of many historical legends. This 12 day trip will be as entertaining as touching and will definitely change your perspective on the vast history of mankind with a Dawn Service to be remembered for a lifetime.

Our 12 day tour takes you through mesmerising Istanbul, the ancient sites of Troy, Pergamon and Kusadasi. The tour ends at the spectacular calcium terraces of Pamukkale before heading back to Istanbul.

INCLUSIONS

Our special Dawn Service at Gallipoli 2024 includes attendance at the dawn service. Return international flights, with 8 nights accommodation in 4-5 star hotels. Plus 1 night camping under the stars at ANZAC Cove.  All entrance fees as mentioned, along with professional English speaking guides. You will have dedicated AC transport throughout. There is only 1 date available and we have a limited group size. You can secure your spot today from just a *25% deposit. See here for more details.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart Australia

Today you will embark on your journey to fascinating Turkey! Fly from either SYD/MEL/PER/*BNE on this once in a lifetime tour! Note: Some flight schedules may depart on Day 0.

MEALS: In-Flight

OVERNIGHT: In-Flight

DAY 2: Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Welcome to Istanbul! Upon clearance at immigration, you have the option to take our included group transfer or make your own way to your hotel for the night. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

NOTE: The transfer is booked for the majority of arrivals. You may be required to wait for the transfer upon arrival. You are free to make your own way should you decide not to wait.

MEALS: In-Flight

OVERNIGHT: Istanbul

DAY 3: Istanbul City Tour & ANZAC Conference

We depart from your hotel after breakfast at 08:30am for your guided Istanbul City Tour. Visit to

Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque: The mosque, built between 1609 and 1616, is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. With its six minarets and a great cascade of domes, the mosque is a worthy sibling to Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia). Pope Benedict XVI visited the Sultan Ahmed Mosque on 30th November 2006 during his visit to Turkey. It marks only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship.

Hippodrome: Today the area is officially called Sultan Ahmet Square, and is carefully maintained by the Turkish authorities. The course of the old racetrack has been indicated with paving, although the actual track is some 2m below the present surface. The surviving monuments of the Spina, the two obelisks and the Serpentine Column, now sit in holes in a landscaped garden. The German Fountain, an octagonal domed fountain in neo-Byzantine style, which was constructed by the German government in 1900 to mark the German Emperor Wilhelm II’s visit to Istanbul in 1898, is located at the northern entrance to the Hippodrome area, right in front of the Blue Mosque.

Spice Bazaar: The Spice Bazaar, or Egyptian Bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminonu, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After your Istanbul city tour there is an option to experience a Bosphorus boat cruise, enjoy the magnificent views of the Bosphorus which connects Asia to Europe, the best way of seeing the Bosphorus in all its beauty. With the shores rising to heights up to 200m, lined with palaces, ruins, villages, and gardens, this is one of the most beautiful stretches of scenery in Turkey.

At 18:00, we will start our conference about ANZAC Dawn Service and Turkey (Duration of approx 1 hour). The conference is held by ANZAC experts from Australia and New Zealand and by our professional Turkish ANZAC tour guides. Welcome cocktail, coffee, tea and snacks are included. You will meet your fellow ANZAC Day Gallipoli tour members.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Istanbul

OPTIONAL: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

DAY 4: Gallipoli Tour

We depart for Gallipoli at 7:00am (4.5 hour drive). On the way, we will watch the latest documentaries about the Gallipoli campaign. We arrive in Gallipoli for lunch on the coast of Gabatepe. After lunch, we start our tour of the Gallipoli peninsula. Visit Kabatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Cemetery, Quinns Post, Turkish 57th Regiment Cemetery, the Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and Cemetery. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Canakkale

DAY 5: Troy Tour & ANZAC Cove

Today, we will visit the Trojan horse and the ancient city of Troy, located on the other side of the Dardanelles (approx. 1.5 hour distance including ferry). Troy is one of the most famous cities in the history, recalling us Hector, Achilles and Achaean Greeks, the sake of Helen, Paris, Agamemnon and Priam. Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. If you wish to buy snacks for the overnight camp, today is best time to do it. There are also some food and drink stalls available at ANZAC Cove. Tonight at 17:30, we will meet at the hotel for our buffet dinner before heading to ANZAC Cove for the Dawn Service. Camping under the stars at ANZAC Commemorative site is an experience not to be forgotten. However, we can provide optional hotel accommodation in Canakkale if camping is not for you. This option is not available after your arrival in Turkey, pre-booking is required.

Please Note: In 2021 the ANZAC Commemorative Site will open later than it has in previous years. The new opening time will be decided later on and before guests arrival we will inform you. The ANZAC Commemorative Site will not open before the designated opening time. All the guests should be registered for attendance passes.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Camping under the stars at ANZAC Commemorative Site

OPTIONAL: Hotel instead of camping

DAY 6: ANZAC Dawn Service at Commemorative Site Gallipoli (25th April 2022)

Don’t forget your warm clothes, sleeping bags, wet weather gear, torches, hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes because Gallipoli is still as cold and dark as it was 106 years ago! Optionally, we provide sleeping bags, please let us know.

05.30-06.15 Dawn Service, ANZAC Commemorative Site, North Beach

09.30 – 10.15 Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine

11.30 – 12.15 New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair

After attending the ANZAC services, at approx. 15:00, we will travel back to your hotel in Canakkale. The night is yours to relax, dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in Çanakkale.

MEALS: Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Canakkale

DAY 7: Pergamon Tour ~ Kusadasi

Drive to Pergamon (2 hour drive) – see Asklepion, Zeus’s alter, the Red Bassilcia and more. Pergamon is the site of the Hellenistic, and later Roman city of Pergamon, ruled for several centuries by a powerful local dynasty. Its foremost attraction is the Red Basilica, a huge edifice on the river not far from the acropolis, originally built as a temple to the Egyptian god Osiris and converted to a basilica by the early Christians, when it was one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor addressed by St John in the book of Revelation – though sadly it’s now a crumbling ruin with a mosque in one of its towers. After our guided Pergamon Tour, we continue towards Kusadasi. On the way, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre, followed by an optional Turkish Bath. After a good scrub down we will check-in your hotel in time for dinner. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Kusadasi

DAY 8: Ephesus & Kusadasi

At 08:30 we depart to Ephesus (20 minute drive). Once the commercial center of the ancient world – is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. Ephesus, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, considered one of the Seven Wonders, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The guided Ephesus tour also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like jewellery and leather manufacturing. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Kusadasi

OPTIONAL: Turkish Bath

DAY 9: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour

At 08.30, we leave Kusadasi for Pamukkale (2.5 hour drive). We visit the spectacular Cotton Castle calcium terraces of Pamukkale and ancient Hierapolis, walking around this natural phenomenon, gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces. Check-in your hotel in time for dinner and the rest of the evening is yours to explore the small village or relax around the swimming pool. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Pamukkale

DAY 10: Pamukkale ~ Istanbul

After breakfast, you can enjoy the thermal pool and sun until 10:00am then, we depart to Istanbul. It’s a long drive but we have plenty of stops, so settle in and watch the scenery pass you by. (8.5 hour drive). The night is yours in Istanbul once we arrive. Overnight in Istanbul.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Istanbul

OPTIONAL: Hot Air Balloon Pamukkale

DAY 11: End of Tour ~ Departure

After breakfast, we check out from your hotel before 11:00. You have the option to take our included group transfer or make your own way to your airport in time for your return flight home. If you would like to stay on in Turkey or travel elsewhere add our ‘Tour Extension’ to change your flights. Talk to us about Cappadocia add-ons.

NOTE: The transfer is booked for the majority of arrivals. You may be required to wait for the transfer upon arrival. You are free to make your own way should you decide not to wait.

MEALS: Breakfast, In-Flight

OVERNIGHT: In-Flight

DAY 12: Arrive Australia

Today you will arrive home in Australia after your flight from Turkey. Thank you for choosing to travel with MyHoliday2. Hope to see you again next time!

Description

Attend the moving Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2024 on our special ANZAC Day Turkey tour. Pay homage to our brave allied troops who stormed the shores of Gallipoli in 1915. Commemorating one of the greatest battles of modern times between Turkish and Australian/New Zealand troops. A harrowing event that turned into a strong bond between the nations forever. The Gallipoli battlefields are visited by 10,000 visitors annually, mostly by the descendants of those who fought here heroically and became part of many historical legends. This 12 day trip will be as entertaining as touching and will definitely change your perspective on the vast history of mankind with a Dawn Service to be remembered for a lifetime.

Our 12 day tour takes you through mesmerising Istanbul, the ancient sites of Troy, Pergamon and Kusadasi. The tour ends at the spectacular calcium terraces of Pamukkale before heading back to Istanbul.

INCLUSIONS

Our special Dawn Service at Gallipoli 2024 includes attendance at the dawn service. Return international flights, with 8 nights accommodation in 4-5 star hotels. Plus 1 night camping under the stars at ANZAC Cove.  All entrance fees as mentioned, along with professional English speaking guides. You will have dedicated AC transport throughout. There is only 1 date available and we have a limited group size. You can secure your spot today from just a *25% deposit. See here for more details.

INCLUSIONS

 

International Flights ex SYD/MEL/*PER/*BNE

8 Nights hotel accommodation

1 Night camping under the stars at ANZAC Cove

8x Breakfasts, 1x Lunch, 6x Dinners

ANZAC Conference in Istanbul including tea/coffee snacks

Dawn and National ANZAC services

St.Sophia Mosque & Museum

Visit Spice Market

Gabatepe War Museum

Tour of ANZAC Cove & Cemeteries

UNESCO Troia Ruins

Asclepion Ruins

Ephesus Ruins

UNESCO Pamukkale Hierapolis Ruins

Mentioned city tours & Entrance fees to monuments

Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach

Professional English speaking local guides during city tours

1x Group arrival transfer

1x Group departure transfer

All parking and tolls during the programme

 

Departure cities marked with * incur a surcharge of $200 ex PER and $300 ex BNE per person

 

EXCLUSIONS

 

Turkey entry visa fee

Arrival and departure airport Transfers

Travel Insurance

Tipping (Recommended €5 per person per day)

City Taxes at hotels (to be paid directly to hotel)

Porterage at hotels

Meals not mentioned in itinerary

Personal Expenses

Beverages at meal times

Airport transfers outside of the group transfer time

Any other expenses which are not mentioned in inclusions

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2024:

April: 20

HOTELS

 

4-5 STAR HOTELS:

Istanbul: La Quinta Hotel by Wyndham or similar

Canakkale: Troia Tusan Hotel or similar

Kusadasi: Le Bleu Hotel & Resort or similar

Pamukkale: Colossae Hotel or similar

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used

Please note hotels are self rated and/or locally rated

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

OPTIONAL:

Istanbul: Bosphoros Cruise with dinner alcohol – $180 per person

Pamukkale: Hot Air Balloon – $400 per person

Pamukkale: Paragliding – $350 per person

Kusadasi: Turkish Bath with Steam, Scrub & Foam – $150

Canakkale: Hotel instead of Camping at ANZAC Cove – $200 per person

 

Optional tours are in AUD and priced per person. We recommend pre-booking to guarantee availability. Add to cart at checkout

 

TOUR EXTENSION ***FLIGHT PACKAGES***

If you would like to extend your time overseas you can pay a tour extension fee to alter your outbound and/or your return flight/s to a travel date of your choice.

– $200 per person

 

*Tour extensions cannot be purchased once flight tickets have been issued.

*Arrival & departure city must remain the same.

*If there is an increase in airfare cost for your new travel dates you will be required to pay the difference.

*The tour extension fee does not include extra hotel nights, transfers or activities.

*Must be purchased at time of the booking, Price $200 per person.

*Your new outbound/return dates may be determined by airline scheduling. Put your preferred travel dates in the Order Notes box upon booking.

*If you would like to extend your trip and visit other countries we suggest you purchase the ‘Land Package Only’ and we will quote flights separately to suit.

 

EXTRA NIGHTS:

Extend your time in Turkey with extra nights pre/post tour in Istanbul:

EXTRA NIGHTS:

Extend your time in Turkey with extra nights pre/post tour in Istanbul:

 

PRE/POST-TOUR

5 Star Hotel Istanbul – $200

Prices are based per room per night and include breakfast. Airport transfers are not included.

 

EXTRA TRANSFER:

If you would like a transfer to/from the airport the cost will be:

1-3 pax – $180 one way

4-9 pax – $220 per way

10-17 pax – $320 per way

Please contact MyHoliday2 to purchase

 

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid on 20 April 2024

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 90 days prior to departure

Bookings subject to availability

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

A single traveller surcharge applies for solo travellers:

– $700

 

GROUP SIZE:

Minimum of 10 people

Maximum of 40 people

 

CHILDREN POLICY:

Children under the age of 2 travel free of charge, expect for airport taxes and domestic flight cost. Please contact us if you are travelling with a child under 2.

Children aged 3-5 : $1399 per child plus airfare

Children aged 6-11 : $1699 per child plus airfare

Children aged 12+ require a full priced adult voucher

Child vouchers only apply if in addition to two full paying adults

Maximum room capacity is 2 adults and 2 children (1 in existing bedding, 1 in extra bed)

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

This package is available with flights from Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Sydney and are subject to availability.

Flights ex PER/BNE incur a surcharge, see rates above.

Airlines used include and are not limited to; Turkish Airlines, Etihad, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, China Airlines, Thai Airlines, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific and other airlines and their codeshare partners.

Flight portion of this package is non-refundable and 14 Day Money Guarantee does not apply

All travel documents are non-transferrable / non-changeable

Any required extensions to flights must be made prior to tickets being issued. If customer requests to change their outbound/return date after tickets are issued, request shall be denied.

Name changes are not permitted. Should a name change be required a full new ticket shall be issued and customers will be required to purchase a new ticket at market rate.

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

Due to a change in the law no 1618 regulation of Turkish Travel Agencies Association, a travel insurance became obligatory. When you book your ANZAC Day tour, your insurance will be arranged and send to you via email. Please note that this insurance is different from the one you have in your country and we advise you to arrange your own travel insurance additionally.

Day tours included in itinerary may join a larger group than specified

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

We offer a 7 Day Money Back Guarantee. See Refund policy for details

After 7 days from purchase, travel vouchers/tour packages are non refundable

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

Although some airlines no longer require reconfirmation of flights, Reconfirm the ticket 3 days prior to each journey.

For frequent flyer eligibility, baggage allowance and special requirement (Special meals, seating request, medical requirements), please contact your travel consultant.

Please note maximum 2 pieces of checked luggage allowed per person / Not exceeding 158 cm (62 inch).

Please note, flights may require a stopover of more than 5 hours.

Some departure dates may require you to depart Australia on Day 0 or return to Australia on Day 13

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