ANZAC Day 2016 Tour – The Brigadier Tour 14 – Day itinerary

ANZAC Day 2016 Tour – The Brigadier Tour 14 – Day itinerary

‘THE BRIGADIER TOUR’  14 Days / 13 Nights 

14 April Welcome to Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your guide and the rest of your group. Overnight Istanbul. 

15 April Istanbul old city

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul (B)

 16 April Ankara, Cappadocia

After breakfast, drive to the nation’s capital, Ankara, visit the Mausoleum of Turkey’s first President, Ataturk and learn a little about why he is so revered in this country. With Ankara behind us, we head for the surreal moonscape of Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)

 17 April Goreme, Underground city

Today we tour 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. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Tonight, don’t miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers… a night you won’t forget! Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)

18 April Konya, Caravansary

Leaving Cappadocia we head south along an ancient Silk Road for the stunning Mediterranean Coast. We take time out along the way to visit Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum in Konya. Overnight Antalya (B)

 19 April Saklikent Gorge, Fethiye

The Mediterranean coastline leads us to the recently rediscovered Saklikent Gorge. Along the way we have the opportunity to visit a carpet village. Once at the gorge, walk through icy water and battle numerous small waterfalls set in sculpted limestone canyon walls, before taking a tube ride down the rapids. Overnight Fethiye (B)

 20 April Pamukkale, Hierapolis

Leaving the coast behind we drive inland today to visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient resort city overlooking the terraces. Overnight Pamukkale (B, D)

 21 April Aphrodisias, Kusadasi

This morning we continue towards Kusadasi, along the way to visit the ancient city of Aphrodisias, famous in Roman times for its marble sculptures, many of which can still be seen today.Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)

  22 April Ephesus, Sirince

Absorb yourself in history today with a visit to the Temple of Artemis and a guided tour of Ephesus. Experience the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and stadium. This afternoon we visit the former Greek village of Sirince, which is famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)

 23 April Acropolis of Pergamum

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before driving along the Aegean coast to the ancient city of Pergamum. We visit the magnificent Acropolis of Pergamum, its impressive temples and library that made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.Overnight Ayvalik (B, D)

 24 April Troy

Today we visit the archaeological ruins of Troy and we will enjoy BBQ lunch. As soon as we are able we will cross the Dardanelles to the Gallipoli peninsula and head straight to the Anzac area to secure the best spot possible. Overnight ANZAC Cove (B, L)

 25 April ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

Awake before sun rise to the ANZAC Dawn Service. We become aware of the almost deafening silence as we commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day. Also attend the Australian &/or New Zealand Memorial services. After the services, we head to our hotel for some well deserved rest. Overnight Guzelyali (D)

 26 April Gallipoli

Depart for the Gallipoli peninsula early morning and tour this now serene site. Visiting original trenches and tunnels, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and The Nek before returning to Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B, L)

 27 April Istanbul

After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends. (B)

Dates               Twin share pp   Single Supplement

2016                 AU$2,789.00                AU$510.00

 Price includes:

Inbound and outbound transfers from/to Istanbul airports

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

Professional English speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour

Commemorative gift

Entrance fees

13 nights 4* and 5* hotel accommodation

13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners

  2016 prices

$2,789.00 per person in double share

$510.00     single supplement

Tour does NOT include:

Suggested optional activities

Tips to driver and guide