Day One: Thursday 21st April – Arrival in Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! After checking into your hotel, you will have the afternoon free to explore Istanbul at your own pace. Later in the evening, you will meet your guide who will answer any questions you may have, and give you all the information about your tour. Following this meeting we have a welcome drink for all tours starting on the 21st April and a chance for you to meet everyone.
If you arrive at Ataturk International Airport on the 21st of April, an airport transfer to your hotel is included in your tour package. A member of the Samyeli Travel team will meet you at the airport. If you are arriving at Sabiha Gokcen Airport, paid airport transfers are also available at certain times (Please see FAQs). If you are arriving by alternative means, you will be emailed your hotel details in April so you can make your own way there.
Day Two: Friday 22nd April – Istanbul City Tour
This morning, we partake in a fully guided tour of Istanbul, the only city to span two continents. Some of the highlights of this tour will include; the Hagia (St.) Sophia, on of the great marvels of architecture, constructed in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian; the Blue Mosque, famous for its unique 6 minarets and blue Iznik tiles; Hippodrome, the centre of sporting and political activities of the old city; Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an amazing collection of silver, crystal and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by Sultans and their families, the jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. The rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul, or you can join us on the optional Bosphorus Cruise and Gala Evening.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Three: Saturday 23rd April – Istanbul to Gallipoli – Guided Tour of Gallipoli
After an early breakfast, we will begin our drive to WWI Battlefield of Gallipoli. During this drive, we will also be showing a movie or documentary about Gallipoli, to help give you an idea of the type of people who fought in this war, and for you to picture the conditions 104 years ago. We will also have a break for lunch. Once we reach our destination, we will begin a fully guided tour of Gallipoli, visiting various sites including; Anzac Cove, Kabatepe War Museum, Lone Pine, the Nek, Hell Spit Cemetery and the Chunuk Bair War Memorial.
Your guide will bring alive the legends of the Anzac’s, telling you stories of the battles and those who fought in them. Visiting the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 23rd of April is a great opportunity to explore the area before the crowds arrive on the 24th. In the evening, we will travel to our luxurious accommodation for an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day Four: Sunday 24th April – Rural Village Visit and Preparations for Anzac Day
After breakfast, we will head to Tahtakuslar where you will be able to experience and enjoy the rural side of Turkey. You will be able to observe the Turkish village life of nomads, and explore the only village museum in Turkey (awarded by UNESCO). The museum will introduce you to the fauna and flora of Turkey, as well as the handcrafted nomadic arts that are on display here.
Turkish people are Nomadic in origin, but today most of them have settled on top of the mountains. Turkey has more than 40,000 nomadic villages and tribes, one of them being theVillage of Camlibel. Located on the outskirts of the mythological Olympos Mountain (Mount Ida), here you will experience the famous Turkish hospitality. In Turkish culture, a guest is a king, and you will be made welcome with plenty of food and drink whilst you relax.
We will head back to the hotel in the afternoon to enjoy the rest of the day. Make sure you get plenty of rest, as ANZAC Day will be a long and busy day. You can enjoy a buffet dinner before heading out for Gallipoli late in the afternoon. Once we arrive, we can ensure a good spot for the dawn service.
Important: For your overnight stay at Anzac Cove, you will need to bring a day pack. Once your main luggage is loaded onto the coach in Edremit, it is securely locked overnight. This means that you will not be able to access it again until we arrive at Istanbul on the evening of the 25th. Please also note that during your overnight stay at Anzac Cove, the weather can be very cold. We strongly suggest that you bring sleeping bags, warm clothing and blankets. We also recommend a wet weather jacket in case of rain.
Overnight: Anzac Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day Five: Monday 25th April – ANZAC Day (Gallipoli to Istanbul)
The Dawn Service begins at first light on the 25th, a truly moving experience for everyone. The service includes tributes and tales of your fellow countrymen, as the many thousands who have gathered remember the fallen.
After the Dawn Service, we will make our way to various sites for other commemorations. The first site we will visit will be the Australian Service at Lone Pine, followed by the New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair. After the NZ service, your guide and coach will pick you up, and we will depart for Istanbul, arriving in the late evening.
Meals Included: Lunchbox
Day Six: Tuesday 26th April – The end of the tour
After breakfast our tour ends, and we bid farewell to our new friends. Wherever you are heading to next, you will take with you unforgettable memories, and a new found understanding of Turkey, a country that plays such a vital role in your own history.
Meals Included: Breakfast
This tour includes:
• Transportation in our fully air conditioned luxury coach (Non-smoking)
• A fluent English speaking tour guide throughout the duration of your tour
• An ANZAC Day commemorative T-Shirt
• Early arrival in Anzac Cove on the 24th of April
• Overnight stay at Anzac Cove on the 24th of April
• During your bus journeys, we show a range of movies and documentaries about Gallipoli
• All entrance fees included
• ANZAC Day memorial services in Gallipoli
• Accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels (as per itinerary)
• Turkish, Australian and New Zealand staff with great knowledge of Turkey and Gallipoli
• No hidden costs!
• No camping!
Arrival Airport Transfers
Arrival airport transfers are free for all customers arriving at Ataturk International Airportbetween 8am and midnight on the 21st April. For full details on how our airport transfers work and getting to your hotel on the first day of the tour then please see the FAQ section.
IMPORTANT: It is essential that customers who wish to use our transfer service send us full flight details including airline name, flight number, terminal number, arrival time. It is your responsibility to ensure we have this information before 7thApril otherwise we cannot guarantee that a transfer will be available.
This tour does not include:
• Airport/Hotel transfers (unless stated)
• Meals/Drinks (unless stated)
• Personal Expenses
If you wish to arrive in Istanbul earlier than the 21st or stay longer than the 26th then we can arrange pre & post tour accommodation for you although we have limited availability of this. The cost of this is per person £35 for a Double/Twin/Triple or £50 for a single room. Please indicate that you require this when making your booking.