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6 Day Bravo – Anzac Day Tours 2017

The 6 Day Anzac Tour (B-Bravo) is the ideal option for those wanting to experience Turkey and the ANZAC Day commemorations, but have limited time.

The tour begins on the 23rd of April in Istanbul. During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to explore Istanbul by yourself, before heading to Anzac Cove for the ANZAC Day services on the 24th. After the ANZAC Day commemorations, you will receive a fully guided tour of Gallipoli and the Ancient City of Troy. We will return on the 27th for a fully guided tour of Istanbul and our final nights stay before the tour ends on the 28th.

Start Date: Sunday 23rd April
Finish Date: Friday 28th April
Starts: Istanbul
Finish: Istanbul
Places Visited: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Istanbul
Duration: 6 Days (5 Nights)

  • 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 2017 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!

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Day One: Sunday 23rd 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.

If you arrive at Ataturk International Airport on the 23rd 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.

Overnight: Istanbul

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Day Two: Monday 24th April – Istanbul to Gallipoli

After breakfast, we will depart for Gallipoli at around 11:00am. During the journey, your guide will give you some information about Gallipoli and the battles that took place there, giving you a better understanding of the history and importance of the ANZAC Day services. 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 102 years ago.

Upon arriving at Gallipoli, we will have a break for dinner, before making our way to Anzac Cove for our overnight stay.

Overnight: Anzac Cove

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 Istanbul on the morning of the 24th, it is securely locked overnight. This means that you will not be able to access it again until 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.

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Day Three: Tuesday 25th April – ANZAC Day (Gallipoli to Edremit)

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, you will cross the Dardenelles by ferry to Canakkale and travel to your hotel in Edremit, where an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner awaits.

Overnight: Edremit

Meals Included: Dinner

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Day Four: Wednesday 26th April – Troy & Gallipoli Tour – Istanbul

After breakfast, we will travel to the Ancient City of Troy. A world famous archaeological and mythological site, Troy is home to the “Trojan Horse” and “Helen of Troy”. We then make our way across the Dardenelles by ferry to the Gallipoli Peninsula. 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. We then travel back to Istanbul, arriving in the late evening.

Overnight: Istanbul

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Day Five: Thursday 27th 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.

You’ll also have time available for shopping at the world famous Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping centre and biggest “souk” in the world, with nearly 4000 shops selling jewellery, souvenirs, gold and much more. You then have the rest of the day to explore Istanbul on your own and relax.

Overnight: Istanbul

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Day Six: Friday 28th 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

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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 2017 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 Airport between 8am and midnight on the 23rd 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)
  • Flights
  • Personal Expenses

Important Information:
If you wish to arrive in Istanbul earlier than the 23rd or stay longer than the 28th 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.

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