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5 Day Anzac Tour Alpha 2018

The 5 Day Anzac Tour (A-Alpha) is the ideal option for those wanting to experience Turkey and the ANZAC Day commemorations, but have limited time.

The tour begins on the 22nd of April in Istanbul. During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to explore Istanbul by yourself and will receive a fully guided tour of Gallipoli on the 23rd of April and a visit to rural Turkish Villages, before heading to Anzac Cove for the ANZAC Day services on the 24th. We will return you to Istanbul on the 25th for our final nights stay before the tour ends on the 26th.

Start Date: Sunday 22nd April
Finish Date: Thursday 26th April
Start: Istanbul
Finish: Istanbul
Places Visited: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Edremit
Duration: 5 days (4 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 2018 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 22nd 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. Depending on your arrival time, you can join us on the optional Bosphorus Cruise and Gala Evening.

If you arrive at Ataturk International Airport on the 22nd 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 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 103 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.

Overnight: Edremit

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

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Day Three: Tuesday 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 the Village 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

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Day Four: Wednesday 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.

Overnight: Istanbul

Meals Included: Lunchbox

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Day Five:Thursday 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

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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 2018 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 22nd 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 22nd 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.

If you are travelling alone and would prefer to pay the lower rate then we can match you up with someone of the same gender to share a twin/triple room (Subject to Availability).

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