DAY 1 Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise.
At the terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk representative, as we pick you up from the airport and take you to our Istanbul hotel. Gather round in the hotel lobby as we meet both the other tour members and your guide. Listen up for a fast and informal meeting with the leader including registration and a short brief about the adventures ahead and some country info. After the welcome has concluded around 7pm we will then take a relaxing cruise along the magnificent Bosphorus capturing the spectacular sites and delights of Istanbul. Click for the arrival details –
DAY 2 Istanbul, Cappadocia.
Today we sit back and relax in the coach. This is a day to enjoy the amazing Turkish scenery cunfold before us, while listening to your musiplayer or just watching the small towns and villages we pass by. We drive through the capital Ankara bound for a night sleep in Cappadocia.
DAY 3 Cappadocia.
We wake up for breakfast and are located amongst the fairy chimney rock formations, in a town in Cappadocia, a historical region of the Nevşehir Province in Central Anatolia. The Göreme National Park (Göreme Milli Parklar in Turkish) was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 and continues to astound visitors. We also visit Göreme Open Air Museum, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar and Cavusin.
DAY 4 Cappadocia, Ihlara, Pamukkale.
Today get ready to be more delighted with what Turkey has to offer both naturally and historically. What makes the valley of Ihlara unique is the ancient history of its inhabitants. The whole canyon is honeycombed with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period.
DAY 5 Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi
Now we head to Pamukkale meaning cotton castle in Turkish, this is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertine’s, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white castle and people have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus, will be our next stop. Ephesus is a spectacular ancient city and was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. Famous also given that historians believe that The Gospel of John was written here. It is also the site of a large gladiators’ graveyard and famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BCE), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
DAY 6 Kusadasi, Pergamum, Ayvalik
After breakfast we continue to Pergamum, and the remains of the Asklepion.Then we will drive to our 5 star hotel in Ayvalik.You will have full afternoon to relax and discover the town Ayvalık.
DAY 7 Ayvalık,Troy,Gallipoli, Canakkale or Kucukkuyu
Today we depart for ancient city called Troy, then we will explore the Gallipoli peninsula without the crowds.It is in silence and quiet contemplation we can truly capture the ANZAC spirit. Today provides a more detailed, personal and emotional experience to reflect and explore the history and heartbeat of this region. We visit Kabatepe War Museum, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Jonston’s Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Road, Turkish Memorial.
DAY 8 Canakkale or Kucukkuyu , Gallipoli, Dawn Service
After breakfast we jump into the coach and head for the shores of Gallipoli. Tonight we set up base camp to ensure the best position is kept for the Dawn Service and we sleep under the stars in the ceremony area.
DAY 9 Gallipoli,National Ceremonies,Istanbul
We wake before the break of dawn and watch as the sun rises over the battle field, we remember the soldiers who lost their lives on this exact day all those years ago. We also attend the National ceremonies and services later in the day. This afternoon we will depart for Istanbul.
DAY 10 Istanbul.
After breakfast we begin to experience the magnificence of Istanbul. We stroll through the old town visiting Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and the Underground Cistern. Today you can shop for keepsakes in the old town, visit the splendid Ottoman Palaces or discover its many evocative mosques. Important: As the tour finishes around 1.30pm please book flights accordingly.