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2nd Aust Light Horse - 14 days

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Tour Code: LIGHT
Tour Duration: 14 days
Region: Anzac Day


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2nd Aust Light Horse - 14 days


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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 13 April 2015 - Istanbul - Monday 13 April 2015. Welcome to Turkey and the start of our 100th Anniversary tour! Included arrival transfer from Ataturk International Airport to our hotel. Evening at leisure.
  • Day 2 - Istanbul - Old City Tour - This morning we enjoy a relaxing 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus - the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. Afterward we commence a classic city tour taking in the Hippodrome area, the stunning Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, underground cistern and Topkapi Palace.
  • Day 3 - Cappadocia - Driving to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where we visit the Ancient Civilisation's Museum. Then we continue east to Cappadocia - one of Turkey’s finest attractions. The isolated region is famed for its troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses hewn from the soft, eroded volcanic rock. Late afternoon hotel check in.
  • Day 4 - Cappadocia - Today we enjoy a guided tour of the World Heritage listed Göreme Valley to view the stunning rock cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples carved by the Christians facing persecution in the 1st - 10th centuries AD. We also tour Zelve with its phallic-like eroded landscape of so-called ‘fairy chimneys’ and other notable rock formations within the region. Tonight we offer our optional 'Cappadoccia by Night' folklore evening. With a 3 course dinner, beer, wine, folklore show, belly dancer and entertainment, it's a top night out. Tickets can only be purchased before arriving in Turkey.
  • Day 5 - Antalya - Heading south along an ancient Silk Road, we visit an old caravanserai in Sultanhani. In pious Konya, we tour the mystic Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum before continuing to the Mediterranean coast.
  • Day 6 - Perge & Aspendos - Today we visits to the Roman ruins of Perge and Aspendos. Perge boasts a great theatre, stadium, colonnaded street and impressive baths. Free time to relax.
  • Day 7 - Saklikent Gorge - Antalya - Fethiye. Following the stunning Mediterranean coast, we visit Saklikent Gorge - a natural wonder of breathtaking beauty, where we can perhaps enjoy an invigorating dip in the ice cold waters that cut a swathe through the fissure. En route to Fethiye - a seaside town on the Turquoise coast, we also stop at a carpet dyeing, weaving and manufacturing house.
  • Day 8-9 - Fethiye R&R - A free day to relax, swim, take a boat trip and shop. Fethiye also boasts great pubs, clubs and nightlife. On day 9, from Fethiye we drive north to Pamukkale - famous for its unique cascades of natural mineral rich pools. Evening at leisure.
  • Day 10 - Pamukkale Pools & Ancient Ephesus - Pamukkale - Kusadasi. Today, we visit the ancient town of Hierapolis and the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. You can walk barefoot along the terraces allowing the mineral rich waters to wash over your feet or opt for a dip in the hot springs reknown for its therapeutic powers since roman times. Onward to Ephesus - positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, Ephesus became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see the its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exploring all things Roman, our tour takes us to the Great Theatre once capable of seating 25,000 spectators at one time, Curetes Way (one of the main thoroughfares) the Temple of Serapis and the awesome Library of Celsus. Off Curetes Way, are ancient public toilets, a brothel, remains of fountains and various temples. After a short stop at a leather factory, we continue to coastal Kusadasi.
  • Day 11 - Aegean Coast - Kusadasi - Izmir/Bergama. Today we explore the ruins of Pergamum with it’s steep hillside amphitheatre and neighbouring asclepion (ancient medical centre). Continue to Bergama/Izmir on the Aegean coast with free time to relax and enjoy a real beach.
  • Day 12 - Gallipoli - Ayvalik - Gallipoli. Departing very early, if open we will enjoy a short visit to Homer’s Troy - famed for its Trojan wooden horse. Continuing to the Gallipoli Peninsular we enjoy a guided tour of the evocative war memorials that dot the region on Gallipoli Peninsular. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour (subject to ANZAC Cove opening hours and traffic conditions) of the evocative war memorials that dot the region, for example; Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly, the trenches and Kabatepe - the modest ANZAC museum. Early this evening, we’ll relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before later taking our places amongst the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere charged ANZAC Eve vigil.
  • Day 13 - ANZAC day - Gallipoli - Istanbul. First light heralds the Dawn Service, then you’ll have loads of time to independently explore the many trenches and memorial sites as you make your way up to Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair for the Australian or New Zealand National services. The service at Chunuk Bair usually starts about an hour after the Australian service at Lone Pine. If you’re a Kiwi, head straight to Chunuk Bair. This afternoon, we return to Istanbul, arriving very late in the evening. Hotel check in and a earn a well- deserved rest after an emotion-filled day at Gallipoli. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic)
  • Day 14 - null - Sunday 26 April 2015. Our tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out at 12 noon. We hope you have had a wonderful tour of Turkey and memorable Anzac Day experience.

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13 Apr 201527 Apr 2015A$3299
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