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Itinerary

This 18 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.

2022 - 'ANZAC Day 2022 Flying Carpet Tour'
18 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Saturday 23th April

Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.

Day 2
Sunday 24th April

Gallipoli Battlefields

Today we head to Eceabat, near the Gallipoli battlefields. We will visit the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.
The remainder of the evening is free until we head to the Dawn Service site as soon as it is opened to the public.

(B, D)
Day 3
Monday 25th April

ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

Awake before sun rise for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. We become aware of the almost deafening silence as the moving service to commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day begins. You will then have the chance to attend the Australian or New Zealand Memorial service.

(D)
Day 4
Tuesday 26th April

Troy

This afternoon we head to Kusadasi stopping briefly to visit ancient Troy and its famed Trojan Horse.

(B, D)
Day 5
Wednesday 27th April

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

(B, D)
Day 6
Thursday 28th April

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This morning we will head to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.

(B, D)
Day 7
Friday 29th April

Aphrodisias

Depart from Pamukkale towards Aphrodisias the ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty, Love and Fertility, also famous for its school of sculpture, we visit the stadium, which is the best preserved in Anatolia, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, theatre, the Museum. Afterwards we continue on to Bodrum.

(B)
Day 8
Saturday 30th April

Bodrum

Today is a free day in Bodrum. Maybe visit Bodrum Castle which was built by the Knights of Rhodes in honour of St.Peter. Or the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which was constructed as a funeral monument by Artemisia, Queen of Caria, after the death of her brother and husband Mausolos. It is here that the word 'Mausoleum' comes from. Or maybe just spend the day at one of the many beaches nearby.

(B)
Day 9
Sunday 1st May

Koycegiz, Dalyan, Fethiye

Today our first stop is the lake side town of Koycegiz, its unique environment is preserved as a nature and wildlife sanctuary. Have a bite to eat at one of the lakeside restaurants or explore the local markets, famous for their local citrus fruit. From here its a short trip to the other side of the lake and the town of Dalyan.
Take an optional boat trip along the Dalyan River, passing the ancient Kaunos tombs that have been carved into the cliff face. The Dalyan Delta is a nature conservation area and a home to protected loggerhead turtle (Caretta Caretta) nesting grounds. And finally there is the Sultaniye mud baths, fun, rejuvenating and surely a great chance for a snapshot.
From here its a short drive to our final stop, the seaside town of Fethiye.

(B)
Day 10
Monday 2nd May

Fethiye

Free day in Fethiye. Wander around town, relax at the famous Oludeniz beach or take an optional trip to Saklikent Gorge.

(B)
Day 11
Tuesday 3rd May

Kayakoy, Antalya

This morning we head to Kayakoy. The morning light provides excellent photos of this deserted Greek village. Afterwards we drive to the resort town of Antalya. Here we will take a walking tour of the old town area of Antalya known as "Kaleiçi". Amongst other things we'll visit Hadrian's Gate, the Ancient Harbour and Suna-Inan Kiraç Kaleiçi Museum which even has a Greek Orthdox Church in its garden!

(B)
Day 12
Wednesday 4th May

Perge, Aspendos, Side

Full day tour of the ancient ruins of Perge and Aspendos and Side. In Aspendos, you can see the Roman Theatre built in the 2nd century and seating 15,000 people. Side is one of the best classical sites in Turkey with its Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins.

(B)
Day 13
Thursday 5th May

Konya

Today we travel to Konya and upon arrival we will visit the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi with its accompanying Mevlana museum.

(B)
Day 14
Friday 6th May

Konya, Cappadocia

Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary en-route.
In the afternoon, upon arrival at Cappadocia, we will visit Pigeon and Red Valley and then we visit Cavusin village and lastly Avanos town where we will learn about hand-made pottery

(B, D)
Day 15
Saturday 7th May

Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city.

(B, D)
Day 16
Sunday 8th May

Ankara

Early morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul.

(B)
Day 17
Monday 9th May

Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene) and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorus cruise'.

(B)
Day 18
Tuesday 10th May

Istanbul

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note :
1. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 20.
2. Age : Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. Instead of travelling between Cappadocia and Istanbul by bus, an optional morning flight from Kayseri (Cappadocia) to Istanbul is available at extra cost. Please contact with us for a quote.
5. As international travel becomes possible again we have slightly modified of some tour departures to include ANZAC Day at Gallipoli.
At this stage it is not clear if formal ceremonies will be resumed. They haven't taken place for the last few years due to covid restrictions.
However at the very least we will ensure these tours will be at ANZAC Cove at dawn. Our guide will hold a brief informal service, including the 2 minutes silence. Guests will be welcome to make a speech, lay wreaths etc.
6. The latest information regarding ANZAC Day 2022 at Gallipoli may be found at this "Department of Veteran Affairs - ANZAC Day 2022 page" .. https://www.dva.gov.au/recognition/commemorating-all-who-served/commemorative-services/anzac-day-2022
7. For information on how ANZAC day is run visit our ANZAC Day Information page.
8. This tour is a modified version of our standard Flying Carpet Tour which runs throughout the summer.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Istanbul Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Outbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Istanbul Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Car ferry fees between Canakkale and Eceabat
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips except Driver and Guide
  • 16 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
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Highlights

  • Ankara - Atatürk's Mausoleum
  • Antalya - Kaleiçi (Old Town)
  • Aphrodisias - Museum
  • Aspendos - Ancient Site
  • Cappadocia - Çavuşin Village
  • Cappadocia - Pigeon Valley
  • Dalyan - Kaunos Kings Tombs
  • Fethiye
  • Gallipoli - ANZAC Day - Dawn Service and ANZAC Memorial Services
  • Gallipoli - Chunuk Bair - New Zealand Memorial
  • Gallipoli - Lone Pine - Australian Memorial
  • Göreme - Open Air Museum
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Istanbul - St. Sophia Museum
  • Kayaköy - Greek Village
  • Köyceğiz
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis
  • Perge - Ancient Site
  • Sirince - Village
  • Sultanhani Caravansary
  • Antalya - Hadrian's Gate
  • Antalya - Suna-İnan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum
  • Aphrodisias - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Cappadocia - Avanos - Pottery Village
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli - Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Red Valley
  • Ephesus - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Gallipoli - ANZAC Cove
  • Gallipoli - Battlefields Tour
  • Gallipoli - Johnson's Jolly - original tunnels
  • Gallipoli - The Nek - original trenches
  • Göreme - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Hagia Irene (Aya İrini)
  • Istanbul - Old City - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Pamukkale - Calcium Travertines - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Pergamon - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Side - Temple of Apollo
  • Site of the Temple of Artemis
  • Troy - UNESCO Heritage site
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Prices

Future prices have not been released for our ANZAC Day 2022 Flying Carpet Tour at this time.
Deposit Option available for ANZAC Day 2022 Flying Carpet Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Deposit
01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2022
01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
$ 250.00
Child Discounts available for ANZAC Day 2022 Flying Carpet Tour :
 
Departing between
From Age
To Age
Discount
01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
8
12
25.00 %
* Conditions apply. Please refer to the 'Child Discount Rates' section of our Terms and Conditions.