ANZAC Day 2013 Budget 4 days itinerary
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Welcome to Istanbul - Turkey! This ANZAC Day Tour is suitable for those on a tight budget or time frame who would like to experience Gallipoli, the ANZAC services and a great Turkish adventure, including arrival airport transfer from Ataturk Airport Istanbul, welcome cocktail, coffee, tea and snacks. Conference about ANZAC Dawn Service and Turkey, held by ANZAC experts coming from Australia and New Zealand and professional Turkish ANZAC guides. 3 star hotel accommodation, Istanbul City Tour, Gallipoli tour, ANZAC Day Dawn Service, professional English speaking guides who have the insight, knowledge and experience to give you the best ANZAC Day Tour money can buy and all entrance fees. An ANZAC buffet BBQ dinner is also an option available to you. All you need is to book with us, we take care of all your travel needs and we make your Gallipoli trip an unforgettable memory which lasts a lifetime!
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Day 1 - Istanbul Arrival Day - Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
(Airport transfer from IST, welcome cocktail and ANZAC conference included)
Welcome to Istanbul! We are waiting for you directly at the gate behind passport control / immigration at Ataturk International Airport (IST). Watch out for the TravelShop Turkey sign. transfer to your 3 star hotel. Transfers from Sabiha Gokcen airport can be arranged at extra cost. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul til 6:00 pm Between 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm we will have a conference about ANZAC Dawn Service and Turkey. The conference will be held by ANZAC experts coming from Australia and New Zealand and our professional Turkish ANZAC guides. Welcome cocktail, coffee, tea and snacks are included. You will meet your fellow ANZAC Day Gallipoli tour members and the TravelShop Turkey staff. We recommend you to arrange your international flights, to be at Ataturk airport in time and check-in your hotel prior our ANZAC conference starts. Overnight at Hamidiye hotel in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Gallipoli Tour - Wednesday, 24th April 2013
(Breakfast inclusive - BBQ buffet dinner optional)
We depart for Gallipoli at 7:00am (4.5 hours distance). On the way we will watch the latest documentaries about the Gallipoli campaign. A stop will be provided on the way down for supplies. Before we start our guided Gallipoli tour a little after midday, we will have lunch (not included). The Gallipoli tour includes the Kabatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine (Australias Memorial and Cemetery), Quinns Post, Turkish 57th Regiment Cemetery, the Nek and Chunuk Bair (New Zealands Memorial and Cemetery).
After the tour we drive to the coast of Gabatepe for our big ANZAC BBQ and buffet dinner (optional). At approx 9:30 pm we will depart for the ANZAC Dawn Service. Overnight at ANZAC Cove.
If you dont wish to stay outside at the ANZAC Commemorative Site overnight, we provide optional hotel accommodation at ANZAC hotel in Canakkale. This option is not available after your arrival in Turkey, pre-booking is required.
Please note: Guided ANZAC Gallipoli Tours on 24th April may not be realized as rural police closes the roads for security. The places which cannot be seen on 24th April are listed as the Kabatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine (Australian Memorial and Cemetery), Quinns Post, Turkish 57th Regiment Cemetery, the Nek and Chunuk Bair (New Zealands Memorial and Cemetery). The roads are opened at 06:00pm at earliest, for the Dawn service at ANZAC Cove. There is the possibility of not performing these tours on 24th April for security reasons. If you wish to attend the peninsula tours without any risks, please book the Gallipoli tours we arrange on 23rd and 26th April. We advise you to book our 5 Days, 6 Days, 7 Days, 8 Days, 9 Days, 10 Days or 16 Days Silver or Gold tours instead.
Day 3 - ANZAC Dawn Service at Commemorative Site Gallipoli
Thursday, 25th April 2013
Don't forget your warm clothes, sleeping bags, wet weather gear, torches, hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes because Gallipoli is still as cold and dark as it was 98 years ago! Optional we provide sleepings bags, please let us know at time of booking.
05:30-06:15 Dawn Service, ANZAC Commemorative Site, North Beach
10:00-10:45 Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine
11:15-12:00 Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial Service
12:30-13:15 New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair
After attending the ANZAC services, at approx 3:00 pm we will depart from Gallipoli and travel back to Istanbul (4.5 hours distance). Overnight at Hamidiye hotel in Istanbul, dinner is not included.
Day 4 - Istanbul - ANZAC Tour End - Friday, 26th April 2013
We depart from the hotel at 10:00am for our Istanbul city tour. Please check out from your room, as we will not be back at the hotel in time.
Topkapi Palace: Beginning from the Mehmed the Conqueror, the Topkapi Palace which was the official residential of the Ottoman Sultans until the Sultan Abdulmecid the thirty-first Sultan's time has been used as a center for the state administration, education and art of the Empire approximately 400 years. The palace is full of examples of Ottoman architecture and also contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armor, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts and murals, as well as a display of Ottoman treasure and jewelry.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque: The mosque, built between 1609 and 1616, is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. With its six minarets and a great cascade of domes, the mosque is a worthy sibling to Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia). Pope Benedict XVI visited the Sultan Ahmed Mosque on 30th November 2006 during his visit to Turkey. It marks only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship.
Hippodrome: Today the area is officially called Sultan Ahmet Square, and is carefully maintained by the Turkish authorities. The course of the old racetrack has been indicated with paving, although the actual track is some 2 m below the present surface. The surviving monuments of the Spina, the two obelisks and the Serpentine Column, now sit in holes in a landscaped garden. The German Fountain, an octagonal domed fountain in neo-Byzantine style, which was constructed by the German government in 1900 to mark the German Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul in 1898, is located at the northern entrance to the Hippodrome area, right in front of the Blue Mosque.
Spice Bazaar: The Spice Bazaar, or Egyptian Bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminonu, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
After Istanbul City Tour your ANZAC day tour ends. You have the option to experience a Bosphorus cruise, you will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of the Bosphorus straight which is connecting Asia to Europe. We will drop you back to your hotel to pick up your luggage.
You can make shopping in the shopping centers that we advise. We will be the responsible from the shopping centers that we recommend. So that, you will have solid and guaranteed stuffs. Please make your own arrangements for departure or please let us know if you need airport transfer. We can arrange your transfer with an additional cost.
We hope you had a memorable ANZAC day tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
4 DAYS BUDGET ANZAC DAY GALLIPOLI TOUR 2013 INCLUDES:
Visitors should register their intention to visit at www.gallipoliregistration.com to assist with advance planning for the commemorations and to receive updates should there be any changes to the arrangements for the commemorations.
4 DAYS BUDGET ANZAC DAY GALLIPOLI TOUR 2013 PRICES IN EURO:
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