ANZAC Odyssey

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Important Notice:

Due to the high level of interest in attending the 2015 ANZAC Ceremony at Gallipoli, the Australian and New Zealand governments decided on a ballot system to allocate tickets. This ballot closed in January 2014, with successful applicants notified in March/ April 2014. Contiki were not able to apply for tickets on behalf of our passengers. If you have been successful in gaining a place in the ballot, then we invite you to join one of our trips.
Not been successful in the ballot? Why not choose one of the Ultimate European trips departing the 28th March, which will feature a boat trip to view the ceremony.

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You will visit: Turkey, including Istanbul & Gallipoli

Walk in the footsteps of the ANZAC’s on our moving & memorable Gallipoli experience. Join fellow Aussies & Kiwis & pay tribute on our 5 day tour to commemorate the ANZAC arrival in 1915. First spend a day exploring Istanbul. Then head to Gallipoli where you’ll tour the battlefields & sleep under the stars before attending the sobering Dawn Service. To top off the experience, visit Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair to pay your respects & get back to Istanbul for a tour of Old Istanbul’s sights.

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Make your way to our centrally-located hotel & check-in any time after 2pm, then get ready for a cultural & historical experience like no other.

This afternoon, take time to relax or maybe do some exploring, then this evening we’ll meet up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies for your pre-trip kick start meeting – where you’ll learn all about the adventure you’re about to start.

Istanbul is literally a city where East meets West & such a great place to visit. From icons like the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar & the Hagia Sofia, there is so much to be discovered here.

Tonight, if you feel like exploring you could head to the Grand Baazar for some shopping – it’s an unforgettable shopping experience. Your Tour Manager will give you plenty of pointers about where to head. With carpets, jewellery, spices, music, electronics & more, the place is buzzing, so make sure you’ve got your haggling hat on as there are some amazing bargains to be had.

Hotel

2 Istanbul to Gallipoli

This morning, we’ll start on our pilgrimage to the site of the region’s bloody battle, Gallipoli, where your ANZAC adventure begins. Access may be restricted during the afternoon, but we’ll have you in prime position to access the site as soon as it opens. Tonight feel the buzzing atmosphere with many other travellers as we "camp out" under the stars at ANZAC Cove, where World War I troops landed & await the Dawn service tomorrow morning.

Note: Camping out at Anzac Cove will get chilly, and could be wet, so make sure you bring warm clothes, a waterproof jacket & a sleeping bag to keep you snug. There’s also 8kms of walking involved so bring your comfy walking shoes.

Sleep under stars Breakfast

  • Journey along the Sea of Marmara
  • Visit ANZAC Cove
3 ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

We’ll wake up before sunrise to experience the magical & very moving ANZAC Dawn Service, before we walk in the footsteps of the soldiers up the very same cliffs as the ANZAC troops did in 1915. We’ll pay our respects to the thousands of fallen heros later today - at Lone Pine we participate in the Australian Memorial Service, followed by the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. After this truly unforgettable experience, we’ll return to Istanbul for our last night of the trip.

Hotel

  • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
  • Visit Lone Pine Cemetery
  • Visit Chunuk Bair
4 Istanbul

After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the city on a guided tour. There is so much to see & experience here so get ready for an action packed morning. First up, show you one of the city’s major draw cards & one of its iconic buildings, the stunning Blue Mosque. It’s an amazing building with a series of domes & minarets dominating the skyline, complete with a breathtaking interior of tens of thousands of blue tiles.

You’ll stop for a look at the Hippodrome of Constantinople – an outdoor square once the centre of sporting & social events during the Byzantine (Roman) Empire. After this we’ll take a look at the famous Hagia Sofia church (now a museum) to give you a feel for the ancient Constantinian empire. We’ll then head the Basilica Cistern for a look at the ancient underground cisterns that lie beneath the city.

If you’re up for it, you could experience a bit of Istanbul’s nightlife! Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe & watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. Chill out in a tea garden, or take to the time-honoured tradition of the hammam (steam bath house) get scrubbed down on heated marble stones.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Fully guided walking tour of "Old" Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome (entry to sites not included)
  • The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
  • See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque
  • 'Kervansaray' Turkish evening
    Euro 32.00
5 Depart Istanbul

It's time to swap emails with your tour mates this morning as your 5 day ANZAC adventure ends after breakfast.

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 3 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation & 1 night sleeping out under the stars
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
  • Attendance at the Dawn Service on North Beach & the opportunity to attend the National Services at Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver
  • Sightseeing tours as described in itinerary
  • Services of an experienced & fully licensed Turkish Guide
  • Fully guided walking tour of “Old” Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Hippodrome

Food

  • 3 continental breakfasts

Inclusions

  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
  • Journey along the Sea of Marmara
  • Visit ANZAC Cove
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Me Time

  • 'Kervansaray' Turkish evening
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$123
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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