Duration
6 Nights
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
20 Apr 19
Destination
Turkey
Kicking off in Istanbul, fly to Pamukkale to experience the incredible mineral-rich natural pools. Visit Roman ruins, hear ancient stories and discover Turkeys diverse capital. Commemorate the brave fallen soldiers at the ANZAC dawn service.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul
  • Visit the famous Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
  • Enjoy modern air-conditioned vehicles for all relevant transfers

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
10 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch (our ANZAC afternoon Turkish BBQ) and 3 dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Ataturk International Airport at any time of day or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 2.30pm and 8pm
Economy class flight from Istanbul to Denizli
Qualified English speaking Turkish tour guide
6 nights 4 star and Special Class hotels
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles

TRAVEL DATE
  • 20 Apr 2019

ITINERARY
  • Day 1 Istanbul – Gateway to the East
  • Day 2 Ephesus / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 Pamukkale / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 Roman Ruins of Pergamum  / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 Troy and ANZAC Eve / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 6 ANZAC Day – Gallipoli 2019
  • Day 7 Istanbul – City Tour / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 8 Istanbul / Meals: Breakfast
For Full Itinerary CLICK HERE
MAP
HOTELS
  • Istanbul: Mercure Taksim
  • Pamukkale: Pamukkale Doga Thermal Hotel
  • Kusadasi: Marina Hotel

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
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FINE PRINT
  • Valid for travel: 24 Apr 2019
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: international flights, visa, entrance fees, attendance pass for ANZAC 2019 and tipping.

VISA INFORMATION
  • Australians travelling to Turkey as a tourist or for business should apply for a visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr.
  • For more information, go to the website of Australian Embassy. Alternatively, you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more information or to arrange a visa.

TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Istanbul-Gateway to the East

Welcome to Turkey and the start of a memorable ANZAC experience! Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore Istanbul – a city that straddles both Europe and Asia!
2

Ephesus

This morning you make your way to the airport for your flight to Denizili. Upon arrival in Denizli you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Pammukkale.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
3

Pamukkale

Pamukkale – Ephesus – Kusadasi. Famed for its unique cascades of natural mineral-rich pools, Pammukale is home to some stunning natural mineral pools. Here you can paddle your feet in the warm water flowing over the terraces or perhaps opt for a swim at the Pamukkale Thermal Baths. Just beyond the thermal pools, a stop is made at the Roman ruins of Hierapolis. This afternoon you continue to the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, it became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It reveled in its prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts carefully restored elements within the huge archaeological area including the Great Theatre once capable of seating 25,000 spectators at one time, Curetes Way (one of the main thoroughfares) the Temple of Serapis, the elegant façades of the Temple of Hadrian and the awesome Library of Celsus. Off Curetes Way is ancient public toilets, a brothel, remains of fountains and various temples. We end your day at your hotel in Kusadasi. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
4

Roman Ruins of Pergamum

Kusadasi – Pergamum – Ayvalik. This morning you drive north, stopping at the Roman ruins of Pergamum and its impressive hillside amphitheatre. You also visit the neighbouring Asclepion – a Roman precursor to modern-day hospitals before continuing onto to Ayvalik.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
5

Troy and ANZAC Eve

Ayvalik – Troy – Gallipoli. This morning you will visit ancient city of Troy, with over 4,000 years of history, it’s one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. You’ll have some free this afternoon before early this evening you all relax at your exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before entering the Cove. Once you’re in Anzac Cove you are free to visit the memorials and trenches that dot the area before taking your places amongst the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere-charged ANZAC Eve vigil.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
6

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2019

Gallipoli – Istanbul. Today, the 25th April is the reason we came to Turkey and Gallipoli. Dawn and first light signals the commencement of the annual Dawn Service, attended by Australian, New Zealand and other foreign dignitaries, military personnel and a strong following of regular Australian and New Zealand folk. The poignant and emotive service commemorating this important and historical date allows us time to reflect. Lest we forget. The service lasts for an hour and public wreath laying at the ANZAC Memorial site is possible afterwards. Later this morning Australian’s have the opportunity to visit the Lone Pine Memorial Service at the cemetery that begins at 09:30. Your New Zealanders are invited to attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair at 11:30. Everyone will be picked up after the service at Chunuk Bair (exact time and location to be confirmed with your guide). You anticipate an early afternoon departure time from Gallipoli for onward travel to Istanbul. Crossing the Dardanelles by ferry you will arrive into Istanbul later this afternoon.
7

Istanbul City Tour

Today you enjoy a guided tour of the old city, taking in the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Hippodrome area, the 6th century Hagia Sofia (exterior only), the ancient Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace and more. This afternoon, you take a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. You’ll see waterside palaces framed by a modern city skyline dotted with expansive domed mosques and towering minarets of traditional Ottoman style. Afterwards time is given for you to explore the exotic Egyptian Spice Market, located opposite the cruise terminal. From here you can opt to stay and discover the old city by night or return with your guide to your hotel for a little R&R.
MEALS: Breakfast
8

Istanbul

27th April 2019. Tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out.  Hope you have had a wonderful holiday in Turkey and memorable ANZAC Day 2019 experience. MEALS: Breakfast
DESTINATION
Turkey has so much to offer! There are so many different cities with different backgrounds and history. You will see landscapes in Istanbul or Pamukkale that you can only see in Turkey!
FLIGHT 
  • Between Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane and Istanbul, flights are operated by Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates.
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TRANSFER
  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Ataturk International Airport at any time of day or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 2.30pm and 8pm are included in the deal!

MYDISCOVERIES VIP PACK
  • Start your holiday before you’ve even stepped on the plane with MyDiscoveries exclusive VIP package.
  • Arrive at Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane airport in the comfort and style of a privately chauffeured luxury SUV or sedan, complete with complimentary water and WiFi.
  • Relax and unwind away from the usual airport hustle and bustle with premium lounge access complete with an array of amazing facilities at your disposal.
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WEATHER
  • AprilMaySeptember and October are pleasantly warm.
  • The summer months from June through to September are hotter, with temperatures reaching the mid-30°Cs on the south coast.

VISA
  • Australians travelling to Turkey as a tourist or for business should apply for a visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr.
  • For more information, go to the website of Australian Embassy. Alternatively, you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more information or to arrange a visa.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
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