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ANZAC Expedition tour
Acropolis Blue Mosque ANZAC Expedition Trip

ANZAC Expedition

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
From: $ 1,649 $ 118 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Istanbul
  • Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait
  • Opportunity to attend the Australian/New Zealand memorial services
  • Attend the ANZAC Cove Dawn Service
  • Visit the ruins at Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  • Visit Pergamon Acropolis

Short Description

Plan your route to Istanbul and discover all this intoxicating country has to offer on an ANZAC adventure. From checking out the mighty Blue Mosque in Istanbul and soaking up the coastal vibes in Fethiye to joining throngs of other travellers on the pilgrimage to Anzac Cove, this well-rounded exploration of Turkey ticks all the boxes. Expect Instagram-worthy scenery and bucketloads of pinch-yourself moments.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

Turkey

Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • 12 nights hotels (twin-share), 1 night under the stars at ANZAC Cove
  • Commemorative hoodie
  • Modern air-conditioned coach
  • Awesome Trip Leader and local guide

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Itinerary

Day 1

Join your new friends at the welcome meeting and get clued up about the trip. Then: it’s off to a local bar in Sultanahmet to ring in your adventure.

Day 2

This morning: a guided tour of Istanbul to see the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar (just to name a few). Practise your haggling skills, Instagram all the twinkling Turkish lamps, and stop to refuel on sticky ice cream and mint tea. Later, enjoy a Bosphorus river cruise and soak in the sights of the continental boundary between Asia and Europe.

Included today:
-Walking tour with local guide
-Bosphorus River cruise
-Entrance into the Blue Mosque

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Entry to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern

Day 3

Today we roll into Eskisehir. A vibrant and cosmopolitan melting pot, Eskisehir is home to a booming restaurant scene.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 4

Next is Cappadocia, where cone-like rock formations spatter the landscape like something from outer space. Get your camera/Snapchat/Instagram ready: this place has photo-worthy material for days.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 5

Your second day in this arid paradise calls for further exploration of the Ihlara Valley. Tonight, join the pros and shake what your mama gave you at an optional belly dancing show with dinner.

Included today:
-Visit Göreme

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activity:
-Belly dance and dinner

Day 6

Onwards south to the Mediterranean Coast. Today, our travels pass Caravansary in Sultanhani and Konya. Tonight, we rest our heads in Antalya.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 7

Two days in Fethiye are yours with plenty of options to explore. Located on Turkey's aptly-named Turquoise Coast, Fethiye is known for its natural harbor, azure waters and numerous rock tombs that are remainders from the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Visit Saklikent Gorge

Day 8

More paradise today. Stroll the boat-lined docks, tuck into some seafood or gözleme and hunt down the quirky hanging umbrellas in the pedestrian shopping street. Hello, perfect photo op!

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activity:
-Boat cruise in Fethiye

Day 9

Another day, another impossibly blue ocean. This time: the Aegean. Make a pit stop at the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis before we arrive in Kusadasi.

Included today:
-Visit the ruins at Hierapolis-Pamukkale

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 10

Situated on the Aegean Sea, Ephesus was a centre of travel and commerce in the ancient world. Brush up on your history (and Instagram skills) with a visit to the site.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus

Day 11

With its reconstructed temples, crumbling altars and archaic theatres, Pergamon remains one of the world’s most interesting ancient Greek cities. Check out the mighty Acropolis, then visit the seaside town of Ayvalik for a hit of sunshine and more turquoise waters.

Included today:
-Visit Pergamon Acropolis

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 12

Start the morning with an optional tour of the archaeological Troy site before making your way to the battlefields of Gallipoli. Tonight, we camp out under the stars and await the Dawn Service.

Included today:
-Visit the ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli

Optional activities:
-Visit Troy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 13

If this morning’s stirring tributes to fallen soldiers don’t rouse your tired bones, then nothing will. Despite the lack of sleep, you’ll be pulsing with energy as thousands of Aussies and Kiwis unite for the Anzac Day Dawn Service. Kiwis can take the chance to participate in the New Zealand memorial service at Chunuk Bair (all welcome) and there’s also the Australian memorial service at Lone Pine to attend (all welcome) before we return to Istanbul in the afternoon for our final night.

Included today:
-Dawn service

Day 14

The trip may be over, but the memories will last forever. Sip on mint tea and tuck into breakfast before we bid adieu to the week that was.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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Extremely knowledgeable

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Accomodations

We select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, while striving to keep the cost affordable.

Your trip will stay in a range of hotels of two to three-star quality.

Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.

Rooms are en-suite and on a multishare basis where you will usually share with between 3 and 5 others (although in some circumstances you will share with more than 5)

Please note: When staying in multi-share accommodation, all rooms are single-sex.

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.

Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning).

If you have any dietary requirements, we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Customer Service Consultant when you book. You can also make note of this in the Topdeck app when you check in (see below).

However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we visit will be able to cater to all dietary needs.

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