WHY ARE THE ANZAC BUDGET TOURS CHEAPER THAN THE SILVER AND GOLD TOURS?
The budget tour itineraries are for those people who wish to travel on budget. Hotels are 3 star standard class (NOTE: the 3 days budget tour does not include any hotel accommodation). All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary are included, professional English speaking tour guides, transportation, the chance to experience all delicious traditional Turkish foods. Ultimately, we want you to thoroughly enjoy your ANZAC tour, experience Turkey and have nothing to worry about. Our professional staff will take great care of you so you will want to come back again!
WHY ARE THE ANZAC SILVER TOURS CHEAPER THAN THE GOLD TOURS?
The Silver itineraries are for those people who wish to travel on comfort. Hotels are 4 star standard class. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary are included, professional English speaking tour guides, transportation, the chance to experience all delicious traditional Turkish foods. Ultimately, we want you to thoroughly enjoy your ANZAC tour, experience Turkey and have nothing to worry about. Our professional staff will take great care of you so you will want to come back again!
WHY ARE THE LUXURY GOLD ANZACS TOUR A HIGHER PRICE THAN OTHERS?
You will traveling in a smaller, concentrated group, be staying in first class 5 star hotels and excellent boutique hotels. All entrance fees are included, professional English speaking tour guides, transportation, the chance to experience all delicious traditional Turkish foods. Ultimately, we want you to thoroughly enjoy your ANZAC tour and experience Turkey at its finest. Have nothing to worry about because our professional staff will take great care of you, so you will want to come back again!
SPECIAL EASTER ANZAC TOUR WHAT IS IT?
This tour has been specifically designed for those who want to spend Easter holidays and combine the Gallipoli Services all in one tour. The tour starts on the 11th April and finishes on the 26th. This is a fantastic way to see Turkey and experience Gallipoli at the same time.
Arrival transfers are included from Ataturk International Airport between the hours of 8:00 am til 11:00 pm every two hours on the days designated in the itineraries. We can arrange your return transfers and transfers from Sabiha Gokcen airport at an extra cost. Please book your additional transfers before the 10th April 2015.
Budget ANZAC Day Tour means that you will stay in a 3 star hotel in Istanbul (4 days budget tour: Hamidiye Hotel). The 3 days budget tour is provided without any hotel accommodation, you have the chance to arrange accommodation yourself and we will pick you up in front of Central Hotel in Taksim or in front of Hagia Sophia mosque in the morning before the tour starts.
The Hamidiye Hotel is located very near to the old city center, its in walking distance to Grand Bazaar and other historical and touristic beauties. Hamidiye hotel provides a swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, two restaurants, snack bar, panoramic bar and pool bar - cafe.
Silver ANZAC Day Tour means that you will be in a range 4 star accommodation along with boutique cave hotels in Cappadocia. In Fethiye and Antalya the hotels are all-inclusive.
Our Silver ANZAC Day tour hotels are namely: in Istanbul: Feronya Hotel Taksim, in Ayvalik: Ayvalik Beach Resort, in Kusadasi: Grand Onder Hotel, in Pamukkale: Pam Thermal Hotel, in Bodrum: Green House Bodrum, in Fethiye: Dorian Hotel, in Antalya: Nazar Beach Hotel, in Cappadocia: Gamirasu Hotel.
Gold ANZAC Day Tour means that you will be in first class accommodation throughout the tour, which is range of 5 star hotels, boutique hotels in Assos and thermal hotels in Pamukale.
Our Gold ANZAC Day tour hotels are namely: in Istanbul: Central Palace Hotel, in Assos: Assos Park Hotel, in Kusadasi: Charisma Deluxe Hotel, in Pamukkale: Colossae Spa Hotel.
All hotels named above (budget, silver and gold tours) may be substituted based on room availability or if necessary for any other reason determined by TravelShop Turkey.
You will be assisted by a fluent English speaking professional tour guide who is deeply knowledgeable of Turkey and Gallipoli.
Entrance fees make up to approx 30% of the tour cost. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary are included in the tour price and will be paid for by TravelShop Turkey.
Air-conditioned coach transportation throughout your tour, with a TV. All drivers are professionally licensed. All coaches on our tours stop around every 2 hours so that you are able to stretch your legs, use washroom facilities and buy snacks for the journey. Our buses have a maximum of 40 people so that the bus will not be over crowded.
A wide selection of tasty traditional Turkish food for you to experience while in our country. All breakfasts are included, some dinners are included except in Istanbul, but a few nights you are free to explore for your own choices. In Fethiye and Antalya the hotels are All Inclusive including all food and alcohol.
THE ANZAC BBQ:
The ANZAC Day BBQ dinner is optional on our budget and silver tours and is a great way to meet friends and enjoy local home cooked food. The BBQ starts around 18:00 and we leave at approx 21:00 you can eat as much as you like during this time from the open BBQ buffet.
PLEASE NOTE: If you decide not to eat at the BBQ you are still able to sit at the same area and soak up the atmosphere before heading to the Dawn Service.
The volume attending the service is approx 10,000 people. However this figure changes every year. There is stadium seating, as well as areas to lie down on. You will find WC facilities surrounding the area . There is no ideal time to arrive at ANZAC Cove, we arrive approx 22:00 and are here until After attending the ANZAC services, the next day. Please bare in mind the weather is very hot during the day but very cold during the night there is no indoor enclosure and you are outside all night so don't forget your sleeping bags and lots of warm clothing.
We provide sleeping bags for hire, please let us know in advance if you wish to have one for the night at ANZAC Cove.
WHAT TIME DO THE CEREMONIES START AFTER THE DAWN SERVICE?
After the Dawn Service you will need to take a walk up to the rest of the services.
The timings can change each year but are approxametly as followed.
10:30 Australian National service
11.45 Turkish National service
13:00 New Zealand National service
To get up to each of the services you need to take a walk from ANZAC Cove up to Lone Pine which takes about an 1.5 hours we recommend leaving after the Dawn services as many people are heading to the other ceremonies. To get from the Australia service to the Turkish services takes around 40 minutes and then another 40 mins to the New Zealand Services so you will need to decide which ceremony you wish to attend as you will not be able to attend all three. For any disabled people wishing to join the tour and attend the services please let us know so that we can make necessary arrangements for you at ANZAC.
WHERE DO WE MEET AFTER THE CEREMONIES HAVE ALL FINISHED?
Departure from the peninsula is very hard with so many people, we will leave approximately 3:30 pm
When the ceremonies have finished the Diplomats & Government Officials are the first to leave the area. After these have left the area they will then start letting the tour buses in, please note that that this can take some time as there are 10,000 visitors to ANZAC. The first meeting point for the tour buses is at Lone Pine (Australian Service) the second point at the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand Service). The buses are only allowed to go round once so please be at one of these meetings points. Please also note that the buses are not allowed to enter straight After attending the ANZAC services,, so you will be waiting around for your bus. We will have staff designated outside Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair to show where the bus will pick you up from.
ANY RESTAURANTS AVAILABLE AT THE DAWN SERVICE AND ANZAC CEREMONIES?
There are plenty of snack bars selling kebabs, potaotes, sandwiches etc as well as water and soft drinks. No alcohol is served anyway during the day or night at ANZAC Cove or the surronding areas. Alcohol is forbidden in the area and there are security check points.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT TRAVELLERS:
We have many customers who travel alone. If you don't mind sharing your room with another traveller then we can arrange a twin share, we will not charge you for single supplement.
ANY LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS?
With regards to last minute bookings if you have any friends wishing to join our tours we will do our best to make sure that you will be on the same tour bus, however due to the high volume of customers this can not always be done so we recommend that you all book together.
You will have plenty of time throughout your tour to visit the local shops. Istanbul isn't always the best place to shop! It is the best place to bargain however. If there is something in particular you are looking for, please ask your tour guide and they will advise you on the best place to go. Carpet, leather and jewellery shopping is best done in Kusadasi/Ephesus where you will visit the factories, also learn a lot more about the product from the factory guides.
If you are arriving in Turkey a few days prior to tour start date, we are more than happy to arrange transfers and accommodation for you. This will not be included in the itinerary cost. Additional costs will be advised once further information is given by the customer.
Welcome Party, Turkish 1001 Night in Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise, Turkish Bath, Boat Cruise from Fethiye to Olympos, Cappadocia Turkish Night, Ballooning in Cappadocia. These are optional due to the fact not everybody is interested in these activities. That way the customer is not charged for something they do not wish to do. The optional tours are at very reasonable prices each of themare highly recommended! However these are also non refundable so please make sure that you are able to attend these activities before booking.
WHAT TIMES AND DATES ARE THE OPTIONAL EXTRAS ?
Starts at approx 18:00 on the 24th April. The BBQ is held on the Gallipoli peninsula and from here we will transfer you to the Dawn Services. Food will be served from 18:00 untill 21:30 and you can eat as much as you like. Drinks are not included in the cost however you can purchase soft drinks and alcohol at very reasonable prices.
Starts at 20:00 on the 23rd April. We will pick up from your hotel between 19:00 and 19:30. We will also return you to your hotel once the party has finished around 01:00 am.
ANZAC CONFERENCE ISTANBUL:
The ANZAC conference is already included in your tour and free of charge except our 3 days budget tour. Given by ANZAC experts who will come from Australia and New Zealand, in cooperation with our professional Turkish ANZAC tour guides.
Starts at 15:30 on the 23rd April. We will pick you up from your hotel between 14:30 and 15:00 and transfer you to the harbour for your cruise.
TURKISH NIGHT GALA DINNER:
Starts at 20:00 on the 22nd April. We will pick you up from your hotel between 19:00 and 19:30 and return you to your hotel once dinner has finished.
If you wish to participate in a Turkish Bath during your tour please speak to a Travelshop Turkey representative who will be happy to help arrange this for you in Istanbul
BOAT CRUISE FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS:
Starts on the 1st May. You will be picked up after breakfast and transfered to the harbour to board the gulet which is for 5 days and 3 nights with the 4th night spent at the famous Olympos Tree Houses.
TURKISH NIGHT CAPPADOCIA:
- ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 16 DAY EASTER ANZAC TOUR & 15 DAY SILVER TOUR
This starts at approx 20:00. Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Turkish Night. Dinner is included along with a fantastic show.
HOT AIR BALLOONING IN CAPPADOCIA:
This starts at 04:45 where you will be picked up from your hotel and transfered to the ballooning site. After the trip you will be transfered back to your hotel.
ALL EXTRAS (apart from the Turkish bath Istanbul) NEED TO BE BOOKED BEFORE ARRIVAL INTO TURKEY HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE NON REFUNDABLE PLEASE READ OUT TERMS AND CONDTIONS FOR ALL CANCELLATION POLICIES.
When booking any extras please make sure that your flight times coincide with all our activities. We will send you vouchers for any option extras please retain as proof of purchase.
Depending on your nationality or passport, you will be able to purchase a visa when you arrive at the airport in Turkey. Please however confirm this with your national embassy, as some nationalities require this to be done in advance. Australia and England are charged approx £10 GPB on arrival, New Zealand is able to enter free of charge. Please note that this fee maybe subject to change.
We use New Turkish Lira. Although in a lot of places they will accept US, EURO or GBP. We recommend that exchanging to lira will save you money and confusion. There are many change offices throughout Turkey, along with ATM machines for you to withdraw also. Most shops will accept your credit cards.
Our tour staff are very friendly, from Turkey, New Zealand, Australia and the UK who have traveled extensively through Turkey and the rest of the world. Their attachment to ANZAC Day is also very important, they understand how important it is for our customers from their respected nations. They will be at hand to help you with anything you need, as they have been through it all before!
Please contact the TravelShop Turkey team well ahead of the 100th Anniversary ANZAC Day at Gallipoli.