Day 01 Istanbul (Arrival)
Your guide will meet you at the airport and you will be transferred to the ‘Old City’ where we will visit the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and Saint Sophia. This church – turned mosque – turned museum takes the breath away with the sheer architectural size of its interior and magnificent dome and next we will visit the spectacular Topkapi Palace. Built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, this huge complex commands views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. It was the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire for many centuries (1453-1852) and we will see the extravagant Treasury, the priceless Chinese porcelain. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, L)
Day 02 Istanbul / Anzac / Canakkale
Early departure for the Gallipoli Peninsula where you will visit the war museum which houses an array of memorabilia of the tragic events which took place in 1915. Letters written by soldiers and their clothing, along with rifles, ammunition and old photographs are a few of the saddening historical reflections to be recalled. Continue in the afternoon with sufficient time to reflect at Anzac Cove and the Beach Cemetery, home to one of Australia ‘s most legendary soldiers, John Simpson, as well as Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, original trenches, the Nek, Courtney Steel Post and Queen ‘s Post.
We finish the day by crossing the famous Dardanelles by ferry and driving to your hotel in Canakkale. (B,L,D)
Day 03 Canakkale / Anzac Day / Canakkale
An inevitable early start before midnight is scheduled in order to serve our purpose of presence and to arrive at Anzac Cove by 3.00 a.m. so that we may secure space for the Anzac Dawn service. At 5.30 a.m. as the sun breaks over the mountains behind you, all of the present witness the international gathering of people who have travelled from faraway lands to help commemorate the tragic events of 25th of April 1915. Following the Anzac Day Dawn Service, you will have your light breakfast. Following this free time, you then travel by coach to the Australian memorial service at Lone Pine Cemetery.
Late afternoon you will leave the site with reflections of unforgettable feelings for your hotel in Canakkale. (B,L,D)
Day 04 Canakkale / Troy / Istanbul
After breakfast we proceed to Troy. Referred to in Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”, Troy has in fact nine cities superimposed one upon another. Troy Vl pertains to the famous Trojan War of Homer where the legendary heroes included Agamemnon, Achilles, Ulysses and Nestor on the Greek side and, Priam, Hector and Paris on the Trojan side. We will drive back to Istanbul for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 05 Istanbul (Departure)
Free until departure time. Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
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