Welcome to Istanbul, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your guide and the rest of your group.
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Late in the afternoon we will drive to Harbiye Military Museum for a short visit. Tonight don't miss the optional Turkish Folklore evening.
Today we spend the morning at the southern tip of the Gallipoli peninsula at the Turkish memorial, Mehmetcik Abide, and Cape Helles to visit the British memorial and V Beach. We then enjoy a BBQ lunch before heading to the Dawn Service site.
Awake before sun rise for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. We become aware of the almost deafening silence as the moving service to commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day begins. You will then have the chance to attend the Australian or New Zealand Memorial service before we cross the Dardanelles and head to our hotel for a well-deserved rest.
This morning, step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.
We continue east along the old Silk Road heading for the lunar-like landscape of Cappadocia. We take time out along the way to visit the Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum in Konya and Sultanhani Caravansary, a former stop for traders on the Silk Road
Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city.
Leaving the surreal landscape of Cappadocia behind, we head for exotic Istanbul, stopping to visit the nation's capital, Ankara and the Mausoleum of Turkey's first President, Ataturk, to learn a little about why he is so revered in this country.
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.