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 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!Please note: You will need to bring a sleeping bag with you on this trip. Optional sleeping bag rental is also available.
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.
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.
Today we roll into Eskisehir. A vibrant and cosmopolitan melting pot, Eskisehir is home to a booming restaurant scene.
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.
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.
Onwards south to the Mediterranean Coast. Today, our travels pass Caravansary in Sultanhani and Konya. Tonight, we rest our heads in Antalya.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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