Anzac Day & Classical Egypt 2024 - 16 Days

Anzac Day & Classical Egypt 2024 - 16 Days

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Anzac Day & Classical Egypt 2024 - 16 Days

16 Days Starting in Istanbul and ending in Cairo

Visiting: İstanbul, Gelibolu, Cairo, Pyramid of Giza Egypt, Saqqarah, Luxor, Dandarah, Kom Umbu, Aswan

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 32

Age range:

18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult

Trip Styles:

Small Group

From: $4735 $4605 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$130

NB: Prices correct on 18-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

ANZAC Day & Classical Egypt 2024. Attend the evocative ANZAC Day Dawn service in Gallipoli, combined with the highlights of Istanbul and Egypt. Cruise Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait and marvel at the stunning Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. In Egypt, visit the iconic Pyramids of Giza, explore Pharaoh tombs at the Valley of the Kings, and cruise the River Nile from Luxor to Aswan.

Highlights

  • Aswan - Take a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs

  • Cruise the River Nile aboard a 5 star Nile Cruiser

  • Kom Ombo - Visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

  • Istanbul - Independently explore this captivating city, home to the iconic Blue Mosque and the bustling Grand Bazaar

  • Dendera - Explore the beautifully preserved Temple of Hathor, with its exquisitely decorated ceiling

  • Gallipoli Peninsula - Pay your respects at the Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair memorial site

  • Luxor West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

  • ANZAC Service Site - Attend the ANZAC eve vigil on the Gallipoli Peninsula and commemorate at the Dawn Service

  • The Bosphorus Strait - Cruise the Bosphorus, taking in views of the city skyline, Ottoman architecture and waterside palaces

  • Cairo - Gaze in awe at the ancient Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the new Egyptian Museum

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Istanbul

Location: İstanbul

Tue 23 April 2024. Welcome to Turkey. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the incredible city of Istanbul. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of attractions dotted about the old city known as Sultanahmet. Maybe head to the Grand Bazaar or the Egyptian Spice Market, both open today! This evening after our welcome meeting opt for a drink in the bar, a great way to break the ice and meet fellow travellers.

Day 2: Canakkale

Location: İstanbul, Gelibolu

Meals Included: Breakfast

Istanbul - Gallipoli. Spend the morning at leisure in Istanbul. This afternoon we drive to Gallipoli. En route to the peninsula we'll stop for a bite to eat, stretch our legs and stock up on supplies for the evening ahead. Upon arrival (exact time subject to Dawn Service Site opening hours) you will be given instructions about where to meet with your coach on 25 April, after the services have concluded. Once we're in Anzac Cove you are free to visit the memorials and trenches that dot the area before taking our places amongst the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere-charged ANZAC Eve vigil.

Day 3: Anzac Day - Gallipoli

Location: Gelibolu

Gallipoli - Istanbul. A poignant bugle call along with first light heralds the start of the Dawn Service. Lasting around an hour, the service is a special and moving experience and it's possible to lay a wreath at ANZAC Memorial site after the service has concluded. Later this morning Australians have the opportunity to pay their respects at the Lone Pine Memorial Service, while New Zealanders can attend the service at Chunuk Bair. After the Chunuk Bair service we anticipate an early afternoon departure time from Gallipoli, for our return journey to Istanbul. Please note: the 2024 national memorial services at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair are subject to confirmation.

Day 4: Istanbul

Location: İstanbul

Meals Included: Breakfast

Istanbul. We spend the morning cruising the amazing Bosphorus strait, the geographical divide between Europe and Asia. After the cruise we take in the highlights of the old city on a guided sightseeing tour, including the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome area, the 6th century Hagia Sofia (exterior only), the ancient Underground Cistern and more. This afternoon there's time for you to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice Market. Afterwards, you can opt to stay and experience the old city by night or return to the hotel.

Day 5: Cairo

Location: Cairo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sat 27 April 2024. Our ANZAC tour of Turkey comes to an end today and our Egypt adventure begins. Please Note: The flight from Istanbul to Cairo isn't included in the cost of the tour.



You need to independently book your flight from Istanbul to Cairo, as it is not included in the cost of this tour. Please only book a flight departing Istanbul later than 1pm. Turkish Airlines and Egyptair offer flights between Istanbul and Cairo, check the THY or Egyptair websites for more details.



Please provide us with your incoming flight details to Egypt and we will be there to meet you at Cairo airport and transfer you to our hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6: Cairo

Location: Cairo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is free to relax and explore Cairo. You can opt to join a Backstreets Tour of Cairo which departs the hotel at 10am. This optional tour takes you off the beaten track in Egypt's bustling capital, visiting Downtown Cairo, the exquisite mosques and monuments of El Moez Street in Islamic Cairo, Garbage City and the incredible Cave Church of St. Simon.

Day 7: Cairo

Location: Pyramid of Giza Egypt, Saqqarah

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today see the incredible pyramids and the iconic Sphinx at The Giza Plateau. Perhaps opt to ride a camel. Later we travel to Saqqara, to explore the myriad of tombs and temples at the site and see Zhoser's step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh's chief architect in 2700 BC.

Day 8: Luxor

Location: Cairo, Luxor

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cairo - Luxor. We take a guided tour of the vast new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza this morning. In this incredible 490,000 sq.m complex we'll discover a mind-boggling array of relics and antiquities from almost every period of ancient Egyptian history, including the treasures of King Tutankhamun. Then we head over to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to visit the fascinating Royal Mummies' Hall, where the mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens are on display. Returning to the hotel there's time to relax by the pool before we board the overnight sleeper train to Luxor this evening.





Please Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in late 2023, though an official opening date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead.

Day 9: Luxor

Location: Dandarah, Luxor

Meals Included: Breakfast

We arrive into Luxor this morning and drive to Dendera which is one of Egypt's best preserved temple complexes, located 60km north of Luxor. This vast complex covers 40,000 square meters and its temples, chapels and shrines were gradually built over thousands of years. Dendera's crowning glory is the 2000 year old Temple of Hathor with its exquisitely decorated ceiling. After our guided tour of this incredible site we return to Luxor where the afternoon if free to spend at leisure. Take a stroll around town or enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool and soak up the sunshine.





This evening there is an optional visit to view the beautiful Temple of Luxor at night. Book and pay locally.

Day 10: Nile Cruising

Location: Luxor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its very best and this morning we visit Luxor’s famous West Bank. Our first stop is the famous Valley of the Kings, which is studded with beautifully decorated pharaoh's tombs, some of which you can enter. After exploring this incredible site we travel on to visit the striking limestone, colonnaded Temple of Hatshepsut, who was one of only three Egyptian ruling queens. On the West Bank we'll also see the imposing 18m-high Colossi of Memnon, which are all that remains of the temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III.





Returning to the East Bank we check-in on board a 5 star Nile cruiser which will be our home for the next four nights. Enjoy lunch and some rest and relaxation on board before we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak later this afternoon. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers.

Day 11: Nile Cruising

Location: Luxor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nile cruising. Today we set sail downstream. Relax on deck and go for a swim, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the views as we cruise the River Nile.

Day 12: Nile Cruising

Location: Kom Umbu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nile cruising. Enjoy another day relaxing on board the cruiser as we sail the Nile to the Temple of Kom Ombo today, which is dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. This temple is unusual because everything is architecturally doubled and perfectly symmetrical along the main axis of the temple including twin halls, courts, colonnades, sanctuaries and entrances. After a guided tour of the temple we continue our journey, arriving into Aswan this evening.

Day 13: Nile Cruising

Location: Kom Umbu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Consider the optional early morning excursion to the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel today. Please see our Abu Simbel by Road add-on for more info. Alternatively you can spend the morning at leisure.



This afternoon we take a short motorboat trip to Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC but the Ptolomies and the Romans up to 3rd century AD built most of the existing structures. In danger of being completely submerged by the rising water of Lake Nasser, in 1972 UNESCO stepped in and an 8-year rescue effort was undertaken to relocate the entire temple 20m higher on nearby Agilika Island.

Day 14: Cairo

Location: Aswan, Cairo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Aswan - Cairo. Today offers free time for you to discover Aswan - your way. Consider a visit to the Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote the novel Death on the Nile or opt for a visit to the well-curated Nubian Museum.



Late this afternoon, we board the overnight train (twin berth sleeper cabins provided) for our journey back to Cairo.

Day 15: Cairo

Location: Cairo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Arriving into Cairo this morning, transfer to the hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or you can opt to or join us for an optional tour visiting Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo and the Citadel of Saladin (book locally).

Day 16: Cairo

Location: Cairo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Wed 8 May 2024. Our tour comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    4 star

  • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

  • 9 nights 4-5 star hotels and 4 nights 5 star Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)

  • 2 overnight trains from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)

  • 1 night at the Dawn Service site

  • Morning boat cruise along the Bosphorus straight – Istanbul

  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Istanbul International airport at any time or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 11am and 3pm only. Cairo Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 5 and 16 - you must provide your flight details from Istanbul to Cai

  • Egypt - guided sightseeing in Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan and Luxor

  • Escorted by an degree qualified Egyptologist in Egypt. Services of an English speaking tour organiser in Turkey

  • All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned touring coaches/ vehicles

  • Maximum Group Size: 32 persons

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What's Not Included

  • Flight from Cairo to Istanbul, all other international flights and visas

  • Tip for Nile Cruise staff. Tip for your tour guide in Egypt - we recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tip for your tour organiser and driver in Turkey: we recommend you budget USD $3 - 5 per day, per traveller for your tour organiser an

  • Attendance Pass for ANZAC. Please see the Trip Notes for information on how to obtain your attendance pass - these are free of charge but need to be registered for in advance.

  • Entrance Fees (Egypt): USD$110-120pp, paid in local currency

  • Entrance Fees: Entrance Fees: USD$140-160pp, paid in local currency

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  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

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