3 Night Fully Escorted Tour
From: 26 – 29 April 2017
Fully Inclusive at $960 share twin* per person (Land package only)
Single Supplements are available at $310

A visit to Istanbul is a must for anyone visiting Turkey, where an extraordinary cultural experience lies around every corner. On this extension tour you will be treated to all the “must-see” sights of Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia Museum, Grand Bazaar and a cruise along the beautiful Bosphorus. You’ll also fall in love with the locals, who have an infectious love of life and generosity of spirit.

In conjunction with the Istanbul Extension Tour, we will also be operating the In Depth Anzac Day Battlefield Tour, where you will take a rare journey through time and retrace the footsteps of Australian soldiers and Turks who fought and died on the Gallipoli battlefields.

Explore Turkey in Style

Turkey is a vast nation, straddling Europe and Asia, full of beauty and rich in heritage. The country also has welcoming people, fabulous cuisine, great beaches – and low prices. The team at Boronia Travel have been travelling to Turkey for over 20 years and love exploring treasures such as the ruins of Ephesus and Cappadocia.

Ephesus is the grandest and best preserved. Indeed, it’s the best place on the Mediterranean to get a feel for what life was like in ancient times. While a visit Cappadocia is like landing on another planet, with its honeycombed hills and towering boulders of otherworldly beauty. The fantasy landscape is matched by the human history here. People have long utilised the region’s soft stone, seeking shelter underground and leaving the countryside scattered with fascinating cave-style architecture.

If you would like to explore some of the very special sites outside of Istanbul, then please get in touch with the team at Boronia travel and we are only too happy to can create a package to suit your specific needs.

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  • The Grand Bazaar with over 5,000 shops
  • The Basilica Cistern – the largest of Istanbul’s ancient water storages
  • The famous Spice Markets
  • Cruise tour along the beautiful Bosphorus
  • Take in the famous sights of the old city
  • Topkapi Palace – the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years
  • Hagia Sophia – one of the great marvels of architecture
  • The Hippodrome and the beautiful Blue Mosque
  • Farewell dinner with unforgettable views of Istanbul at the Arcadia Blue Restaurant.

Your Istanbul Tour Includes:

  • All meals as listed on the itinerary.
  • All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary.
  • Services of a local english speaking guide throughout your tour.
  • Ground transport in deluxe air-conditioned coaches.
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Boronia Travel Centre cap, ticket wallet and luggage tags.

Extras:

  • Single Supplements are available at $310.
  • Boronia Travel Centre uses Singapore Airlines for all their Gallipoli & Istanbul Tours, and has access to the most competitive discounted airfares available from Australia.
  • Special group airfares are available with Singapore Airlines.
  • Upgrade airfares to Premium Economy, Business and First Class available upon request (where applicable).
  • In conjunction with the Istanbul Extension Tour, we will also be operating the In Depth Anzac Day Battlefield Tour, where you will take a rare journey through time and retrace the footsteps of Australian soldiers and Turks who fought and died on the Gallipoli battlefields.
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Meals Included: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch (No boxed lunches), D = Dinner

Day 1, 26 April – After breakfast we return to Istanbul, with a stop for lunch on the way. This afternoon we visit the famous Grand Bazaar, where we’ll browse some of the 5,000 shops selling gold, silver, leather, carpets, ceramics, Turkish delight and all kinds of souvenirs. Dinner this evening is at our hotel.  B D
Overnight: Kent Hotel, Istanbul

Day 2, 27 April – This morning we visit the Basilica Cistern, the largest of Istanbul’s ancient water storages and featured in many movies and novels. Next we explore the Egyptian Bazaar, or Spice Market, the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar, before lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we enjoy a cruise along the Bosphorus, seeing beautiful mosques, palaces and historic timber houses on both the European and Asian shoreline. Dinner is at own arrangements, perhaps at one of the many restaurants or cafes around Sultanahmet Square. B L
Overnight: Kent Hotel, Istanbul

Day 3, 28 April – Today we take a guided tour of the famous sights of the old city. We begin at Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. After free time for lunch, we visit Hagia Sophia, one of the great marvels of architecture and the most important Byzantine monument in Istanbul. The day concludes with a tour of the Hippodrome and the beautiful Blue Mosque, with its famous blue tiles that surround the interior. This evening attend our farewell dinner with unforgettable views of Istanbul by night at the Arcadia Blue Restaurant. B D
Overnight: Kent Hotel, Istanbul

Day 4, 29 April – Tour ends with a transfer to the airport for return flight to Australia or onward flight to other destination. B

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Kent Hotel, Istanbul

Set in the historic centre of the city, this sleek hotel is 2 km from both the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and 6 km from Topkapı Palace. The contemporary rooms and suites feature minibars, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Suites add separate living areas, pull-out sofas and Jacuzzis. Room service is available. Amenities include free breakfast in an upscale restaurant, in addition to a trendy bar. Laundry service is available on request.

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Gallipoli – Anzac Day Tour 2018
Dear Peter, may we say a huge thank you to your good self for the most wonderful time we have had in Turkey (tour group picture above). You certainly nailed it when you put our trip together and we were very impressed with all aspects of our journey, from the wonderful group with Rod on the Peninsula and the most gracious hospitality of John and Sue Waller in relation to aspects of our visit to Anzac Cove Ceremonies. Please pass on our remarks as it sure was a “class act”. Our extension to several parts of Turkey was most interesting, and exceeded our expectations, and the information we received about the historical sites was very impressive.”
Margaret and Gerard Smith

Gallipoli – Anzac Day Tour 2018
“G’day Peter, Firstly Wendy and I want to thank you for the well organised Gallipoli trip it was first class. The activity went off with out fault. Our guides Rod and Sinan were excellent and with some much knowledge and information to share. We had the pleasure of catching up with John and Susan (From Boronia) they are nice people. Can you please forward this email to them so I can say thank you to them and they can see the group photo.”
David Smith

Gallipoli – Anzac Day Tour 2018
“Peter, I wanted to add my thanks to those of the others in our Gallipoli 2018 tour group for a truly wonderful and memorable week. Everything went totally to plan, from the airport reception through to the various hotel arrangements, and of course the 5 days on the Peninsular (except perhaps for the intervention of DVA) with Rob’s thoroughly professional guiding and instruction throughout. I actually thought I knew a bit about our military history, but Rob and Cinan actually showed me that I still have much to learn. We often grow up just accepting many of the myths and stories surrounding our history – even those of us in the military – but this visit was a real eye-opener in terms of putting it all into perspective, with a hefty dose of reality.

A special thanks to John Waller who really made a great last minute effort to make s comfortable prior to the Dawn Service in response to DVA’s penny-pinching decision to scrap the seating arrangements. I had a letter published in the Canberra Times about that but would be surprised if it has any impact on future arrangements.

And finally, thanks again to Rod – great so see you again mate! Your local knowledge, and appreciation of the details of the campaign, delivered with just a touch of your acerbic wit, really made for a fun trip. Thanks to the whole team.”
Kym MacMillan

Gallipoli – Anzac Day Tour 2018
“Hi Peter, Just a short note to tell you how much I enjoyed my Gallipoli trip. Rod’s boundless knowledge was fantastic, didn’t need to ask many questions as he had already answered most of them with his commentary, Sinan as well was fantastic, not once did either of them have to refer to notes or look up info.

John and Sue also went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable to the point of getting yoga mats and blankets for us for the dawn service when they found there was no seating. Accommodation was adequate, meals were good and beer cheap.

Flights were good with Qatar however my case was damaged on the return flight somewhere between Istanbul and Melbourne. All up an excellent trip, a great group, everyone was at meeting points on time and eager to go, great leaders and a well planned itinerary that allowed some flexibility, all up a great trip, Looking forward to doing a Western Front tour with you in the future.”
Geoff McLeod

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