14 Day/13 Night Anzac Centenary Getaway

Experience History with a 14 Day/13 Night Anzac Centenary Getaway! Enjoy a Historically Themed Cruise from Athens to Istanbul with Stops in Ephesus, Gallipoli, Troy and More. Includes Bonus Nights in Athens and Istanbul, Onboard Dawn Service, Tutorials from Anzac Experts, Battlefield Excursions and More. Stay in a Stateroom with All Onboard Meals Included (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Plus 24 Hour Room Service. Only $8,199 Per Person (Twin Share) - Save over $1,000!
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Historic Anzac Centenary Luxury Cruise with Indulgent Extras

Step back in time with an incredible 14 day/13 night Anzac Centenary getaway including a luxury cruise departing Athens to Ephesus, Lemnos, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Anzac Cove and Istanbul plus two bonus nights in Athens and two bonus nights in Istanbul, beginning 16 April 2015

The once-in-a-lifetime ten day/nine night Anzac Centenary cruise is the only Anzac cruise endorsed by the Australian Geographic Society with an all-inclusive itinerary covering land activities in Turkey like excursions, entry fees and gratuities plus return airport transfers

No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. Buy this offer and get the Booking Guarantee. Book prior to 25 July 2014 and if you can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, get your money back

Sail aboard the Azamara Journey - a small, elegant ship offering more intimate, personalised service and boutique accommodation for only 694 passengers with 408 crew members 

When onboard the Azamara Journey, you can relax in luxurious style in a Club Ocean View Stateroom (Cat 5) featuring a queen size bed (or twin singles on request), modern amenities and furnishings including a flat screen TV, air-con and European linens

Highlights of the cruise include witnessing the breaking dawn over Gallipoli 100 years on, an onboard dawn service and live broadcast of proceedings ashore, a special tribute concert featuring Dame Malvina Major singing Dame Vera Lynn and an international expert panel of globally renowned cultural, military and history speakers

Visit Lemnos island, where ANZAC troops began their journey, experience a battlefield pilgrimage in Gallipoli, enjoy dance and music as VIP guests at the spectacular Children's Day festivities in Canakkle and discover the secrets of ancient Troy

Plus explore ancient Athens and Istanbul with two bonus nights at the start of your journey in a five star hotel in Athens and two bonus nights at the end of your journey in Istanbul (see 'Itinerary' tab for more information)

Azamara Journey also offers two specialty restaurants and a cafeconcierge amenitiesa Spa and Wellness Centera wine cellarlive entertainmentdaily enrichment programs (like wine and champagne tasting), and much more 

Your package also includes:

Daily buffet breakfasts from a huge range of delicacies including pancakes, pastries, eggs made to order, fresh exotic fruits, salmonbacon and much more - all made fresh on Azamara Journey

Daily lunch and dinner with wide ranging options including filet mignon with black truffle sauce from the onboard Discoveries Restaurant, fresh sushi, pastas and salads from Windows Cafe and poolside dining with made-to-order burgers and fish kebabs at the Pool Grill

Complimentary 24 hour room service

Select standard spirits, international beers and wines throughout the entire cruise

Return airport transfers and port transfers including a transfer from Athens airport to five star hotel and a transfer from the hotel to Pireaus Port plus transfers from Istanbul Port to five star hotel and from hotel to Istanbul airport

A fun-filled welcome cocktail party and a black tie ball during the cruise

Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas

Use of the self-service laundry throughout the journey

Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

At-sea activities like cooking demonstrations, an on-board casino, trivia and board games, arts & crafts classesfitness classes, a ping pong tournament, international language programs and much more

What We Like

This once-in-a-lifetime cruise gives you the opportunity to honour the ANZACs on the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, while also discovering the history and culture of Turkey

The Azamara Journey is perfect for the traveller wanting to immerse themselves in each destination with longer stays in port, more overnight and night touring options. Youll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of the bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where the attentive staff are always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel

The best part of cruising is you can visit a selection of popular destinations without ever having to unpack your bag or worry about accommodation - its a luxurious adventure holiday made simple!

You can view all the terms and conditions relating to this deal in the Fine Print tab above

Valid for the 14 day/13 night Anzac Centenary cruise experience from 16 April 2015 to 27 April 2015 only (bookings must be made before 30 July 2014)

These packages are for the cruise only. Flights are not included. Cruise departs from Athens and finishes in Istanbul

Strictly subject to availability and please book early to secure your place (bookings must be made before 30 July 2014)

Booking Guarantee: Book before 25 July 2014 and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund (evidence of attempted must be provided to our Support Team via email prior to 27 July 2014). Refunds are not available if you are not able to secure your preferred travel dates after that date (bookings must be made before 30 July 2014)

Voucher is valid for one person (twin share). You must purchase and redeem two vouchers per booking

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults

Upgrade to a Club Ocean View Stateroom (cat 4) for an additional charge of $200 per person; upgrade to a Club Verandah Stateroom (V3/V2) for an additional charge of $400 per person; or upgrade to a Club Verandah Stateroom (V1) for an additional charge of $500 per person. Strictly subject to availability and payable directly to the cruise provider

Please note, ship will need to be moved on the 25 April 2015 and will not be able to see the actual dawn service from the ship. Those holding the passes for the dawn service will be transferred ashore to attend the service

Voucher and credit card must be presented at check-in

Value has been determined based on the cruise's published rack rates provided and the value of inclusions

Cruise's cancellation and change of date policy applies: No cancellations after booking is confirmed, and no refund if voucher has not been redeemed by 30 July 2014

All surcharges are payable directly to the cruise provider

Prices include all taxes and fees and onboard gratuities

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this voucher

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations

All activities and services are subject to availability

Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher

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How to get there

Flights depart from most major Australian capital cities to Athens via Ethiad Airways, Air France, Qatar Airways and more. Flights take approximately 22 hours plus transit time.

Book your flight through us. Booking a flight is a quick, easy process. First, confirm your hotel booking dates. Then, email us at flights@luxuryescapes.com with your phone number, preferred travel dates, and departure and arrival cities. We will be in touch within 24 business hours with a quote at the lowest rate possible, with no booking fee to you!

Day One: Athens
16 April 2015

Arrive in Athens and enjoy an airport transfer to a five star hotel. 

Day Two: Athens
17 April 2015

Enjoy the sights of Athens at your leisure. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Stay overnight in five star hotel,

Day Three: Embark in Athens
Saturday 18 April 2015 (dinner)

Transfer from the hotel to Pireaus Port and embark on the Azamara Journey in the historic Port of Pireaus. Today's cabin allocation is followed by a stylish evening cocktail function.

Day Four: Ephesus
Sunday 19 April 2015 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Once a formidable Athenian ally, Ephesus was also a great cultural centre. Walk its 2,000 year old streets, visit the Celsus library and take a seat in the remarkably intact amphitheatre.

Day Five: Lemnos
Monday 20 April 2015 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Cruise the Aegean Sea's pristine sapphire waters enroute to Lemnos, ANZAC troops began their Gallipoli journey from this island and returned depleted for the subdued Christmas of 1915.

Day Six: Lemnos to Gallipoli
Tuesday 21 April 2015 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

From midnight, a minute-by-minute re-enactment of the ANZAC soldiers voyage from Lemnos to Gallipoli. Visit the evocative battlefields destinations Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair.

Day Seven: Gallipoli Battlefields Pilgrimage
Wednesday 22 April 2015 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

An immersive battlefield pilgrimage continues with the Turkish narrative and visits to British and French areas at Gallipoli. By the end of today the fabric of a complete story will have been woven. 

Day Eight: Children's Day & Naval Museum, Canakkale
Thursday 23 April 2015 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Embrace a joyous haze of dance and music as VIP guests at the spectacular Children's Day festivities in Canakkale. An afternoon visit to Canakkale Military Museum includes the site where HMS Queen Elizabeth's 15" shell landed without exploding.

Day Nine: Troy
Friday 24 April 2015 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Indulge a passion for culture in the nearby ruins of Troy, and uncover secret links between Priam's celebrated kingdom and Gallipoli. A relaxed afternoon ahead of Anzac Day.

Day Ten: ANZAC Day
Saturday 25 April 2015 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Pay your respects as a lone bugle sounds and the shadows of 100 years loom against the breaking dawn sun. At anchor or adrift a safe distance off Anzac Cover, as directed by Turkish authorities, passengers remaining aboard may take part in a dignified Dawn Service and live broadcast of proceedings ashore. Ballot ticket holders will be transferred to and from the vessel to attend official commemorations.

Lay a floating wreath where Australia's AE2 Submarine lies in the Sea of Marmara's hidden depths en route to Istanbul this afternoon. 

Day Eleven: Arrive Istanbul
Sunday 26 April 2015 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Achieve the ANZAC's goal to conquer Istanbul. Explore the city's charming winding lanes and dramatic monuments, including World Heritage listed Hagia Sophia, the mesmerising Blue Mosque and lavish Topkapi Palace. An elegant black tie ball concludes the cruise.

Day Twelve: Istanbul
Monday 27 April 2015 (breakfast)

Bid friends and fellow travellers farewell. Transfer from port to Istanbul five star. Explore Istanbul at your leisure.

Day Thirteen: Istanbul
Tuesday 28 April 2015

Explore Istanbul at your leisure. Spend the night in a five star hotel.

Day Fourteen: Istanbul
Wednesday 29 April 2015

Bid Istanbul goodbye. Transfer from hotel to airport for your onward flight.

Our Booking Guarantee is our commitment to you to ensure that you get to travel when you want to travel and not when you have to travel.

And why do we offer this?

Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!

How does it work?

It's very simple - make your booking request before 25 July 2014 and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates, a travel consultant will also assist, if your preferred dates aren't able to be secured, you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account).

What do I need to do?

Simply make your booking with the cruise provider by e-mail before 25 July 2014 and if you don't get your preferred dates simply contact our support team via email with evidence of attempted booking before 27 July 2014 and they will refund your money.

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