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Innovative Travel offers a selection of small group escorted tours. These tours are designed with you the client in mind.  Based on our wide experience of these destinations, we have put together tours that not only offer excellent value for money but ensure you get the absolute most out of the countries you are visiting. The tour leaders are carefully chosen for their experience, local knowledge, and most importantly their people skills.

2015 Tour Options
  APR 2015: Anzac Day Cruise (Athens to Istanbul)
  APR 2015: Anzac/Gallipoli Tour 1 ex NZ with Roy Ferguson & Neil Rawlins
 APR 2015: Anzac/Gallipoli Tour 2 ex NZ with Mike Yardley & Colleen Doyle
   MAY 2015: YWAM pre & post conference tours to Turkey and/or Israel
  AUG 2015: 100th Chunuk Bair Celebration tour escorted by Rene Wilson
  OCT 2015:  Cuba photography tour escorted by Paul Daly

2016/2017 Tour Options
Passchendaele & The Somme Battlefield Tours

 Press  article on 2nd Ballot Release recipients



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prices from NZD10,395 per person share twin inside cabin

ANZAC DAY 2015 - cruise option
17 - 27 April 2015 from Athens to Istanbul 
Visit the Greek Island of Lemnos (staging post for ANZAC troops and the station for our brave Anzac nurses) - Anzac Cove - Canakkale - Gallipoli Battlefields Pilgrimage - Troy - Dawn Service -

A highlight of this cruise is the on board team of Australian and Turkish Gallipoli specialists will hold presentations throughout the cruise and bring the Gallipoli story alive for you.

Non ballot holders can still view the Commemorations, which will be broadcast on-board, where you will also have the pleasure of hearing the exquisite voice of soprano Dame Malvina Major (ONZ, GNZM, DBE). 

Former Governors General Sir Anand Satyanand and Dr Peter Hollingworth will be on board and will make a significant contribution to the on-board Dawn Service.





 Anzac/Gallipoli - April 2015
Short Tours ex Istanbul

please note - these tours DO NOT include accommodation in Gallipoli

as at 12.3.15 OPTION A IS AVAILABLE -
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Tours B, C & D are sold out



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Pre & Post Conference Turkey and Israel tours 'Anzac 2015 Turkey' 16-21 May 2015

Hosted by Chris & Susanne Donaldson who bring a unique Biblical focus (teaching, prayer and worship) to complement tours of Biblical sites & lands.

Choice of 4 Pre and/or Post tour options visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, 7 Churches of Revelation, Footsteps of St. Paul, Southern Turkey and Cappadocia with a Holyland extension also available.

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Chunuk Bair- Gallipoli: 100th Anniversary Commemorative Tour 08 August 2015

On 08 August 1915, under the leadership of Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone NZ forces captured Chunuk Bair, which many consider the high point of the Gallipoli campaign.  In memory of this special day an official remembrance service will be held at chunuk Bair on 08 August 2015 to honour the New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACS) who fought with bravery on the Peninsula.

                 Tour Hosted by Rene Wilson  



        27 July - 12 August 2015         full itinerary


 Cuba Photography Tour

13 October 2015 ex Los Angeles (19 days)
Hosted by:  Paul Daly

uba is a photographers dream location - people, history, culture and landscape wrapped up in a Caribbean paradise - it ticks all the boxes

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tour host: Paul Daly

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New Zealand trench Flers September 1916

Commemorative WWI tours to

The Somme & Passchendaele

2016 & 2017

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Dr Basarin has co-authored six books with his wife: A Turkish View of Gallipoli, Melbourne, 1985; The Turks in Australia, Melbourne, 1993; Gallipoli – The Turkish Story, Sydney, 2003; Gelibolu 1915, Istanbul, 2005; Beneath the Dardanelles; The Australian submarine at Gallipoli, Sydney, 2008; Canakkale Bogazinin Derinliklerinde, Istanbul, 2009
Dr Basarin was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He trained as a chemical engineer and migrated to Australia in 1973. Apart from Melbourne, he has also lived and worked in Norway, the United States, Brazil, Germany and the UK in energy, oil & gas and engineering related fields as a manager. After retiring in 2002, Dr Basarin combined his passion for travel and history by leading tours to Turkey & to Gallipoli. He has a proven record of consistently delivering excellent tours for the last six years.

In 2005, Dr Basarin received Victorian Premier's Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs for his long-time work on Gallipoli. Dr Basarin has given many talks, written many articles and appeared on TV features and radio programs on Gallipoli, presenting the Turkish side of the tragic Gallipoli campaign. For a decade, Dr Basarin has been involved with the AE2- Australian submarine project. He acted as the Turkish advisor to the 25- strong team that travelled to Turkey to survey the submarine in 2007. His brainchild AE2 Plaque Project has been implemented in Sydney, Fremantle and at Gallipoli.

"The RSL ANZAC Awards Committee has awarded the 2010 ANZAC Peace Prize to Mr John Basarin of Victoria in recognition of his sustained and enthusiastic commitment to promote relationships between Australia and other communities around the world, particularly in Turkey, with a significant emphasis on his commitment to Rotary Youth Exchange programs and building understanding of the Gallipoli Campaign."

In 2011, Dr Basarin has completed his PhD studies working with Prof John Hall of Deakin Business School. The title of his doctorate thesis was "Battlefield Tourism – Anzac Day Commemorations at Gallipoli". A long-time member of Rotary International, Dr Basarin has been actively involved in charity and community work.

click on the photo below for a link to Dr John Basarin speaking at the Wellington Rotary Club feb 2013 on the Turkish perspective for Gallipoli 

Dr. Vecihi (John) Basarin
An introduction to the Innovative Travel Gallipoli Anzac Cruise 2015, with guest speaker Dr John Basarin (3 minutes)
Anzac Cruise 2015 with Innovative Travel
Dr John Basarin, sharing his thoughts on the Turkish perspective on the Gallipoli campaign. (10 minutes)
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If you are a resident outside New Zealand and would like to join one of our departures, prices are also available in USD, GBP, AUD and EUR with an option to join the tour at the arrival destination. Please email us to enquire prices and availabilities.



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