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.
ANZAC DAY 2015 - cruise option
17 - 27 April 2015 from Athens to Istanbul
Visit the Greek Island of Lemnos (staging post for ANZAC troops) - Anzac Cove - Canakkale - Gallipoli Battlefields Pilgrimage - Troy - Dawn Service - Istanbul
A highlight of this cruise is the four onboard experts. This team of Australian and Turkish Gallipoli specialists will hold presentations throughout the cruise and bring the Gallipoli story alive for you.
If you do not have a ballot you 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)
ANZAC DAY at Gallipoli 2015- Tour 1 & 2 100 Year Anniversary Commemorative
Escorted Tour from New Zealand
Tour Highlights This tour takes in the highlights of Turkey starting in Istanbul, visiting the capital Ankara, the surreal areas of Cappadocia, the limestone terraces of Pamukkale, the UNESCO site of Ephesus and ending with the highlight of attending the Dawn Services at Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary commemorations, side by side with fellow NZ and Australian countrymen and dignitaries.
Tour 1 travels with Emirates Airlines
Tour 2 has an extra night in Istanbul and flights are on Singapore Airlines.
Jordan & The Holyland Pilgrimage
with Rev. Mike Hawke and Colleen Pasley-Doyle
Superbly situated accommodation
3 nights at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel in Jordan,
5 nights inside the old city of Jerusalem, and
3 nights on a Kibbutz Hotel in the Galilee in Israel Highlights include
Dead Sea and Jordan Valley exploration including Madaba and Mt Nebo; Rose Red lost city of Petra
Masada & Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls) in Israel
Wailing Wall, Mt of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Holocaust Museum, Bethlehem Church of Nativity.
Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee - Fishes & Loaves sight, Church of Multiplication, Mt of Beatitudes, Cana Wedding Church, Safed.
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An introduction to the Innovative Travel Gallipoli Anzac Cruise 2015, with guest speaker Dr John Basarin (3 minutes)
Anzac Cruise 2015 with Innovative Travel
Featuring guest presenter, Dr John Basarin, sharing his thoughts on the Turkish perspective on the Gallipoli campaign. (10 minutes)
Dr. Vecihi (John) 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 above for a link to Dr John Basarin speaking at the Wellington Rotary Club feb 2013 on the Turkish perspective for Gallipoli
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