ANZAC Soldiers landing at Gallipoli in 1915.

Soldiers landing at Gallipoli in 1915. Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library.

10 days

Gallipoli-2015
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Tour Overview

10 day Premium quality tour

Visiting - Istanbul, Gallipoli Battlefields, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Canakkale, Troy

Activities - History, ANZAC Day 2015, Culture

The ideal way to visit Gallipoli during the ANZAC centenary. Both Anzac Ballot ticket holders and those attending our own Dawn Service will travel to and from Gallipoli in comfort and style. Tour members will discover the wonders of Istanbul, gateway to two continents where east meets west. Visit the renowned Hagia Sophia, cruise the Bosphorus and explore massive Topkapi Palace.

Share the unforgettable moment as dawn breaks over Anzac Cove, immersed in the solemn recollection of 100 years. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of that proud Gallipoli tradition awaits as you join Anzac Dawn and Lone Pine Australian centenary commemorations.

Anzac Cove, Gallipoli - Gallipoli-2015 Premium Bus Tour

Reflect on battles, strategy and life in the trenches as noted Australian and Turkish Gallipoli experts offer distinctive insights. Discover the Turkish story, walking in the footprints of time.

Tour Highlights

  • Professional Tour Guides, especially trained in History and Battlefield Tours
  • Premium bus comfort
  • Generous touring pace, concentrating on Istanbul, Gallipoli, Anzac Day only – 10 days
  • Great value
  • 4 star accommodation on entire trip
  • Land excursions handled by our very own company in Turkey
  • Attending Dawn Service at Anzac Cove “on land” (subject to governmental developments and permission)
  • Proven record of “Turkey Tour Specialists” in Australia over a decade
  • Complimentary “100 Years Gallipoli Memorabilia Medal” to every participant, something to keep for life and pass onto grandchildren
  • Attending 23rd April Children’s Festivities
  • Flights to and from with privately chartered aircrafts, best rates on all classes
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Istanbul

Day 1
Saturday 18 April, 2015
dinner

On arrival in Istanbul, you will be met by the tour operator and transferred to our central hotel. This evening, members meet the tour leader and the remainder of the group in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm for a short briefing and welcome dinner. Istanbul, historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the largest city of Turkey and is located in north-western Turkey (within the Marmara Region). During its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital of the Roman Empire (330-395), the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395-1204 and 1261-1453), the Latin Empire (1204-1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922). Istanbul was one of the major centres of the Art Nouveau movement in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, with renowned architects in this style building palaces and mansions across the city, reflecting the various peoples and empires that have ruled its predecessors. Overnight in Istanbul.

Accommodation in Crown Plaza

Istanbul

Day 2
Sunday 19 April, 2015
breakfast, lunch & dinner

A full day tour to explore exciting Istanbul with your guide. This fascinating destination is the only city on earth to bridge both Europe and Asia, becoming the third and last Capital of the Ottomans. You will visit:

  • World Heritage listed Hagia Sophia, built 537CE, this stunning basilica was later converted to a mosque and is now a museum.
  • The Blue Mosque, commissioned 1492CE with its six stately minarets and exquisite blue glazed Iznik tiles, for which it is named.
  • Topkapi Palace, built 1459CE that served as the seat of Ottoman power for over 400 years.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Accommodation in Crown Plaza

Istanbul Ortakoy Mosque - Gallipoli-2015 Premium Bus Tour

Bosphorus Cruise

Day 3
Monday 20 April, 2015
breakfast, lunch & dinner

No stay in Istanbul would be complete without visiting the Spice Market and taking an unforgettable Bosphorus Cruise. The Bosphorus Strait is 32 km (20-mi) long and joins the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea in Istanbul, separating the continents of Europe and Asia. It has been a waterway of great importance since ancient times. The English name is derived from Greek legend: Zeus had an affair with a beautiful women, named Io. When Hera, his wife, discovered his infidelity, she turned Io into a cow and created a horsefly to sting her on the rump. Io jumped clear across the strait. Thus bous = cow, and poros = crossing-place: Bosphorus = 'crossing-place of the cow.'

This afternoon, a seminar is planned at your hotel where the tour leader and Gallipoli Experts will be presenting to the group on the subject of Gallipoli. Overnight in Istanbul.

Accommodation in Crown Plaza

V Beach Cape Helles - Gallipoli-2015 Premium Bus Tour

Gallipoli Battlefields

Day 4
Tuesday 21 April, 2015
breakfast, lunch & dinner

This visit to Gallipoli remains unchanged by the Anzac Ballot. The tour will make a guided visit to Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Turkish and British areas that promises to be moving and emotional.

Leaving remarkable Istanbul behind, your tour travels via luxury coach to Gallipoli. Today the tour spends the afternoon visiting Gallipoli Battlefields ahead of the big Anzac Day crowds. You will return to Anzac Cove for the centenary Dawn Service, but leave the area today by crossing the Dardanelles to reach your hotel in Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale.

Accommodation in Iris Hotel

Gallipoli Battlefields

Day 5
Wednesday 22 April, 2015
breakfast, lunch & dinner

Your second day of Gallipoli pilgrimage introduces the Turkish story. Led by local Turkish Tour Guides, learn how Atatürk and his army defended their homeland to gain unique historical perspective. The tour will also visit British and French sectors in Helles at the southernmost peninsula tip. At days' end, you will have revealed a complete picture of the Gallipoli campaign from every side of the conflict. Overnight in Canakkale.

Accommodation in Iris Hotel

Children's day celebrations at a Turkish Memorial - Gallipoli-2015 Premium Bus Tour

Canakkale

Day 6
Thursday 23 April, 2015
breakfast, lunch & dinner

A day of spectacular festivities! 23rd April was gifted to the children of Turkey by Atatürk, in celebration of the 1920 establishment of a Grand National Assembly. A very special national holiday, Children's Day is celebrated across Turkey with wonderful displays and exciting performances. Our tour enjoys a unique opportunity to join the merriment at Canakkale's 18 March Stadium and share the joy of celebrating children. A visit to the Military Museum will follow the festivities. Overnight in Canakkale.

Accommodation in Iris Hotel

Troy

Day 7
Friday 24 April, 2015
breakfast, lunch & dinner

Troy is located a short distance away and, today we travel south to visit this important ancient site. Returning to your Canakkale for lunch, the afternoon will be spent relaxing at your hotel or walking in town. An early dinner heralds the pre-dawn commencement of Gallipoli 2015 commemorations the following day. Overnight in Canakkale/Anzac Cove.

Accommodation in Iris Hotel

Dawn Service at Gallipoli on Anzac Day - Gallipoli-2015 Premium Bus Tour

Anzac Day at Gallipoli

Day 8
Saturday 25 April, 2015
breakfast, lunch & dinner

It is said that nations were forged on this day. At 4:30am, 100 years ago the men of ANZAC landed on the beach at Gallipoli and marched into history. Today you will experience a poignant tribute and visit several places of interest or significance.

Although the Gallipoli centenary is about more than a few pre-dawn moments, attending a Dawn Service ceremony is a chance to reflect on those valiant young lives. Premium Bus tour members have two choices to personalise their 2015 Anzac Day experience. Official ceremony attendance (for Anzac Ballot ticket holders): or a dignified independent service on a nearby beachfront (in final planning).

At this close of this highly emotive day, your premium bus will depart for overnight in Istanbul.

Accommodation in Crown Plaza

Istanbul

Day 9
Sunday 26 April, 2015
breakfast & dinner

One last day to enjoy the delights of Istanbul with complete freedom. Enjoy the day at your own pace sightseeing, at the Grand Bazaar or visiting a carpet factory. An ideal opportunity to recharge after some intense and sombre days. Overnight in Istanbul.

Accommodation in Crown Plaza

Gallipoli Turkish Soldiers - Gallipoli-2015 Premium Bus Tour

Depart from Istanbul

Day 10
Monday 27 April, 2015
breakfast

It is time to bid a fond farewell to friends and fellow travellers. Our departure is planned to coincide with other tour departures, for those joining a land tour or on-travelling to other destinations.

Accommodation in Crown Plaza

Gallipoli Memorial - Gallipoli-2015 Premium Bus Tour

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Premium bus
  • Day tours as per itinerary
  • Entry fees to all museums in the itinerary
  • National Park entry & guiding fees
  • Arrival & Departure airport transfers (Meet & Greet)
  • Professional local guides

Available on request

  • International Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single room surcharge
  • Pre and post tour programs TBA

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Istanbul Crown Plaza or similar
Canakkale Iris Hotel

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