Anzac Day Tours - Gallipoli Turkey

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ANZAC DAY 2019 - 3 Day Tour - 24-26 April

From GBP 199/pp

Overview

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Our 3 day tour is for anyone getting into Istanbul on 23 or 24 April. After meeting in Istanbul we head to Gallipoli for the 25 April Anzac Day services before returning to Istanbul for the traditional game of two-up. A great option for those with limited time in Turkey, we concentrate most of our time at the incredible Gallipoli & Anzac Cove area.

3 Day Tour Overview

After meeting in Istanbul on 24 April we take a guided walking tour of the historic Sultanahmet area and sit down for a late lunch. The tour then departs Istanbul and heads to Gallipoli where we set up at Anzac Cove in preparation for the dawn service. Following the dawn service we embark on a guided tour of the Gallipoli battlefields and memorials including Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Johnston's Jolly, Shell Green, the Nek, Shrapnel Valley, Quinn's Post, Beach Cemetery, the Turkish Memorial & more.

The Australian Government hosts a service at Lone Pine later in the morning while the Kiwis will attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair after which we return to Istanbul.

An extra night of accommodation for Tuesday 23 April is available to add when making your booking.

When to Arrive

We have airport pick-ups available at the following times on 24 April:

  • 7am at Sabiha Gökçen Airport meeting the Pegasus Airlines flight from London Stansted;
  • 2pm at Istanbul New Airport meeting the Turkish Airlines and British Airways lunchtime arrivals from London.
Anyone already in Istanbul can add an extra night of accommodation on 23 April or meet the group at our Sultanahmet walking tour departure point at 3pm on 24 April.

Any Questions?

Email us at london@thefanatics.com if you have any questions about the tour.

Inclusions

  • Optional airport pick-ups
  • Guided Istanbul walking tour & welcome lunch
  • Return coach transfers between Istanbul and Gallipoli
  • Anzac Day memorial services at Gallipoli
  • One night Istanbul hostel or hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Local English speaking Turkish professional tour guide
  • Experienced Fanatics Anzac Day tour leader
  • Fanatics Anzac Day hoodie - Aussie gold or Kiwi black

Register Your Attendance

All attendees (Aussies & Kiwis) must register their attendance at the Gallipoli commemorative services on the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs website HERE.

Tourist Visas

People travelling on Australian, UK or European passports (among others) must purchase a tourist visa online before arriving in Turkey - see the TURKISH VISA WEBSITE for details. New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa.

Entry Fees & Meals

The tour price does not include entrance fees to museums. No entry fee is required at the Gallipoli battlefields or Anzac services. Turkey's currency is the Lira and exchange rates are approximately 1TL = AUD 0.33 / NZD 0.35 / GBP 0.18 / EUR 0.21 (as at mid-2018). Some examples of entry fees to visit the main sites the tour takes in are:

  • Hagia Sophia - 30 TL
  • Topkapi Palace - 30 TL
  • Underground Cisterns - 20 TL
Lunch is included at the start of the tour and breakfast is included on the final morning. At other times there are a range of options for you to eat on the cheap. The ever-popular Turkish kebab is around 10 TL, or you can opt for western style restaurants - it's really up to you!

Itinerary

An optional extra night of accommodation in Istanbul on Tuesday 23 April is available to add during the booking process.

Wednesday 24 April - Istanbul to Gallipoli

Welcome to Istanbul! Our 3 Day Tour begins in Istanbul's main tourist district of Sultanahmet - full details will be emailed to you two weeks before the tour. We meet at 3pm when our local guide will lead an orientation walk of central Istanbul visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome.

We then sit down for a late lunch before boarding our coach for the drive south from Istanbul towards the World War I battlefields of Gallipoli. Depending on traffic the drive to Gallipoli will take approximately 6 hours.

Upon arrival at Gallipoli late tonight we make our way to the Dawn Service site at North Beach, where the crowds will already be gathering in anticipation of tomorrow morning's Anzac Dawn Service.

It will be cold overnight at Gallipoli so please bring plenty of warm layers plus gloves and a beanie. A sleeping bag is useful for wrapping around you. You'll have the choice of finding a spot on the grass or a seat in the temporary grand stand seating ahead of the dawn service.

Food and drink services operate throughout the night selling water, soft drinks, tea & coffee, kebabs and hot dogs.

Thursday 25 April - Anzac Day at Gallipoli

As the night draws to an end the Anzac dawn service commences and we commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day.

Following the dawn service we embark on a guided tour of the Gallipoli battlefields and memorials including Anzac Cove, Beach Cemetery, Shell Green, Lone Pine, Johnston's Jolly, Shrapnel Valley, Quinn's Post, the Turkish Memorial, the Nek & more.

The Australian Lone Pine ceremony takes place later in the morning while Kiwis will attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair.

We then board our coach at Chunuk Bair ready for our return drive back to Istanbul and a chance to reflect on the whole Gallipoli experience. You’ll be leaving a different person, no two ways about it.

Back in Istanbul we check into our accommodation before heading out for a night out with your fellow travellers including a few games of two-up!

Friday 26 April - Depart Istanbul

This morning breakfast is included in your package before we check-out from our accommodation.

Note: Tour does not include entrance fees to museums & historical sites as required at some venues. No entry fee is required at the Gallipoli battlefields or Anzac services.

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ANZAC DAY 2019 - 3 Day Tour - 24-26 April
Venue:
Istanbul & Gallipoli, Turkey
Tour Dates:
24-26 Apr, 2019
Tour Duration:
3 Days/2 Nights