ANZAC DAY 2019 - 5 Day Tour - 22-26 April
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Final places now available!Our 5 Day Tour takes in Istanbul, the Gallipoli battlefields and the Anzac Day Services. We head to the Gallipoli area for a fully guided tour before the crowds arrive on 23 April and also visit Troy before the Gallipoli commemorations.
5 Day Tour OverviewWe start in Istanbul with our traditional opening night party & an early evening walking tour of Istanbul's amazing sightseeing attractions.
The tour then heads to Gallipoli where we enjoy a fully guided tour without the crowds including Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Johnston's Jolly, Shell Green, the Nek, Shrapnel Valley, Quinn's Post, Beach Cemetery, the Turkish Memorial & more.
We visit the ruins of Troy in the morning of 24 April before taking our place at Gallipoli for the sleep out overnight at Anzac Cove ahead of the Dawn Service.
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- Inbound transfer from Istanbul Ataturk, Istanbul New or Sabiha Gökçen airports
- Anzac Day memorial services at Gallipoli
- Two nights Istanbul hostel or hotel accommodation with breakfast
- One night Gallipoli-area twin-share hotel with breakfast
- Fully guided tour of Gallipoli battlefields & memorials on 23 April before the crowds arrive
- Guided visit to ruins of Troy
- Walking tour of Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district
- Professional English speaking Turkish tour guide
- Experienced Fanatics Anzac Day tour leader
- Fanatics Anzac Day hoodie - Aussie gold or Kiwi black
Register Your AttendanceAll attendees (Aussies & Kiwis) must register their attendance at the Gallipoli commemorative services on the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs website HERE.
Tourist VisasPeople 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 & MealsThe 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 0.26 / NZD 0.27 / GBP 0.15 / EUR 0.16 (as at January 2019).
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
- Troy - 25 TL
Monday 22 April - Arrival in IstanbulWelcome to Turkey! If you are arriving today we have a coach transfer to our accommodation included in the tour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your flight arrival information at least one month before your tour to arrange your arrival transfer.
Those already in Istanbul or arriving by any means other than flight will need to make their own way to our Istanbul meeting point (details will be emailed to you at the start of April).
This evening at 6pm we enjoy a guided walking tour of Istanbul’s fascinating old city. Istanbul is the only city to span two continents, Europe and Asia. Sights include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Underground Cistern and the Hippodrome.
Tonight we have our opening night party - a great way to break the ice with your fellow tourists & year after year ends up being a great night out.
Tuesday 23 April - Gallipoli TourWe depart this morning and head towards the World War I battlefields of Gallipoli where we enjoy a fully guided tour of this now serene site. We visit all the famous battle sites including the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Anzac Cove, the Nek and the Turkish 57th Regiment memorial - all before the Anzac Day crowds have arrived.
Wednesday 24 April - Troy & GallipoliThis morning we cross the Dardanelles and enjoy a tour of the famous ruins of Troy.
After dinner we return to Gallipoli and take up our position at North Beach in preparation for tomorrow's dawn service. Sit back and watch the video documentaries on the big screens to get in the mood for the moving experience to follow in the small hours of tomorrow morning.
Keep warm in your sleeping bag under the stars with the thousands of others while waiting for sunrise. Food and drinks are available to purchase near the dawn service site.
Please note: all our tours observe the sanctity of Gallipoli by not drinking around the battleground site. Once we get to Gallipoli there’s no drinking until we get back to Istanbul. We trust you understand this position.
Thursday 25 April - Anzac Day at GallipoliAwake before sunrise to the Anzac dawn service and commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day.
Following the dawn service we spend more time visiting the Gallipoli battlefields and memorials before 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 IstanbulThis morning we check-out from our accommodation and say goodbye to our new mates.
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.