HISTORYThe dawn landings of Australian and New Zealand troops on April 25, 1915 were a symbolic coming of age for two new nations of the British Commonwealth. The ultimately ill-fated campaign cost over 11,000 Australian and New Zealand lives and today is the centre of memorial services commemorating the fallen from that and all subsequent military campaigns.
FANATICS @ GALLIPOLIFanatics first visited Gallipoli in 1996 and we have been organising groups to attend the services for over a deacde. All of our tour groups are led by an experienced Gallipoli Australian or New Zealand tour leader as well as a local Turkish tour guide. Our 5 Day and 11 Day tours arrive early on 24 April to explore the cemeteries, memorials and trenches of the Gallipoli area.
WHY DO GALLIPOLI WITH FANATICS?All of our tours stay in a combination of hostel and hotel accommodation in Istanbul and a range of other cities on our various tour options. Our Istanbul accommodation is superbly located in the heart of Istanbuls Sultanahmet district just a stones throw from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and stunning Bosphorus waterway.
Our ToursOur 5 Day and 11 Day tours include a fully guided tour of the Gallipoli peninsula with a detailed description of the 1915 campaign and the significance of each Gallipoli site. Our extended tours also include guided tours of Istanbul and other Turkish cities such as Ephesus, Pergamum, Ankara and Cappadocia.
Our experienced Australian/New Zealand crew are on hand in both Istanbul and Gallipoli to help you experience everything Turkey has to offer. Theyve been there & done it before and know all the tricks to ensure you have an amazing time. All coaches have an experienced English-speaking full time Turkish tour guide to assist you and provide some added historical background from a local Turkish perspective.
More Time At GallipoliWe know a visit to Gallipoli is a once in a lifetime experience for most people which is why we have tailored our tours to spend the maximum possible time on the peninsula. Our 5 Day and 11 Day tours spend additional time visiting the cemeteries, memorials and trenches at Gallipoli before entering the dawn service commemoration area.
Note that our 3 Day tour arrives at Gallipoli at around midnight before the dawn service.
AtmosphereAll Fanatics tours observe the sanctity of Gallipoli by not drinking around the battleground site. The Gallipoli peninsula is an extremely serene site and visitors cannot help but be overcome by the memorials of past sacrifice of a generation of young Allied and Turkish citizens.
Upon our return to Istanbul, or at our local Gallipoli area campsite & hotel for those on longer tours, we share in a couple of yarns over a beer and of course the traditional game of two-up!
Local CultureWe have been working with our Turkish tour partners for 10 years in order to put together a tour program that not only covers the best of Gallipoli and the Anzac Day services but also some of the incredible sights and experiences this amazing country has to offer. Tourists never cease to be amazed at what Turkey has to offer and longer stays are richly rewarded. All of our tours include the services of a full-time Turkish tour guide and our extended tour options include various cultural programs on their tour itineraries.
TOURIST VISAS & EVENT REGISTRATIONPeople 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.
All attendees also need to register their attendance at the Gallipoli services in advance online HERE.
FANATICS FACEBOOK GROUPSign up to the Fanatics Anzac Day in Gallipoli Event on Facebook to keep up to date with tour details before departure, ask us any questions or chat amongst the other guys coming along on tour!
BEYOND GALLIPOLIOf course there is a lot more to see in Turkey beyond the Gallipoli peninsula and an extended stay in the country will be richly rewarded. Our 10 Day tour also visits the incredible ancient Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, the natural beauty of the calcium pools of Hierapolis and unbelievable landscape of Cappadocia and the Ottoman masterpieces of Istanbul and Konya.
GETTING THEREA number of airlines connect Turkey and Australia via stops in Southeast Asia or the Middle East. Prices start from around AUD $1,300. Istanbul has two main airports - Istanbul New Airport (coded 'IST'), which is the busiest of Turkey's major airports and located 55km north of Istanbul, and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (coded 'SAW') which caters mostly for budget airlines and is 55km east of the city centre.
From London Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) and British Airways (www.britishairways.com) fly into Istanbul New (IST) Airport and Pegasus and Easyjet fly to Sabiha Gökçen (SAW). Arrival airport transfers on the opening day of your tour from both airports to our accommodation are included at no extra cost. Departure airport transfers are able to be arranged through your tour guide or our Istanbul accommodation reception in Turkey.