ANZAC DAY AT GALLIPOLI

A visit to Gallipoli for Anzac Day is a life-changing experience. This tour gives you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the 50,000 Australians who served at Gallipoli, including the 8000 who never came home. The tour visits all of the key sites in Istanbul and on the Gallipoli peninsula – the highlight being the Dawn Service on Anzac Day.

INCLUDES
• Services of an expert WW1 Historian
• All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
• Anzac Day Dawn Service at Anzac Cove
• 8 nights’ 4-star accommodation
• Tips to your Historian, Driver and guides
• Half-day tour to Ancient Troy
• Breakfast daily (except Anzac Day), 5 lunches and 2 dinners
• Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields
• Services of a Historian, Driver and experienced local guides
• Travel by first-class air-conditioned coach
• Bottled water for each passenger each day
• Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide, Gallipoli – The Battlefield Guide
• Souvenir cap and document wallet

ITINERARY
DAY 1 ISTANBUL
Welcome to Istanbul! Please make your own way to your centrally located Istanbul hotel. This evening we will meet our historian, Craig Roach, and come together for a welcome dinner close to our hotel.
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2 ISTANBUL
Today you will enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul. First we will visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and unique with its’ 6 minarets. We will then walk to the Hippodrome, which was the centre of sports events (chariot races and athletic games) and political activities in the old city. This afternoon we will continue with a tour of the Topkapi Palace Museum, the imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans. In the rooms of this palace, there are exhibits of the imperial treasury, Chinese porcelain, weapons, and holy relics (the Sword of King David, the staff of Moses, the Turban of Joseph, Relics of St. John the Baptist). Afterwards, our tour director will take us to the monumental tombs of the Sultans. We will end the day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the biggest oriental market in the world with around 4,000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leather, etc.
Highlights: Sightseeing in Istanbul; Blue Mosque; Hippodrome; Topkapi Palace Museum; Grand Bazaar
Meals Included: Breakfast; Lunch

DAY 3 ISTANBUL / GALLIPOLI
Our journey in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. We will depart our Istanbul hotel at approximately 8.00am for the 5-hour drive to the Gallipoli peninsula. As we drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara and the straits of the Dardanelles, we will be viewing the waterway that the British, French and Anzac troops were intended to secure during the Gallipoli campaign. This inconspicuous stretch of sea was the cause of the carnage at Gallipoli. On arrival at the Gallipoli battlefield area we will enjoy a local lunch in the port town of Eceabat before crossing the Dardanelles by ferry and visiting Cimenlik Fort in the town of Canakkale. This fort was heavily engaged by Allied warships during the naval battles of February and March 1915 – a huge unexploded British naval shell is still embedded in one of the fort’s walls!
Highlights: Ferry across the Dardanelles; Cimenlik Fort
Meals Included: Breakfast; Lunch

DAY 4 ANZAC SECTOR
Today we will visit the battlefields that were the birthplace of the Anzac legend. We will explore Anzac Cove, North Beach, Shrapnel Gully, Lone Pine, The Nek, Quinn’s Post, Chunuk Bair and many more. The most moving part of this experience will be spending time in the cemeteries where thousands of Anzacs lie, and seeing the graves of legendary Anzacs including John Simpson, the ‘man with the donkey’. Lunch is included at a local restaurant today.
Highlights: Gallipoli battlefields; Anzac Cove; North Beach; Sharpnel Gully; Lone Pine; The Nek; Quinn’s Post; Chunuk Bair
Meals Included: Breakfast; Lunch

DAY 5 CAPE HELLES AND SUVLA BAY
Today will be spent exploring a lesser-known, but no less important, chapter of the Gallipoli story, the battlefield at Cape Helles on the southern toe of the peninsula. British and French troops landed on the beaches at Helles at the same time the Australians came ashore at Anzac Cove. More than 30,000 of them were killed in nine months of fighting, as they desperately tried to advance northwards and link up with the Anzacs. Today we will visit the cemeteries where many of them still lie, as well as the beaches where they were mown down as they came ashore. We will also pay our respects to the soldiers on the other side of the line, the Turks, at the impressive Martyr’s Memorial overlooking Morto Bay. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the pretty village of Seddülbahir, before discovering the story of the Anzac’s forgotten battle at Gallipoli with a visit to the battlefield at Krithia. Hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders were killed here during a murderous advance in May 1915, yet today the battle is virtually unknown. This afternoon we will drive north to visit the battlefields at Suvla Bay, scene of missed opportunities and bitter disappointment during August 1915. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to sail along the Anzac Sector and experience the peninsula from a different point of view.
Highlights: ape Helles; Turkish Martyr’s Memorial; Krithia – Suvla Bay; Picnic lunch
Meals Included: Breakfast; Lunch
Important Note – Access to the waters around Anzac Cove will be subject to approval from the local authorities and can be revoked at any time. Therefore, the boat trip offered on this day of the itinerary will be subject to approval and weather conditions at the time of travel.

DAY 6 TROY EXCURSION
The pace will be relaxed today to prepare for our busy day tomorrow. In the morning we will travel south to tour the ancient city of Troy, immortalised in the tales of the Trojan War and the story of the famous Trojan Horse. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and this afternoon we will have time at leisure, a chance to rest before a long night and day ahead. In the evening we will depart for the Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Highlights: Ancient city of Troy
Meals Included: Breakfast; Lunch

DAY 7 ANZAC DAY
An Anzac Day we will never forget! We will continue our transfer to the Anzac Commemorative Site by coach. As the dawn breaks over the Gallipoli peninsula, we will join thousands of fellow Australians and New Zealanders in a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove. As the sun rises behind us, the strains of the Last Post will echo across the valleys and ridges of Gallipoli, silent now but once the scene of so much sacrifice and tragedy. Following the service we will walk up to Second Ridge to attend the Australian service at Lone Pine. After the service we leave the peninsula and return to our hotel.
Highlights: Official Dawn Service at Anzac Cove
Meals included: Snack box

DAY 8 GALLIPOLI - INSTANBUL
We farewell Gallipoli this morning and return to our Istanbul hotel. This evening we will come together for a spectacular farewell dinner on a Bosphorus River Cruise, the perfect way to reflect on such a wonderful tour. 
Meals Included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 9 ISTANBUL
Sadly, today your tour comes to an end after breakfast at our Istanbul hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast

2020 DEPARTURE DATE
19 April

PRICE
From $2,669* per person

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share, land only and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold out and for departure on 19 April 2020. Itinerary is subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure. Offer is only available for new bookings and prices are subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations, change in fees, taxes or surcharges. Prices correct as at March 2019. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.