Learn about the legend and legacy of the ANZACs at the 2019 Dawn Service in Gallipoli

On April 25th, 1915, Allied troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The military campaign that followed was disastrous for the Allies yet came to define the national psyches of Australia and New Zealand. Travel to these solemn battlefields on the anniversary of the landing and wander through Anzac Cove to the Nek and Lone Pine. Walk through the trenches, attend a moving dawn service and hear the stories of heroism and camaraderie immortalised in Australia's Anzac history. This journey provides a great opportunity to pay respect to the fallen of World War I and to reflect on what they fought for.

• Transport - Bus
• 1 Breakfast; 1 Dinner
• No accommodation - Event Tour~

Hosgeldiniz. Welcome to Turkey! We meet at the Hotel Evsen - Istanbul at 11:00am before transferring by private bus to Gallipoli. Our journey time is 6 hours with a comfort stop midway. Arriving on the Gallipoli Peninsular we stop to explore the town of Eceabat and enjoy a BBQ dinner before we make our way to the Anzac Commemorative site. Please be ready for long delays upon entry as all visitors will be security screened.  For any Australian or New Zealander visiting the Shores of Turkey, a visit to the battle fields of the Gallipoli Peninsula is a must. The battle at Gallipoli in WW1 is seen as a turning point in both of these nations (and also the Republic of Turkey). It was the moment when our character was defined and the core value of mateship was embedded in our psyche. The names of ANZAC Cove, the Nek and Lone Pine have a special place in the hearts of Antipodeans and are just some of the places you can visit first hand on this trip. You will be struck by the beauty and serenity of the place, in stark contrast to the stories your guide will tell you of the events that unfolded here. We stay overnight in the ceremonial area near to ANZAC Cove. The night can be very very cold. It is imperative for your comfort that you bring a sleeping bag for the night. It is not possible to sleep during the night as due to the crowds that visit each year and the seating arrangements, it is all but impossible to lie down. We recommend to make the most of the experience that you come well rested before the night. This is a sombre affair and no alcohol is allowed at the event. Other refreshments and toilet facilities are provided on the site for a reasonable price.   
This is the true Antipodean pilgrimage and an event that will both humble and inspire you.
Accommodation: 1 night camping under the stars
Meals Included: Dinner

After the main ceremony and rendition of the last post there is an opportunity to visit other country ceremonies, and then also time to seek out graves that may have a a personal significance. Later in the day we re-board our bus to transfer back to Istanbul of which we will aim to arrive around 8.00pm.
Patience is required for departure from the peninsula as we must wait for our bus in a respective order which is allocated by the authorities, the process can be a little slow. We recommend you arrange an additional night's accommodation for the evening of day 2, or plan any departure from Istanbul for the late evening. Extra accommodation pre and post tour can be requested, please ask us at time of booking.
Meals Included: Breakfast

From $195* 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 24 April 2020. ~No accommodation is provided on this tour. You will sleep out under the stars as the ANZAC's did 104 years before. Black-out dates and seasonal surcharges may apply. 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 September 2018. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.


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.

• 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

19 April

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.