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Anzac Day at Gallipoli Tour – 2025

Group Tour

Departs 20 April 2025 from Istanbul

$ 3999
8 Days
  • PRICE: per person, twin share
  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $880
  • DEPOSIT: $1000 per person
A life-changing experience allowing you to commemorate Anzac Day on the ground where the Anzac legend began.

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 on the Gallipoli peninsula – the highlight being the Dawn Service on Anzac Day.

Day 1 > Sunday, 20 April 2025 | Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to our very special tour! Please make your own way to our centrally located Istanbul hotel. This evening we will meet our Historian and come together for a welcome dinner. (D)

OVERNIGHT: The Kent Hotel or similar , Istanbul

STAR INCLUSIONS  Welcome dinner in Istanbul

Day 2 > Monday, 21 April 2025 | Istanbul – Gallipoli

Our journey in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. The group will assemble at our central meeting point in Istanbul at 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! (B, L)

OVERNIGHT: Buyuk Truva Hotel or similar, Çanakkale

STAR INCLUSIONS  Ferry across the Dardanelles   Cimenlik Fort

Day 3 > Tuesday, 22 April 2025 | 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. (B, L)

OVERNIGHT: Buyuk Truva Hotel or similar, Çanakkale

STAR INCLUSIONS  Gallipoli battlefields   Anzac Cove   North Beach   Sharpnel Gully

Lone Pine   The Nek   Quinn’s Post   Chunuk Bair

Day 4 > Wednesday, 23 April 2025 | 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. (B, L)

OVERNIGHT: Buyuk Truva Hotel or similar, Çanakkale

STAR INCLUSIONS  Cape Helles   Turkish Martyr’s Memorial   Krithia

Day 5 > Thursday, 24 April 2025 | 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. (B, L)

OVERNIGHT: Buyuk Truva Hotel or similar, Çanakkale

STAR INCLUSIONS  Ancient city of Troy

Day 6 > Friday, 25 April 2025 | 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 return to our hotel. (Snack box)

OVERNIGHT: Buyuk Truva Hotel or similar, Çanakkale

STAR INCLUSIONS  Official Dawn Service at Anzac Cove

Day 7 > Saturday, 26 April 2025 | Gallipoli to Istanbul

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 Cruise, the perfect way to reflect on such a wonderful tour. (B, D)

OVERNIGHT: The Kent Hotel or similar, Istanbul

STAR INCLUSIONS  Farewell Dinner cruise

Day 8 > Sunday, 27 April 2025 | Depart Istanbul

Sadly our tour comes to an end after breakfast at our Istanbul hotel. (B)

★   Services of an expert WW1 Historian
★   All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
★   Anzac Day Dawn Service at Anzac Cove
★   7 nights’ 4-star accommodation
★   Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach
★   Breakfast daily (except Anzac Day), 4 lunches and 2 dinners
★   All entrance fees as per the itinerary
★   Welcome dinner in Istanbul

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D- Day River Cruise 2025

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Please note: Itineraries are 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.

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