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 the key sites on the Gallipoli peninsula – the highlight is the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove on Anzac Day.
Full Itinerary (Click here)
Anzac Day at Gallipoli
Day 1, 21 April 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! Late afternoon we will check in to our hotel and enjoy free time before our welcome dinner in the hotel this evening. (L, D)
STAR INCLUSIONS: Ferry across the Dardanelles – Cimenlik Fort
Day 2, 22 April 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 today at a local restaurant on the Gallipoli peninsula. (B, L)
STAR INCLUSIONS: Gallipoli battlefields – Anzac Cove – North Beach – Sharpnel Gully – Lone Pine – The Nek – Quinn’s Post – Chunuk Bair
Day 3, 23 April 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. We will then return to our hotel where your evening is free to reflect on a memorable day. (B, L)
STAR INCLUSIONS: Cape Helles – Turkish Martyr’s Memorial – Krithia – Suvla Bay – Picnic lunch
Day 4, 24 April 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 in the afternoon we will have time at leisure, a chance to rest before our big day tomorrow. In the evening we will depart for the Anzac Day Dawn Service. Our Tour Manager will provide us with a snack box en route. (B, L)
STAR INCLUSIONS: Troy – Trojan Horse
Day 5, 25 April Anzac Day at Gallipoli
An Anzac Day we will never forget! We will depart from our hotel and while other groups are fighting with each other for space on the peninsula’s congested roads, we will board a boat (weather permitting; approx. 3 hours), and cruise around the southern toe of the peninsula, approaching Gallipoli in exactly the same way as the original Anzacs did in 1915. This enables us to leave our hotel later than other groups, and avoid road closures and traffic hold-ups. Our boat will dock only a short drive from the Anzac Commemorative Site. Then, as the dawn breaks over the Gallipoli peninsula, we will join thousands of fellow Australians and New Zealanders in an 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, where we will attend the Australian service at Lone Pine. After the service we will leave the peninsula and return to our hotel and have free time to relax before our farewell dinner at the hotel this evening. (Snack box, D)
STAR INCLUSIONS: Boat transfer to Gallipoli Peninsula – Official Dawn Service at Anzac Cove
Day 6, 26 April Gallipoli to Istanbul
We farewell Gallipoli this morning and return to Istanbul where our tour ends at our central drop-off point. We will arrive back in Istanbul at approximately 3.30pm. (B)
Your Tour Includes (Click here)
Anzac Day at Gallipoli
- Services of an expert WW1 Historian
- All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
- Anzac Day Dawn Service at Anzac Cove including boat transfer
- 5 nights’ 4-star accommodation in Canakkale
- Tips to your Tour Manager, Historian and Driver
- Half-day tour to Ancient Troy
- Breakfast daily (except Anzac Day), 2 lunches and 5 dinners
- Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields
- Services of a Tour Manager, Historian, Driver and experienced local guides
- Travel by first-class air-conditioned coach
- Bottled water for each passenger each day
- Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag
- Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide, Gallipoli – The Battlefield Guide
Anzac Day at Gallipoli
HOW TO BOOK: Contact our reservations team on 1300 880 340 or click enquiry button below and leave your details.
*Per person, twin share, land only. Single supplement: $755.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP:
Spend more time in Istanbul before or after your tour. Pre and post-tour accommodation is available.
Our Anzac Day at Gallipoli tour can be combined with the Western Front Explorer Tour departing Paris on 28 April. Add a couple of nights in Istanbul and/or Paris to relax and you have a perfect extension. Deduct $50pp as a second tour discount!
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.