Mat McLachlan Signature Tour to Gallipoli

Group Tour

DEPARTS: Thursday, 16th September 2021

9 Days
  • Price: per person, twin share
  • Single Supplement: $500
  • Deposit: 30%
Join Mat McLachlan and Gallipoli expert, Peter Hart, on this nine-day tour of Gallipoli visiting hidden sites – this tour will sell-out.

Mat McLachlan Signature Tour to Gallipoli

Welcome to my special signature tour, and a journey to one of my favourite battlefields – Gallipoli. During this tour we will explore sites that were the birthplace of the Anzac legend and get off-the-beaten-path to discover hidden sites that bring the story of the Anzacs to life.


Day 1 > Thursday 16 September 2021 – Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to my Signature Tour! This evening we will meet at our Istanbul hotel and transfer to the Hagia Sophia Museum for an exclusive, after-hours visit. Built in the sixth century, this church of divine wisdom remains one of the greatest marvels of architecture in the world. Afterwards, we will enjoy a welcome dinner together at a nearby restaurant overlooking some of Istanbul’s most famous sites. (D)

STAR INCLUSIONS Exclusive access to Hagia Sophia Museum   Welcome dinner

Day 2 > Friday 17 September 2021 – Istanbul Sightseeing

Today we will enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul. We will start by visiting the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and six minarets. After we will walk to the Hippodrome, once the centre of sports events (chariot races and athletic games) and political activities. This afternoon, we will enjoy a tour of Topkapi Palace Museum, once the imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans. Here we will see exhibits of the imperial treasury, Chinese porcelain, weapons and holy relics, including the Sword of King David, the Staff of Moses and the Turban of Joseph. Next we will visit the monumental tombs of the Sultans. We will end the day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the largest oriental bazaar (market) in the world with around 4000 shops. This evening is free. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS Blue Mosque   Hippodrome   Topkapi Palace Museum   Grand Bazaar

Day 3 > Saturday 18 September 2021 – Istanbul to Gallipoli

This morning we will depart Istanbul and drive to the Gallipoli peninsula. As we pass the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles, I will discuss the history of the Gallipoli campaign and the vital importance of these waters. On arrival in the seaside town of Çanakkale, we will visit the old Turkish fort at Cimenlik, which played a key role in the naval attacks of March 1915. We will then check in at our waterfront hotel and enjoy dinner together. (B, D)


Day 4 > Sunday 19 September 2021 – Anzac Sector

Today we will explore the scenes of famous actions during the Gallipoli Campaign, such as Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Quinn’s Post, Chunuk Bair and many more. I will bring to life for you the stories of the men who were there while we stand on the very ground where they fought and died. A highlight will be a visit to the recently uncovered trenches at Silt Spur, where we will have the opportunity to explore a complete Australian trench system that has been hidden for over a century. We will also conduct a memorial service at Lone Pine, in honour of all the men who died during the campaign. At the end of this memorable day we will return to Çanakkale, where our evening is free. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Anzac Cove   Lone Pine   Quinn’s Post   Chunuk Bair

Silt Spur trench system   Memorial service at Lone Pine

Day 5 > Monday 20 September 2021 – Anzac on Foot

It’s time to strap our walking boots on as we leave the well-trodden paths of Gallipoli and see the battlefield as the Anzacs did. Our touring coach will drive us to the Anzac sector, where we will enjoy two very special walks to parts of the battlefields rarely seen by tourists. Our first walk will take us from Shrapnel Valley up onto Braund’s Hill and along the ridgelines towards the front line at Lone Pine. During this walk we will be following in the footsteps of the Anzacs and gaining a fascinating new perspective on the battlefield. After a picnic lunch we will drive to the heights of Chunuk Bair, where New Zealand troops fought bravely in August 1915. We will then walk down to the beach via Rhododendron Ridge, covering the same ground that New Zealand troops captured during their advance in 1915. We will have magnificent views of the tangle of gullies and ravines north of the Anzac Sector, where some of the toughest fighting of the August campaign occurred. This is one of the most scenic walks at Gallipoli, and one rarely seen by visitors to the region. At the end of this fascinating day we will return to our hotel, where our evening is free. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Shrapnel Valley walk   Picnic lunch   Chunuk Bair walk

Day 6 > Tuesday 21 September 2021 – Cape Helles

Today we will head to Cape Helles, located on the southern toe of the peninsula. Here we will explore the British and French battlefields, the scene of more than 30,000 deaths in just 10 months of fighting. I will take you to V Beach, W Beach, the Cape Helles Memorial and Achi Baba to name a few. We will also explore the forgotten Anzac attack at Krithia and see several hidden sites before enjoying lunch at a wonderful restaurant in Eceabat. We will then return to our hotel for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Cape Helles Memorial   V Beach   W Beach   Achi Baba   Krithia

Day 7 > Wednesday 22 September 2021 – Suvla Bay & Troy

After breakfast, we will head north and explore the battlefield of Suvla, the scene of a new landing but familiar disappointment in August 1915. The key sites we will visit today include the Anzac battlefield at Hill 60, Lala Baba, Scimitar Hill, Green/Chocolate Hill and more. In the evening we will return to Çanakkale where our evening is free. This afternoon, there will be an optional excursion on offer to the ancient city of Troy, famous for tales of the Trojan War and the symbolic replica of the Trojan Horse which the Greeks used to break their siege of this ancient city. This evening will be at leisure in Çanakkale. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Hill 60   Lala Baba   Scimitar Hill   Green/Chocolate Hill Ancient Troy

Day 8 > Thursday 23 September 2021 – Gallipoli to Istanbul

We will farewell Gallipoli this morning and return to Istanbul, where we will enjoy a cruise along the Bosphorus River followed by a visit to the Egyptian Bazaar, the best place in Istanbul to buy Turkish delight, dried fruit, exotic spices and herbs. This evening we will come together for a farewell dinner to mark the end of this special tour. (B, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Bosphorus River cruise   Farewell dinner

Day 9 > Friday 24 September 2021 – Depart Istanbul

Our tour sadly comes to an end this morning after breakfast.


★   Personally escorted by Mat McLachlan
★   Additionally escorted by historian Peter Hart and local guide
★   In depth touring of key Anzac sites, including off-the-beaten track areas and a memorial service at Lone Pine
★   8 nights’ 4-star accommodation
★   Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach
★   Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
★   All entrance fees as per the itinerary
★   Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guidebook, Gallipoli – The Battlefield Guide
★   Souvenir cap and document wallet

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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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