In 2015 we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the landing of the ANZAC (the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps) forces at Gallipoli, on the 25th April in 1915 during World War 1. The Campaign at Gallipoli was one the first battlefront and theatre of war that Australians had participated in during World War I, the first conflict we had entered as a united nation.
While Australians as members from individual states, and eventually a united federation, had fought in South Africa during the Boer War, and while as many Australians, and New Zealanders for that matter, died in any number of single battles on the Western Front in a single day as died during the entire Gallipoli Campaign, it was the Gallipoli Campaign that began to solidify the image of what it meant to be an “Australian” both to the Australian people, and to those elsewhere in the world.
Battlefields Of The World have been providing quality battlefield tours for over a decade, have led ADFA Study Tours through France, have organised Veteran Return visits to Vietnam, Singapore and more. We are proud to announce that with their assistance we will have one dedicated departure in 2015 to help people attend the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings. For more information .. read on!
7 Nights – 8 Days From Istanbul to Istanbul
EU€1950.00 Per Person Share Twin
Single Supplement EU€920.00
Day 1: Tuesday 21st April Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your guide and the rest of your group. Overnight Istanbul
Day 2: Wednesday 22nd April Istanbul Old City
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Tonight you get to know your travelling companions a little better and enjoy some Turkish cuisine at your welcome dinner. Overnight Istanbul (B, L, D)
Day 3: Thursday 23rd April Gallipoli Battlefields
Depart for the Gallipoli peninsula early morning and tour this now serene site. Visiting original trenches and tunnels, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and The Nek before a short ferry ride across the Dardanelles. Overnight Guzelyali (B, L, D)
Day 4: Friday 24th April Cape Helles Services, Troy
Today, we visit the archaeological ruins of Troy. As soon as we are able we will cross the Dardanelles to the Gallipoli peninsula and head straight to the Anzac area to secure the best spot possible. Overnight ANZAC Cove (B, L)
Day 5: Saturday 25th April ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
At the ANZAC Dawn Service we will commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day. We also attend the Australian &/or New Zealand Memorial services before returning to our hotel for some well deserved rest. Overnight Guzelyali (B, D) Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove entry is only for ANZAC ballot ticket holders.
Day 6: Sunday 26th April Pergamum, Kusadasi
Today we head south along the Aegean coast and on the way we enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamum. Overnight Kusadasi (B, L, D)
Day 7: Monday 27th April Ephesus
Visit Ephesus, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient sites and the House of Virgin Mary. Turkey produces some of the finest leather goods in the world and many are made here before branding in Italy. We finish the day with a leather goods presentation before a short drive to Izmir for a flight to Istanbul. Transfer to Istanbul hotel on arrival. Overnight Istanbul (B)
Day 8: Tuesday 28th April Istanbul
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
LAND ONLY TOUR INCLUDES:
- Inbound & outbound airport transfers in Istanbul
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking bus
- Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
- Commemorative gift
- One-way flight from Izmir to Istanbul and transfers
- Tips except driver and guide
- Entrance fees
- 6 nights – 4 & 5 stars accommodation
- 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners (1 boxed breakfast on ANZAC Day)
LAND TOUR EXCLUDES:
- Suggested optional activities
- Tips – driver and guide
- International airfares from home port to-from Istanbul Turkey
- Travel documentation and entry visa to Turkey
- Personal travel insurance
- Any item or service not detailed in the itinerary above
Airfares are additional we can offer a range of discounted international fares be it to only Turkey or beyond. Just ask us for a quotation when you reserve your participation on this departure. At time of requesting a reservation on this land programme ask us about airfares to and from Turkey and beyond as we have many years experience in the travel industry.
NOTE: We have endeavoured to ensure this itinerary is correct as at 01st June,2014. However until such time as the relevant authorities (Turkish) advise us of their final arrangements for ANZAC Day 2015, this itinerary is subject to change. Our offices in Turkey (Istanbul & Kusadasi) are in constant contact with the authorities and will amend the itinerary as required subject to said authorities instructions. As a result of these changes that may be necessary and world flucuations in rates of exchange, current costs may be amended. We will honour the price though for any reservation formally booked and deposited.
Conversion: Approximate conversion between Euro & Australian Dollars. As at 1st June, 2014 (Euro 0.694538 = 1 AU$). Cost is quoted in Euro on a per person basis Euro 1,950.00 share twin or double bedded room – approximately AU$ 2,808.00 per person. Or sole use single room is an extra AU$ 1,325.00