Day 1 Istanbul to Gallipoli
12:00-12:30 We meet at our central meeting point in Istanbul and departure for the 5-hour drive to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli. We’ll stop for a bite, stretch our legs and stock up on supplies, as we drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara and the straits of the Dardanelles, we’ll be viewing the waterway that the British, French and Anzac troops were intended to secure during the Gallipoli campaign.
17:00-17:30 On arrival at the Gallipoli battlefield area we will enjoy free time for dinner in the port town of Eceabat before we head to ANZAC Cove at 20:00 where the ANZAC legend was born, to secure a good spot at ceremonial site in readiness for the long night ahead.
(Please note: No accommodation is available on this night – you will sleep under the stars as the ANZAC’s did 102 years before * The evening may be very cold – please come prepared with appropriate shoes and clothing * Food and drinks are available to purchase near the dawn service site)
Day 2 Gallipoli to Istanbul
The battlefields cover an extensive area from Cape Helles at the southern tip of the peninsula north for over 35 km (22 miles) to the Anafartalar hills. Around 100,000 were killed and 400,000 wounded during the nine-month campaign (1915-1916).
This tour gives you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the 60,000 Australians and 8556 New Zealanders who served at Gallipoli, including the 11,500 who never came home.You’ll have plenty of time to independently explore the many trenches and memorial sites as you make your way up to Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair for the Australian or New Zealand National services.
05:30 Start with a poignant bugle call, as 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. The service lasts for an hour.
The dawn service continues until around 08:00 and then your tour guide will bring you up to Lone Pine and Chunuk Blair for the Australian and New Zealand Services.
After the service, walk 5km (3.1 mi) to the Australian cemetery at Lone Pine, before continuing a further 2km (1.24 mi) uphill to Chunuk Bair for the New Zealand ceremony, which will end at approx. 13:30. The service at Chunuk Bair starts 45 minutes after the Australian service at Lone Pine. If you’re a New Zealander, you will need to head straight to Chunuk Bair. It’s a good walk uphill and you’ll be struggling to view both services.
10:00 Australian National Ceremony at Lone Pine (Please note – as of 2016 onwards, the Australian ceremony at Lone Pine will no longer be conducted. Passangers can still visit the Lone Pine site following the dawn service, but the ceremony will no longer take place)
11:45 New Zealender National Ceremony at Chunuk Bair
Late afternoon you will meet up with the coach again and farewell Gallipoli before we return to Istanbul where your tour concludes at our central drop-off point and sadly it is time to say goodbye to new friends. We are able to organise extra post-trip accommodation and day tours/activities if you wish to extend your stay. Happy travels!