ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2022. Starts: 21st April. Take in the highlights of Istanbul and enjoy a scenic cruise along the Bosphorus. Enjoy a guided tour of the WW1 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula and commemorate the brave ANZACs at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on this 6 day Turkey tour.
21st April 2022. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your exciting ANZAC experience! On arrival you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. The rest of the day is free for you to independently explore this captivating and culturally rich city. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of attractions dotted about the old city. <br/><br/> Alternatively, those arriving early may wish to join our optional <I>Backstreets Of Istanbul Tour</I> taking place today. The tour commences at 9am. For further details of the excursion, please see our tour Trip Notes.
We spend the morning cruising the amazing Bosphorus strait, the geographical divide between Europe and Asia. After the cruise we take in the highlights of the old city on a guided sightseeing tour, including the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome area, the 6th century Hagia Sofia (exterior only), the ancient Underground Cistern and more. This afternoon there's time for you to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice Market. Afterwards, you can opt to stay and experience the old city by night or return to the hotel.
Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale/Ayvalik. This morning we depart Istanbul and drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula where we explore the WW1 battlefields and memorials. Our guided tour takes in sights including ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches which are still clearly visible among the scrub after all these years.
Ayvalik – Troy - Kilitbahir - Gallipoli. After a morning at leisure we enjoy a short-guided tour of Troy, with its giant replica of the Trojan Horse. The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was brought to life by its rediscovery in 1863. We then continue to the village of Kilitbahir, situated on the eastern shore of the Gallipoli peninsula and dominated by the fortress of the same name. After exploring Kilitbahir we stop in the town of Eceabat for dinner (at your own expense) before entering the Cove. Once we enter Anzac Cove you are free to visit the memorials and trenches in the area before taking our places among the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere-charged ANZAC Eve vigil.
Gallipoli - Istanbul. Today, the 25th April is the reason we came to Turkey and Gallipoli. Dawn and first light signals the commencement of the annual Dawn Service, attended by Australian, New Zealand and other foreign dignitaries, military personnel and a strong following of regular Australian and New Zealand folk. The poignant and emotive service commemorating this important and historical date gives us time to reflect. Lest we forget. <br/><br/> The service lasts for an hour and public wreath laying at the ANZAC Memorial site is possible afterwards. Later this morning Australians have the opportunity to pay their respects at the Lone Pine Memorial Service, while New Zealanders can attend the service at Chunuk Bair. After the Chunuk Bair service we anticipate an early afternoon departure time from Gallipoli, for our return journey to Istanbul. <b>Please note:</b> the 2022 national memorial services at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair are subject to confirmation.
26th April 2022. After breakfast and hotel check out at 12 noon our tour concludes.
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