7th Brigade - 9 days

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Indepth touring & hotel accomm on ANZAC Eve. ANZAC Day Tour, Gallipoli 2015. Starts: 18th April. Pay your respects to the brave soldiers of the ANZAC landings by visiting ANZAC Cove in 2015 - 100 years on and the day is still as memorable and poignant as ever.

Please Note: You are required to hold an Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli 2015 ticket, obtained by the Australian or New Zealand Department of Veterans’ Affairs to participate in this tour.

Day 1: Istanbul - Gateway to the East
Saturday 18 April 2015. Included arrival transfer from Ataturk International Airport to our hotel. This evening at approximately 8pm meet your guide and the rest of the group at our welcome meeting. Overnight - Istanbul
Hagia Sofia and the Bosphorus in Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour
Today we explore Istanbul, taking in all of the city’s best landmarks including the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the iconic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Roman underground cistern. After a break for lunch we enjoy a relaxing cruise of the Bosphorus Strait. After our cruise those in need of some retail therapy will be keen to visit the lively and colourful Egyptian Spice Market, where you will be able test your haggling skills. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
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The white calcium terraces of Pamukkale
Day 3: Pamukkale Thermal Springs
Istanbul - Pammukale. This morning we bid farewell to Istanbul and travel south to Pammukale. Stopping en route for an informative visit to a Turkish carpet weaving and manufacturing house. Carpets are one of Turkey's most beautiful exports. Generally woven by women, they learn the trade at quite a young age and can take months or even years to finish some of these masterpieces. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
Day 4: Pamukkale Thermal Springs
Pamukkale is an unusual site famous for its cascading thermal pools and unique appearance. Take a dip in the natural pools and experience one of Turkey’s best natural wonders. We also explore the remarkable ruins of the Roman Hierapolis which sit above the pools. This afternoon we head over to Ephesus, arguably one of the most well preserved classical cities in the Western Med. Later on we visit a high grade leather garment house and then stop the night in beautiful coastal Kusadasi. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 5: Roman Pergamum
Kusadasi - Gallipoli. Heading north, we take a guided tour of the ancient cultural and political capital of Pergamum. Pergamum is home to one of the steepest, most impressive amphitheatres form the classical world and was once one of the Middle East’s richest and most powerful little kingdoms. Next we carry on to the famous wooden horse of Troy for a bit of fun and photographs. Later on we arrive into the Gallipoli region for the night. Overnight - Eceabat & Gallipoli (B, D)
Loan Pine memorial in Gallipoli
Day 6: Canakkale
Today we embark upon a guided tour of the historic Gallipoli region. Once the site of fierce fighting and today very hauntingly beautiful. It has a wooded landscape dotted with understated memorials to those fallen in the war. Our guided tour of the region will take in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian War Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Blair New Zealand War Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years. Overnight - Eceabat & Gallipoli (B, L)
Day 7: British & International Services
Today we return to Gallipoli National Park to attend both the British and International services to pay our respects. Afterwards we travel to the small fishing village of Kilitbahir and visit the impressive Kilitbahir Fort. Kilitbahir - meaning lock of the sea, duly living up to its name. Built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, the fort was part of his successful siege on Constantinople. Many of the naval battles of the Dardanelles in the Gallipoli campaign took place here, from the strategically placed fort prior to the army landings. Afterwards we take a well earned break and sit down to enjoy our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before again returning to our hotel for a leisurely evening. Overnight - Eceabat & Gallipoli (B, D)
Crowds on ANZAC Day in Gallipoli
Day 8: Anzac Day 2015
Gallipoli - Istanbul. Today is Anzac Day 2015. Exactly 100 years since that fateful morning. At around midnight we leave the hotel and head to the Dawn Service site to soak up the atmosphere and wait until morning. Just as the sun rises the service begins with a moving bugle call. Once the service is over you can 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. Once all services have finished we will return to Istanbul for a well-deserved rest. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Hagia Sofia in Istanbul
Day 9: Istanbul
Sunday 26 April 2015. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out at noon. (B)

7th Brigade - Australian Army

 

The 7th Brigade are a combined brigade of the Australian Army. First formed back in 1915, they are one of the only Australian units that fought at Gallipoli that still serves today. The 7th Brigade weren’t one of the first sets of troops to land at ANZAC Cove. They arrived in September not long after the disastrous August campaigns and were one of the first brigades to be evacuated from ANZAC Cove in December 1915.


The evacuation was very clever. Once the decision to go was made the troops formed a genius plan of escape that fooled the Turks. Whilst evacuating troops they made out all was normal on ANZAC Cove, by making noise and playing cricket whilst Turkish shells were passing overhead. Considered as the greatest success of the Gallipoli campaign, the evacuation was highlighted with the invention and use of William Scurry’s “self firing rifle” – a rifle set up to go off when water dropped into a pan that was attached to the trigger.



 

Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: Saturday 18 April 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:8, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 4
  • Hotel Rating: 4 Star & Special Class, basic in Gallipoli
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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