Otago Mounted Rifles - 8 days

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Family Tour - ANZAC Day, Gallipoli 2015. Starts: 19th April. Take your family on a poignant pilgrimage to ANZAC Cove to commemorate the historic 100th anniversary in 2015 and explore the wonders of Turkey including giant Trojan horses and Ottoman Palaces, white sparkling thermal pools, ancient amphitheatres and underground cisterns.

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
Sunday 19 April 2015. Welcome to Istanbul! After being met at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight a welcome meeting takes place at 8pm when you'll meet your guide and the rest of the group. Overnight - Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour
Today we get to tour the amazing city of Istanbul, exploring all the city has to offer starting with the iconic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia (exterior only as it is closed on Mondays), Topkapi Palace and the ancient underground cistern. After a break for lunch we relax on a cruise up the Bosphorus Strait before heading over to the lively and colourful Egyptian Spice Market and the famous Grand Bizarre, here you will be able to put your haggling skills into practice. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Otago Mounted Rifles - 8 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
On The Go Tours' travellers at Pammukale's incredible white calcium, terraced pools in Turkey
Day 3: Pamukkale
Istanbul - Pamukkale. This morning we leave the city of Istanbul and travel south to Pamukkale. On the way we stop by a traditional Turkish carpet weaving and manufacturing house where we will have the opportunity to learn more about the history and importance of Turkish carpets. We spend the night in Pamukkale. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
Day 4: Pamukkale & Ephesus
Pamukkale - Kusadasi. Pamukkale is a unique site famous for its cascading, calcium thermal pools. This morning we can paddle through the travertine pools and experience one of Turkey’s best natural wonders. We also visit the ruins of the Roman Hierapolis which sit above the pools.

From Pamukkale we travel on to Ephesus, one of the most well preserved classical cities in the Western Med. Under the Romans Ephesus was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000, revelling in prosperity. Later on we visit a high grade leather garment house before spending the night in beautiful coastal Kusadasi. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Ancient colunms of Pergamum in Turkey
Day 5: Roman Pergamum & Asclepion
Kusadasi - Edremit. This morning we travel north to Edremit, stopping en route at the Roman ruins of Pergamum, which was once the capital city of the Asian province of the ancient Roman Empire. Home to one of the steepest, vertigo-inducing amphitheatres in the classical world, Pergamum was also famous for its Asclepion (medical centre). Overnight - Edremit (B, D)
A family at On The Go's exclusive ANZAC Eve BBQ on the Gallipoli Peninsular
Day 6: ANZAC Eve at Gallipoli
We are up bright and early this morning as we begin our final drive towards Gallipoli, stopping en route for a visit to the famous wooden horse of Troy. Next we jump aboard the ferry and cross to the Gallipoli Peninsular where we tuck into a delicious Turkish BBQ before travelling to ANZAC Cove. Be sure to wrap up warm this evening as we settle down for the night at the atmospheric ANZAC Eve vigil. Overnight - Anzac Cove (B, L)
A Bugler at Anzac day, wearing the Australian flag
Day 7: ANZAC Day 2015
Gallipoli - Istanbul. First light heralds the start of the Dawn Service, then 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. 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. This afternoon, we return to Istanbul, arriving very late in the evening. Hotel check in and a well-deserved rest, after an emotion-filled day at Gallipoli. Overnight - Istanbul
The beautiful Blue Mosque in Istanbul
Day 8: Istanbul
Sunday 26 April 2015. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check-out today. (B)

Otago Mounted Rifles - New Zealand Army

 

Formed in 1911, the Otago Mounted Rifles were a New Zealand Regiment put together purely for service in the Great War. They comprised of units from the Territorial Force including a number of Rifle companies from the South Island. As well as serving in the Battle of Gallipoli they were the only New Zealand Mounted troops to serve in France. Other notable battles that they were involved in included the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, Battle of Le Transloy, Battle of Arras and the Battle of Havrincourt.


Sir Henry Kelliher enlisted with the Rifles when he was a teenager, fought at Gallipoli and on the Somme. On returning to New Zealand he became a successful business man in the wine and spirit business and went on to implement a free milk scheme for New Zealand school children during the depression. He was later knighted in 1963.

 

 

Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: Sunday 19 April 2015
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:6, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 3
  • Hotel Rating: 4 Star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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