Royal Engineers - 8 days

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ANZAC Day Tour, Gallipoli 2015. Starts: 19th April. Commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the ANZAC landings with a once in a lifetime journey through Turkey. Start in Istanbul before heading south to Pamukkale, Ephesus and Pergamum. Finish off the tour with a night at ANZAC Cove for the dawn service.

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 take in some of the Istanbul's best landmarks including the iconic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia (exterior only), Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome of Constantinople - an old sporting and social centre. Later we explore the Roman underground cistern, covered with glistening spot lights and full of intricately carved columns. After a break for lunch we'll take a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus before visiting the lively and colourful Egyptian Spice Market and Grand Bazaar, where you will be able to test your haggling skills. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
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A group in one of the thermal terraced pools in Pammukale
Day 3: Pamukkale
Istanbul - Pamukkale. This morning we say goodbye to Istanbul and travel south towards Pamukkale. On the way we stop 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)
The amazing ruins of Ephesus in Turkey
Day 4: Ancient Ephesus
Pamukkale - Kusadasi. Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s finest natural wonders, home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools, known locally as the Cotton Castles. Walk barefoot along the travertine pools and explore the ruins of Hierapolis, an old Roman spa town.

From Pamukkale, we travel on to Ephesus, regarded as one of the best preserved classical cities in the Western Med. Highlights of our guided tour of this incredible site, include the famous Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. En route to coastal Kusadasi, we visit a high grade leather garment house. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 5: Roman Pergamum
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 Turkish memorial at Gallipoli in Turkey
Day 6: ANZAC Eve 2015
Edremit - Gallipoli. We make an early start this morning, for our journey to Gallipoli, stopping en route to visit the famous Trojan wooden horse of Troy. Next we jump aboard the ferry and cross to the Gallipoli Peninsular where we enjoy a delicious Turkish BBQ to commemorate ANZAC Eve. Wrap up warm and pick yourself a great spot for the evening as we settle down for the night at the atmospheric ANZAC Eve vigil. Overnight - Dawn Service Site (Anzac Cove) (B, L)
Australians at the ANZAC dawn service site in Turkey
Day 7: ANZAC Day
Gallipoli - Istanbul. First light heralds 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
Day 8: Istanbul
Sunday 26 April 2015. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check-out today. (B)

The Royal Engineers - Australian Army


The Royal Australian Engineers is one of the only Australian ANZAC troops who are still serving today. Beginning as a small regular force (of the Australian Army) in charge of defending the coast of the capital cities. Once Royal Assent was given in 1907 they were given the title Australian Engineers and went on to be a force of distinction serving in Sinai, Palestine, France, Belgium and of course Gallipoli.


One of their many responsibilities at Gallipoli was the important role of acting as signallers. Signallers were crucial for communicating with the commanders as to where their troops were, what they were doing and how much supplies they had. They did this by laying wires between HQ and the troops and using them at nightfall. This was a very dangerous job and they had to be extremely brave as they also had to maintain these lines of communications as well as running through the trenches to pass on and receive messages.

 

 

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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