Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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Anzac Uncovered - 6 days

ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2018. Starts: 21st April. A unique tour that takes an indepth look at the many battlefields, memorials and strategic military points of the Gallipoli Peninsular. Plus Istanbul sightseeing and a cruise on the Bosphorus.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Underground Cistern
Gallipoli - guided touring of ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair memorials, Johnsons Jolly, battlefields and trenches
ANZAC 2017 Dawn Service and option to attend the New Zealand Memorial Service
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait - the strategic waterway dividing Europe and Asia
Turkish International Service and Kilitbahir Fort built by Mehmet the Conqueror
Anzac Eve - hotel accommodation, prior to the commencement of the Dawn Service

Included

4 breakfasts, 1 lunch (our ANZAC afternoon Turkish BBQ) and 2 dinners
Guided sightseeing of the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace
Morning boat cruise along the Bosphorus in Istanbul
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Ataturk International Airport at any time of day or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 2.30pm and 8pm
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned touring coach
3 nights Special Class hotels (3 - 4 star), 2 nights 2 - 3 star hotel in the Gallipoli Region
Extensive sightseeing of Gallipoli, battlefields, memorials and trenches on 23rd and 24th April
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide

Not Included

International flights & visa
Entrance Fees: USD$40-50, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide and driver: as a guideline we recommend you budget USD $3-5 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD $1-2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul

Sat 21st April 2018. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your inspirational ANZAC experience! Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore Istanbul - a city that straddles both Europe and Asia!
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Guided Sightseeing of Gallipoli

Istanbul - Gallipoli. An early morning departure to the WW1 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The futile campaign, infamously known as Gallipoli, is poignantly etched in history. In the fierce struggle for Turkish territory, thousands perished as the odds were resolutely stacked against them. The Turks sustained terrible losses. Thousands of Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Indian Allied troops also died. Today we tour the region with ease as most ANZAC pilgrims will descend upon the peninsular tomorrow afternoon. Walk in the footsteps of the ANZAC’s with visits to ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and the trenches. Early evening we travel to our hotel in the seaside village of Gallipoli for free time. Take a stroll around the waterfront before dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Eceabat & Gallipoli  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Turkish Airforce Display, ANZAC Eve - hotel

Returning to the Gallipoli National Park, we attend the Turkish International Service and watch the Turkish Air Force display at Mehmetcik Abide. We then visit the small fishing village of Kilitbahir and tour the impressive Kilitbahir Fort. Kilitbahir - meaning lock of the sea, duly living up to its name. The fort was built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, as 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. After we've explored the fort it's time to sit down to relax at our exclusive ANZAC Eve Turkish BBQ before the Australians can head to Lone Pine for the Australian Wreath Laying Ceremony and again returning to our hotel for a leisurely evening.
Overnight: Eceabat & Gallipoli  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2018

Gallipoli - Istanbul. Departing our hotel close to midnight, we return to the Dawn Service Site, soaking up the atmosphere of the morning and the heartfelt chants of the crowd. First light heralds the Dawn Service, which starts with a poignant bugle call. The service lasts for an hour before we drive to Eceabat – a seaside village approx 20 minutes away for breakfast (payable locally). Later this morning our Australian's can head to Lone Pine to see the cemetery there and allow quiet reflection. Later this morning Australian’s have the option to visit Lone Pine Memorial for independent exploration of the cemetery and dignified, quiet reflection. Our New Zealanders are invited to attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. Please note that there will be no Lone Pine service as in previous years. Later this afternoon, we’ll journey back to Istanbul by coach, arriving in the evening. (Timing on 25 April subject to coach traffic).
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Istanbul Old City

Enjoy our guided city tour taking in the hippodrome area, exotic Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hagia Sofia - Emperor Justinian's grand basilica, Topkapi Palace and more. Later this afternoon join us for a 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus - the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. Afterwards you can wander around the cavernous Grand Bazaar before walking to the waterfront, where located opposite is the colourful and ever lively Egyptian Spice Market. Time will be given for you to explore the exotic bazaar and possibly purchase some fresh or dried fruits, nuts, pistachios, Turkish Delight and other treats.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Istanbul - your way

Wed 26th April 2018. Istanbul. After breakfast and hotel check out our tour concludes. We hope you had a wonderful and truly memorable ANZAC experience.

If your flight does not depart till later in the day, after our cruise pop across the road to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice market. The ideal spot for some last minute souvenir shopping!
Breakfast

Egypt - ever so close!

Combine ANZAC day in Turkey with the best of ancient Egypt - taking in the legendary Pyramids of Giza, treasures of King Tutankhamen and the Valley of the Kings.

Check out our Gallipoli & Giza and Anzac and Ancient Egypt tours.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. Single rooms are available on this tour. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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Extra Prices

Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $145
USD $125
Post-Tour Accommodation
USD $145
USD $125

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Kent Hotel, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The charming Kent Hotel offers is a great example of contemporary design and a friendly atmosphere. Guest rooms are superbly equipped with modern facilities including Wi-Fi connectivity, state of the art technology and bright marbled bathrooms. Enjoying a delicious Turkish meal at the in house Calcedoine Restaurant after a hard days sightseeing is highly recommended. Fantastically located within 10 minutes walk of the Grand Bazaar and Old Town in the Bayazit area in the European side of Istanbul.

Ozturk Hotel, Eceabat & Gallipoli

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

In the centre of Gallipoli town, the Ozturk hotel is a comfortable accommodation offering tasty breakfast and modest amenities. Wi-Fi connectivity is available and there is an onsite bar to enjoy a refreshing beverage or two in. Well located in the centre of Gallipoli with great access to the ferry to Canakkale and Anzac Cove.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 1 recent reviews

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The tour guide combined historical knowledge & humour to ensure enjoyment of time.

Todd Hartley • Submitted 14 May 2016

Can our tour guide was wonderful - very accommodating. Our Bus driver also did an outstanding job. A great tour - thank you very much - particularly to Can + Ali !!!

Gerald Matthews • Submitted 12 May 2016

Our guide did a really good job and worked very hard to ensure we all had an enjoyable + informative trip. He also made sure the pace was suitable for the varied levels of ability within the group. He represented On The Go really well and I would definitely recommend him + the trip to others.

Catherine Woods • Submitted 12 May 2016

The tour was excellent. John was very accommodating and knowledgeable. Our driver also knew his job well and ensured we had a safe trip. Our only issue would be the choice of the Ibis Hotel in Istanbul...we would have much preferred a Turkish Hotel in the "old city" with ready access to everything. A great experience...it was also good going to the Turkish memorial to get a Turkish perspective.

• Submitted 30 Apr 2016
Tour
Guide
Country

Very pleased with the tour and tour guide and would recommend him at all times.

Lilian Downs • Submitted 27 May 2014

The tour was excellent. Chengiz is brilliant as a tour guide, a real person with real hands on knowledge and experience. The best tour guide I have ever experienced in 20 years of travel.

Brenton Strauss • Submitted 24 May 2010

Tour guide Chengiz was excellent and so was our bus driver Kenneth, very helpful and eager to get involved with the group.

Chris Parry • Submitted 24 May 2010

I thought it couldn't get any better than Egypt but I was wrong. I just did the King Ramses tour and it was brilliant and now I have just finished the Anzac Uncovered trip and it was even better. I am already looking at booking my next on the go tour. Hmmm where to go? Croatia me thinks.

Tom H • Submitted 24 May 2010

Thanks to everyone involved with my Turkey adventure for Anzac Day. From Mark who I booked through at the London office who was so friendly and helpful to all the staff in Turkey that went out of their way to make sure I had a great time. All the group were great and our guide Ibrahim was an absolute pleasure. Thanks to everybody and keep up the good work.

James Blegg • Submitted 24 May 2010

Morat is a great tour leader, with a great sense of humour which made the experience all the better

Moira Dean • Submitted 30 Apr 2009
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
21 Apr 2018
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
Updated
1st March 2017

The tour guide combined historical knowledge & humour to ensure enjoyment of time.

Todd Hartley