Anzac Cove Cemetary | Anzac Day | Turkey
FROM: CAD $1,315 pp

ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2023. 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.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
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Trip Highlights

ANZAC Service Site - Attend the ANZAC eve vigil on the Gallipoli Peninsula and pay your respects at the Dawn Service
Istanbul - Take in the highlights of Istanbul including the iconic Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia mosque and the Underground Cistern
Kilitbahir - Admire the imposing fortress on the west side of the Dardanelles built to control the strait at its narrowest point
Gallipoli Peninsula - Learn about the Gallipoli Campaign, explore the WW1 battlefields, memorial sites and ANZAC Cove
Troy - Enjoy a short tour of the famous city of Homeric legend and see the giant replica Trojan Horse
The Bosphorus Strait - Cruise the Bosphorus, taking in views of the city skyline, Ottoman architecture and waterside palaces

Included

4 breakfasts
1 night at the Anzac Dawn Service site
Guided sightseeing at Gallipoli, war cemeteries and battlefields (subject to site opening times set by the Anzac Day Organising Committee)
Visits to the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Istanbul International Airport at any time, or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 11am and 3pm only
4 nights 4 star hotels
Guided sightseeing of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome and Hagia Sofia
Morning cruise along the Bosphorus in Istanbul
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guide and driver: as a guideline we recommend you budget USD $5 - 7 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD $2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$20-30pp, paid in local currency
Attendance Pass for ANZAC. Please see the Trip Notes for information on how to obtain your attendance pass - these are free of charge but need to be registered for in advance
Entrance Fees: USD$30-40pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul - Gateway to the Exotic East

Fri 21 April 2023. 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.

Alternatively, those arriving early may wish to join our optional Backstreets Of Istanbul Tour taking place today. The tour commences at 9am. For further details of the excursion, please see our tour Trip Notes.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul Old City Tour

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.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Gallipoli - WW1 Battlefields

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.
Overnight: Ayvalik/ Canakkale   |  Breakfast

Day 4

ANZAC Eve at Gallipoli

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.
Overnight: Dawn Service Site (Anzac Cove)   |  Breakfast

Day 5

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2023

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.

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. Please note: the 2023 national memorial services at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair are subject to confirmation.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 6

Istanbul

Wed 26 April 2023. After breakfast and hotel check out at 12 noon our tour concludes.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

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Twin Share
Single Room
CAD $1,315
CAD $1,755

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation
CAD $145
CAD $255
Post Tour Accommodation
CAD $145
CAD $255

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.

Kent Hotel, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The charming Kent Hotel 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. The hotel is also fantastically located within a 10-minute walk of the Grand Bazaar and Old Town in the Bayazit area in the European side of Istanbul.

Tusan Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The family run Tusan Hotel offers modern facilities in a tranquil setting. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped and offer guests beautiful forest or sea views. The hotel benefits from a private beach and an indoor and outdoor restaurant. A refreshing pint of beer in the English Pub whilst challenging the bar staff to a game of pool is a great way to spend the evening. This accommodation sits within a beautiful pine forest looking across the Dardanelles with a private beach exclusively for guests.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 5 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews

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An excellent trip, one of the best I have experienced, thank you.

• Submitted 29 Apr 2018
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The tour was comprehensive and wonderful. Being able to experience Gallipoli and learn about the war from a Turkish perspective was invaluable. Our guide Reggie was the best! He was so knowledgeable and friendly, went out of his way to help me during the tour. I have expressed to all of my friends that a tour in Turkey wouldn't be complete without Reggie.

Thanks for a great tour!

• Submitted 17 May 2017
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Reggie was an absolute star and a wonderful guide. His knowledge of the history and sites was great and he shared it in such an easy way. His tours were fun and relaxed. You could ask him any questions and while he told you when to be careful he certainly didn’t scare anyone with unnecessary warnings. I would most definitely book another tour, particularly if Reggie was the guide.

The coach was comfortable and clean and fine for the trip though I think it wouldn’t have been so comfortable if we had had a full tour compliment and you spent longer travelling.

Information on the ANZAC ceremonies was excellent - it was a real shame that you couldn’t do both the Lone Pine service and make it to Chanuk Bair in time for the NZ service but there isn’t much you can do about that. We were well informed and I think it is important to make sure that continues as I know there were other visitors who had been told conflicting information and didn’t make it to Chanuk Bair when that was the main service they wanted to get to.

I thought both the Backstreets tour and the City tour were very good and I would highly recommend doing both of them if people have the opportunity.

I am really pleased I booked with On the Go Tours. I had the most amazing experience and felt comfortable and safe because everything was so well organised.

• Submitted 02 May 2017
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I took your ANZAC digger tour last week and it was amazing. Experiencing the dawn service at Gallipoli was truly moving and our tour guide Reggie was so funny and knowledgeable. He answered our endless questions not just about ANZAC and Turkish history but also modern Turkish life in general. The tour was better for having him as our guide and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to other Australians considering touring Turkey.

Nicole Lewis • Submitted 02 May 2017

I really enjoyed the time i spent in Turkey. As I had Recep for 2 tours that I did, I found we developed a good friendship. He was a excellent guide whose knowledge was excellent and he was never unable to answer a questioned asked to him. This added to the whole experience as you were never wondering about any unknowns. Our tour bus was great as was our driver who always had a smile even after a long day behind the wheel. All Fantastic.

Brendon Scott • Submitted 09 May 2016

Excellent fun.Very enjoyable.Loved meeting new people.Would not hesitate to recommend.

Dianne Lines • Submitted 30 Apr 2016

We really enjoyed the tour, we felt we saw enough of Turkey to whet our appetite to want to come back and explore further, the tour was a good introduction. Ali was a great Guide, very knowledgeable, with a great sense of fun and humour. He also was very organized with meals and sorting the accommodation. He was also conscious that there were a few older people on the tour and was considerate towards their needs.

• Submitted 17 Jun 2015
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Murat by far is the best tour guide I had had the pleasure to be associated with. His wealth of knowledge of the various ancient sites and Turkey was by far very comprehensive and detailed.

Nothing was to much trouble for him and he kept us entertained. He showed us and explained a lot of the modern history as well as the ancient history of TURKEY.

If I get back to Turkey again I would request that Murat be our guide.

• Submitted 18 May 2015
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Thank you very much. I really enjoyed my tour. Thanks for all your great advice along the way, really enjoyed the history.

Haley Carter • Submitted 27 May 2014

Guide excellent, Gallipoli Excellent, Istanbul Excellent.

John Stevens • Submitted 27 May 2014
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
21 Apr 2023
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 4
Visiting
Istanbul, Canakkale, Eceabat & Gallipoli
Countries
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Pillars on a cliff in Canakkale
Sunset behind the Gallipoli Castle
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul

Extra Tour Info

ANZAC Travel Tips
Get the most out of your visit to Turkey over ANZAC Day
The Gallipoli Campaign
Learn more about the Gallipoli Campaign and the battalions
Beginner's Guide to ANZAC
Discover what happened at Gallipoli back in 1915
Updated
18th October 2021

An excellent trip, one of the best I have experienced, thank you.

Gregory Bray
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