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FROM: €675 pp
Anzac Day Express - 4 days map

ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2023. Starts: 23rd April. This express 4 day ANZAC tour of Turkey offers 4 star accommodation and is ideal for those who are short on time and just want to get to Gallipoli to attend the evocative ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

ANZAC Service Site - Attend the ANZAC eve vigil on the Gallipoli Peninsula and pay your respects at the Dawn Service
Gallipoli Peninsula - See ANZAC Cove, memorials trenches and battlefields
Istanbul - Independently explore this captivating city, home to the iconic Blue Mosque and the bustling Grand Bazaar
The Bosphorus Strait - Cruise the Bosphorus, taking in views of the city skyline, Ottoman architecture and waterside palaces

Included

2 breakfasts
1 night at the Dawn Service site
English speaking tour organiser
Modern air-conditioned touring coach
2 nights 4 star hotels
Morning boat cruise along the Bosphorus straight – Istanbul
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Istanbul International Airport at any time, or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 11am and 3pm only
Maximum Group Size: 32 persons

Not Included

International flights and visa
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
Tipping Kitty: USD$15-25pp, paid in local currency
Guided commentary is not given on this tour
Tip for your tour organiser and driver: as a guideline we recommend you budget USD $3 - 5 per day, per traveller for your tour organiser and USD $2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping is an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

23 April - Istanbul

Sun 23 April 2023. Welcome to Turkey. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the incredible city of Istanbul. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of attractions dotted about the old city known as Sultanahmet. Maybe head to the Grand Bazaar or the Egyptian Spice Market, both open today! This evening after our welcome meeting opt for a drink in the bar, a great way to break the ice and meet fellow travellers.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

ANZAC Eve - Gallipoli

Istanbul - Gallipoli. Spend the morning at leisure in Istanbul. This afternoon we drive to Gallipoli. En route to the peninsula we'll stop for a bite to eat, stretch our legs and stock up on supplies for the evening ahead. Upon arrival (exact time subject to Dawn Service Site opening hours) you will be given instructions about where to meet with your coach on 25 April, after the services have concluded. Once we're in Anzac Cove you are free to visit the memorials and trenches that dot the area before taking our places amongst the many at the Dawn Service site for the atmosphere-charged ANZAC Eve vigil.
Overnight: Dawn Service site (ANZAC Cove)  |  Breakfast

Day 3

ANZAC Day - Gallipoli

Gallipoli - Istanbul. A poignant bugle call along with first light heralds the start of the Dawn Service. Lasting around an hour, the service is a special and moving experience and it's possible to lay a wreath at ANZAC Memorial site after the service has concluded. 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 4

26 April - Istanbul

Wed 26 April 2023. After breakfast (9:00am), you're welcome to join us on a 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus, the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. Returning to the hotel before 12 noon, hotel check-out. This marks the end of a memorable 4 day ANZAC experience.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour.'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
Available
Contact us to book
Not Available
2023
Twin Share
Single Room
€675
€875
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
€675
€875

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation
€135
€245
Post Tour Accommodation
€135
€245

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.

Golden Tulip Istanbul Bayrampasa, Istanbul

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Golden Tulip Istanbul Bayrampasa is a modern 5 star hotel, with scenic views of Istanbul and the Marmara Sea. Comfort is guaranteed in the spacious guest rooms, which benefit from large windows and free high speed WiFi. These well-appointed rooms also offer an en suite with rain-fall walk-in shower, hair dryer, LCD TV, minibar, in-room safe and complimentary coffee & tea making facilities. Guests can enjoy tasty Turkish and international cuisine at hotel's restaurant and bar which is open from early morning to late night. The property also features an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa with a Turkish Bath and sauna - perfect for some R&R after a busy day of sightseeing in the city! This luxurious hotel is located in Bayrampasa, a peaceful suburb of Istanbul, which is a short 6-minute walk from Topcular metro station, offering easy access to the rest of the city.

Grand Hotel Halic, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Conveniently located in the central Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the modern Grand Hotel Halic is within walking distance of popular sites such as Taksim Square and the Galata Tower. Guest rooms are well-appointed with a seating area and modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Delicious Turkish mezes can be enjoyed at the Adali Restaurant on the top floor, with fabulous views across the famous Golden Horn of Istanbul, while Raki aniseed spirit can be sampled in the bar with billiards, while listening to live music. The hotel also benefits from an indoor swimming pool and spa, with a traditional hammam, dry sauna and massage facilities. Public transportation is within easy reach of the hotel with the Tunel Tram Stop on bustling Istiklal Street just 5 minutes’ walk away and Beyoglu Funicular Station 100 yards away.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4 out of 5 based on 1 recent reviews

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Reggie was a great host. He was very knowledgeable on the areas we visited and was always happy to help people. He was always professional and kind, and made sure everything ran as smoothly as possible.

• Submitted 02 May 2017
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Absolutely amazing weekend with a great guide and lovey group of travellers.

Rachel Cunliffe • Submitted 07 May 2016

Fatih was an an outstanding tour leader. He was very friendly and very informative and obviously very passionate about Turkey.

James Dixon • Submitted 27 May 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Fatih's info about Turkey, he was a great guide and I hope others appreciated him as much as I did. Top job.

Renee Dixon • Submitted 27 May 2014

Very well organised and informative. Loved the ease of the airport meet and greet :)

Martine Littlestone • Submitted 27 May 2014

Thank you for a very memorable experience.

Emma-Lee Elliott • Submitted 27 May 2014

Tour guide was fantastic. Heaps of knowledge , friendly and always available for any questions and help.

Helen Janes • Submitted 27 May 2014

Tim was very relaxed and nice. He was well organised.

Andrew • Submitted 24 May 2010

Anzac Day at Gallipoli Cove was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. The dawn service was one of the most moving occasions I have ever been a part of. I highly recommend all Aussies and Kiwi's must experience this. And to make sure you really get a good experience book with on the go, you guys are incredible and did such a good job. The organisation was above and beyond. Thanks again.

Catherine Bell • Submitted 24 May 2010

Fantastic Anzac Day!

Experience was exactly the way i had pictured, very soul-lifting.

Well done guys! see you soon!!!

Stephen Jones • Submitted 28 Apr 2009
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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
23rd April 2023
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 32
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
No
Meals
Breakfast: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes (Sabiha Gokcen at 11am & 3pm)
Dep. Transfer
No, but if tour finishes in Egypt yes
Pillars on a cliff in Canakkale
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul

Extra Tour Info

Anzac Carvings | Anzac Day | Turkey
ANZAC Travel Tips
Get the most out of your visit to Turkey over ANZAC Day
Anzac medals | Anzac Day | Turkey
The Gallipoli Campaign
Learn more about the Gallipoli Campaign and the battalions
Anzac Cove Sign | Anzac Day | Turkey
Beginner's Guide to ANZAC
Discover what happened at Gallipoli back in 1915
Updated
14th November 2022

Reggie was a great host. He was very knowledgeable on the areas we visited and was always happy to help people. He was always professional and kind, and made sure everything ran as smoothly as possible.

Kimberley Robinson
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