ANZAC Day Tours, Gallipoli 2020. Starts: 21st April. In just 6 days you will take in the delights of Istanbul and explore the WW1 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsular and remember those fallen at the Dawn Service.
Istanbul - Gateway to the Exotic East
21st April 2020. Welcome to Turkey and the start of an exciting ANZAC experience! Airport to hotel arrival transfer. Rest of the day free in Istanbul, a city that straddles both Europe and Asia.
If you are arriving to Istanbul early, you may wish to consider joining 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.
Istanbul Old City Tour
This morning we spend a couple of hours cruising the Bosphorus before embarking on a guided sightseeing tour of the old city, taking in the stunning Iznik tiled Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome area, the 6th century Hagia Sofia, the ancient Underground Cistern and more. This afternoon time is given for you to explore the mammoth Grand Bazaar and exotic Egyptian Spice Market, the latter is located opposite the ferry terminal. Afterwards, you can opt to stay and discover the old city by night or return to the hotel.
Overnight: Istanbul | Breakfast
Gallipoli - WW1 Battlefields
Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale/Ayvalik. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. 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 still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years.
Overnight: Ayvalik/ Canakkale | Breakfast
ANZAC Eve at Gallipoli
Cannakale/Ayvalik – Troy - Kilitbahir - Gallipoli. This morning we enjoy a short-guided tour of Troy. 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. You'll have some free this afternoon before early this evening we all relax at before entering the Cove. 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
ANZAC Day - Gallipoli 2020
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 allows 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 Australian’s have the opportunity to visit the Lone Pine Memorial Service. Our New Zealanders are invited to attend the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair later on in the morning Everyone will be picked up after the service at Chunuk Bair (exact time and location to be confirmed with your guide). We anticipate an early afternoon departure time from Gallipoli for onward travel to Istanbul. Crossing the Dardanelles by ferry we will arrive into Istanbul later this afternoon.
Istanbul - your way
26th April 2020. Our tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out at 12 noon. This morning or later today after hotel check out.
Combine this tour with Egypt!
If you like our ANZAC Digger tour and are interested in combining this trip with a holiday in Egypt, check out our 13 day Giza & Gallipoli or 18 Day Anzac & Ancient Egypt tours.
This trips offer the best of ancient Egypt with visits to the legendary Pyramids of Giza and Valley of the Kings, plus felucca sailing, Luxor Temple by night and more.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.Read More
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Great tour, amazing guide, we loved his sense of humour. ”
Enjoyed Erol's sense of humour and knowledge which made the whole experience worth while. Thanks Erol for all your effort - Allan.”
Erol's knowledge, help an preperation was first class and greatly added to our trip.”
I thought Erol's knowledge of history and info was excellent - very informative without being too "over the top". I thought he was very friendly and professional at all times. Great job!”
Erol was a fantastic guide. Kept me educated on local cultures and area, great love of information. Erol made this trip a fantastic journey - thanks Erol.”
Dear on the go.
I had a great trip to Anzac Day. You guys were so well organised and our tour guide Naci was an absolute legend. I will happily recommend on the go to all my friends. I have just booked a tour to Egypt with on the go and can't wait to get there. My friends just came back from Egypt and were raving about it as I am sure I will be too. Thanks again.”
Big thanks to all on the go staff. You guys rock, I have never experienced such a well organised and fun tour as the Gallipoli tour I am just back from. I have been on quite a few tours but you guys are by far the most organised I have ever experienced. Keep up the good work. I will be recommending you to all my mates. Cheers.”
I would like to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of your colleagues in the London and Istanbul branch of on the go tours. We have been back from our holiday about a week now and we had a wonderful time on the ANZAC digger tour. You and all the staff I spoke to during booking and in fact on the day I arrived were very helpful. We also really liked our tour guide Errol.
Thanks for all your help and advice, we'll definately consider on the go if we decide to do another tour somewhere else in the future.
Pauline McInnes and Trevor Melham ”
Just wanted to let you know ANZAC & Turkey was amazing, thank you for organising everything for us. On the Go were great fun! I'm really looking forward to Croatia Sailing now.”
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An excellent trip, one of the best I have experienced, thank you.”