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
Got back from Egypt & ANZAC day yesterday! Didn't want to leave Egypt - had the best time ever – thank you so so much! The hot air ballooning was awesome!
We all should be in, in the next two weeks to book Croatia! ”
ILKER!!! Fantastic, Very Very Good!!! Ilker made our trip. The Anzac Day experience was excellent, as was the value for money”
I have just returned from a silver 5 day on the go tour in turkey.
Wanted to let you know that i had a fantastic time!! The hotels were better than expected and all of the inclusions in Istanbul were fantastic. Our leader Ally (were on bus 'k') was great - heaps of fun and got our group organised well. The gala dinner was a highlight - everyone had a ball. Of course the anzac portion was amazing - very emotional and something I will never forget.
Thanks again to 'on the go' for making a very memorable trip for me and look forward to my next trip with you. ”
Flower, our tour guide, was an absolute pleasure to experience Turkey with. Her dedication and extensive knowledge was outstanding. We were lucky to have such a great guide”
Excellent tour guide (Flower) She was helpful, friendly, very knowledgeable and patient. We enjoyed having her as our tour guide, she made the tour meaningful and memorable. ”
To describe Flower in one word is not enough. She's superb, brilliant, caring, funny AMAZING, full of incredible knowledge. I couldn't compare her to any other tour guide as this was the BEST experience ever! ”
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An excellent trip, one of the best I have experienced, thank you.”