Day One: Saturday 23rd April – Arrival in Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! After checking into your hotel, you will have the afternoon free to explore Istanbul at your own pace. Later in the evening, you will meet your guide who will answer any questions you may have, and give you all the information about your tour.
If you are arriving in Istanbul before the 23rd of April, optional activities will be available on the 22nd April to all customers on the 4 Day Tour.
If you arrive at Ataturk International Airport on the 23rd of April, an airport transfer to your hotel is included in your tour package. A member of the Samyeli Travel team will meet you at the airport. If you are arriving at Sabiha Gokcen Airport, paid airport transfers are also available at certain times (Please see FAQs). If you are arriving by alternative means, you will be emailed your hotel details in April so you can make your own way there.
Day Two: Sunday 24th April – Istanbul to Gallipoli
After breakfast, we begin the day with a guided tour through the amazing city of Istanbul, where you will visit historic sights such as; Golden Horn, Saray Burnu for beautiful panoramic views of Istanbul, visiting Hagia (St.) Sophia, the Blue Mosque & Hippodrome. After your city tour, we will stop for lunch before departing for Gallipoli. During the journey, your guide will give you some information about Gallipoli and the battles that took place there, giving you a better understanding of the history and importance of the ANZAC Day services. We will also be showing a movie or documentary about Gallipoli, to help give you an idea of the type of people who fought in this war, and for you to picture the conditions 104 years ago.
Upon arriving at Gallipoli, we will have a break for dinner, before making our way to Anzac Cove for our overnight stay.
Overnight: Anzac Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important: For your overnight stay at Anzac Cove, you will need to bring a day pack. Once your main luggage is loaded onto the coach in Istanbul on the morning of the 24th, it is securely locked overnight. This means that you will not be able to access it again until we arrive at Eceabat or Istanbul on the evening of the 25th. Please also note that during your overnight stay at Anzac Cove, the weather can be very cold. We strongly suggest that you bring sleeping bags, warm clothing and blankets. We also recommend a wet weather jacket in case of rain.
Day Three: Monday 25th April – ANZAC Day (Gallipoli to Istanbul)
The Dawn Service begins at first light on the 25th, a truly moving experience for everyone. The service includes tributes and tales of your fellow countrymen, as the many thousands who have gathered remember the fallen.
After the Dawn Service, we will make our way to various sites for other commemorations. The first site we will visit will be the Australian Service at Lone Pine, followed by the New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair. After the NZ service, your guide and coach will pick you up, and we will depart for Eceabat. At Eceabat, we will have a short break and those who wish to leave the tour here can do so; please note that this is a personal choice and no part of the tour will be refunded or discounted if you wish to do so. After this short break we will continue to Istanbul, arriving in the late evening.
If you wish to leave the tour in Eceabat, you can continue your travels around Turkey by taking a ferry to Canakkale.
Day Four: Tuesday 26th April – Tour Finishes
After breakfast our tour ends, and we bid farewell to our new friends. Wherever you are heading to next, you will take with you unforgettable memories, and a new found understanding of Turkey, a country that plays such a vital role in your own history.
Meals Included: Breakfast
This tour includes:
• Transportation in our fully air conditioned luxury coach (Non-smoking)
• A fluent English speaking tour guide throughout the duration of your tour
• An ANZAC Day commemorative T-Shirt
• Early arrival in Anzac Cove on the 24th of April
• Overnight stay at Anzac Cove on the 24th of April
• During your bus journeys, we show a range of movies and documentaries about Gallipoli
• All entrance fees included
• ANZAC Day memorial services in Gallipoli
• Accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels (as per itinerary)
• Turkish, Australian and New Zealand staff with great knowledge of Turkey and Gallipoli
• No hidden costs!
• No camping!
Arrival Airport Transfers
Arrival airport transfers are free for all customers arriving at Ataturk International Airportbetween 8am and midnight on the 23rd April. For full details on how our airport transfers work and getting to your hotel on the first day of the tour then please see the FAQ section.
IMPORTANT: It is essential that customers who wish to use our transfer service send us full flight details including airline name, flight number, terminal number, arrival time. It is your responsibility to ensure we have this information before 7thApril otherwise we cannot guarantee that a transfer will be available.
This tour does not include:
• Airport/Hotel transfers (unless stated)
• Meals/Drinks (unless stated)
• Personal Expenses
Important Information: If you wish to arrive in Istanbul earlier than the 23rd or stay longer than the 26th then we can arrange pre & post tour accommodation for you, although we have limited availability of this. The cost of this is per person £35 for a Double/Twin/Triple or £50 for a single room. Please indicate that you require this when making your booking.