Istanbul - Gallipoli, Dawn Service, Troy, Assos
24th April 2013, TUE - Istanbul - Gallipoli Peninsula
13:00 Depart for Eceabat from Istanbul. (Also departs from Kusadasi & Selcuk)
There will be a comfort stop half way at a station/cafeteria, where you can buy snacks & a meal.
18:00 Enter the town of Eceabat where we will grab our Gallipoli goodies bag & home made pie for munching on for our drive to the service site.
19:00 Join the convoy of Backpackers Travel buses for departure to the Dawn Service site where we will grab a space in the large crowd & wait, listening to the pre dawn program.
25th April 2013, WED - ANZAC Day Services
05:30 Dawn Service commences as the sun breaks the skyline behind the Turkish Sphinx.
07:30 While waiting for your bus to transfer you to the next service you can eat breakfast on the grass with the group or feel free to tell your leader that you want to go exploring; take your breakfast pack & walk the ridges & old trenches to the next service. Australian &/or New Zealand National services. (Service times for these have yet to be released)
Lunch at restaurant back in town.
Late afternoon Buses depart for Eceabat, where you will check into your accommodation, have a shower & a well-deserved sleep.
19:30 Screening of the Gallipoli movie.
26th April 2013, THU - Gallipoli Peninsula
08:30 - 10:30 Breakfast awaits.
09:30 Documentary: The Fatal Shore
12:00 Restaurant lunch to start off the tour.
Departure for Gallipoli battlefield tour of the ANZAC area. 5 hour tour visiting:
• Kabatepe War Museum.
• Beach Cemetery (John Simpson's grave).
• ANZAC Cove.
• Ari Burnu - first ANZAC landing place.
• Lone Pine - main Australian memorial.
• Johnson's Jolly - walk in the original ANZAC & Turkish trenches & view the tunnels.
• Turkish memorial.
• The Nek - main scene depicted in the movie Gallipoli.
• Chunuk Bair - main memorial for the New Zealand soldiers.
27th April 2013, FRI - Troy - Assos - Turkish Village
07:00 Breakfast awaits.
08:00 Depart for a day of culture & sites. Fully guided tour of the ruins of Troy. Off to Assos, an amazing village with hand-built rock houses. Here you can buy your lunch at the harbour & eat with the view of the island of Lesvos in front of you. A stop off at home village to see the Turkish countryside & village life. Then back to Eceabat for your farewell dinner at 8pm.
28th April 2013, SAT - Gallipoli Peninsula
08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast awaits.
11:00 Depart for Istanbul. Bus will drop you off as close to possible to your choice of accommodation in Istanbul. There will be a comfort stop en-route. End of tour.
OPTION 3 : 5 days : Hostel: 290 Euro or Hotel: 340 Euro
We offer a 5% discount for cash payments.
Included in option 3:
ANZAC Day services
Fully guided Gallipoli tour
Gallipoli museum entrance
Fully guided Troy tour
Troy entrance included
Cultural day tour to Assos & Turkish village
Traditional home cooked village meal
Turkish/English speaking guide on bus
Private coach, return Istanbul (+15 Euro for Selcuk or Kusadasi)
3 nights accommodation
2 restaurant lunches
Not included in option 3:
Entrance fees, unless stated.
Meals, unless stated.