ANZAC Day Memorial Tour

With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, stand in the morning breeze and pay respect to the fallen on ANZAC Day at a dawn vigil. This special 3-day trip takes you by private bus along the Dardanelles, from Istanbul to the memorial site commemorating the common sacrifice for all of the nations involved. This moving tour will also include visits to other important sites such as Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair and the war cemeteries, making your visit to Turkey a unique and beautiful experience.

Duration: 3 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126996
Starts: Istanbul, Turkey Finishes: Istanbul, Turkey
You will visit
  • Istanbul
  • Istanbul



Day 1: Istanbul/Çanakkale

Meet the group in the reception area of the Istanbul meeting point hotel at 7:45am. The Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and fellow group members will be waiting.

Depart at 8am sharp to get started with the busy day ahead. Travel to Gallipoli (Çanakkale) by private vehicle, stopping en route for a quick local lunch.

Visit ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, the war cemeteries, and many other important sites. There will also be time for individuals to visit relatives' grave sites. This is the only day with access to these sights.

After the tour, continue on to Çanakkale for the night.

Additional Notes:
We can help book pre-tour accommodation the night before the tour starts at the time of booking. It is advisable to locate the meeting point hotel the night before the tour begins (if you aren't already staying there).

Included Activities:
Gallipoli Battlefields Guided Tour

Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)


Day 2: Çanakkale/Troy (1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of Troy and learn more about the ancient fables surrounding this legendary city. Spend some free time exploring Çanakkale in the afternoon.

Have dinner in Çanakkale then travel to the ceremonial area near ANZAC cove for the night. There will be grandstands set up and visitors camp out overnight to reserve a spot.

Spend the evening tucked into sleeping bags in the grandstands at the ceremonial site in readiness for the dawn service.

Additional Notes:
The evening may be very cold— please come prepared with appropriate shoes and clothing. We will provide sleeping bags but it is recommended that you bring a personal sleep sheet to place inside.

Included Activities:
Troy Guided Visit
ANZAC Cove Overnight

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))


Day 3: Anzac Cove/Istanbul (1B)

Attend the unforgettable dawn service commemorating the Battle of Gallipoli and ANZAC Day.

After the service, walk 5km (3.1 mi) to the Australian cemetery at Lone Pine, before continuing a further 2km (1.24 mi) uphill to Chunuk Bair for the New Zealand ceremony, which will end at approx. 1:30.

After a quick lunch, drive back to Istanbul where the tour ends on arrival. Please note that our arrival to Istanbul is in the late evening.

We are able to arrange post-tour accommodation if you'd like to extend your stay. Please ask at the time of booking.

Additional Notes:
Note that the 7km (4.4 mi) to Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair are uphill and the temperatures are warm at this time of year. Extra bottled water is suggested.

Included Activities:
ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Private Vehicle (3.00-5.00 hours)

    • Gallipoli battlefields and sites tour
    • Troy visit
    • ANZAC Day dawn service
    • Country-specific memorial services
    • Sleeping bag use
    • Hotel (2 nts), sleeping bags for the ceremony
    Meals Included
    • 2 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
    • Private bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Witness the moving dawn service and accompanying memorials
  • Explore the ancient city of Troy