GET YOUR SEAT FOR THE 2019 GALLIPOLI TOUR BEFORE THEY ARE GONE!
You have seen Mel Gibson in Gallipoli register now get it off your “Bucket List” and walk the ground!
It has now been over 100 years since the Australians began the WWI Landings at Gallipoli, Turkey as part of the Dardanelles Campaign in 1915. From Istanbul we proceed to the historic sites of the Dardanelles Campaign, including the fabled city of Troy.
Get to Turkey in 2019 with a fun group of Aussies & Kiwis!
THE FUN WAY TO SEE TURKEY!
Military Historical Tours is proud to offer another in our series of historic tours of the world. We are happy to join the outstanding Mat McLachlan BATTLEFIELD TOURS of Australia in Istanbul and proceed to the historic sites of the Dardanelles Campaign, including the epic Battle of Gallipoli. During World War I, a joint British and French operation was mounted to capture Constantinople and secure a sea route to Russia. We will see why the attempt failed, with heavy casualties.
The Gallipoli campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved. In Turkey, the battle is perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people—a final surge in the defense of the motherland as the centuries-old Ottoman Empire was crumbling. The struggle laid the grounds for the Turkish War of Independence and the foundation of the Republic of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, himself the a commander at Gallipoli whose heroic leadership and astute military actions were decisive.
The 103rd Anniversary Commemoration of the campaign that was the first major battle undertaken by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and is considered the birth of national consciousness in both of these countries. Anzac Day, 25 April remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans in Australia and New Zealand, surpassing Armistice/Remembrance Day.
All of these things, along with the fun loving Aussies and Kiwis who make this tour so special plus the most experienced staff of Tour Leaders and Historians combine to make your trip the most enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining and educational experience possible. We welcome your phone calls, letters or e-mails to discuss your tour with one of our Battlefield Tour Leaders. Call us toll free at 703-590-1295 M-F 9AM-6PM, write or e-mail us—we love hearing from you!
Ground Tour Price $ 1995*^
* - Based on double Occupancy
Single Room Supplement $ 595^
Tour Price Includes:
- Five Nights 3-Star Hotel Accommodations
- Air-conditioned motorcoach and boat trips
- A copy of Mat McLachlan’s Gallipoli – The Battlefield Guide
- Meals (4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners & Snack Box on ANZAC Day) and bottle of water each day.
- Trip Kit containing tour ball cap, bag tags, name badge and travel info
- “History on Tour” information packet, containing maps and other information
- Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed plus bottled water each day
- Services of experienced Mat McLachlan WWI Historians & Tour Leaders plus a copy of Mat’s definitive guide, Gallipoli – The Battlefield Guide
- All tips included
^ - Conversion from Australian Dollars
DISCOUNT AIRFARE AVAILABLE: MHT can book you from your home city to Istanbul, Turkey via our Airline Partners from anywhere in the U.S. and is available upon request.
Gallipoli Daily Itinerary
20 APRIL—DAY 1 (TRAVEL) Departure from USA airports for overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.
21 APRIL—DAY 2 (ISTANBUL TO GALLIPOLI) Our journey in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. as we depart Istanbul for the Gallipoli peninsula. The group will assemble at our central meeting point, Ramada Old City Hotel, in Istanbul at 8.30am for 9.00am departure for the 5-hour drive to the Gallipoli peninsula. As we drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara and the straits of the Dardanelles, we will be viewing the waterway that the British, French and ANZAC troops were intended to secure during the Gallipoli campaign. This inconspicuous stretch of sea was the cause of the carnage at Gallipoli. After lunch in the port town of Eceabat we cross the Dardanelles by ferry to tour Cimenlik Fort in the town of Canakkale. This fort was heavily engaged by Allied warships during the naval battles of February and March 1915 — a huge unexploded British naval shell is still embedded in one of the fort's walls! We will spend time in the shops and restaurants of Canakkale before proceeding to our Gallipoli hotel, located in a peaceful woodland environment which overlooks the waters of the Dardanelles. The hotel offers a delightful restaurant and will be our home for the next five nights. We will enjoy dinner on arrival. (D)
22 APRIL—DAY 3 (ANZAC SECTOR) Today we will visit the battlefields that were the birthplace of the ANZAC legend. We will explore ANZAC Cove, North Beach, Shrapnel Gully, Lone Pine, The Nek, Quinn's Post, Chunuk Bair and many more famous sites, escorted by our expert historians, who will bring the stories of courage and sacrifice that define the Gallipoli campaign to life. The most moving part of this experience will be visiting the cemeteries and seeing the graves of legendary ANZAC heroes including Maj Hugh Quinn and stretcher bearer John Simpson, the ‘man with the donkey'. A buffet lunch is included today, as is dinner in our hotel. (B, L, D)
23 APRIL—DAY 4 (CAPE HELLES & SUVLA BAY) Our next day will be spent exploring a lesser-known, but no less important, chapter of the Gallipoli story, the battlefield at Cape Helles on the southern toe of the peninsula. Here British and French troops landed on the beaches at Helles at the same time the Australians and New Zealanders came ashore at ANZAC Cove. More than 30,000 of them were killed in nine months of fighting, as they desperately tried to advance northwards and link up with the ANZACs. Today we will visit the cemeteries where many of them still lie, as well as the beaches where they were mown down as they came ashore. We will also pay our respects to the soldiers on the other side of the line, the Turks, at the impressive Martyr's Memorial overlooking Morto Bay. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the pretty village of Seddülbahir, before discovering the story of the ANZAC's forgotten battle at Gallipoli with a visit to the battlefield at Krithia. Hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders were killed here during a murderous advance in May 1915, yet today the battle is virtually unknown. This afternoon we will drive north to visit the battlefields at Suvla Bay, scene of missed opportunities and bitter disappointment during August 1915. We will return to our hotel this evening for dinner. (B, L, D)
24 APRIL—DAY 5 (TROY) The pace will be relaxed today to prepare for our busy day tomorrow. In the morning we will travel south to tour the ancient city of Troy, immortalized in the tales of the Trojan War and the story of the famous Trojan Horse. After dinner, there will be time for a rest before the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. (B, D)
25 APRIL—DAY 6 (ANZAC DAY) ANZAC Day a day you will never forget! We will depart from our hotel at midnight and drive the short distance to Canakkale. Then, while other groups are fighting with each other for space on the peninsula's congested roads, we will board our chartered ferry, and cruise around the southern toe of the peninsula, approaching Gallipoli in exactly the same way as the original ANZACs did in 1915. This enables us to leave our hotel later than other groups, and avoid road closures and traffic hold-ups. Our boat will dock only a short drive from the Commemorative Site. Then, as the dawn breaks over the Gallipoli peninsula, we will join thousands in experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove. As the sun rises behind us, the strains of the Last Post will echo across the valleys and ridges of Gallipoli, silent now but once the scene of so much sacrifice and tragedy. Following the service we will walk up to Second Ridge, where you can choose to attend either the Australian service at Lone Pine and follow that with the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. Mid-afternoon we will leave the peninsula and return to our hotel in time for dinner and a relaxing evening. Breakfast/Lunch carry packs will be included today. (Snack Box, D)
26 APRIL—DAY 7 (GALLIPOLI TO ISTANBUL) We say farewell to Gallipoli this morning and return to Istanbul where our tour ends at our central drop-off point before heading to the airport or stay and explore Istanbul. (B)
Turkey WWI Gallipoli Campaign (20 - 26 Apr 2019)
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