ANZAC Day 2023 commemorations 25 April 2023
Departs April 23, 2023
Tourist bus and regular tour including Anzac Commemorations
Day 1: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale (L)
This morning you will be picked up from the hotel between 06.30 and 07.00 and transferred to Eceabat. On arrival in Eceabat at approx. 12:30 you will be met by the local guide and after lunch, depart for a guided tour of Gallipoli visiting Beach Cemetery, Brighton Beach, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels, 57. Regiment Turkish Cemetery, The Nek Cemetery and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.
Transfer to your hotel for the night.
Day 2: Canakkale - Troy (B)
This morning, depart for a tour of Troy. Discover the Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars, the 3700 year old city walls, the Bouleuterium (Senate Building), the Odeon (Concert Hall) as well as the current excavations in progress. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight at 20:00 depart from Ecebat to go to the Commemorative sites.
Note: no accommodation is included this evening
Day 3: Dawn Service – Istanbul (L)
The schedule for Anzac Day Commemorations may vary. Below is the proposed programme:
05:30 Dawn Service at Anzac cove
10:30 Australian Service at Lone Pine
11:45 New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair
Return to Ecabat and depart for Istanbul arrival late in the evening.
- 1 nights accommodation Hotel with private facilities
- Transportation from Istanbul to Gallipoli and back
- Fully Guided Gallipoli and Troy Tour,
- Professional English speaking guiding,
- Breakfast and 1 lunch + 1 lunch box
- Dawn Service plus Australian or New Zealand Ceremonies
- Turkey Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only.
Please note that no commentary will be provided on the way to Gallipoli and back to Istanbul, this is a transfer only.
Notes on the ANZAC Commemorations
You will pass through various security measures before attending the official ANZAC commemorations. Please bring, water bottle, snacks, sun hat and sunscreen. Please prepare to be patient during the security procedures.
There is at least a 7km walk to Chunuk Bair from the Main Dawn Service to the New Zealand Commemorations
Please ensure you take a hat, gloves, warm socks, scarf, warm coat etc, as it will be cold on the Peninsula. It is also advisable to take a torch, rug, notebook and energy snacks for the day. Take a lightweight day pack to take food boxes, water bottle, snacks etc – so don’t forget these! Due to security measures there will be a long walk to the dawn service so please ensure you have good walking shoes. Toilet facilities on the Peninsula will be basic (port-a-loo style).
It is essential when registering for this tour that you are able to walk up to 7- 8 km unaided – it is a steep uphill walk between Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair.
Please note we have requested a double bedded room but cannot guarantee one will be available. In Turkey double rooms are very limited. Please ask on check-in with the hotel to see what is available.
Day 1: Canakkale
Limani Hotel (Superior Tourist Class) or similar
Dress Codes Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
Hotels On coach tours, hotels in regional areas (i.e Pamukkale) can be of a slightly lower standard than the other hotels on the tour.
Sightseeing All sightseeing tours require a moderate amount of walking around historical / cultural sites. This is particularly true in Cappadocia where walks can be up to 1 or 2 km long and where a good level of fitness will ensure you get a maximum enjoyment from your visit. On some tours you may visit a carpet or handicraft shop where the locals will show how their crafts are made. There is no obligation to buy any products at any of these places.
Transfers Transfers are operated by drivers and are not guided. Some drivers may only have a basic command of English.
Optional Tours Optional tours offered during coach tours may not be guaranteed (even if pre-booked ex New Zealand) as they are subject to a minimum number of participants.
Private Sightseeing tours (if booked) If a private sightseeing tour is booked it is important that you discuss the days arrangements with the guide as the touring programmes have a degree of flexibility. It is important to discuss with the guide so that any specific requirements can be met or addressed at the time.
Istanbul airport transfers: For coach tours: airport transfers are included on days of the tour ex Istanbul Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken Airport. Transfers from the hotel to the Airport may be on scheduled shuttles. Late Evning or early morning flights may require private transfers at a supplement.
For independent / private tours: if included, airport transfers are applied ex Ataturk Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken Airport.
Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.