At the going down of the sun and in the morning... we will remember them! Every year on the 25th April, thousands of people come to Turkey to commemorate the World War I battle of Gallipoli Peninsula. The battlefields and memorials are visited in the spirit of remembrance and the tragic waste of young lives which helped shape the future of many countries is re-called. Feel the silence and let that be the horrific reminder of the ultimate sacrifice our forefathers made.
SAMMYS TRAVEL offers a variety of tours to ensure that our ancestors who fought in the name of freedom are not forgotten.
Day One : Thursday 22nd April - Arrival in Istanbul (D)
(Overnight in Istanbul)
Welcome to Turkey! You will be greeted at the Atatürk International Airport by a Sammy's Travel representative and drivenin the heart of the old city. Tonight at a welcome dinner you will meet the Sammy's Travel crew including your tour guides and "Sammy". After Turkish food to your hotel located and hospitality you will get the chance to meet your tour group at a local night spot.
Day Two : Friday 23rd April - Istanbul to Gallipoli (B + LB +D)
(Overnight in Ören)
After breakfast we drive for the World War I Battlefield of Gallipoli and arrive in time for lunch (Lunchbox). Our luxury coaches will screen Peter Weir's classic 1981 film "Gallipoli" as we make our way towards the peninsula. This afternoon on our fully guided tour, you will visit the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair War Memorials, The nek, Johnston's Jolly, ANZAC Cove and the ANZAC Museum. Our guide will reveal stories of battle woes and will bring alive the legend of the Anzac's. By visiting the peninsula on the 23rd we get to spend more time exploring without the crowds from other tours who will arrive on the 24th. This evening we will travel one and 1/2 hr. to our luxurious resort hotel, where an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner awaits. There will be the chance to let you hair down and party to live music after dinner.
Day Three : Saturday 24rd April Relax at Artemis Resort Hotel (B +D)
Sleep late and rise to a full buffet breakfast. Then the day is yours to partake in any number of the many activities offered at this resort. Activities include: Bathing in the waters of the outdoor pool. Relaxing at the beach. Play football, tennis, basketball, or volleyball. Or just stroll around the gardens and parks.You will have the possibilty to swim in the nearby thermalwater pool at Adramis Thermal Hotel. Make sure you get plenty of rest because ANZAC day will be a long busy day. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:00 pm so we can fill up before leaving for Gallipoli at 8:00 pm.
Day Four : Sunday 25th. April Anzac Day at Gallipoli (LB)
(Overnight in Istanbul)
We arrive at Gallipoli early to get a good spot for the dawn service. Don't forget your sleeping bags, warm clothes, wet weather gear and torches because Gallipoli is still as dark and cold today as it was 89 years ago when our ancestors landed. The day begins with the Dawn Service held at the ANZAC Commemorative Site, which will be followed by the Australian and New Zealander memorial services held at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair respectively. Today is the reason we came to Turkey, to commemorate the sacrifice our forefathers made. Emotions run high and this evening we will travel back to Istanbul, arriving there in the evening.
Day Five : Monday 26th. April Istanbul City Tour(B+D)
This morning we partake in a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents. We will visit the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Museum, Hippodrome and the underground cistern. This evening you may wish to view the wonders of Istanbul from the water on an optional Bosphorus cruise. A farewell dinner where we say our last farewells and trade e-mails will be arranged.
Day Six : Tuesday 27th. April Istanbul - Return Flight (Bed Breakfast)
After breakfast our tour finishes and we bid farewell to our new found friends. Wherever you are heading to next, you will take unforgettable memories and a new understanding of this country that plays such an important part in our history.
Sleeping and meals
» 3 nights accommodation in Istanbul 3 star Hotel (BB)
» 2 nights accommodation in 4 star Hotel near Gallipoli(HB)
» 4 breakfasts,2 Lunch Boxes,4 Dinners
» Professional English speaking guide and guided tours of
2. Istanbul City Tour
» Transport in a fully air-conditioned, non smoking coach
with movies for long trips.
» Gallipoli film and Documentary in the coach.
» Memorial services on ANZAC Day
»Arrival airport transfer on the 20th and 21st April.
» Welcome and Farewell Dinner
Note: an extra fee applies for accommodation if arriving before 21st April and for transfers before the 20th April
Early arrival in Istanbul GBP 12.00 per night pp in double share. GBP 18.00 in Single.
Airport transfer prior to the 20th April GBP 10.00
Bosphorus Boat cruise GBP 20 (incl.Bellydance & one beer)