Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul, ANZAC Services, Gallipoli, Troy,
Note: This travel package is flexible prior to 23rd April & post 26th of April, if you intend to arrive anywhere outside the below dates we can accommodate your travel needs be it hotels, transport, day tours, airport transfers or simply any assistance you might need during your stay.
23rd April 2020, Istanbul – Gallipoli Peninsula
It is important that you inform us one week prior to the start of your package if you intend to forfeit your bus trip and intend getting to Eceabat on your own from another destination. We ask that people who have already stated this in previous emails still contact us one week prior to confirm their plans.
Pick-up in Istanbul : 06:00 : Meet your bus group in front of the Hagia Sofia Mosque (pink mosque), opposite the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet, Istanbul. Look for our representative holding the TJs TOURS sign. Bus times are essential. The buses can wait for no-one.
Please be on your bus at least 10 minutes prior to stated times for immediate departure. The offsiders will mark your attendance for boarding purposes.
07:00 Depart for Eceabat from Istanbul. There will be a comfort stop half way at a station/cafeteria, where you can buy snacks. Quick check in to accommodation. Lunch at a local restaurant & commencing Gallipoli tour.
Drive to the Gallipoli Battlefields & ANZAC sites. 5 hour tour visiting:
Gallipoli – Kabatepe War Museum & Simulation Centre
Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s grave)
Ari Burnu – first ANZAC landing place
Dawn Service Site – seeing the layout will give you an idea of where to head for good views
Lone Pine – main Australian memorial
Johnson’s Jolly – walk in the original ANZAC & Turkish trenches & view the tunnels
The Nek – main scene depicted in the movie Gallipoli
Chunuk Bair – main memorial for the New Zealand soldiers
Return to TJs TOURS Agency & Hotel.
24th April 2020, Troy Tour
Tour departs at 07.30am from TJs Hotel in Eceabat where you will cross the famous Dardanelle waters and proceed to the ancient site of Troy, 36km south of Çanakkale.
Our local english speaking guide will tour you around the 9 city ruins on the site of Troy explaining the people from the era, their houses and culture and the reason for the final destruction of each city.
The commentary is filled with mythical stories of the site and surrounding areas while filling you in on the history of the excavations, the excavators and their findings.
At the site you’ll be shown around:
A replica of the wooden horse that you can climb into for a photo.
Excavation information centre which holds exhibits from the work underway.
The fortification walls of Troy Vl with its tower and gateway entrance.
Temple of Athena – the focal point of a great annual festival in honour of the goddess Athena.
Schliemann’s trench – the discoverer of Troy?
The entrance ramp to Troy ll.
The sanctuary – an important religious centre of its time.
The odeon – intended for the presentation of musical performances.
Current excavations in progress.
19:00 Join the convoy of TJ’s TOURS 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 2020, 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 at ANZAC Cove 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.
9:30am Lone Pine Service
11:30am Chunuk Bair Service
12:45pm (approx.) Coach loading and departures at Chunuk Bair
Depart for Istanbul after the ceremony. Bus will drop you in front of the Hagia Sofia Mosque (pink mosque), opposite the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet, Istanbul.
There will be a comfort stop en-route. End of tour.
OPTION 5 : 4 days : £245 GBP
ANZAC Day Tour included:
ANZAC Day services
Fully guided Gallipoli tour
Fully guided Troy tour
Turkish/English speaking guide on bus
Private coach, return Istanbul (+12 GBP for Selcuk or Kusadasi)
2 nights accommodation
Entrance fees, unless stated.
Meals, unless stated.