ANZAC DAY SPECIAL TOUR 1 – CRUISING IN HISTORY

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The history Of Halas 71
Old but graceful, Halas is one of the most precious historic treasures of Istanbul. Built in 1914 as a passenger ferry by the Fairfield Shipping Co. in Glasgow, Great Britain, this beautiful motor yacht was initially called M/S Reshid Pasha. Even though she was comissioned by the Ottoman Empire, she could not be delivered to Ottoman waters because of the ongoing World War One. She was renamed
Waterwitch by the British Government and dispatched to the Greek Island of Lesbos to serve as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ferry during the disastrous Anglo-French invasion of Turkey that began in 1915. After World War One ended in 1918 Waterwitch used by the British Allied headquarters for almost 4 years. In 1923, she was delivered to the newly-founded Turkish Republic, and her name was changed to Halas, which means salvation. For the next 65 years, Halas was used as a passenger ferry on the water of the Bosphorus.
After she was purchased by the Simavi Family in 1984, she underwent a four-year long restoration period as a result of which she was converted into a luxury motor yacht equipped with up-to-date machinery. She started to operate as a fully-licenced deluxe coastal cruiser in 1988 in Istanbul and Southern Turkey. In 2008 Halas was purchased by Mustafa and Caroline Koç and underwent a second major refit. She is
now a highly luxurious sophisticated coastal cruiser and offers an exquisite accommodation in her twelve cabins. She is also available for any memorable occasions. Halas has hosted numerous international VIPs including royalty and heads of state.

ITINERARY :

REF : TJSCRUISE 1

6 Days / 6 Nights … Halas Luxury Motor Super Yacht Cruise

Day 1: 20th April 2025, Cruise Istanbul to Gallipoli

7.00pm  Board the Halas and cruise the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Dinner onboard.

Overnight cruise to Canakkale.

Day 2 :  21st April 2025, Cruise Kepez Harbour.

08.00am  Breakfast on board.

09.30am  Disambark. Private bus transfer to Troy.

Our local, English-speaking guide will walk 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 will see:

  • 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.

Visit the Museum of Troy, near the site.

Lunch onboard

Depart for Assos. A traditional stone house village set upon a mountainside with a beautiful harbour down the bottom, overlooking the island of Lesvos. Here we will tour the Temple of Athena on the highest point of the mountain and have Turkish tea at a local Çay (tea) House which has an extraordinary set of coffee tables to sit at.

Late evening departure for Kepez Harbour.

17.00    Board the Halas at Kepez Harbour.

Dinner onboard.

Overnnight onboard the Halas.

Day 3 : 22nd April 2025, Cruise Cape Helles to Bozacaada /Tenedos (Turkish Island).

08.00am  Breakfast onboard while crossing the famous Dardanelle waters.

Cruise south to Cape Helles (Southern-most point / Gallipoli Peninsula)

(Optional extra : 2 scuba dives on the Majestic WW1 Wreck)

Lunch onboard

Cruise to Turkish Island (Tenedos/Bozcaada).

Dinner on board.

Evening walk around the little island village.

(Optional extra : wine tasting experience)

Overnnight onboard the Halas.

Day 4 :    23rd April 2025, Cruise Bozcaada/Tenedos) to Gokceada/Imroz island.

08.00am  Breakfast onboard.

Cruise from Bozcaada /Tenedos to Gokceada / Imroz island.

Lunch onboard.

Cruise to Kefelos Beach.

Dinner onboard.

Overnnight onboard the Halas.

Day 5 :   24th April 2025, Cruise Gokceada – Suvla Bay – Kabatepe Harbour

Early cruise to Suvla Bay (Gallipoli Peninsula)

08.00am  Breakfast on board.

(Optional extra:Scuba Dive ww1 wrecks – HMS Lundy and HMS Louis)

Lunch onboard.

Cruise south, past Anzac Cove to Kabatepe Harbour.

Dinner onboard

Overnnight onboard the Halas.

Day 6 : 25th April 2024, ANZAC Day Services

02.00 am Depart Halas for the Dawn Service site where we will grab a space in the large crowd and wait, listening to the pre dawn program.

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 on the grass with the group. Australian and/or New Zealand National services.

Late afternoon : End of services. Buses depart for Kabatepe Harbour.

Farewell dinner onboard.

Overnnight onboard the Halas.

Day 7 : 26th April 2025,Guided Tour of Gallipoli and Transfer to Istanbul Airport.

08.00am  Breakfast onboard.

09.00 Disembark and board private bus for a tour of the ANZAC Battlefield area.

On tour you’ll visit:

  • Gallipoli – Kabatepe War Museum & Simulation Centre
  • Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s Grave)
  • ANZAC Cove
  • Ari Burnu (First ANZAC landing place)
  • Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial)
  • Johnston’s Jolly (Walk in the ANZAC trenches)
  • View Shrapnel Valley
  • Turkish Memorial
  • The Nek (Light Horse scene depicted in the Gallipoli movie) &Walker’s Ridge
  • Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memorial)

Return to the Halas for lunch.

13.00 Group transfer by private bus to Istanbul Airport.

End of the Cruise

Includes:

  • All transportation, non-smoking vehicle
  • All entrance fees
  • Fully guided tours
  • English-speaking guide.
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodation onboard the Halas.

Excluded :

  • Wind Surfing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Drinks & meals which are not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips to captain & crew are made at the travellers discretion

Outdoor Amusements

  • 2 Inflatable tenders 150 HP and 200 HP Yamaha
  • Canoe (3 people)
  • 2 Paddle boards
  • 2 Water Bikes

Cabins

Halas 71 accomodates up to 24 guests in her 12 elegantly decorated cabins which offer absolute comfort and luxury.
Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom.

Top Deck
Lycian Suite                                                     43 m2   1 King
Xanthos Junior Suite                                       20 m2   1 King
Ephesus Superior Room                                  16 m2   1 King

Lower Deck

Myra Suite                                                     19,2 m2  1 King
Telmessos & Olympos Deluxe Rooms (2)     12,3 m2  1 King
Patara & Pinara Deluxe Rooms (2)                10,9 m2  2 Twin

Lower Deck Aft

Knidos & Phaselis Executive Room (2)          19,3 m2  1 King
Letoon & Araxa Superior Rooms (2)             17,1 m2  1 King

Services
Infrared Sauna
Washing and ironing services

WARNING!!

There are very few toilets in the battlefield area. Go before tour!
There are also very few bins so please collect your rubbish & put it back on the bus so we can dispose of it responsibly later on.
Take your bathers/togs/cossies/swimmers for a swim at lunchtime when & if time & weather permits.
There are no shops at the battlefields, so remember to buy water & nibblies before you leave Eceabat.
Remember to take sunscreen & a hat if you’re not fond of direct sunlight as there is minimal shade available. Shorts are fine to wear on the peninsula but remember to wear sensible shoes as you will be walking on uneven ground at times & there are snakes in the area.

PLEASE NOTE
Times change according to the season & weather conditions.

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