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ANZAC DAY

Anzac Day Dawn Service 2014

Anzac Day 2014 at Gallipoli Turkey informations and Gallipoli Tour for Anzac Day Dawn Service 2014 from Istanbul, Commonwealth Memorial Service, French Memorial Service and Turkish International Service 3 Days.

Anzac Day 2014 Programme

Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and France conduct Anzac Day services on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Services are held on 23,24 and 25 April 2014 and the offical programme is planned as below;

24 April 2014

09:00 – 10:50 Turkish International Service, Mehmetçik Abidesi
11:15 – 11:40 French Memorial Service, Morto Bay
12:00 – 12:25 Commonwealth Memorial Service, Cape Helles

25 April 2014

05:30 – 06:15 Dawn Service, Anzac Commemorative Site, North Beach
10:00 – 10:45 Australian Memorial Service, Lone Pine
11:15 – 12:00 Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial Service, Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial
12:30 – 13:15 New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair
The road leading to the Anzac Commemorative Site will be closed from 3am on 25 April 2014 until the start of the Dawn Service. The Anzac Commemorative Site is expected to be closed to visitor entry from approximately mid-morning to early-mid afternoon on 24 April.

Dawn Service Anzac Day 2014
Date – Duration: 23/24 / 25 April 2014 – 2 days / 1 night at the Commemorative Site
Meeting Point & Time:
Meating Points;

- 06.00 – 06.30 Taksim – Besiktas
- 06.30 – 07.00 Sultanahmet – Sirkeci - Beyazit – Laleli
- 07.15  Pick up from Ataturk Airport Area
* Also we can pick you up from your hotels , please take a seat and wait for pick up at the lobby of  your hotel.

Day 1. 23 April 2014

- At app. 07.30 depart from Istanbul to Gallipoli
The duration of the drive takes about 5,5- 06,00 hours. In the morning between 08.00 – 08.30 we’re going to have a stop for breakfast.
- 12.00 – 12.30 Arrive Eceabat;  The Town Center of Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park
* During the travel you’ll watch same documentaries about Gallipoli, which we have prepared for you since 1998.
Lunch in Eceabat; Soup, Chicken or Fish, Rice, Salad, Chisps, Fruits , Water and Bread

Gallipoli Day Tour

+ Beach Cemetery and Anzac Cove (First ANZAC landing place)
+ John Simpson’s Grave in Beach Cemetery ( he carried wounded ANZAC’s during the campaign )
+ Ari Burnu and Ariburnu Cemetery
+ Anzac Commemorative Site on North Beach ( they stayed here until the end of the war )
+ Respect to Mehmetcik Statue
+ Lone Pine Australian Cemetery – Memorial (Australian Commemorative Site)
+ Walk to Johnston’s Jolly from Lone Pine in the original ANZAC trenches and tunnels
+ Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Memorial  on the Chessboard
+ View to Shrapnel Valley and Anzac Cliffs ( Everyone was afraid to walk )
+ The Nek (Light Horse scene depicted in the Gallipoli movie) & Walker’s Ridge
+ Walk to Chunuk Bair  from Hill 261 in the restored ANZAC and Turkish trenches
+ The Anonymous Grave ( Made in 1985 is during the restoring trenches )
+ Chunuk Bair Main New Zealand Memorial ( New Zealand Commemorative Site )
+ View to Anafarta Plain, Suvla Bay and Salt Lake
+ Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Memorial
+ Also some places around the road
- 17.30 – 18.00 End of the tours and check in hotel

24 April 2014

After Brekfast check out from hotel and depart to Cape Helles Sector
09:00 – 10:50 Turkish International Service, Mehmetcik Abidesi
11:15 – 11:40 French Memorial Service, Morto Bay
12:00 – 12:25 Commonwealth Memorial Service, Cape Helles

Launch at V Beach mixet BBQ Plate

- W Beach (Wreck of a Barce )
- X Beach
- Gully Beach
- Twelve Three Corps Cemetery and New Zealand Memorial
- Redoubt Cemetery
- Krithia (Kirte, Alcitepe) Museum ( The first Gallipoli Artifacts Museum )

Dinner at Kabatepe
19.30 arrival at the Commemorative Site

When we arrive there, we are leaving the coach, till next morning you’ll not see the coach again, there will be check points for security, the rules are very strict, no alcohol allowed to enter the sites – nor drunken people, even if your water bottle is on you cannot get it in to the site. On the ceremony area there will be stadium style seats and sleeping bags area, the night is going to be very cold so taking with you some thick clothes highly advised. Around the site there will shops for foods and drinks so you don’t need to carry with you. There will be some informative movies & documentaries shown on the big screens till to the Service.
Around 05.30 am starts the Dawn Service, after the service you will depart for the Australian ceremony at Lone Pine, because no bus transportation allowed you are going to walk up the Artillery Road over Shell Green which last around 1 hour.
The Australian ceremony starts 10.30 which gives you time to have a Breakfast.
New Zealanders continue on their walk from Lone Pine to the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. You’ll follow the main road to the Chunuk Bair, this walk will last around 1 hour.
On the way you will have a chance to see Johnston’s Jolly where are remains of Turkish and Anzac trenches, Steele’s and Courntney’s Post cemetery, Quinns Post Cemetery & 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial.
The ceremony at Chunuk Bair for the New Zealanders starts at 11.30.
After all the ceremonies you will meet the group leaders ( you will  be informed about meeting points). With our Buses we drive to the town of Eceabat and from there back to Istanbul ( or according your arrangement to Selcuk ).
The drive back to Istanbul will take us 5 hours where halfway we’ll have a short break.
Arround 22.30 arrival to Istanbul ( Haghia Sophia Square )

Informations and Tips
Preparing to attend ANZAC Day commemorations:

You should have a moderate level of fitness if you plan to attend the ANZAC Day commemorations in gallpoli.To attend the services you can expect to walk up to 8 kms on uneven surfaces.  The walk from the Dawn Service to Lone Pine where the Australian service is held as next service is approximately 3 kms and includes a section of 1.5 kms of uneven dirt surface with a steep incline.  The walk from Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair to join the New Zealand service will be is 3.2 kms up a steep bitumen surfaced road.

What to expect on ANZAC day in Gallipoli is;

All commemorative services are held in a National Park.
You will arrive in the late afternoon or at night when it may be extremely cold and windy, and it may rain.
You can expect to be on site upto 24 hours.
There is no shelter at any of the commemorative sites or within the ANZAC area.
Warm and wet weather protective clothing, as well as a hat/cap and sunscreen are necessary to ensure your wellbeing and comfort at the ceremonies. You will walk considerable distances from the time of your arrival to attend the services until your departure from the ANZAC area – these walks are uphill including on graded dirt surfaces. You must have a moderate level of fitness and mobility to walk these distances.
Food and refreshments are available for purchase from the Turkish food sellers on site.  You may bring in your own food. Alcohol is NOT allowed at the commemorations and will be confiscated.
Limited basic facilities including toilets, lighting and non-drinking water are brought in to the commemorative sites for the ANZAC Day commemorations on 24 and 25 April.
Swimming in the waters off the ANZAC area is prohibited.

Packing for ANZAC Day in Gallpoli:

Participants of ANZAC day with special needs are asked to ensure they are prepared to spend a night out in the cold and bring warm clothing, coat, gloves, hat, scarf and a blanket as a minimum.  There is no access to coaches after arrival, so everything you need during the evening and next day must be brought with you including medications.You may bring the things below and a small day pack may be useful to carry these items.
Warm, thermal clothing, jacket, beanie, hat or cap, gloves, scarf
Warm blanket (some of local agencies supply for you)
A wet weather jacket & pants, comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
Prescription medications (if necessary)
Food/snacks and drinking water
Sunscreen, torch Camera

We do not suggest to bring following itmes:

Items are prohibited in the commemorative areas. These items MUST be left on your coach/hotel.  All visitors to the commemorative services are screened on entry to the sites and all bags are searched before Dawn Service.
Alcohol (Intoxicated persons will be refused entry)
Large backpacks (luggage sized)
Camping equipment
Flammable liquids and weapons or sharp objects
Please contact us for further information and prices