Anzac Day Gallipoli 2018 - The most economical and professional tours to the dawn service with a 100% proudly owned and operated Kiwi/Aussie Company
Being at Gallipoli exactly 103 years on from when our forefathers landed in Turkey, creating the Anzac legend, will be a moment cherished by a privileged few. PP Travel is a an Australian and NZ DVA recognised Anzac tour operator who will be returning to Anzac Cove in 2018 with our highly acclaimed authorised tours. Join a professional tour company in a spirit of reverence and respect with our great value tour options. Our tours are open to everyone as there is no ballot required to attend the dawn service in 2018.
Summary of Tour Options for Anzac Day (2018)
Tour Dates: 24th to 25th Apr 2018
Tour Dates: 23rd to 26th Apr 2018
Tour Dates: 23rd to 26th Apr 2018
Tour Dates: 23rd to 26th Apr 2018
Event and PP Tour Information
Commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the landings where the legend begun with the most economical and professional tours to the dawn service.
PP Travel is now taking bookings for their economic and highly acclaimed Anzac Day Gallipoli tours for 2018.
Being part of the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove on 25 April is one of life's most memorable experiences. And for most, this pilgrimage is once in a life time event. Therefore planning your travel to Gallipoli for 2018 and choosing a professional and highly regarding operator is vital.
PP Travel consistently year after year offers and operates the most dedicated series of well-run, economical and highly professional tours on Anzac Day, ensuring that its passengers get the most out their Gallipoli experience.
With PP's Anzac Day tours you get a great Price and Professionalism.
In 2018 we will be again joining forces with our excellent local partner Indigo Tours, one of Turkey's most respected tour operators, to offer great value land based ANZAC Day tours to Gallipoli on April 25th. Choose from 2 or 4 day tours that include accommodation, transfers and tours in Istanbul.
All our tours start and finish in Istanbul, giving you the flexibility to organise your own flight to Turkey and then let us escort you to this most moving experience. All of our accommodation-inclusive tours include free airport transfer from Istanbul's two international gateways to your hotel - ensuring an easy and smooth beginning to your Anzac pilgrimage. You also do not have to check out on the night of the 24th, when we head to Anzac Cove. PP has booked these for all 3 nights, meaning you can leave your gear at our hotels while you attend the Anzac Pilgrimage.
Fully Qualified, local guides from Indigo Tours, along with our own highly experienced and dedicated PP reps accompany you throughout the duration of your tour, giving you a combination of local knowledge with a touch of home. Indigo use air-conditioned, non-smoking, coaches and offer good standard hotels in city centre Istanbul as well as some of the city's best hostels.
We always aim to do full tours of the Gallipoli Peninsula before heading to Anzac Cove, so you get a first-hand background of the battle. We take you to the major sites of the Anzac battleground before heading to the office memorial area at Cove at dusk. To get the most out of the entire Dawn Service experience, it has become essential to spend the night of the 24th at Anzac Cove. Note: Our tour of Gallipoli is subject to road closures by the Turkish authorities. We are fully subject to the controls and restrictions put in place by local authorities and the DVA.
The combination of both PP and Turkish guides on every coach really make our tours. The knowledge experience of our PP Aussie/Kiwi tour leaders, especially their passion for the respect of the Anzac spirit, does make all the difference. This link is vital and goes a huge way to assisting you get the most out of your Anzac Day experience. You are fully briefed and given a thorough background to the campaign, along with fully guided tours of the whole Gallipoli peninsula -not just the Anzac cove area. All entrance fees to escorted sites (where applicable) are included as well as a souvenir Anzac Day T-shirt. Most importantly we will take you to the unforgettable dawn service on April 25. Choose from;
2 Day Tour
Our economical short tour not only takes you from Istanbul to Gallipoli for Anzac Day, it includes fully guided tours and through briefings of the whole commemorative site as well as souvenir T-shirts. Also included is entry to both our pre and post Anzac Day parties in Istanbul and our city.
4 day Tours
Also include the choice of central accommodation - hostel, hostel plus or central hotels - before and after Anzac Day. Free airport transfer to your hotel or hostel.
No Optional Extras
Our tours are not only very economical, we do not offer expensive add ons, like most other Anzac tour companies. Eg: over-priced Turkish caberat evenings, carpet shop visits and expensive cruises.
Istanbul is an amazing megacity. Straddling both Europe and Asia across the Bosporus, it is truly vast, so choosing where you are based at the beginning and end of your Anzac Tour is very important.
All our Istanbul accommodation is based close to the wonderful Sultanahmet and the Beyazyt areas - they are the only places to be in Istanbul. All rooms are based on shared accommodation. All the major sites are here - the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, the Grand Bazaar. Plus it is a clean, safe area with a fantastic selection of restaurants and nightlife. Our local guides take you to many of these special sites as well as the amazing underground cistern. All our hotels and our new hostel are of a high Turkish standard - so you can be assured your tour will start and finish smoothly.
PP Travel's boutique Anzac Day hostel is the fabulous Cheers Hostel, the number one rated hostel in Istanbul. It is located in the heart of the Old City of Istanbul, Sultanahmet. A very short from the Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace and many other attractions.
It has it's own roof top bar with fabulous views of the Aya Sophia. Free WiFi and breakfast. Cheers has 5, 6, 8 and 10 bedded dorms. Share facilities are on each floor. Across the street in a separate building is their well appointed private hotel (hostel plus tour) rooms which include ensuite facilities.
Central Istanbul hotel tour
Our 4 day hotel packages are based in modern good standard Turkish hotels which are in an excellent position to explore all the highlights of old Istanbul. Situated in the heart of Sultanahmet, it is virtually next door to the Topkapi Palace, with the Blue Mosque and Aye Sophia just few minutes away. Also just around the corner is the hustling port and the amazing Spice Market.
Frequently Asked Questions about Anzac DayWhat tours do we offer?
We have 2 and 4 day tours available and these are run with our Turkish partners, Indigo Tours. All are excellent value land-based tours, starting and finishing in Istanbul. We have the best accommodation choices available. Cheers Hostel, the number 1 rated hostel in the city. Hostel plus: hotel type rooms opposite Cheers. Superior quality central hotels.
Yes. Unlike the 2015 dawn service where only those who obtained a ticket through a government ballot could attend, the 2018 ceremonies are open to the general public.
All our Istanbul accommodation is based in the wonderful Sultanahmet area - the only places to be in Istanbul All rooms are based on shared accommodation. All the major sites are here - the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, the Grand Bazaar. Plus it is a clean, safe area with a fantastic selection of restaurants and nightlife. Our local guides take you to many of these special sites as well as the amazing underground cistern. Choose from the highly rated, funky Cheers Hostel, or their hostel plus rooms or standard modern Istanbul hotel - all our of a high Turkish standard - and in fabulous position to explore this amazing city.
Included: accommodation and meals as specified in your individual itinerary, coach transfers to the Gallipoli Peninsula for the dawn service and country services, entrance fees as per the itinerary, the services of a professional Turkish guide and a PP Travel representative, a souvenir Anzac T-shirt. Airport transferst to hour hotels and hostels are included for 4 day tours. All include a tour of the Gallipoli Peninsula including Anzac Cove, as well as free entry to PP's pre and post Anzac Parties. Istanbul City tours may be included, see your itinerary.
Not Included: flights to Istanbul, visas, souvenirs, meals apart from those specified. Return transfers to airports are not included. No airport transfers are included in the 2 day packages.
The most obvious way to get to Turkey is to fly. As we are a tour operator, rather than a flight shop, we do not book flights. However availability (if booked reasonably early) to Istanbul is good and flights are quite competitive. It is usually a 3 hour or so flight.
Free PP Airport Shuttle
Our hotel/hostel tours include airport transfers to your hotel from either from Ataturk airport or from Sabiha Gokcen airport. We obviously must have your arrival time and flight details and need this two weeks before tour departure. We will email you your transfer details approximately a week before your tour.
We will also email you detailed hotel information, with maps and transport info, if you are to make your own way to the hotel.
2 day passengers are to make their own way to the early pick up on the morning of April 24.
Flights to Istanbul
The best site we believe to book your own flights is Opodo. It was created by the major European airlines and offers the cheapest options with them all.
Return Istanbul Airport Shuttles
You are to make your own arrangements for your return flight post the tour. You can book airport shuttles online with Istanbul Airport Shuttle. Dependant on how many you are, Istanbul Airport Shuttle runs airport transfers to and from the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul. Prices start from just € 5 per person from Ataturk airport just €7 per person from Sabiha Gokcen airport.
No problem to arrive earlier or stay on later after our tour. At the hotel extra nights cost £45 per person in twins or double rooms. £80 in singles. At Cheers Hostel, extra nights in the dorms cost £25 per person per night. In their hostel plus rooms, the cost is £40 per person per night.
The land-based tour has been organised by Indigo Tours. They are one of the most respected operators in Turkey with over 20 years experience. On each coach there will be a local Turkish guide as well as a PP representative, to ensure the tour operates as smoothly as possible and is fun as well as informative.
We aim to cover the whole of the peninsula, including the British landings at Cape Helles, the massive Turkish memorials and the battlefields of Anzac. Don't be dumped at the cove, waiting in a queue for hours and hours, like the vast majority that attend the service.
While we will do our utmost to make the tour is professionally organised and all goes well, we can not guarantee that things will operate as smoothly or the standard of food and accommodation will be as high as expected. We ask all passengers to consider that Turkey is still a developing country and standards can therefore be different.
Note: Our tour of Gallipoli is subject to road closures by the Turkish authorities.
All passengers will need to carry a valid passport. New Zealanders do not require visas. Australians and EU passport holders will require a visa.
Please note that from April 2014 a new online visa system took over from the previous method where you could obtain your visa at the airport on arrival.
There are now online terminals in the arrivals section of Istanbul airport but you are advised to obtain your visa online before flying to Turkey.
The cost is $US20 for UK and EC passport holders and $60USD for Australian passport holders. For a 90 multi-entry visa, apply here: Turkish visa application site (Prices correct as at 26/04/2016)
Please note, visa requirements are subject to change. And remember: visas are your responsibility. Please note that these costs are subject to change.
Please make sure you have your passport and it has 6 months validity on it. We strongly recommend you bring a sleeping bag, as it gets extremely cold overnight at the Dawn service waiting for the sun to come up.
The weather should be mild during the day, so bring your swimmers in case you get the chance to go for a swim or have a Turkish bath. It is also recommended that you bring a rain jacket and a warm coat for night. You really need to pack for all occasions as the weather can change very quickly.
It is also a good idea in a country like Turkey to carry a spare roll of toilet paper as they run out very quickly.
The local currency is Turkish Lira. The exchange rate fluctuates all the time so it is hard to tell you an exact figure. The exchange rate is approximately 3.50 Turkish Lira for £1. However by 25 April, it might have changed.
It is recommended that you change your money in Turkey rather than before you depart as the local rate appears to be better. Moneychangers are readily available in Istanbul and they give you quite a good rate. The Istanbul airport also changes money at a competitive rate. You can also use $US as most shops will readily accept them.
How much you will need will depend on your spending and how long you are there! Turkey is not as cheap as it once was. If you budget £50 per day for food and partying, you'll be on the right track. The famous Turkish carpets can be quite expensive, depending on the size, quality and finish you want. Most shops will ship them home for you - Australians, make sure they write Australia not Austria! Jewellery and leather is always reasonable in Turkey. Kiwi's beware - they will confiscate a "hubbly-bubbly" pipe if you try to take it home as "drug paraphernalia".
We encourage all passengers to have adequate travel insurance on our tours - the possibilities for injury or loss are considerable and medical costs can be extremely expensive - but we do not force you into purchasing our insurance. We offer travel insurance at competitive rates which can be purchased on our website.
Remember the old saying: If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel!
High security operates around Turkey and the Anzac Cove peninsula during this time of year. You must go through security to pass into the cove. All bags are searched by Turkish police/army. Alcohol and weapons will be confiscated. In terms of safeness, well you have much more chane of being involved in a terrorist attack in the UK than you do in Turkey.
Generally the warning level for Turkey is on a par with London or New York's. You can check this yourself with a government website such as www.dfat.gov.au or www.beehive.govt.nz
There is no record of any violence at the Anzac Day memorials.
The PP Anzac Day Experience
To be part of the pilgrimage at Anzac Cove on 25 April you have to join a tour group, local authorities have made it virtually impossible to do it independently. With the increase popularity of Anzac Day at Gallipoli over the past decade there are now many options to choose from. Being at Gallipoli for the Dawn Service is a unique and once in a life time experience and we believe you must put your trust in an operator who really knows this remote peninsula, is professional, well organised and will ensure you get the most of time at this special place.
With our vast experience of operating to Gallipoli for Anzac Day we really know the landings area, are highly organised when it comes to the movement of our passengers at this extremely busy and special time and also know how to make this occasion especially memorable and unique to our passengers.
Our tours to the 2015 Dawn Service were again very successful - see feed back from some our passengers below for this tour as proof. We can boast - that without doubt - we operated the most thorough tours of the Gallipoli Peninsula. PP Travel are the only company out of the many at Gallipoli that aims to operate full tours of the entire peninsula and the battlefields of Anzac. We take you to the very point of the peninsula - Cape Helles, the British landing area, where you will see the entrance of the Dardanelles and get a thorough background of the campaign, before heading to Anzac and be escorted up the heights to see all the major sites. Don't be dumped at the cove, waiting in a queue for hours and hours, like the vast majority that attend the service. Do Gallipoli and the Dawn Service properly.
One of the major attributes of the PP/Indigo tours is that we have our own PP rep on each tour. Our local partner Indigo is the most respected local operator in Turkey and have been operating successfully for well over two decades and we are proud to working with them again. Events like the volcano flight crisis in 2010 demonstrate how good and dedicated Indigo are. They worked tirelessly to ensure every passengers who got to Istanbul, no matter how badly delayed, got to Anzac Cove for this once in a life time experience. The back up and support of superb operators like Indigo is a massive asset to a big tour like this.
Having an experienced PP tour leader with you all the way makes a huge difference to your Anzac experience. You are not just taken from Istanbul and simply dumped at Anzac cove, like so many of the other operators do each year, no matter what they promise. We also aim to provide fully guided tours of the whole Gallipoli peninsula, including the British landings at Cape Helles, with a full historical background to the ill-fated campaign. We aim to help you understand why there are so many of our forefathers lying in this remote part of Turkey.
Our tours are not only very economical, we do not offer expensive add ons, like most other Anzac tour companies. Eg: over-priced Turkish caberat evenings, carpet shop visits and expensive cruises. No "optional extras" on our tours. Free entry into all our events and free airport transfers to our packages that include accommodation.
Passenger feedback from Anzac Day 2015 tours::
Many thanks for a great event, hugely enjoyable, informative and moving. It was all smooth sailing from the moment we arrived at Cheers. And the atmosphere at the hostel was a major contributor to the event as all participants made great effort to meet others, mix and share history etc. Bomber, your continuous optimism and humour, in what must have been challenging moments at times, was infectious. And Nigel, you helped bring Gallipoli alive to us all. David T.
I just wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks to you all for your expertise and efforts over the past few days to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli Landings, my family and I had one of the most life changing experiences and it was mostly due to yourselves. The personal highlight for me was Nigel's tour leading up to Chunuk Bair. It was superb to have a guide offer to share his extensive knowledge of the area. All in all, I had a brilliant experience with the group and would highly recommend you to any one else. Stefan M.
Had the most memorable time in Gallipoli and couldn't have been more happy with our choice going with PP Travel.
A big thank you to Mark, Bomber and Nigel, they were excellent guides and truly passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the Anzacs history. We knew we were in good hands :). Kendal H.
Thank you so much for a wonderful tour, I had a cousin and some mates on some of the other tours and they saw nothing in comparison to us, it was so so so good to spend the day before hand checking out other key points on the peninsula, don't change the format ever and I'm thoroughly recommending you guys to any one in the future that's looking to do a Gallipoli tour!!!
Thank you for everything - it was a great trip despite being one of the first in and last out!!. Paul C
Many thanks for the awesome ANZAC Day experience. Nigel was our guide and did a fantastic job.
Al and Sue K
I did enjoy the tour and was more than happy with the way Bomber and Nigel handled my queries ...
Thanks again to PP Travel and the support team in Istanbul I will not hesitate in recommending your companies tour to others .Phillip C
What a fantastic trip, long and tiring, but this is exactly what the guys said, so there was no surprises.Once again pass on my thanks to the guys. Also thank you for all your organisation, emails and contacts, everything was well done. Adrian M.
We are now back from Turkey and have caught up on our sleep. I'd like to thank you all for your assistance with our trip, it certainly made it easy for us. In particular, would you please pass our thanks onto Mark, Nigel and Shane. They were informative when we arrived and gave us some good tips for Istanbul. Nigel did a brilliant tour whist at Gallipoli that my boys in particular really enjoyed. Rachel M
I just wanted to write back and let you know that the tour was an amazing experience for me. In actual fact, the whole thing affected me far more than I was expecting; it was far more emotional being there than I thought it would be. Obviously the main reason for that was the event itself and just being in that place at that time. But you guys definitely enhanced the whole thing. When I think back, I realise how lucky we were to travel around the Peninsula the day before, and to get to see all those sites before they were swamped with people. You're definitely onto a winning formula as far as I am concerned.
Also your knowledge of the history and the area made everything feel a lot more real when we were standing at places like Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine, Quinn's Post.
All in all it was one of the best experiences of my life, and if I know anyone making the journey in future, I'll definitely point them your way.Cheers!
Note: Our tour of Gallipoli is subject to road closures by the Turkish authorities.
All Anzac tours being and end in the Turkish cultural capital. All our hotels and hostels are of a good standard and best of all are close to the Sultanahmet area - the only place to be in Istanbul. All the major sites are here - the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, the Grand Bazaar. Plus it is a clean, safe area with a fantastic selection of restaurants and nightlife. Our local guides take you to many of these special sites as well as the amazing underground cistern.
You also do not have to check out on the night of the 24th, when we head to Anzac Cove. PP has booked these for all 3 nights, meaning you can leave your gear at our hotels while you attend the Anzac Pilgrimage.
Anzac Cove and the Dawn Service
At PP Travel, we believe it is vital that you are fully prepared and briefed before spending the night at Anzac Cove in readiness for the service at first light. It is an amazing (and a very cold and long) night at the specially prepared commemorative Anzac site at north beach.
The site is a sea of colour with thousands of backpackers out on the grass or in the stands wrapped in sleeping bags and flags. War veterans, the military and media mix with the young travellers in this unique and peaceful environment. You will be entertained by the guest speakers, folk songs, service bands and stories shown on the big screens either side of the stands.
Our PP reps will be at the cove through the night and then at the Australian memorial service at Lone Pine and the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. You will not be hoarded together like sheep or told what you have to do. We believe the Anzac Cove experience on the night of the 24th and at dawn on April 25 is a unique personal thing. However you will fully briefed on this unique night and morning.
At PP we are truly passionate about Anzac and we'll do everything we can to assist you get the most out of what should be an unforgettable experience.
ANZAC Day - 25 April - is probably Australia's most important national occasion but why this day special to Australians?
When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federal commonwealth for only 14 years. The new national government was eager to establish its reputation among the nations of the world. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula to open the way to the Black Sea for the allied navies. The plan was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire and an ally of Germany. They landed at Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed. News of the landing at Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians at home and 25 April quickly became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in war.
Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives of capturing Constantinople and knocking Turkey out of the war, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign bequeathed an intangible but powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as the "ANZAC legend" became an important part of the national identity of both nations. This shaped the ways they viewed both their past and future.
The date, 25 April, was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916 and was marked by a wide variety of ceremonies and services in Australia, a march through London, and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt. In London over 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets. A London newspaper headline dubbed them "The knights of Gallipoli". Marches were held all over Australia in 1916. Wounded soldiers from Gallipoli attended the Sydney march in convoys of cars, attended by nurses. For the remaining years of the war, ANZAC Day was used as an occasion for patriotic rallies and recruiting campaigns, and parades of serving members of the AIF were held in most cities.
The Dawn Service observed on ANZAC Day has its origins in an operational routine which is still observed by the Australian Army today. During battle, the half-light of dawn was one of the most favoured times for an attack. Soldiers in defensive positions were, therefore, woken up in the dark, before dawn, so by the time first light crept across the battlefield they were awake, alert, and manning their weapons. This was, and still is, known as "stand-to". It was also repeated at sunset.
After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, a dawn stand-to or ceremony became a common form of ANZAC Day remembrance during the 1920s; the first official dawn service was held at the Sydney Cenotaph in 1927. Dawn services were originally very simple and followed the operational ritual. In many cases they were restricted to veterans only and the daytime ceremony was for families and other well-wishers. Before dawn the gathered veterans would be ordered to "stand to" and two minutes' silence would follow. At the end of this time a lone bugler would play the Last Post and then concluded the service with Reveille.
On Anzac Day in 1985, the name "Anzac Cove" was officially recognised by the Turkish government. Back then the Anzac Day services were very small affairs and held at the Ari Burnu Cemetery within the cove. From the mid 1990s the number of mainly young backpackers who made the annual pilgrimage grew and grew until 1999 when the number of people attending forced authorities to make another site. A purpose built "Anzac Commemorative Site" was constructed nearby on North Beach in time for the 2000 service. Since then the Dawn Service has become very much a right of passage for travellers. Arriving at the cove on the 24th, spending the night under stars in a vigil to the 5.30am service,
Over the years, ANZAC Cove beach has been degraded by erosion, and the construction of the coast road from Gaba Tepe to Suvla, originally started by Australian engineers just prior to the evacuation of ANZAC in December 1915, resulted in the beach being further reduced and bounded by a steep earth embankment.
In 2003 the Australian government announced that it was negotiating with Turkey to place Anzac Cove on the National Heritage List, which included Australian sites such as the Eureka Stockade gardens. However this request was dismissed by the Turkish government as the Gallipoli peninsula itself is Turkish territory and already a national park in the Turkish National Park System.