Anzac Day Tours to Gallipoli, late seats still available for 2014 tour

Anzac Day Tours to Gallipoli, late seats still available for 2014 tour

The most economical and professional tours to the dawn service - don't miss out

25 April ... a day that is etched in the heart of Australians and New Zealanders as we remember the ultimate sacrifice of our forefathers. Making the pilgrimage to Gallipoli and being there at dawn is unforgettable experience. Commemorate the 99th landing at Anzac Cove in 2014 with a professional tour company in a spirit of reverence and respect. Great value tours, plus free airport transfer to your hotel.

Summary of Tour Options for Anzac Day (2014)

2 Day Tour
Only £119.00
Tour Dates: 24th to 25th Apr 2014

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Join PP's fully guided tour to Anzac Cove. You are given a thorough background and insight into the 1915 campaign and visit all the major sites. Be thoroughly prepared for the evening at Anzac Cove and the dawn service the 25th. Attend the morning's Australian and New Zealand commerorative services and you return to Istanbul.
Tour Dates: 24th to 25th Apr 2014

green tickGuided tour of Anzac Cove/North Beach/Lone Pine and Chunuk Bairgreen tickEntrance fees to escorted sites (where applicable)green tickDawn Service and Memorial servicesgreen tickSouvenir T-Shirtgreen tickSerivces of experience PP Travel rep green tickPlus services of Turkish Guide

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4 Day Hostel Tour
Only £219.00
Tour Dates: 23rd to 26th Apr 2014
Book early - limited places and it always sells out

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Our 4 day Anzac hostel tour uses the excellent Cheers Hostel, a fabulous boutique hostel. Cheers is in the heart of Istanbul - Sultanahmet and almost right besides the city's two great land marks. You also do not have to check out on the night of the 24th, when we head to Anzac Cove.
Tour Dates: 23rd to 26th Apr 2014

green tickServices of Turkish Guide and experiend PP Repgreen tickFree airport transfer to your hostelgreen tickCentral hostels on April 23rd and 25thgreen tickBonus night on the 24th - No need to check out of hostelsgreen tickEntrance Fees to escorted sites (where applicable)green tickFully guided tour of Gallipoli Peninsulagreen tickDawn Service and Memorial servicesgreen tickTurkish Style breakfasts green tickSouvenir T-Shirtgreen tickPP Anzac party nightsgreen tickFree pre-Anzac Day day partygreen tickBosphorus cruise option

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4 Day Hotel Tour - sold out
Only £259.00
Tour Dates: 23rd to 26th Apr 2014

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Our 4 day Anzac hotel tour is based central Istanbul. Then let us take you on our fully guided tour to Anzac Cove. Receive a thorough background and insight into the 1915 campaign and visit all the major sites. Spend the evening at Anzac Cove and be apart of the the unforgetable dawn service the 25th.
Tour Dates: 23rd to 26th Apr 2014

green tickServices of Turkish Guide and experiend PP Repgreen tickFree airport transfer to your hotelgreen tickCity Centre Istanbul Hotels on April 23rd and 25th in share roomsgreen tickBonus night on the 24th - No need to check out of hotelgreen tickEntrance Fees to escorted sites (where applicable)green tickFully guided tour of Gallipoli Peninsulagreen tickDawn Service and Memorial servicesgreen tickTurkish Style breakfastsgreen tickSouvenir T-Shirtgreen tickFree pre-Anzac Day day partygreen tickBosphorus cruise option

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5 Day Hotel Tour - sold out
Only £279.00
Tour Dates: 22th to 26th Apr 2014

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Spend two nights in superior hotels in central Istanbul - before heading to Gallipoli. Fully guided tour to Anzac Cove. Visit all the major sites. Spend the evening at Anzac Cove and be apart of the the unforgetable dawn service the 25th. 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. After attending the Australian and New Zealand commerorative services spend a third night back at our Istanbul hotels.
Tour Dates: 22th to 26th Apr 2014

green tickCity Centre Istanbul Hotels in share roomsgreen tickFree airport transfer to your hotelgreen tickBonus night on the 24th - No need to check out of hotelgreen tickFully guided tour of Istanbul old city.green tickEntrance Fees to Escorted Sites green tickFully guided tour of Gallipoli Peninsulagreen tickDawn Service and Memorial servicesgreen tickTurkish Style breakfasts green tickSouvenir T-Shirtgreen tickServices of PP Rep and Turkish Guidegreen tickOptional Turkish Belly Dancing and Cabaret Evening green tickPP Anzac Party nights

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Event and PP Tour Information

Commemorate the 99th anniversary of the landings where the legend begun. Missed out on the 2015 ballot? There is still time to head to Gallipoli this year for this once in a life experience.

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 and choosing a professional and highly regarding operator is vital.

While there are now many options available, 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 2014 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, 4 and 5-day tours. Our tours to the 2013 Dawn Service were again very successful and sold fast. PP Travel - once again - were the only company out of the many at Gallipoli that ran full tours of the peninsula 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. Do Gallipoli properly - do it and the Dawn Service with PP Travel!

Don't wait to 2015. For the 100th anniversary the Veteran's Affairs departments of Australia and New Zealand will be running a ballot for those who want to attend. With places extremely limited and demand sky high - it is going to take much luck to secure an entry. In 2014 PP Travel guarantees you not only entry to the Anzac Cove memorial park for the Dawn Service, as well as the most extensive tours of the Gallipoli Peninsula and the battlefields.

All ouir 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 3 star hotels in city centre Istanbul as well as some of the city's best hostels.

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 and 5 Day Tours: Also include the choice of central accommodation 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.
PP parties: Our pre-Anzac Turkish night has free entry, free entertainment and reduced price drinks and food. Our post Anzac celebration night is also free to get into and includes a free drink.

PP Passenger Commitment
Despite the airline chaos caused by the volcanic ash over Europe in 2010 our Anzac Day tours ran as per schedule. Again proving PP's dedication to service. Those few who missed out, took advantage of a free Anzac tour in the following year. No stone was left unturned and those at the dawn service had an experience of a lifetime. Events like this back up our claim that you should put your trust with experienced and professional tour operators to ensure your Anzac Day pilgrimage is truly memorable, smooth and a unique experience.

Don't waste time. Now is the time to get yourself organised, you can book your tour and reserve your flights to Istanbul.

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.
Opodo

Accommodation

Istanbul is an amazing megacity. The 5th largest in the world - 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.

Cheers Hotel & Hostel
PP Travel's boutique Anzac Day hostel is the new Cheers Hostel. 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 6, 8 and 10 bedded dorms plus triple and quad rooms. Across the street in a separate building is their well appointed private hotel rooms which include ensuite facilities.

Website - Cheers Hotel & Hostel
Location - (Cheers on Google Maps)

Frequently Asked Questions about Anzac Day

What tours do we offer?

What tours do we offer? We have 2, 4 and 5 day tours available and these are run with our Turkish partners, Indigo Tours. Our tours offer different departure dates to suit all travellers and to work with flights, so you can get the best deals. All are excellent value land-based tours, starting and finishing in Istanbul. close

Can anyone join our Anzac 2015 tours?

Can anyone join our Anzac 2015 tours? No.. These places are only available to successful ballot entry winners, who have to provide official proof of their Anzac travel arrangements to the DVA by October 2014 to confirm their entry. We are unable to take bookings from anyone without an official DVA Anzac 2015 ballot entry - as you will not gain entrance to the Anzac Memorial Park at Gallipoli. close

I do not have an Anzac 2015 ballot entry - what are my options?

I do not have an Anzac 2015 ballot entry - what are my options? Please consider our 2016 and beyond Dawn Service tours to Anzac Cove or join our special 100th anniversary Lone Pine tour on 6 August 2015 - you do not need a ballot entry for these. There is no official services or amenities at Gallipoli for those without a ballot entry for 2015 and anyone arriving without one will be turned away. close

Where do we stay?

Where do we stay? 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.
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What is and isn't included?

What is and isn't included? 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 and 5 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. close

How do we get to Istanbul and our hotel?

How do we get to Istanbul and our hotel? 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 tours (4 and 5 day 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.
Opodo

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. close

Can I book extra nights before or after the tour?

Can I book extra nights before or after the tour? We can supply a list of the hotels we use in Istanbul as well as other hostels in the Sultanahmet area which you may wish to book for nights either before or after our tour. You must book these hotels yourself, as the hotels do not allow us to book on your behalf.

Please note that the hotels we use in Istanbul are subject to change. We cannot alter any bookings you have made independently. close

How is the tour run?

How is the tour run? 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.

PP Travel in 2013 - once again - were the only company out of the many at Gallipoli that ran full tours of the peninsula 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. Do Gallipoli properly - do it and the Dawn Service with PP Travel!

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. close

Do I need a Visa to go to Turkey?

Do I need a Visa to go to Turkey? All passengers will need to carry a valid passport. New Zealanders do not require visas. Australians and EC passport holders will require a visa. Please note that from 11 April 2014 a new online visa system will take over from the previous method where you could obtain your visa at the airport on arrival.

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

Even though information on the official Turkish Government website states that "existing procedures will still be in place for a transitional period, including the 2014 tourism season" it is advised to obtain your visa, if required, online before entering Turkey. Passports should have at least 6 months validity remaining.

Please note, visa requirements are subject to change. And remember: visas are your responsibility. Please note that these costs are subject to change.

Full information on changes can be found here: official information on new Turkish visa applications
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What do I need to bring?

What do I need to bring? 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. close

Do I need to change money? How much will I spend?

Do I need to change money? How much will I spend? 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 3.25 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 £40 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". close

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Do I need Travel Insurance? 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! close

Is Turkey safe? I am concerned about Terrorism.

Is Turkey safe? I am concerned about Terrorism. 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

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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 2013 Dawn Service were again very successful. We can boast - that without doubt - we operated the most thorough tours of the Gallipoli Peninsula. PP Travel were the only company out of the many at Gallipoli that ran full tours of the entire peninsula 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. 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 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.

Istanbul
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.

History

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.

Early commemorations
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.

Dawn Service
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.

At Gallipoli
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.

Anzac Day Photos

Anzac Day Gallipoli 2013
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2013
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Anzac Day Gallipoli 2012
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2012
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Anzac Day Gallipoli 2011
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2011
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Anzac Day Gallipoli 2010
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2010
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Anzac Day Gallipoli 2009
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2009
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Anzac Day Gallipoli 2008
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2008
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Anzac Day Gallipoli 2007
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2007
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Anzac Day Gallipoli 2006
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2006
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Anzac Day Gallipoli 2005
Anzac Day Gallipoli 2005
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Anzac Day 2004
Anzac Day 2004
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Anzac Day 2003
Anzac Day 2003
25/04/2003
Anzac Day 2001 Reunion
Anzac Day 2001 Reunion
03/05/2001
Anzac Day 2001
Anzac Day 2001
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Videos







Video by Department of Veterans' Affairs (Australia) and Veterans' Affairs New Zealand which outlines important information on what to bring with you and what to expect at Galipoli.



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