Anzac Day - 4 Day Hostel PLUS Tour
Join PP's fully guided tour to Anzac Cove. Our 4 day Anzac hostel plus tour offers private rooms with their own facilities, in central Istanbul's most highly rated hostel Cheers. 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. We will take you on our fully guided tour to Anzac Cove, where you'll 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. After attending the Australian and New Zealand commerorative services we return our Istanbul hotels. Join our Istanbul tour on the morning of the 26th.
Extra nights at Cheers hostel can be added on either before or after the tour: cost £35 per person per night in the hostel plus rooms.
Total Gallipoli Peninsula tour experience with PP: Don't be simply dropped off and left to queue for hours at Anzac Cove - PP shows you the entire peninsula, including Cape Helles (British landing and memorial), the massive Turkish memorial, before taking you up the heights of the Anzac area covering all the major sites.
Cheer's private rooms (across the road from the main hostel) are twin, triple or quad rooms. All include private bathroom and breakfast. No option for single travellers to share. Single supplement rooms £105pp.
Free airport transfer to your hotel
Day 1 - Monday 23 April 2018
Check In and Welcome Meeting
Check into one of Cheer's Hostel's private rooms. These are twin/double, triple or quad rooms, with their own private facilities, opposite Istanbul's top rated hostel. Free airport transfer to Cheers. This evening at 6:30pm we will meet for a welcome briefing in the hostel where we will go over itineraries and the tour and meet our local Turkish guide and fellow travellers. After the briefing we then have the opportunity to experience the nightlife that Istanbul has to offer.
Day 2 - Tuesday 24 April 2018
Depart for Gallipoli
We will depart from Cheers at 6.30am for Gallipoli, stopping along the way so you can have some breakfast before our arrival at the cove. On the tour to Anzac Cove you learn of the fate of over 10,000 Australians and New Zealanders. We visit the memorial sites at Anzac Cove, Shrapnel Valley, Conkbay Hill, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair as well as other cemeteries as time and conditions permit.
Our tour aims to show the entire Gallipoli Peninsula, including the British landings at Cape Helles, helping you obtain a thorough knowledge of this ill-fated campaign. You then have the opportunity to secure your spot for the dawn service as we drop you at Anzac Cove around sunset giving you plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and witness first hand the Anzac spirit and comraderie as you meet thousands of other Aussies and Kiwi's who are also here on the same pilgrimage. You will want to bring sleeping bag and warm clothes as it gets very cold in the early hours.
Note: Our tour of Gallipoli is subject to road closures by the Turkish authorities.
Day 3 - Wednesday 25 April 2018
Dawn and Memorial Services
This special day starts very early for the dawn service. It is a good idea to bring sleeping bag and warm clothes, as it can get very cold in the early hours. After the Dawn Service you are free to attend the Australian Memorial Service at Lone Pine and the New Zealand Memorial Service at Chunuk Bair. We leave the Anzac area after these services are completed - probably late afternoon - and drive back to Istanbul arriving late evening.
Day 4 - Thursday 26 April 2018
Check Out and Istanbul City Tour
After breakfast we take you on a guided tour of Istanbul to introduce you to some of the many special sights the city has to offer. Included in the tour are the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque and underground Cistern.
The afternoon will be free time so why not try a Turkish Bath. If you are staying on we can also arrange for you to go on the Bosporus cruise - not an overpriced "optional" offered by many others - those who want to join in will be escorted by the PP crew to the very economical but excellent public cruise.
Please note that as this information and itinerary is subject to change when circumstances beyond our control require change.