Anzac Day Gallipoli - The most economical and professional tours to the dawn service with a 100% proudly owned and operated Kiwi/Aussie Company
Being at Gallipoli exactly 105 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 2020 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 2020. PP Travel is still a 100% Aussie and Kiwi Owned and has been since 1991, experience counts!
Tour Options for Anzac Day (2020)
Only a £50 per person deposit to book with the balance due by 19 March 2020
Tour Dates - 24th to 25th Apr 2020
- 100% Aussie/Kiwi Owned and Operated
- Guided tour of Anzac Cove/North Beach/Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair
- Thorough Gallipoli Peninsula tour - including Cape Helles and Turkish memorial
- Entrance fees to escorted sites (where applicable)
- Dawn Service and Memorial services
- Souvenir T-Shirt and Hoddie
- Serivces of experience PP Travel rep
- Plus services of Turkish Guide
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Tour Dates - 23rd to 26th Apr 2020
- 100% Aussie and Kiwi Owned and Operated
- Services of Turkish Guide and experienced PP Rep
- Choice of Hostel, Hostel+ or Hotel accommodation
- Accommodation on April 23rd and 25th
- Bonus night on the 24th - No need to check out
- Entrance Fees to escorted sites (where applicable)
- Fully guided tour of Gallipoli Peninsula
- Cape Helles British Landings, Turkish Memorial, full Anzac area coverage
- Dawn Service and Memorial services
- Turkish Style breakfasts
- Souvenir T-Shirt and Hoddie
- Bosphorus cruise option
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# What tours does PP Travel offer for Anzac Day at Gallipoli?
# Can anyone join our Anzac Day, Gallipoli tours?
! Attendance Pass ! Every person attending Gallipoli for Anzac Day must be register and have an attendance pass (ezyTicket).
To register please follow this link -overseascommemorations.ticketek.com.au
Note Link may not work until late 2019/early 2020.
There is a limit to the number of passes available so once you know you are going you should go to the above link and register. You MUST print the ezyTicket and have a valid passport (or copy of) or New Zealand or Australian Drivers Licence or National Identity card to present with your ezyTicket.
# Where is our accommodation in Istanbul before and after Anzac Day at Gallipoli?
All the major sites are in the Sultanahmet area; the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, the Grand Bazaar. Plus it is a clean, safe area with a fantastic selection of restaurants and nightlife. If you are on our 4 day tour local guides will take you to many of these special sites as well as the amazing underground cistern.
Choose from the highly rated, funky Cheers Hostel, Cheers Hostel+ or local modern Istanbul Hotel in this fabulous position to explore the amazing city of Istanbul.
# What is and isn't included in your Anzac Day tour to Gallipoli?
Not Included: flights to Istanbul, visas, souvenirs, meals apart from those specified. Transfers between airport and accommodation are not included. Anything else that is not specified in the itinerary applicable to your Anzac Day your.
# How do you get to Istanbul and your hotel or the PP Travel tour departure point?
2 day passengers are to make their own way to the early pick up on the morning of the 24th of April. You off course will also get details on where the departure point is with address and map links.
Flights to Istanbul
The most obvious way to get to Turkey is to fly. Istanbul has two main airports. There is the new Istanbul Airport (IST) which took over from Ataturk Airport on the 7th of April 2019 and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAB)
As we are a tour operator rather than a flight shop/travel agency we do not book flights plus these days you get the best price and flexibility via online sites like eBookers, Opodo, Skyscanner and Kayak or direct with airlines like British Airways and EasyJet. Availability to Istanbul ,if booked reasonably early, is good and flight prices can be quite competitive.
There is a shuttle service from both airports which can be cheaper than a taxi for groups and it can only be pre-booked through the official ataturkairporttransfer.com website operated by Efendi Travel Airport Transfer & City Tours. Note that unfortunately we are unable to organise airport transfers on your behalf.
# Can I book extra nights in Istanbul before or after the tour?
At the hotel extra nights cost £45 per person, per night in twins or double rooms or £80 per night in single rooms. At Cheers Hostel, extra nights in the dorms cost £25 per person per night and in Cheers Hostel Plus rooms, the cost is £40 per person per night.
# How are the Anzac Day tours to Gallipoli run?
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.
You will be spending the night out in the elements on the Gallipoli Peninsular in what is called the Commemorative Zone. This area is accessed via airport like security where you will and your bag will pass through security scanning and any prohibited items confiscated. As of 2018 even unopened bottles of water are prohibited but water, along with food can be purchased throughout the night from vendors within the Zone.
After the Dawn Service we all head towards Lone Pine, approximately 3.2km. Here Australians and those wanting to be at the Australian service will stop for the Lone Pine Service at 9:30am. New Zealanders will continue walking a further 3.5km up the bitumen road to Chunk Bair so they can be in place for the Chunuk Bair Service at 11:30am.
After the Lone Pine Service everyone at Lone Pine has to make their way up the hill to Chunuk Bair for the coach pickup that should start around 12:30pm.
Here is the walking route from Commemorative Zone on North Beach to Lone Pine and onto Chunuk Bair on Google Maps.
It is not really possible to make both services. The problem is that there is limited space at Chunuk Bair. If you race up there after the Australian service at Lone Pine you will often find that you cannot get near enough to see anything. In previous years they have had a couple of big screens at Lone Pine that show the Chunuk Bair service.
At the end of the day it is lengthy, uncomfortable, frustrating and at times very cold but we are only away from the comfort of Istanbul one night. 36 hours away for a rewarding and humbling experience.
Note: Our tour of the Gallipoli Peninsular is subject to road closures by the Turkish authorities.
# Do I need a Visa to go to Turkey?
The cost is USD$20 for UK and EC passport holders and USD$60 for Australian passport holders (Prices correct as at 18/04/2019).
Please use the above official website as there are numerous websites online that will process your visa but adding on a large processing fee. Only use www.evisa.gov.tr which will only charge you the Government charge.
Please note, visa requirements are subject to change. And remember: visas are your responsibility. Please note that these costs are subject to change.
# What should you bring to Turkey for Anzac Day at Gallipoli?
Turkey is an informal country, so leave the good clothes at home. It is very cold overnight at Anzac Cove with no shelter, so please bring a sleeping bag, beanie and gloves to keep warm overnight while at Gallipoli. It could be wet and cold or sunny and warm, so be prepared for all weather. We recommend that you only bring a small day bag with you, as after the dawn service you will have to carry your gear up the steep walk to Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. It is possible to bring luggage with you which can be stored underneath the coach while at Anzac Cove, however you cannot access this between arriving at Gallipoli until well after the Australian and New Zealand services the following day. Any bags left on the coach while at Anzac Cove will be left at your own risk, although luggage bays are locked.
Remember that what ever you take for the overnight stay at Gallipoli you will need to carry the 7+km from the Commemorative Zone up the hill to the bus pick up point at Chunuk Bair. Here is the walking route from Commemorative Zone on North Beach to Lone Pine and onto Chunuk Bair on Google Maps.
The weather should be mild during the day, so bring your swimmers in case you get the chance to go for a swim (but you cannot swim at Gallipoli) 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.
# Changing money in Turkey and how much will I spend?
It is recommended that you change your money in Turkey rather than before you depart as the local rate appears to be better. Money changers 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 EUR€ and USD$ as most shops will readily accept them.
Many of us now just take funds as required from one of the many ATM's around Sultanahmet. Those using the likes of Revolut and Monza do without fee. Note that once at Gallipoli ATM's are not to be found and vendors selling food and drinks overnight in the Commemorative Zone will normally only accept Turkish Lira.
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 as many have had water pipes, "hubbly-bubbly" pipes confiscated as "drug paraphernalia" when taking one home.
The below should give you a rough idea of the present exchange rate;
# Do I need Travel Insurance in Turkey?
# Is Turkey safe? I am concerned about Terrorism.
Several checkpoints will be located across the Gallipoli Peninsula prior to accessing the Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair where you will be required to produce your attendance pass as well as photographic identification, such as your passport or driver's licence.
Airport-style screening will also occur, with no liquids, aerosols or gels permitted onto the sites. These will be confiscated by Turkish authorities and will not be returned to you. Please note that any suspicious behaviour or references to illegal activities will not be tolerated and you may be refused entry to the sites. There is no record of any violence at the Anzac Day memorials in Turkey. Please make yourself aware of the information about your visit to Gallipoli for Anzac Day here on the Department of Veterans' Affairs website.
You can check up to date travel warnings and register with a Australian and New Zealand Government website smartraveller.gov.au and safetravel.govt.nz
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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 2019 tours are underway. 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.
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.
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