Battlefield History Tours

Battlefield History Tours
Incorporating History and Heritage tours

ANZAC Day at Gallipoli 19 April - 1 May 2019


ANZAC Day at Gallipoli 2019As part of our History and Heritage Tour of Turkey

Join us as we visit the locations associated with the ancient history of this South Eastern part of Turkey as well as our very memorable Tour to Gallipoli to remember those who volunteered to fight for their country in 1915 and paid the supreme sacrifice. They will always be remembered. Lest We Forget.

Istanbul itself is an exciting historic city which was the capital of the Byzantine Empire from 340 AD until falling to the Ottomans in 1453 AD but Istanbul is only part of the historic areas that we will visit. Hippocrates came from the island of Cos, close to the coast of what is now Turkey and we visit one of the areas where it is said that he practiced medicine. An old marble column depicts the Hippocratic Oath design that we find on our current Doctor's badges, a very interesting site to visit.

Other sites we will visit include:

• Pergamon the ancient city of Anatolia, one of Alexanders Generals started its rise to be the most powerful capital of Anotalia. Reached its height under the Romans, was an early seat seat of Christianity but eventually was overtaken by Ephesus. The remains of the Red Basilica is a must to see.
• Ephesus in the UNESCO World Heritage List has so much of that ancient world there to see, Basilica of St John, Temple of Artemis, the house of the Virgin Mary, the Library of Celcus and much more.
• Bursa, the first major city of the early Ottomans with the mausoleums of the early Sultans located there and the famous silk market was the source of most of the Royal silk products. Capital of the Ottoman Empire until the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

Much History, from 362BC to 1915 so join us for this Historical Tour.

The 100th Anniversary of the landing at ANZAC Cove has now past and to ensure that we always remember those who remain in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery on the Peninsula or who have an unknown grave, we will continue to conduct our tours to this special place in our history. We owe that to those who forever remain there.

For this special tour that will take us to the Gallipoli battlefields and to the cradle of the history of Turkey, join our Military Historian and our Turkish Historian as they lead this memorial tour to Gallipoli/Turkey to visit the battlefields of the Dardanelles Campaign and to visit those ancient sites from Troy to Ephesus. Our aim is to show you in detail that campaign where the Australians stormed ashore on our 1st Anzac Day. We will walk the ground discussing what occurred at each location, the strategy, tactics and outcome. We will also walk through history as we take you through the history of Turkey and visit some of those very ancient sites.

Exotic Istanbul
Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, lunch in Topkapi Palace
Conducted Tour of The Battlefields
The Nek, Lone Pine, Shrapnel Valley, Anzac Cove
Plugges Plateau, Chunak Bair, Cannakale
ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
Troy, Ephesus and Bursa , the Capital of the Sultans

Experience the Battlefields of the Dardanelles, visit war cemeteries and memorials with expert commentary at significant locations. Locate, visit and pay your respects at that particular site that is dear to your family or friends. Visit areas of ancient Turkey and especially the town that gave birth to Suleiman the Magnificent and the Ottomans, Bursa. Costs: 12 days/11 nights. Based on share twin or share double from $(AU)4,725.00 per person. Single Supplement additional cost $(AU)780.00 (Conditions apply, costs subject to change).

Included in this price:

Battlefield tours with our Australian historian,
Turkey History with our Turkish Guide,
air conditioned coaches,
Bosphorus Cruise,
Istanbul Tour,
Ephesus Tour,
Meals as per itinerary,
tour entrance fees,

Not included in this price:

Air travel to/from Australia,
travel insurance,
laundry and alcohol,
tour extensions,
personal expenses &
Tips to Drivers and Guides
Visa cost $60 for Australian Passport holders (New Zealanders are exempt) must apply and have eVisa 3 months before departure from Australia CLICK HERE for details.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2019 - ISTANBUL: Arrival at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. You will be met and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Thursday, 20 April 2019 – ISTANBUL: Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards departure from the hotel for a full day city tour - visit the highlights of Istanbul. The Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and blue Iznik tiles, then visit the Saint Sophia, originally a Byzantine Cathedral converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul and later into a Museum. Next stop will be to the Underground Cistern. We then move to the Topkapi Palace for lunch and Palace visit.

In the evening we depart from the hotel for a cruise on the Bosphorus by private motor yacht. During the cruise you will have the opportunity to admire the old wooden houses (yalis) and the Fortresses of Rumeli and Anadoluhisari. We have dinner together at a local restaurant before returning to our hotel. BLD

Friday, 21 April 2019 – ISTANBUL - GALLIPOLI: This morning we say farewell to Istanbul as we head south to the Gallipoli Peninsula. We will arrive in time for lunch at Eceabat and following lunch we will drive up to Chunuk Bair where our historian will give a ground brief to us that will describe the areas of the campaign associated with the ANZAC salient. After receiving our briefing we will proceed down to visit the Gaba Tepe Museum which has been improved and developed over the last few years. After our visit to the Museum we will settle in to our hotel before dinner. Tomorrow we head out onto the Battlefields. BLD

Saturday, 22 April 2019 - GALLIPOLI: This will be our first full day on the Battlefields and throughout the day we will visit all the sites that have something to do with the landings from the sea, from Helles to Suvla Bay. We will start our day by heading south to the area around Cape Helles to the many memorials and the defending forts.

Following lunch at Eceabat we will visit, Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley, ANZAC Cove, Plugges Plateau, Hill 60 and Suvla Bay before returning to our hotel for Dinner. BLD

Sunday, 23 April 2019 – GALLIPOLI: Yesterday we toured the landings, today we will move onto the ridges above ANZAC Cove and be taken through actions on that frontline. We will start at the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial, walk to Pope’s Post, The Nek, then Walkers’ Ridge where from this commanding position you get a bird’s eye view of the landings and the ultimate withdrawal. After Lunch at Eceabat, we will return and explore Lone Pine, Johnson’s Jolly, the 4th Battalion Parade Ground, forming up place for the Lone Pine attack and Quinn’s Post. Dinner at our hotel. BLD

Monday, 24 April 2019 – TROY: Today we take a break from touring the battlefields to make a morning visit to ancient Troy. The afternoon is at your leisure to have lunch in Çanakkale, do some shopping, then get an early night, tomorrow is our big day. Dinner will be in our hotel BD

Tuesday, 25 April 2019 – ANZAC Day at GALLIPOLI: We start our day early, leaving our hotel soon after midnight to arrive at North Beach before Dawn. There we will be spectators at the official ANZAC Day ceremony. From there we will walk past ANZAC Cove and up Artillery Track past Shell Green to Lone Pine in time for a service there. We will be carrying a box Brunch, and have it at a suitable place along the way. Dinner will be in our hotel. Br D

Wednesday, 26 April 2019 - GALLIPOLI – PERGAMON – KUSADASI: Today we will be visiting many of the ancient sites that can be found in Turkey. After breakfast we will head south and drive to the site of Ancient Pergamon and visit the Asklepion, the Zeus Altar and the Red Basilica. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After enjoying lunch we will drive to Kusadasi, where we will stay the next two nights. Dinner will be in our hotel. BLD

Thursday, 27 April 2019 – KUSADASI: Buffet breakfast at our hotel before our departure for our Ephesus Tour. During the day we will visit the ruins of this ancient city, the Basilica of Saint John, the house of the Virgin Mary and the Archaeological Museum.

We will have lunch together at a restaurant that we will find during our travels. After such an exciting day we will return to our hotel for dinner. Tomorrow we leave Kusadasi and head north to Bursa. BLD

Friday, 28 April 2019 - KUSADASI – BURSA: Following our breakfast we will set off on our drive to Bursa. This route will take us through some beautiful Turkish countryside where we will see people working on their farms just as they have done for thousands of years. The women that we see working may even be wearing the traditional shalvar.

Bursa was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and for hundreds of years been the centre of the Silk Trade in Turkey. After lunch in the Kebab House we will visit the Silk Bazzar followed by the Green Mosque and Green Bazzar before settling into our hotel for dinner. Tomorrow we head back into Istanbul. BLD

Saturday, 29 April 2019 - BURSA – ISTANBUL: Buffet breakfast at the hotel, then depart from the hotel and drive to Istanbul. We arrive in Istanbul with time for you to settle into your hotel and then the afternoon is yours to enjoy. B

Sunday, 30 April 2019 - ISTANBUL: This will be a special day for you to enjoy this wonderful city at a leisurely pace. The day is yours to visit some more of those exciting and historic sites or just to spend time browsing through the Bazaar, the Spice market or more for tomorrow the tour concludes. B

Monday, 1 May2019 - ISTANBUL: Following breakfast in our hotel there may be time to venture out to buy those last souvenirs before taking your transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B

Your Tour Leader Lieutenant Colonel John Howells RFD

Lieutenant Colonel John Howells John is a retired Army Reserve Armoured Corps officer who served 32 years in the Defence Force Permanent and Reserve. In civil life he worked for the National Archives as a manager then major Banks managing IT systems.

He has worked on and led battlefield tours since 2008 to locations including Turkey, France, Greece, South Africa and the Solomon Islands.


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