Lone Pine Tour Gallipoli 2018
25 April 1915 was the day that Australian and New Zealand troops stepped onto the world stage. They landed at what is now known as ANZAC Cove, centre of “Z” Beach. Not the single companies of 100 under foreign officers that had been deployed in South Africa sixteen years before, they were now arrayed in battalions making up two full divisions of 20,000 men to fight together. On 25 April 2018 at Gallipoli and wherever in the world Australians and New Zealanders have fought and paid the supreme sacrifice, we will remember them.
6-10 August 1915, just two kilometres away from ANZAC Cove on the crest of the ridge that rises from Z beach, Australians and New Zealanders fought the battles where most of their casualties incurred. But for the incompetence of the Allied High Command, the competence of Turkish commanders, and the dogged determination of the Turkish soldiers, the allies would have been victorious in these actions. Those actions by Australians at Lone Pine and New Zealanders at Chunuk Bair were the closest the allies came to a victory on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.
The Lone Pine Anniversary Tour will let you honour those Australians at the sites where those heroic actions took place 102 years ago. Unlike the chill of an April day at the ANZAC Day commemorations, the weather is warmer and the sites are not flooded with politicians and their attendant bureaucrats. Warm (30°) sunshine cooled with just a wisp of breeze from the Aegean makes the conditions ideal to see where the actions took place and the Peninsula is less crowded than in April. Our expert Australian guides, all former soldiers who served in later generations of the units that were there in 1915, will take you through the campaign in detail. Our expert local guides will imbue you with the culture that spawned modern Turkey. A visit to the new Gaba Tepe Museum with its 4D displays will take you back in time to 1915.
After visiting Gallipoli, we will visit Troy and Bursa before concluding with a tour of Historic Istanbul, cradle of eastern and western civilisation.
Do not forget to let Military History Tours know if you have a relative who served in the Gallipoli campaign. We will conduct a record search and ensure you visit the locations where they fought, and if they paid the ultimate price, organise a service at their grave site, or where their name appears on the monument to those with no known grave.
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Day 1: Monday 3 August 2018 - ISTANBUL
Arrival at Istanbul Atatürk Airport where you will need to present the visa you obtained over the internet CLICK HERE for details (can only be obtained three months before travel). You will then be met and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2: Tuesday 4 August 2018 - ISTANBUL, GALLIPOLI, The Situation Brief
Depart your hotel at 0900, lunch at Eceabat on the Peninsula followed by a situation brief at Chunuk Bair, which gives us a very good view from high ground. We then drive back to Eceabat and take the ferry across the Dardanelles to our Hotel near Çanakkale giving us time to settle in before dinner in the Hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Wednesday 5 August 2018 – GALLIPOLI, The Landings
After an excellent Turkish breakfast, we start our tour of the Battlefields by crossing again to the peninsula then driving south to Morto Bay where we will visit the Turkish Memorial on the Dardanelles headland. Over the last few years Turkey has built an addition to the Memorial that has all the names of those Turkish soldiers lost in the Campaign who have no known grave. To the west of Morto Bay, we stop at the headland overlooking ‘V’ Beach from where we can see where Turkish machine gunners were able to site three weapons that destroyed a brigade from the British 29th Division as they attempted to land from the converted collier the ‘River Clyde’ on 25 April 1915. Nearby we will visit the Helles monument to the United Kingdom soldiers sacrificed here and then the Turkish memorial and cemetery where you will be impressed with the ages of these young patriots who died defending their homeland.
After lunch, we will visit where the Australians landed on the 25 April 1915. We will drive to the North Beach, site where every year the ANZAC landings are commemorated and walk around the shore to ANZAC Cove via Ariburnu Cemetery and Atatürk’s message plinth. Your historian/guide will take you through the actions of that fateful day. We will then proceed to Beach Cemetery, visit Simpson’s grave, then walk via Shrapnel Valley Cemetery to Plugge’s Plateaux where you are able to survey our countrymen’s first day achievements.
On our way back to Eceabat and the ferry, we will drive north pausing on the shoreline at Suvla Bay where in August 1915 due to poor leadership, the initially successful British landing was not exploited negating the success at Lone Pine and the sacrifices at Chunuk Bair, the Nek and Pope’s. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Thursday 6 August 2018 – GALLIPOLI, Lone Pine
Our plan is breakfast at our hotel, then travel by bus and ferry to the western end of Artillery track. From there we will walk the 800 metres up to Lone Pine via Shell Green Cemetery. A pause at Shell Green to honour Private Preston who survived the Wilmansrust disaster in the Boer War only to die on 25 April 1915. We will stand where the cricket pitch was located as part of the ruse to hide the fact that we were evacuating the Peninsula. Our historian/guides will then take you through the battles in detail and you will see where the trenches were, see the land beyond where lives were lost and we may visit the 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery where the soldiers gathered for the forthcoming battle.
After lunch, we will a visit the magnificent Gaba Tepe Museum. The re-built museum now designed to reflect the shape of a warship of the period opened in 2012, it has 11 multi media experiences that chronicle what happened at Gallipoli in 2018; these are supplemented by state of the art displays of artefacts from the time. A visit to Gallipoli is not a visit without going through this museum.
We will be standing in the late afternoon at the Lone Pine Memorial, at 17:30 hours the exact time when 102 years before the 1st Australian Division rose from their trenches to attack the Turks, very close to where we will be standing. The fighting continued for six days and seven Victoria Crosses were awarded.
The ground captured in this battle was held until our troops withdrew from the peninsula on 20 December 1915. The service will be moving, special tribute will be paid to those with ancestors that took part in the campaign. We will be back at the Hotel in time for dinner. An early night is recommended, as we may have an early start in the morning.
Day 5: Friday 7 August 2018 – GALLIPOLI, The Nek Anniversary
After breakfast today we head for the Nek to be standing where at 04:30 hrs (we will not be there quite that early) on 7 August 1915 the Third Light Horse brigade attacked. This attack, immortalised in the Peter Wier film ‘Gallipoli’, saw the 10th Western Australian, and the 8th Victorian Light Horse Regiments attack over a 27 metre stretch of ground into a crescent of Turkish machine-gun fire. Both units were decimated. Our service will be moving and pay special tribute to those whose ancestors served in the Light Horse.
Lunch will then be taken before we return to the Battlefields and Quinn’s Post, nearby is a small Turkish built cemetery where the Turkish trenches had been and it is possible to see why the fight at Quinn’s was hand to hand. A hundred metres up the road to our north we will encounter the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial; in 1915 the place was called the ‘Bloody Angle’. There we will pause in the car park to remember the 147 casualties from B Squadron the 1st Light Horse Regiment incurred on 7 August 1915.
Then to the Nek, this time to discuss the battle and move down to Walker’s Ridge where we will pay our respects to those interred in the cemetery and discuss the taking of this feature by General Walker’s New Zealand Brigade on 25 April 1915.
Another great dinner, then another pleasant evening. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Saturday 8 August 2018 – GALLIPOLI, Troy - Chunuk Bair
After breakfast at our hotel, we will drive to Troy the place of legends from all those years ago.
On 8 August 1915, the New Zealand Division, including an attached Australian Brigade (4 Bde commanded by the then Brigadier General Monash) attacked and gained a foothold on this the campaign’s vital ground. Today following breakfast, we intend to head to the New Zealand Memorial for a small Service in honour of the 2,500 New Zealanders who did not leave the peninsula. After the service, we will stroll to the forward edge of the Chunuk Bair feature where our historian/guide will explain the details of the New Zealand approach and conduct of the battle.
On 8 August 1915, Colonel Mustafa Kemal gained a reputation for immortality. Ranging across the battlefield organising for the ANZAC troops to be driven from their prize, he was shot. The bullet lodged in his watch and he survived. The Turkish Government is organising a commemoration. We will endeavour to be at it when details are available.
We will then drive to Hill 60 the site in September 1915 of the last push by fresh Australian troops in an attempt to establish a communication corridor between the Suvla Bay and ANZAC beach-heads. Yet more Australian and Turkish lives were lost in this venture. In the afternoon, we will visit Troy, the place of legends from all those years ago.
Following our visit we will return to our hotel and prepare for our early move to Istanbul in the morning. (B/L/D)
Day 7: Sunday 9 August 2018 - GALLIPOLI, BURSA, ISTANBUL
Breakfast in our hotel before an early start that will see us drive through the Turkish countryside around the eastern shore of the sea of Marmara to Bursa.
Bursa was the ancient Capital of the Ottoman Empire and it is hard to realise that such an empire started in this city. Lunch in a local restaurant and then a visit to the Green Mosque before heading off towards Istanbul and arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. (B/D)
Day 8: Monday 10 August 2018 - ISTANBUL
Buffet breakfast at the hotel before heading out into Istanbul for a full tour of this old city. We start our tour at the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and blue Iznik tiles. A short walk takes us then to Saint Sophia. Originally a Byzantine Cathedral, converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul and now transformed into a museum. We will then move to the Topkapi Palace for a visit to the palace and lunch in the palace. In the afternoon, the first stop will be the underground Basilica cistern which is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath Istanbul and considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving the city of Istanbul. Dinner this evening will be under your own arrangements and there are many restaurants close to our hotel. (B/L)
Day 9: Tuesday 11 August 2018 – ISTANBUL
Buffet breakfast at your hotel then we first visit the Kariye Museum (Chora Church) which is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. We will then visit the Grand Bazaar with its 1 000’s of shops. After lunch at your leisure we depart from the hotel for a cruise on the Bosphorus by private motor cruiser. During the cruise you will have the opportunity to admire the old wooden houses (yalis), the fortress of Rumelli and the waterfront Ottoman Palaces. We have dinner together at a restaurant before returning to our hotel by coach. (B/D)
Day 10: Wednesday 12 August 2018 - ISTANBUL (Tour concludes)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. The tour now formally concludes with individual arrangements for last minute shopping and airport transfers for departure. (B)
Your Tour Leader Lieutenant Colonel John Howells RFD
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.
An alternative tour leader may need to take this tour if there are sufficient bookings for this and the concurrent Guadalcanal 2018 tour to operate.