ANZAC DAY TOURS

2016 ANZAC DAY TOURS FROM ISTANBUL

Departing from Istanbul for an unforgettable experience

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ANZAC TOUR #1 (2 days)
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2016 - 'ANZAC Day 2016  - Budget Tour'
2 - Day itinerary

Day 1 : Sunday 24th April - Istanbul to Gallipoli
Mid morning departure to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli stopping along the way to stock up on supplies and rations. Once we arrive at the Gallipoli Peninsula we head straight to Anzac Cove to secure a good spot on the grass for the long night ahead.

Day 2 : Monday 25th April - ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
Awake before sun rise for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. We become aware of the almost deafening silence as the moving service to commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day begins. You will then have the chance to visit Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair to attend the Australian or New Zealand Memorial Services. Late afternoon we head back to Istanbul. Upon arrival at the Fez Travel office your tour concludes and sadly it is time to say goodbye to new friends.

(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)

Prices: 349 Euro per person
Discount: % 50 second person discount - If booked until 01 Apr 2016

Tour includes :
Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
Commemorative gift
Tips except driver and guide

Tour does not include :
Suggested optional activities
Tips - driver and guide
Entrance fees
Meals
 



ANZAC TOUR #2 (5 days)
Anzac Day Turkey Tours



2016 - 'ANZAC Day 2016 Ephesus Trooper - Budget Tour'
5 - Day itinerary

Day 1 Sunday 24th April - Istanbul to Gallipoli
Morning departure to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli stopping along the way to stock up on supplies and rations. Once we arrive at the Gallipoli Peninsula we head straight to Anzac Cove to secure a good spot on the grass for the long night ahead.

Day 2 Monday 25th April - ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
Awake before sun rise for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. We become aware of the almost deafening silence as the moving service to commemorate our fallen forefathers on this special day begins. You will then have the chance to visit Lone Pine or Chunuk Bair to attend the Australian or New Zealand Memorial Services. Late afternoon you will meet up with the Fez Bus again to head to the small town of Ayvalik for some well deserved sleep.
Overnight Ayvalik 4 star Kalif Hotel (D)

Day 3 Tuesday 26th April - Pergamum to Kusadasi
This morning, you head south along the Aegean Coast towards Kusadasi, stopping along the way at the ancient city of Pergamum for a guided tour and the opportunity to check out some local Turkish handicrafts.
Overnight Kuşadası - 4 star Ada Class Hotel (B)

Day 4 Wednesday 27th April - Kusadasi
Absorb yourself in history this morning with a tour of Ephesus, the former capital of Asia Minor and the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the site of the Temple of Artemis, or spend the day relaxing on an Aegean Beach.
Overnight Kuşadası - 4 star Ada Class Hotel (B)

Day 5 Thursday 28th April Kusadasi
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends (B)

(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)

Price:
649.00 Euro per person in twin share accommodation
Single Supplement: 116.00 Euro

Tour Includes :
Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
Commemorative gift
Tips except driver and guide
3 nights - accommodation.
1 night 4 star Ayvalik Kalif Hotel, 2 nights 4 star Kuşadası Ada Class Hotel
3 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Tour does not include :
Tips - driver and guide
Entrance fees
 


 

What is Anzac Day
Anzac Day Turkey Tours

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honor members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for the country. Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga.

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand. This is a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same remembrance day, but making reference to both countries in its name.

Anzac Day was gazetted as a public holiday in New Zealand in 1920, through the Anzac Day Act, after lobbying by the New Zealand Returned Soldiers’ Association,the RSA. In Australia at the 1921 State Premiers' Conference, it was decided that Anzac Day would be observed on 25 April each year. However, it was not observed uniformly in all the States.

With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day became a day on which to commemorate the lives of Australians and New Zealanders lost in that war as well and in subsequent years. The meaning of the day has been further broadened to include those killed in all the military operations in which the countries have been involved.

Dawn service
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 dawn ceremony became a common form of Anzac Day remembrance during the 1920s.

In Turkey the name "ANZAC Cove" was officially recognized by the Turkish government on Anzac Day in 1985. In 1934, Kemal Ataturk delivered the following words to the first Australians, New Zealanders and British to visit the Gallipoli battlefields. This was later inscribed on a monolith at Ari Burnu Cemetery ( ANZAC Beach ) which was unveiled in 1985 and the words also appear on the Kemal Atatürk Memorial, Canberra:

"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives. You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries... Wipe away your tears ! Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."

In 1990, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, Government officials from Australia and New Zealand as well as most of the last surviving Gallipoli veterans, and many Australian and New Zealand tourists travelled to Turkey for a special Dawn Service at Gallipoli. The Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service has since attracted upwards of 15,000 people. Until 1999, the Gallipoli Dawn Service was held at the Ari Burnu War Cemetery at Anzac Cove, but the growing numbers of people attending resulted in the construction of a more spacious site on North Beach, known as the "Anzac Commemorative Site" in time for the year 2000 service.
 

 


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