Learn about the legend and legacy of the ANZACs at the 2018 Dawn Service in Gallipoli

On April 25th, 1915, Allied troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The military campaign that followed was disastrous for the Allies yet came to define the national psyches of Australia and New Zealand. Travel to these solemn battlefields on the anniversary of the landing and wander through Anzac Cove to the Nek and Lone Pine. Walk through the trenches, attend a moving dawn service and hear the stories of heroism and camaraderie immortalised in Australia's Anzac history. This journey provides a great opportunity to pay respect to the fallen of World War I and to reflect on what they fought for.

Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Festivals and Events, Short Breaks
Physical rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 44

Why you'll love this trip

  • Pay your respects to the fallen at Gallipoli a moving and educational experience regardless of your age or background.

  • Reflect and pay your respects at Lone Pine

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip starts early on Day 1 and also a very late finish on Day 2. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time if you plan to travel on these days.

  • This is one of our Short Breaks and is slightly different to our group tours. There is no group leader with the idea being that you maintain a level of independence during down time. You'll most likely travel on a join-in basis, which means you may or may not be joined by others for activities and transportation, depending on demand.

  • It is often necessary to carry your own luggage on and off a bus or train and into a hotel. If you need porterage service then this may not be the best trip for you. We recommend a backpack but Wheelie bags are acceptable if they don’t mind the odd cobblestone or two?


Hosgeldinz. Welcome to Turkey!
We meet at the Hotel Evsen - Istanbul at 11am before transferring by private bus to Gallipoli (approx. 6hrs). 
There will be a stop for an early dinner before we make our way to the Anzac Commemorative site. Please be ready for long delays upon entry as all visitors will be security screened.
For any Australian or New Zealander visiting the Shores of Turkey, a visit to the battle fields of the Gallipoli Peninsula is a must. The battle at Gallipoli in WW1 is seen as a turning point in both of these nations (and also the Republic of Turkey). It was the moment when our character was defined and the core value of mateship was embedded in our psyche.
The names of ANZAC Cove, the Nek and Lone Pine have a special place in the hearts of Antipodeans and are just some of the places you can visit first hand on this trip. You will be struck by the beauty and serenity of the place, in stark contrast to the stories your guide will tell you of the events that unfolded here. 
We stay overnight in the ceremonial area near to ANZAC Cove. There are a number of grandstands set up and an area on the lawns where you can sit. The night can be very very cold. It is imperative for your comfort that you bring a sleeping bag for the night. It is not possible to sleep during the night as due to the crowds that visit each year and the seating arrangements, it is all but impossible to lie down. We recommend to make the most of the experience that you come well rested before the night.
This is a sombre affair and no alcohol is allowed at the event. Other refreshments and toilet facilities are provided on the site for a reasonable price.
This is the true Antipodean pilgrimage and something every Australian and New Zealander should experience at some point in their lives. It is an event that will both humble and inspire you. As an Australian company, Intrepid is proud to be able to offer this experience to our customers.
  • Camping under the stars (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
After the main ceremony and rendition of the last post there is an opportunity to visit other country ceremonies, and then also time to seek out graves that may have a a personal significance.

Later in the day we re-board our bus to transfer back to Istanbul of which we will aim to arrive around 8.00PM.
Patience is required for departure from the peninsula as we must wait for our bus in a respective order which is allocated by the authorities, the process can be a little slow.

We recommend you arrange an additional night's accommodation for the evening of day 2, or plan any departure from Istanbul for the late evening. Extra accommodation pre and post tour can be requested, please ask your agent at time of booking.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


1 breakfast, 1 lunch



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Important notes

1. No accommodation is provided on this tour. You will sleep out under the stars as the ANZAC's did 100 years before.

2. This Short Break Adventure starts at 11 am on Day 1, and finishes at approximately 11 pm on Day 2.

3. You will be picked up on Day 1 from a centrally located Hotel (tba) listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.

4. Attendance passes are required for the 2018 commemorative service at Gallipoli.  As this tour is on a join in small group basis for individuals we will not be applying for attendance passes and you will be required to do this in advance, at the websites below.  Passes are available in electronic format if you are travelling and unable to receive your pass.  It will also be necessary to carry this pass and your personal identification at all times whilst on site.  For those that arrive with out a pass you can apply before the tour departs Istanbul OR  at the coach registration upon arrival but passes will not be guaranteed, and will be dependent on site capacity.  We recommend you use the links below to obtain your pass.

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Australian Citizens

Following recent safety incidents, we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/tra   vel-alerts

Essential trip information

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