Learn about the legend and legacy of the ANZACs at the 2020 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 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 99

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 and Chunk Bair

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 itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
View the 2019 itinerary
Hosgeldiniz. Welcome to Turkey!
Please refer to the meeting point in the Essential Trip Information (that's this document) for the important meeting place for this tour.  Meeting time will be 11.00am

Our journey time is 6 hours with a comfort stop midway.
Arriving on the Gallipoli Peninsular we stop to explore the town of Eceabat and enjoy a BBQ 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.  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
  • Dinner
After the main ceremony and rendition of the last post all visitors are required to move to the Lone Pine site and the Chunk Bair site for the Australian memorial service and the New Zealand memorial service.

Visitors must select just one service to attend.  Please refer to the official programme for service times. 

There is a lot of walking between sites (up to 8kms) and a lot of this is up hill please advise your Tour Leader if your require assistance or register for a mobility pass with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  There are opportunities to visit other cemeteries and trenches during the walk.

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 dinner




No Accommodation - Event Tour

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Important notes

This event is organised by the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments and details can change.  For this reason, we will provide an updated advice one month prior to departure.

Attendees of the dawn service and ANZAC commemorations require an attendees pass, we recommend applying for this pass in advance by refereeing to the Department of Veteran Affairs websites in Australia and New Zealand.   Please note that passes may not be available until 60 days prior to the event.  We encourage anyone attending this service to check for regular updates at:
1. No accommodation is provided on this tour. You will sleep out under the stars as the ANZAC's did 105 years before.
2. This Short Break Adventure starts at 11 am on Day 1, and finishes at approximately 8pm on Day 2.
3. You will be picked up on Day 1 from a centrally located Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.(Thats this document)
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/travel-alerts

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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