2015 GALLIPOLI GOLD TOURS FAQ
WHY ARE THE LUXURY GOLD GALLIPOLI TOURS A HIGHER PRICE THAN OTHERS?
You will travelling in a smaller, concentrated group, be staying in first class
5 star hotels and excellent boutique hotels. All entrance fees are included,
professional English speaking tour guides, transportation, the chance to
experience all delicious traditional Turkish foods. Ultimately, we want you to
thoroughly enjoy your ANZAC tour and experience Turkey at its finest. Have
nothing to worry about because our professional staff will take great care of
you, so you will want to come back again!
Are prices guaranteed?
Our price guarantees that no increase in land costs will occur, once you have
paid the deposit for your tour. Your initial deposit required is 25% in order to
secure your reservation. This is your protection against international currency
fluctuations. When you have paid for your domestic flight in full, there will be
no change in the cost of the ticket, even if airfares rise later.
Last Minute Bookings?
The 100th Anniversary event in will be a hugely popular event, attracting more
than 100,000 to the Gallipoli peninsular for the Dawn services on Anzac Day
2015. We recommend you book more than 6 months in advance in order to secure
your chance of attendance at the event. Subject to availability and
international currency fluctuations, we reserve the right to increase prices of
these tours in the lead up to the event. For packaged plane tours, the prices
may also change when booking last minute. Prices indicated are subject to flight
availability before the commencement of your tour. Please contact TravelShop
Turkey Murti's Tour if you wish to book last minute.
How much is the deposit?
Your booking deposit 25% of the total invoice amount.
Once paid, we can confirm your tour reservations and hotel arrangements for you.
Your tour is guaranteed and prices are fixed once you pay your deposit.
How can I find your staff at the dawn service if I need assistance?
Our friendly staff are at your disposal 24/7 whilst you are on tour. On arrival,
all the contact information for our team and local emergency contacts will be
provided to you in your welcome pack. You may contact any of our representatives
by telephone and we will attend to your needs. After the completion of the dawn
services, our staff will be strategically placed at each memorial service
location on the cove with a TravelShop Turkey sign. You may find them and gain
their assistance there. Please also ensure to remember your designated meeting
points after the completion of the ceremonies.
What to expect at Gallipoli:
Each of the commemorative services on 25 April is open to the public and a lot
of people travel a long way to attend services. There are four commemorative
sites at Gallipoli at which Anzac Day services are held each year and all four
are open to the public. All commemorative sites are the sovereign territory of
the Turkish people. They are located on the historic battlefields that are part
of the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park and are largely without
Seating at the commemorative sites is available in the stands around the grassed
area, or on the grassed area itself. Seating cannot be reserved. Once open on 24
April, the Anzac Commemorative Site fills quickly. People may end up sitting
very close to each other and, if the site reaches capacity, people will be asked
to stand throughout the evening. Large groups who arrive after midnight may not
be able to find room to be seated as a group and should be prepared to split up
to be seated or to stand.
An overnight program of music from the First World War era, documentaries,
historical footage and onsite interviews provides you with the opportunity to
learn more about the Gallipoli campaign and reflect on the reason you are making
your trip to be part of the 100th Anzac Day services.
Walking Distances at the Cove:
Those attending the Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site can go on to
attend the Australian service at Lone Pine, the Turkish 57th Regiment service or
the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. However, due to the walking distances
between the commemorative sites, it is generally not possible to attend all
services on 25 April. You should have a moderate level of fitness if you plan to
attend the Anzac Day commemorations. In fact, you can expect to walk up to 8km
on uneven surfaces.
The walk from the Dawn Service to where the Australian service is held at Lone
Pine is approximately 3km and includes a section of 1.5km of uneven dirt surface
with a steep incline. This 3km walk takes visitors past the Ari Burnu, Beach,
Shrapnel Valley and Shell Green Cemeteries. The route is well sign-posted.
After the conclusion of the service at Lone pine there is only limited time to
walk from Lone Pine to the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial service. The Turkish
service starts approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the Lone Pine
service. The walk between these two services is approximately thirty minutes.
The walk from Lone Pine to Chunuk Bair where the New Zealand service is held Is
3.2km up a steep bitumen surfaced road and takes approximately one hour and
fifteen minutes. The route slopes uphill past the Turkish 57th Regiment
Memorial, please be respectful when walking past as the Turkish service will
still be in progress. Limited assistance may be available for people unable to
walk between the commemorative sites.
Special needs assistance is available for people with mobility impairment. A
person's mobility problems must substantially impair their ability to move
around. Visitors must be able to walk 400-600 meters unassisted. In all
instances supporting documentation from a medical practitioner substantiating
the medical condition must be provided to the Department of Veterans affairs
with the individual's special needs application. More information can be
obtained from the Department of Veterans' Affairs website www.dva.gov.au, the
Visit Gallipoli website, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning (+61) 02
6289 6124. You can also write to:
Major Commemorations (Gallipoli)
Gallipoli Projects Section
PO Box 21
WODEN ACT 2606
There are a large number of coaches accessing commemorative sites on Anzac Day.
To facilitate the safe and efficient movement of our VIP and Special Needs
guests, Travel Shop Turkey are providing a limited shuttle service between
sites. Please make contact well ahead of Anzac Day.
What sort of facilities are there?
Food and refreshments are available for purchase from Turkish food sellers on
site. You may bring in your own food. We encourage you to bring water but do not
open the bottles until you are on site. Alcohol is strictly prohibited. There
are temporary chemical toilets and hand washing facilities installed from 22-25
April at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair sites. Swimming
in the waters of the Anzac area is strictly prohibited.
GROUP BOOKING DISCOUNTS:
Please ask for special group discount if you are a group more than 6 people.
If you are looking for a local agency in your area to book this tour, please
inform us so we can pass you our local agency contact details. We have
representative agencies working for us worldwide. Forward us your contact
details today so we can assist you with our nearest local agency.
Arrival transfers are included from Ataturk International Airport between the
hours of 8:00 a.m. til 11:00 p.m. every two hours on the days designated in the
itineraries. We can arrange your return transfers and transfers from Sabiha
Gokcen airport at an extra cost. Please book your additional transfers before
the 10th April 2012.
Gold ANZAC Day Tour means that you will be in first class accommodation
throughout the tour, which is range of 5 star hotels, boutique hotels in Assos
and thermal hotels in Pamukkale.
Our Gold ANZAC Day tour hotels are namely in Istanbul: Central Palace Hotel, in
Assos: Assos Park Hotel, in Kusadasi: Charisma Deluxe Hotel, in Pamukkale:
Colossae Spa Hotel.
All hotels named above may be substituted based on room availability or if
necessary for any other reason determined by TravelShop Turkey.
You will be assisted by a fluent English speaking professional tour guide who is
deeply knowledgeable of Turkey and Gallipoli.
Entrance fees make up to approx 30% of the tour cost. All entrance fees
mentioned in the itinerary are included in the tour price and will be paid for
by TravelShop Turkey.
Air-conditioned coach transportation throughout your tour, with a TV. All
drivers are professionally licensed. All coaches on our tours stop around every
2 hours so that you are able to stretch your legs, use washroom facilities and
buy snacks for the journey. Our buses have a maximum of 40 people so that the
bus will not be over crowded.
A wide selection of tasty traditional Turkish food for you to experience while
in our country. All breakfasts are included, some dinners are included except in
Istanbul, but a few nights you are free to explore for your own choices. In
Fethiye and Antalya the hotels are All Inclusive including all food and alcohol.
If you decide not to eat at the BBQ you are still able to
sit at the same area and soak up the atmosphere before heading to the Dawn
The volumes expected to attend the 100th anniversary service is approx 100,000
people. However this figure changes every year. There is stadium seating, as
well as areas to lie down on. You will find WC facilities surrounding the area.
There is no ideal time to arrive at ANZAC Cove, we arrive approx 20:00pm and are
here until the completion of the services on Anzac Day at approximately 15:00pm
the next day. Please bear in mind the weather is very hot during the day but
very cold during the night there is no indoor enclosure and you are outside all
night so don't forget your sleeping bags and lots of warm clothing.
Note: All timings specified in our itineraries are subject to local authorities
and Australian and New Zealand security controls. The cove is a geographically
small place, and there are frequently disruptions to access to the cove caused
by the attendance of important diplomats and governmental representatives. In
the event there are major public figures attending the services, it is
completely beyond our control to gain access to areas that have been momentarily
closed or restricted for access by the Australian Federal Police and Turkish
Jandarma. We will do our utmost to provide all services mentioned in your
itinerary subject to the above force majeure.
We provide sleeping bags for hire, please let us know in advance if you wish to
have one for the night at ANZAC Cove.
WHAT TIME DO THE CEREMONIES START AFTER THE DAWN SERVICE?
After the Dawn Service you will need to take a walk up to the rest of the
The timings can change each year but are approximately as follows.
10:30 Australian National service
11.45 Turkish National service
13:00 New Zealand National service
To get up to each of the services you need to take a walk from ANZAC Cove up to
Lone Pine which takes about an 1.5 hours we recommend leaving after the Dawn
services as many people are heading to the other ceremonies. To get from the
Australia service to the Turkish services takes around 40 minutes and then
another 40 mins to the New Zealand Services so you will need to decide which
ceremony you wish to attend as you will not be able to attend all three. For any
disabled people wishing to join the tour and attend the services please let us
know so that we can make necessary arrangements for you at ANZAC.
WHERE DO WE MEET AFTER THE CEREMONIES HAVE ALL FINISHED?
Departure from the peninsula is very hard with so many people, we will leave
approximately 3:30 p.m.
When the ceremonies have finished the Diplomats & Government Officials are the
first to leave the area. After these have left the area they will then start
letting the tour buses in, please note that that this can take some time as
there are 100,000 visitors to ANZAC. The first meeting point for the tour buses
is at Lone Pine (Australian Service) the second point at the Chunuk Bair (New
Zealand Service). The buses are only allowed to go round once so please be at
one of these meetings points. Please also note that the buses are not allowed to
enter straight After attending the ANZAC services,, so you will be waiting
around for your bus. We will have staff designated outside Lone Pine and Chunuk
Bair to show where the bus will pick you up from.
ANY RESTAURANTS AVAILABLE AT THE DAWN SERVICE AND ANZAC CEREMONIES?
There are plenty of snack bars selling kebabs, potatoes, sandwiches etc as well
as water and soft drinks. No alcohol is served anyway during the day or night at
ANZAC Cove or the surrounding areas. Alcohol is forbidden in the area and there
are security check points.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT TRAVELLERS:
We have many customers who travel alone. If you don't mind sharing your room
with another traveller then we can arrange a twin share, we will not charge you
for single supplement.
You will have plenty of time throughout your tour to visit the local shops.
Istanbul isn't always the best place to shop! It is the best place to bargain
however. If there is something in particular you are looking for, please ask
your tour guide and they will advise you on the best place to go. Carpet,
leather and jewellery shopping is best done in Kusadasi/Ephesus where you will
visit the factories, also learn a lot more about the product from the factory
If you are arriving in Turkey a few days prior to tour start date, we are more
than happy to arrange transfers and accommodation for you. This will not be
included in the itinerary cost. Additional costs will be advised once further
information is given by the customer.
Bosphorus Cruise, ANZAC party, Turkish bath, Cappadocia Turkish night,
Ballooning in Cappadocia. These are optional due to the fact not everybody is
interested in these activities. That way the customer is not charged for
something they do not wish to do. The optional tours are at very reasonable
prices each of themare highly recommended! However these are also non refundable
so please make sure that you are able to attend these activities before booking.
WHAT TIMES AND DATES ARE THE OPTIONAL EXTRAS ?
WELCOME GALA DINNER and TURKISH 1001 NIGHT:
Starts at 20:00 on the 22nd April. We will pick you up from your hotel between
19:00 and 19:30 and return you to your hotel once dinner has finished.
Starts at 15:30 on the 23rd April. We will pick you up from your hotel between
14:30 and 15:00 and transfer you to the harbour for your cruise.
If you wish to participate in a Turkish Bath during your tour please speak to a
Travelshop Turkey representative who will be happy to help arrange this for you
ALL EXTRAS (apart from the Turkish bath Istanbul) NEED TO BE
BOOKED BEFORE ARRIVAL INTO TURKEY HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE NON
REFUNDABLE PLEASE READ OUT TERMS AND CONDTIONS FOR ALL CANCELLATION POLICIES.
When booking any extras please make sure that your flight times coincide with
all our activities. We will send you vouchers for any option extras please
retain as proof of purchase.
Depending on your nationality or passport, you will be able to purchase a visa
when you arrive at the airport in Turkey. Please however confirm this with your
national embassy, as some nationalities require this to be done in advance.
Australia and England are charged approx £10 GPB on arrival, New Zealand is able
to enter free of charge. Please note that this fee maybe subject to change.
We use New Turkish Lira. Although in a lot of places they will accept US, EURO
or GBP. We recommend that exchanging to lira will save you money and confusion.
There are many change offices throughout Turkey, along with ATM machines for you
to withdraw also. Most shops will accept your credit cards.
Our tour staff are very friendly, from Turkey, New Zealand, Australia and the UK
who have traveled extensively through Turkey and the rest of the world. Their
attachment to ANZAC Day is also very important, they understand how important it
is for our customers from their respected nations. They will be at hand to help
you with anything you need, as they have been through it all before!
Please contact the TravelShop Turkey team well ahead of the 100th Anniversary ANZAC Day at Gallipoli.