On April 25th, 1915, Allied troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The military campaign that followed was disastrous for the Allies, but 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 that unfolded among the senseless loss of so many young lives. This journey provides a great opportunity to pay respect to the fallen of World War I and to reflect on what they fought for.
Day 1 Istanbul/Gallipoli
Meet in Istanbul and travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula. The battle fought here during World War I laid the foundations for a national consciousness among Australians and New Zealanders, and was also perceived by the Turks as a defining moment in their own fight for independence. See Anzac Cove, the Nek and Lone Pine and marvel at the beauty and serenity of a land that hosted one of the most horrific military campaigns of modern times. Hear stories of the tragic events that unfolded on 25 April, 1915 - a stark contrast to the green, windswept plains seen today. Walk through the trenches and be transported back to a chapter in history that saw repeated feats of heroism and great camaraderie among both the Diggers and the Turks.
Day 2 Gallipoli/Istanbul
Wake in darkness to experience a moving Gallipoli dawn service. After the sombre final notes of The Last Post ring out, there's time to attend more ceremonies for individual countries. Wander the cemeteries and reflect on the horrors of war and the sacrifices of the young men. Board a bus and return to Istanbul late in the day.