The Gallipoli 100 Tour
A very special tour is planned for Gallipoli 2015 by Military History Tours Australia Pty Ltd.
We are now able to readvertise our tour as we have had our cruise ship upgraded to the MSC Opera, a slightly larger newer ship than our previous ship and there are now available many Staterooms that have balconies. Many of our support staff, including our Turkish drivers and guides, have been relocated ashore which has released previously allocated cabins. We feel that the cabins now available will be taken up very quickly.
A unique opportunity, be present at a 100th Anniversary Commemoration Service. Not many surface in a lifetime. Join our team of Australian Military Historians as they lead this memorial tour to Gallipoli in Turkey, to be present at a pre-Dawn Service (CLICK HERE for details) conducted by MHT and also be able to visit the battlefields of the Dardanelles Campaign. Our aim is to show you in detail where the Australians stormed ashore on the 1st ANZAC Day as part of your visit to the battlefields of the Dardanelles Campaign. We will also walk the ground discussing what occurred at each location, the strategy, tactics and outcome. We specialise in you being able to locate, visit and pay your respects at that particular site that is dear to your family and friends. Those who won a ticket in the Government’s Ballot (see below) will be taken to the exclusion zone to attend the Government’s Service.
During this memorable time accommodation on the peninsula will be definitely overbooked and under pressure. This will not be an issue for those travelling with Military History Tours as we will take our accommodation with us. MSC Opera or a sister vessel will carry us from Istanbul, down the Bosphorus, across the Sea of Mamara and through the Dardanelles. We will live on the luxurious ship, disembark to tour the battlefields and disembark to attend memorial services.
Another special for us will be the 100th Anniversary
Ball that will be held at the Istanbul Convention Centre upon our return to Istanbul.
This tour will also feature:
- Exotic Istanbul including:
- Blue Mosque
- Hagia Sophia
- Lunch at the Topkapi Palace
- Conducted tour of the battlefields featuring
- Australian Military Historians
- The Nek
- Pope and Quinn's Posts
- Lone Pine
- Shrapnel Valley
- ANZAC Cove
- Plugges Plateau
- Chanuk Bair
- Canakkale and more
Pricing and Booking
Twin Share from $(AU)5,995 - Triple Share from $(AU)4,995 - Quad
Share from $(AU)4,395
Tour Price Includes:
- Accommodation on board MSC Opera, 9 days - 8 nights.
- Full day tour of Istanbul including the Topkapi Palace
- Welcome cocktail party on board
- 5 days touring the Gallipoli Battlefields
- Australian Military Historians
- Air conditioned coaches when ashore
- 100th Anniversary Ball on 26th April
- All meals indicated in the itinerary.
- Optional cruising extensions, Venice to Istanbul and/or Istanbul to
- Ait travel from and to Australia
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Laundry and Alcohol
- Tour extensions
- Items of a personal nature
To establish your price and make your booking, take the following steps:
||1. Download the MSC Opera deck plans, and check out the available cabins.
||2. Download the Gallipoli 100 Tour Costings and work out the cabin you would like to book.
||3. Download and print the booking request form.
Fill it out, post or email a copy to Military History tours. FULL
PAYMENT will be required when confirmation notified.
Day 1, Sunday, 19 April, 2015. Today, boarding of our ship will commence in Istanbul and continue throughout the day. On board, our staff will assist with cabin allocation, distribute briefing notes, and outline the programme for the day. A welcome aboard function will be held early evening. (D)
Day 2, Monday, 20 April, 2015. After breakfast, your coaches will be standing by for your tour of Istanbul. The tour will include visits to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the underground Cistern, finishing at Topkapi Palace where we will also enjoy lunch. Coaches will return to the ship mid afternoon. You are free after lunch to do your own thing should you wish. Dinner this evening will be on board. (B,L,D,)
Day 3, Tuesday, 21 April, 2015. This morning you will find that we have sailed for Gallipoli. During breakfast, our lead historian will brief everyone on the programme for the next seven days. Later that morning our touring of the battlefields will commence. In view of the likely numbers of people we expect on the Peninsula, our programme will allow three days for visits to every significant Australian site, and others, over the time we will spend here. Lunch will be provided either on board, as a box lunch, or at a location on the Peninsula. The evening will be back on board. (B,L,D,)
Day 4, Wednesday, 22 April, 2015. Our second full day touring. Arrangements for lunch and site visits as with Day 3. Dinner tonight on board. (B,L,D,)
Day 5, Thursday, 23 April, 2015. Today is very special. Whilst you have been touring, the Surf boat crews have been getting ready for the G100 surf boat race from the Dandanelles to Gaba Tepe. (website
www.gallipoli100.com.au shows the race course). Also, part of their activities has been demonstrating to the children of the Gallipoli Peninsula the rowing of surf boats, explaining their uses and providing some rides out of Kiyle Bay. Today, for those who wish, you will be taken to vantage points to watch the race. Others may enjoy a change of pace, either relax on board or spend some time in Canakkale on the Asian side of the Dardanelles. We expect a large fleet of boats will also be available to charter for those who want to follow the event on the water.
Day 6, Friday, 24 April, 2015. This morning is the final 10 km
sprint for all surf boats from Kum Beach to ANZAC Cove. Spectators
will again be catered for. Others, after breakfast will complete all
final touring of the Peninsula. There will be time for you to relax on
board. Dinner will be early as the Dawn Service (CLICK HERE for details) requires a very early
wake-up call. A final briefing will be conducted for all on the
programme for ANZAC Day. (B,L,D,).
Day 7, Saturday, 25 April, 2015. An early, early start. Full details will be provided as soon as we can via our newsletter and briefings aboard our ship. We will be ashore at Dawn on ANZAC Day with all onboard attending a 100th Anniversary Service. However, we cannot confirm the programme and timings at this stage. During the course of this day, we will allow time for individuals to lay wreaths etc., either at the cemetries where Services are held or at other cemeteries where you need to remember relatives or to lay a poppy or wreath on behalf of Australian or New Zealand organisations or individuals. At the completion of the days ceremonies, we will return to our ship. During the evening, your ship will set sail for Istanbul through the Dardanelles and the Sea of Marmara,(Marble). (Brunch, D)
Day 8, Sunday, 26 April, 2015. Today you have a free day in Istanbul to do some more sightseeing, relax, and have our staff reconfirm any onward travel arrangements you may have. This evening will be our last evening of the tour and will finish in grand style with the Gallipoli 100th Anniversary Ball at the Istanbul Convention Centre. (B,L,D,)
Day 9, Monday, 27 April, 2015. A not too early breakfast after a late night. Today we leave our floating accommodation and everyone has the option to move to accommodation in Istanbul for those who wish a few more days in Turkey, or transfer to the airport if flying home or on to another destination. (B).
Notes relevant to above itinerary.
1. During our time when we are parked at the wharf at Çanakkale on the Dardanelles from 20-25 April, we will visit during our touring, the following sites.
• ANZAC Cove
• North Beach
• Lone Pine
• The Nek,
• Shrapnel Valley
• Quinn’s Post
• Plugges Plateau
• Chunak Bair
• Cape Helles
• 4th Battalion Cemetery and Parade Ground
• Turkish 57th Regiment cemetery and memorial (stop to view)
• Dawn Service CLICK HERE for details.
• Troy (Optional tour)
• Canakkale (Optional tour)
2. Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners are shown on itinerary as B,L,D.
The Department of Veterans Affairs advises that all applicants for spaces at the ANZAC ceremonies at Gallipoli 2015 are being notified of the ballot. The DVA announcing: "Advice to all ballot applicants commenced from 4 April 2014. Email notification was sent to all applicants that provided and email address in their applications. A letter from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs will be sent to all 42,279 applicants.". The Australian Government will not be providing financial assistance to successful ticket holders. A waitlist will be created for those who elected to participate, in order to distribute any passes returned from those unable to attend so do not give up if your name was not drawn in the first round.
We at Military History Tours still have places available on our Gallipoli 100 Tour and as part of that tour we will be conducting services at various sites on the Peninsula, some of which are seldom visited.
(CLICK HERE for details).
Also, in August 2015, we will be returning to Gallipoli for the 100th Anniversary of the Lone Pine battle. This was one of the successful actions during the campaign and 7 Victoria Crosses were awarded to our attacking force. Consider being at Lone Pine with us in August 2015 for the Special Commemorative Service and also a full tour of the Battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
(CLICK HERE for details)
When all arrangements are finalised, we will be offering you the option to join the cruise ship in Venice on Thursday, 16 April, 2015, and sail to Istanbul arriving on Sunday, 19 April, 2015. Alternatively, if you join the ship on Sunday, 19 April in Istanbul, you may elect to not disembark on Monday, 27 April in Istanbul but stay on board and sail to Venice, arriving there on Thursday, 30 April, 2015.
Some may even elect to do the cruise Venice to Venice.