• 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery, Gallipoli

  • Menin Gate Last Post, Ypres

  • Rhododendron Ridge, Gallipoli

  • Tyne Cot, Belgium

  • Villers-Bretonneux, France

Tripologist: Pre-dawn drop-off

Pre-dawn drop-off, not overnight in the trenches

Michael Gebicki, July 17, 2011

My wife and I would like to attend the Anzac Day dawn service at Gallipoli next year. Are you able to advise on tour options? Our preference is for a tour that drops us off near Anzac Cove about 1-2am, rather than spending the entire evening camped out. R. Cook, Miranda.

The experts at Australian War Memorial Battlefield Tours (awm.gov.au/about/battletour) have the very thing. The official agent for the Australian War Memorial, AWM Battlefield Tours has been operating tours to Gallipoli for 17 years and if you want authenticity and expertise, they are unbeatable.

Accommodation for the Gallipoli part of its tour is 10 minutes away from the Anzac Cove site where the dawn service takes place on April 25. This site fills up hours in advance and your guide will wake you early to leave the hotel and obtain a good spot. AWM's 11-day Gallipoli Battlefield Tour includes time in Istanbul and a week at the Gallipoli site, where you will have comprehensive tours with a battlefield guide from the Australian War Memorial. Places are available and you should register your interest now. You can phone them on 1800 035 350.

Source: www.theage.com.au/travel

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