9 Day Fully escorted Battlefield Tour
Incorporating the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Anzac Cove & Lone Pine
19 – 27 April 2023

Twin Share – $2,995 per person
Single Room – $3,430

Boronia Travel Centre invites you to retrace the footsteps of our Australian soldiers who fought and in many cases, died on the Gallipoli battlefields during World War One.

Our expert military historian will share his unique expertise and authoritative knowledge, to guide you on an extraordinary battlefield tour and the journey of a lifetime. Experience the hauntingly beautiful ridges, valleys and beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula and gain an understanding of the friendship that exists today with those who were once our enemies. Attend the stirring Anzac Day Dawn Service on the shores where the Anzac legend was born.

The itinerary is designed in-conjunction with the most experienced and respected historians and curators in Australia, having travelled to, and extensively researched the battlefields so important to Australia’s history. In fact, we’re the only battlefield tour operator in the country that provides Australian battlefield guides for all of our tours!

This tour of the Gallipoli battlefields is very well paced, staying 6 nights at the centrally located Kum Hotel on the Gallipoli Peninsula, located by the beach it is only 10 minutes south of Anzac Cove and the areas that make up the Gallipoli story. The wonderful staff who welcome us with open arms year after year, will attend to your every need and the rooms have been equipped with all the modern facilities to help enjoy your stay. Importantly this unique location also means spending less time travelling and more time visiting the crucial battlefield sites, cemeteries, memorials and museums relevant to the whole campaign.

In addition to attending both the Dawn Service and the Australian National service at Lone Pine on Anzac Day, another experience always highly valued by all tour members is our exclusive boat tour of the Gallipoli coast for a guided view from the sea of the landing beaches, valleys and heights, just as the Australian soldiers would have seen it on the landing 108 years ago!

Should your tour be of a personal nature, our expert military historian invites you to advise of any subject of particular interest, such as relatives who had fought (and sometimes died) during the conflict. He will then research the request to ensure, where possible, we visit the particular site and that detailed information on the actions there are provided for further discussions throughout the days touring.

Our battlefield tours are both a commemorative and educational journey into our past and, for some, a personal pilgrimage.

Optional 3 Day Istanbul Extension Tour

A visit to Istanbul is a must for anyone visiting Turkey, where an extraordinary cultural experience lies around every corner. On this 3 Day Extension Tour you will be treated to all the “must-see” sights of Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia Museum and the Grand Bazaar. You’ll also fall in love with the locals, who have an infectious love of life and generosity of spirit.

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Australian Battlefield Guides

We’re the only battlefield tour operator in the country that provides Australian battlefield guides for all of our tours!

Tour Highlights

  • The stirring Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli and the Australian National Ceremony at Lone Pine.
  • Special highlight guided Boat Tour along the Gallipoli Coast for an unforgettable view of the valleys and ridges from the sea (weather permitting).
  • Guided tour of the landing at Cape Helles and Krithia Battlefields, including a short walk to Achi Baba.
  • Visit important sites such as Lone Pine, the Nek, Plugge’s Plateau and Quinn’s Post that occupy a unique place in our history.
  • A memorable guided walk from Chunuk Bair Memorial down Rhododendron Ridge to the northern outposts.
  • Stop at Kilitbahir Fort and the Rumeli Mecidiye gun battery for discussions on the failed naval assaults of early 1915, that led to the Gallipoli landings.
  • Cross the famous Dardanelles and explore the nearby ancient city of Troy, before lunch in Canakkale, and a visit to the naval museum.
  • Farewell dinner overlooking the magnificent lights of Istanbul at night

Your Gallipoli Tour Includes:

  • Fully escorted by an experienced military historian / curator guide.
  • 1 night in Istanbul located in the Old City to meet your historian, guide and fellow tour members.
  • 6 nights premium accommodation at The Kum – this is the only hotel on the Gallipoli peninsula close to all the major sites.
  • All meals as listed on the itinerary. There are no boxed, or “picnic” lunches. All meals will be in the comfort of the Kum Hotel at Gallipoli (and a chance to use the bathroom). A Boronia Travel Exclusive!
  • All Gallipoli battlefield excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary.
  • Services of a local expert english speaking guide throughout your tour.
  • Ground transport in deluxe air-conditioned coaches.
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Boronia Travel Centre cap, ticket wallet and luggage tags.

Extras:

  • Single Supplements are available
  • Boronia Travel Centre uses Singapore Airlines for all their Gallipoli Tours, and has access to the most competitive discounted Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class airfares available from Australia.
  • International Travel Insurance, is strongly recommended and never more so than now
  • In conjunction with the Gallipoli In Depth Anzac Day Battlefield Tour, we offer a 3 day Istanbul extension Tour, where you will visit all the “must see” highlights including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia Museum and the Grand Bazaar.
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Meals Included: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch (No boxed lunches), D = Dinner

Day 1 – Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey. Upon check in to hotel mid-afternoon, enjoy free time to wander the colourful streets of the Old City before joining our Tour Director, Australian battlefield historian and fellow tour members for a welcome dinner at the hotel.  D
Overnight: ISTANBUL

Day 2 –  This morning travel by coach to Gallipoli with lunch upon arrival at Kum Hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a special highlight boat tour of the Gallipoli coast for an unforgettable view of the valleys and ridges from the sea, just as the Australian soldiers would have seen it on the landing 108 years ago (weather permitting). Return to the hotel for dinner.  B L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli

Day 3 – Begin today with a discussion on the Australian landings. Drive along the coast for our first visit to Anzac Cove. Visit Ari Burnu cemetery, where the Dawn Service was held until 2000 and Beach cemetery, where the grave of John Simpson Kirkpatrick “the man with the donkey” lies. Take in the stunning view of the Sphinx and finish with a stop at the beautiful Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, including a walk up to Plugge’s Plateau, the first ground captured on 25 April 1915. Return to the hotel for lunch. This afternoon travel to the heights for a tour of the ‘Old Anzac’ front line positions from Lone Pine to Quinn’s Post. Return to the hotel for a BBQ dinner.  L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli

Day 4 – This morning we head to the southern tip of the Peninsula to discuss the British landing area. Our first stop is at Kilitbahir Fort and the Rumeli Mecidiye gun battery for discussions on the naval assaults of 1915. We then move on to Achi Baba, one of the key points on the Peninsula and a British objective on 25 April 1915. Moving further south, visit the impressive Turkish Memorial at Morto Bay, and the French Cemetery nearby.  After lunch continue with a discussion of the main British landings at ‘V’ and ‘W’ Beaches and visit the Commonwealth Memorial at Cape Helles. The day will end with a discussion on the Australian 2nd Brigade attack on Krithia and a visit to Redoubt Cemetery. Return to the hotel for dinner.  L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli

Day 5 – Today we consider the August Offensive, the last attempt to break out of the Anzac beachhead. Begin at Lone Pine, with the attack by the Australian 1st Brigade.  Planned as a ‘feint’, the fighting there was intense, lasting four days.  Next we move to The Nek, site of the disastrous charge by the Australian 3rd Light Horse Brigade on 7 August 1915 and then on to Chunuk Bair, the New Zealand objective and site of bitter fighting, 7 to 10 August.  From there gain a different perspective of the land on a guided walk from Chunuk Bair down Rhododendron Ridge to the northern outposts, the ground covered by the New Zealanders in their attack on the heights. Return to the hotel for lunch. This afternoon we visit HILL 60, site of the last major Australian action in the campaign and where the only Victoria Cross awarded to the Light Horse in the First World War was won. Return to the hotel for dinner.  L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli

Day 6 After breakfast Cross the Dardanelles for a visit the ancient city of Troy, made famous for the setting of the legendary Trojan War in Homer’s epic poems the “IIiad and the Odyssey”. Return to Canakkale for lunch and then explore Fort Çimenlik and the naval museum at a leisurely pace, or enjoy free time to enjoy the waterfront promenade and surrounding lane ways to take in the local culture, before returning to the hotel for rest and dinner.  B L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli 

Day 7 – ANZAC DAY – An early departure from the hotel to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site. As the sun rises over the Sphinx and water trickles on the stones below, our thoughts are on the soldiers who landed here 108 years ago, a stirring once in a lifetime experience. Then we join together, walking past Beach and Shrapnel Valley Cemeteries up Artillery Road and past Shell Green to Lone Pine Cemetery and attend the Australian national ceremony. Return to the hotel for BBQ lunch with the remainder of day free for rest.  B L D 

Day 8 – Following breakfast and check out, we return to Istanbul, with lunch en-route. On arrival in Istanbul, the remainder of the day is free before we attend a wonderful farewell dinner with magnificent views over the city.  B L D 

Day 9 – After breakfast the tour concludes. For those taking the ‘2 night extension tour’, please meet our Tour Director in the hotel reception at 9.30am to continue your sightseeing of Istanbul. B

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Kum HotelKum Hotel, Gallipoli Peninsula

Boronia Travel Centre is the only tour operator that has exclusive access to the Kum Hotel, which has also been our home away from home ever since we began our Gallipoli tours over 20 years ago. The beach resort style Kum Hotel is centrally located on the Gallipoli Peninsula and only 10 minutes south of Anzac Cove and the areas most visited by Australians at Gallipoli. Every room has a private bathroom, hot water, TV, heating and telephone.

Kent Hotel, Istanbul 

Set in the historic centre of the city, this sleek hotel is 2 km from both the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and 6 km from Topkapı Palace. The contemporary rooms and suites feature minibars, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Suites add separate living areas, pull-out sofas and Jacuzzis. Room service is available. Amenities include free breakfast in an upscale restaurant, in addition to a trendy bar. Laundry service is available on request.

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Gallipoli – Anzac Day Tour 2019
“We have had one of the most incredible experiences, both individually and collectively over the past 5 days and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your hard work, efforts and support in making it happen. It has been a huge exercise from conception last year to completion yesterday and none of the enormous value that has been gained would have been possible without you.

Rod was magnificent, and the boys appreciated his wealth of knowledge and perspective. Sinan was a true gent, every bit the embodiment of the wonderful Turkish people and country that the boys got a great appreciation for. Peter was a terrific source of support and from a totally different perspective it was lovely for us to be able to spend some time with the lifeblood of our game, those that love, play and coach in the community. Ramazan and Kemal were terrific, it was like greeting and spending time with old friends.

Please thank everyone one of them for us and all who played a role behind the scenes. We have given our young players and (old) staff a once in a lifetime opportunity that is going to leave an indelible mark on them personally and hopefully contribute to a united, proud, courageous, competitive and fighting Australian Team as we seek to claim the World Cup.” 
Gavin Dovey 
Australian Team Manager, Cricket Australia

Gallipoli – Anzac Day Tour 2018
Dear Peter, may we say a huge thank you to your good self for the most wonderful time we have had in Turkey (tour group picture above). You certainly nailed it when you put our trip together and we were very impressed with all aspects of our journey, from the wonderful group with Rod on the Peninsula and the most gracious hospitality of John and Sue Waller in relation to aspects of our visit to Anzac Cove Ceremonies. Please pass on our remarks as it sure was a “class act”. Our extension to several parts of Turkey was most interesting, and exceeded our expectations, and the information we received about the historical sites was very impressive.”
Margaret and Gerard Smith

Gallipoli – Anzac Day Tour 2018
“G’day Peter, Firstly Wendy and I want to thank you for the well organised Gallipoli trip it was first class. The activity went off without fault. Our guides Rod and Sinan were excellent and with some much knowledge and information to share. We had the pleasure of catching up with John and Susan (From Boronia) they are nice people. Can you please forward this email to them so I can say thank you to them and they can see the group photo.”
David Smith

Gallipoli – Anzac Day Tour 2018
“Peter, I wanted to add my thanks to those of the others in our Gallipoli 2018 tour group for a truly wonderful and memorable week. Everything went totally to plan, from the airport reception through to the various hotel arrangements, and of course the 5 days on the Peninsular (except perhaps for the intervention of DVA) with Rod’s thoroughly professional guiding and instruction throughout. I actually thought I knew a bit about our military history, but Rod and Cinan actually showed me that I still have much to learn. We often grow up just accepting many of the myths and stories surrounding our history – even those of us in the military – but this visit was a real eye-opener in terms of putting it all into perspective, with a hefty dose of reality.

A special thanks to John Waller who really made a great last minute effort to make s comfortable prior to the Dawn Service in response to DVA’s penny-pinching decision to scrap the seating arrangements. I had a letter published in the Canberra Times about that but would be surprised if it has any impact on future arrangements.

And finally, thanks again to Rod – great so see you again mate! Your local knowledge, and appreciation of the details of the campaign, delivered with just a touch of your acerbic wit, really made for a fun trip. Thanks to the whole team.”
Kym MacMillan

Gallipoli – Anzac Day Tour 2018
“Hi Peter, Just a short note to tell you how much I enjoyed my Gallipoli trip. Rod’s boundless knowledge was fantastic, didn’t need to ask many questions as he had already answered most of them with his commentary, Sinan as well was fantastic, not once did either of them have to refer to notes or look up info.

John and Sue also went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable to the point of getting yoga mats and blankets for us for the dawn service when they found there was no seating. Accommodation was adequate, meals were good and beer cheap.

Flights were good with Qatar however my case was damaged on the return flight somewhere between Istanbul and Melbourne. All up an excellent trip, a great group, everyone was at meeting points on time and eager to go, great leaders and a well planned itinerary that allowed some flexibility, all up a great trip, Looking forward to doing a Western Front tour with you in the future.”
Geoff McLeod

“It was a great privilege to meet with first generation descendants of Gallipoli veterans as part of my visit to the Anzac battlefields on 24 April 2015. I am writing to thank you for your role in arranging this.

I was deeply moved to meet the descendants in locations that have so much personal meaning for them. I also learned a lot about the experiences of those who fought at Gallipoli through the stories of their close family members. I am very grateful for Boronia Travel’s work in making such an experience possible.”
The Hon. Tony Abbott. MP, Prime Minister of Australia

“As one who has worked in the Travel industry I want to say that your attention to detail on all accounts was very much noticed and appreciated. Rod handled situations where our fellow passengers needed attention with quiet concern and poise and at no time would those who needed his help have felt uncomfortable. Sinam was so gentle in his ways and his knowledge, was unbelievable  Rod was like a Father figure and teacher to is all and what a wonderful choice you made with these two gentleman  We feel honoured to have been part of a great team for our experience of a lifetime tour to Gallipoli.

Your organisation of the 24th and 25th was so professional and even to where those of us who did not have a pass, were made to feel very comfortable at both the Kum Hotel and Mimosa Park. I could go on but it is easier that we give you a 10/10 and are already telling family and friends that if somebody they know wants to go to the Battlefields that they should look NO further than Boronia Travel. Very warm regards.”
Ruth Nichols

“Hi Ben, Wendy and I just wanted to congratulate Boronia staff for the expertise they showed in making our trip to Gallipoli the most memorable it could possibly be. As you know we were fortunate to be in the best group that you could have put together. You may have called us Grey Group but more Platinum to us. We are interested in going to do a Western Front tour but not till Mid 2017 so please keep us informed. Thank you again.”
Allan & Wendy Kemp

“Hello John, now that I have returned home after a fabulous trip to attend the Gallipoli 2015 services I want to thank you most sincerely for all that you, your family and staff members provided over the duration of the tour.

The incredible amount of work and detail showed in the most meticulous arrangements which you made and each of us who travelled in the various Boronia groups were indeed very blessed.

Thank you specifically for the arrangements you made for Anzac Day itself and for the incredible farewell dinner. This was a trip to remember and I was indeed fortunate to be part of one of your groups. With every good wish.”
Bryan Nicholls

“Dear John, the bags are unpacked, the washing and ironing is done. It’s now time to say thank you to all the members of Boronia Travel for such wonderful arrangements for my recent trip to Gallipoli. One can only start to imagine the “behind the scenes’ work that went into such a mammoth task to get everyone to their appointed hotels and travel arrangements. God bless you all. Until we meet again. P.S. I had to give a short talk to our War Widows today and all were very impressed with the jackets and blankets you provided.”
Hazel Donald

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