7 Day Fully Escorted Battlefield Tour
From: 20 – 26 April 2019
Fully Inclusive at $2,340 share twin* per person (Land package only)
Single Supplements are available at $375

Boronia Travel Centre invites you to take a rare journey through time and retrace the footsteps of Australian soldiers and Turks who fought and died on the Gallipoli battlefields.

From the hauntingly beautiful ridges, valleys and beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula to attending the emotional Anzac Day Dawn Service where history was made, our expert military historian will share their unique expertise and authoritative knowledge to guide you extraordinary battlefield tour and the journey of a lifetime.

Your tour of the Gallipoli battlefields has been designed as an educational experience, where you will stay 6 nights to gain the most knowledge and understanding of the Gallipoli campaign. It is also very well paced, so you spend less time travelling and more time experiencing the range of activities and seeing the key battlefield sites to make you enjoy every part of your holiday experience.

You’ll also be staying at the centrally located Kum Hotel on the Gallipoli Peninsula, which is only 10 minutes south of Anzac Cove and the areas most visited by Australians at Gallipoli. The staff are always friendly and the rooms have been equipped with all the modern facilities to help enjoy your stay.

Optional 3 Night 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 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. The extension tour cost is $960 per person twin share. $310 single supplement.

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  • The emotional Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli and the the Australian National Ceremony at Lone Pine.
  • Special highlight 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 memorable sites such as Lone Pine, the Nek, and Quinn’s Post that occupy a unique place in our history.
  • A beautiful guided walk from Chunuk Bair down Rhododendron Ridge to the northern outposts.
  • Stop at Kilitbahir Fort and the Rumeli Mecidiye gun battery for discussions on the naval assaults of 1915, before crossing the famous Dardanelles for lunch at Canakkale, with a visit to the naval museum.

Your Gallipoli Tour Includes:

  • Fully escorted by an experienced war historian / curator guide.
  • 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 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 at $375.
  • Boronia Travel Centre uses Singapore Airlines for all their Gallipoli Tours, and has access to the most competitive discounted airfares available from Australia.
  • Special group airfares are available with Singapore Airlines.
  • Upgrade airfares to Premium Economy, Business and First Class available upon request (where applicable).
  • In conjunction with the In Depth Anzac Day Battlefield Tour, we will also be operating a 3 night 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. Tour Cost: $960 per person twin share. $310 single supplement.
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Meals Included: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch (No boxed lunches), D = Dinner

Day 1, 20 April – 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 104 years ago (weather permitting). Return to the hotel for dinner.  L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli

Day 2, 21 April – Begin today with a discussion on the Australian landings. Drive along the coast for your 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 we 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 dinner.  L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli

Day 3, 22 April – 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, we visit the impressive Turkish memorial at Morto Bay, and the French Cemetery nearby.  After lunch we continue, with a discussion of the main British landings at ‘V’ and ‘W’ Beaches and a visit to the Commonwealth memorial at Cape Helles. We end the day with a discussion of the Australian 2nd Brigade attack on Krithia and a visit to Reboubt Cemetery. Return to the hotel for dinner.  L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli

Day 4, 23 April – Today we consider the August Offensive, the last attempt to break out of the Anzac beachhead. We 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.  Then on to Chunuk Bair, the New Zealand objective and site of bitter fighting, 7 to 10 August.  We then have the option of 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 Suvla Bay, the site of the second major British landing at Gallipoli, mounted in support of the August Offensive. Return to the hotel for dinner. L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli

Day 5, 24 AprilAfter breakfast Cross the Dardanelles for a visit to Fort Çimenlik and the naval museum before lunch in Canakkale. Then take free time to shop, or enjoy the waterfront promenade, before returning to the hotel for rest and dinner.  L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli

Day 6, 25 April – ANZAC DAY – Early departure from the hotel to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service and the Australian National Ceremony at Lone Pine. Return to the hotel for BBQ lunch with the remainder of day free for rest.  B L D
Overnight: Kum Hotel, Gallipoli 

Day 7, 26 April – After breakfast, we return to Istanbul for departure, or the optional two-day extension tour. Please note that we will arrive Istanbul approx. 2.00pm  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.

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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 with out 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 Rob’s thoroughly professional guiding and instruction throughout. I actually thought I knew a bit about our military history, but Rob 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 geel 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 Galipoli. 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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