Taking an Anzac Tour in Gallipoli with Travel Talk Tours
Last Updated on July 3, 2023
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When the opportunity for me to go to Gallipoli for Anzac Day with Travel Talk Tours I was beyond thrilled.
As a Kiwi (New Zealander), it’s a special privilege to be able to honour our fallen soldiers who fought and lost in Gallipoli by taking an Anzac tour.
Every year, on the 25th of April, we remember those Anzacs that bravely headed for war not knowing what was waiting for them.
Unfortunately, their landing was a huge failure and what waited for the Anzacs on the shore was brutal and terrifying, to say the least.
I am so honoured that I got to experience Anzac day at Anzac Cove, it will be an experience I will never forget.
Gallipoli trips like this should be at the top of every New Zealander and Australian’s bucket list.
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Here’s What it’s Like to Experience an Anzac Tour in Gallipoli
Whether you’re taking Anzac Gallipoli tours from Australia or New Zealand, the start of your Anzac tour is the same: getting to Gallipoli.
Fortunately, this is the hardest part (logistically speaking), and it’s easy.
Simply travel to Gallipoli by plane, where you’ll be met at the airport by a representative of Travel Talk Tours who will take you to your hotel and the start of your Gallipoli trip.
Once in Istanbul, while leading up to the day itself (as I was on the 10-day Anzac tour), we visited some of the most beautiful sites that Turkey has to offer.
The day before we could visit Anzac cove and set up camp, we got to visit various cemeteries scattered around Gallipoli.
We got to spend time taking in the landscapes and the moment, as well as remembering those who lost their lives here.
It was great to be able to sit back quietly and enjoy these places while there weren’t many other people around and before the hordes of people came to visit for Anzac Day.
The next day, at around 9pm, we waited for security to open the gates as no one is allowed on the site until late the night before Anzac Day for security reasons.
Did I feel safe? Yes, of course. Unfortunately, when I took my Anzac tour there were warnings for terrorist attacks so security remained high at all times but never once did I feel unsafe.
In fact, with the security alerts in place this made me feel safer as the Turkish government had put an insane amount of security in place.
We went through several security checkpoints and had strict rules as well as snipers who watched over us and drones flying above us too.
Usually, on Anzac Day at Gallipoli there are over 10,000 people who visit Gallipoli for the dawn parade but this year there were around 600-800 people.
This made it super easy for us to find our spot for the night as you have to camp there to get the best spot for the dawn parade.
Throughout the night, while sleeping under the stars, there was entertainment including documentaries, live music and stories. The vibe on this Anzac tour was amazing.
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This was my first time going to a dawn parade and what a way to experience one for the first time in the actual location at the Anzac beach.
It was an early start but totally worth it. I was speechless for the entire ceremony and the ceremonies that followed at Lone Pine (Australian ceremony) and Chunuck Bair (New Zealand ceremony).
I basically cried through the whole New Zealand ceremony at Chunuck Bair; it was incredible.
I highly urge you to travel to Turkey and take one of the Anzac Day in Gallipoli Travel Talk Tours.
It was an experience I will never forget and one that I will be able tell in years to come.
Whether you are from New Zealand or Australia, taking Gallipoli Anzac tours is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s an honourable way to remember the soldiers but also to learn.
From hearing all the stories over the tour, I learnt more than I ever have about what those Anzacs went through. This was one of the best Anzac tours to Gallipoli on the market!
My Top Tips for an Anzac Tour in Gallipoli
- Bring a warm sleeping bag and warm clothes. It was absolutely freezing during the night and you don’t want to be caught out.
- Put something underneath your sleeping to keep the moisture out. Black bin bags or something similar will do.
- Take some money for food. They were selling kebabs (which smelt delicious!) and hot tea and coffee. As you were not allowed to bring your own water in you had to buy it there for a couple of Lira.
- Wear comfortable sneakers. After the dawn parade has finished you then have the option to attend the Australian and New Zealand ceremonies, which requires a bit of hiking. It takes about 45 minutes to walk uphill to the Australian ceremony, which is at Lone Pine. Then, if you are attending the New Zealander one it’s another 45 minutes to an hour uphill hike to Chunuck Bair. Personally, I found the hike from the Australian ceremony to the New Zealand one pretty hard as it’s very hilly but it’s certainly nothing to stress about.
- If you are a Kiwi please ask if there is a limited amount of seating at the ceremony. I only JUST made it in to watch the actual ceremony. A lot of New Zealanders missed out and had to watch it 200 meters from the actual site on a screen, so you need to definitely inquire about that and if so, get there super early!
- Enjoy the experience and take it all in. It’s one of those moments you will never forget.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The countries involved in Anzac are Australia and New Zealand – “ANZAC” stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Anzac day falls on the 25th of April, the same day when the Anzac forces began their campaign in Gallipoli in 1915.
Travel Talk Tours has a variety of Anzac Day Gallipoli Tours 2023 that range from 3 days until 12 days, make sure to check them out. You can start booking ANZAC tours from mid-June/July.
Lest we forget.
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