How will I get to my hotel upon arrival to Istanbul?
Arrival transfers are included from Ataturk International Airport around the clock. We have vehicles waiting at Istanbul Ataturk Airport which depart every two hours on the days designated in the itineraries. We can arrange your return transfers & transfers from Sabiha Gokcen airport at an extra cost. Please book your additional transfers before the 10th April 2019.
Do I need a visa to enter Turkey?
Depending on your nationality or passport, you will be able to purchase a visa when you arrive at the airport in Turkey. Australian passport holder can obtain a 3 months multiple entry visa at any customs point in Turkey, for 20 USD or 15 Euro cash only. New Zealand nationals require a valid passport, but no visa is necessary for a stay of up to three months. Please note that these may change so please ask for updates.
All passports must be valid for at least the period of stay. All travellers to Turkey are required to hold return or onward tickets, documents for the next destination & sufficient funds for the period of their stay.
What will the Dawn Service be like?
The volume attending the service is approx 5,000 people. However this figure changes every year. There is stadium seating, as well as areas to lie down on. You will find WC facilities surrounding the area . There is no ideal time to arrive at ANZAC Cove, we arrive approx 22:00 and are here until after attending the ANZAC services, the next day. Please bare in mind the weather is very hot during the day but very cold during the night there is no indoor enclosure and you are outside all night so don’t forget your sleeping bags and lots of warm clothing.
What time do the ceremonies start after the Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove?
After the Dawn Service you will need to take a walk up to the rest of the services. The timings can change each year but are approximately as followed.
09:30 Australian National service
10.30 Turkish National service
11:30 New Zealand National service
To get up to each of the services you need to take a walk from ANZAC Cove up to Lone Pine which takes about an 1.5 hours we recommend leaving after the Dawn services as many people are heading to the other ceremonies. To get from the Australia service to the Turkish services takes around 40 minutes and then another 40 mins to the New Zealand Services so you will need to decide which ceremony you wish to attend as you will not be able to attend all three. For any disabled people wishing to join the tour and attend the services please let us know so that we can make necessary arrangements for you before arrival.
Where do we meet after all ceremonies have finished?
Departure from the peninsula is very hard with so many buses & people, we will leave approximately 3:30 p.m. When the ceremonies have finished the diplomats & government officials are the first to leave the area. After these have left the area they will then start letting the tour buses in, please note that that this can take some time as there are 5,000 visitors to ANZAC. The first meeting point for the tour buses is at Lone Pine (Australian Service) the second point at the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand Service). The buses are only allowed to go round once so please be at one of these meetings points. Please also note that the buses are not allowed to enter straight After attending the ANZAC services,, so you will be waiting around for your bus. We will have staff designated outside Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair to show where the bus will pick you up from.
Any restaurants available at the Dawn Service & other ceremony areas?
There are plenty of snack bars selling kebabs, sandwiches etc as well as water and soft drinks. No alcohol is served anyway during the day or night at ANZAC Cove or the surronding areas. Alcohol is forbidden in the area and there are security check points.