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2006 ANZAC Day Gallipoli Tour Led by Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair!
2006 ANZAC Day Gallipoli Tour Led by Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair! CARVED STONE WALL OF ANZAC Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore, rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side, Here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, Who sent their sons from far away countries... Wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom And are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have Become our sons as well. M. KEMAL ATATURK, 1934 (The founder of Turkish Republic) Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair To stand on the beach at Anzac Cove at dawn on 25th April This is deluxe tour. All accommodation included is in very is to be Australian. comfortable, well located hotels. You are invited to join an exclusive tour led by Rear Admiral Peter Gallipoli is the emphasis of this tour, and places such as Anzac Cove, Sinclair (retired) which will allow you to take part in the 91st Lone Pine, the Nek and Chunuk Bair will be explored in detail. We will Anniversary Gallipoli Dawn Service in 2006. Our military expert and also visit other significant places in Turkey. Guest of Honour will share his expertise on the Gallipoli Campaign and naval history. Istanbul is the only city on earth that embraces the two continents, Asia and Europe. It displays the beautiful monuments of the Roman Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair was a senior naval officer, who helped set and Byzantine eras next to the very best works of the Turkish-Islamic up the tri-service Australian Defence Force Academy. Sinclair helped age. We include an escorted tour of the city highlights such as Darwin out of the aftermath of the Cyclone Tracey in 1974 and led the St Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace - the administrative centre disaster relief effort of the flood prone Nyngun in 1990. of the Ottoman Empire. Gallipoli has been a place of pilgrimage for Australians and New On the way from Gallipoli to Ephesus we visit Troy where excavations Zealanders for almost a century due to its importance in our have revealed nine separate periods of settlement including ruins of Nation's History. The Anzac area has the status of a National Park city walls, houses, a temple and a theatre. We also visit Pergamum and at each key point of the terrain is a Commonwealth War Graves where we see the remains of temples and the magnificent library of Cemetery. It is impossible to walk through these little cemeteries ancient times. without shedding a tear for the loss, the waste of youthful hopes and potential. We visit Ephesus, one of the largest and best preserved ancient cities in the world. We walk on 2000 year old marble streets, and admire the 8700 Australian died at Gallipoli and 19000 were wounded. Large library of Celsus, The Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre. We also visit numbers of the dead have no known grave. The story of Anzac has the house of Virgin Mary where it is believed that Mother Mary came had an enduring effect on the way Australians see themselves. to live until her death. Though the campaign was a failure, Anzac has come to stand, in the words of the official historian, C.E.W. Bean, "for reckless valour At the end of our Turkey tour, discover one of the worlds great cruise in a good cause, for enterprise, experiences as you sail the magnificent Greek Islands. From the resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship vantage of your cruise ship you will see many contrasting islands in a and endurance". relatively short time. The entertainment and superb food on board compliments the beauty of the islands. Witness the archaeological During this tour we shall explore wonders of Knossos, once the capital city of the Minoan Civilisation. the battlefields in depth and our Marvel at the Acropolis of Lindos and amble through the Old local Gallipoli guide will bring history Medieval city of Rhodes. Relax over coffee in Fira Town, the capital of back to life. Santorini with its superb views. They went there for us, now we must go there for them 2 0 0 6 A N Z A C T O U R Page 1 of 5 Tour Itinerary 17 Apr 2006 SYDNEY–ISTANBUL Depart Sydney at 9.45pm (via Singapore and Bahrain) to Istanbul on Gulf Air. Gulf Air provides an outstanding level of service- the airline won five service awards in 2004 alone. Gallipoli 18 Apr 2006 ISTANBUL 22 Apr 2006 GALLIPOLI Arrive to Istanbul airport at 1.20pm and transfer to hotel for overnight. Today we visit the sites of the Australian battles at Anzac itself. We Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation is included at the beautiful plan to visit Lone Pine, where Australian’s achieved the impossible Barcelo Eresin Topkapi Hotel, in the heart of the old city of Istanbul. feat of capturing the covered trenches and were awarded seven Victoria Crosses. They suffered 2,000 casualties here. Some of those 19 Apr 2006 ISTANBUL who perished are buried here in what is the largest Anzac cemetery. Breakfast at your hotel. Full day tour of Istanbul including the We also plan to visit Johnston’s Jolly (site of early field guns), stunning Topkapi Palace, St Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque and Courtney’s Post (where Albert Jacka won Australia’s first VC of Grand Bazaar. Lunch included. In the evening we provide a special WW1), Quinn’s Post (which changed hands so many times), the Nek Welcome Dinner with a detailed introduction to the Gallipoli (where the charging Light Horse were massacred), Baby 700 (a hotly section of our tour by Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair. Accommodation contested hilltop), Chunuk Bair (where New Zealanders fought so at Barcelo Eresin Topkapi Hotel. heroically), Hill 971 (the Mt. Everest of Gallipoli) and our guide will point out Suvla Bay (where the British landed for the last great ill- 20 Apr 2006 ISTANBUL fated assault in August 1915), Scimitar Hill, Green Hill, Lala Baba and Breakfast at your hotel. Morning at leisure. An unforgettable afternoon Hill 10. Dinner and accommodation at Iris Hotel. excursion on the Bosphorus; the straight that divides two continents, Europe and Asia.We cruise along the Bosphorus,and pass by mansions, 23 Apr 2006 GALLIPOLI modern villas and the European style palaces of The Ottomans, Today we will visit the Anglo-French battlefields where Australians Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi. Disembark near the Black Sea and drive also fought. We travel around the southern tip of the Gallipoli back to the hotel. Accommodation at Barcelo Eresin Topkapi Hotel. Peninsula, visiting battle sites and memorials including Twelve Trees Copse Cemetery and the NZ Memorial (an artillery 21 Apr 2006 ISTANBUL–CANAKKALE observation post), Y Beach (where the British landed but had to After breakfast depart for Gallipoli. We drive down the north west evacuate), X Beach (where troops landed unopposed), Cape Helles side of the Sea of Marmara, stopping for lunch at Eceabat, then Memorial (an imposing 33 metre high Cenotaph honouring 20,000 continue to Gaba Tepe to visit the museum. We then enter the WW1 war dead), V Beach (site of Seddulbahir Fort where nine British battle zone, orientating ourselves before stopping at Anzac Cove soldiers won VCs during a bloody landing), Canakkle Sehitleri (where the Anzacs first landed) and the cemetery at Ari Burnu Point. Museum and Memorial (a massive 40 metre high monument to the At sunset we will wander through the cemetery to see the names of Turkish fallen), French War Cemetery and Memorial the young Australians who fell (including the graves of Light (commemorating the massacre of the French and their colonials) Horsemen killed at the Nek). Dinner will be provided at the Iris hotel. and Redoubt Cemetery (site of some of fiercest fighting of all). In the evening we will have a seminar hosted by Rear Admiral Sinclair. Dinner and accommodation at Iris Hotel. Istanbul 24 Apr 2006 GALLIPOLI This is the day of Turkish and International Memorial Services. After breakfast we will have a discussion and planning meeting in the hotel, we will share our impressions, insights and resources. Late in the afternoon we depart our hotel and will cross to Eceabat to have a hot dinner there at 6pm. At approximately 7pm we will continue to North Beach. You will be given a packed breakfast and lunch as well as water and a blanket. In order to get a good position on the beach we shall stay up all night for the Dawn Service, which starts at 5.30am at North Beach. Your night on the beach will be shared with thousands of other Australians making the effort to come here for the 91st Anniversary Dawn Service. 2 0 0 6 A N Z A C T O U R Page 2 of 5 25 Apr 2006 GALLIPOLI We attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service. At its conclusion you can choose to either walk up the hills traversed by the Anzacs to Lone Pine for the additional service there, or our coach will be available to take you (subject to security and traffic restrictions). In the afternoon we will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. 25 April Highlights: Anzac Day Dawn Service: 5.30am Lone Pine Service: 11am Anzac Day ceremony Chunuk Bair Service: 3pm 26 Apr 2006 CANAKKALE–KUSADASI 29 Apr 2006 BURSA–ISTANBUL Today we say goodbye to Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair. Depart In the morning we depart to Istanbul. The rest of the day is at in the morning to Kusadasi en route visit Troy. Stop at Pergamon leisure with plenty of time to shop at the Grand Bazaar or relax at to visit the Acropolis and Asclepion, the ancient medical centre. your hotel. In the evening we provide a special farewell dinner at Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight at the a local Turkish restaurant. Accommodation at Eresin Crown Hotel. Fantasia Hotel. 30 Apr 2006 ISTANBUL 27 Apr 2006 KUSADASI This morning is free for last minute shopping and sightseeing. Full day tour to Ephesus, the most visited site in Turkey and one of Passengers who book the optional cruise to the Greek Islands will the largest cities of Roman times. We then continue to St John’s be transferred to the port in the afternoon. Those who return to Basilica and the house of Virgin Mary, where she is said to have Australia on Gulf Air will spend one more night in Istanbul. spent her last days. Return back to your hotel in Kusadasi for Accommodation at Barcelo Eresin Topkapi Hotel. dinner and overnight at Fantasia Hotel. 1 May 2006 ISTANBUL 28 Apr 2006 KUSADASI–BURSA Around noon transfer to the airport for your departure to After breakfast depart from the hotel to the historic city of Bursa, Australia at 2.45pm. the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Green Mosque and Ottoman Complex. Dinner and overnight in Bursa at Thermal 2 May 2006 Kervansaray Hotel. Arrive to Sydney at approximately 8:15pm. Ephesus Istanbul 2 0 0 6 A N Z A C T O U R Page 3 of 5 Optional Greek Island Cruise 30 Apr 2006 ISTANBUL Early afternoon transfer to the port for embarkation on Louis Cruise Mykonos Line vessel. Cruise through the Dardanelle narrows and onto the Greek Islands. The Dardanelles was the sight of major naval action preceding Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today the town is famous for its the Gallipoli Campaign. gold shops. After exploring the town and its fort we depart in the evening to Heraklion in Crete. 1 May 2006 ISTANBUL–MYKONOS Cruise through the Greek Islands to Mykonos, arriving mid afternoon. 4 May 2006 CRETE–SANTORINI You can go ashore to explore the chic shops and restaurants, before Arrive to Crete early morning. Optional morning tour includes a visit to departing at midnight. Knossos Palace, the centre of the Minoan civilisation. Afternoon departure for Santorini, one of the most beautiful islands in the world, where blue 2 May 2006 PATMOS–KUSADASI domed churches cling to the cliff side of an extinct volcano high above the Early morning arrival to the island of Patmos.Here St John is said to have port. From the town at the top of the cliff you will get a fantastic view. written the book of Revelations, and a monastery is built at the cave he Depart late evening for Athens. is said to have stayed in. The town also boasts a pretty port with excellent tavernas.Then cruise down the Turkish Coast to Kusadasi Port, 5 May 2006 ATHENS for time at leisure. Sail overnight to Rhodes in Greece. Arrive to Athens at 7.00am. Pick up from Piraeus port for a short tour of the Acropolis, before being transferred to Athens airport to meet the 3 May 2006 RHODES 2.45pm flight back to Australia. Arrive to Rhodes early morning. Rhodes boasts a magnificent fort once held by the Crusaders on their way to the Middle East. The Colossus of 6 May 2006 SYDNEY Rhodes which once stood at the entrance of the port was one of the Arrive Sydney at approximately 8:15pm. Inclusions Tour Price • Return economy class airfare from Sydney to Istanbul including • Price per person in twin share accommodation with return economy airport taxes class air travel- $5,960 ex Sydney. • Accommodation at 4 and 5 star hotels with breakfast • Upgrades to business class are available at an extra $3,520. • Transportation by air conditioned coach throughout the itinerary • Upgrades to business class for seniors (over 55years old at the time of • All tours as per itinerary including entrance fees travel) are available at an extra $3,140. • Service of an English speaking local Guide • If you wish to make your own way to Istanbul and join the tour from • Meals as per itinerary 18 April through 1 May the land-only price is $3,860. • Services of an Australian Tour Manager throughout • The optional cruise extension is an additional $2,480. • Hotel porterage charges and hotel taxes. For Singles INCLUSIONS ON THE CRUISE EXTENSION If you are a single person and wish to share a hotel room, we will try to • Accommodation in twin - deluxe outside stateroom find someone else of the same gender for you to share with and you • All meals & port taxes pay the twin rate. The Single room supplement at all hotels is $1,964. • Transfer from hotel in Istanbul to the port and from Piraeus port to Athens airport Payments • Sightseeing tour of Acropolis including guide and entrance fees Cheques should be made out to Greece and Mediterranean Travel Different cabin classes are available on request. Centre. Direct and internet deposits to: Bank BSB: 032 010 Account Number: 155 942 Santorini Account Name: Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre Pty Ltd. Client Account You can also pay your deposit by any major credit card without surcharge. Balance can be paid on Visa and MasterCard with a 1.5% surcharge or Amex/Diners Club with a 3% surcharge. Please complete the appropriate details on the booking form. 2 0 0 6 A N Z A C T O U R Page 4 of 5 Booking Form Please complete this form and send it with your non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person ($1,600 per person if booking the Greek Island Option). Name 1: Name 2: Address: Email: Phone (Home): Phone (Work): Mobile: I would like to book the following (please tick the appropriate boxes): ❑ Turkey Tour including economy class airfare ❑ Business Class Upgrade ❑ Greek Island Cruise Option ❑ Twin Share ❑ Double ❑ Single share with stranger ❑ Single Supplement ❑ Turkey tour only (no air) Other services required: By signing this form I/we understand and accept the booking conditions as outlined in this document: Signed (person 1): Dated: Signed (person 2): Dated: I will use the following type of payment for a deposit: ❑ Cheque ❑ Direct Deposit ❑ Credit card If credit card selected please complete section below. Card (Type): ❑ Visa ❑ MasterCard ❑ Amex ❑ Diners Card Number: Expiry Date: Amount: $ Name on the card: Signature of card holder: Note: All participants must sign this form. A parent or guardian must sign form for children under 18 years old. Booking Conditions Should Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre cancel the tour due to a lack of participants you will be paid a full refund. Should Greece and Mediterranean Booking: To make a booking please complete registration form attached, sign it Travel Centre cancel the tour because it receives security advice that it is unsafe and send it to us with your payment. As seats are strictly limited we can not hold to travel, you will receive a refund less any non-refundable payments made to places without a deposit. Once a deposit is received your place is reserved and a service providers. confirmation will be sent to you. Tour contents: Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre reserves the right to Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is required to secure a change the itinerary due to availability or reasons beyond our control. If place on the tour. If you wish to book the Greek Cruise Option, the deposit is necessary, hotels or cruise vessel listed might be substituted with similar ones. $1,600 per person. Specific bedding arrangements can be requested but can not be guaranteed. Final Payment: Balance is due by 31 January 2006. Failure to pay by the due Liability: Except for non excludable items as provided by the Trade Practices Act date could result in the cancellation of your place. 1974, Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre Pty Ltd. can not be held Prices: All prices are in Australian dollars. In the event of exchange rate responsible for any failure or accident including but not limited to motor vehicle fluctuation the cost is subject to change. 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