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Join Us In Gallipoli – With Lt Col Peter Sweeney (Ret’d)

"Those Heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives .. You are now living 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 lay 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!" Ataturk, 1934

“Those Heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives .. You are now living 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 lay 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!” Ataturk, 1934

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired)

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired)

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired) joined the Australian Army Reserve (Infantry Corps) as an Officer Cadet in 1966 and served, raising through the ranks until he officially retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000. He has received a number of Awards and Commendations during his service, and during his service and since retirement has travelled to a number of Historical Battlefields across the world including Gallipoli, Islawanda, Rorkes Drift, Pearl Harbour and Normandy to name a few. Today Peter is a Gallipoli Specialist and member of the Guild Of Battlefield Guides (UK).

We have been incredibly lucky to have Peter ask to lead two great departures to Gallipoli in 2015 – the year, 100 years on from when the ANZAC Forces landed in the Dardanelles during World War I.

11 days, Australia to Australia, we spend a brief time in Istanbul before heading down to the Dardanelles for an in-depth look at the battlefields of the Gallipoli Campaign. From Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, where the Australian and New Zealand Forces were stationed. To Kabatepe, and the Turkish positions, to the French area of operation in Cape Hellas to Sulva Bay in the North where the British Landed.

We have 2 fantastic departures, one in July and one in October, for more information, read on ..

Suprisingly to most the beach where dawn services are held each year is not the beach landing were actually made at!

Surprisingly to most the beach where dawn services are held each year is not the beach landing were actually made at!

July 2015

Day 1 – Friday 17th July:
Ex Sydney and East Coast ports to Istanbul via Singapore Airlines flight SQ241 (various other flight numbers ex other Capital cities), SYD/SIN, ETD 18:00 / ETA 00:20 + 1 day. Connect to SQ392, ETD 01:45.

Day 2 – Saturday 18th July:
Arrive Istanbul ETA 07:45. Meet & Greet and transfer to “Ramada Atakoy Hotel”. Remainder of morning free. PM Tour Turkish Military Museum to view Gallipoli exhibit + cruise on the Bosphorus + welcome dinner Turkish-style. Overnight Istanbul (B/D).

Day 3 – Sunday 19th July:
Istanbul – AM sightseeing – Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia’s, Cistern, Topkapi Palace – all areas, Grand Bazaar. Overnight Istanbul. (B)

Day 4 – Monday 20th July:
Istanbul-Gallipoli – By road via Sea of Marmara + Straits of the Dardanelles. Late pm arrival – remainder of afternoon free until dinner. Overnight “Kolin Hotel Canakkale (4 star). (B/D)

Day 5 – Tuesday 21st July:
Gallipoli – Full day on the battlefields, North Beach, Ari Burna, Anzac Cove, Hell Spit, Shrapnel Valley, Plugges Plateau Cemetery, Brighton Beach. Overnight “Kolin Hotel”. (B/L/D)

Day 6 – Wednesday 22nd Jul:
Gallipoli – Another full day on the battlefields, Artillery Road, Lone Pine, Johnston’s Jolly, Quinns Post, Turkish Memorial, The Nek, Walkers Ridge, Lookout over North Beach, Chunnuk Bair. Overnight “Kolin Hotel”. (B/L/D)

Day 7 – Thursday 23rd Jul:
Gallipoli/Cape Helles – AM visit Gaba Tepe Museum, the south to Cape Helles – Kilitahir Fort, Cpl. Soyit Memorial, Seddulbahir Fort, V Beach + other four if time permits (XYWS), Lt Col Doughty-Wylie VC grave, Helles Memorial, Redoubt Cemetery, Canakkale Sehiteri Aniti, Morto Bay – French cemetery, Krithia battleground. Overnight “Kolin Hotel”. (B/L/D)

Day 8 – Friday 24th July:
Finish off Cape Helles/Krithia area, then drive north to Suvla Bay, the scene of many missed opportunities during August 1915. Overnight “Kolin Hotel”. (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Saturday 25th July:
Gallipoli/Istanbul – By road, with late pm arrival and return to the “Ramada Atakoy Hotel” (4 star). Farewell dinner this evening. Overnight Istanbul. (B/D only)

Day 10 – Sunday 26th July:
After breakfast, depart Istanbul – mid AM transfer out to Istanbul airport to connect with Singapore Airlines flight SQ391, ETD 13:25 / ETA 05:00 Singapore (+ 1 day).

Day 11 – Monday 27th July:
Connect Singapore/Sydney (or other East Coast cities), ETD 07:05 / ETA 16:45.

PS: An optional extension for six (6) nights & seven (7) days is available on request to visit Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia – just ask at time of your enquiry to join the base tour to the battlefields of the Gallipoli peninsular. If you wish to break your journey on the way home in Singapore this is a possibility, as part of your return airfare, it adds AU$ 55.00 to your taxes & fuel surcharges. Of course accommodation and transfers if you elect to stop-over in Singapore are additional to the base cost of your journey to Turkey.

Chunuk Bair was the site of engagement of importance to New Zealand born ANZAC Forces

Chunuk Bair was the site of engagement of importance to New Zealand born ANZAC Forces

October 2015

Day 1 – Friday 16th October:
Ex Sydney and East Coast ports to Istanbul via Singapore Airlines flight SQ241 (various other flight numbers ex other Capital cities), SYD/SIN, ETD 18:00 / ETA 00:20 + 1 day. Connect to SQ392, ETD 01:45.

Day 2 – 17th October:
Arrive Istanbul ETA 07:45. Meet & Greet and transfer to “Ramada Atakoy Hotel”. Remainder of morning free. PM Tour Turkish Military Museum to view Gallipoli exhibit + cruise on the Bosphorus + welcome dinner Turkish-style. Overnight Istanbul (B/D).

Day 3 – 18th October:
Istanbul – AM sightseeing – Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia’s, Cistern, Topkapi Palace – all areas, Grand Bazaar. Overnight Istanbul. (B)

Day 4 – 19th October:
Istanbul-Gallipoli – By road via Sea of Marmara + Straits of the Dardanelles. Late pm arrival – remainder of afternoon free until dinner. Overnight “Kolin Hotel Canakkale (4 star). (B/D)

Day 5 – 20th October:
Gallipoli – Full day on the battlefields, North Beach, Ari Burna, Anzac Cove, Hell Spit, Shrapnel Valley, Plugges Plateau Cemetery, Brighton Beach. Overnight “Kolin Hotel”. (B/L/D)

Day 6 – 21st October:
Gallipoli – Another full day on the battlefields, Artillery Road, Lone Pine, Johnston’s Jolly, Quinns Post, Turkish Memorial, The Nek, Walkers Ridge, Lookout over North Beach, Chunnuk Bair. Overnight “Kolin Hotel”. (B/L/D)

Day 7 – 22nd October:
Gallipoli/Cape Helles – AM visit Gaba Tepe Museum, the south to Cape Helles – Kilitahir Fort, Cpl. Soyit Memorial, Seddulbahir Fort, V Beach + other four if time permits (XYWS), Lt Col Doughty-Wylie VC grave, Helles Memorial, Redoubt Cemetery, Canakkale Sehiteri Aniti, Morto Bay – French cemetery, Krithia battleground. Overnight “Kolin Hotel”. (B/L/D)

Day 8 – 23rd October:
Finish off Cape Helles/Krithia area, then drive north to Suvla Bay, the scene of many missed opportunities during August 1915. Overnight “Kolin Hotel”. (B/L/D)

Day 9 – 24th October:
Gallipoli/Istanbul – By road, with late pm arrival and return to the “Ramada Atakoy Hotel” (4 star). Farewell dinner this evening. Overnight Istanbul. (B/D only)

Day 10 – 25th October:
After breakfast, depart Istanbul – mid AM transfer out to Istanbul airport to connect with Singapore Airlines flight SQ391, ETD 13:25 / ETA 05:00 Singapore (+ 1 day).

Day 11 – 26th October:
Connect Singapore/Sydney (or other East Coast cities), ETD 07:05 / ETA 16:45.

PS: An optional extension for six (6) nights & seven (7) days is available on request to visit Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia – just ask at time of your enquiry to join the base tour to the battlefields of the Gallipoli peninsular. If you wish to break your journey on the way home in Singapore this is a possibility, as part of your return airfare, it adds AU$ 55.00 to your taxes & fuel surcharges. Of course accommodation and transfers if you elect to stop-over in Singapore are additional to the base cost of your journey to Turkey.

Lone Pine was a major battle in the memory of the ANZAC Forces

Lone Pine was a major battle in the memory of the ANZAC Forces

Gallipoli Programme Inclusions:

  • Eight (8) nights Nine (9) days good 4 star tourist accommodation in both Istanbul & Canakkale . At the Ramada Atakoy in Istanbul (3 nights) & Kolin Hotel in Canakkale (5 nights at Canakkale).
  • Arrival & departure meet & greet services at airports.
  • Air-conditioned coach transfer Istanbul – Canakkale – Istanbul.
  • Daily transport on the Peninsular to the battlefields scheduled to be visited, between your hotel of stay to the battlefield site, between sites and return to your Canankkale hotel at the end of the day.
  • Breakfast in your hotel daily.
  • Four lunches on days 5,6,7,8.
  • Seven dinners on days 2,4,5,6,7,8 & 9.
  • Cruise on day 2 in the pm on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
  • Entrance to all nominated sites detailed in the above itinerary.
  • Local English Speaking Turkish Guide service.
  • The services for four (4) days whilst on the Gallipoli battlefields of the world renown Turkish Gallipoli expert Mr Kenan Celik OAM
  • Fully escorted ex Sydney and return by Lt Col Peter Sweeney RFD (Retd) Military Historian and member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides. A specialist on the Australian participation in the Gallipoli Campaign.

Exclusions:

  • Items of a personal nature, (i.e.) room service, telephone, laundry, internet use.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers and general staff in hotels (i.e) porters etc.
  • Cost of travel documentation – i.e. passport issue and Turkish visa as issued via http://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply/ current cost for AU passports USD 60.00 per person.
  • Any services not detailed in the itinerary such as extra meals, tours etc.
  • Your return airfare is a separate cost please refer to the details under the heading “Airfare” as it appears below. Each home port has slightly different taxes the airfare cost is based on a traveller departing the gateway of Sydney.

Land Cost(s):

  • July departure, based on two travellers sharing at a cost of AU$ 3,410.00 per person share twin.
  • October departure based on two travellers sharing at a cost of AU$ 3,386.00 per person share twin.
  • If a Single room (sole use) is required the additional cost is AU$ 590.00

Airfare(s):

  • July is peak European travel season therefore the base airfare is more expensive than that in October. Cost as at 30th June 14 is AU$ 2,649.00 per person inclusive of all current port taxes and fuel surcharges.
  • October base airfare is AU$ 2,210.00 per person as at 30th June, 14, inclusive of all current port taxes and fuel surcharges.
  • If a traveller elects to break their return journey in Singapore en-route home the added taxes currently for for such a stop is an extra AU$ 55.00 per person.
  • NB: Airlines and governments tend to add taxes and fuel surcharges with little warning, all the above fares are subject to the applicable taxes in force as at the time of selected travel be it July or October.
The bravery and actions of the ANZAC Forces even inspired those whom they were fighting against

The bravery and actions of the ANZAC Forces even inspired those whom they were fighting against

For further information on either tours and reservations, please contact

Lt. Col. Peter Sweeney RFD(Retd)
Tour Escort & Battlefield Guide
Member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides
Email: psweeney8@gmail.com
Telephone: 0438 871 714

Or

(Mr) Dennis J Weatherall JP TM AFAITT(L) LSM
of  Battlefields of the World
Military Historian & Qualified Battlefield Guide # 34
Member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides
Email: dweatherall_eng@bigpond.com
Telephone: (02) 9520 6023 Web: www.battlefieldsoftheworld.com.au

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