Day 1 – Sunday 6 May 2017
Scheduled flights from London to Istanbul. Transfer to Gallipoli by coach to the Hotel Grand Anzac in Canakkale.
This is a 5-6hour transfer on a fully air-conditioned coach. We will stop off for a short snack/toilet break halfway through the journey. All our transfer coaches have Wifi and complimentary bottled water on board
Day 2 - Monday 7 May 2017
Morning - Starting at W Beach, Cape Helles. We see the cemeteries of Lancashire Landing and V Beach. Crossing the fields around Hunter-Weston Hill we arrive at the magnificent Helles memorial to the missing. We then visit Sedd el Bahr where the substantial Turkish defences awaited the men assaulting from the famous River Clyde
Lunch taken at a local café
Afternoon – After visiting to the isolated grave of Lt Colonel Doughty-Wylie VC we walk goes “up the line” along the weather-beaten Gully Ravine to Pink Farm allowing us to visit spots that once housed over-burdened Field Ambulances and countless billets in its shelter, alongside wells sunk by the Engineers to quench the parched thirst of the troops.
Morning - We visit the Helles Memorial, the hidden French artillery battery before walking down to Lancashire Landing and its rich archaeological remains, such as the lighters, piers, beach road, dugouts, Royal Monmouth's water tanks and the airfield, we also visit both Bakery Beach and finally X Beach to hear the story of the HMS Implacable landing and Fusiliers battle on Hill 114.
Day 3 - Tuesday 8 May 2018
Morning – A boat trip around the Anzac Cove is undertaken before we land and walk from the stunning Beach Cemetery to the high ground of Lone Pine. Here the AIF stormed ashore and scrambled past the “Sphinx” to breach the Turkish lines. After an optional climb to Plugges Plateau we ascend Boltons Ridge via Shell Green, where the briefest of cricket matches was played under fire ending at the Lone Pine Memorial with its breath-taking views over the Aegean.
Packed Lunch will be taken near Lone Pine
Afternoon - Clinging to the cliffs above the beaches, we chart the frontline held by Anzac troops. Intimate burial spots at Parade Ground Cemetery and Johnston’s Jolly join preserved trenches and memorials named after courageous and colourful Australian characters. We finish at the tragic site of the attack by the Australian Light Horse on The Nek.
Morning - Begin the morning in the Consular Cemetery in Canakkale visiting the graves and listening to the stories of British submariners, nurses and spies. We will then walk to Cimenlik Fort and naval museum, the home of minelayer Nusret. After exploring this Dardanelles Fort and its defences, we will cross the Straits to visit Rumeli Mecidiye fort to hear the story of Turkish hero Corporal Seyit.
The afternoon that sees visits to Visits to Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery and Redoubt Cemetery where we will consider the actions on the daisy patch and later the fierce Vineyard fighting in front of Krithia. The day ends with a visit to a local museum.
Day 4 Wednesday 9 May 2018
Morning - A beautiful walk in the remote area of North Anzac. Leaving Embarkation Cemetery, we follow the path of Monash’s brigade through the notorious Taylor’s Gap and into Agyhl Dere. From there we ascend onto Damakjelik Spur, passing Australia Valley, before ending the day studying the actions of Hill 60.
Lunch will be taken in a local café
Afternoon - The most spectacular of any battlefield walks from the heights of Chunuk Bair to the beaches below. Focusing on Kiwi forces and New Army troops we follow their battle along the Rhododendron Ridge. This walk is on steep, mountainous terrain along a winding trail and is not for the faint hearted but enormously rewarding. We end the day with an optional dip in the Aegean Sea so don’t forget your trunks.
Morning - We will look at the role played by Churchill's 'Private Army', the Royal Naval Division (RND), following the route up the line from Skew Bridge, Romanos Well, Backhouse Post to the White House. We will study the battles of Krithia through the eyes of the khaki sailors.
Afternoon - A look at the role played by the French, we will explore the rarely visited French battlefield sites, looking at the trench remains in the Ravine de Mort, the Quadrilateral and study the French battles in the fields near Achi Baba. We will then follow in the footsteps of the RND in an 'evacuation' walk, listening to stories of some of the last men to leave the Peninsula in January 1916. We will locate some of the lost French memorials near Zimmerman's Farm, before finishing the walk at the French Cemetery near Morto Bay.
Day 5 - Thursday 10 May 2018
Morning – Starting at Nibrunesi Points we follow the initial landings of the new Army Troops as they assaulted up Lala Baba and approached the Salt Lakes and beyond. We then explore Scimitar Hill and Green Hill as we look at the last great attack of the Gallipoli Campaign.
Packed Lunch at Green Hill Cemetery
After a stop at Chocolate and Green Hills, we spend the afternoon looking at the ill-fated Suvla landings in August 1915. Our walk begins on the beach before passing Hill 10 and following in the footsteps of the 5th Norfolk’s and uncover the true story behind the vanishing battalion.
Day 6 - Friday 11 May 2018
Return to London via Istanbul.