Day 1 - Sunday 6 May 2018
Scheduled flights from London to Istanbul. Transfer to Gallipoli by coach to the Hotel Grand Anzac in Canakkale.
This is a 5/6 hour 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 2018
Day 2 Option 1
The morning is spent with a boat trip around the coastline enabling us to understand the landscape from the perspective of the landings and a greater study of the Naval Campaign prior to the 25th April 1915.
Walk 1 - 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
Day 2 Option 2
Walk 1 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.
Walk 2 From Helles Memorial, visit 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 Mommouth's water tanks and the airfield, before walking by 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
Day 3 - Option 1
Walk 2 - From the landings at Anzac cove up to the high ground of Lone Pine. Here the AIF stormed ashore and scrambled past the “Sphinx” to breach the Turkish lines. After a visit 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.
Walk 3 - 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.
Day 3 - Option 2
Walk 3. 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.
Walk 4. 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 4 - Wednesday 9 May 2018
Day 4 - Option 1
Walk 4 - An adventurous 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.
Walk 5 - 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 is enormously rewarding. We end the day with an optional dip in the Aegean Sea so don’t forget your trunks.
Day 4 - Option 2
Walk 5. Gallipoli through Turkish eyes, looking at Mustafa Kemal and the defences at Anzac. A walk from Chunuk Bair, over Hill Q to Hill 971, before visiting the Turkish cemetery at Buyukanafarta (I am investigating the possibility of walking down the firebreak from 971 to Hill 60).
Walk 6 Follow in the footsteps of Lt-Col Moore's 6th East Yorks (Pioneers) from Scimitar Hill to Tekke Tepe. Listen to the stories of their tragic, unsupported advance and see how close they came to securing the heights above Suvla. We will end the walk with a talk on the Yorkshire boys last stand and tales of subsequent captivity.
Day 5 - Thursday 10 May 2018
Walk 6 - After a stop at Chocolate and Green Hills, we spend the morning looking at the ill-fated Suvla landings in August 1915. Our walk begins at Hill 10 before we follow in the footsteps of the 5th Norfolk’s and uncover the true story behind the vanishing battalion.
Walk 7 - 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.
Day 6 - Friday 11 May 2018
Return to London via Istanbul.