The day of the 25th April, 2015, as any Australian or New Zealander will tell you, is a highly significant event on the calendar. The day marks the 100th anniversary of the landing in Gallipoli during World War I, one of the most notable examples of the bravery of the Australian and NZ armed forces.
In 1915, the Allied army of Australia and NZ fought to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. The resulting conflict led to great loss of life, with nearly 13,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers being killed.
Each year, ANZAC Day commemorates this occasion; and the 100th anniversary services promise to be a remarkable event. If you’ve managed to secure a ticket, but have yet to book your ANZAC Day tour, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite.
Top ANZAC Day Tours Highlights
Gallipoli is, of course, the most historically significant location on any 2015 ANZAC Day tour. The service itself is anticipated to be an unforgettable event, and the location itself is no less impressive. On your Travel Talk Tour, you can camp out under the stars at Gallipoli, before waking for the haunting dawn service, and watching as the sun rises over the atmospheric battle fields.
Several ANZAC Day tours incorporate a visit to Cappadocia; a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most ethereal, not to mention strange places on earth. The numerous alien ‘fairy chimneys’ of rock formations jut out of the rocky ground, and whilst there, you can even visit the eerie caves where the ancient inhabitants used to live.
In north-west Anatolia lies the remains of one of the most famous cities in history; Troy. Walk around the crumbling ruins of this one mighty place, and you’ll find it all too easy to imagine the battle that once raged there, thousands of years ago.
Turkey’s largest city, once called Constantinople, is a wonderful blend of modernity and ancient culture. Richly decorated mosques and towering minarets stand alongside hip bars and ultra-cool clubs, making it a great location for history-lovers and socialites alike.
Pamukkale, dubbed the ‘cotton castle’ of Turkey, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most other-worldly places you’ll ever be likely to visit. Warm spring waters cascade over the stepped levels of travertine rock, creating gleaming white natural baths; some of which can even be paddled in.