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FUSILIER BATTLEFIELD TOUR TO GALLIPOLI MONDAY 1 – FRIDAY 5 JUNE 2020
IP: 5.81.212.137


After last year’s very successful and popular battlefield tour to Cassino in 2019, the Regiment will be heading out to the Gallipoli battlefield sites next year. RHQ has again commissioned the professional battlefield tour guide company, Anglia Tours, to organise a 5-day battlefield tour in June 2020. 2020 also marks the 105th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. For those who have not had the privilege of visiting the Gallipoli battlefield and the numerous Commonwealth and Turkish cemeteries before I cannot recommend this opportunity highly enough to you.

Draft Itinerary

Note: this may change following discussions with the tour guide:

Day 1 Mon 1 Jun 20

0825 Check in London Heathrow Terminal 5
Meet your Guide: Mark Brennan

1025 BA676 Flight to Istanbul

1625 Arrive Istanbul and then transfer coach to your hotel

1800 Check into Hotel
Ibis Istanbul West Airport
Halkalı Merkez,
Tokel Sk. No:1,
34303 Küçükçekmece/İstanbul
Tel: 0090 212 404 0404
https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-9815-ibis-istanbul-airport-/index.shtml

Note: this hotel is 50kms from the City centre.

1930 Dinner - included


Day 2 Tue 2 Jun - Drive to the Peninsula

0730 Depart Istanbul after breakfast with packed lunches and drive to Gallipoli Peninsula
(5 to 6 hours depending on the traffic – it is best to get out of Istanbul as early as you can)

Naval Operations

Tekirdag sea front (fishing port) – Submarine Warfare in the sea of Marmara

Lunch break en route

Baklabrun (Bulair) Beach – RND Diversionary Operations

Kilitbhair – Namazgah Rampart - The Naval Campaign 4 Nov 14-18 Mar 15

Finish for the day and take boat to Canakklale

1930 Check into Hotel
Hotel Akol
Kordonboyu
Canakkale
0090 286 217 9456
www.hotelakol.com

2030 Evening meal in the Hotel

Day 3 Wed 3 Jun – Helles Landings

0830 Depart Canakkale

Achi Baba – Liman von Sander’s Defensive Plan. Turkish defensive layout
Cape Helles
V Beach Landing of the Irish fusilier battalions

Light lunch Seddulbhair

Seddulbhair
W Beach (Lancashire Landing) short walk – Lancashire Fusiliers
X Beach (Implacable Landing) 1 Royal Fusiliers landing and subsequent operations

Finish for the day and take boat to Canakklale

1930 Dinner in the hotel - included

Day 4 Thu 4 Jun – The Krithia Offensives

0845 Depart from the hotel – or a later start this morning

First and Second Battles of Krithia
Light Lunch Alichtepe
Museum visit – Alichtepe

Third and Forth Battles of Krithia
Fusilier’s Bluff
Act of Commemoration (location to be agreed)

Finish for the day and take boat to Canakklale

1930 Dinner in a local restaurant - included


Day 5 Fri 5 Jun – return Travel

0900 Depart hotel after breakfast

Drive to Istanbul
Light lunch en route
1530 Check in Istanbul Airport for return flights with Turkish Airlines

1735 BA677 Flight to London

1955 Flight arrives LHR T5


Tour Details

Group Name RHQ The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Airline British Airways
Outbound Flight Details Date: Mon 1 June 2020
Dep. Airport: London Heathrow
Dep. Time: 1025
Arrival Time: 1625
Arrival Airport: IST
Flight No.: BA676
Return Flight Details Date: Fri 5 June 2020
Dep. Airport: Istanbul
Dep. Time: 1735
Arrival Time: 1955
Arrival Airport: LHR
Flight No.: BA677
Baggage Your cabin baggage restrictions are 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Hold baggage has been booked with an allowance of 23kg.
Accommodation Ibis Istanbul West Airport
Halkalı Merkez,
Tokel Sk. No:1,
34303 Küçükçekmece/İstanbul

Hotel Akol
Kordonboyu
Canakkale
Meals Full board with lunch from evening meal on day 1 to lunch on last day.
Other Tour Items The services of 1 Anglia Tours Military Historian
Coach and public transport (ferry) tickets for all transfers and visits
Travel insurance (conditions apply)
Pre-tour meeting
Tour booklet
Entrance Fees All entrances listed on the attached itinerary have been included

Package Tour Price

• £720 per paying person based on 35-39 paying passengers.
• Single room supplement: £100 per person per tour.

Notes:

This tour is slightly more expensive than the Cassino tour. It should be noted that the tour is a five-day tour and the flights to Turkey are more expensive.

RHQ is subsidising the cost of the tour by 20% for serving, veterans and their partners.

Reservations. There is a maximum of 38 places on the tour.

• First deposits of £350 per paying person are due by Friday 25 October 2019.
• Final payment £370 is due by Friday 6 March 2020.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and are limited to a maximum of two places per member.

To secure your place or request further information then please email the Assistant Regimental Secretary, Captain (Retd) Andy Harris at asstregtsec@thefusiliers.org by 30 Sep 20.


Colonel (Retd) J W Denny MBE
Regimental Secretary
The FUSILIERS
RHQ

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