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ANZAC Odyssey April 2012

15 Dec 2011 Kristy asked


Just wondering if anyone is booked to do this tour?
I think it will be an anazing/emotional experience!!!

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  • 24 Jan 2012 Explorer1281018 said


    Hi there,
    My best friend and I are both booked to do this tour! Very excited, it is going to be amazing to be there!

  • 28 Jan 2012 Kristy said



    I’m glad I’ve got a response to my question….I’m looking forward to the experience.

  • 23 Feb 2012 Shannen said



    Very late response to your question, I know, but are you still booked in for ANZAC day? I’m trying to decide whether I should do the 5 day Odyssey or the 4 day Classic…

  • 25 Feb 2012 Tam said


    I’m booked on this one for the 5 day tour! Will be a awesome an emotional experience!

  • 27 Feb 2012 Kristy said


    Hi Shannen,

    I’m booked on the 5 day tour…..I just thought since I’m there, I may as well check out Istanbul!!!
    Turkey has never been on my list of places to go but when I saw this ANZAC tour, I just had to go….

  • 15 Apr 2012 Shannen said


    Only 7 days to go now! What time is everyone arriving in Istanbul? I’m flying in at 2am or something ridiculous, and the pick ups aren’t until much later, but I was going to try find the hotel at a more appropriate hour, get rid of my bags and try to do some exploring, if anyone else will be around and wants to join me that’d be cool.

  • 16 Apr 2012 Tam said


    I dont get in until lunchtime but will be keen to meet up at hotel later on.

  • 16 Apr 2012 Tam said


    I dont get in until lunchtime but keen to meet up at the hotel later on.

  • 17 Apr 2012 Kristy said


    My flight arrives at 12:55 if all goes to plan……can’t wait to meet you all!!! :)

  • 17 Apr 2012 Tam said


    Hi Kristy, are you flying in from London and with which airline?

  • 18 Apr 2012 Kristy said


    Hey Tam,

    I fly into Istanbul with BA678 from London…… :)

    what is everyone doing about the ‘sleeping bag’ thing? I think I’ll just post it home once we’ve used it!!!

  • 19 Apr 2012 Tam said


    I’m on that flight too! How are you getting to airport and are you coming from the contiki basement? Will be keeping my sleeping bag with me, need it elsewhere.

  • 20 Apr 2012 Kristy said



    I fly into Heathrow 2 hours before the Istanbul flight so I’ll already be at the airport.

  • 20 Apr 2012 Tam said


    Great will see you there then!

  • 22 Feb 2014 Tannarette said


    Hi all

    My name is Tania and I’m doing this tour this year (2014) I know you all have done the tour 2 years ago, but was wondering if you could answer some questions…. I’m a travel solo female, and was wondering if there is any cultural dress codes i need to go by…. eg head scarfs/shawls need to be worn while on tour?? Do you have any pointers or feedback you could give me after doing the trip?

    Cheers Tania

  • 22 Feb 2014 Kristy said


    Hey Tania,

    This was an amazing experience. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
    Take sunscreen…I tried to buy some but had no success. I got mega sunburnt as it was crazy hot and walking all that way with not much shade. It was quite hot for my tour.
    I pretty much didn’t worry about dress codes but found as long as you keep your shoulders/upper arms/chest areas and waist and thighs/legs covered, it was fine. I wore t shirts and 3/4 pants and didn’t have any issues. When we visited the a Blue Mosque, we were given sheets to cover ourselves if we had any areas showing that weren’t appropriate.

    Feel free to ask me anything else.


  • 22 Feb 2014 Tannarette said


    Wow that’s great advice, thanks for that. I completely didn’t think about taking extra sunscreen. I normally wear t-shirts and 3/4 pants so sounds like i may not have any problems either. how about money? Do i need to get Turkey Lira or Euros ok. Whats the best way to get to and from your hotel from/to the airport?
    Whats was it like camping out under the stars? was it really cold?

    Thanks again

  • 24 Feb 2014 Kristy said



    I changed AU$300 at the airport to Turkish Lira and still had money left when I flew out after the tour. I was going to change $500 but the man at the exchange place said for 5 days, $300 would be plenty and he was right (it was really only spending money for the day in Istanbul and some food while in transit to /from Gallipoli.) Expect to spend pretty much the whole days in transit on the bus.

    You’ll need Euros or US$ at the airport in Turkey to pay for your visa. I think it was like US$20. I had major problems at the airport in Turkey as I didn’t realise I had to buy a visa there and once I’d waited in line to get one for like an hour, I found I could only pay in Euro or US$ and I had none of them on me. They wouldn’t even accept Turkish Lira. I also had £ and AU$ on me. Also my luggage was missing by the time I got through visa and passport control. There is an ATM near the Visa area that dispenses several different currencies which was good for me.

    As I missed my Contiki hotel transfer (not sure if that has been offered to you) I went to the Information Desk and asked for a private transfer to the hotel. I had the hotel details with me and I handed that over. I think it was the equivalent of about AU$40. I was escorted from the information booth to the private transfer by a staff member.

    Camping on the lawn at Gallipoli was a different experience. They have military movies, bands and information throughout the night. I don’t know how but I managed to get some sleep. When I was there, the weather was hot and we had a cool breeze off the water through the night. It wasn’t too cold. I just had my sleeping bag and two hoodies for warmth. I slept in my day clothes with the extra hoodie. I’ve seen other years on tv when it’s rained, I was happy it was hot, apart from the sunburn. After the dawn service, you have a bit of time to take some pics and get close to the areas that were sectioned off for the service. I went and stood on the beach and looked up at the cliffs….imagine having to get up there with someone taking aim at you and remember there wasn’t the vegetation back then that there is now for cover. I can honestly say that you see it on tv, it doesn’t show what you see with your own eyes being there. Very emotional.

    When you leave to head to ANZAC Cove, we left our suitcases at the hotel and only took basic supplies with us. We were given a list of suggested items. I took tissues to use as both tissues and toilet paper. There are portaloos at the Cove but toilet paper ran out quicky. I used my backpack as a pillow.

    It was QUITE a walk from the ceremony at ANZAC Cove to Lone Pine where the Australian service takes place. We were lucky enough to have Corpral Ben Roberts-Smith VC read the ‘Ode to the Soldier’. I was also lucky enough to meet him and have a photo taken with him.

    Ok, I think I’ve overloaded you with information now….


    Ps. Feel free to leave me your email addy and I can reply straight to you if you like. :)

  • 25 Feb 2014 Tannarette said


    Don’t worry about the information overload…. i kinda prefer to have a little to much info, then not enough :-)

    I was also going to change $500 AUD to Turkish Lira but now that you have told me $300 would be enough, i will pro only change 300 now, so thanks…. i kinda know about spending most days on transit on the bus already…. i did a New Zealand Contiki a couple years back…. i don’t mind you kinda get to know people more while traveling :-) (i actually meet one of my best friends that way) I think I’m kinda lucky with the whole Turkey Visa thing, as of 20th April this year they don’t do the visa at the turkey boarder/airport anymore, so I was informed by contiki to get my visa before hand…. so i have that sorted already :-)

    While traveling around Istanbul was mainly Turkish Lira used, or did they also take Euro too (i mainly mean for food & souvenirs) while on transit each day. Did you travel anywhere else before or after the Anzac tour?

    If your cool with sending me emails that would be great, as i tend to only come on here if i have a message left for me… my email is


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