Anzac Day 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. The demand to ‘stand where they fought’ at Gallipoli Cove has been overwhelming, with more than 45,000 Australians applying in a ballot for just 8000 places to attend the Dawn Service.
Although few were lucky enough to have their names drawn in that ballot, an option to attend is still available, in the form of a fully escorted cruise/tour to Gallipoli Cove aboard the Louis Cruises luxury cruise ship M/V Louis Cristal.
Sydney based operator Horizons Cruise and Tours, a member of the Travel Partners Group, is offering this special 14 day tour centenary cruise/tour package, departing Sydney on 15 April 2015.
The package includes seven nights aboard MV Louis Cristal. Sailing from Athens, the ship heads to Turkey, taking in the exotic ports of Istanbul, Limnos, and Izmir with the focus on Gallipoli, a shore excursion to Anzac Cove, North Beach and the Ari Burnu beach cemetery.
Standing at anchor in Gallipoli Cove for the Centenary Dawn Service will be a cruise highlight, with live coverage screened to the ship’s poolside and theatre.
The ship will then return to Istanbul where passengers will fly on to Paris for a tour of the Somme battlefield, where so many diggers fought and lost their lives.
Prices for the cruise/tour, including return flights from Sydney, begin at A$6097, with a bonus A$150 onboard credit per cabin if booked by 26 June 2014.
David Lyons of Sydney-based Horizons Cruise and Tours says the tour is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join fellow Australians and actually be at Gallipoli 100 years on.
“With so many Australians missing out in the ballot, booking a berth on the Louis Cruises M/V Louis Cristal offers a guaranteed a ‘ringside seat’ to what is sure to be a moving moment for every Aussie in Gallipoli Cove for the Dawn Service,” David said.
SOURCE Horizons Cruise and Tours