My son and I were also successful in the 100th anniversary ANZAC Day ballot — we were the last of the wait listed Australian ballots to be drawn and only had around 5 weeks to arrange a tour to allow us the privilege of being at the Gallipoli commemorative site for ANZAC Day 2015.
Fortunately we came across Samyeli Travel and we were able to join their four day tour from Istanbul for the 2015 ANZAC day commemorations.
These guys were absolutely fantastic in making our trip a wonderful reality and one of the most memorable we have ever had. All staff were friendly and courteous, they promptly and kindly responded to all my many emailed questions, they personally called me in Sydney to confirm arrangements and did everything they could to get us across to Turkey and down to Gallipoli at such short notice.
All transfers were impeccable — they chaperoned us to and from our hotel / airport and personally attended the front desk at the hotel to make sure all accommodation arrangements were in order when we anived. The hotel they selected us to stay at (Rox) was modern and extremely comfortable. The Gala dinner they arranged on our arrival was extremely enjoyable and again the transfers organised for the evening to get us there and back were flawless.
The trip down to Gallipoli and the retum back to Istanbul was also conducted very professionally. On arriving at the peninsula there was an incredible amount of patience required with all the security checkpoints and the number of coaches in the area – both our driver and guide appeared to take this in their stride. Re safety, the coach driver was excellent and got us there and back without any concerns. We left Istanbul at 11am on 24th April and returned to the Rox Hotel in Istanbul at around 1 am on 26th April. We were incredibly tired from what was a no sleep marathon however our hotel keys were waiting for us to grab when we anived back without any registration delay.
So from our experience, I would unreservedly recommend Samyeli Travel for their personal service, courtesy, reliability and professionalism. I will certainly use their services again if we are ever fortunate enough to return to Turkey.