The Gallipoli Campaign Tour: – Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October 2015

Dear Old Sedberghian,

After the highly successful tour to Mons in August, next year’s Pilgrimage focus shifts to the Dardanelles where, 100 years ago, 59 Old Sedberghians served, and 27 still remain – an astonishing proportion even by the standards of that war, and far surpassing the casualty rate on the Western Front. Yet this ill-fated campaign lasted barely 10 months, from April 1915 – January 1916, generating half a million casualties.

We have teamed up with The Cultural Experience who are recognised as being one of the market leaders in the provision of high quality, expert led military history tours with considerable expertise in organising bespoke battlefield and cultural tours for individuals and groups all over the world. You can find out more by clicking here.

We have incorporated a number of interesting variants to the normal Gallipoli tours, which includes being comfortably based in the attractive merchant city of Canakkale on the Asian side overlooking the narrowest crossing point of the Dardanelles, visit to Troy, and highly attractive extension options in Istanbul. The dates have been expressly chosen to fit in with the School Half Term, the gentler early autumn climate, avoidance of the Centenary of the landings, OS Weekend and the Rugby World Cup (the week falls exactly between the semi-finals and final!) – in no particular order of priority!

The itinerary has been designed to ensure that as well as gaining an overall appreciation of the campaign, all the sites relevant to the sacrifices made by former Sedberghians will be visited, for which researches are still ongoing. Please refer to the detailed Programme and Historical perspective provided by The Cultural Experience which is attached or follows. This is included separately with this communication and provides much greater detail.

The following are included in the price:

– •Return economy flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Istanbul

– 4 night’s bed and buffet breakfast in the four-star Hotel Truva, Canakkale

– 2 three course meals served with wine, water and tea/coffee

– 3 picnic lunches

– Executive coach travel whilst in Turkey

– The services and all associated costs of your expert guide, Dr Bruce Cherry.

– The services and all associated costs of an English speaking Turkish guide/tour manager.

– All entrance fees to the attractions detailed in the itinerary

•- 100% financial protection through the operator ATOL (T10153) and membership of The Travel Trust Association.

Cost – £1150 per person

Single room occupancy supplement £75 per room

For those in the North who would find travel from Manchester more convenient, there are connecting outward/return same day flights to/from Heath Row (all Terminal 5) for the additional cost of approx. £125. The connecting flights are

26 Oct BA 1371 dep Manchester T3 06.50 arr LHR T5 07.55

30 Oct BA 1398 dep LHR T5 17.15 arr Manchester T3 18.15

To confirm place(s) on the tour a non-refundable deposit of £150 per person will be required. Details below.

Optional Extras – available upon request

•Airport hotels with or without long-term parking at most airports including London

Heathrow and Manchester

•Airport parking only

 London Heathrow T5Manchester T3
Room and parking from:£99£89
Room only from:£79£49
Long-term parking:£43£21

– Hotels of all standards in Istanbul, e.g. in Sultanahmet:

– Five-star Biz Cevahir from £85 per person per night including breakfast

– Four-star Celal Sultan from £50 per person per night including breakfast

– Istanbul airport transfers

•- Personal guided tours of Istanbul and other experiences

•- Connecting regional flights and upgrades to Club Class with British Airways

We hope that many of you will find the prospect of this tour interesting, attractive and worthy of support. To take advantage of Group rates, we have precautionarily reserved 25 seats with BA. Should demand exceed this number, further seats can be booked, but we would need to confirm the exact price with you, which might be slightly different from the Group rate. So an early response is recommended, ideally well ahead of the final closing date for acceptance of 31 January.

All booking arrangements on behalf of the Club will be handled directly with The Cultural Experience. However, in the first instance we need to hear from you directly if you would like to come, along with a non-refundable deposit made out to the Old Sedberghian Club Battlefield account for £150 per person. Contact Nigel Horsfall – 015396 – 21290 or email him at njh@sedberghschool.org

I commend this important tour to all Sedberghians with some confidence and the Club looks forward to hearing from you.

In the meantime, on behalf of the Club and its Officers, I send warmest Seasonal Greetings’ to you and your families.

Yours sincerely

Neil AH McKerrow

OS Club President