For a millenium, the slender peninsula that forms the northwestern side of the Dardanelles, across the strait from Çanakkale, has been key to Istanbul: any navy that could break through the strait had a good chance of capturing the capital of the Eastern European world. Many fleets have tried to force open the strait, but most, including the might Allied Armada mustered in WWI, have failed.
Antipodeans and many Britons won’t need an introduction to Gallipoli. The peninsula is the backbone of the ‘Anzac legend’ -created when an Allied campaign to knock Ottoman Empire out of WWI and open a relief route to Russia turned into one of the fiascoes of the war. By the end of the campaign 130,000 men were dead, a third from Allied forces and the rest Turkish.
Gelibolu Peninsula Historical National Park was established to honor the 500,000 soldiers who gave their lives on Gelibolu, also known as Gallipoli. In 1915, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, commander of the Turkish Army, led a successful campaign to drive out the allied powers from the area.
Today the Gallipoli battlefields are peaceful places, covered in brush and pine forests. But the battles fought here a century ago are still alive in many memories, both Turkish and foreign, especially in those of Australians and New Zealanders, who view the peninsula as a place pilgrimage.
Brighton Beach; Southern ANZAC sector, this beach stretching southwards from Hell Spit to the promontory of Kaba Tepe ahead of you. Got the same name with the beach at the East of Melbourne.
Beach Cemetery; This is among the best known and renowned of the ANZAC Cemeteries, possibly because here is the grave of the best known of all the ANZAC soldiers –Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick (the man with the donkey).
ANZAC Cove; The first point which is the landing site of the ANZACs. Following the landing at ANZAC Cove, the beach became the main base for the Australian and New Zealander troops for the eight months of the Battle of Gallipoli.
ANZAC Commemoration Site; The new site with, with its informal low stone walls, paths to the beach and information panels has become a focal point for visitors to this heritage area of special significance to Australians and New Zealanders.
Lone Pine Australian Memorial; The Lone Pine Cemetery and memorial at the Nek stand in memory of the 4228 Australian and 708 New Zealand soldiers known to have lost their lives during the battles.
Johnston’s Jolly; You will walk in the original ANZAC trench at Johnston’s Jolly, near to the cemetery. Used by Australian troops, it is located between the trees to the west of Conkbayiri road.
57th Regiment Turkish Memorial; Dedicated to the memory of the soldiers of the 57th Regiment, this memorial is dedicated to those who carried out Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s legendary military order; “I do not order you to attack but to die”.
The Nek; was a small World War I battle fought as part of the Gallipoli campaign. The Nek was narrow stretch of ridge in the ANZAC battlefield on the Gallipoli peninsula (as depicted in Mel Gibson’s movie of 1981).
Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial; The main New Zealand Memorial. Chunuk Bair was one of the most important scenes of battle and peak of the Sari Bair range of the Gallipoli battlefield.
If you book one day Gallipoli tour from Istanbul, we will take you back to your hotel in Istanbul.
The archaeologic site of Troy is of immense significance in the understanding of the development of European Civilizations at a crucial stage in its early development. It is, moreover, of exceptional cultural importance because of the profound influence of Homer’s Iliad on the creative arts over more than a millenia.
You will see and learn about; the Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy, the Trojan Wars, Sacrificial altars, the 3700 years old city walls, House of Troy 1 (3.000 BCE – 2.500 BCE), the Bouletarium (Senate building), the Odeon (concert hall), the battle between Achilles and Hector, current excavations in progress and remains of the various settlements from Troy I through to Troy IX.
At the end of the tour we take you back to your hotel in Istanbul.
- Private Transportation
- Private Gallipoli Tour
- Travel Insurance
- Private Transportation
- Private Gallipoli & Troy Tours
- 4 & 5 Star Hotel Options
- Travel Insurance
WHAT TO EXPECT?
- 5 hours drive from Istanbul, departing early in the morning
- A comprehensive history of battles of Gallipoli & WWI
- Visit actual battlefields, trenches, defense lines, cemeteries and memorials honoring soldiers on all sides
- Get a better understanding of modern Turkey
- Learn and understand the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
- See the battle from perspective of Turkish citizens
- An introduction to the city to help you decide which tour to choose next
Hotels charge the following supplements;
- Single Room Supplement 50% pp/room rate
- Third Person Supplment is 70%
To book this tour please choose your desired day from the calendar below and continue with the booking steps. Our booking system will take you to the secure payment gateway provided by PayU.
There is a set deposit amount of $75 for any group size. Your booking will be confirmed after the deposit payment. The balance is to be paid 15 days before the start of the tour(s).
You may cancel your tour reservation up to 72 hours before the planned start of the tour. No cancellation charge is incurred within the allowed deadline. Please read our cancellation policy: “Booking Terms“.
This tour is organized within the legal scope of the Turkish Law concerning Travel Agencies And The Association Of Travel Agencies (TURSAB) numbered 1618, and Vocational Tour Guides Law numbered 6326.
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