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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  2 days (approx.)
Step back in time at Gallipoli and Troy on this enlightening 2-day tour from Istanbul, including round-trip transport, three meals and overnight accommodation. Head to Gallipoli to visit the battle sites of the World War I campaign, when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops fought the Turks in what would become a deadly stalemate. After an overnight hotel stay in Çanakkale, explore ancient Troy, famed for the Trojan War and legendary wooden Trojan horse. Enjoy in-depth attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 14 people.

Highlights

  • 2-day tour to Gallipoli and Troy from Istanbul, including round-trip transport
  • See the poignant battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsula, the scene of one of WWI’s bloodiest campaigns
  • Stand at ANZAC Cove, where Australian and New Zealand forces landed on 25th April 1915
  • View The Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials
  • Visit ancient Troy to see its crumbled relics and replica wooden horse
  • Enjoy one night’s hotel accommodation in Çanakkale, and three included meals
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Small-Group Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul

See the relics and replica wooden horse of Troy on your 2-day tour

Your tour includes round-trip transport from Istanbul, together with a tour of Gallipoli on Day 1 and an included dinner and one night's accommodation at a 5-star hotel in nearby Çanakkale. On Day 2, your tour includes breakfast at your hotel, an excursion to ancient Troy, and an afternoon free in Çanakkale before your return to Istanbul in the evening.

Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale (L, D)
Leave your hotel on the European side of Istanbul in an air-conditioned coach, and travel toward the Gallipoli Peninsula, the scene of one of WWI’s bloodiest military campaigns. Your pickup time is early, so enjoy breakfast (own expense) during a brief stop just outside the city.

After roughly four hours, arrive at Gallipoli, where memorials still testify to the Allied campaign of 1915-1916. On 25th April 1915, soldiers mainly from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on this now-peaceful peninsula to fight the Ottoman Turks and capture Istanbul, known then as Constantinople. The ANZAC attack met with fierce Turkish resistance and the campaign ended when Allied troops were evacuated in January 1916, only after an estimated total loss of 100,000 men across both sides.

Visit the main battle sites and memorials as your guide explains the terrible events that marked the campaign. See the Turkish and Allied trenches at Johnston’s Jolly and view The Nek, a mountain ridge that presided over a tragic Australian attack.

Stand at ANZAC Cove, the beach that saw the first landings, and pay your respects at the Australian Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial, the latter inscribed with the names of almost 5,000 soldiers without a grave. You'll also visit the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Blair, the site of a heroic stand by New Zealander troops.

During your tour, take a break for an included lunch at a local restaurant. Then, when your tour ends, travel to your hotel in nearby Çanakkale for an included dinner and the evening at leisure.

Overnight: 5-star Kolin hotel in central Çanakkale or similar

Day 2: Çanakkale – Troy – Istanbul (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, set off by coach on your excursion to ancient Troy, roughly 30 minutes away by road.

Wreathed in legend, this UNESCO-listed archaeological gem is the location of ancient Troy, a city that many scholars believed, until its discovery in 1793, to have been dreamt up by the poet Homer for the purposes of his great work, The Iliad. The city is best known for the Trojan War of the 13th or 12th century BC, when after a 10-year siege by Greek forces, it fell into their hands after they smuggled soldiers inside its walls hidden within a giant, wooden horse.

Gaze in wonder at the crumbled walls and relics as your guide recounts the city's history, including the Greek myth of the Trojan prince (Paris) whose flight with Zeus’ daughter (Helen) triggered the war. You’ll also see the huge, replica wooden horse that stands here to commemorate the city's infamous past.

After your explorations, return to Çanakkale and spend the afternoon as you wish. Perhaps have lunch (own expense) at one of the many enticing restaurants, explore the town's other sights, or shop for souvenirs.

At around 6pm, board your coach and drive back to Istanbul, where your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off in the late evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was great, we also took a boat ride to Anzac Cove, a real highlight. Our accommodation was outstanding and tour guides fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We only did one day of the tour as we wanted to see the Grand Bazaar rather than Troy. What we did see at Gallipoli made the tour very worthwhile.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great guide, good hotel, highly recommend.
Was meant to be a small tour but at Troy there were 22 of us. Nevertheless, it was informative and interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very well organized this particular tour there were 6 of us 4 Aussies and 2 new zealanders so obviously had a lot in common due to where we were visiting. Highly recommend this trip and great value for money. Could not fault the tour , staying overnight broke the long trip from Istanbul.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This tour is definitely worth the long drives to and from. A comfortable ride in an air-conditioned bus, a lovely lunch before arriving at the Gallipoli memorials, then crossing the Bosporus to Canna-kale for the night in an amazing hotel. Great breakfast with no real rush in the morning, then a great in-depth tour of troy before another bus ride back, crossing the Bosporus again. Credit to our guide as he was very informative and gave us time to explore around at each stop. Great tour to do with the family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Guides were good and everything ran smoothly. Chief guide offered us an extra tour after Troy, seeing Gallipoli sites from the Aegean Sea plus a modern museum of the conflict from a Turkish perspective. That was good and saved us spending half day in Cannakale with nothing to do.

Mary T
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Fabulous tour. Rearranged our itinerary so we spent a leisurely afternoon at our hotel - the Kolin - which was fabulous. The tour guide Murat was professional, knowledgeable and good fun. A great way to experience this very moving place. Highly recommended.

Leah
USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

The main focus of this tour is the Gallipoli peninsula and its WWI sites. Being American, I didn't have a strong connection to the area, where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp lost a lot of lives during WWI, but it was still a very interesting tour, and quite beautiful, as well. Now, the beaches, coastal cemeteries and hilltop monuments are so peaceful, it's hard to imagine the brutal fighting. We had a fabulous tour guide, Morat, who was able to answer all our questions and took us to visit a few places that the other crowds didn't. He was also so nice, he took us to a cemetery not on the usual itinerary because a woman in our group had a great uncle buried there.

The included lunch was pretty good -- 3 courses -- and right on a pretty bay. The next day was the Troy tour. It was cool to be in such an ancient place and hear about all the stories I learned in school about Greek mythology. The ruins are easy to walk around and you can get very close to them.

The hotel was also quite nice. We stayed at the Helen Hotel in Canakkale.

All in all, a great two days!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Loved this trip and it was perfect to be able to see Gallipoli in the short period of time. If you don't have two days I would recommend doing the day trip but it would be a long day.
I enjoyed the time in the afternoon on the second day but it could be a long wait if you are traveling by yourself. The bus could afford to leave earlier than it does but understand it is picking up other people.

I thought it was great value for money

I think the accomodation I stayed in actually costed the same as what I paid for the whole 2 days. I felt I might have been upgraded on the accomodation because the rest of the group stayed in town but my accomodation was a 20min drive from the town

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