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This was a well organized tour! Everything was on time and our tour guide and driver also created opportunities for the group to experience even more than the original itinerary. We really got to see a lot in a short time. All the food and accommodations were wonderful. This is well worth your time and money!
The two day trip was a wonderful experience and the guides where very professional and well informed.
Everything went like clockwork. Excellent guides. This is a mind-broadening experience, highly recommended.
There are some very good parts to this tour, and other things that make it frustrating. The good parts were the tours of Gallipoli and Troy and the vey good guide we had at both sites. The not so good parts was the chaotic organization of the traveling arrangements. The tour started with an early morning pickup - 6.30 am for us and earlier for some others. After we were picked up the bus traveled around Istanbul picking up other passengers, and at about 7.30am we passed by the end of the street of our own hotel again. We eventually were on our way by 8.00am. The "guide" on the bus told us very little during the journey down to Gallipoli, and actually went to sleep for a while. There was a stop for breakfast one the way down. Fortunately once we had arrived at Gallipoli and had lunch we met up with a new professional guide who took us through the main sites of the Gallipoli peninsula during the afternoon. We were then taken by ferry across to Canakkale where we stayed the night, and were picked up the following morning for the tour of Troy. We had the same excellent guide for this tour. At the end of the tour we were returned to Canakkale at midday and advised that we had to fill in the next 5 hours before we should meet again at the tour company office (at Anzac hotel) to catch the ferry back to Eceabat or Kilitbahir. Once we arrived back on the other side of the Dardanelles, and driven further up to Gelibolu (Gallipoli), we were transferred to a bigger bus along with people who done a one day trip to Gallipoli. We finally got back to our hotel at 1.00am. The forced wait in Canakkle is completely unnecessary and is done so they can combine the 2 day and 1 day tours on one bus back to Istanbul.
Good trip, only problem is that you have to spend a whole afternoon in cannakale where there isnt much to do, would be much better if you could leave at lunchtime on day 2 and arrive back in Istanbul at a reasonable time
The Gallipoli tour was great. Our guide was very generous with information, knew what he was talking about and was enthusiastic about his subject. He was a delight. The visits to the different cemeteries and memorials were very moving. A must do!!!
A couple of negatives, There were only 4 of us on the tour who were staying overnight in Cannakale before going on the Troy tour the next day. We all had to stay in separate hotels which was quite disconcerting - even though we didn't know each other beforehand, it was quite odd to be suddenly left alone. It was unexpected. The other negative was the afternoon of free time in Cannakale. It was just too long!. Six hours ends up being a lot of time to fill in, when the only reward at the end of it is a long trip back to Istanbul. Maybe something can be done to improve these, as the tours themselves were excellent. Oh! Something else. The time available to us at the Troy site was quite short. We all commented that we would have liked to have had some more time to wander around.
A very interesting tour and the guide was excellent. He was informative and also humourous. Pick ups etc were on time. My only 'complaint' was that the tour is described as a Gallipoli Tour and yet only northern Gallipoli is covered. Whilst it was interesting to see the Anzac sites coming from Britain we also wanted to see the British War Graves etc. When we mentioned this to our guide the next day he pointed out that this was not part of the ANZAC Tour we had booked. The name of the tour had suddenly changed after we booked it and before we received a faxed confirmation of pick up at our hotel. However, the guide arranged a special tour for us to see the British, French and Turkish War Graves but we did have to pay a lot extra for this but it did fill in the wasted afternoon after the Troy visit. We weren't offered an opportunity to watch a DVD documentary as per itinery.
Gallipoli was very good, great guide and very informative. Troy was a bit of a disappointment, not much to see there and the 'free time' would be better served driving back to Istanbul a little earlier
The tour was very interesting but the guide was not engaging and seemed to be disinterested with anything outside on the tour subject. We also felt it was a waste of time sitting around Cannakale for 5 hours. Both these things rather spoiled the trip.
gallipoli kind of boring if your not into wars that have nothing to do with your countries troy was fun but a short trip didnt give u time to take pictures
Overall, a positive experience. We enjoyed the view of the Dardenelles, the history of the Gallipoli battlefield, and especially the tour of the ruins of Troy/Ilium. It was worth the overnight stay, and our accommodations at resort hotel outside of Cannikale were very pleasant.
It was good to have hotel pickup and dropoff in Istanbul. However, the pickup was 45 minutes late (the guide apologized), as they had difficulties finding hotels. Our dropoff was near, but not at, our hotel in Sirkece.
It seemed that the subcontractor, was somewhat disorganized. There various groups on different itineraries overlapping. Our guide for Troy, while knowledgeable, had no idea whether we were supposed to return to Istanbul that night.
In the end, we spent about two hours at Troy. I would have liked at least two more hours to explore the site on my own. Perhaps the tour could be reorganized to allow for more time at this world historical site. The Aussies love ANZAC cove, where we spent an entire afternoon. But we were more interested in Troy, where little time was spent, after a five-hour busride in each direction.
We had a great trip to Gallipoli, very moving, great food and great guide. The hotel that we stayed was 5star, Kollin. Very well priced. Two things I din;t like, 1, The bus driver drove to fast (110kph in a 30kph zone in the city area) and took risks passing when there was traffic comming towards us, plus answering his phone when driving. 2. The next day instead of getting away on our Troy tour, so we could get back to Istunbul for dinner we got back to our hotel at midnight. 7 hour to get back to our hotel from ANZAC cove pickup at 5pm. Please leave Troy by lunch time.
To obtain 5stars, slow down and get us back in time for dinner the next day.
It was an early start and a long journey from Istanbul to Gallipoli and the tour was excellent but everyone agreed that although the guide was knowledgeable he was difficult to inderstand because of his accent. The guides were extremely helpful with luggage onto and off the ferry. Hotel Helen was adequate for one night but the walls were thin and we had to ring reception because of the noise from the next room at 11pm. In retrospect we would have booked a better hotel. The tour of Troy was just one hour (the guide was excellent) leavihg us with five hours to wait before the ferry back to the awaiting coach. Everyone complained about this particularly as the journey back to Istanbul was so long. We asked the man at the travel company why we couldn't start back earlier and he replied "You can take a local bus if you want" !!
As a result, we didn't get back to our hotel until 11.30pm and we were the first to be dropped off!