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Absolute fulfilling day. Was long but totally rewarding. Sites visited were all memorable and relevant to Australia's Gallipoli campaign. At no time were we asked to move along - our guide allowed us to stay at each site for as long as the group needed. Congratulaions for providing us with an insight and understanding of the battles fought and the impact each had on both the Australian and Turkish troops. Would recommend the trip to any person considering a visit to Gallipoli.
Our tour guide was a lady named Elif who was amazing. So much knowledge and went way above and beyond for us. A great day, wonderful a moving and a great view on both perspectives of the war. Elif talked about the war for all countries involved. I would highly recommend this tour. Thanks.
Fantastic tour. The tour respects both allied and Turkish soldiers. Very informative. Would highly recommend.
Amazing experience!!!!! The tour guide was fantastic and full of so much information. The tour itself was excellent - a great way to fully understand the Anzac experience.
A very worthwhile trip to visit a scene not too well know about the British during the first World War when concentration was on the trenches of Belgium. Also good as a scene to locate the geography of the area and reiterate the istrategice mportance of the entrance to the Dardenelles. It is a long day but if you are at all interested in learning about modern Turkey and not just about sunbathing etc this is a must visit.
Great trip to experience without the crowds around the time of ANZAC Day.
A long distance to travel but worth the investment in time to vist and pay repects to this historical and tragic site. The guide was very knowledgeable and you spend a reasonable time visiting the battle and landing sites. I would suggest though - if possible - to do the 2 day trip rather than as a one day trip from Istanbul visiting Gallipoli and Troy. As a one day tour - it was over 17 hours of travel and tour.
My mother and I went to Gallipoli with the express purpose of visiting a family member buried at Lone Pine. Our Turkish guide was the most respectful person we had come across in a long time. Although we only had 20 minutes at the Lone Pine Cemetery at no time were we given the rush and the other people on our tour shared our moment as we laid flowers and a flag. The day was a very long 18 hours 10 hours in traveling time but worth every dollar and hour, especially if you are an Aussie. I would definitely recommend this trip as a must do!
My grandfather was one of the last to evacuate Gallipoli, just before Christmas 1915. We have his war letters, neatly copied into an exercise book by his aunt; his official army photographs of Anzac Cove and the trenches, and the blue cloth-backed map he carried in his pocket, faded and worn at the folds. And of course, we have his medals. My time was limited so I did a one day Gallipoli tour with a driver and a guide. It's a four and a half hour drive from Istanbul to the Gallipoli Peninsula so we only had about three hours actually there. Our guide was a smiling, friendly man in his 40s, who makes his living through a passion for and knowledge of a great tragedy. A Turk teaching Australians and New Zealanders their history. And giving some understanding of the other side of the story, as well.
Note from Viator: This review is from Philippa Burne, who toured Gallipoli on a one-day tour from Istanbul and wrote about her experiences at Gallipoli over on the Viator Travel Blog.
A moving experience. I'm a Kiwi with some strong family connections to Gallipoli. This tour was something I had been looking forward to for many years. Definitely recommended.
Very worthwhile tour for those interested in the Australian and New Zealand history in 1915. Day trip is very long, with no particular hurry to get you there or get you home, around 5 hours each way. The guide when you arrive is excellent and has a great balance in the presentation of Turkish and Allied events. Recommended, but only for those who can handle the bus trip, (driver and roads were fine)
Gallipoli is incredible and well worth the long trip from Istanbul. The included lunch was lovely and overlooked the water. The tour guide at Gallipoli was very friendly and informative. The only negative was the delays caused by stopping in three different places on the trip. One was for a 45-minute break, about an hour after we left Istanbul. The second break was after the afternoon at Gallipoli. We were returned to the restaurant where we had lunch and told the wait there would be around 45 minutes - however we could buy our dinner there! Around 90-minutes later we had another break at a retail outlet and food shop for another 45-minutes or so. We definitely got the sense that these additional stops were designed for the "tourists" to spend.
The trip was great, it is a very long day but GALLIPOLI is a must for any Aussie, Kiwi or Pom.
The tour guide was great, fantastic knowledge and just the right amount of time at each spot.
The downside was the bus trip home, heavy traffic after the EID Holiday. That was ok, however what is not ok was the fact the bus driver and his off sider, who did not pick us up at the start of the day, had no idea about our hotel location or other peoples hotel. This added at least another hour to an already long day. So a must do trip but please make sure all drivers have a good understanding of hotel locations.
Enjoyed the trip overall. The small bus wasn't that comfortable for the ten hour trip. Lunch was ordinary at best. Guide was very good.