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Gallipoli has always been a destination/experience that I have always wanted to see and feel. The tour did not disappoint, it was a long day leaving from Istanbul. I would recommend choosing a closer destination, but the guides and drivers were courteous and dropped us off to meet the main group. One thing that slightly irked me was our Gallipoli guide. Don't get me wrong he was very knowledgeable and had researched extensively to the point of being published. But, this came up too often and I felt at times the tour was more about him and his experiences with dignitaries and not about the events. I take some things seriously in life when required and Gallipoli is one of them. If this could please be fed back to the guide, I dont remember his name as I'm shocking with names, as he had a wonderful knowledge of the events from Turkish, New Zealand, Australian,British and international perspectives which become little lost with his constant self referencing.
If you are in Turkey don't let what I have written put you off this tour as it is an amazing and emotional day which I personally feel each Australian should attempt to do at least once :-)
Very long day, but to visit the battlefields and see Anzac cove was worth it
Everything we hoped for and more: moving, respectful, informative, educational and inspiring. Our young guide was excellent and with Brits, Aussies on the tour he proved a good umpire!
We had an good guide for the long bus ride out to the peninsular and then we joined an RSL tour. The local guide had a deep knowledge of the ANZAC story and told it in an impartial way. We came away knowing much more than we had about this important part of our history. Highly recommended.
A long journey, 4.5 hours each way, but worth it to see the story of the WW1 attack on the Gallipoli peninsula. Firstly we visited ANZAC cove, then the "beach cemetery", then the ANZAC Cemetery and memorial, the Turkish 57th Army cemetery and the high Defence point taken by Ataturk, the Turkish general, with a NZ memorial nearby and some reconstructed trenches - from here you could see the whole lay of the land. Disappointed not to pop into the museum, although our guide was quite dismissive of it.
a visit to gallipoli has always been on my bucket list--i had two uncles who landed there with the anzacs. the unfortunate aspect of our tour was the fact that it was part of a five or six day tour of turkey [which we didn't know about until well into the day] and we had to leave the tour bus and had to wait almost two hours for another bus to pick us up for the return to istanbul. the tour guide was not very enthusiastic spending most of the the to gallipoli asleep
Great tour great guide only thing is need to go to a place where Golzemes haven't run out very enjoyable
Judy and Peter
I've had to take one star off for the transfer to and from the Peninsula by minibus. This was not a comfortable bus and the driver was a ratbag. We're just grateful to have made it there and back in one piece! Once there, we transferred to another bus and had an excellent local guide. His knowledge is second to none and it was good to get the Turkish perspective as well. He was happy to personalize the tour a bit for those of us who had special requests too. Doing the whole thing in one day makes for a long day, but is quite manageable.
As Anzacs, my wife and I really enjoyed this day trip from Istanbul. It is a long day, so be prepared (picked up at 6am and didn't make it back to hotel until 11pm) however if you want to pay your respects then it is well worth the effort. The tour was well organised, with informative and friendly guides, as well as plenty of stops along the way for comfort breaks and refreshments. The buses were also quite comfortable and modern, making the long drive much easier.
Don't be put off by the 4.5 hour drive to and from Gallipoli. This trip is well worth it. The Guide that we had was extremely knowledgable about the sites and also the history of the campaign. We visited both ANZAC and Turkish memorials. The only minor disappointment was not seeing any of the British landing sites but, even so, it was an excellent day and highly recommended.
Long day travelling, not sure the guide truly had the facts straight, but moving place!
Unfortunantly I did go on this tour as the group i travelled with had booked the Troy tour. There was no one who could accomodate me for the Gallipoli tour and was told that if i wanted to go to Gallipoli I would be dropped off at the wharf and latter I could be picked up in 4 hours on the return leg. As i did not feel comfortable travelling alone with no guide I decided to go along to Troy.
The Troy tour was OK but being Australian rather unfortunate not to go to Gallipoli. The tour guide for Troy was accomodating and explained the tour well.
Our trip to Gallipoli was long and tiring, we were told pick up would commence prior to 7am but we're not picked up until 7:30-8.
The trip was well planned with lots of comfort stops and plenty of time at each sight. But the food options were below average.
Our tour guide slept a lot of the way down and back from Gallipoli. She also kept saying the 24th of April when the event actually occurred on the 25th of April - isn't this is a pretty important part of the tour? We found that he overall knowledge was somewhat poor.
When we asked our guide about booking another tour she did not offer any information. Additionally, when we asked to be dropped off closer to our accommodation she said no even though she had agreed to drop other people from the tour in this spot.
Our driver was excellent and got us there safely considering the amount of hours he drove in one day.
Overall we were disappointed with a tour that we expected to be the highlight of our trip.
This trip was also disappointing. The minivan was too small and uncomfortable for the 5 + hours it took to get to Gallipoli, the seats were too small for 2 people, especially large people to sit next to one and other. I unfortunately was sitting on top of the wheel and I felt every bump we went over. Or guide, although she knew here history, found it difficult to express in English words, so sometimes it was painful waiting for her to think of the English words to express what she wanted to say. Our driver seemed to be in a big hurry to get back and his driving was very erratic and too fast for the conditions. I was at the back of the bus and only got the feeling we were going very fast, my husband was at the front, and when we got out, he said "god was looking after us today" because we were lucky to get back in one piece.
The outward journey was excellent; six on the tour plus driver and guide. The tour was well presented and the guide knowledgeable. however, the return was less that satisfactory our original tour bus carried on with four passengers to do Troy, we were then transfer to another bus which picked up a number of other passengers on the return to Istanbul.
An outward journey that took 4 hours turned into a return of just under 6 hours additional irritation was the driver had been given the wrong address for some of the hotels.
Make sure you have your hotel contact number so the drive can ring them up for direction.