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very moving experience and highly recommended. Most people were staying over for at least 1 night and some were part of a 5 day tour but I was a bit uncertain about the hotels and decided to just do as a day trip. It was about 4 hours drive each way so a longish day but very manageable as comfortable van . Still had plenty of time at Gallipoli and in the town. Did not get included lunch as advertised but we stopped at service station where could buy cheap and very nice food.
Coming all the way from Australia and having little time for visiting places i had booked my day
trip not expecting much,but turning out to be a great day with the weather and all the sites
we visited in such a short time ,the tour guy making sure that we all understood every sites
meaning and significance Special Thanks to Mr Bulent for making me and my daughter
feel like a part of history.
A long day travelling but worth it for the comprehensive visit to the Gallipoli sites. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the driver excellent. Our only issue was being left to our own devices for an hour at a small town waiting for the ferry to arrive - a very cold and uninviting place
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.
Definately worth the long trip from Istanbul Very moving experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
Our bus was very clean and arrived on time to pick us up. We left about 6.30 am from Istanbul and arrived but about 9.00pm.
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.