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Better than expected. Informative friendly tour guide and skilful driver. These people worked hard to make our day exceptional. It was a very long day in all, but very worthwhile. Thank you to everyone.
fabulous day trip only weeks before the centenary of the landing in 1915. The guide was most knowledgeable and pleasant. The bus was comfortable and the driver excellent. Excellent value for money with a door to door pick up service available making the whole trip easy.
Well organised trip. Breakfast and lunch provided. Great guide. Bus drivers and others friendly and helpful. Fantastic to hear the stories of what occurred in 1915 and visit those places. Really good (but long) day
I had an amazing guide and an amazing trip. The guide was well versed and very knowledgeable about the topic at hand. A heads up though, it is a long drive to get there, and in the winter it does get very cold.
Superb. The driver was knowledgeable and courteous, and our tour guide was super. He gave us interesting background information, historical and otherwise, and then set us free to wander on our own until a designated meeting time. Plenty of photo opportunities. Thank you very much!
First stop, about 10 min, is just for a little break. 2nd stop is for breakfast. Upon arriving at the tour desk/hotel near souther tip of Gallipoli peninsula, lunch was offered (very nice). Once the tour commenced, the guide was impressive. Those historical sites with his narration of history really made it so real that I was actually visiting the battle field where both sides fought fiercely. Again, amazing guide he was who made this whole tour worth every whatever the currency you are going to pay with!!!
The guide was very knowledgable on both fronts of the war. The museum was a good experience and the memorial sites were inspiring. Our guide gave us avery interesting I sightt to the lives the soldiers lived during this time. We were told both sides of the history and I would we omens this tour.
This was a very successful tour. I was allowed to go to Cape Hellas where my Granddad landed nearly 100 years ago and all the other wonderful places where he was at that time. Thank you so much especially to the young lady named Perri who was a wonderful guide
I can't begin to describe how emotionally moving this pilgrimage is. The knowledge imparted by our guide Icud was outstanding. He is a brilliant teller of fact and sympathetic to all sides. To go to Anzac Cove and Gallipoli is something every Australian should do to realise why we have today, what we have. The bus driver, guides, everything is 100% - thank you for this moving once in a life time experience.
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.
Great tour with a very fun tour guide!!! a must do when going to turkey!!!
If I am being picky and had to say one thing I would say there could have been a little more depth with the history and the accent was also a little difficult... but apart from that, great!
The guide was fantastic, really know what he was talking about and very friendly too, as was the driver. The drive from Istanbul, however comfy, was much longer than we expected but we were very pleased once we finally got there. The stop for Breakfast we thought was not needed, as that time could have been used better exploring the area. When we got to Eceabat at midday so we had another stop for lunch. The restaurant was quaint and the food was lovely, however we weren't told that the lunch was included i our ticket price which would have been nice to know. The tour, once started, was lovely if not a little underwhelming but as Australian's I think we had set ourselves up for a very emotional day and when we first arrived at ANZAC Cove, the letters on the wall (A N Z A C) had been stolen and so the wall was now being updated, which was absolutely no fault to the tour because there is nothing they could do about it but perhaps a little warning would have been nice. The rest of the tour was just lovely and so happy to see how it was all set out and to be able to go into the tunnels that were used and hearing the stories behind all the memorials. The ride back to the hotel was less than impressive. As we were the only ones on the tour that weren't staying overnight (we didn't know this was an option when we booked) rather than drive us back they guides decided to drop us off at another bus tour presumably owned or managed by the same group. Again it would have been nice to know what was going on as we were under the impression that the bus we needed would be along shortly and then straight back to the hotel, however we sat on the side-walk in an unknown area to us for over and hour in the dark before a bus finally came. And then we stopped three times on the way back. One for an hour for dinner at a truck-stop and twice because the driver wanted a cigarette. We would definitely recommend coming to Gallipoli to our family and friends, maybe staying there though.
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.