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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:16 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Gallipoli Day Trip from Istanbul

Explore the Gallipoli Peninsula and its famous sites during this small-group guided day trip from Istanbul. During World War I in 1915-16, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) launched an Allied campaign that resulted in the loss of many lives during a standoff with Turkish troops. Your journey will take you to historic site to remember those who fought and includes ANZAC Cove and Lone Pine, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek, and Chunuk Bair. A lunch is provided during the trip and enjoy plenty of attention from your guide since this small-group tour is limited to 14 people.


  • Full-day tour of the Gallipoli battlefields from Istanbul, with a knowledgeable guide
  • Visit the key sites of the WWI campaign and learn about the battles that took place there
  • See ANZAC Cove, where Australian and New Zealand forces landed on 25th April 1915
  • View the famous battlefields of The Nek and the trenches at Johnston’s Jolly
  • Visit the poignant Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial, and New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair
  • Stop for an included lunch, with drinks available at your own expense
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Gallipoli Day Trip from Istanbul

Visit the key memorials at Gallipoli on your full-day tour

After meeting your expert guide at your central Istanbul hotel, travel to Gallipoli by air-conditioned coach for you small-group day trip. Buckle up and cruise along the renowned Gallipoli Peninsula and listen as your guide explains the story of this treacherous WWI military offensive.

Learn more details about the campaign launched in April 1915 by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) that aimed to support dwindling Russian forces. The goal of the allied troops was to topple Ottoman Turkish forces and sack Istanbul, then Constantinople. By January 1916, the campaign was a stalemate and the Allied troops retreated after massive casualties on both sides of about 100,000 troops.

Arrive in Gallipoli after around a 5-hour journey and stretch your legs with a stop at ANZAC Cove. Follow your guide and see the 25th April landing’s beach and The Neck, a site where 40% of Australian troops perished with little to show for the effort. Then, visit Johnston’s Jolly and observe former Allied and Turkish trenches and other remnants of war.

Next, discover the somber memorials of soldiers who perished. Stop at the heartbreaking Australian Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial to observe engravings of close to 5,000 men. Then, visit the honorable New Zealand Memorial Chunuk Bair, the site where New Zealanders held their ground in the summer of 1915.

In the afternoon, enjoy a lunch that is included (drinks are at your expense). As the sun begins to set, hop back in your coach and leave Gallipoli honoring the soldiers with your remembrance. Traverse back to your Istanbul hotel where your tour concludes.

Please note: the order of attractions covered above may be modified during your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great well organised trip
Highly recomended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic tour. Great guide Mahmoud very knowledgeable brought tears to our eyes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very special place for all Australians, New Zealanders and Turkish people. Great to see this with an unbiased viewpoint with a Turkish guide. However, it is a long day! Nearly 18 hours in total, including about 12 hours on the road. But the good side was a thorough all areas guided tour of Gallipoli and Anzac Cove and the memorials.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Long day but well worth the effort
Driver and two guides were very friendly, helpful and informative
Not too many toilets during tour of Gallipoli itself so be aware

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Had a fantastic time.
The tour guide was amazing who obviously had a real passion for the history of the area.
The drive from Istanbul was worth it definitely.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Amazing trip, worth every cent. Something every Aussie should do, very informative guide, long day but worth it !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Amazing guide, so much knowledge. A moving experience. Long day but well worth it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed Gallipoli and will recommend this tour highly, extremely moving experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Be prepared for a very long day however this tour is well worth it. Pickup from your Hotel at 6 am and drop off back to your hotel close to midnight. About 5 hours drive to Gallipoli and then another 5 hours back to your hotel in Istanbul. A few things in regards to Neon of which we were not happy about. As we booked this tour with Neon we expected a Neon Tour Bus to pick us up. However, the Tour group that took us was Hassle Free Tours. The guide (Munt) did not speak to us much at all on the 5 hour journey to Gallipoli only to tell us when it was time to have a break and what time to be back on the bus. When we finally arrived in Gallipoli another Tour Guide (Murat) took over and then it started to get a lot better from there. We had lunch (which was okay) before we set off on our tour around Gallipoli. Murat was excellent, spoke very good English, had a great sense of humour and his knowledge on the history of Gallipoli is very extensive. He gave us a great insight and an unbiased account of the strategies they used and how these soldiers suffered through this sad time. We started from the beginning right to the end and took in all the important landmarks. About 6pm we headed back to Istanbul - quite exhausted - and arrived back at our Hotel around midnight. The drivers both ways were excellent. However just a heads up that the food in these road side services doesn't look too appetising and if you have a sensitive tummy you are better off bringing some of your own snacks (we had bananas etc). Well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

The day was very good! The guide was knowledgeable and thorough and very interesting! Very full one day trip. Extremely worthwhile

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