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Overview

Experience somber battlefields and historic World War I memorial sites during this guided day trip to Gallipoli from Istanbul. With an expert guide, visit heartbreaking sites on the Gallipoli peninsula where Australian, New Zealand and Turkish soldiers lost their lives during a merciless WWI campaign. Hear rare stories about the fallen troops at famous sites including Lone Pine, ANZAC Cove, Ari Burnu Cemetery and the Nek.
  • Full-day tour of Gallipoli battlefields with transport from Istanbul
  • Learn about the WWI battles at Gallipoli between the Allied forces and Ottoman Turks
  • Walk around ANZAC Cove to see where Australian and New Zealand troops landed in 1915
  • Enjoy a break for lunch in a restaurant in town
  • Pay your respects to fallen soldiers at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorial sites
  • Visit trenches at the Nek and Johnson's Jolly, and explore Ari Burnu Cemetery
Kick off your small-group tour by meeting your guide and air-conditioned coach transport either at your hotel or near Topkapi Palace. Then, hop aboard for a voyage south along Turkey’s European edge to the Gallipoli peninsula. Take a break for breakfast (own expense) and loosen your legs in the small city of Tekirdağ. 
Shortly thereafter, arrive in Gallipoli and begin your excursion to the famous World War I sites. Listen as you guide explains how Australian and New Zealand forces invaded the shores of Gallipoli in 1915 with the goal of sacking Istanbul, then the Ottoman capital Constantinople. Their hopes were immediately crushed by Ottoman Turk soldiers who battled the Aussies and Kiwis for more than six months to a standstill. Learn about the thousands who perished from both sides on these battlegrounds which now serve as a place of remembrance.
Hop off your coach at ANZAC Cove and hear about the first day Australian and New Zealand forces landed at the cove. Wander through symbolic battlegrounds and stroll the beautiful headlands. Then, visit Australia’s primary memorial location, Lone Pine which was named for a single pine tree that lived here. See the names of 5,000 soldiers who rest here after dying in battle.
Next, explore the Nek’s war torn trenches and listen to stories of soldiers who attacked from hiding places within nearby forests. Continue to Chunuk Bair and hear how the Allies bravely captured this site but were unable to defend it. Also, stop and observe the memorials of courageous New Zealanders who fought till the end.
Savod lunch at a restaurant in the nearby town and then cruise to more serene memorial sites close to Gallipoli. Stop at Burnu Cemetery to honor the 252 servicemen who lay rest here. Then, enjoy passing by Johnson’s Jolly trenches, the Beach Cemetery and Brighton Beach before heading back to Istanbul. Along the ride back to your starting point reminisce as you see evening views of Turkey.

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T
, Dec 2018

It is a long drive from Istanbul, so a bit painful but site is well worth it. I went there on Christmas eve and got lucky since all the others from my bus went to Troy and I got a private tour. Guide was extremely good, knew all the details. 4/5 since 8+ hrs driving in one day, should have taken two day trip...

R
, Sep 2018

We had a fantastic day out visiting Gallipoli and the memorials to the terrible events of 1915. The tour guides were superb and gave us a full and accurate account of the events that took place and they did this in a moving and compassionate manner. They told the story from the Turkish perspective as well as the ANZAC one. Everyone on our party was from Australia or New Zealand apart from us.
I have two minor suggestion to make for improving this tour. Firstly we only visited the area where the ANZACS landed and fought. My grandfather landed with the British 29th division further down the coast and i was under the impression that we would visit that as well. When we were looking to book this trip it did not mention this and i think it should be made clearer to people exactly where they were going to visit. The coach trip takes 4 hours both ways and we knew it was going to be a long day. It would have been helpful if you were told this before we booked in the promotion of the tour.
Aver moving experience.

M
, Jul 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, a long day, but very informative. Be aware though that it quotes a guide Kick off your small-group tour by meeting your guide and air-conditioned coach transport either at your hotel or near Topkapi Palace. Then, hop aboard for a voyage south along Turkeys European edge to the Gallipoli peninsula. We did not actually get a guide until such time as we arrived in a town called Eceabat. Our driver didn't speak English and about half way stopped the bus and indicated we had a 30 minute break. We were all a bit confused as we drove for approximately 5 hours before actually meeting our guide. This needs to be advised at the time of booking. It would have been better if someone had informed us of this before leaving Istanbul. When we arrived at Eceabat we were taken to a restaurant where we had an adequate lunch before setting off for our tour. Can't fault the guide as he had maps and photos to show as well as giving detailed information of the areas we stopped. We spent about 5 hours touring the cemeteries and WW1 sites, something we have wanted to do for many years. At the end of the tour we transferred to a smaller vehicle for our return to Istanbul. Perhaps it would be an idea to have some audio on the bus to give you an insight into what to expect when you arrive. Otherwise a great experience.

S
, Dec 2017

Although it is a long drive from Istanbul the experience out weighed the long trip. Our guide was full of knowledge and we could not ask for anyone better. We learnt a lot of history about Gallipoli and got to see a lot of the sites with explanations of what occurred there. It is a trip that you will never forget.

I
, Oct 2017

A wonderful trip. A big day travelling but well worth the effort. The guides were very helpful. They picked us up in our little out of the way hotel and returned us there. Very important in a big confusing city. The guide at Gallipoli knew his stuff

P
, Aug 2017

Highly Informative experience, our guide was highly knowledgeable, excellent organisation

J
, Jun 2017

Very impressive!
Everything was good organized.

J
, Apr 2017

Great tour. Very informative guide. It is a very long day but worth it

T
, Feb 2017

If its on your bucket list DO IT. I read the reviews before I went and at the end of the day regardless whether you like the food on the way there and back, that is not the purpose of the trip. Once you are transfered to the bus to Gallipoli, that is when you get a true sense of what happened there. A very deep day. HIghly recommend

M
, Jan 2017

I was fortunate on several fronts...the weather was lovely and mild, there were no crowds and our guide was the legendary Kenan Celik OAM, who knows as much about the history of Gallipoli as anyone and who gave an even-handed account of that epic and tragic conflict. The transfers, meals and admin all worked smoothly. I'd do it again.


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