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clock-o16 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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
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.

Reviews

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J
, Oct 2015

Great well organised trip
Highly recomended

D
, Sep 2015

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

G
, Jul 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.

S
, Jun 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

N
, Jan 2015

the best part of our holiday in Europe - our guide was passionate, knowledgeable and seemed pleased to be showing us the battle field.
lots of stops, on and off the bus to visit sites and a good explanation of what happened at each of the sites. Great photo opportunities.

And while the pickup from the hotel was efficient, our bus driver told us nothing about where we were travelling, how long it would take, what stops we would have and our arrival at the meeting place had no explanations as to what was going to happen next.

E
, Dec 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.

G
, Oct 2014

THE TOUR GUIDE WAS EXCELLENT

S
, Sep 2014

The tour wasn't 15hours, it was more like 18. The guide we got in Gallipoli was a world of knowledge. The bus seats are very small so hard on the knees if you are over 5'5.

J
, Aug 2014

While the tour was great and the guide was very knowledgable I think the title and additional cost of the tour was wrongly advertised. A small group tour to me is no more than 12 people however we were on tour with nearly 40 people. It was really disappointing as we were expecting the small group tour to be quite intimate and have more access to the guide however as it was so large I didn't feel we got the same experience. If I had know it would be such a large group I would have booked the normal tour. If I have any family and friends thinking of doing this tour I wouldn't recommend it as the normal tour would suffice.

J
, Aug 2014

It was a really fantastic day. Long, as everyone else said. Take your own snacks and water.

Our guide really knew what he was talking about but at times I found him hard to understand.

Definitely recommended if you're a kiwi or an aussie


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