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Gallipoli Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

1. Gallipoli Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

Take a trip into the past on a full-day tour of Gallipoli from Istanbul, traveling by air-conditioned minibus to the battlefields and war memorials of the ANZAC campaign of the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. Depart Istanbul early in the morning, stopping en route for refreshments. Upon arrival on the Gallipoli Peninsula, your tour will focus on the ANZAC sector of the infamous battlefields. Stop at 11 different points of interest to learn more about the fateful events of the Australian and New Zealand troops, including ANZAC Cove where the troops first landed and set up base. Go to Beach Cemetery, where many of the soldiers who died during the Battle of Gallipoli were buried. Pause to reflect at the Lone Pine Memorial, one of 5 memorials on the peninsula that commemorate servicemen of the former British Empire killed in the campaign but who have no known grave. Visit the battlefields of The Nek and Chunuk Bair, where experienced guides will paint a picture that brings the war to life. Then, return to Istanbul by comfortable 25-seat minibus for a hotel drop off and the end of the tour services.

Canakkale: 6-Hour Gallipoli Tour with Lunch

2. Canakkale: 6-Hour Gallipoli Tour with Lunch

Your tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Center in Çanakkale at around 11:30AM, where you will be met by your passenger escort and accompanied to the ferry terminal. From there you will travel by ferry for the short trip across the Dardanelles Strait. Upon your arrival to the town of Eceabat, once the ancient city of Madytos, you will be able to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch you will board a coach for the 15-minute trip out to the battlefields, crossing the Gallipoli Peninsula and driving to the Aegean coast as well as one of the most famous beaches in modern history: ANZAC Cove. The first part of your tour takes in the area where the men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed on April 25 1915. Moving from the beaches up into the hills above, the tour then traces the line of the battle along what became known as Second Ridge, where the Allied advance was halted on the first day of fighting by the Ottoman defenders and where the front line was located for the next seven months. The tour follows the road along the top of Second Ridge, with the lines of Allied and Turkish trenches still clear on either side. The tour stops at a number of cemeteries and memorials, including the Australian memorial at Lone Pine where almost 5,000 Australians who have no known grave are commemorated, and Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery where you will walk through the now abandoned trenches and tunnel entrances. The final stop on the tour is Chunuk Bair, one of the highest points on the peninsula and the site of the New Zealand National Memorial. The hill was captured in August by New Zealand troops and held for two days before being recaptured from the Allies by Ottoman forces under the personal command of Mustafa Kemal, who later became the president of modern Turkey. Chunuk Bair was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting of the campaign, with the names of more than 850 New Zealand soldiers who fell in the area commemorated on the memorial. The recapture of Chunuk Bair effectively ended Allied hopes of victory at Gallipoli, and so is a fitting place for the tour to close. At the conclusion of the tour your bus will return to Eceabat. Those guests wishing to travel to Istanbul will be able to take a specially configured bus, designed to provide more space and greater leg room for your comfort. For those guests wishing to return to Çanakkale, you will be escorted to the nearby ferry for the trip back across the Dardanelles.

Canakkale: Full-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour

3. Canakkale: Full-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour

Your tour begins at the door of your hotel in Canakkale, where you will be met by your driver to take a 30-minute drive to Troy. There you will be met by your tour guide who will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archaeological excavations. You'll learn the city in detail, from its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s through to the present day. You will not only see the still-impressive defensive walls of the ancient city and learn the story of the Trojan War, but will also be able to walk past the ruins of everyday houses which date back more than 3,000 years. You can also walk the same paths as the people of the city did three millennia ago. Following your tour, you will re-board your tour bus to be carried back to Çanakkale where you will catch the ferry to travel from Asia to Europe. After enjoying lunch at a restaurant, you will then take a trip into the past on a half-day tour of Gallipoli. You'll travel by air-conditioned minibus to the battlefields and war memorials of the ANZAC campaign of the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. Upon arrival on the Gallipoli Peninsula, your tour will focus on the ANZAC sector of the infamous battlefields. You'll stop at 11 different points of interest to learn more about the fateful events of the Australian and New Zealand troops, including ANZAC Cove where the troops first landed and set up base. Following that you will go to Beach Cemetery, where many of the soldiers who died during the Battle of Gallipoli were buried. You can pause to reflect at the Lone Pine Memorial, one of 5 memorials on the peninsula that commemorate servicemen of the former British Empire killed in the campaign but who have no known grave, before visiting the battlefields of The Nek and Chunuk Bair. At the conclusion of your tour, you will take the ferry back to Canakkale.

Canakkale: Gallipoli ANZAC Battlefields Tour

4. Canakkale: Gallipoli ANZAC Battlefields Tour

Meet at Canakkale Hotel and transfer to Ferry Port, by taking the ferry from the center of Çanakkale to Kilitbahir or Eceabat, then shuttle transfer to take you all the way uphill to the Shrapnel Gully. By starting here you immediately get a breathtaking view of the battlefields, and most of your walking will be downhill. 1. Shrapnel Gully Cemetery Shrapnel Valley (or Shrapnel Gully) runs from the west side of the Lone Pine Plateau, behind Maclagan's Ridge, south-westwards to the sea near Hell Spit (Queensland Point). 2. Maclagan’s Ridge The ridge running from Plugge's Plateau down to Hell Spit. Named after the lanc honour of Colonel Sinclair Maclagan, D.S.O. Maclaurin's Hill. From the Maclagan’s Ridge observe the view of Hell Spit, ANZAC Cove, ANZAC Gully 3. Plugge’s Plateau Cemetery Plugge’s Plateau Cemetery contains the graves of twenty-one men who died in the Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War, of whom four are unidentified. From the cemetery observe the view to the Ariburnu Cemetery ( Northern tip of ANZAC Cove), The North Beach, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Anafarta Plain, Salt Lake, Suvla Bay, Sphinx, Reserve Gully, Rest Gully, Razor Edge 4. "Russell’s Top" "The Top" was the highest point within the ANZAC perimeter and commanded views along most of the Turkish line to the south of Baby 700. Ariburnu Cliffs 5. Walker’s Ridge Cemetery Walker's Ridge to Mule Gully, just north of and below the "Sphinx," a prominent sharp-edged hill which jutted out westward towards the sea. 6. Russell’s Top ANZAC Trenches Frank Anderson's 1915 diary continues the entries about fighting with the 10th Light Horse Regiment, now at Russell's Top, an area which became know as The Nek. 7. Turk’s Point ( Machine Gun Point ) 8. The Nek Cemetery The Nek is the track leading along the narrow spur from Russell's Top to Baby 700, and the cemetery stands on a ridge with Pope's Hill on the south-west and Malone's Gully on the north-west. 9. Water Tanks Water Tanks in Shrapnel gully filled each night with water 10. Quinn’s Post Quinn's Post, named after Major Hugh Quinn, 15th Battalion (Queensland) AIF, was one of the most dangerous places at Anzac. 11. Courtney’s Post Courtney's Post was the centre post of three - Quinn's, Courtney's and Steele's - that occupied precarious, but critical, positions along the lip of Monash Valley, in the heights above ANZAC Cove. 12. Steele’s Post Named after Major Thomas Steele of the 14th Battalion, Steele's Post was the southern-most of three - Quinn's, Courtney's and Steele's - that occupied precarious, but critical, positions along the lip of Monash Valley, in the heights above ANZAC Cove. 13. MacLaurin’s Hill Depicts the communication trenches and tracks along MacLaurin's Hill at Gallipoli. And we will follow the below destinations 14. Johnston’s Jolly 15. Lone Pine Cemetery 16. Artillery Road 17. Shell Green Cemetery 18. Clark’s Gully

Istanbul: Full-Day Gallipoli Experience

5. Istanbul: Full-Day Gallipoli Experience

Your tour will begin early in the morning with pickup from your hotel door around the Taksim and Sultanahmet areas. From there you'll depart for Eceabat in a non-smoking, air-conditioned minibus. At midday you will arrive to Eceabat, where you will enjoy a restaurant lunch. At 1:00PM you will depart for a fully guided Gallipoli tour, which will see you visiting Brighton Beach, the Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, and the Ariburnu Cemetery. You'll then move on to the ANZAC Commemorative Site, the Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, and Johnston's Jolly, which were the Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels. Later on, visit the Turkish 57 Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek, and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, before departing for Istanbul at 6:00PM. At 11:30PM, you will arrive back to your hotel in Istanbul

Gallipoli Campaign Anzac Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

6. Gallipoli Campaign Anzac Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

Go on a journey through history on a full-day tour to the battlefields of Gallipoli and learn about the legendary campaign of World War I when Allied Forces, including many from Australia and New Zealand, tried to open up a supply route to Russia. Departing from Istanbul early in the morning, you will drive to the Dardanelles, with an 08:30 AM stop en route for breakfast. Upon arrival in Eceabat, enjoy lunch with panoramic views of the Dardanelles landscape. Your guide will then take you to many of the main battle areas, war memorials and cemeteries, starting at the narrowiest point of the Dardanelles for a brief overview. Admire the Kilitbahir Fortress, built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1463 to protect the Dardanelles Straits. Then, drive to the landing beaches of the Gallipoli Campaign, and learn how soldiers from the British Empire, supported by French troops, landed on the shores to be joined at Ariburnu by the Anzacs of the Australian and New Zealander Army Corps. Highlights of your tour include the Ariburnu Cemetery and ANZAC Commemorative Site. See the Turkish Canon Batteries, and the landing beach at Anzac Cove, the main base for the Australian and New Zealand troops. Discover where Anzac legend John Simpson Kirkpatrick is buried, and pay your respects at memorials erected to commemorate the fallen, such as the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Depart for Istanbul at 6:00 PM to arrive back in the city for the end of the tour services at approximately 11:00 PM, with a rest stop en route.

Gallipoli Full-Day Tour with Lunch from Istanbul

7. Gallipoli Full-Day Tour with Lunch from Istanbul

Travel back to the dark days of World War I and learn about the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915, when western Allies launched a massive attack on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula, leading to the loss of thousands of lives. Following a transfer from your hotel in Istanbul, journey across the Dardanelles to Eceabat on the eastern shore of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Visit the Kabatepe War Museum inside the Gallipoli Historic National Park to learn about the defining moments of the campaign and the involvement of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Continue to Beach Cemetery, site of John Simpson´s Grave, one of the best known of the Anzac soldiers. Then, go to Anzac Cove where the Australian and New Zealand troops set up base during the campaign. See the 1st Anzac landing site at Ari Burnu, and pay your respects to fallen Australian soldiers at Lone Pine Cemetery. See some of the original trenches at Johnston´s Jolly, where unidentified soldiers were buried after the Armistice. Soak up the views of Shrapnel Valley and its Judas tree. Then, go to the Turkish Memorial to remember the many Turkish soldiers that also lost their lives. Continue to The Nek on the Anzac battlefields, and go to Walker´s Ridge, a small cemetery located near Suvla Bay. Finally, pay your respects to the fallen New Zealand soldiers at Chunuk Bair, the main memorial for New Zealand’s Anzac troops, before your return transfer to Istanbul.

Istanbul: 2-Day Gallipoli, Troy, and Bergama Tour

8. Istanbul: 2-Day Gallipoli, Troy, and Bergama Tour

Day 1: Following a 6:00AM pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, head towards Gallipoli Peninsula. Along the way, stop in Eceabat and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, continue your journey to Gallipoli. Once you arrive, embark on a guided tour of the most important sites and monuments, including Brighton Beach, the Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, the Ariburnu Cemetery, the ANZAC Commemorative Site, the Mehmetcik Statue, the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial, the Nek, and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. At 6:00PM, transfer to your accommodation for your overnight stay. Day 2: At 8:00AM, depart for a tour of Troy. Visit the Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars, The 3,700-year-old city walls, Houses of Troy I, Bouleuterium (Senate Building), and Odeon (Concert Hall). Marvel at the remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX, before your tour of Troy finishes at 10:30AM.  Next, travel to Bergama, admiring the luscious views along the way. Savor a delicious lunch before heading uphill to the ancient Pergamon Acropolis - once the residence of the royal families and aristocrats. Explore the former palaces, temples, and water reservoirs, as well as the Acropolis, the library, the Temple of Athena, the Temple of Trajan, the Altar of Zeus, the gymnasium situated on the terraces, the Lower Agora, the Hellenistic Theater, and the Temple of Dionysus. Your tour finally finishes at 5:30PM, at which point you can sit back and relax on your return journey to either Selcuk or Kudasasi.

Full-day Gallipoli Tour

9. Full-day Gallipoli Tour

We will take you to the most important sites of the Gallipoli Campaign in this full-day tour. After an early pick-up from your hotel, we will drive through the beautiful Turkish countryside. We will stop for lunch at the beautiful coastal town of Eceabat, where we will stop for lunch. Next, we will visit the historical sites where the battles took place. The battle started on the 25th of April 1915. The Allies attempted to take the Gallipoli Peninsula to gain safe access to Constantinople, present-day Istanbul. If they took Istanbul, they would be able to knock Turkey out of the war and help Russia in its struggle against the Central Powers—Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We will see Anzac cove, where the Allied forces made their initial beach landing. This was a strategic error, and it lead to many deaths. The tour will also visit the famous Lone Pine ridge, where Mel Gibson started in the movie Gallipoli and many Australian soldiers lost their lives. In December 1915 the Allies armies were forced to evacuate, after thousands of British, Australians and New Zealanders and Turkish soldiers had lost their lives. Finally we will go to the Gabatepe Museum and you will have the opportunity to see many relics from the campaign, including weapons, ammunition, photographs and private items of the soldiers. This moving tour is a fascinating insight into one of the fiercest battles of World War I.

Gallipoli Day Tour from Istanbul

10. Gallipoli Day Tour from Istanbul

Start your day bright and early from your hotel in the old city of Istanbul. Here, you will meet your friendly driver/guide before setting off on your afternoon tour of Gallipoli.  During your tour of the World War I battlefields of Gallipoli your guide will take you to places that highlight this location's serenity. Whilst driving through the picturesque Gallipoli, you will see landmarks such as the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, Ari Burnu Cemetery, Johnston's Jolly (where you'll visit the original Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels), 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial and The Nek. After an insightful and reflective day, you will return to Istanbul with a drop-off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Gallipoli, Turkey

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 111 reviews

Our Gallipoli tour was nothing short of amazing! Apo, our tour guide was outstanding and couldn’t have done more for us. His knowledge of the Gallipoli story, as well as Turkish history, was excellent and he shared so many facts and personal stories with us. He also took us on an incredible walk up gullies, to plateaus and high ground and through trenches allowing us to get more of a feel for the terrain and what the ANZAC soldiers would have experienced. If you are thinking of doing a Gallipoli tour don’t look any further - Apo is your man

Had an incredible time with Burak (hope i spelled his name correctly!) on our tour of Gallipoli. We were provided in depth history into what happened at key locations. He was incredibly fun and helped answer any questions we had. Just a note though that it is a very long drive to and from Gallipoli, so would recommend if you have more than a few days in Istanbul.

Everything went smoothly and I had a great day out. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable and easy to approach. Gallipoli was the highlight for me.

Shuttle arrived on time to collect us and take us to Gallipoli, guide was friendly and knew all the stories and history of the place

Pickup service, driver and on site guide are all excellent