Your Gallipoli Day tour from Istanbul starts early with pick up from hotels around the Taksim area between 06:00 and 06:30, and pick up from Sultanahmet area hotels occurring between 06:30 and 07:00.
We then head out of the city, driving towards Eceabat, stopping half way for breakfast / morning tea.
We arrive in Eceabat at approximately 1200, and will have lunch in a local restaurant before heading for the now-peaceful site of the Gallipoli Peninsula. This is a popular site with visitors from all over the world, particular those from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, who come to pay tribute to those who lost their lives here in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 which lasted for 8 months.
The Gallipoli Campaign during World War I was an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied forces to take control of the Dardanelles, key to controlling the sea route Europe to Russia. It began with a failed naval attack by British and French ships on the Dardanelles Straits in February-March 1915 and continued with a major land invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 25, involving British and French troops as well as divisions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).
Sites visited during your Gallipoli Day Tour will include:
- Brighton Beach
- Beach Cemetery
- ANZAC Cove
- Ariburnu Cemetery
- ANZAC Commemorative Site
- Respect to Mehmetcik Statue
- Lone Pine Australian Memorial
- Johnston’s Jolly, (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels)
- Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Cemetery
- The Nek
- Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial
As you wander the Gallipoli Peninsula with your guide, you will be moved as you hear stories of the incredible bravery of all who fought here.
We head back to Istanbul at 18.00, stopping again for a comfort break halfway, arriving back in Istanbul at approximately 23.00 – a long day but very worth it.