Travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula and pay your respects to the fallen soldiers

Travel to a region equated with one of the most significant military battles of our time. Be guided through Anzac Cove to the battlefields, the Nek and Lone Pine and share the stories of heroism and camaraderie that unfolded among the tragedies of what has become a defining moment in Australian and New Zealand history. Many say that the struggles of Gallipoli marked the birth of a national consciousness among Australians and New Zealanders. Take time out to explore Troy before returning to Istanbul. This journey provides a great opportunity to pay respect to those who lost their lives and to reflect on what they fought for.


Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Country
Turkey
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
ERAG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • A moving and educational experience regardless of your age or background.

  • Listen to stories of bravery and comradeship

  • A quintessential Antipodean pilgrimage, to reflect and pay your respects.

  • Discover the ancient city of Troy immortalised by Homer in the “Iliad” hear stories of Greek Gods and peel back the layers of this ancient city.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Being one of our famous Shortbreaks we pack a lot into just a few days. Some early starts; and late finishes. If you prefer to explore at a more leisurely pace this may not be the best trip for you. Please check the trip notes before making onward travel plans.

  • -Travelling alone? Our Shortbreaks are a group tour with independence, you won’t have a Tour Leader with you for the full duration of the tour, but you may be joined by other like-minded travellers to reflect and share you tissues with.

  • - Being an independent traveller you won’t mind carrying your own bag, not great distances just off and on the bus or ferry and into the hotel.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Hosgeldinz. Welcome to Turkey!

Your Gallipoli Pilgrimage starts at approximately 6.30am this morning. You will be picked up from the Golden Horn Hotel - Istanbul, or if advised prior to departure, from your alternate Sultanahmet hotel (Please call and reconfirm with the office at least 24 hours prior to pick up on +90 532 641 2822 ).

You will then travel by minibus to Eceabat. Please note that the vehicle used for the transfer has a maximum capacity of 12 passengers, and you will share this bus with other travellers visiting Gallipoli. The journey will take approx 6 hours.

After a light lunch you will be met for a fully guided Gallipoli tour visiting the following sites on the Battle Fields of the Gallipoli Peninsula:
~ Brighton Beach
~ ANZAC Cove
~ ANZAC Commemorative Site
~ Ariburnu & Beach Cemetery
~ Respect to Mehmetcik Statue
~ Lone Pine Australian Memorial
~ Johnston's Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels)
~ Quinn's Post
~ The Nek and Walker's Ridge
~ Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial

For any Australian or New Zealander visiting the shores of Turkey, a visit to the battle fields of the Gallipoli Peninsula is a must. The battle at Gallipoli in WW1 is seen as the turning point in the history both of these nations (and also the Republic of Turkey). It was the moment when the nations' characters were defined and the core value of mateship was embedded in their psyche.

The names of ANZAC Cove, the Nek and Lone Pine have a special place in the hearts of Antipodeans and are just some of the places you will visit first hand on this trip. You will be struck by the beauty and serenity of the place, in stark contrast to the stories your guide will tell you of the events that unfolded here. You will walk through the trenches and be transported to a place in history.

Pride will swell in the stories of heroism and camaraderie, not only amongst one's own troops but also with the enemy, making this a truly unique battlefield. There are opportunities to visit the war graves to seek out those from your town or area.

You will stay overnight in Eceabat, a traditional fishing village with loads of character, and the closest town to the battlefields. You can catch the public ferry across the Dardanelles to the town of Canakkale for a greater variety of dining and nightlife options if you choose. Our accommodation tonight is in a bed and breakfast.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gallipoli - Fully guided Gallipoli tour & visit to the Commonwealth graveyards
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Today we will have a free morning in Eceabat or to explore beautiful city of Çanakkale. Why not consider taking an optional guided tour of of the historical site of Troy. We will be learning a lot about the famous archaeological site of Troy and see a replica statue of the Trojan Horse. Then, delve into the interesting era’s of Troy and discover how this settlement transformed over time. The tour finished around 5:30 pm, after which our private transfer returns to Istanbul. This service will drop you door to door, at which point this trip finishes upon arrival. Arrival back into Istanbul is scheduled to be at around 11:30 pm, but may vary depending on traffic conditions.

We recommend you arrange an additional night's accommodation for the evening of day 2. Extra accommodation pre and post tour can be requested, please ask your agent at time of booking. Accommodation can also be requested for Eceabat if planning to stay longer on the peninsula.
Included Activities
  • Troy - Guided visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Transport

Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Gallipoli - Fully guided Gallipoli tour & visit to the Commonwealth graveyards
  • Troy - Guided visit

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Important notes

1. This trip is available in Original and Comfort style accommodation levels
2. This is a join-in trip so you will likely share included activities with other travellers

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