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

Travel to a region associated 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. This journey provides a great opportunity to pay respect to those who lost their lives and to reflect on what they fought for, and you'll be able to take time out to explore Troy before returning to Istanbul.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Destination
Turkey
Style
Comfort
Code
ERAG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll 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.

  • A comfort version of our Gallipoli Short Break - with upgraded accommodation and a private Intrepid Leader / Guide from start to finish. 

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 your 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

Hosgeldinz. Welcome to Turkey!

Your Gallipoli Pilgrimage starts at approximately 7.30am this morning. Your Intrepid Leader will collect you from the Haze 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 transfer to the main bus station and take a comfortable public bus to Eceabat, (Journey time - 5.5 hours)

On arrival transfer to a private vehicle for your fully guided tour of the Battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsular including:
~ 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.

Perhaps drop by Boomerang Bar in Eceabat after the tour to toast the diggers before taking the ferry across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for the evening.

Your Leader will be able to point out the best spots for dinner.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gallipoli - Fully guided Gallipoli tour & visit to the Commonwealth graveyards
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
public buses in Turkey are very comfortable with reclining seats, in seat entertainment and refreshments served. The Journey to Eceabat will be approximately 5.5 hours with one stop for refreshments and bathroom.
Today we will have a free morning in Canakkale.  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.

At 1.00pm board a public bus with your Leader back to Istanbul (journey time 5.5 hours depending on traffic).  Arriving back in Istanbul to the main bus station your tour leader will accompany you by local transfer back to the Golden Horn Hotel OR to your nominated hotel.  

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 Canakkale if planning to stay longer on the peninsula.
Optional Activities
  • Troy - Guided visit - TRY120
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Transport

Public bus, Taxi, Private Bus, Ferry

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)

Included activities

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

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Important notes

INTREPID SHORT BREAK UPGRADED OPTION
This Gallipoli Pilgrimage Short-break is a comfort version of our Original Gallipoli Pilgrimage.  On this comfort option you will have an Intrepid Leader with you for the duration of the tour, you may be alone or you may be joined by other like-minded travellers - max group size will be 4.  Accommodation has been upgraded to comfort level on this tour.

START TIME AND PICK UP POINT
Please refer to the joining instructions in our Essential Trip Information for the pick up point for this tour.  If you would like to be collected from an alternative hotel in the greater Istanbul area please advise your booking agent 15 days prior to departure.

Please call and reconfirm with the office at least 24 hours prior to pick up on +905326142822 Transport is on a shared basis with pick up and drop off to your nominated hotel.

TURKEY
We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

Essential trip information

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