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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 ( Breakfast served at own expense ) Upon arrival on the Gallipoli Peninsula, after the lunch 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 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.

Troy: Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

3. Troy: Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

Take a detailed tour of ancient city of Troy, and discover scenes from Homer's Illiad. Learn of how the city was rediscovered and enjoy a delicious lunch. Travel from Istanbul in an airconditioned bus and cross from Dardanelles to Çanakkale by ferry.  Start the tour at your hotel in Istanbul, where you will be met by your driver and drive to Troy by giving a break en route for refreshements (Breakfast served at own expense).  Relax on the drive to Eceabat, once the ancient city of Madytos, located on the shores of the Dardanelles Strait. Stop to enjoy a hearty lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, your guide will accompany you on a 25-minute ferry trip across the Dardanelles to Çanakkale. Board the tour bus for the drive to nearby Troy and begin your tour. Hear about the mythology surrounding Troy. Dive into how the city was discovered, the ancient history, and what has been revealed by extensive archaeological excavations. Hear about how 9 cities have where constructed on top of each other which date back to before 3500 BC, with the city made famous by Homer in his book the Iliad being just one of the layered settlements. See the still impressive defensive walls of the ancient city and learn the story of the Trojan War. Walk past the ruins of everyday houses dating back more than 3000 years. Stroll along same paths as the people of the city did three millennia ago.  Get back on the tour bus for the ride back to Çanakkale. Have a look at the Hollywood wooden horse from the famous movie Troy Catch the return ferry to Eceabat. After a brief break, board the bus for the return trip to Istanbul and end your tour back at your hotel. 

Ruins of Troy and Gallipoli: 2-Day Tour from Istanbul

4. Ruins of Troy and Gallipoli: 2-Day Tour from Istanbul

Embark on an exciting 2-day tour from Istanbul, and explore the fascinating ruins of Troy, as well as the celebrated battlefield site at Gallipoli. Spend your first day exploring the amazing ruins of Troy, and hear the captivating stories behind the famous Battle of Troy, including the myth of the Trojan Horse, the tale of Helen, the history of the Trojan Wars, and the battle between Achilles and Hector. On your second day, depart for the famed battlefield site of Gallipoli, where the celebrated European soldiers and ANZAC troops died defending the site on April 25, 1915. Visit the many memorial sites and cemeteries of both the European and ANZAC soldiers, paying equal respect to all soldiers who lost their lives, and discover the sites that were crucial during the battle. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 6:00 AM - 6:30 AM: Pick-up from hotels in Taksim, Beşiktaş, Beyoğlu, Şişli, Ortaköy, Bebek 6:30 AM - 7:00 AM: Pick-up from hotels in Sultanahmet, Beyazıd, Sirkeci, Laleli, Aksaray 7:15 AM: Pick-up from hotels in the Ataturk Airport area 8:30 AM: Enjoy a stop for an open-buffet breakfast(Extra) 12.00 PM: Arrive in Eceabat and enjoy lunch on the beautiful views over Dardanelles 1:00 PM: Depart for a fully guided Gallipoli tour visiting 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 57. Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial 6:00 PM: Tour ends and check-in to your hotel. Overnight at Troia Anzac hotel Day 2 Open buffet breakfast 1:30 PM: Pick-up from your hotel 1:45 PM: Depart for Troy tour. You will visit the Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars, the 3700-year-old city walls, Houses of Troy I, 3000 BC - 2500 BC, the Bouleuterion (Senate Building), the Odeon (Concert Hall), and Remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX 4:45 PM: Back to Canakkale 5:30 PM: Tourist bus to your hotel in Istanbul 8:30 PM: Stop for a break along the way 11:00 PM: Drop off at your hotel in Istanbul

Gallipoli/Anzac Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

5. Gallipoli/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.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Tour to Gallipoli & Troy

6. From Istanbul: 2-Day Tour to Gallipoli & Troy

Day 1: Istanbul - Eceabat - Canakkale 6:00 AM - 6:20 AM: Pickup from your hotel around the Taksim area 6:30 AM - 7:00 AM: Pickup from your hotel around the Sultanahmet area. Depart for Eceabat by non-smoking A/C minibus 09:00 - 09:30 AM: Break for refreshments (breakfast at your own expense ) 12:20 PM: Arrive in Eceabat 12:30 PM: Restaurant lunch 1:00 PM: Depart for a fully guided Gallipoli tour visiting 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 57. Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial6:00 PM: Tour ends and check in to your hotel. Overnight at a 3-star basis or similar hotel Day 2:  Troy 1:30 PM: Pick up from the hotel and depart to visit the Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars, the 3700-year-old city walls, Houses of Troy I, 3000 BC - 2500 BC, the Bouleuterion (Senate Building), the Odeon (Concert Hall), and the remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX 4:45 PM: Head back to Canakkale 5:30 PM: Board your bus to your hotel in Istanbul 11:00 PM: Arrive in Istanbul with drop-off at your hotel

Full-Day Troy Tour From Istanbul

7. Full-Day Troy Tour From Istanbul

Travel back to the days of the Trojan War and such legends of ancient history as Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Homer on a full-day tour of “Truva” (the historic city of Troy). Depart Istanbul early in the morning from convenient meeting points in Taksim, Beşiktaş, Beyoğlu, Şişli, Ortaköy and Bebek. Hotel pick-ups are available from Sultanahmet, Beyazıd, Sirkeci, Laleli and Aksaray. Transfer to Ataturk Airport for any last pick-ups from airport area hotels. Then transfer to Troy. Upon arrival, lunch will be served at a restaurant with stunning views of the Dardanelles as you dine. At 12.45, depart for Troy, and see the replica of the Trojan Horse from the movie “Troy” at the entrance to the legendary city. Gaze on the remains of city walls that date back more than 3,000 years, and learn about landmark ruins and monuments, such as the Temple of Athena, Megaron House, and trench of Schliemann. Explore the death of Achilles near the Scaean Gate, and discover the site where the Trojan Horse was probably taken at the Gate of Troy VI. See the remains of the Roman Bath, discover where the city’s music shows and poetry readings were held at the Odeon, and go to the ruins of the Bouleuterion where the council of citizens would meet. Learn about everyday life in the city at the remains of the Agora (market place) and more. Your tour of the ruins ends at 5:00 PM with a transfer back to Istanbul at 6:00 PM, and a hotel drop-off at approximately 11:00 PM.

From Istanbul: Troy and Gallipoli 2-Day Trip

8. From Istanbul: Troy and Gallipoli 2-Day Trip

Begin your adventure with an early-morning departure from your hotel in the city center, and start the drive to Canakkale. When you arrive in Canakkale, enjoy lunch and then begin visiting the highlights of the city. Stops will include: • Brighton Beach • The Beach Cemetery • ANZAC Cove • Ariburnu Cemetery • The ANZAC Commemoration Site • Lone Pine Australian Memorial • Johnston's Jolly (Turkish and allied trenches and tunnels) • 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial • The Nek • Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial In the evening, continue on to Canakkale and check in at your 4-star hotel. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and stay overnight. On day 2, eat breakfast at the hotel and after breakfast, depart for a full-day tour and visit the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home to the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. You will see the ruins of legends and hear about the history of: • The Trojan Horse • Helen of Troy • The Trojan Wars • The battle between Achilles and Paris • Sacrificial altars • The 3,700-year-old city walls • Houses of Troy I (3000-2500 B.C.) • The Bouleterium (senate building) • The Odeon (concert hall) • Current excavations in progress • Remains of the various cities from Troy I-Troy IX After the tour, you’ll return to Canakkale for lunch, and enjoy free time during the afternoon before you depart for Istanbul.

Canakkale: Full-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour

9. 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.

Istanbul: Full-Day Gallipoli Experience

10. 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

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It was an amazing experience to visit Troia, we had a fantastic guide who really lived and experienced the history of the site and could transmit the passion and the archeological details of the spot. I would shurely recomend it!

Beautiful ancient city rich in history. It's a full day trip from Istanbul and back but our guide was very knowledgeable, charismatic and easy to understand. A must for history buffs

A long day but worth it - the guide was very engaging and I really enjoyed myself.

Punctuality Very friendly guides Very detailed visit to Troy

Troy trip was good. I wish more people can support this