In 1915 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops stormed a quiet Aegean beach to battle Turkish soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Today, memorials and cemeteries mark the fight and honor those who lost their lives. Here’s how to explore World War I history on Gallipoli Tour From Istanbul.
Early in the morning meet with your guide at your hotel and hop aboard for a voyage south along Turkey’s European edge to the Gallipoli Peninsula. At noon you’ll arrive in Eceabat and enjoy lunch and views of the Dardanelles.
You’ll have the full afternoon at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. Visit Brighton Beach, the original intended landing site for the troops. Stop at the Beach Cemetery, the most famous of all the Anzac cemeteries, where you can see the grave of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, one of the best-known Anzac soldiers.
Wander through symbolic battlegrounds and stroll the beautiful headlands. Then, visit Australia’s primary memorial location, Lone Pine which was named for a single pine tree that lived here. See the names of 5,000 soldiers who rest here after dying in battle. Next, explore the Nek’s war torn trenches and listen to stories of soldiers who attacked from hiding places within nearby forests. Continue to Chunuk Bair and hear how the Allies bravely captured this site but were unable to defend it. Also, stop and observe the memorials of courageous New Zealanders who fought till the end. Then cruise to more serene memorial sites close to Gallipoli. Stop at Burnu Cemetery to honor the 252 servicemen who lay rest here.
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At the end of the tour at around 18:00 , you will be transferred back to Istanbul. Around 23:00 you will arrive back to Istanbul and will be dropped off to your hotel in Istanbul.
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