Gallipoli Pilgrimage

Turkey,

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12 people
2 days
Code: ERAG
Activity and Adventure, Short Break, Tours
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Overview of Gallipoli Pilgrimage

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.

Trip Summary for Gallipoli Pilgrimage

Start Location: Istanbul,   End Location: Istanbul

Countries Visited: Turkey, 
Meals Included: Breakfast: 1   Lunches: 1   Dinners: 0
Highlights:

    • 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.

 

Day 1 - Istanbul/Gallipoli
Hosgeldinz. Welcome to Turkey!

Your Gallipoli Pilgrimage starts at approximately 6.30am this morning. You will be picked up from the Black Tulip 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.

Day 2 - Gallipoli/Istanbul
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.

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