The Gallipoli peninsula

Tour Code : DAT 05

Highlights
–    Gallipoli peninsula North Cemeteries & Memorials
      ANZAC Cove; Beach Cemetery; Shrapnel Valley;
      Plugge’s Plateau; Shell Green & Lone Pine Cemetery 
–    South Cemeteries & Memorials
      Cape Helles; Morto Bay & Canakkale Martyrs’ Memorial
–    visit Kabatepe (Gallipoli) Museum 
DAT 05 - PRIN

Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec

 

Duration of the Trip
4 Days / 3 Nights

 

Difficulty Level
= A (Easy) 

 

Accommodation
Hotel    :    3 Nights

Day 1 : Istanbul

Meet at the Istanbul Ataturk Int. Airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to the Hotel, located in the historical centre of Istanbul, known as Sultanahmet.
Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 18 km; (Istanbul Ataturk Int. Airport – Hotel)
ON: in Istanbul at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / –

Day 2 : Istanbul to Gallipoli peninsula; south cemeteries & memorials

In the morning we leave Istanbul and drive to Gallipoli and Canakkale region; on the southern (Asian) coast of the Dardanelles. The strait has always played a strategic role in history; the Dardanelles is unique in many respects. The very narrow and winding shape of the strait is more akin to that of a river. It is considered one of the most hazardous, crowded, difficult and potentially dangerous waterways in the world. The Persian army of Xerxes I of Persia and later the Macedonian army of Alexander the Great crossed the Dardanelles in opposite directions to invade each other’s lands. In 1915, the western Allies sent a massive invasion force of British, Indian, Australian, and New Zealand troops to attempt to open up the strait. After arrival we first take time to visit the South Cemeteries & Memorials; we visit Cape Helles Memorial; Morto Bay with the French War Cemetery & Canakkale Martyrs’ Memorial; and if time is permitting we will visit Soganlidere & Sahindere Cemeteries; Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery and N.Z. Memorial. The Helles Memorial is both the memorial to the Gallipoli campaign and to men who fell in that campaign and whose graves are unknown and/or who were lost or buried at sea in Gallipoli waters. Inscribed on it are the names of all the ships that took part in the campaign and the titles of the army formations and units which served on the Peninsula. It stands on the tip of the Peninsula and is in the form of an obelisk over 30m high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles. Morto Bay with the French War Cemetery & Canakkale Martyrs’ Memorial is located on the south of the Peninsula. The French War Cemetery commemorates the 14,300 French troops who died in the Gallipoli campaign, some of whom are buried in individual graves whilst the remains of others are contained in ossuaries within the cemetery. The Canakkale Martyrs Memorial is over 40m high and commemorates Turkish losses in the Battle of Canakkale, as the campaign is known there. In the late afternoon/or early evening we cross over to Canakkale where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Transfer Time: 4 h; Transfer Distance: 320 km (Istanbul – Canakkale via Kilitbahir & Gallipoli)
ON: in Canakkale at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Gallipoli peninsula; north cemeteries & memorials and return to Istanbul

After breakfast we cross over to Gallipoli peninsula again and take time to walk through North Cemeteries & Memorials; we visit Kabatepe (Gallipoli) Museum located within the Gallipoli Historic National Park and commemorates the Gallipoli Campaign, now considered a defining moment in the modern history of not only Turkey, but of Australia and New Zealand as well. The museum hosts numerous relics from the campaign, including weapons, sniper shields, ammunition, uniforms, photographs, letters written by the soldiers to their families, and private belongings such as shaving tools, cocoa cases, leather flasks, dress buttons, belt buckles are on display in the museum. Afterwards we take time to walk through the national park housing many relics of the naval and land battles that took place in 1915 during World War One and to visit the Landing points of the western Allies, known as ANZAC Cove, became the main base for the Australian and New Zealand troops for the eight months of the Battle of Gallipoli. We visit Beach Cemetery; Shrapnel Valley Cemetery; Plugge’s Plateau Cemetery; Shell Green Cemetery & Lone Pine Cemetery, the largest graveyard-cum-memorial to those buried unmarked or at sea. Than we continue towards Chunuk Bair Cemetery via Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery; Quinn’s Post Cemetery; 57th Regiment Memorial & Cemetery; Walker’s Ridge Cemetery; The Nek Cemetery; Sgt. Mehmet’s monument (Mehmet Cavus Anıtı) & Baby 700 Cemetery. In the afternoon we drive back to Istanbul, where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 4 h; transfer distance: 320 km (Canakkale – Istanbul via Kilitbahir & Gallipoli)
ON: in Istanbul at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / –

Day 4 : Istanbul – Home

Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 18 km; (Hotel – Istanbul Ataturk Int. Airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Days 1 & 4: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport/Hotel in Sultanahmet
      Transfers in Istanbul valid for Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport only/Extra transfer cost will be charged for each transfer
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Bed & Breakfast (BB) and Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    3 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner

 

Price Excludes
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips