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You have seen Mel Gibson in Gallipoli register now get it off your “Bucket List” and walk the ground!
It has now been over 100 years since the Allies began the WWI Landings at Gallipoli, Turkey as part of the Dardanelles Campaign in 1915. We proceed to the historic sites of the Dardanelles Campaign, including finishing in exotic Istanbul.
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Military Historical Tours is proud to offer another in our series of historic tours of the world. We are happy to join The Cultural Experience outstanding tour in Istanbul. We then proceed to the historic sites of the Dardanelles Campaign, including the epic Battle of Gallipoli. During World War I, a joint British and French operation was mounted to capture Constantinople and secure a sea route to Russia. We will see why the attempt failed, with heavy casualties on all sides.
The Gallipoli campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved. In Turkey, the battle is perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people—a final surge in the defense of the motherland as the centuries-old Ottoman Empire was crumbling. The struggle laid the grounds for the Turkish War of Independence and the foundation of the Republic of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, himself the a commander at Gallipoli whose heroic leadership and astute military actions were decisive.
The campaign was the first major battle undertaken by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in both of these countries. Upon returning to Istanbul we see the amazing sites of Constantinople as it was called during the Roman Empire.
All of these things, along with the fun loving participants who make this tour so special plus the most experienced staff of Tour Leaders and Historians combine to make your trip the most enjoyable, entertaining and educational experience possible. We welcome your phone calls, letters or e-mails to discuss your tour with one of our Battlefield Consultant. Call us at 703-590-1295 M-F 10AM-5PM.
Ground Tour Price $ TBD^
^ - Based on double Occupancy
Single Room Supplement $ TBD
Tour Price Includes:
- Seven Nights 4-Star Hotel Accommodations
- Air-conditioned motorcoach & boat trip
- Two drinks (wine or beer) with dinner each evening and a welcome drink on first evening
- Meals (Buffet Breakfasts Daily (7) & 5 Dinners
- Trip Kit containing tour ball cap, bag tags, name badge and travel info
- Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed
- Services of experienced WWI Historians & Tour Leaders
DISCOUNT AIRFARE AVAILABLE: MHT can book you from your home city to Istanbul, Turkey via our Airline Partners from anywhere in the U.S. and is available upon request.
Gallipoli Daily Itinerary
Day 1 - Travel Departure from USA airports for overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.
Day 2 - Arrival
An early-morning flight from London sees us arrive in Istanbul early-afternoon. (Please let us know if you would like us to arrange an airport hotel for you). We take the long journey to the town of Gallipoli where we spend the first night of our tour. Pre-dinner drinks and introductory talk. Meals: (Dinner-D)
Day 3 - Naval & Amphibious Operations
This morning, following a detailed examination of the Turkish coastal defences from Kilitbahir to the hugely impressive national Turkish memorial, we visit the French-held sector before moving onto the 25th April landing beaches – S, V, W, X and Y Beaches; each with its own poignant story, including the ill-fated SS Clyde landings at V Beach, and the “six VCs before breakfast” won at W beach by the Lancashire Fusiliers. We’ll also spend some quiet time at the Helles Memorial for the Missing. We cross over the Dardenelles and to Çanakkale where we check in to our hotel for the remainder of the tour. Meals: (Breakfast-B/D)
Day 4 - ANZAC
Following a fairly early start, we follow the coast road before turning off to ANZAC. The day’s highlights include the museum at Gaba Tepe and Anzac Cove, a climb up to Plugge’s Plateau, scene of fierce fighting, with its overview of ANZAC Cove and key features such as Razor Back and Shrapnel Valley and Lone Pine Ridge, where seven VCs were won. We also tour one of the many front-line ANZAC positions, such as Johnstone’s Jolly and Quinn’s Post. We visit the important sites of the August offensive such Sari Bair, Walker’s Ridge, the Gurkhas battle for Hill ‘Q’ and end our day at the Nek, the site of the ill-fated attack of the Australian Light Horse, immortalised in the film ‘Gallipoli.’ Meals: (B/D)
Day 5 - Helles Peninsular
We will walk a section of Gully Ravine, perhaps the most atmospheric yet least visited part of the battlefield. Our day will also see us studying the battles around the ‘Vineyard’. We’ll shift our focus to the Turkish perspective visiting some amazing memorials and the small village of Bigali where we find a museum dedicated to Ataturk. Returning to Çanakkale, we complete our day with a visit to the extraordinary naval museum and the Turkish gun positions at Ephez. This is followed again by dinner on the quayside. Meals: (B/D)
Day 6 - Suvla Bay
Drive to beautiful Suvla Bay and examine the landings of August 6th 1915 at Nibrunesi Point and the baptism of fire for the Kitchener battalions such as the 6th Green Howards and the King’s Sandringham Company. Depending on weather conditions, we will take a short but telling walk to Lala Baba, or along a stretch of Kiretch Tepe; follow the failed attempt to break out at Hill 10, Chocolate Hill and Green Hill and the subsequent struggle for Scimitar Hill and Hill 60. We’ll also visit a small private museum at the village of Büyükanafarta. Finally we shall examine one of the most successful phases of the operation, the evacuation at Suvla Bay. Return to hotel and a dinner on the harbor-side. Meals: (B/D)
Day 7 - Istanbul
Drive to Istanbul and check in to our centrally located hotel for two nights. Spend the afternoon at leisure walking the local area. Meals: (B)
Day 8 - Sultanahmet
A full day guided exploration of the imperial quarter of Istanbul including the extraordinary Haghia Sophia, the imperial Topkapi Palace, the graceful Blue Mosque and the enchanting Grand Bazaar. Meals: (B)
Day 9 - Departure A morning visit to the Turkish Military museum before a return flight from Istanbul to the USA. Meals: (B)
Turkey WWI Gallipoli Campaign (Spring 2022)
- Product Code: 2204-EUR-TURK
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