This is a private tour designed only for you and your loved ones.
Our tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Center in Çanakkale around 11:30 am, where you will be welcomed by our guide and walk to the ferry terminal. From there we will take a ferry trip across the Dardanelles Strait. Upon our arrival to Eceabat, once has been the ancient city of Madytos, we will be able to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, our comfortable, air-conditioned coach takes us for a 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. This is the area where the men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed to the peninsula on April 25 1915.
Moving from the beaches up into the hills above, we start following traces 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. We stop by 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 we will walk through the now abandoned trenches and tunnel entrances.
The final stop on our 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 Ataturk, who later became the president of modern Turkey.
Chunuk Bair was one of the most memorable landmarks of Turkey, capturing the sacrifice and fraternity emotions at the same time. It is 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 our tour to close.
At the end of our tour, our bus returns to Eceabat. The 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. The guests wishing to return to Çanakkale, will be escorted to the nearby ferry for the trip back across the Dardanelles.