Gallipoli-Troy Tour

First day – Gallipoli

You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul early in the morning.

The Gallipoli Peninsula is located in Turkish Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles straits to the east. The Gallipoli Campaign, a notable failed offensive by the Allies in World War I, took place on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The campaign is often considered as marking the birth of national consciousness in Australia and New Zealand and the date of the landing, 25 April, is known as “Anzac Day”. It remains as the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans in those two countries, surpassing Remembrance Day (Armistice Day).

Highlights of the tour include:

The Kabatepe Museum (or Gallipoli Museum) which is located within the Gallipoli Historic National Park

Ari Burnu Cemetery

The Anzac and Suvla Cemeteries

Anzac Cove, the beach that became the main base for the Australian and New Zealand troops for eight months

57th Regiment Turkish Memorial

Chunuk Bair Cemetery and NZ Memorial

You will be transfered to your hotel at Canakkale

Second day – Troy

You will be picked up from your hotel in Canakkale in the morning.

The story of Troy is part-mythology and part-archaeology. Where does the legend stop and history begin? It involves larger-than-life figures like the heroes from Homer’s Iliad: Achilles, Helen, Paris and Hector. The Trojan War is a dramatic story of bravery and deceit, one that has influenced European literature since its very beginnings.

Highlights of the tour include:

The huge wooden Trojan Horse at the entrance

City walls dating from Early Bronze Age up to the Romans, in all, nine different settlements

Fortification walls from Troy VI, the legendary Troy, an engineering miracle of its age that has endured 3,000 years

The Temple of Athena, with a splendid view over the plain where the Trojan and Greek warriors once fought

Stone altars where the priests sacrificed animals to appease gods and goddesses

The Odeon and Senate – places of entertainment and oratory where musicians played the harp and debates took place

You will be transfered to your hotel in Istanbul.

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