Although you can visit the Gallipoli battlefields from Istanbul in one day, it’s a l-o-n-g day with 10 of the day’s hours spent on a bus.
If time allows, it’s a lot more comfortable to makeGallipoli an overnight excursion from Istanbul.
This also gives you the opportunity to visit Çanakkaleand Troy (map).
Reserve your place with Backpackers Travel, and you’re taken early by shuttle van from theBackpackers Travel office in Sultanahmet (map) to Istanbul‘s Main Bus Terminal where you board a comfortable intercity coach for the 5-hour ride to Eceabat on the Gallipoli peninsula.
You’re met in Eceabat at mid-day by a professional tour guide and vehicle, and you depart for your afternoon tour of the extensive battlefields, including:
—The Kabatepe War Museum
—Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s Grave)
—Ari Burnu (First ANZAC landing place)
—Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial)
—Johnston’s Jolly (walk in the ANZAC trenches)
—View of Shrapnel Valley
—The Nek and Walker´s Ridge
—Chunuk Bair (main New Zealand memorial)
After your tour, you stay overnight at a comfortable, budget-priced hostel or in a 3-star hotel, as you choose.
If your plan is not to return to Istanbul, but to continue your travels south along the Aegean coast, Efendi Travel and Backpackers Travel can make those travel arrangements for you: hotels and sightseeing in Bergama (Pergamum), Foça, İzmir, Ephesus, Bodrum, Pamukkale, Antalya, Cappadocia, or wherever your itinerary takes you next. More…
Or, Argeus Tourism & Travel offers a 6-day Self-Drive Tour from Istanbul via Gallipoli, Troy, and the Aegean coast to Ephesus, with an overnight in a mountain lodge on the slopes of historic Mount Ida. More…
—by Tom Brosnahan
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