Day 1 - Istanbul to Gallipoli then to Canakkale - (L/D)
At 7:00 AM, we'll depart from Istanbu for a scenic drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula, driving along the north shore of the Marmara Sea. We will stop and enjoy lunch on the waterfront in Eceabat. Then, we will begin our tour.
*Gallipoli (Gelibolu) and the Dardanelles --After our lunch, we willl devote our afternoon to visiting Gallipoli, where fierce World War I fighting took place between Allied forces and the Turkish Army. At ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Armed Corps) Cove, thousands lost their lives on one fateful dawn morning. We'll also visit other famous WWI battlesites and cemetaries in this area, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. From here, we'll board a ferry and cross the Dardanelles Strait. World War I history buffs will know that the Dardanelles Strait was a strategic crossing point for the Allied armies to cross from Europe into Asia Minor.
Over a 9-month campaign, more than half a million soldiers lost their lives in the struggle to control this strait and the nearby Gallipoli peninsula. Still today, many villagers in this quiet and peaceful region speak of seeing ghosts wandering the cemeteries and hearing the sounds of battle.
After Gallipoli, we will drive to Kilitbahir and take the ferry across the Dardanelle Strait. Your tour guide will deliver a lecture about the naval attack by the British and French battleships before the ANZAC landing.
After arrival in Canakkale, you will check into your hotel and enjoy dinner; you will then have a free evening to rest and explore the town.
Overnight in Canakkale
Day 2 - Troy then back to Istanbul - (B/L)
We continue our scenic drive along the Aegean, stopping for photo opportunities and perhaps to indulge the taste buds at one of the many farmer road side stands that sell olives, figs, pistachios, and other seasonal fruits. We then will head east towards Troy.
*Troy (Truva) is the ancient site written about by Homer in the classic Iliad. It dates back to approximately 3,000 BC and has been the site of nine different cities through the thousands of years it has been in existence. Upon entering Troy, a large wooden Trojan horse full-scale reproduction will dominate your view. You'll definitely want to climb up and get your picture taken! There is also a small museum on-site to help you get oriented.
After lunch, we will put you on a bus back to Istanbul. (We can also provide a bus transfer to any Turkish city.)
Prices are starting from 185 Euros per person in a double, contact us to get a price quote for your dates
* 1 night accommodation
* All land transfers in comfortable vehicles
Professional, English-speaking tour guides with extensive knowledge on WWI history
* Admissions to Kabatepe War Museum and Troy
* 2 lunches, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast
* Dardanelle ferry ticket
All taxes and service charges
* Drinks with meals
* Tips to the guide/driver