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The Gallipoli Campaign

Prices start from:

£469

per person

5 Days
World War 1
Turkey
12 - 200 travellers

Overview

At the start of the 20th century Turkey remained at the head of the Ottoman Empire which extended into parts of modern-day Greece, Bulgaria, the Middle East and controlled access to the Mediterranean Sea via the Aegean Sea. Turkey had been engaged in the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 which gave its army fighting experience if nothing else.

Turkey formally entered the war in October 1914, when two Turkish ships attacked Russian ports, Russia replied by declaring war on Turkey, closely followed on the 5th November by her allies as Britain and France also declared war on Turkey. 

The First Sea Lord, Winston Churchill, devised a plan which he believed would knock Turkey out of the war and relieve the pressure on the Russian border. An amphibious operation was planned which involved French and British forces, as well as Australian and New Zealand troops who formed the ANZACs. The first landings took place in April and initially they were successful with advances being made, however, Turkish troops were quickly re-organised and deployed into positions which checked the Allied landings and prevented any further territorial gains. It was a stalemate and the campaign ground to a stop, with casualties mounting for no advantage.

Finally, it was decided to halt the campaign and in December 1915 the ANZACs were withdrawn, followed on the night of 8th – 9th January 1916 by the British.

What’s included

Full services of an executive coach for the duration of your tour
Full services of a local Battlefield Guide for days 2 - 4
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in Canakkale
Entrance to Troy
Tailormade itinerary
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Flights
Meals other than those shown
Entrance to additional museums and attractions
Items not clearly shown as included
Travel Insurance

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 5 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
You will be met on arrival at Istanbul Airport by your courteous driver, who will escort you to your transport. We then make our way down to Eceabat where we take the short ferry journey across to Canakkale where you check into your hotel for a four-night stay.
Day 2:
Helles Peninsula
Our first stop this morning will be a Turkish coastal battery to discuss the Allied Naval attack on the 18th March 1915, followed by a visit to Achi Baba Hill, where our guide will describe the scene of the British landings at Helles, from this excellent viewpoint. We continue to the Turkish defences above V Beach before walking to the British Helles Memorial. Located nearby, we will see the grave of Lt Col Doughty Wylie VC, the only solitary Commonwealth grave on the peninsula. Next onto V Beach, landing site and Cemetery before heading to W Beach where the Lancashire Fusiliers ‘won six Victoria Crosses before breakfast’, for their bravery. Our last stop today is at Twelve Tree Copse, where we will pay a visit to the Cemetery and learn about 2Lt A V Smith VC who is buried here, although the precise location of his grave is not known.
Day 3:
Anzac
Another full day as we head to the ground where the Australians and New Zealanders fought against desperate odds. At Fisherman’s Hut we learn about the landings here, this site is ideal for a general orientation of the area and looking at the various ridges, above. The ANZAC Commemorative Site has large plaques which tell the story of Gallipoli and we will make a short stop here before we carry on to Beach CWGC Cemetery, where the story will be told of John Simpson Kirkpatrick, who made use of donkeys to evacuate the wounded from the battlefield. Lone Pine Memorial and Cemetery are our next stop, where your guide will tell you about the cemetery and the terrain that surrounds it. Onto Walker’s ridge, a stunning viewpoint, for an introduction to the battle that took place here. The Nek, is our next stop which was the site where the Australian Light Infantry suffered heavy losses, before ending the day at Chunuk Bair and the New Zealand Memorial, together with the preserved Turkish Trenches. From the summit you will be looking over Sulva Bay and our destination for the following day.
Day 4:
Sulva Bay & Troy
This morning we travel to Sulva Bay, site of where the landings that took place in August 1915. We will visit B Beach the landing area on the 7th August and hear the story of the 5th Norfolk’s (“The Lost Battalion”), before paying our respects at Green Hill CWGC Cemetery. After catching the ferry back over to Canakkale, we make our way to the ancient city of Troy one of the most significant historical sites in the world.
Day 5:
Today we will leave Canakkale and make our way to Istanbul Airport where we will drop you off.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown (sharing twin/double rooms) and are provided to show you what a tour of this type could cost with our company. All prices are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of people travelling.

Prices start from:

£469

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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