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On this WW1 battlefield tour we visit the haunting Gallipoli battlefields, located in the Dardanelles. See the sites where more than 30,000 British and Commonwealth troops gave their lives, as our tour begins in Gallipoli town where we see the Helles Memorial. We then focus on the landings of April 1915 and see where the British troops landed on V beach. At ANZAC we see the landing beaches and visit the nearby cemeteries such as Lone Pine. At Sulva Bay we look at the story of the ‘Lost Battalion’. Finally we visit Channakale and Troy, seeing Channakale’s military cemetery and the siege site at Troy.
Fly to Istanbul where you will be met and transferred to your overnight hotel.
Early departure for the journey to Gallipoli. We have lunch in Gallipoli town, overlooking the Dardanelles. Following check-in at our hotel where we stay for five nights, we visit the Helles Memorial to the Missing, where the vast majority of those who fell in 1915 are commemorated, seeing the Turkish gun battery.
We begin our look at Gallipoli by focussing on the landings on 25th April 1915. We start on the British sector, seeing where the River Clyde landed the men of the 29th Division on V Beach, Seddul Bair, and the nearby V Beach Cemetery. We then move on to Lancashire Landing, where the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers won six V.C.s before breakfast. (This visit requires some walking as the roads to the beach are not accessible by coach.) At X Beach we see where HMS Implacable landed 2nd Royal Fusiliers, and have a picnic lunch before we look at the ground fought over by the British in the second phase of the campaign.
Continuing with our look at the 25th April landings we move north to ANZAC, where the Australians and New Zealanders landed. We visit ANZAC itself, spending the morning walking along the landing beach and seeing the battlefield and nearby military cemeteries. Picnic lunch at Lone Pine, where we look at the Australian attack and see the Lone Pine Memorial and Cemetery. We see where Albert Jacka became the first Australian to win the V.C. in WWI, and go to the Nek, where the Australian Light Horse suffered heavily in the August offensives – as graphically illustrated in the film ‘Gallipoli’. The day ends on the New Zealand battlefield at Chunuk Bair, seeing preserved Turkish trenches.
In the morning we go up to Suvla Bay, where some of the first British ‘Pals’ battalions came into action in August 1915. Here we study the landings and also look at the history of the ‘Lost Battalion’, the 1/5th Norfolks: the men from the Sandringham Royal Estate who disappeared during the fighting at Suvla. We also visit the Newfoundland Memorial at Caribou Hill. In the afternoon we return to ANZAC and see the peaceful Shrapnel Valley Cemetery and take a walk up to Shell Green where the Australians played a game of cricket in full view of the Turks.
We cross the Dardanelles to visit Canakkale, with free time for some shopping and lunch. In the afternoon we travel to Troy, visiting the site of the siege and seeing the archaeological remains, before travelling to our last night near Canakkale.
Fly back to the UK from Istanbul.
Entrance fees to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.
Single Room Supplement from £409.00 (7 days).
Please Note: Due to demand, we may use other hotels of a similar standard. Your exact hotel details will be provided with your travel documents.
All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service and reliability from our expert-trained coach crews, who will be on hand to assist and escort you along the way.
Return flights are with British Airways from London Heathrow to Istanbul. All prices and airports are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. Please call for more details. This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.
We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.
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Margaret, 0 years ago
Excellent tour, Turkish coach driver was the best, the guides knowledge and compassion for the subject greatly added to the experience. The one complaint was Heathrow and British Airways felt embarrassed to be British.
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Luke Perry, 0 years ago
Well organised tour that covered most of the major sites, accompanied by in-depth narrative from our expert guide who discussed both the naval and land-based allied actions, as well as the Turkish perspective too. The itinerary was good, but didn't stick to what was sent to us, we seemed to spend longer at certain locations, e.g. Hill 10, and not enough at others, e.g. Courtney's Post. I would have liked to walk the track from Anzac through Monash Valley and up to the front line on the second ridge, perhaps this could be offered as an optional paid evening excursion in future? I would have also liked to visit Hill 60 and Chocolate Hill down at Suvla, but sadly not enough time for anything other than a drive past. Oh well, I'll just have to make another trip! The first hotel we stopped at in Istanbul was a real disappointment after a long journey. No meal was provided and what food was available was not great quality and expensive, but not as expensive as the price of drinks. If this hotel is to be used again in future, please warn the group! By contrast, the Hotel Kum, where we stayed for the next four nights was excellent. Comfortable room, great food, beautiful grounds, very friendly and helpful staff. Reasonably priced drinks too. My early morning walk down to the beach at sunrise and again in the evening to watch the sun setting are favourite memories, I'd happily stop there again. Our final hotel, the Iris, on the other side of the Dardanelles, was well situated with great views from the terrace. It is a new hotel with a light, comfortable room overlooking the pool. Sounds nice, but on the downside, the shower trickled then stopped and went from warm to very hot then cold quite quickly. I certainly didn't expect to finish my shower using bottled water! I also found the staff rather indifferent at this hotel and wouldn't want to stay again. The trip down to Troy was something that a fair few members of the group were dissatisfied with, it wasn't part of the Gallipoli campaign after all. Our local guide gave a fascinating account though and had amazing knowledge. It was a real shame that some of the group wouldn't shut up and listen to what he had to say. Overall, a good tour which could be made a little better, but one that I would recommend nonetheless. Gallipoli is a fascinating and beautiful place, a real feast for the senses.
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