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Gallipoli and the shadow of World War I

Visit the incredible site where one of the bloodiest battles of World War I took place: Gallipoli. Hundreds of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders fought against the Ottomans, slowly decimating each other over a period of nine months of carnage. This battle is now considered a defining moment in the histories of Australia, New Zealand and, of course, Turkey. Altogether, the Aussie and Kiwi losses added up to more than 10,000 men. Following an early morning departure from your hotel, the tour begins with a leisurely five hour drive along the Dardanelles, the narrow water straight formerly known as the Hellespont. Enjoy the breath-taking sights from your window as you make your way towards Eceabat, where you will stop for a hearty lunch. Once filled up, head off to Gelibolu National Park, where you get the chance to visit the Kebatepe War Museum. Also explore in that National Park the Beach Cemetery, where we find the grave of the stretcher bearer John Simpson, famous for trotting round the battlefield with his faithful donkey. Discover too the Anzac Cove, Ari Burnu, site of the first Anzac landing, the Lone Pine Cemetery, site of the Australian memorial and last but not least Johnston’s Jolly, where you will be able to take a thrilling walk in the Anzac trenches. Other sites include Shrapnel Valley, site of the Turkish memorial, the Nek and Walker’s Ridge and Chunuk Bair, where the main New Zealand memorial is located. One satiated with history, enjoy a calm ride back to Istanbul. Visit the incredible site where one of the bloodiest battles of World War I took place: Gallipoli. Hundreds of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders fought against the Ottomans, slowly decimating each other over a period of nine months of carnage. This battle is now considered a defining moment in the histories of Australia, New Zealand and, of course, Turkey. Altogether, the Aussie and Kiwi Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from hotels. Start/opening time: 6-6:30am. End/closing time: Approx. 10pm - 10.30pm. Languages: English.