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Small-Group Full Day Gallipoli & ANZAC Battlefields from Istanbul

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Small-Group Full Day Gallipoli & ANZAC Battlefields from Istanbul

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icon16 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore the Gallipoli Peninsula and its famous sites during this small-group guided day trip from Istanbul. During World War I in 1915-16, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) launched an Allied campaign that resulted in the loss of many lives during a standoff with Turkish troops. Your journey takes you to historic site to remember those who fought and includes ANZAC Cove and Lone Pine, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek, and Chunuk Bair. Lunch is provided during the trip.
  • Full-day tour of the Gallipoli battlefields from Istanbul, with a knowledgeable guide
  • Visit the key sites of the WWI campaign and learn about the battles that took place there
  • See ANZAC Cove, where Australian and New Zealand forces landed on 25th April 1915
  • View the famous battlefields of The Nek and the trenches at Johnston’s Jolly
  • Visit the poignant Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial, and New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair
  • Stop for an included lunch, with drinks available at your own expense
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a personalized experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
Air-conditioned vehicle
Guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

6:30 AM
After meeting your expert guide at your central Istanbul hotel, travel to Gallipoli by air-conditioned coach for you small-group day trip. Buckle up and cruise along the renowned Gallipoli Peninsula and listen as your guide explains the story of this treacherous WWI military offensive.

Learn more details about the campaign launched in April 1915 by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) that aimed to support dwindling Russian forces. The goal of the allied troops was to topple Ottoman Turkish forces and sack Istanbul, then Constantinople. By January 1916, the campaign was a stalemate and the Allied troops retreated after massive casualties on both sides of about 100,000 troops.

Arrive in Gallipoli after around a 5-hour journey and stretch your legs with a stop at ANZAC Cove. Follow your guide and see the 25th April landing’s beach and The Neck, a site where 40% of Australian troops perished with little to show for the effort. Then, visit Johnston’s Jolly and observe former Allied and Turkish trenches and other remnants of war.

Next, discover the somber memorials of soldiers who perished. Stop at the heartbreaking Australian Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial to observe engravings of close to 5,000 men. Then, visit the honorable New Zealand Memorial Chunuk Bair, the site where New Zealanders held their ground in the summer of 1915.

In the afternoon, enjoy a lunch that is included (drinks are at your expense). As the sun begins to set, hop back in your coach and leave Gallipoli honoring the soldiers with your remembrance. Traverse back to your Istanbul hotel where your tour concludes.

Please note: the order of attractions covered above may be modified during your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Gallipoli
Leave your centrally located Istanbul hotel in the early morning by air-conditioned coach. Then, relax on route to the infamous Gallipoli Peninsula, the site of one of the bloodiest military campaigns of WWI. As you travel, hear hard-hitting facts from your guide about the failed Allied land campaign that began in April 1915 with landings of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). The ANZACs were expected to beat back Ottoman Turkish forces and capture Istanbul — known then as Constantinople — to help struggling Russian forces. By January 1916, however, the campaign was over, and Allied troops evacuated, with a believed total loss on both sides of 100,000 lives.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Anzac Cove
After about 5 hours, arrive at Gallipoli for your guided tour of its key sites. Visit ANZAC Cove, the beach of the 25th April landings, and The Nek, the scene of a tragic Australian attack. Spend time, too, at Johnston’s Jolly, where the original Turkish and Allied trenches still stand.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Anzac Cove
You’ll also view the haunting memorials that remember the dead. Visit the poignant Australian Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial engraved with the names of nearly 5,000 soldiers, and see the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair, the site of a heroic New Zealander stand in August 1915.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Istanbul
Your tour includes a stop for lunch in the early afternoon, with your meal included and drinks available at your own expense. At around 6pm, leave the battlefields and relax as you drive back to Istanbul, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off. Please note: the order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Full Day Gallipoli & ANZAC Battlefields from Istanbul?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Full Day Gallipoli & ANZAC Battlefields from Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Full Day Gallipoli & ANZAC Battlefields from Istanbul?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Full Day Gallipoli & ANZAC Battlefields from Istanbul.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Full Day Gallipoli & ANZAC Battlefields from Istanbul?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Full Day Gallipoli & ANZAC Battlefields from Istanbul.

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star-3
The total experience
John_A
, Feb 2020
The tour was fantastic our tour guide was very knowledgeable and would highly recommended the operator except I’m so disappointed I paid over twice the price going through Viator than I would have buying a ticket from the hotel the operator and everyone else on the tour paid it was a rip off!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear John, We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our tour. Our price is fixed and we offer same price at all channels we offer our products. Also we don't sell our product at the hotel receptions. There must be a misunderstanding. Neon Tours
star-5
A day to Remember
nin215
, Aug 2019
Well, what can I say. My sister and I were thrilled to have Burak as our guide. His passion for his work left us in no doubt that he thrives on the history of Anzac and his country. We learned so much more about the landing and the disorganisation of the whole lead up to the landing. We both reccommend this tour as a must do. I must add that our drive back was like a ride through hell. Too fast and too much traffic. But we did arrive home in one piece thankfully.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear our valued guest, We're more than happy to hear that our services satisfied your expectations. We hope you'll enjoy more of our tours in the future, Neon Tours
star-5
Great well organised trip Highly...
John H
, Oct 2015
Great well organised trip Highly recomended
star-5
Fantastic tour. Great guide Mahmoud...
DM_S
, Sep 2015
Fantastic tour. Great guide Mahmoud very knowledgeable brought tears to our eyes.
star-5
Very special place for all...
Graeme B
, Jul 2015
Very special place for all Australians, New Zealanders and Turkish people. Great to see this with an unbiased viewpoint with a Turkish guide. However, it is a long day! Nearly 18 hours in total, including about 12 hours on the road. But the good side was a thorough all areas guided tour of Gallipoli and Anzac Cove and the memorials.
star-5
Long day but well worth the...
Stevo
, Jun 2015
Long day but well worth the effort Driver and two guides were very friendly, helpful and informative Not too many toilets during tour of Gallipoli itself so be aware
star-4
the best part of our holiday in...
Nancy O
, Jan 2015
the best part of our holiday in Europe - our guide was passionate, knowledgeable and seemed pleased to be showing us the battle field. lots of stops, on and off the bus to visit sites and a good explanation of what happened at each of the sites. Great photo opportunities. And while the pickup from the hotel was efficient, our bus driver told us nothing about where we were travelling, how long it would take, what stops we would have and our arrival at the meeting place had no explanations as to what was going to happen next.
star-5
Had a fantastic time. The tour...
Esther P
, Nov 2014
Had a fantastic time. The tour guide was amazing who obviously had a real passion for the history of the area. The drive from Istanbul was worth it definitely.
star-3
The tour wasn't 15hours, it was more...
Scotty
, Sep 2014
The tour wasn't 15hours, it was more like 18. The guide we got in Gallipoli was a world of knowledge. The bus seats are very small so hard on the knees if you are over 5'5.
star-1
While the tour was great and the...
Janelle
, Aug 2014
While the tour was great and the guide was very knowledgable I think the title and additional cost of the tour was wrongly advertised. A small group tour to me is no more than 12 people however we were on tour with nearly 40 people. It was really disappointing as we were expecting the small group tour to be quite intimate and have more access to the guide however as it was so large I didn't feel we got the same experience. If I had know it would be such a large group I would have booked the normal tour. If I have any family and friends thinking of doing this tour I wouldn't recommend it as the normal tour would suffice.

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