2 Day Istanbul Gallipoli Tour
2 Day Istanbul Tour package including Gallipoli Battlefield Tour. 1 Full Day Istanbul Haritage Tour, 1 Full Day Gallipoli Tour.
2 Day Istanbul Tour
This tour package; Istanbul & Gallipoli Battlefields. We offer you a tour with A/C ‘NO – SMOKING’ coaches and professional English speaking local tour guides. 2 Day Istanbul and Gallipoli tour is every day departure guaranteed.
Istanbul Tour Day 1
After having picked up from your hotel or airport, you will have a drive with a touristic coach to Sultanahmet Square.
St. SOPHIA; This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE; Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
HIPPODROME; The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, the OBELISK OF THEDOSIUS, the bronze SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.
GRAND BAZAAR (COVERED MARKET); In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brasware and trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.
The Istanbul Imperial Tour
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia*. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.
… Lunch …
TOPKAPI PALACE; The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery thrones of sultans, robes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHABER OF SACRED RELICS.
(Harem is not included in the program and visit is due to extra entrance fee.)
RUSTEM PASHA MOSQUE completed in 1563. A masterpiece designed by Sinan the Magnificent.
The Istanbul Ottoman Splendours Tour
We begin our tour at Topkapi Palace*, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapi Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkap› Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Last but by no means least, we visit the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563. A masterpiece designed by Sinan the Magnificent, it has the most exquisite and extensive Iznik tile decoration of any mosque in Istanbul. The large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, as well as the spacious central courtyard, make this mosque a must-see Istanbul attraction.
Gallipoli Tour Day 2
After having picked up from your hotel or airport, you will have a drive with a Touristic coach to Gallipoli. After Lunch at Eceabat depart for Gallipoli day tour.
Our first stop is Brighton Beach 15 minutes away in which John S. Kirkpatrick is buried. We talk about the Gallipoli and Turkey on our way. As soon as we arrive you will be giving a histroy brifing which includes the reason of the campaign and political events which cause Gallipoli Campaign.
Then we go and see:
Beach Cemetery: Beach Cemetery was used from the day of the landing at Anzac, almost until the evacuation. There are 391 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. Special memorials commemorate 11 casualties believed to be buried among them. 22 of the burials are unidentified. John Simpson’s Grave in Beach Cemetery ( he carried wounded ANZAC’s during the campaign )
Anzac Cove (First ANZAC landing place): Anzac Cove (Turkish: Anzak Koyu) is a small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. It became famous as the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on 25 April 1915. The cove is 600 metres (2,000 ft) long, bounded by the headlands of Arıburnu to the north and Little Arıburnu, known as Hell Spit, to the south. Following the landing at Anzac Cove, the beach became the main base for the Australian and New Zealand troops for the eight months of the Gallipoli campaign.
Ari Burnu and Ariburnu Cemetery: Ari Burnu Cemetery lies between cliff under the plateau and beach and it is almost 1000 m northwest of Lone Pine. It was begun during the campaign and was used throughout the occupation. Today there are 253 commonwealth serviceman of the World War I buried and some commemorated in Ari Burnu Cemetery. 211 of casualties are identified. This cemetery covers an area of 1824 sq meters.
Anzac Commemorative Site on North Beach ( they stayed here until the end of the war ): The Anzac Commemorative site, 300 metres north of Ari Burnu at North Beach, has ten large pictorial panels with text in English and Turkish that tell the story of Gallipoli. To relieve the pressure on the traditional Dawn Service site at Ari Burnu War Cemetery caused by increasing numbers of visitors, the Australian and New Zealand Governments, with the cooperation of the Government of the Republic of Turkey built the Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach.
Respect to Mehmetcik Statue (The story told for Lord Casey on his remebrance): The monument is a sculpture of a Turkish soldier carrying an Australian officer. The sculpture is based on an event in theDardanelles Campaignof the World War 1 in which a Turkish soldier, after raising a white flag, carried a wounded Australian officer toAustralian lines and returned to his lines before resuming the clash. There is also an inscription of a statement made by Lord Richard Casey then a lieutenant and the staff captain with the 3rd Brigade in the Australian army, during a visit to Turkey about his respect to Turkish army.
Lone Pine Australian Cemetery – Memorial (Australian Commemorative Site): There are now 1,167 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 504 of the burials are unidentified. Special memorials commemorate 183 soldiers (all but one of them Australian, most of whom died in August), who were known or believed to have been buried in Lone Pine Cemetery, or in the cemeteries at Brown’s Dip.Within the cemetery stands the LONE PINE MEMORIAL It commemorates more than 4,900 Australian and New Zealand servicemen who died in the Anzac area – the New Zealanders prior to the fighting in August 1915 – whose graves are not known.
Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery: Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery containing the remains of some of the Allied troops who died during the Battle of Gallipoli. There are now 181 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 144 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to 36 Australian casualties believed to be buried among them, almost all of whom were killed in the capture of Lone Pine in August 1915.
Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Memorial: The 57th Infantry Regiment Memorial is a Turkish war memorial commemorating the men of the Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment who died during the Battle of Gallipoli. The Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment was the first defending unit to go into action following the Landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. On the first day, the 19 Division commander, Staff Lieutenant-Colonel Mustafa Kemal famously ordered the regiment, “I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die. ”
View to Shrapnel Valley and Anzac Cliffs( Everyone was afraid to walk )
The Nek Cemetery: The Nek Cemetery is a small Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery located near Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. The cemetery was constructed following the Armistice in 1919 on the site of the Battle of the Nek, at which time the ground was still covered with the remains of Australian 8th and 10th Light Horse troopers killed in the battle four years previously. It is likely that they form the majority of the unknown graves in the cemetery. The cemetery has the graves of only five identified soldiers and special memorials to another five known to be buried there.
Walker’s Ridge Cemetery: It was constructed on a spur which was named by the occupying troops after the headquarters of the New Zealand Infantry Brigade, under the command of Brigadier-General Harold Walker, which was located there. The cemetery was formed during the occupation in 1915 and is divided into two plots 20 metres apart and originally separated by a trench.
Walk to Chunuk Bair from Hill 261 in the restored ANZAC and Turkish trenches
Chunuk Bair Main New Zealand Memorial ( New Zealand Commemorative Site ): The CHUNUK BAIR (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL is one of four memorials erected to commemorate New Zealand soldiers who died on theGallipolipeninsula and whose graves are not known. This memorial relates to the Battle of Sari Bair and in other operations in this sector. It bears more than 850 names.
Chunuk Bair Cemetery: CHUNUK BAIR CEMETERY was made after the Armistice on the site where the Turks had buried some of those Commonwealth soldiers who were killed on 6-8 August. It contains 632 Commonwealth burials, only ten of which are identified.
View to Anafartalar Plain, Suvla Bay and Salt Lake
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Memorial
Also some places around the road..
End location: Istanbul
Gallipoli Day Tour from Istanbul Duration:
5 hours from Istanbul
5 hours touring
5 hours to Istanbul
Activity Level: Light
‘You must be able to get in and out of a car’.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Tour Package Price:
Price per adult : 140.-€
Price per child (0-3) : Free
Price per child (4-7) %50 : 70.-€
Price per child (8-10) %30 : 98.-€
What is tour included
- All transfer services with A/C ‘NO – SMOKING’ coaches
- Local tour guiding in English
- Lunch included
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- All official documents
- Breakfast on first stop from Istanbul
What is tour not included:
- Hotels (we can assist you)
- Travel Insurance. You need to have your travel insurance.