WW1: Istanbul & Gallipoli Battlefields
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Istanbul, Troy & the Helles Memorial
Join us on this 7 day tour to vibrant Istanbul and the Gallipoli Battlefields and discover an amazing history, magnificent architecture and age old traditions.
kDay 1 – Dublin to Istanbul
Fly from Dublin to Istanbul. Meet your local GTI representative for transfer by executive coach to your hotel. Enjoy a roof top terrace dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul
After breakfast enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Sultanahmet, situated in the very heart of Old Istanbul.
Visit The Blue Mosque- The Mosque of Sultanahmet dominates, in conjunction with Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome area which has always been the center of the city. Known as the Blue Mosque due to the interior which gleams with a dazzling array of magnificent panelling in blue and white Iznik tiles, the mosque was built between 1609 and 1616. The cascade of domes and minarets, the masterwork of Ottoman architect Mehmet, ensure this living place of worship remains one of Istanbul’s premier landmarks.
Visit Hagia Sophia- Built over 1400 years ago, the beautiful Hagia Sophia with it’s famous dome and minarets is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest remaining Byzantine buildings in the world. Rich with mosaics and marble pillars, Hagia Sophia, once a patriarchal basilica and later a mosque, was converted into a museum in 1935 and is now one of Turkey’s most popular museums and most famous landmarks.
Visit The Grand Baazar- The fascinating and colourful markets of the Grand Bazaar are the largest covered markets in the world. Renowned for many beautiful wares including jewellery, pottery, spices and carpet shops, the market was first constructed in 1464. To this day the markets remain a haven for shoppers from both Turkey and abroad and offers visitors the perfect opportunity to discover real Turkish hospitality.
Day 3 – Istanbul – Canakkale
After breakfast depart for sightseeing tour and continue to Canakkale
Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait- Embark on an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. Winding between wooded hills, it is lined with mosques, castles, 19th century mansions, picturesque villages and the extravagant baroque places of the late Ottoman Sultans. Approximately 30 km long it is one of the world’s narrowest strait and connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.
Transfer by Coach from Istanbul to Cannakale on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Arrive Cannakale and check into your hotel for 3 nights accommodation.
Day 4 – Canakkale
After breakfast, meet your guide, for Gallipoli Battlefields Tour – Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay area
It was on these battlefields that the courage and sacrifice of men defined nations, enemies became friends and legends were born. The Gallipoli campaign involved three major battlefields, Cape Helles, Anzac and Suvla Bay, with fighting engulfing over one million soldiers for nearly eight months.
The tragedy of the Gallipoli campaign was the futility and the terrible suffering and horrendous casualties of both sides. The Turks, valiantly defending their homeland, withstood the might of the Allied forces who were attempting to force Turkey out of the war and to open a supply route to Russia. Of the 50,000 Irishmen who lost their lives in the Great War, nearly 4,000 Irishmen serving in Irish regiments and Australian and New Zealand Anzac forces were killed in Gallipoli.
Day 5 – Canakkale
After breakfast, Visit to the Helles Sector.
Doughty-Wylie’s Grave- During the initial landings in the Helles Sector, Doughty-Wylie and another staff officer went ashore on their own initiative to reconnoiter and discovered many units on the beach without officers and with no idea of what to do next. A plan was devised to take the Turkish positions on the high ground above Seddulbahir. Although a plan of high initiative, Doughty-Wylie had spent a number of years in Turkey as a military attache and loved the Turkish people. He could not bring himself to bear arms against them and led the attack armed only with his cane, cheering and encouraging the men forward with no regard to his own safety. The troops swept on to the summit of Hill 141, where Doughty-Wylie was killed. He was buried where he fell; after the war, the Turks insisted that their honoured friend should remain alone at the scene of his final victory.
V Beach- The landing at V Beach on 25 April was one of the bloodiest and most heroic episodes in the campaign. The landing was to be made by boats containing three companies of the 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers, followed by the collier ‘River Clyde’ with the rest of the Dublins, the 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers, half the 2nd Hampshire Regiment and other troops. V Beach was very strongly fortified and the Irish companies sustained such heavy casualties during the landing that whilst in Gallipoli they were combined to form a composite battalion, known as the “Dubsters”. Six Victoria Crosses were awarded on the first morning while a British airman flying overhead observed that the water of the bay ran red with blood. Of the 1,100 Dubliners, only 11 would survive the entire Gallipoli campaign unscathed. The terrible ferocity of this battle is illustrated by the peaceful V Beach Cemetery which sits on the waters edge.
Helles Memorial-The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high. The Helles Memorial is one of five Memorials to the Missing for Commonwealth troops who lost their lives in the eight month-long Gallipoli campaign and who have no known grave. There are 20,837 names listed on the memorial: the soldiers of United Kingdom and Indian forces named here died in operations throughout the peninsula or were lost or buried at sea; the Australians named died in the Helles sector.
W Beach -W Beach was one of the three beaches allocated to 29th Division and is perhaps the most famous. It was here the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers came ashore and won ‘six VCs before breakfast’. Defended by the Turks in well sited trenches, by the evening of the first night over half of the Fusiliers were casualties. For many years it was impossible to visit W Beach as it was part of a local Turkish military base. This was closed in the 1990s and is now fully accessible. There are the remains of at least one pier, trenches are visible and caves used as shelters can also be entered. Lancashire Landing Cemetery is located on a cliff overlooking the beach on which the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers landed on 25 April.
Alcitepe Village-In the northeast of Seddulbahir a village established in the skirts of Alcitepe Peaks was completely destroyed by bombing during the war period due to the Seddulbahir-Alcitepe line headquarters and Turkish gunners being stationed there in 1915 battles. The village was very close to the line of battle where British and French forces made a landing operation and they kept this position until the end of the battles. Hence with the exception of the beginning of the war the village was gradually utilised by the Turkish forces. There are the Alcitepe Garrison Monument, Last Arrow Monument and martyrdom, Zýgýndere Nuri Yamut Monument, Gozetleme Tepe Martydom and Monument and Salim Mutlu Museum at Alcýtepe.
Ecebat – Eceabat is the closest town to the Gallipoli Battlefields. Originally a small fishing village known as Maydos, Eceabat was shelled heavily during the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 and has since been reconstructed with more modern style buildings however the original village-like houses can be found only a few streets away from the harbour itself.
Day 6 – Canakkale Istanbul
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer by coach from Canakkale to Istanbul via Troy. Meet your guide for tour of the Ancient City of Troy.Depart by coach from Canakkale back to Istanbul.Stop off at Renkioi Hospital, a few miles from Troy. Transfer by coach to your hotel in Istanbul.
Day 7 – Departure
Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. Transfer to Istanbul Airport for your return flight to Dublin.
- Return flights from Dublin to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines including taxes & charges
- Local tour manager, professional historian guide and executive coach transfers
- 3 nights accommodation in 4* Midtown Hotel in Istanbul or similar with breakfast each morning. (1 night at the start and 2 nights at the end of the tour)
- 3 nights accommodation in 5* Kolin Hotel in Canakkale or similar with breakfast each morning
- 4 evening meals – Dinner in a local restaurant in Istanbul and 3 meals at your hotel in Canakkale
- Visit to the famous excavations of ancient Troy
- Full day exploring Anzac Cove & Suvla Bay
- Full day excursion to the Helles Sector
- Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait
- Guided walking tour of Sultanahmet
- Free time for sightseeing and shopping of your own choice in Istanbul and Cannakale
Price based on 2 sharing including all airport taxes & charges
- Single room supplement €235pp. If you are travelling alone and are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, we will do our best to accommodate this request although it cannot be guaranteed
- Non refundable / non transferable deposit of €250pp required at time of booking
- Balance due 10 weeks before departure
- Price includes 1 standard piece of hand luggage. Checked-in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel – prices may vary
- Optional insurance available from €29pp (terms & conditions apply)
- City taxes may apply, payable locally at your hotel
- Flights, taxes, prices & itinerary subject to change
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Why Book with us?
- Irish owned & operated and have been in business since 2003
- Experienced and professional staff
- 24-hour emergency service
- Professional guides
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