Day 1 : Istanbul – Eceabat / Gallipoli Tour
06:00 Transfer vehicle will begin the circuit around the hotels for pickups. Please be ready in reception of your hotel for transfer to Eceabat. Pickups between 6 & 7am, depending on number of customers from each hotel..
07:00 Transfer to Eceabat by bus.
12.00 Arrive in Eceabat where you will be met by the staff.
Lunch in Eceabat
12.30 Depart for a fully guided Gallipoli tour.
On tour you’ll visit:
– Gallipoli – Kabatepe War Museum & Simulation Centre
– Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s Grave)
– ANZAC Cove
– Ari Burnu (First ANZAC landing place)
– Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial)
– Johnston’s Jolly (Walk in the ANZAC trenches) – view Shrapnel Valley
– Turkish Memorial
– The Nek(Light Horse scene depicted in the Gallipoli movie) & Walker’s Ridge
– Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memorial)
Return to accommodation in Eceabat / Canakkale.
Day 2 : Troy – Assos – Balabanli Village – Babakale – Apollo Smintheus – Volcanic Mountain – Alexander Troas
07.00 Breakfast at your accommodation
07.30 Depart for full day tour
08.00 Ferry crossing from Eceabat to Çanakkale over the famous Dardanelle waters.
08.30 Arrival in Çanakkale. Drive to the site of Troy, 36km to the south.
TROY : Tour the historic home of the Trojan wars. Here you will see the remains of 9 city levels destroyed over time by both human and natural disasters. You will hear the stories of the myth and the history behind the ongoing excavations.
Depart for ASSOS : A traditional, stone-house village, set upon a mountainside with a beautiful harbour down the bottom, overlooking the island of Lesvos. Here we will tour the Temple of Athena on the highest point of the mountain and have Turkish tea at a local Çay (tea) House which has an extraordinary set of coffee tables to sit at.
Drive to BABAKALE, the most western point of Asian Turkey. Visit the last castle built during the Ottoman empire in 1723.
Next stop – TEMPLE of APOLLO SMINTHEUS in the town of Gurpinar. This temple was built by the people of the Troad as a testament to Apollo, king of Tenedos and patron god of Chryse (known now as Bozcaada and Gulpinar) for siding with the Anatolians in the Trojan war. The figured elements here depicting the Trojan war as decribed by Homer makes this place unique.
Roadside stop to view TUZLA DAGI, an active volcanic mountain with a surface of salt stretching out from its base which has been collected for years by locals to use in their cooking.
Drive to ALEXANDRIA TROAS, once considered by Constantine to be named the capital of the Roman empire, only a few structures exist today, including a ruined bath, gymnasium complex and a recently uncovered stadium. But these attest to its former importance as a significant port for traveling between Anatolia and Europe.
Late evening departure for ECEABAT. Anyone wishing to go southbound may be dropped off at the bus station in Canakkale for an onward bus journey.
End of Tour …
– All transportation, non-smoking.
– Petrol, parking and toll fees.
– All entrance and ferry fees.
– Fully guided tours,
– English-speaking guide/s.
– Breakfast at accommodation
– 2 Lunches ( Day 1 and 2 )
– 1 night accommodation
– Evening meals
– Day 2 accommodation
– Day 2 travel to onward destination
Times change according to the season & weather conditions.