Gallipoli, Troy & Assos Cultural Tour

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Assos
Assos (Behramkale), though an ancient Aeolian city, has made its mark as a travellers delight only at the beginning of 1990’s. With a rocky hillside to lean upon, the city is set above the charming & unspoiled fishing village of Behramkale in the Aegean region. If you are planning a quiet holiday far away from the crowds, then this small romantic Turkish village is the place to charm you. Standing like a monolith on the Aegean coast for millennia, Assos never sends visitors away without a memory or two.

PREVIOUS NIGHT
Gallipoli movie starring Mel Gibson.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 : Gallipoli documentary “The Fatal Shore”
Time to buy nibblies & water.
11:30 am Tour departs from front of the hostel. From here you will drive to the ANZAC Battlefield area to start an emotional & memorable tour.

On tour you will visit:
Kabatepe War Museum
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 & Walker’s Ridge
Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memorial)
Please tell us before tour if you would like us to research or locate an ANZAC grave. There are no registers out on the peninsula.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 : Early morning departure form Eceabat where you will cross the famous Dardanelle waters & proceed to the ancient site of Troy, 36km south of Canakkale. Our local english speaking guide will tour you around the 9 city ruins on the site of Troy explaining the people from the era, their houses & culture & the reason for the final destruction of each city. The commentary is filled with mythical stories of the site & surrounding areas while filling you in on the history of the excavations, the excavators & their findings.
09:30 am
At the site you’ll be shown around:
A replica of the wooden horse that you can climb into for a photo.
Excavation information centre which holds exhibits from the work underway.
The fortification walls of Troy Vl with its tower & gateway entrance.
Temple of Athena – the focal point of a great annual festival in honour of the goddess Athena.
Schliemann’s trench – the discoverer of Troy?
The entrance ramp to Troy ll.
The sanctuary – an important religious centre of its time.
The odeon – intended for the presentation of musical performances.
Current excavations in progress.
11:00 We continue to Assos Behramkale
11:30 am
Depart for Ayvacik – a small non touristic town with a great Friday market where you can buy all sorts of local produce, fruit & vegetables & handicrafts. You’ll have plenty of time to wander around & maybe even pick up a few bargains! You will have a pleasant choice of local foods which you may buy for your lunch.
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 & have Turkish tea at a local Cay (tea) House which has an extraordinary set of coffee tables to sit at.
Late afternoon departure for Balabanli, your host TJ’s village. Here you will wander the traditional village seeing sights such as the old wheat crushing wheel & the thatched summer houses for the sheep. Your day out will be topped off by a visit to TJs parent’s house. A small stone built house which is full of Turkish hospitality & a cook who can whip up a storm. TJs Mother will then delight you with her traditional home cooked dinner in which we will all sit together as family & share the meal.
Late evening departure for Eceabat. Anyone wishing to go southbound may be dropped off at the bus station in Ayvacik for an onward bus journey.

TOURS RUN DAILY
The tour includes a 4-5 hour guided tour of the ANZAC area, 1-2 hrs at Troy & 4-5 hrs at Assos, all transportation, lunch pack & museum entrance fee’s are included.

WARNING!!

There are very few toilets in the battlefield area. Go before tour!
There are also very few bins so please collect your rubbish & put it back on the bus so we can dispose of it responsibly later on.
Take your bathers/togs/cossies/swimmers for a swim at lunchtime when & if time & weather permits.
There are no shops at the battlefields, so remember to buy water & nibblies before you leave Eceabat.
Remember to take sunscreen & a hat if you’re not fond of direct sunlight as there is minimal shade available. Shorts are fine to wear on the peninsula but remember to wear sensible shoes as you will be walking on uneven ground at times & there are snakes in the area.

PLEASE NOTE
Times change according to the season & weather conditions.

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