Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul in 2 Days
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Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul in 2 Days

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  • 1 Night / 2 Days
  • Private Tour
  • All Year Round
  • Easy
  • Archaeology & Historical
  • Friends, Couple, Family

Highlights of the Itinerary

Walk in the footsteps of heroes on this two-days Troy and Gallipoli tour from Istanbul to discover the astonishing ruins of Troy and the renowned battlefield of the Gallipoli Campaign.

  • Enjoy a scenic ride along Thrace and cross Dardanelles
  • See the marvelous collection of Troia Museum
  • Walk along the 4000-years-old fortification walls
  • Explore the legendary battlefields of the Gallipoli Campaign

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul

Approx. Pick-up Times

06:30 (Day 1)
08:30 (Day 2)

Destinations

Troy
Gallipoli

Price Includes

  • Boutique Style Accommodation
  • All Private Transportation
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Local (Non-Touristy) Lunches
  • Entrance Tickets/Fees

Price Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Gratitudes

Add-ons

  • Room upgrade
What to Expect

Departure will be early in the morning. Our driver (with/without the guide) will pick you from your hotel at around 6:30 am and drive to the ancient city of Troy via Canakkale.

Please don’t forget to pick your lunch boxes before leaving the hotel.

On arrival at Canakkale, you will have lunch at around 12:30 am with the tour guide ready for the long day.

After lunch, drive to the site of the ancient city of Troy. Marvel at this fascinating ancient city that has been featured in stories told for generations. About gods and goddesses and famous warriors like Achilles and great battles won and lost.

On the 2nd day, pick up will be from your hotel after breakfast for the 2nd and final tour.

The Gallipoli tour is all about the battles and sites on the peninsula. On the Gallipoli peninsula, men of valor stood their ground to battle allied troops who tried to take Turkey. It was a fierce struggle that ended in what we say was a miraculous victory. It is this battle that laid the foundation of modern-day Turkey. It is the story of the birth of a nation like a phoenix from the fire that burnt it. The peninsula and the stories behind it are the very embodiment of Turkish pride. Led by a young commander, the Turkish troops fought with courage and determination.

Completing the highlights of the day, you will enjoy another lunch and transfer back to your hotel in Istanbul.

Itinerary Details

Day 1The Ancient Site of Troy

At the site, you will lay your eyes upon wonders you’ve only heard about, such as:

  • The massive wooden trojan horse that was featured in the movie “Troy”.
    There is also a replica that you can climb inside and take photos
  • The 3700-year-old city walls whispering their stories as you walk past
  • The ruins of the ancient city of Troy, which was destroyed and rebuilt several times. When one city came down, another would come up on top of it. The layers are still visible today from Troy I to Troy IX
  • The Sacrificial Altars
  • Houses of Troy I (3000-2500 BCE): twenty rectangular houses surrounded by thick walls towers and gateways
  • The senate building (Bouleuterion): still as magnificent as ever and where all legislation and laws of the land were passed
  • The Odeon (Concert Hall)

Troia Museum

From the ruins of ancient Troy, step into the Troia Museum to get an insight into the history and culture of this mythological city. Troia Museum is an architecturally satisfying building, fitting into its environment. Inside the museum, you will find excellent and informative presentations on the area’s great history. Everything in the museum is in perfect order. So, it is easy to get as close to the statues and artifacts as possible. From the ramp, at the entrance of the museum. Follow a story divided into seven sections spread across the four floors.

  • The ground floor is all about the history of the cities of Assos, Tenedos, Parion, Alexandria Troas, Smintheion, Lampsakos, Tymbria, Thavolia, and Imbros
  • The first floor displays Troy’s bronze age and the importance of this age in maritime trade
  • The second floor has everything you need to know about the famous Trojan war. You can get a chance to learn more about the heroes, events, places where the battle took place, and pottery and marble works recovered from this period.
  • The third floor highlights Troy through the Ottoman period, with essential artifacts on display such as pottery, coins, necklaces, bone objects, and tools.

The museum tour marks the end of the first-day tour. You can stroll by the harbor, have some coffee break and check in to your hotel in Canakkale in a nice hotel. The guide will be happy to make some dinner recommendations if you like.

Day 2Gallipoli Tour

On Day 2, you will get the chance to see the below highlights of Gallipoli:

Brighton Beach was a renowned swimming spot for the ANZAC troops during the Gallipoli campaign. Today, it remains the only sanctioned swimming spot in the peninsula.

Beach cemetery is situated at Hell spit, and it’s where some 391 servicemen from the Commonwealth allies lay.

ANZAC Cove stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. That had joined forces to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. The bay was the central hub for the allied troops during the battle of Gallipoli.

Ari Burnu Cemetery was once the location for Dawn Service. There is a colossal stone monument at the site bearing the words that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk spoke when the allied troops first landed. It is the site where Australian troops laid their fallen brothers to rest during the campaign.

ANZAC Commemorative Site is north of Ari Burnu. It is now the location for the dawn services on the 25th of April. It is also the site of the iconic ANZAC monument.

Respect to Mehmetcik Statue is there to commemorate the brevity and kindness of Mehmetcik, a Turkish soldier who, during a ceasefire, carried a wounded ANZAC soldier back to his lines.

Lone Pine Australian Memorial commemorates the Australian soldiers who fought and died during the Gallipoli campaign. More than a thousand soldiers fell at the site, believed to have witnessed one of the campaign’s fiercest battles.

Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels) is another cemetery for the allied forces located a short distance from Lone Pine.

Turkish 57 Infantry Regiment Cemetery commemorates the brave Turkish soldiers of the 57th infantry regiment led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who fought in the bloody battle of Gallipoli. Most of these soldiers were barely out of their teens, but they gave up their lives to a worthy cause. The site is quite popular with visitors from Australia and New Zealand.

The Nek was a ridgeline between the Turkish troops and the ANZAC troops. At one point, the ANZAC attacked the Turkish camp, hoping to surprise them, but the Turks were ready for them. The ANZAC ended up losing many men that day.

Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial Site is the highest point overlooking the ANZAC cove. Where a vast number of New Zealand troops fought, many died where they lay.

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FAQs

Does this tour make a perfect excursion from Istanbul for anyone?

You don’t have to be “die-hard archaeologists” to enjoy this tour, and if you want to visit Troy, you either watched the Hollywood movie or read Homer’s Iliad and loved it.

Similar applies to the battlefield of the Gallipoli Campaign. If you are interested in the history, paying a visit to commemorate, or visiting to find graves of relatives if you had any that had fallen in the campaign, then this is your tour.

If you have none of the above criteria and expecting well-renovated buildings, you might end up with disappointment; not because of the service quality, but because of the tour concept itself.

Where do we meet the guide?

Since we majorly work with the local guides in the region who are the experts of these sites, you will most probably meet your guide at lunchtime once you get to Canakkale. Upon arriving there, you will be able to run through the itinerary and get a briefing about the visits.

Otherwise, there will be a guide who lives in Istanbul, and the guide will accompany you throughout the entire trip.

If not, the driver will be able to help with the basics like stops and A/C, water, etc. requests. If there is a language barrier, please call your travel planner at Made in Turkey Tours or tell the driver to give your guide a call who will also be happy to help with the translations. 

Why your tours are slightly more expensive than the others?

We don’t offer tours with “best price” tags as you might see many online, but rather concentrate on the service quality both to value your time and show appreciation to the qualified staff of tourism employees in the country.

Our guides will be listening to your needs and will play it by ear according to your travel style. So, you will maximize your time on our tours the way you desire, not rushed from one place to another as on the regular (group) tour buses.

The vehicles are pretty comfortable, clean, and handled by professional drivers with specific experiences in tourism.

The restaurants picked for lunches or dinner recommendations will be up-to-date, clean, and the best possible options considering the location and other preferences of yours. You will not be eating at a touristy restaurant where we would not take our own families either.

On top of all these pre-arrangements, if your tour gets to be canceled due to terrible weather, we will process a full refund of your payment by ignoring the cancellation policies.