Background & tour guide information
When: February 16, 1915 - January 9, 1916
Where: Gallipoli Peninsula - Turkey (Ottoman Empire)
Who: Allied Powers: British Empire
United Kingdom, France
French, West Africa
Central Powers: Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary, Germany
Summary: The forces of the Ottoman Empire repelled an attack from the British Army, soldiers from Commonwealth countries including Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada, and France. Between April 1915 and the Allied withdrawal in January 1916, more than 140,000 men were killed on both sides. Gallipoli proved to be the Turks' greatest victory of the war.
Number of Casualties:
350,000 British Troops, 25,000 died
79,000 French Troops, 10,000 died
74,000 Anzac Troops, 10,000 died
400,000 Turkkish Troops, 86,000 died
Gallipoli Battlefield Overview:
A Turkish soldier carried a wounded British soldier from his trench over to the Allied trench only meters away and leaving him with his comrades, returned to his own lines.
Anzac Cove is a small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. It became famous as the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs on 25 April 1915
Gallipoli National Park
The beautiful, quiet park is dotted with memorials. It is the site of a big annual memorial for the thousands of Australian and New Zealand forces who died here.
10 days, fully escorted tour includes:
Day 1: Istanbul- Arrive in Istanbul and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner.
Day 2: Istanbul- Tour the sights of this cosmopolitan city.
Day 3: Istanbul-GALLIPOLI Avoid the Anzac day traffic jams , travelling to Gallipoli by comfortable ferry, and head directly to the Dawn Service.
Day 4: Anzac Day- Participate in the once-in-a-lifetime commemorative services, either at the official dawn service site (for ballot ticket holders) or at the dedicated dawn service site for Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tour passengers. At the end of this special day, check in to your Gallipoli hotel.
Day 5: Gallipoli- Tour the remarkable ruins of Ancient Troy and see a lifesize replica of the Trojan Horse.
Day 6: Gallipoli -Visit the often overlooked battlefields at Helles and Suvla.
Day 7: Gallipoli- Tour the Anzac battlefields as your historian brings the story of the Anzacs to life.
Day 8: Gallipoli- Farewell the battlefields and return to Istanbul, driving along the shores of the Dardanelles.
Day 9: Istanbul- Enjoy a relaxing day in Istanbul to shop or sightsee.Day 10: Farewell- Sadly our tour ends after breakfast.