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Gallipoli

 

A battlefield tour is generally as good as the guide who takes it. He or she may know their history, but can they make it come alive? Happily Spirit of Remembrance have guides who not only know history, they can also make the life, experience and decisions of the soldiers on the ground come vividly alive. They can set this in the context of the weapons and tactics employed at the time. However the experienced guide can do more than this – he or she can take their group to sites unvisited by the majority of parties. This may be the ridges, gullies and beaches of Gallipoli or equally the restaurants, bazaars and shops in the vibrant city of Istanbul. When the group returns to the UK they will not have done a tour – they will have been on an adventure.  Your guide is the very experienced  Colonel Christopher Newbould.

What was it really like back then? Click here for rare film footage from 1915

 

Your guide:               Christopher Newbould

Cost:                         £1,398 Per Person LAND ONLY (Based on twin / double share) 

                                (Minimum 10 people)

Single Supplement:   £266   

Dates:                        29 Sep to 06 Oct 2016

 

Thursday 29 September 2016

Meet at the Grand Halic Hotel – check in and free time.

Dinner provided in Hotel

Friday 30 September 2016

Breakfast in hotel & check out, load baggage

Morning tour to include:

  • Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque (Blue Mosque) – built 1550-57
  • Hagia Sophia: Ancient 5th century basilica built by Constantine the Great. Later a mosque, it is now a museum, followed by visit to Topkapi Palace: Great palace of the Ottoman Sultans dating from 15th-16th centuries (including lunch overlooking the Bosphorus).

Lunch not included

This afternoon we take our coach to Cannakale (Chanak in 1915). Followed by ferry across Dardanelles. Check in Tusan Hotel, Cannakale.

Late dinner on arrival in hotel

Saturday 01 October 2016

Breakfast in hotel

a.m. Campaign briefing

Visit to Turkish gun positions at Dardanos Battery covering the Dardanelles – the repulse of the Allied Fleet – March 1915.

Optional visit to Naval Museum, including a replica of the minelayer ‘Nusret’

Lunch at own expense.

Ferry crossing to Gallipoli peninsula

Afternoon visits to Cape Helles landing beaches including:

  • W Beach – 25 April 1915 – involves a 10 minute walk
  • Lancashire Landing CWGC Cemetery – 1st Lancashire Fusiliers.
  • V Beach – 25 April 1915
  • SS River Clyde - 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers, 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd Hampshires
  • Ertugral Fort & Guns, Doughty-Wylie Grave.
  • Cape Helles Memorial to the Missing – The fight for Krithia (now Alcitepe) – May/June 1915. Including the Eski line trenches.
  • Redoubt CWGC Cemetery

Return to hotel by ferry

Dinner at own expense in hotel.

Sunday 02 October 2016

Breakfast in hotel.

Ferry crossing to Gallipoli peninsula.

Visit

  • S Beach (2nd South Wales Borderers) en route to the Turkish memorial
  • Gully Ravine – Fusilier Bluff area.
  • ANZAC (Australian & New Zealand Army Corps) sector including: Ari Burnu & ANZAC Cove (25 Apr 15), Shrapnel Valley, Lone Pine (Aug 15), Courteney’s & Steele’s Posts, Quinn’s Post, The Nek (Australian Light Horse – Aug 15), Chunuk Bair (Aug 15).

Picnic lunch provided.
Return to hotel by ferry.

Dinner at own expense in hotel.

Monday 03 October 2016

Breakfast in hotel.

Ferry crossing to Gallipoli peninsula.

Visit Suvla Bay sector (Aug 1915) via Bigali (HQ of the Turkish Commander) including:

  • Suvla Point,
  • Hill 10, Azmak,
  • Hill 60 & Chocolate Hill area.
  • We hope to visit Lala Baba but this is weather dependent.

Picnic Lunch provided

Return to Hotel via Ferry

Dinner at own expense in hotel.

Tuesday 04 October 2016

Breakfast in hotel, check out, load baggage.

Depart for ancient Troy (now Truva) - scene of the Trojan War 1194-1184 BC. (Admission included).

Lunch at own expense en route to Istanbul

Return to Istanbul and Hotel Grand Halic

Dinner in hotel.

Wednesday 05 October 2016

Breakfast in hotel.

Free time or optional excursion at extra cost:

Visit (order may vary)

  • Turkish Military Museum (admission included) then cross by bridge into Asia -
  • Scutari – Haidar Pasha CWGC Cemetery including:
  • Crimean War (1854-56) graves,
  • British Crimean War Memorial,
  • Florence Nightingale memorial tablet and First World War plot.
  • Return crossing of Bosphorus by ferry visit the Spice Bazaar,

Lunch at own expense.

Afternoon visit to a Turkish Carpet Centre.

Dinner at own expense.

Thursday 06 October 2016

Breakfast in hotel then check out and load baggage.

Free time until the flight departs for home.

OR

Optional Bosphorus excursion via public ferry followed by lunch in a fish restaurant.

Flight departs

Notes:

The itinerary is subject to variation in the event of poor weather, traffic conditions, traveller fatigue and local advice from our UNITUR guide. However, irrespective of any adjustments made, all personal memorial visits will take place.

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