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Troy: Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

1. Troy: Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

This tour is specially designed for those visitors who want a more detailed tour with an expert guide, and who wish to walk in the footsteps of characters from Homer's Illiad and learn of how a long lost city was rediscovered. Start the tour at the door of your hotel in Istanbul, where you will be met by our driver before boarding a specially configured bus, designed to provide more space and greater leg room for your comfort. On arrival in the town of Eceabat, once the ancient city of Madytos, located on the shores of the Dardanelles Strait, stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, your guide will accompany you on a 25-minute ferry trip across the Dardanelles to Çanakkale, where you will board the tour bus for the drive to nearby Troy. During the tour, your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archaeological excavations from its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s to the present day. 9 cities have been discovered built one on top of the other dating back to before 3500 BC, with the city made famous by Homer in his book the Iliad describing the 10-year war being just one of the layered settlements. Not only will you see the still impressive defensive walls of the ancient city and learn the story of the Trojan War, but you will also be able to walk past the ruins of everyday houses dating back more than 3000 years, and walk the same paths as the people of the city did three millennia ago. Following the tour, re-board the tour bus to be carried back to Çanakkale, from where you will return by ferry to Eceabat. After a brief break, board the bus for the return trip to Istanbul, to be dropped at your hotel door.

Canakkale: 6-Hour Gallipoli Tour with Lunch

2. Canakkale: 6-Hour Gallipoli Tour with Lunch

Your tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Center in Çanakkale at around 11:30AM, where you will be met by your passenger escort and accompanied to the ferry terminal. From there you will travel by ferry for the short trip across the Dardanelles Strait. Upon your arrival to the town of Eceabat, once the ancient city of Madytos, you will be able to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch you will board a coach for the 15-minute trip out to the battlefields, crossing the Gallipoli Peninsula and driving to the Aegean coast as well as one of the most famous beaches in modern history: ANZAC Cove. The first part of your tour takes in the area where the men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed on April 25 1915. Moving from the beaches up into the hills above, the tour then traces the line of the battle along what became known as Second Ridge, where the Allied advance was halted on the first day of fighting by the Ottoman defenders and where the front line was located for the next seven months. The tour follows the road along the top of Second Ridge, with the lines of Allied and Turkish trenches still clear on either side. The tour stops at a number of cemeteries and memorials, including the Australian memorial at Lone Pine where almost 5,000 Australians who have no known grave are commemorated, and Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery where you will walk through the now abandoned trenches and tunnel entrances. The final stop on the tour is Chunuk Bair, one of the highest points on the peninsula and the site of the New Zealand National Memorial. The hill was captured in August by New Zealand troops and held for two days before being recaptured from the Allies by Ottoman forces under the personal command of Mustafa Kemal, who later became the president of modern Turkey. Chunuk Bair was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting of the campaign, with the names of more than 850 New Zealand soldiers who fell in the area commemorated on the memorial. The recapture of Chunuk Bair effectively ended Allied hopes of victory at Gallipoli, and so is a fitting place for the tour to close. At the conclusion of the tour your bus will return to Eceabat. Those guests wishing to travel to Istanbul will be able to take a specially configured bus, designed to provide more space and greater leg room for your comfort. For those guests wishing to return to Çanakkale, you will be escorted to the nearby ferry for the trip back across the Dardanelles.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Tour to Gallipoli & Troy

3. From Istanbul: 2-Day Tour to Gallipoli & Troy

Day 1: Istanbul - Eceabat - Canakkale 6:00 AM - 6:30 AM: Pickup from your hostel or hotel door around the Taksim area 6:30 AM - 7:00 AM: Pickup from your hostel or hotel door around the Sultanahmet area. Depart for Eceabat by non-smoking A/C minibus 12:20 PM: Arrive in Eceabat 12:30 PM: Restaurant lunch 1:00 PM: Depart for a fully guided Gallipoli tour visiting Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), Turkish 57. Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial6:00 PM: Tour ends and check-in to your hotel. Overnight at 3 star basis or similar hotel Day 2:  Troy 13:30 Pick up from the hotel depart to visit the Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars, the 3700-year-old city walls, Houses of Troy I, 3000 BC - 2500 BC, the Bouleuterion (Senate Building), the Odeon (Concert Hall), and the remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX 4:45 PM: Head back to Canakkale 5:30 PM: Board your bus to your hotel in Istanbul 11:00 PM: Arrive in Istanbul with drop-off at your hotel

Full-Day Troy Tour From Istanbul

4. Full-Day Troy Tour From Istanbul

Travel back to the days of the Trojan War and such legends of ancient history as Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Homer on a full-day tour of “Truva” (the historic city of Troy). Depart Istanbul early in the morning (06:00-06:30) from convenient meeting points in Taksim, Beşiktaş, Beyoğlu, Şişli, Ortaköy and Bebek. Hotel pick-ups are available from Sultanahmet, Beyazıd, Sirkeci, Laleli and Aksaray. Transfer to Ataturk Airport for any last pick-ups from airport area hotels. Then transfer to Troy. Enjoy a buffet breakfast as you cruise through the narrow straits of the Dardanelles.  Upon arrival, lunch will be served at a restaurant with stunning views of the Dardanelles as you dine. At 12.45, depart for Troy, and see the replica of the Trojan Horse from the movie “Troy” at the entrance to the legendary city. Gaze on the remains of city walls that date back more than 3,000 years, and learn about landmark ruins and monuments, such as the Temple of Athena, Megaron House, and trench of Schliemann. Explore the death of Achilles near the Scaean Gate, and discover the site where the Trojan Horse was probably taken at the Gate of Troy VI. See the remains of the Roman Bath, discover where the city’s music shows and poetry readings were held at the Odeon, and go to the ruins of the Bouleuterion where the council of citizens would meet. Learn about everyday life in the city at the remains of the Agora (market place) and more. Your tour of the ruins ends at 5:00 PM with a transfer back to Istanbul at 6:00 PM, and a hotel drop off at approximately 11:00 PM.

Gallipoli Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

5. Gallipoli Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

Take a trip into the past on a full-day tour of Gallipoli from Istanbul, traveling by air-conditioned minibus to the battlefields and war memorials of the ANZAC campaign of the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. Depart Istanbul early in the morning, stopping en route for refreshments. Upon arrival on the Gallipoli Peninsula, your tour will focus on the ANZAC sector of the infamous battlefields. Stop at 11 different points of interest to learn more about the fateful events of the Australian and New Zealand troops, including ANZAC Cove where the troops first landed and set up base. Go to Beach Cemetery, where many of the soldiers who died during the Battle of Gallipoli were buried. Pause to reflect at the Lone Pine Memorial, one of 5 memorials on the peninsula that commemorate servicemen of the former British Empire killed in the campaign but who have no known grave. Visit the battlefields of The Nek and Chunuk Bair, where experienced guides will paint a picture that brings the war to life. Then, return to Istanbul by comfortable 25-seat minibus for a hotel drop off and the end of the tour services.

Ruins of Troy and Gallipoli: 2-Day Tour from Istanbul

6. Ruins of Troy and Gallipoli: 2-Day Tour from Istanbul

Embark on an exciting 2-day tour from Istanbul, and explore the fascinating ruins of Troy, as well as the celebrated battlefield site at Gallipoli. Spend your first day exploring the amazing ruins of Troy, and hear the captivating stories behind the famous Battle of Troy, including the myth of the Trojan Horse, the tale of Helen, the history of the Trojan Wars, and the battle between Achilles and Hector. On your second day, depart for the famed battlefield site of Gallipoli, where the celebrated European soldiers and ANZAC troops died defending the site on April 25, 1915. Visit the many memorial sites and cemeteries of both the European and ANZAC soldiers, paying equal respect to all soldiers who lost their lives, and discover the sites that were crucial during the battle. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 6:00 AM - 6:30 AM: Pick-up from hotels in Taksim, Beşiktaş, Beyoğlu, Şişli, Ortaköy, Bebek 6:30 AM - 7:00 AM: Pick-up from hotels in Sultanahmet, Beyazıd, Sirkeci, Laleli, Aksaray 7:15 AM: Pick-up from hotels in the Ataturk Airport area 8:30 AM: Enjoy a stop for an open-buffet breakfast(Extra) 12.00 PM: Arrive in Eceabat and enjoy lunch on the beautiful views over Dardanelles 1:00 PM: Depart for a fully guided Gallipoli tour visiting Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), Turkish 57. Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial 6:00 PM: Tour ends and check-in to your hotel. Overnight at Troia Anzac hotel Day 2 Open buffet breakfast 1:30 PM: Pick-up from your hotel 1:45 PM: Depart for Troy tour. You will visit the Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars, the 3700-year-old city walls, Houses of Troy I, 3000 BC - 2500 BC, the Bouleuterion (Senate Building), the Odeon (Concert Hall), and Remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX 4:45 PM: Back to Canakkale 5:30 PM: Tourist bus to your hotel in Istanbul 8:30 PM: Stop for a break along the way 11:00 PM: Drop off at your hotel in Istanbul

Canakkale: Full-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour

7. Canakkale: Full-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour

Your tour begins at the door of your hotel in Canakkale, where you will be met by your driver to take a 30-minute drive to Troy. There you will be met by your tour guide who will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archaeological excavations. You'll learn the city in detail, from its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s through to the present day. You will not only see the still-impressive defensive walls of the ancient city and learn the story of the Trojan War, but will also be able to walk past the ruins of everyday houses which date back more than 3,000 years. You can also walk the same paths as the people of the city did three millennia ago. Following your tour, you will re-board your tour bus to be carried back to Çanakkale where you will catch the ferry to travel from Asia to Europe. After enjoying lunch at a restaurant, you will then take a trip into the past on a half-day tour of Gallipoli. You'll travel by air-conditioned minibus to the battlefields and war memorials of the ANZAC campaign of the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. Upon arrival on the Gallipoli Peninsula, your tour will focus on the ANZAC sector of the infamous battlefields. You'll stop at 11 different points of interest to learn more about the fateful events of the Australian and New Zealand troops, including ANZAC Cove where the troops first landed and set up base. Following that you will go to Beach Cemetery, where many of the soldiers who died during the Battle of Gallipoli were buried. You can pause to reflect at the Lone Pine Memorial, one of 5 memorials on the peninsula that commemorate servicemen of the former British Empire killed in the campaign but who have no known grave, before visiting the battlefields of The Nek and Chunuk Bair. At the conclusion of your tour, you will take the ferry back to Canakkale.

Gallipoli Campaign Anzac Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

8. Gallipoli Campaign Anzac Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

Go on a journey through history on a full-day tour to the battlefields of Gallipoli and learn about the legendary campaign of World War I when Allied Forces, including many from Australia and New Zealand, tried to open up a supply route to Russia. Departing from Istanbul early in the morning, you will drive to the Dardanelles, with an 08:30 AM stop en route for breakfast. Upon arrival in Eceabat, enjoy lunch with panoramic views of the Dardanelles landscape. Your guide will then take you to many of the main battle areas, war memorials and cemeteries, starting at the narrowiest point of the Dardanelles for a brief overview. Admire the Kilitbahir Fortress, built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1463 to protect the Dardanelles Straits. Then, drive to the landing beaches of the Gallipoli Campaign, and learn how soldiers from the British Empire, supported by French troops, landed on the shores to be joined at Ariburnu by the Anzacs of the Australian and New Zealander Army Corps. Highlights of your tour include the Ariburnu Cemetery and ANZAC Commemorative Site. See the Turkish Canon Batteries, and the landing beach at Anzac Cove, the main base for the Australian and New Zealand troops. Discover where Anzac legend John Simpson Kirkpatrick is buried, and pay your respects at memorials erected to commemorate the fallen, such as the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Depart for Istanbul at 6:00 PM to arrive back in the city for the end of the tour services at approximately 11:00 PM, with a rest stop en route.

Canakkale: Half-Day Troy Tour

9. Canakkale: Half-Day Troy Tour

Your tour begins at the door of your hotel in Canakkale, where you will be met by your driver to take a 30-minute drive to Troy. There you will be met by your tour guide who will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archaeological excavations. You'll learn the city in detail, from its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870s through to the present day. You will not only see the still-impressive defensive walls of the ancient city and learn the story of the Trojan War, but will also be able to walk past the ruins of everyday houses which date back more than 3,000 years. You can also walk the same paths as the people of the city did three millennia ago. Nine cities have been discovered built one on top of the other dating back to before 3500 B.C., with the city made famous by Homer in his book the Iliad describing the 10-year war being just one of the layered settlements. Following your tour, you will re-board our tour bus to be transported back to Canakkale, where your experience will conclude.

From Istanbul: Troy and Gallipoli 2-Day Trip

10. From Istanbul: Troy and Gallipoli 2-Day Trip

Begin your adventure with an early-morning departure from your hotel in the city center, and start the drive to Canakkale. When you arrive in Canakkale, enjoy lunch and then begin visiting the highlights of the city. Stops will include: • Brighton Beach • The Beach Cemetery • ANZAC Cove • Ariburnu Cemetery • The ANZAC Commemoration Site • Lone Pine Australian Memorial • Johnston's Jolly (Turkish and allied trenches and tunnels) • 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial • The Nek • Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial In the evening, continue on to Canakkale and check in at your 4-star hotel. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and stay overnight. On day 2, eat breakfast at the hotel and after breakfast, depart for a full-day tour and visit the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home to the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. You will see the ruins of legends and hear about the history of: • The Trojan Horse • Helen of Troy • The Trojan Wars • The battle between Achilles and Paris • Sacrificial altars • The 3,700-year-old city walls • Houses of Troy I (3000-2500 B.C.) • The Bouleterium (senate building) • The Odeon (concert hall) • Current excavations in progress • Remains of the various cities from Troy I-Troy IX After the tour, you’ll return to Canakkale for lunch, and enjoy free time during the afternoon before you depart for Istanbul.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 158 reviews

A wonderful day visiting the site of ancient Troy and seeing remnants from each of its' nine incarnations. For anyone interested in history, this is a great day out and I was lucky enough to have Bukran as the guide for our tour. He has an expert knowledge and showed us many things which a casual visitor may have missed. After touring the city ruins, the visit to the museum was fascinating and well worth a few hours. Exhibits from all eras of Troy are on display in a well laid out and accessible manner.

Burak was amazing. He was fun and very knowledgeable about the area and the unique history. I know that many reviews say it isn’t worth it, but it’s definitely worth it with an intelligent guide! We had a wonderful time from start to finish. It was a long day but without traffic in the evening the drive wasn’t too long. Lasted about 15 hours instead of 18. We were extremely happy

Our guide was great! Such extensive knowledge about the Anzac wars and perfect stopping points to see key landmarks. For a day trip, it is a loooong day because Gallipoli is about 4-5 hours out of Istanbul. If you don’t mind the long travel, this is such a great trip!!

We had such a memorable time at Gallipoli. A once in a lifetime experience visiting such an important place. Our guide Burak was fantastic and really knew his stuff. He was friendly and knowledgeable.

Well organized, comfortable travel, very polite and informative tour guides.