Gallipoli Tour - ANZAC Memorial Places | Travel Turkey 2023
Gallipoli Tour - ANZAC Memorial Places
Gallipoli is a peninsula located at Dardanelles strait and also known as the battlefield where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed and fought against the Ottoman Empire (fighting on Germany's side) during World War I.
This tour takes you back to where the history was made and the myths were born, connecting the past with the present. Accompanied by a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide, you will be captivated by the rich stories beyond the guidebook on the various sites you visit.
you will visit...
Brighton Beach, ANZAC Cove, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Ariburnu Cemetery, Beach Cemetery, Respect to Mehmetcik Monument, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial
Our tour begins with a drive along the north shore of the Sea of Marmara away from the bustle of Istanbul city. It takes about 5hours to arrive at Gallipoli Peninsula. You will see and experience the stunning scenery of the Turkish countryside and coastline. After arriving in Eceabat which is the nearest town to Gallipoli battle fields, it is time to visit commemorative monuments and many cemeteries to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers.
(Image Pictures) Left: ANZAC Cove, Middle: Beach Cemetery, Right: Mehmetcik Monument
Brighton Beach is the site to commemorate the braveries of young Australian and we will learn about the suffering they endured during the war. It is said that they spend their little and precious free time at this beach.
This small cove became famous as the landing site of the ANZAC in World War I on April 25, 1915. Arriving here and staring at the rugged and rocky terrain in front of you, you cannot help to imagine that they had to climb while dodging artillery fire.
ANZAC Commemorative Site,
The Australian and New Zealand governments created this site in cooperation with the Turkish government. On this site, The ANZAC Day Dawn Service is taken place for the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Here is the place of reconciliation and pilgrimage.
The first graves were dug on the day of the landing and continued to be used almost until the day of evacuation from Anzac area. You can see the tombstone of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick who was famous for using his donkey to carry the wounded to safety.
Ari Burnu Cemetery
It was used by Allied forces to house fallen soldiers to rest. There is a large stone monument with the words that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk spoke when the first Australian, New Zealand and British visited.
Respect to Mehmetcik Monument
The sculpture set up in 1997 based on an event in which a Turkish soldier, after raising a white flag, carried a wounded Australian officer to Australian lines and returned to his lines before fighting resumed.
(Image Pictures) Left/Middle: Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Right: Johnston's Jolly
Lone Pine Australian Memorial
This is the most impressive one of all the ANZAC cemeteries and a peaceful place where the scenery of the single pine tree stands out. No one could imagine here was the exact site of one of the fiercest battles of the Gallipoli Campaign took place. Today it serves as a tribute to all identified and unidentified heroes, most of them came from the Australian battalion.
This allied cemetery was created after the Armistice. It is 200m from Lone Pine cemetery. To get there, you will pass a narrow strip marking an area known as “No Man’s Land”, where Allied forces and the Turkish were in a stalemate.
(Image Pictures) Left: Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Cemetery, Middle: The Nek, Right: Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial
Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Cemetery
Here is the cemetery and monument for the Turkish 57th Regiment, which were an Anatolian infantry and the main fighting force led by Ataturk. There is a statue of an unnamed Turkish soldier and a statue of Hussein Kakmaz, the oldest Turkish Gallipoli veteran who lived to be 108 years old.
The Nek was an important location on Gallipoli for the Allied forces, however, it became the site of a brave but tragic assault. Today there are several tombstones under the cross, most of which are special memorials to the soldiers believed to be buried here.
Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial
The commemorate monument stands on the summit of Chunk Bair in honor of the New Zealand soldiers who fought and fell during the Battle at Gallipoli. This place was one of the main objectives in the Battle of Sari Bair, fought 6-10 August 1915. Also you can find a large statue of Ataturk on the other side of New Zealand Memorial.
- The tour order and sites might be changed depending on the travel date and season.
- This itinerary is for a group tour. If you want to have a private tour with an additional charge, please contact us for details. (Private tour means that the tour and the guide are only for you and dedicates in accordance with your wishes. Also you can change sites as you like at the time of reservation.)
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