Welcome to Istanbul, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet with your guide and the rest of your group.
Today you will enjoy a guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome and the Turkish Military Museum.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.
Early departure this morning as we drive west, along the Sea of Marmara, towards the Gallipoli Peninsula. This afternoon we will cross the Dardanelles and travel onward to Troy to visit the site of the famous siege and tour the archaeological remains.
Today we visit the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli commencing with the British landing sites of 25th April, 1915. We visit Mehmetcik Abide - Turkish Memorial, the Helles Memorial - British Memorial to the missing, a Turkish gun battery, V beach where the SS River Clyde landed the men of 29th division, the Lancashire landing site where the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers were awarded six VC's before breakfast, Krithia war museum and nearby Twelve Tree Copse cemetery and N.Z. Memorial. This visit requires some walking as the roads to the beaches are not accessible by coach.
After breakfast we continue our tour of the April 25th landing sites as we move north to ANZAC Cove, where the Australians and New Zealanders landed. We spend the morning walking along the landing beach and visiting the battlefields, nearby military cemeteries and preserved trenches and tunnels. We visit the Australian memorial at Lone Pine and Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels, before detouring to the Nek, where the Australian Light Horse Brigade suffered heavily in August offensives. The day ends on the New Zealand Battlefield at Chunuk Bair, seeing more preserved trenches and visiting the memorial.
Today we head to Sulva Bay, where some of the first British ‘New Army' Battalions joined the action in August 1915. Here we study the landings and also look at the history of the lost battalion, 1/5th Norfolk, the men from the Sandringham Royal estate who disappeared during the fighting in Sulva Bay. We will visit some of the less visited areas within the Gallipoli battlefields including Suvla Bay, Hill 60, Scrubby Knoll (Kemal Yeri) and Hill 971.
This morning we visit Naval Museum and the minelayer, Nusret, before we retrace our steps and travel back to the exotic city of Istanbul.
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.