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Gallipoli Battlefields by Air


7 days from £995pp

About the tour: Gallipoli Battlefields by Air

  • Campaign: The Great War (WW1)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Apr 1915 - Jan 1916

This tour will cover the following key events

  • Landings at Gallipoli - 25 April 1915
    The Gallipoli Landings saw the troops of the British Empire arrive at ANZAC Cove during WW1, as part of an amphibious invasion, which began the Gallipoli campaign. The landings occurred at night and saw mainly Australian and New Zeland soldiers try to take control of the beaches. It is commemorated as ANZAC Day.
  • First Battle of Krithia - 28 April 1915
    The First Battle of Krithia was the first attempt that the Allied troops made against the Ottoman forces during the Battle of Gallipoli. Unfortunetly the troops failed in their objective due to the strength of the Ottoman forces, poor planning and being exhausted from the Landings at Cape Helles.
  • Second Battle of Krithia - 6 May 1915
    After two days of costly battles the Allied troops were able to make up some ground during their seconds attempt to advance at Helles, however just like the First Battle of Krithia, they were unable to meet their objectives which was to capture Krithia and Achi Baba.
  • Third Battle of Krithia - 4 June 1915
    After the two previous failed attempts to advance to Achi Baba, the Allied forces made a third and final attempt to take ground from the Ottman forces. However, once again the Allied troops failed in their objectives and endured another costly battle.
  • Battle of Gully Ravine - 28 June 1915
    After the costly battles already endured by the Allied troops during the Gallipoli campaign, all hope of achieveing victory over the Ottoman forces had vanished. However, although a high amount of casualties were recorded, the Battle of Gully Ravine was successful and the Allies managed to gain almosts a kilometre along th coast.
  • Landings at Suvla - 7 August 1915
    As a final attempt to make progress during the Battle of Gallipoli, the Allies attempted an amphibious landing at Suvla. Unfortunetly, once again poor management and planning meant that the Allied troops failed to make any progress during this offensive, and it led to the dismissal of the British Commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Stopford.
  • ANZAC and Suvla evacuated - 20 December 1915
    After many failed attempts and no sign of a break through during the Battle of Gallipoli, it was decided that the troops would be evacuated to avoid further loss of life. It took two weeks but the evacuation was a huge success and hardly any casualties were recroded.
  • Gallipoli evacuated - 9 January 1916
    Being the most and probably only real successful operation of the Battle of Gallipoli, the evacuations were conducted with only three casualties and the troops had all left Gallipoli by the 9th January 1916. The Battle of Gallipoli was a great victory for the Ottoman’s during WW1.

On this WW1 battlefield tour we visit the haunting Gallipoli battlefields, located in the Dardanelles. See the sites where more than 30,000 British and Commonwealth troops gave their lives, as our tour begins in Gallipoli town where we see the Helles Memorial. We then focus on the landings of April 1915 and see where the British troops landed on V beach. At ANZAC we see the landing beaches and visit the nearby cemeteries such as Lone Pine. At Sulva Bay we look at the story of the ‘Lost Battalion’. Finally we visit Channakale and Troy, seeing Channakale’s military cemetery and the famous Siege site at Troy.

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Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 5 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Istanbul
  • Airport transfers in Istanbul
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Istanbul where you will be met and transferred to your overnight hotel.

Day 2 - Gabatepe & Helles Memorial

Early departure for the four-hour journey to Gallipoli. We have lunch in Gallipoli town, overlooking the Dardanelles. Following check-in at our hotel where we stay for five nights, we visit the Helles Memorial to the Missing, where the vast majority of those who fell in 1915 are commemorated, seeing the Turkish gun battery.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Gallipoli Town

Gallipoli Town (2)

Key Visits

  • Gallipoli Town
  • Helles Memorial
  • Turkish Gun Battery

Day 3 - British Landings Cape Helles – Krithia

We begin our look at Gallipoli by focussing on the landings on 25th April 1915. We start on the British sector, seeing where the River Clyde landed the men of the 29th Division on V Beach, Seddul Bair, and the nearby V Beach Cemetery. We then move on to Lancashire Landing, where the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers won six V.C.s before breakfast. (This visit requires some walking as the roads to the beach are not accessible by coach.) At X Beach we see where HMS Implacable landed 2nd Royal Fusiliers, and have a picnic lunch before we look at the ground fought over by the British in the second phase of the campaign.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Seddul Bair

Seddul Bair (1)

Key Visits

  • V Beach
  • Seddul Bair
  • V Beach Cemetery
  • X Beach

Day 4 - ANZAC Beach – Lone Pine

Continuing with our look at the 25th April landings we move north to ANZAC, where the Australians and New Zealanders landed. We visit ANZAC itself, spending the morning walking along the landing beach and seeing the battlefield and nearby military cemeteries. Picnic lunch at Lone Pine, where we look at the Australian attack and see the Lone Pine Memorial and Cemetery. We see where Albert Jacka became the first Australian to win the V.C. in WWI, and go to the Nek, where the Australian Light Horse suffered heavily in the August offensives – as graphically illustrated in the film ‘Gallipoli’. The day ends on the New Zealand battlefield at Chunuk Bair, seeing preserved Turkish trenches.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Lone Pine Memorial & Cemetery

Lone Pine Memorial & Cemetery (2)

Key Visits

  • Anzac
  • Lone Pine Memorial & Cemetery
  • Nek
  • Chunuk Bair

Day 5 - Suvla Bay – Shell Green

In the morning we go up to Suvla Bay, seeing where some of the first British ‘Pals’ battalions came into action in August 1915. Here we study the landings and also look at the history of the ‘Lost Battalion’, the 1/5th Norfolks: the men from the Sandringham Royal estate who disappeared during the fighting at Suvla. We also visit the new Suvla Bay Museum in Anafarta. A picnic lunch will be available. In the afternoon we return to ANZAC and see the peaceful Shrapnel Valley Cemetery and take a walk up to Shell Green where the Australians played a game of cricket in full view of the Turks.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Suvla Bay

Suvla Bay (1)

Key Visits

  • Suvla Bay
  • Suvla Bay museum
  • Shrapnel Valley Cemetery
  • Shell Green

Day 6 - Channakale – Troy

We cross the Dardanelles to visit Channakale, seeing the military cemetery, with free time for some shopping and lunch. In the afternoon we travel to Troy, visiting the site of the famous siege and seeing the archaeological remains, before returning to Gallipoli.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Channakale Military Cemetery

Channakale Military Cemetery (1)

Key Visits

  • Channakale Military Cemetery
  • Troy

Day 7

Fly back to the U.K. from Istanbul.

Included meals: Breakfast

Important Note: The Turkish stamp / sticker visa on arrival has been abolished and has been replaced by an e-visa application process. All visitors to Turkey are required to purchase their entry visa prior to travel via the Turkish Government website www.evisa.gov.tr. Currently, the cost of the e-visa is approx. $20. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey. Travellers without the required period of validity on passports will regrettably not be allowed entry into Turkey due to this legal regulation. Please note entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost. Please also note, due to the nature of this tour, some walking is involved.

Hotel

Your first night will be at the 4-star Grand Hotel Halic or All Seasons Hotel in Istanbul. You will also stay for five nights at the 3-star Hotel Kum in Eceabat/Gelibolu, centrally located on the Gallipoli peninsula. We have been using this hotel for several years now and it has been a popular and comfortable base for our tour. See www.hotelkum.com.

Hotel Kum
Hotel Kum

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • Bureau de Change
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • TV

Travel Options

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from…

Your Flights

Return flights are with British Airways from London Heathrow to Istanbul. All prices and airports are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. Please call for more details. This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

If your chosen airport indicates a supplement may apply, we will contact you shortly to discuss.
 


 

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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