Visit Troy and Gallipoli, 2 of European Turkey’s most famous sites on a private 2-day excursion departing Istanbul. The tour explores the ancient city of Troy and the poignant battlefields of Gallipoli in comfort and at your own pace.
What to Expect
Set under the shadows of Mount Ida, Troy is famous for the legend of the Trojan Horse, the Trojan War, and for its beautiful Queen of Sparta, Helen of Troy. It is possible to visit from Istanbul in a day, but an overnight stay makes it a more relaxed excursion
This private 2-day tour is for you and up to 10 of your family or friends. You will get to see the ruins of the once thriving city, located in the Dardanelles. And you will be taken to nearby Gallipoli, site of the famous World War 1 battlefield at Anzac Cove.
Day 1: Troy
After an early morning pick-up from your Istanbul hotel, you will drive along the sea of Marmara to the ancient city of Troy. Once one of the most important cities in northwest Anatolia, today it sits in ruins on the plain of Ilium and is an archaeological wonderland close to the town of Çanakkale.
You will have lunch at Çanakkale after the ferry ride across the Dardanelles. Spend the afternoon exploring the ruins at Troy, with only the impressive views across the Dardanelles and towards Mount Ida to distract you.
Your overnight is at a hotel in Çanakkale where you can rest-up for the next day’s visit to Gallipoli and the journey back to Istanbul.
Day 2: Gallipoli
Travelling by air-conditioned coach, you will continue your excursion to the haunting site of the Battle of Gallipoli. Subject of a 1981 film starring a young Mel Gibson, it is located on the narrow peninsula opposite Çanakkale and was the setting of the first major World War 1 battle undertaken by Australian and New Zealand troops.
Both nations suffered terrible casualties and the battle marked a significant victory for the Turkish campaign against the Allies. Commemorated every year in April on Anzac Day, you will visit Anzac Cove where the Allied troops first landed, see the marble and bronze memorial monuments, and visit the poignant war cemeteries.
After a thoughtful lunch, you will depart in the afternoon for the return drive to Istanbul and your city center hotel drop-off.
- Round trip transfers from/to central Istanbul hotels
- Air-conditioned transportation
- Professional English guide
- Entrance fees, parking fees
Know Before You Go
• Advance reservation required (2 days).
• When verifying your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible