In 1915, the eight-month WWI battle between the Ottoman and Allied forces over the Dardanelles played out on the shores of Gallipoli, 300km west of Istanbul. It was here that the time-honored legends of the ANZACS (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), the Johnnies and the Mehmets (Australian and Turkish soldiers) were born.
Visiting Gallipoli in a day trip from Istanbul is possible with Crowded House Hotel & Tours. Their highly recommended professional tour includes return transfers to/from your hotel in Istanbul, lunch, and a guided tour to the main battlefields and war cemeteries including Lone Pine, the Nek, and Chunuk Bair. The journey and tour to Gallipoli is a long day out but very much worth the pilgrimage for anyone who wishes to honor the fallen, absorb the ANZAC stories, and appreciate the sheer ruggedness of the landscape where over 362,000 Ottoman and Allied soldiers were wounded or killed.
The image above has the words of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the father of modern-day Turkey and officer in the Ottoman army during the Gallipoli campaign.
For bookings or more information, contact Crowded House via the following website: