Gallipoli Battlefield Tour (7-12 May 2023)

Event Details

  • 07 May 23 07:00 - 12 May 23 19:00
  • Tour
  • Battlefield Tour

Photograph: Gallipoli Association and Battle Honours group walking via Shell Green to Lone Pine.

Following previous tours of Gallipoli, in conjunction with Battle Honours Ltd, we are pleased to be offering trips for members and friends to visit the Peninsula in the company of fellow enthusiasts and authorities. 

During May will see us running concurrent Walking and Hidden tours which will visit all the most important spots of Gallipoli. The 'Walking Gallipoli' option is designed for those who have never visited Gallipoli before; 'Hidden Gallipoli' is designed for those returning to Gallipoli and want to see more of this spectacular battlefield.

Both comprehensive battlefield tours will not only cover the main areas of the campaign, at a relaxed pace, but also some of the seldom visited spots not offered on other tour itineraries. We believe these tours are second to none, and with all the advantages of like-minded individuals, this intimate group will discover trench remains, old mule tracks, dried up gullies and the quiet beaches of this beautiful Peninsula.

Our tours are led by Gallipoli Association and Guild of Battlefield Guide members.

  • ‘Walking Gallipoli’ Tour: 7th - 12th May 2023
  • ‘Hidden Gallipoli’ Tour: 7th - 12th May 2023

Costs:

  • £TBC with flights (£50 discount for GA Members)
  • £TBC non flight option (£50 discount for GA Members)  

'Walking Gallipoli', will offer a series of walks covering the highlights of the campaign, conducted at a relaxed pace and with scope to visit spots not offered on other tour itineraries. We feel this tour offers the most comprehensive tour available to Gallipoli, as part of a like-minded intimate group to reach seldom visited spots via mule tracks, dried up gullies and quiet beaches. The distances are not excessive, our average day involves around 6 miles over undulating ground but at a pace to suit the needs of the group, if you have any concerns, please feel free to give us a call.

We will stay in a charming Canakkale boutique hotel with well-equipped rooms: A/C, TV, en-suite bathrooms and bar facilities. Bed and Breakfast basis, with packed or cafe lunches included. Evening meals are not included.  

 ‘Walking Gallipoli’ Tour Itinerary

·      7 May 2023Flights from London to Istanbul; transfer to Gallipoli.

·      8 May 2023Helles – Starting at W Beach, Cape Helles. We see the cemeteries of Lancashire Landing and V Beach. Crossing the fields around Hunter-Weston Hill we arrive at the magnificent Helles memorial to the missing. We then visit Sedd el Bahr where the substantial Turkish defences awaited the men assaulting from the famous River Clyde. In the afternoon we visit the isolated grave of Lt-Col Doughty-Wylie VC we walk goes “up the line” along the weather-beaten Gully Ravine to Pink Farm allowing us to visit spots that once housed over-burdened Field Ambulances and countless billets in its shelter, alongside wells sunk by the Engineers to quench the parched thirst of the troops.

·      9 May 2023Anzac – A boat trip around the Anzac Cove is undertaken before we land and walk from the stunning Beach Cemetery to the high ground of Lone Pine. Here the AIF stormed ashore and scrambled past the “Sphinx” to breach the Turkish lines. After an optional climb to Plugges Plateau, we ascend Boltons Ridge via Shell Green, where the briefest of cricket matches was played under fire ending at the Lone Pine Memorial with its breath-taking views over the Aegean. In the afternoon we cling to the cliffs above the beaches, we chart the frontline held by Anzac troops. Intimate burial spots at Parade Ground Cemetery and Johnston’s Jolly join preserved trenches and memorials named after courageous and colourful Australian characters. We finish at the tragic site of the attack by the Australian Light Horse on The Nek.

·      10 May 2023: North Anzac - A beautiful walk in the remote area of North Anzac. Leaving Embarkation Cemetery, we follow the path of Monash’s brigade through the notorious Taylor’s Gap and into Agyhl Dere. From there we ascend onto Damakjelik Spur, passing Australia Valley, before ending the day studying the actions of Hill 60. In the afternoon we have a spectacular walk from the heights of Chunuk Bair to the beaches below. Focusing on Kiwi forces and New Army troops we follow their battle along the Rhododendron Ridge. This walk is on steep, mountainous terrain along a winding trail and is not for the faint hearted but enormously rewarding. We end the day with an optional dip in the Aegean Sea so do not forget your trunks.

·      11 May 2023: Suvla - Starting at Nibrunesi Points we follow the initial landings of the new Army Troops as they assaulted up Lala Baba and approached the Salt Lakes and beyond. We then explore Scimitar Hill and Green Hill as we look at the last great attack of the Gallipoli Campaign. In the afternoon after a stop at Chocolate and Green Hills, we spend the afternoon looking at the ill-fated Suvla landings in August 1915. Our walk begins on the beach before passing Hill 10 and following in the footsteps of the 5th Norfolk’s and uncover the true story behind the vanishing battalion.

·      12 May 2023: Return to London via Istanbul.

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‘Hidden Gallipoli’ Tour Itinerary

·      7 May 2023Flights from London to Istanbul; transfer to Gallipoli.

·      8 May 2023'W' Beach to 'X Beach' - Starting on Hunter Weston Hill we will walk dow to 'W' Beach and follow the coast line around Teke Burnu and up onto Hill 114, we then descend back onto Bakery Beach to discuss the actions of HMS Implaccable for ending on 'X' Beach the landing site for the 2nd Royal Fusiliers on the opening day. In the afternoon we will walk 'Gully Ravine'. Entering from the Turkish held Krithia end of the Ravine, we will chart its course passing the frontlines of 28 June, through the Boomerang, Border Barricade and through the support lines before ending on Gully Beach to discuss the eventual evacuation from Helles in January 1916.

      9 May 2023The Krithia Sector - We begin our full days study of the Krithia Sector by following the Royal Naval Division sector between Skew Bridge and Cemetery, rich in narrative RND accounts from Joe Murray to Douglas Jerrold we visit Romanos Well and the site of the Divisions costly actions through May and June 1915, we end at Redoubt Cemetery where a number of those who fell are buried. In the afternoon sees us follow the 42nd (East Lancs) Division between the Vineyard and Gully Ravine. Equally rich in written accounts of their time on the Peninsula, aneacdotes and accounts from Arthur Behrend (Make me a Soldier) and Alec Riley's excellent Gallipoli Diary will be placed in context by visiting the ground before ending at Pink Farm Cemetery

·      10 May 2023: Suvla Bay and Anzac- This new walk will look at the ground between the Salt Lake Line to the Cut, this ground the home for thousands of troops was home between August and December 1915. We visit an ancient Greek water supply, utilised by the men during the war, we follow their old defensive line back to the 'B' and 'C' landing beaches to Nibrunesi Point where the first Kitchiner volunteers of the 11th (Northern) Division landed on the 6 August 1915. We then follow their assault up Lala Baba where the Salt Lake and Suvla Plain come into sight before ending at the seldom visited Lala Baba Cemetery, set in its isolated, tranquil grounds overlooking the Island of Imbros. In the afternoon we start at Chunuk Bair we drop down to the Farm Cemetery to consider the August fighting for this vital highground, we the cross the complex North Anzac terrain, a hive of active patrolling and raiding in the final months of the campaign, we pass over Cheshire Ridge, around Beauchop's Hill and through the Chailak Dere before ending at Embarkation CWGC Cemetery.  

·      11 May 2023: The Island of Imbros - seen from almost all parts of the Peninsula, Imbros, the largest Turkish Island guards the gulf of Saros and was a vital forward operating base for the allied Mediterranian Expeditionary Force during the Gallipoli Campaign. Rich in history, it features prominently in mythology, antiquity through the Bazentine and Ottoman periods before Sir Ian Hamiltons force arrive here in the lead up to the campaign. Taking the morning ferry we will visit the site of Hamiltons Headquarters, the Royal Naval Air Service base alongside the numerous training areas, supply bases, ports and medical facilities housed on the island in 1915. We then take the late afternoon ferry back arriving in Canakkale early evening. 


·      12 May 2023: Return to London via Istanbul.

To enquire or to reserve a space, please email: tours@gallipoli-association.org

Photograph: A wrecked 'Horse' Lighter on W Beach, Lancashire Landing.

Photograph: A 'Gully Ravine' hero - Second Lieutenant A V Smith VC, the last Victoria Cross to be won on the Peninsula. 

Photograph: Anzac 

Photograph: Walking Gully Ravine