Hidden Gallipoli Battlefield Tour

Event Details

  • 08 May 20 08:00 - 13 May 20 19:00
  • Tour
  • Çanakkale, Turkey

2020 marks the 105th year of the amphibious landing of British, Indian, Dominion and French troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The tragic campaign that followed lasted eight months and resulted in nearly half a million Allied and Turkish casualties. The story behind its eventual failure, of heart breaking missed opportunities and the remarkable heroism of the troops involved is the basis of the tours.

Photograph: A group on Kidney Hill, Suvla.

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

2020 will see us running concurrent walking and coach tours which will visit all the most important spots of Gallipoli. This comprehensive battlefield tour 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 this tour is 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.

The Gallipoli Association, with Battle Honours Ltd, are pleased to be offering not only the popular ‘Walking Gallipoli’ Tour in the company of fellow enthusiasts and authorities, but also our new ‘Hidden Gallipoli’ Tour. One week, or two weeks, the choice is yours.

Hidden Gallipoli, led by our historian and author, Stephen Chambers alongside guide, author and member Clive Harris, will offer a series of walks covering important sites that are rarely visited by groups. If you have been on one of our walking tours and would like to return to do something different, this is the tour for you. 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.  

Costs:

  • £1550:00 with flights (£1500:00 for GA Members)
  • £1350:00 non flight option (£1300:00 for GA Members)
  • Booking both tours combined - £2800:00 (£2700:00 for GA Members)   

'Hidden Gallipoli' Tour Itinerary

·       8 May 2020: Flights from London to Istanbul; transfer to Gallipoli.

·       9 May 2020: Kum Kale - Studying the French landings and looking at the VC action of Lt-Cmdr Eric Robinson VC, visiting the Turkish Orkanieh gun battery near Achilles' Tomb before ending the day visiting Canakkale’s naval museum and CWGC Consular Cemetery.

·       10 May 2020: French Sector - Exploring Morto Bay; the 2/South Wales Borderers landing, the French Cemetery and rediscovering the old French battlefield cemeteries and memorials near Zimmerman’s Farm. We then walk up the line to find the formidable Bouchet, Haricot and Quadrilateral redoubts. In the afternoon we visit the Krithia sector, looking at the exploits of the 29th, 42nd (East Lancs), 52nd (Lowland) and RND from July 1915 to the evacuation.

·       11 May 2020: Anzac Sector - Shrapnel Valley to Russell’s Top Walk - This newly opened pathway, courtesy of the Gallipoli Site Directorate, enables us to walk from the Anzac rear areas up to firing lines. In the afternoon we explore the ground around Hill 60, West Ham Gully, Carisbrooke Castle, Upton Park & the Broadway.

·       12 May 2020: Suvla Sector. From Scimitar Hill to W Hills we study the August Offensive by following the assaults by both the 29th & Mounted Divisions, as well as a close-up view of the Turkish positions on the W Hills. We then explore Kiretch Tepe Ridge visiting General Stopford’s HQ, Karakol Dagh, Jephson’s Post, The Pimple, Kidney Hill and the Gendarme Memorial. We end our tour with a very special visit to the excellent Suvla Winery.

·       13 May 2020: Return to London via Istanbul.

 

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

Photograph: Krithia Nullah

Photograph: Trench in the old RND area. 

Photograph: Kiretch Tepe

Photograph: A French Artillery battery still in situ