Walking Gallipoli Battlefield Tour

Event Details

  • 18 Oct 20 07:00 - 23 Oct 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: 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 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.

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

There are two battlefield tours this year that are running back to back:

·       ‘Walking Gallipoli’ Tour – 3-8 May 2020

·       ‘Hidden Gallipoli’ Tour – 8-13 May 2020

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)   

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.

Walking Gallipoli, led by our historian and author, Stephen Chambers alongside guide, author and member Clive Harris, 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

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

·       4 May 2020: Helles – Visiting the main 29th Division landing beaches, Hunter-Weston Hill, Helles Memorial, Sedd-el-Bahr, Doughty-Wylie VC grave, Gully Ravine and Pink Farm.

·       5 May 2020: Anzac – After a boat trip around Anzac Cove we visit Beach cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and explore the high ground of Plugges Plateau, Sphinx, Silt Spur, Lone Pine, Johnston’s Jolly, 4th Battalion Parade Ground, Courtney, Steele’s, Quinn’s Post and The Nek.

·       6 May 2020: North Anzac - A beautiful walk in the remote North Anzac area exploring Embarkation Cemetery, Taylor’s Gap, Agyhl Dere, Damakjelik Spur, Australia Valley, and Hill 60. In the afternoon we walk from the heights of Chunuk Bair and Sari Bair, along Rhododendron Ridge to Ocean Beach below.

·       7 May 2020: Suvla - Starting at Nibrunesi Point we follow the exploits of Kitchener’s New Army Troops exploring Lala Baba and the Salt Lake. We then visit both Chocolate and Green Hills, Scimitar Hill, and walk from Hill 10 following in the footsteps of the 5th Norfolk’s.

·       8 May 2020: 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