Gallipoli National Park: Battlefields, Monuments, and Memories
- Gallipoli National Park: This site commemorates the bloody battle in which tens of thousands of allied and Turkish forces fought, died, and were wounded.
- Cemeteries and memorials: See Anzac Cove, poignant Lone Pine and New Zealand memorials, the Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Cemetery and Memorial, and Conkbayiri hill (formerly Chunuk Bair).
- Simulation center: Feel the echoes of this war as high-tech presentations take you through naval and land campaigns, providing both Turkish and allied perspectives.
About This Canakkale Tour
The blue waters of the Aegean turned red. A bold plan to knock Turkey out of the war quickly went awry. From the start, the Turks had an advantage from the heights above the Gallipoli beaches. Wave after wave of allied forces were struck down and their lifeless bodies washed to shore.
The carnage continued until the evacuation eight months later. The casualties were horrifying. Gallipoli National Park pays tribute to more than 59,000 allied troops that were killed and almost 250,000 wounded and missing. It honors 57,000 Turkish soldiers who died and more than 100,000 wounded and missing. The men memorialized at Gallipoli changed history.
In the aftermath of defeat, an ambitious young Winston Churchill became the scapegoat and was demoted to an obscure post. (Resolute, he rebounded to boldly lead Britain to victory in World War II.) Australia, still a new country vowed it would never let another nation command its forces. And, as the Ottoman Empire crumbled, the campaign advanced Turkish independence. Just eight years later, Mustafa Kemal Ataurk, a prominent Gallipoli commander, was elected as the first president of the Republic of Turkey.
Even the evacuation – desperate and hazardous in blizzard conditions – had an impact. It was quick, and clearly the most successful element of the campaign. Its strategies helped develop the US's amphibious warfare tactics, and the world didn't have to wait long to see them. America had its new skills in action in the Pacific during the next world war.
The dawning of nationhood
Although the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) fought courageously, they suffered immense losses after landing at the Battle of Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. The experience raised national consciousness in both countries, and this landing date is now commemorated as Anzac Day – the most significant honoring of war casualties and veterans for both Aussies and Kiwis.
Please proceed to the Port Coach Parking Lot and look for the GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
The order of the tour itinerary may vary between coaches and/or groups in order to avoid congestion at the sites. The local ferry boats have their schedule with a maximum capacity. Queues may cause delays between groups due to these capacity restrictions.
Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommend for Travelers using walkers or wheelchairs. Participants must be able to walk continuously for 1 hour over 2 miles of uneven terrain with some ramps at the Gallipoli National Park.
Cultural, Scenic, Bus Tour, Boat Tour
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended to travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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