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Battlefield guides/visits

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Battlefield guides/visits

There seem to be lots of options to choose from the established tours, most of which visit the ANZAC sites. However, I would like to spend time at the sites of the British landings in the Suvla Bay area as well as the ANZAC front. Doing it over two days wouldn't be a problem, but I don't care for very early starts and "captive" lunches. I intend to stay locally for a few days and do not want to take the long journey to Istanbul during the tour days.

I could also hire a car for a few days, if the historic locations are easily found.

Any suggestions, for names of local contacts/ companies in the Canakkale area, who may come close to meeting these requirements?

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The Gallipoli battlefields consist of three main sectors : Suvla (20 km from Eceabat-the gateway to the park), Anzac (10 km from Eceabat) & Helles (20 km from Eceabat).

If you are planning to visit sectors other than Anzac you will need your own wheels. Public transport is in its infancy and consists of a few minibus services which are limited to a few runs per day only and once you arrive you will still have to do a good deal of walking to get to the battlefields.

Unless you are prepared to pay good money for a private 2/3 day tour (daily tours are only available for Anzac), a rental car is the best way to tour the Gallipoli peninsula. It gives you total freedom and nearly all places in the Gallipoli national park can be reached by regular car from May till October. Note that some of the roads to remote locations may be a bit bumpy and put some strain on your vehicle. In early spring and late autumn access to these areas is limited as the tracks become difficult (impossible even) to handle without a 4WD vehicle, fitted with suitable MT tires.

To get your bearings nothing replaces a local tourguide who could come with you in the car for a half or full day (especially when you only have 1 or 2 days to cover all theatres of battle. If you have more time (as places are now fairly will signposted) you could do your visits with a map, a guidebook and some advise from the hotel you'll be staying at.

A local taxi is the second alternative. They are available for transfers & daily tours. It is possible to work out a fixed fee with the driver (note however that English speaking drivers are basicly non-existant) and again a professional guide can accompany you in the taxi.

To get a good general overview of the campaign one should allow half a day for each, possibly a full day for Anzac and again a full day for Helles

Every battlefield-enthousiast however will tell you that the only way to get the "real experience" is walk the battlefields. So if possible allow a day (or two) for hiking places such as Plugge’s Plateau, the New Zealand trail from Chunuk Bair to the outposts, the Kireçtepe Ridge and/or Gully Ravine. Not only are these hikes of historical value but they also offer beautiful scenery and with a bit of luck a glimpse at the local wildlife.

Rental car : You can rent a car from Istanbul (all major rental companies have offices at the airport and the others will deliver it there), drive down to the National park (320 km) or alternatively you can come down by coach till Eceabat/Çanakkale and pick up a rental there. In the latter case you will come by coach from Istanbul. It needs to be said that the Çanakkale car rental companies do not offer the service one might expect from a car rental company : Cars tend to be older and English is not widely spoken by their employees. You can arrange to pick up a rental car in Gelibolu (Miller Highway service station), Eceabat (town centre) or Çanakkale (airport and towncentre).

If you decide to rent a car/charter a vehicle locally or tour the peninsula by taxi you will have to come down from Istanbul by coach. (a simular service is available from Izmir) It is perfectly possible to travel by coach to Eceabat as there is a coach leaving the Istanbul busstation nearly every hour throughout the day. The coaches (all top-quality and with a non-smoking policy) cover the distance of 320 km in approximately 5 hours. Refreshments are served on board and a sanitary stop is made half-way near the city of Tekirdağ.

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To add to the excellent explanations given by "the_plummed_goose" above, let me give you a useful link: "turkeytravelplanner.com/go/…".


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Try RSL tours located in the Grand Eceabat hotel Canakkale, great friendly team, who will go out of their way to make your tour an enjoyable one.

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