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“Better than I expected”

RSL Tours - Day Tours
Ranked #87 of 492 Tours in Istanbul
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Owner description: Gallipoli, Cappadocia, Istanbul, Ephesus, Pergamon & All Turkey Tours from Istanbul.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

My family ( 2 adults , 3 teenage children) organised a 2 day private tour of Gallipoli starting and finishing in Istanbul. This is an expensive option but well worth the money - AUD$2000 when all said and done.
We were picked up from our hotel at 7.30am and taken in a very comfortable minibus to Eceabat stopping for breakfast on the way. We arrived at Eceabat at lunch time. After lunch we drove with our guide Baris to a new interactive display of the Gallipoli campaigns. The presentation is designed to simulate some of the experiences of those envolved in those campaigns. Although in Turkish we were given electronic devices which enabled us to hear an English version. It was excellent.
We were then taken to the southern sector at Cape Helles.There we visited the massive memorials to the British and the Turks. Both are simple but very impressive. We also saw some of the landing beaches including V Beach. Now very beautiful but on 25 April 1915 a virtual slaughterhouse.On the return trip to Eceabat we stopped off at a small village for cay.
Although we could have had dinner at Eceabat we took the ferry to Canakalle where we ate in one of the many seaside restaurants. The ferry ride across the Dardenelles at dusk was very beautiful.
The next morning we toured the northern battlefields where the ANZACs fought. This time our guide was Hassan. We had time to walk along ANZAC Cove and Z Beach.This gives you an appreciation of just how difficult the terrain was. We then walked up towards the Baby 700 cemetery. We then visited the Lone Pine cemetery, the Nek and finally the magnificent Turkish monument at Chunuk Bair. You get an appreciation of the terrible conditions each side fought under. In a couple of places the trenches are only metres apart. Lone Pine is not much bigger than a soccer field.. Yet for 3 days thousands of men fought and died over this now tranquil place.
I cannot speak too highly of both our guides. Both Baris and Hassan are experienced, extremely knowledgeable,interesting and easy to deal with. They both have a passion for what they do. Each told the Gallipoli story from the Turkish as well as the Allied side. The Turks regard Gallipoli as hallowed ground as we do. It was really interesting to get that perspective.
RSL Tours did a fantastic job. It was even better than we anticipated.
Accomodation at Eceabat was basic. I think it might be best to stay in Canakalle.
Irealise that most will want to do a day trip from Istanbul but if you are able spend 2 days at Gallipoli.You won't be rushed.Try and give yourself time to walk in some of the cemetries. Seeing so many young men's lives wasted will break your heart.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is a 4-5 hour bus trip from Istanbul which is long enough, but coming home it took TEN hours!
We left Gallipoli at about 5pm on Sunday 7 July 2013. We were supposed to arrive back at our hotel at 11pm. We arrived back at 3AM the next day!

Istanbul is a city of 14 million people and on summer days they flock to the peninsula where Gallipoli is located. The result is an endless stream of traffic bumper to bumper.

Yes we had breaks, but 10 hours in a not very comfortable hot bus, plus bumpy roads really is not good enough

4  Thank geilde
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RSL_Tours, Manager at RSL Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2013

Hello there Mr Geil,
we better like to hear about the tour ,than İstanbul's traffic problems. How was the guide or the food? if the tour was ok and you were satisfied. please share with us and change your bad points on us because we can't do anything about the trafic,it was unluckly end of the bank holiday.

Have a wonderfull day
Thank you

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Hassan obviously loves his job and the history of Gallipoli. His English is fantastic and his knowledge is better than most Aussies! This would rate as one of the best tours we have ever done! Thanks

2  Thank Kerry P
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

I booked a place for my parents on a tour to Gallipoli with RSL tours (which was the cheapest I could find in the city). The wonderful team at RSL were so committed to getting my parents on the tour - I had problems contacting my parents, credit card not working along with the fact that the timing coincided with the protests in Istanbul so details had to be changed last minute... I really didn't think they would make it but after 45 emails exchanged with RSL (!!!) I'm so pleased to say mum and dad made it to Gallipoli. They had a very special trip and said the guides couldn't have been better. HIGHLY reccommend.

4  Thank Anna W
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Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

We did a Gallipoli tour with RSL tours and it was fantastic! I highly recommend. We were picked up right on time from our hostel in Istanbul and driven to Gallipoli which was about a 4 hour drive. We stopped half way and were given a full breakfast. We arrived at Gallipoli and were given a full lunch before being picked up for the tour. The tour guide was fantastic, he was so knowledgable and friendly. Emiine who worked for RSL tours was also fantastic - she was extremely helpful to us when we were having trouble with some of our travel plans. She allowed us to use the phone and Internet at the hotel, and even accompanied us on the ferry where a bus was picking us up at the other side. Overall RSL provided and excellent service!

5  Thank LorraineHercus
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