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“Spine tingling”

Gallipoli National Park
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Gallipoli Battlefields Tour from Canakkale Port with Private Guide
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Gallipoli
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Gallipoli was the site of a major battle in World War I and this peninsula, part of the Dardanelles, is still remembered as a major defeat for the Allied Forces—and a springboard for the future Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal. The beautiful, quiet park is dotted with memorials and other features; it is the site of a big annual memorial for the thousands of Australian and New Zealand forces who died here.
Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Spine tingling”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

My grandfather fought here with the Leinster Regiment in 1915 and I'd done some research on the involvement of the 10th Irish Division in the Dardanelles Campaign. I thought I was prepared for what we would see as we have toured extensively in the battlefields in France from both World Wars. No research or reading could compare to the experience of seeing Suvla Bay or the Salt Lake and trying to imagine what it must have been like for my then 28 year old Grandad. Most tours are designed for Anzac tourists but we were able to go off piste and see the places where he would have soldiered, places like Chocolate Hill and Hill 60 together with all the little graveyards dotted around . We planned the trip for about 3 months before we went to ensure that we got the result we wanted. Our guide was more knowledgeable about the Anzac campaign and I probably knew more than he did about the Irish regiments battles.

It was a trip we were really glad we made. We also squeezed in Troy but it needs some TLC and we would not be in a rush to go back there but we will definitely be back to Gallipoli.

Around the big Turkish Memorials facilities are pretty basic and the food stalls are not great either so bring a big picnic and loads of water. It can be busy as It's very popular with Turks too, well it would be wouldn't it as they won and it brought Ataturk to the fore in Turkey, and he's still very much the hero and saviour.

BTW he survived, not only there but Palestine, Salonika and The Somme too and only died in 1954. He is buried in the British War Cemetery in Dublin.

Visited July 2012
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“5 hr drive from Istanbul but worth it”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

What can one say about this area - it was a battlefield and as with all battlefields there is an imense feeling of sorrow for all sides. Its beautifully maintained and the copy of Ataturks letter brings tears to the eyes. Like so many wars the youth of nations died and for what. It seems that the powers that be didn't learn much as they finished up landing on similar terrain on D Day. Its a must see for anyone irrespective of nationality, especially if it reminds people of the futility of war.

Visited November 2011
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Leumeah Australia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We arrived late afternoon and there was no one there.It was very moving to just wander quietly through Anzac Cove and read the headstones.It was impossible to hold back the tears as you read the ages of the young men who were led to their death.When you looked at the hills they really had little hope.The memorials are all beautifully looked after. When we visited Lone Pine a very young Turkish girl walked up to one of the Australian soldiers grave and placed an Australian flag beside his headstone...how moving. The Turkish people lost so many young men as well yet they show such respect and love of the Australian people who visit.Every Australian should come here and maybe we would learn a little more tolerance in our own lives.

Visited August 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful and moving”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Gallipoli Peninsula is absolutely stunning. It is hard to believe what happened there not so long ago. As a New Zealander, we were impressed with the respect shown to our soldiers and fellow ANZACS through various monuments/statues. We did a guided bus tour through the backpackers Crowded House which was good.

Visited August 2012
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Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Gallipoli Tour 2012”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Great guide via Crowded House

60 lira including lunch with a small group

People from several locations were all impressed

Trip was really well paced

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Andrew B
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