Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours

Gallipoli Discovery Tour - 2022

Group Tour

Departs from: Istanbul

$ 2999
9 Days
  • PRICE: per person, twin share
  • DEPOSIT: 30%
Join us on this exclusive, nine-day tour of Gallipoli visiting hidden sites off-the-beaten path.

Welcome to my special signature tour, and a journey to one of my favourite battlefields – Gallipoli. During this tour both Peter Hart and I will help you uncover sites that were the birthplace of the Anzac legend and get off-the-beaten-path to discover hidden sites that bring the story of the Anzacs to life. I look forward to welcoming you on this tour.

Day 1 > Saturday, 10 September 2022 | Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to this special tour! This evening we will meet for a welcome dinner together at a local restaurant overlooking some of Istanbul’s most famous sites, a great way to get to know each other better. (D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Welcome dinner

Day 2 > Sunday, 11 September 2022 | Istanbul Sightseeing

Today we will enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul. We will start by visiting the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and unique with its’ 6 minarets. We will then walk to the Hippodrome, which was the centre of sports events (chariots races and athletic games) and political activities in the old city. A short walk will lead us to the St. Sophia complex. Built as the church of divine wisdom, it is still one of the greatest marvels of architecture in the World. The Byzantine Emperor Justinian constructed it as a basilica in the 6th century.  This afternoon, we will continue with a tour of the Topkapi Palace Museum, which was the imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans. In the rooms of this palace, there are exhibits of the imperial treasury, Chinese porcelain, weapons, and holy relics (the Sword of King David, the staff of Moses, the Turban of Joseph, Relics of St. John the Baptist). We will also visit the monumental tombs of the Sultans and end the day with a cruise along the Bosphorus River, the waterway that separates Asia and Europe providing a perfect opportunity to see the wonderful sights of Istanbul from the water. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS Blue Mosque   Hippodrome   Topkapi Palace Museum   Bosphorus River cruise

Day 3 > Monday, 12 September 2022 | Istanbul to Gallipoli

This morning we depart Istanbul and drive to the Gallipoli peninsula. As we travel along the shores of the Sea of Marmara, we will discuss the history of the campaign and the vital importance of the waters of the Dardanelles to the aims and outcomes of the battle. On arrival in the seaside town of Çanakkale we will visit the old Turkish fort at Cimenlik, which played a key role in the naval attacks of March 1915. We will enjoy dinner together this evening. (B, D)


Day 4 > Tuesday, 13 September 2022 | Anzac Sector

Today we will explore the scene of famous actions during the Gallipoli Campaign, such as Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Quinn’s Post, Chunuk Bair and many more. As the story of the campaign unfolds, we will learn the stories of the men who were there, on the ground where they fought and died. A highlight will be a visit to the recently uncovered trenches at Silt Spur, where we will have the opportunity to explore a complete Australian trench system that has been hidden for over a century. We will also conduct a memorial service at Lone Pine, in honour of all the men who died during the campaign. At the end of this memorable day we will return to Çanakkale, where our evening is free. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Anzac Cove   Lone Pine   Quinn’s Post   Chunuk Bair

Silt Spur trench system   Memorial service at Lone Pine

Day 5 > Wednesday, 14 September 2022 | Anzac on Foot

It’s time to strap our walking boots on as we leave the well-trodden paths of Gallipoli and see the battlefield as the Anzacs did. Our touring coach will drive us to the Anzac sector, where we will enjoy two very special walks to parts of the battlefields rarely seen by tourists. Our first walk will take us from Shrapnel Valley, up onto Braund’s Hill and along the ridgelines towards the front line at Lone Pine. During this walk we will be following in the footsteps of the Anzacs and gaining a fascinating new perspective on the battlefield. After a picnic lunch we will drive to the heights of Chunuk Bair, where New Zealand troops fought bravely in August 1915. We will then walk down to the beach via Rhododendron Ridge, covering the same ground that New Zealand troops captured during their advance in 1915. We will have magnificent views of the tangle of gullies and ravines north of the Anzac Sector, where some of the toughest fighting of the August campaign occurred. This is one of the most scenic walks at Gallipoli, and one rarely seen by visitors to the region. At the end of this fascinating day we will return to our hotel, where our evening is free. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Shrapnel Valley walk   Picnic lunch   Chunuk Bair walk

Day 6 > Thursday, 15 September 2022 | Cape Helles

Today we will head to Cape Helles, located on the southern toe of the peninsula. We will explore the British and French battlefields, the scene of more than 30,000 deaths in just 10 months of fighting. While here we will explore V Beach, W Beach the Cape Helles Memorial, Achi Baba, and many more famous battlefields. We will also explore the forgotten Anzac attack at Krithia, as well as seeing several hidden sites not normally accessible by tourists. Whilst in the area we will enjoy lunch at a wonderful local restaurant in Eceabat. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Cape Helles Memorial   V Beach   W Beach   Achi Baba   Krithia

Day 7 > Friday, 16 September 2022 | Suvla Bay & Troy

After breakfast, we will head north and explore the battlefield of Suvla, the scene of a new landing but familiar disappointment in August 1915. The key sites we will visit today include the Anzac battlefield at Hill 60, Lala Baba, Scimitar Hill, Green/Chocolate Hill and more. This afternoon, we will take an excursion to the ancient city of Troy, famous for tales of the Trojan War and the symbolic replica of the Trojan Horse which the Greeks used to break their siege of this ancient city. This evening will be at leisure in Çanakkale. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Hill 60   Lala Baba   Scimitar Hill   Green/Chocolate Hill Ancient Troy

Day 8 > Saturday, 17 September 2022 | Gallipoli to Istanbul

We farewell Gallipoli this morning and return to Istanbul. Upon our return, we will visit the Egyptian Bazaar whose name derives from the herbs and spices imported from or through Egypt. It is still the best place in Istanbul to buy Turkish delight, dried fruit, exotic spices and herbs. During our visit, we will have a short break at Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir’s shop – the inventor of Turkish delight. We will then visit the Grand Bazaar, the biggest oriental market in the world with around 4,000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, carpets, leather and many other items. While here, we will taste Turkish coffee at a 400-year-old Turkish Coffee House. This evening we will enjoy dinner at local restaurant overlooking the Golden Horn and Bosphorus River, the perfect way to end this wonderful tour. (B, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Egyptian Bazaar  Grand Bazaar  Farewell dinner

Day 9 > Sunday, 18 September 2022 | Depart Istanbul

Unfortunately this morning after breakfast our tour comes to an end. The day is at leisure to meet onward travel arrangements. (B)

  Services of an expert WWI historian and local guide
 In depth touring of key Anzac sites, including off-the-beaten track areas and a memorial service at Lone Pine
 8 nights’ 4-star accommodation
 Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach
 Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
 All entrance fees as per the itinerary



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Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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Welcome to my special signature tour, and a journey to one of my favourite battlefields – Gallipoli. During this tour both Peter Hart and I will help you uncover sites that were the birthplace of the Anzac legend and get off-the-beaten-path to discover hidden sites that bring the story of the Anzacs to life. I look forward to welcoming you on this tour.

Group Tour

$ 2999
9 Days
  • PRICE: per person, twin share
  • DEPOSIT: 30%

Group Tour