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Gallipoli National Park
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US$462.30*
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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.
Reviewed 19 June 2014

I am not into war memorials and was not looking forward to this part of our tour but was very moved and found the park educational. It was a dramatic experience as the clouds darkened, and the rains fell while we visited some of the memorials. I thought it a huge tribute and very generous act that this Muslim country would allow such a huge Christian monument to be erected for the ANZAC troops. We visited shortly after ANZAC Day and were touched by the many roses and snacks left. We then visited the Turkish Memorial in the rain and the statue there of the survivor and his granddaughter needed no translation. By the time we saw the Ataturk Memorial we were in a muddy thunderstorm. Our guide showed us Anzac Cove and where the Allied Forces attempted to attack via steep cliff walls farther along the shoreline. We visited on our own Memorial Day so it was an emotional reminder that there are no real winners in war.

Thank Pat W
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Our small group visited Gallipoli just days before the ANZAC day, preparations had been underway for several months for the 25th April. It was a solemn day at Lone Pine walking amongst the headstones reading names of men and boys believed to be buried there. It is a quiet, peaceful place where visitors can reflect and remember.

Thank Pauline N
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

We were part of a party to visit the Gallipoli peninsula that were mainly Antipodean and the guide reflected this with a concentration of the ANZAC part of the campaign. The landing in what became known as ANZAC cove was several miles away from the planned position and faced steep hills to take, an almost impossible task. Later ANZAC landings followed by English and French were little more successful and poor command turned the campaign to a debacle.
The graveyards were poignant, young men who had come to the other end of the earth to their death. As we drove to the New Zealand memorial the road ran along no man’s land with evidence of the trenches on either side only yards apart. Our final stop was at the Turkish memorial, remembering that young patriots from both sides ended their lives in mass graves.
One of the graveyards gave words of Ataturk, a soldier who repulsed the Allied landings and later became president of the new Turkey.
"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets (Turkish soldier nickname), to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours…
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.".
You have to remember that Gallipoli was a great victory for the Turks and this statement is a remarkable recognition of the sacrifice given by young patriots on both sides of the conflict.

3  Thank John L
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

For Australians, this is a pilgrimage.
It is a big day and often an emotional one.
So to get the best experience If you do one thing here, organise a private guide so you can have an expert tell you about the history. We were lucky enough to have Kenan who holds an Order of Australia medal. He has been guide to most of the dignitaries including Quentin Bryce- Australia's Governor General.
We went to the commemorative site first and then walked along the beach to the landing area. Onwards to Anzac Cove and then we were bussed up to Lone Pine and then to the Turkish and then NZ memorial.
For Australians and for that matter, anyone interested in war/military history , this is a must. It is a massive site- a guide is required to get the most out of your visit.

1  Thank wildflowerb
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

This year marks the 99th Anniversary of that fateful and wasteful Gallipoli "Campaign" and it was both a sad and uplifting moment to read the following tribute to the Irish, British , Anzac and other overseas soldiers who did not come home. These are the words of the Turkish war hero and 1st president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk -
"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets * to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours…
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."

* Mehmets is the general term used to describe Turkish soldiers.

2  Thank Cathal_Dublin
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