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    WE PERFORM ALL OF OUR TOURS EVERYDAY ROUND THE YEAR

    We offer % 20 discount to the relatives of the fallen and veterans of the Gallipoli campaign.
    We offer 10% discount for Students with student identity card.
    Special 15% discount for senior citizens (65+)

    Tour Type: Regular Tour
    Duration: Full Day
    Language: Guided in English
    Highlights: ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Kilitbahir Fortress, Chunuk Bair

    ANZAC Sector Tour Itinerary;

    06:00 - 06:30 Pick up from hotel in Taksim, Besiktas, Beyoglu, Sisli, Ortakoy, Bebek
    06:30 - 07:00 Pick up from hotel in Sultanahmet, Beyazid, Sirkeci, Laleli, Aksaray
    07:15 Pick up from hotel in Ataturk Airport Area
    08:30 Have a stop for open buffet breakfast
    12:00 Arrive in Eceabat and have lunch on the roof of Grand Eceabat Hotel
    12:45 Depart for Gallipoli Tour

    (RSL TOUR is the only agency that starts the tour from Narrows)

    On tour you will visit and hear about:

    • Eceabat  ( maydos )
    • Camburnu Fort
    • Agadere Martyrs Cemetery
    • Degirmen Burnu Tabyasi
    • “Stop Wayfarer” (Memorial on the hillslope behind Kilitbahir village – Dur Yolcu)
    • Fort Kilitbahir
      • Namazgah Fort
      • Hamidiye Fort
      • Mecidiye Fort
    • Mecidiye Martyrs Cemetery
    • Corporal Seyit, Kilya Base, Maltepe
    • Kabatepe
    • Brighton Beach (southern part of z beach)
      • Chatham’s Post
      • Bolton’s Hill
      • Clark ‘s Valley
      • Victoria Gully
      • White’s Gully
    • Beach Cemetery (the grave of John Simpson)
    • ANZAC Cove
    • Ariburnu Cemetery
    • ANZAC Commemorative Site
    • Fishermans hut ( the northern part of z beach)
    • Respect to Mehmetcik Memorial
    • Lone Pine Memorial
    • Johnston's Jolly (Turkish and ANZAC trenches and tunnels)
    • Courtne’y’s & Steele’s Post Cemetery
    • Quinn’s Post
    • Turkish 57. Infantry Regiment Memorial
    • Sergeant Mehmet Turkish Memorial
    • The Nek
    • Walker’s Ridge Cemetery
    • Baby 700
    • Battleship Hill
    • Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial

    17.30 End of the tour.
    18.00 Depart for Istanbul
    20.30 Have a stop for personal needs
    23.00 Drop-off at hotels in Istanbul

    This package includes:

    • All Transportation in A/C 'NON - SMOKING' coach
    • Professional English speaking guiding
    • Breakfast en-route
    • Restaurant lunch
    • Gallipoli tour

    This package excludes:

    • Drinks ( During the lunch )
    • Gratitudes for Guide & Driver

    more information & reservation: info@rsltours.com
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    Comments

    Isabel Berry

    Day tour from Istanbul to Gallipoli. Great value for money with sufficient time on-site to gain an insight to the area and the campaign. Escort guide and military history guide were friendly and knowledgeable.

    Details:

    - 630 am pickup from Istanbul (Old Town). - 1100 pm (approx) return to Istanbul.

    - 4 hours (approx) spent exploring the Gallipoli campaign sites.


    Carole Pope
    Excellent day trip for Gallipoli . Lovely friendly guides with excellent English and safe drivers. Tour was well timed with lots of information. Plenty of opportunities to stop for food or bathroom. Well recommended!

    Lester Hudson

    First I couldn't give a deposit, no worries, then I couldn't do the day that I asked for, no worries.

    From pick up to drop off the whole crew was fantastic. Our driver took us on a shortcut thru a small rural town as the roads were very busy. Seeing the country side and shaving 30 odd minutes off the drive was worth the couple of bumps. Plus we seen a country side that is hidden to people taking the main track. Although the bus had 10 people on board,I had Hasan as my guide for the day. He talked not only about the ANZAC perspective but gave an insight to the Turkish side. Very informative and explained things well. Brekky and lunch was included in the day and it was more than I expected, lunch was quite good. Turkish style, and while not to everyone's taste, it suited me just fine. Getting there and back was half the fun.

    I would recommend RSL to my friends.


    Forrest Reid
    Absolutely nothing could fault the tour we had with RSL Tours. We did the Anzac tour to Anzac Cove and other areas on the Gallipoli Peninsula; the most informative tour. We were given a great history of WWI happenings here and visited lots of landmarks in the area. In addition we were supplied with all meals on the tour and our needs were always met. If you're looking to do a Gallipoli tour or any other tours in this region RSL Tours should be your first choice. It's worth noting they were also the cheapest option available, excellent value for money.

    Matt Jordan
    After much deliberation we did the Day Trip to Gallipoli with RSL Tours. It was a good decision! Our guide was so passionate about giving great & correct information & the day was all we expected. The headphones were a real bonus as it is not a recorded commentary but the guide talking so you don't all have to gather close to him in order to be able to hear! RSL also went out of their way to help one of our fellow passengers find his uncle's grave - to the point of taking him to a different area of Gallipoli after the tour finished & then bringing him to our rest stop location to re-join our group for the transfer back to Istanbul! Re the food on the way back - it's a highway service station rest stop & yes the food is extremely ordinary & expensive for what it is, so I would suggest you take something with you, if possible or just get some fruit.

    Bradley Lynch

    We booked this tour because of advice read on TripAdvisor and we weren't disappointed. It is a long day starting at 630am and returning to Istanbul at 1030pm (earlier than the advertised 1130pm).

    The trip out from Istanbul was comfortable and included a breakfast stop which was satisfactory (non really designed for a Kiwi/Aussie/British palate) and sufficient comfort stops. Lunch was a delicious buffet, but we did spend a long time afterwards waiting for the actual tour of Gallipoli to begin.

    The actual tour of Gallipoli was the highlight of our trip to Istanbul. The ANZAC guide was extremely knowledgeable about WW1 and the ANZAC involvement. He provided a steady flow of facts, stories and ideas without flooding us with information and answered all our questions.

    The guide went out of his way to take us to Hill 60 where a relative of ours is commemorated, and we were exceptionally grateful for this.

    The trip back was long and the location we stopped at for dinner was just a petrol station cafe (adequate) but too short a time.

    This tour was the highlight of our trip to Istanbul and we would definitely recommend RSL Tours for anyone wanting to make the pilgrimage to Gallipoli.


    Kent Rose
    We went on a 1 day trip to Gallipoli, which was very hard travel, and quite honestly, we should have spent another day there. Luckily we took the tour in a private bus with RSL. Left at 7am and got back after 10pm. Our guide was superb, with a fantastic knowledge of the battle, and very balanced feedback from both sides in the conflict. We truly got value for money, and would recommend this operator highly.

    Irving Walsh

    Amazing guide very very knowledgeable. Very flexible as we wanted to change things last minute and nothing was a problem!

    Thank you so so much Yusaf


    Christie Barker
    Our guide Hasan was informative, respectful, appropriately light and gave an excellent performance. The pick-up and return to our hotel was effective and the lunch before the tour was first class. The driver was also first class. I highly recommend this tour.

    Lindsey Price
    We had a great day with RSL Tours on a one day tour to Gallipoli. We were picked up from our hotel in Sultanahmet at 6.45am, and dropped back at 11.45pm. It was a long day but definitely do-able. We were really impressed at how the tour was run, we were kept informed about what was going on and when we were stopping for breaks etc throughout the whole day. We stopped twice on the 5 hour drive to Eceabat, breakfast was included and was traditional Turkish breakfast with the opportunity to purchase other Turkish food if required. We arrived at Eceabat and had a tasty lunch, also included in the tour price, before heading out on our tour with Yusef, which lasted 5 hours. Yusuf was great, he had a lot of knowledge and delivered it without favouring the Turkish side. He had excellent english, and was very interesting and easy to listen to. We covered a lot of places but had adequate time in each place to have a look around and take photos, and never felt rushed. It was nice to see Yusef come off the bus with us at each stop, rather than another tour company we saw where the guide stayed on the bus talking to the driver. The day was long but we had a good amount of breaks and refreshment stops and I have no complaints at all. Dinner wasn't included but was standard inexpensive Turkish food. Email response from the company while booking was quick. Highly recommend this company for a day tour to Gallipoli from Istanbul.

    Agnes Wise
    Day tour from Istanbul with stop for lunch first in Eceabat. Drinks and snacks were provided on the bus. Lunch was on the top of a waterfront hotel with an amazing view of the Dardanelles. We had about a four to five hour tour of various battlefield sites by a very knowledgeable guide. It did not feel rushed. We returned to the aforementioned hotel for tea before heading back to Istanbul. My only complaint was the fact that breakfast and dinner were at roadside gas station/restaurant/hotel - bad cafeteria style food in a truckstop-like environment.

    Evan Day
    My family and I, which inlcuded a 9 and 10 year old undertook a number of Gallipoli Peninsula tours with RSL. Firstly they were the first of the Gallipoli tour companies to respond to my emails, they designed tours around our travelling needs. From pick up in Istanbul to drop off 5 days later they were nothing but helpful, courteous, on time and accommodating. It became clear to us that you could not achieve what you wanted to from an ANZAC perspective in just 1 day, let alone 1 day ex Istanbul. To that end we did a full day tour of the peninsula then a one day walking tour in the Kiwi sector finishing with a swim at North Beach. This walking tour really bought the ANZAC experience home. Hasan was our guide and George was our driver for the time we were there. They were both incredibly hospitable, informative, great with the children and always open to questions and doing as much for us as they could. I cannot speak highly enough of this company. If you are reading this please, please do justice to the ANZAC and Turkish soldiers, allow yourself sufficient time to absorb the experience, the one day trip from Istanbul will never do that. In saying that though if 1 day is all you have then it is worth doing, just remember it will be rushed.

    Grady Rodgers
    RSL Tours offer an amazing tour of Gallipoli. It was more than we could have hoped for, and to top it off, their service is exemplary. We encountered some problems of our own after arriving in Turkey, which meant that we may not have been able to make the tour. One email to RSL Tours only two days before our tour date however, completely resolved all our issues. The staff were incredibly generous and understanding. We could not have hoped for better. The tour itself was incredible and our tour guide was enormously knowledgeable making the tour so much more worthwhile. This was definitely been a highlight of our trip.

    Kyle Mason
    It was a long day, but a worthwhile day. Picked up at our hotel in Istanbul at 645 am and dropped back at 1130pm. Yep it was a long day, but as our knowledgeable guide Hasan said, it took our ancestors 6 months by sea to get to Anzac Cove, so 5 hours for us was easy. True. A great day, Hasan's knowledge of the campaign is impressive and I would not hesitate to say he would have to be the best Gallipoli Guide in the business. I would have no hesitation in recommending RSL Tours to anyone wanting a tour to the Gallipoli Peninsula.

    Armando Robbins
    Congratulations to RSL Tours for our well planned and smooth day tour of the Gallipoli battlefields. We were picked up at our hotel in Istanbul at 7.00 am and arrived in Eceabat on the Gallipoli Peninsular just before lunch. Our trip had been very comfortable in an air-conditioned coach. We stopped a couple of times, once for breakfast and another time for the coach to buy fuel (which doubled as a pit stop). At Eceabat we were provided with lunch and were introduced to our guide for the day, Yusef. After lunch we were transferred to a smaller coach and commenced the tour. We stopped about 9 times at various locations . At each stop Yusef would describe the battles that took place in the area or the points of interest, with a depth knowledge and expertise. He was a great guide with a fine sense of humour. His input certainly added to the experience. We visited mainly Turkish, Australian and New Zealand sites during the day. As Australians we were particularly interested in Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Johnsons Jolly, the New Zealand memorial and smaller cemeteries. We could not help but to be impressed by the magnificent main Turkish memorial. There were many emotional moments during the day, particularly on reading Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s beautiful message to mothers who had lost sons on the Gallipoli battlefields. Even though the whole area was witness to ferocious fighting, I felt a sense of peace and tranquility pervading the scene today. We were constantly reminded of the terrible sacrifice on both sides and the futility of the campaign. Our journey back to Istanbul commenced at about 5.30pm and after stopping for tea we were dropped off at our hotel at about 11.30 pm, tired, but glad we had made the effort.

    Mack Medina

    Our guide (I think his name might have bern Hassan) blew me out of the water with his knowledge and detail. I really valued his evidence based explanations about all aspects of the gallipoli campaign. It felt like we were talking to a historian who specialises on this topic.

    It was a long day, but it didn't feel like it because the organization of the hotel pick up and transport was easy and seamless.

    Just beware the free breakfast is not much more than hard boiled eggs, toast and tea/coffee. The rest is extra.

    Overall, I was really glad we booked with RSL tours. There were no Gallipoli Myths or legends purported here, only stories that were corroborated by records, diaries, and official documents etc etc.


    Archie Hoffman
    On 26 April 2015 we did a tour of Gallipoli with Joseph (Yusef) and Ahmed (the best bus driver in Europe!). Joseph was a young, extremely knowledgeable, guide who knew the history of the Anzacs and Turks equally which made for a very interesting day. At the end of our tour our bus broke down but by the time we offloaded two mini buses arrived so we could carry on to lunch. Brilliant!!! We would highly recommend RSL!!

    Grant Anderson
    I highly recommend RSL Tours, and the guide, Hasan. The trip went very smoothly (be prepared for two long bus rides). Hasan was polite, knowledgeable, and tactful. He told both sides of the Gallipoli story with respect and insight. I learned a lot and did not feel the experience had been 'sold out' to tourism.

    Gerard Schwartz

    We had decided we couldn't visit Istanbul and not Gallipoli. I had researched our options eventually settling on a one day return trip from Istanbul to Gallipoli with RSL Day Tours. I was worried about the coordination of the pickup process as we weren't staying at a hotel but the bus was collected us just after the specified time as it was delayed due to traffic. There were about 30 people on the bus after all the pickups, some doing the day trip with us and others doing longer trips and travelling with their luggage.

    The trip to Eceabat took about 4.5 hours, which included a couple of bathroom stops. We were provided cheese sandwiches, juice and tea/coffee on the bus for breakfast but we just had the juice as we had eaten in our apartment. We were provided with lunch at a hotel in Eceabat which was unremarkable but we weren't on the tour for the food. After lunch, those on the afternoon Gallipoli tour piled on the bus and Hassan, our guide introduced himself.

    Our first stop was a little to the south of Eceabat at the Narrows. Here we could see the fortifications on each side of the Dardanelles that blocked the British navy from reaching Istanbul. The next stop was to show us a reconstructed example of one of the guns used. After this introduction, we clearly understood the goal of the land invasion - to destroy these fortifications, which would enable the navy to clear the mines and open the strait.

    We were then driven to the western side of the Gallipoli Peninsula to the area where the Australian and New Zealand troops were meant to land and actually landed. Hassan explained all the theories about what went wrong with the initial landings and said we could each decide which theory to believe. Anzac Cove was small and in the process of having the beach reinforced. We could not walk on it. We could, however, imagine the soldiers landing there and being faced with a steep difficult climb to the first ridge. A little further north, we were able to visit a beachside cemetery and walk along the beach to Long Beach where we could see the preparations for the dawn service in a couple of weeks. From here, we visited another beachside cemetery which included the the grave of John Simpson. We then were driven to Lone Pine; Hassan pointing various points of interest on the drive inland. The ground is a mass of ridges and gullies and it was clearly understandable why it was such a difficult theatre of war. At Lone Pine, there was a cenotaph and more graves. Just behind, we were able to see the remains of some of the trenches. We also visited the Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Memorial and Chunuk Bair, the New Zealand Memorial. We came away with a much better understanding of the Gallipoli Campaign.

    We had a toilet break back at Eceabat and then a 4.5 hour trip back to Istanbul. A long day, but I am pleased we did it. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to do a day trip from Istanbul.


    Joseph Waters

    Fully recommend this tour.

    As per previous reviews, yes it is a long day but don't let that put you off.

    We were picked up at 6.30 and only had 7 people on the mini bus out to the peninsula. Apparently the 2 days before there were 19 and 26 people. The 'breakfast' included was a 'gas station' type sandwich. It was edible. But we had been warned of this and had packed snacks/fruit to fill the gap. They could serve tea/coffee on the bus as well.

    The bus stopped once on the way.

    We got to the hotel for lunch just before midday. We had a decent lunch in hotel restaurant. Great views. It was nice and relaxing. Not at all rushed. Some people then went off on the Troy tour and there were 8 of us on the Gallipoli afternoon tour with Hasan.

    Hasan was a great guide and was so passionate. There was a bit of driving around in a mini bus and a bit of walking. Nothing too strenuous. The tour covered Anzac Cove down by the beach and the Aussie and Kiwi memorials which were inland and up hill a bit. Stunning scenery and a great day.

    We started to feet tired around 6ish which was fine as we could relax in the bus on the way home. We stopped once and were able to buy some hot food. The mini bus was comfortable and fairly new.

    Booking was done through email. Didn't encounter any problems.


    Iris Duncan
    We did the 1-day Gallipoli tour from Istanbul. The ride was long but it was well worth it! Our guide Hassan was very knowledgeable about the battle and was genuinely interested and passionate about it. It made you want to learn more! We went on a beautiful sunny day, it could not be any more perfect. Great trip, would highly recommend.

    Derrick Lee
    For the most insightful and passionate view of what happened when, where and why on the entire Gallipoli Peninsular take the tour with RSL TOURS and request Hassan as your guide. You won't be disappointed.

    Stewart Conner

    I travelled from Istanbul to the Gallipoli battlefields on 17.3.15 with RSL Tours. I was picked up at my hotel at the arranged time by minibus. There was a small group on board who were picked up from other hotels. From the beginning the RSL agent informed us of our itinerary for the day. He then offered all on board soft drinks, tea or coffee etc. he offered this service numerous times on both legs of the journey. After a few hours we stopped at Eceabat for lunch. There was time to have a walk on the seafront where there is a man size reproduction of opposing trenches during the war. This display is well worth seeing.

    A fine lunch was provided in the Eceabat Hotel.

    After lunch our guide Yusuf Kirca informed us of our various destinations .

    At each of the many locations we visited Yusuf informed us of the history in a completely unbiased and informative manner.

    Yusuf also invited those on the tour to contribute any information they had if they so wished.

    After the tour of we returned to Eceabat and departed for Istanbul arriving at approx 22.30.

    This is a worthwhile tour for anyone interested in military history.


    Ashley Bennett
    This is a well priced tour. We took the one day travel from Istanbul to Gallipoli Tour. If I was doing it again I would take the overnight stay.The bus trip is a long 5 hour trip with a further 4-6 hour return trip. The organisation went as planned with the bus picking us up at our hotel on time.There was only two of us on the tour, so we got to eceabat early and were given the option of visiting the Simulation Centre at no extra charge. After lunch which was supplied our guide Hassan then took us on the tour of the battlefields. His knowledge was exceptional and obvious that he had researched the material over many years as a guide, but also the material he supplied to reinforce his assumptions on what took place from both a Turkish and Australian perspective were excellent. It was a great tour. All involved in the organisation were excellent

    Ida Howard
    This is the way to experience Gallipoli.The staff and guides are fantastic, friendly, full of historical knowledge and respect. Every detail was thought through and accommodated for- from dawn to dusk.

    Tiffany Torres
    Loved this tour esp. the extremely knowledgable tour guide. So glad I did this tour and found it extremely valuable. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to see Gallipoli. You learn so much and appreciate so much.

    Carmelina Barrow
    This tour proved to be a great way to visit Gallipoli. The tour guides were very friendly, the drivers were good, and the Merceedes van very comfortable. Olimpia was very easy to deal with during the booking process. Breakfast on way down was tasty.

    Melaine Stpierre
    Don't book with any other tour company' we had a very knowledgleable guide, who took us to places that the larger buses cannot access, also gave us another view into the Gallopli story, we werer very impressed, long day if you are staying in Istanbul

    Tasia Darby
    Joseph from RSL tours was AMAZING as a tour guide - he really knew all bout the area and the history, and brought the stories we learnt at school alive. He was genuinely happy for us when we were able to locate our family member in the Lone Pine cemetery. It was a loooooong drive from Istanbul (11 hours round trip, usually 10 hours, but 11 on our day because of the snow), so I would recommend staying near Gallipoli and doing the tour from there. Make sure you go to the loo before you get on the bus, because it is several hours between loo stops.

    Daniel Hanley
    An excellent tour. Olimpia was extremely helpful and her communication was prompt every time. We took the tour from Canakkale and we had someone meet us at our hotel to put us on the ferry. We were met by Olimpia on the other side and started with a very enjoyable lunch. Then the tour with Joseph was very good with excellent commentary as we went to all the significant sites. Gave us a real appreciation of what the soldiers on both sides of the conflict went through, especially when it began snowing. I would thoroughly recommend RSL tours

    Annett Bolduc
    I would definitely recommend the 1day tour of Gallipoli. Yusef is a walking encyclopedia of facts. His knowledge on both sides of the campaign was well spoken and presented.

    Misha Wolf
    My dad had always wanted to go to Gallipoli so I found this excursion online with positive reviews and booked. The trip far exceeded the expectations I had thanks to both Joseph (our guide) and George (our driver). Aside from his passion and knowledge, Joseph made sure my mum (who walks slowly and has some trouble with stairs) didn't feel rushed or like she was holding everyone up, and George also took care of her throughout the two days. I could not recommend this tour more to anyone and a HUGE thankyou to both Joseph and George for their kindness, patience and knowledge - you really made this a very memorable trip to very special place. (Note: trip was done with elderly parents and my partner)

    Barbie Bachman

    I did a group day tour from Istanbul to Gallipoli and it was a great experience. There was a lot of driving, but once we got to Eceabat and the tour began it was clear that the trip had been worth it.

    There were about 10 stops across the Gallipoli peninsula and being a group of all Aussies, the guide showed us sites of particular importance to Australia. Our guide Yusuf (aka. Jospeh ;)) spoke English well and was very knowledgable, explaining what happened here from a neutral perspective and answering all of our questions. I particularly liked how patient he was - even when we took longer in certain locations than he wanted us to he never told us to hurry up.

    As an Australian, I think it was a worthwhile experience to visit the very place where the Anzacs fought proudly and where the Anzac legend was created. The trip also got me to think and has influenced my perspective and understanding of WWI.

    My only criticism is the food. Breakfast and lunch were included, but not dinner. Lunch was fine but breakfast was minimal at best, and the place we stopped for dinner charged rather extortionate prices (by Turkish standards) for average food.


    Viki Holley
    My boyfriend & I had a great day trip to Gallipoli from Istanbul. It was a very moving experience, particularly being two young Australians. Joseph our guide was Turkish. Joseph gave us a great tour around the area, was very knowledgeable & had a good sense of humor. It was very interesting to go to gallipoli to see for yourself the terrain that our soldiers endured. The RSL tour takes you to a lot of information about the Australians & NZ soliders. Olympia who organises the tours was very helpful & prompt in her responses to my questions. The only negative about the day was the food, particularly the breakfast as it was very limited.

    Burl Hay
    RSL Tours collected us at dockside Istanbul for a day's visit to the ANZAC section of the Peninsula - what a day! Our guide, Burak, was a most insightful guide - his knowledge of and respect for the ANZAC troops was palpable. This is a hard review to write - such a moving day and so many impressions and memories which cannot possibly give any insight into the carnage and courage of so many young men on each side. I cannot but recommend that you see for yourself. Should you go, I strongly recommend RSL Tours - professional, knowledgeable and reliable, communications were excellent in organising beforehand and we felt it was very good value for the money. For this Australian - a 'must go' - just wish we had had more time. I am also glad I researched quite a lot on ANZAC history before our visit - it certainly helped to understand and 'place' the actions and events. A very powerful and moving experience to tread where those soldiers foug

    Janna Gatlin
    We went on the Galipolli 1 day trip from Istanbul. It was a great (albeit very long) day! We got picked up very early from hotel and made our way around town to pick up some others.. After a 4-5hrs drive (and a stop for breakfast) we arrived in the area of Galipolli for some lunch. We spent around 4 hrs looking at the memorials, battlefields and hearing stories of the Anzacs (on and off the bus in that time)! It was great hearing the stories and facts and seeing all of it in front of you! Something I am very glad I did as an Australian! It is quite a long day from Istanbul as we did not get back until about 10:30pm but I think it was well worth it for an experience which I won't be forgetting in a hurry! Rsl made the whole trip very easy with quick correspondence for booking and even calling us the night before to remind us to put our clocks back for the end of daylight savings in turkey!! Would recommend this to anyone wanting to do a quick trip to Galipolli!

    Liliana True
    Top trip with great guides to show you the way and explain the battle in english, this is a no rush sort of trip with plenty of time to poke around and explore areas.Only advice is to take food with you as the trip is a long drive from Istanbul 5-6hrs and the stop along the way food is average. Pick up from the hotel was seamless and without hassle, they rung in advance to confirm pick up time and location.

    Sylvie Gallagher

    We did the group tour which was a day trip from Istanbul. I booked it a couple of days earlier online and got a response back from RSL within 30 mins. Each time I had a query they were very quick to respond; they even phoned our hotel the night before to confirm pick up time. I was very impressed with their tour. It was very well organised and run. I had read reviews about other companies in which people had changed buses on way to Gallipoli cost and had to wait at Ataturk airport for pickups. The bus we were picked up in took us all the way to the Eceabat where we had lunch and the group split up into those doing Troy and those doing Gallipoli. The driver and his "helper" were very nice on the drive from Istanbul, always updating us on when we would stop for breakfast, toilet breaks etc. We were met in Eceabat by their liaison officer who gave us clear directions about the various schedules etc. All ran perfectly!

    Our Guide for Gallipoli was Hassan and his knowledge of ANZAC, British, French and Turkish involvement was very comprehensive and entertaining. His English was excellent (with a little Australia accent!).

    I would definitely recommend this tour company, hassle free and well organised. It is a few euros more than Crowded house but they give discount if you have an ANZAC veteran in your family and I think their base price is worth it.


    Nola Kilpatrick
    Hasan was our gallipoli tour guide. He provided a very comprehensive description of the events that occurred 100 years ago. Enjoyed every second of his commentary.

    Bryon Roe

    Early start from Istanbul to Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes 5 hours to get there with two meal stops on the way. For the early start breakfast was at 9:30 stop and lunch was on arrival at tour depot before the 4 hours around the battlegrounds.

    Our guide Hasan was very knowledgable. He liked a joke and told a good story.

    Interesting to get a another view on the Gallipoli campaign. Hasan has done his study and research - I have found there are strict criteria to become an historical guide in Turkey. We saw all the battle sites, walked the beach at Anzac Cove and the cemeteries. We were given both the Australian and Turkish history. Hasan using his reference as top war correspondent Charles Bean from WWI. On our return down the ridges, Hasan played John Williamson's "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda". This son made the whole experience very reflective on my day. The bus was silent with a few people sing the chorus quietly and with respect. This tour company is on the Peninsula and the closest to the site, the guides live here.

    This is a long day travelling, but certainly worth it. We arrived back Istanbul at 11:30 pm. The bus guide dropped us off too far away from our motel. Asked to be dropped off close to assembly point if not close to your motel. Being dark on our return it took time to get our bearings. On e we did a safe walk back to motel. The breakfast is self serve with cheese, egg, bread, tea. Coffee extra.

    Lunch set menus, but enough for the afternoon. Take plenty of water. Stops where more can be purchased. Visited here in September -at 4 pm it was 31C. Toilet stops at minimal sites, and not so clean at Turkish Memorial and keep 1Tlira in your pocket for these visits, not just here but all over Turkey. The Gallipoli Peninsula is well with the visit. Very pleased we gave the day to this tour.


    Shantelle Odonnell

    I did a day tour of Gallipoli and it was well worth the long drive from Istanbul. Our guide Hasan was entertaining and very interesting to listen to. He presented lots of historical facts and it is clear that he is passionate about his field.

    We were taken to all the main sites and the importance each stop was explained very clearly. I sometimes find it hard to concentrate on all the information presented in tours but Hasan made sure there was no "information overload" as each explanation was clear concise and very interesting!

    The included meals (breakfast and lunch) were delicious and very filling! Everything about this day was fantastic and I would recommend this tour to anyone!


    Naoma Alcorn

    Our cruise terminated in Istanbul so it was a given that we should visit Gallipoli. Terry is a bit of a war buff so it was of particular interest. We were picked up from our hotel at 0630 and returned about 1130 pm so a long day. Had an unusual breakfast on the way - it's about 5 hours from Istanbul to the starting point of the tour - and then lunch at Kannakale before setting off and a short meal break on the way back

    Our guide Hasan is exceptional. He does not simply reiterate the traditional "wisdom" but has researched from a variety of sources and continues to research daily. He offered to send us details of his research sources, which he has done.

    We visited sites significant to the Turks and the Anzacs. Some of the sites are a lot small than they appear to be when we view the annual commemoration services. Could not recommend this tour and especially the guide Hasan more highly.


    Mckenzie Wyman
    My friend and I did a 1day tour and could not wait to write to say what an unforgettable day it was. From the early morning on time pick up with great driver and pleasant associate, a group of 22 people of mixed ages set off for a day of history. The tour which includes breakfast & lunch in a nice setting atop a rooftop terrace @ RSL Gallipoli Tours offices. We were met by the pleasant & very friendly Olympia and the RSLTeam. Our remarkably knowledgable guide Hassan, who is currently writing a book on the subject, describes both sides with sympathy, honesty and humour. We arrived back at our hotel approx 11.30 pm and reiterate that if you are going to Gallipoli you can't go wrong choosing RSL Gallipoli tours Valda & Pam Sydney OZ

    Skye Valentin

    We had a great day out thanks to RSL tours. Hasan did a wonderful job of progressing us through the battles and presented the war in an unbiased and pleasant manner.

    1. The tour was absolutely worth doing

    2. The team is very well organised and you are completely looked after

    3. I was caught out with the 'open buffet breakfast' as the food was quite sparse and in a general bus/car stop. Would recommend taking some extra food especially if you have child with you! That said, I was sorted out and not left with a hungry child - many thanks.

    4. The day is long so just be ready for it - we were and could just slip our exhAusted 8 yr old into bed at 12:30 am


    Susanna Langdon
    Amazing tour. Our guide Hasan provided us all with stories and accounts from both turkish and australian sources. Was truly a memorable experiance and a must do for all australians

    Steve Foley

    At the end of a 22 day cruise I flew from Rome into Istanbul arriving at midnight on Sunday with plans to do my RSL Tour of Gallipoli on the Monday and fly out back to Rome Tuesday morning. So everything had to go according to plan , I did not have any margin for error. I need not have worried , my airport transfers were there on time and my hotel Amira was fantastic.

    My RSL pick up arrived as advised at 6.45am ( I was last pick up ) and I settled into a comfortable coach for a long drive to Gallipoli. The drive was 327 klms and took about 4 hours. The time went quickly with the countryside quite beautiful , the roads were excellent and we had adequate toilet stops and an open buffet breakfast ( included ) stop. At the town of Eceabat we stopped at the offices of RSL Tours and I met RSL's Olimpia who my travel agent had booked the tour through . Olimpia was lovely and very well organised and very efficient. I can recommend her without hesitation to any prospective clients .We had lunch ( included ) on the roof of the Grand Eceabat Hotel overlooking the Dardanelles.After lunch we joined other travellers who had done longer tours and over nighted locally. We then got onto another bus and then did our wonderful and comprehensive tour of Gallipoli.

    Our tour guide was Hasan Gundogar and he was fantastic . He had done a lot of research on the history of events at Gallipoli and was able to blend this official record with one from the Turkish point of view. The result was fascinating and the four hour tour went too quickly. Hasan showed us maps and photographs and later followed up with an email outlining the various historical records he had studied and referred to in his presentation. Back to Eceabat we changed buses again for the ride back to Istanbul arriving around midnight back at my hotel. Olimpia was there to see us off on our return journey. Again , adequate toilet stops and a stop for dinner ( our cost )

    All up the trip was wonderful as was the efforts of Olimpia , Hasan and RSL . I unreservedly recommend RSL , Olimpia and Hasan , the day was wonderful and the organisation and execution flawless in all respects

    Steve Foley Tasmania Australia

    ps Only regret is that I wished I had stayed in Turkey for longer , it is a fantastic country and it's people so friendly and nice.


    Natividad Niles

    When we went to Istanbul for a few days we did not expect to go to Gallipoli. We did not think we would have enough time. We feared the one day tour would be too rushed to do it justice. We thought perhaps another time. Luckily we changed our minds.

    We were in the centenary of the commencement of the Great War; we had been to the Western Front; we were planning to go to Albany in October to commemorate the departure of the first troops; and we were just too close to miss out on such an important pilgrimage.

    RSL Tours exceeded our expectations. Our transport was punctual and comfortable, our welcome at Eceabat warm, and our guide Hasan a delightful companion.

    Hasan's passion for the Gallipoli conflict is evident in the breadth of his reading and the thoughtfulness of his interpretation of the landscape and the dreadful events it witnessed.

    I had read some of CEW Bean's diaries and was impressed by Hasan's command of the detail of his account.

    His was no ordinary recitation of commonly known facts, but a stimulating engagement with the very process of history. And there was plenty of time too for quiet reflection and grief. It was a long day for sure but not to be missed.


    Hollie Moe
    We did a day tour to Gallipoli from Istanbul and it was fantastic. Organising the trip was very smooth and easy there was great communication and we had quick conformation and responses to any questions. Hasan our tour guide was fantastic! He was friendly, approachable, easy going and had a great sense of humour. Hasan had an enormous amount of information about the area. He was happy to share as much or as little of it as the group seemed to want and answer any questions anyone had. We had a great time and learnt a great deal. We highly recommend touring with RSL Tours, they were fantastic from start to end.

    Cyndy Fultz

    I rated this excellent, based not on the bus trip and the lunch provided, both of which were ok, but on the content when we reached Gallipoli. Our guide Hussein was both very knowledgeable regarding the landings and all aspects of the campaign. He provided a very balanced view and dispelled some myths with very valid argument, backed by a number of photos from the time.

    This is a very moving place, which has been given great importance by the Turkish, not just for their own sites, but those of the allies as well. Remarkable really considering we were invading their country.


    Bettye Bethel

    We booked with RSL after reading TripAdvisor reviews and Ash (and his team) lived up to their press. The pick-up at 6.30am was on-time and efficient, the trip to Eceabat was smooth and uneventful - it is a 4 1/2 hour drive with a stop for breakfast. The one slight improvement could have been giving us a little more detail of what the plan was for breakfast before we stopped, but the driver was polite, friendly and quite helpful when asked. Lunch was provided at Eceabat, and was very good local Turkish style.

    Yousef, our guide for the battlefield tour, was knowledgeable, engaging and friendly. Ash met us back at the base hotel before the trip back to Istanbul and was extremely engaging.

    The content of the day tour was what we expected and covered the Turkish, Australian and Kiwi stories.

    Good value and reliable. Recommended.


    Millard Elrod

    There was a mix up with the dates for our one day tour to Gallipoli (not my fault but I should've checked the voucher) but RSL Tours immediately organised a minivan to take us to catch up with the (full) coach and join the tour so we missed nothing except some sleep. The tour was well organised and the guide helpful.

    My only criticism is that to see things at a pace that allows absorption of the details of the campaign you should really allow 2 days but that was our call. Will know better next time.

    All Australians who go to Turkey should go. Not as the "crucible of the ANZAC spirit" but because 500,000 soldiers were killed with no material gain in a small geographical area and few things demonstrate the madness of wars like this like Gallipoli. Having said that, what the ANZAC (and British, French and Canadian) troops actually achieved against the odds was remarkable).


    Estell Heck

    Fantastic experience!! Wish we had booked with these guys direct instead if going through Gallipoli tours/new deal travel-they were not particularly helpful but as soon as RSL took over at Ecebat we knew we were in good hands. Highly recommend!

    tour so we missed nothing except some sleep. The tour was well organised and the guide helpful.

    My only criticism is that to see things at a pace that allows absorption of the details of the campaign you should really allow 2 days but that was our call. Will know better next time.

    All Australians who go to Turkey should go. Not as the "crucible of the ANZAC spirit" but because 500,000 soldiers were killed with no material gain in a small geographical area and few things demonstrate the madness of wars like this like Gallipoli. Having said that, what the ANZAC (and British, French and Canadian) troops actually achieved against the odds was remarkable).


    Exie Hickman
    This tour from Istanbul was led by Hassan from RSL tours who proved to be a very knowledgable and entertaining tour guide. Also very accommodating including in the tour a trip to a not usually visited war graves site where one of the tour participants has a relative buried. I would recommend this company to anyone who was planning a trip to Gallipoli.

    Wes Lovell
    Fantastic experience!! Wish we had booked with these guys direct instead if going through Gallipoli tours/new deal travel-they were not particularly helpful but as soon as RSL took over at Ecebat we knew we were in good hands. Highly recommend!

    Cathern Angulo
    Like GrahamD and Bella (reviews below) my husband and I went on the one day tour from Istanbul to Gallipoli, of particular interest to me as my grandfather was there in 1915 with the NZ Army. We were so pleased that we had succeeded in having Hasan as our guide, and I endorse all the praise of him by the other reviewers. I also agree about the choice of restaurant stops, but the experience Hasan gave us at Gallipoli itself made the journey and its minor irritations fade into insignificance. He is worth his weight in gold to that company, I hope they pay him well.

    Sharonda Roper
    My sister and I had 3 nights planned stay in Istanbul and the RSL Gallipoli Day Tour was our highlight! From making the booking with Ash over the phone it was simple with no complications. Picked up from our hotel in Istanbul around 7am and returned at 11.30pm....very long day but no regrets! Hasan was our guide and he was fantastic from the word go..very informative in providing different prospectives which made it very interesting, his passion for telling the story was so evident and made this tour very memorable for us. The tour is a long day as the travel time to Gallipoli and back from Istanbul is about 3.5 hours each way however i did not feel we were rushed considering how much they fit into this tour. The only downfall i found was the breakfast which was a stop at a road house which served mainly turkish foods it was definitely NOT appetizing! The Lunch served at the top story of the hotel was fine compared to the breakfast. On the way home we stopped at another road house which seemed to have a little more options than the breakfast stop, i would highly recommend they change the breakfast road house to a different one. However we were not on the tour to eat food but to experience "Gallipoli" and RSL tours well exceeded and i have no hesitations in recommending to my fellow traveller friends!! Thank you RSL for a great tour!

    Myriam Herring

    We took the one day tour of Gallipoli from Istanbul by RSL Tours. Yes, it's a long way to go (there and back) in a bus in a day, but it is worth it. The tour is well organised, starting with rapid replies to my email queries, through pickup and return. Our guide at Gallipoli was Hasan Gundugar who did an impeccable job of initially engaging with those on the tour and then imparting well researched facts and details in such an effective way. Hasan clearly has a passion for the battlefield and it's history, and this showed in the way he counterbalanced the Australian and Turkish perspectives. It was fantastic to see that the well-worn myths that Australians tend to grow up with weren't peddled to the tourists, which would have been so easy. Hasan did a great job in imparting facts based on documentary evidence.

    Obviously, one can't get the complete detailed tour in a single half day, so more than a day is required to really do the place justice, but if a day is all you have, then this is a must, and RSL Tours are an honest, friendly and well organised group. I certainly recommend them.


    Brian and Lyn Harris

    We recently returned to the US after a great vacation in Turkey and Greece. The highlight without a doubt was our visit to Gallipoli with Hasan Gundogar of RSL Tours. It was a very special day for us and one we will never forget. When you grow up in Australia you know about the Gallipoli story (at least from the Australian perspective) but to be able to now more accurately visualize the landscape of the campaign and to also learn about it from the Turkish side was extremely interesting. There are lots of myths about Gallipoli and Hasan was really good in explaining the reasons for these. One memory we will always have is just how close the trenches were ... amazing as well as the fact that the Australians actually made it all the way up to the Third Ridge the morning of the landing but had to pull back because of lack of support. How that could have changed the outcome. RSL did a fantastic job in arraging the day for us. We were picked up at our hotel in Istanbul and returned there after our day in Gallipoli. Even though it was a long and full day we never felt time pressured which is due to Hasan's experience in the area and his deep knowledge of the battles and landcapes in which they were fought. The RSL tour was well worth the money we paid. It was a very memorable day for us and RSL and Hasan did an amazing job.

    Thank you.

    Brian and Lyn Harris (Los Angeles) .

    It was a real pleasure for us to spend a very memorable day with you.


    Elida Garrison
    A highlight of our visit to Istanbul was this day tour to the ANZAC battlefields. A long day with a 5 hr bus journey there and back. However, this was more than made up for by the very excellent guided tour on site. Hasan our guide was superb in both his knowledge and passion as he took us to each of the key ANZAC battlefields and memorials. Hasan's compelling account of events from the landing on 25 April to evacuation eight months later was drawn from many authoritative sources and marks him as a student of the campaign. Online booking and pick up and return to hotel in Sultanahmet all occurred without a hitch. Thoroughly recommend RSL tours for this outing.

    Peter

    I have to start this with an apology. I wrote this review back in November but put it in the wrong place. Still its not too late to correct that now. So here is my review written at the time but now in its correct place. Having had more time to reflect on this tour I am still extremely glad that I went on it. One of the highlights of my trip!

    We were picked up from our hotel in a mini bus at about the agreed time. After one more hotel pick up we were on the way to Gallipoli. Had a breakfast stop along the way with typical Turkish fare, cheese olives, tomatoes etc. tasty food clean restaurant. On arrival at Eceabat we had time to stretch our legs in a local park with a memorial. A wonderful old Turk approached us for a chat then we went up to the top floor of the hotel for lunch. Again it was a simple Turkish meal of tomato soup which tasted like it had never seen the inside of a can, followed by chicken, rice and a salad.

    We then met our guide Hasan. He speaks excellent English and obviously spent a lot of time studying the Gallipoli campaign. There were four of us, all Australian, by now and Hasan tailored the tour to suit our wishes. On learning that my grandfather served there and what unit he was in he arranged for me to actually walk in his footsteps, up Artillery Road.

    Hassan has a very balanced presentation style. He isn't in the cheer squad for either side and he certainly doesn't regurgitate mantras like 'it was the Poms fault'. He is able to answer questions, not only about battles but also about Turkish culture.

    After seeing all of the significant areas on the battlefield site we visited the the old fort at Eceabat, transferred back to the mini bus and back to Istanbul with a dinner break on the way.

    Peter

    From Canberra


    Lura Kemp
    As others have said, a very long day trip from Istanbul but so worthwhile. The knowledge and insight gained from our guide Hassan was memorable. The entire day was well organised. Email enquiries from Australia were answered promptly and gave us confidence to book. On time pick up in a modern vehicle. Had not been looking forward to the 4 hr journey to the site but it passed quickly as the Turkish countryside was so wonderful to see ( return journey spent dozing). Stops at service stations for food, drinks and toilet breaks. Included lunch at Ecerbat before setting off for a memorable afternoon. So much research had been done by our guide and it was presented in a way that had all members of the group involved. Went to a mix of both ANZAC and Turkish sites which added to the experience.

    Joesph Kerns
    I booked a tour via the concierge at my hotel in Sultanahmet, and was not disappointed. The bus was 15 minutes late picking me up, the courier was full of apologies...I said 'Seriously? 15 minutes??' Off we went in a decent bus, about a dozen or so of us on the 4/5 hour trip to Gallipoli. Plenty of stops, decent breakfast and lunch over looking the Dardanelles. The tour itself was first rate, with Hasan the guide being terrifically well-informed from ANZAC sources, battlefield diaries, and from the Turkish side as well. It's a long day, but so worth it.

    Lorette Bautista
    The RSL tour - cleverly names for Australian recognition - is an experience. I did my booking online from Australia with questions/forms responded to immediately. Yes, immediately! Ollie in the office was more than happy to provide the answers. The Gallipoli trip can easily be done as a 1-day trip, with an early pickup at your hotel by a friendly guide, a couple of short breaks on route to the peninsula, lunch at a hotel, then an afternoon with a guide who knows what he is talking about (our small group of 10 had Hasan who was fabulous) and a leisurely afternoon exploring the famous sites in a logical progression. (Like the young soldiers of 1915, we stared at the beach seeing just how hard it was to work out which was the correct landing point, and then moving up to the ridge. (I don't wan to give away too much). This is a tour group that the Australian RSL really should support! The locals were superb!

    Jed Chalmers
    We recently undertook a Gallipoli tour with RSL Tours. They were wonderful, I can't recommend or praise them enough. They went to any lengths to provide what we needed and provide extreme amounts of knowledge and support. Really exceptional people going above and beyond what I expected.

    Ariel Baptiste
    Last minute decision in the afternoon we decided to book a Gallipoli tour with RSL tours online from Istanbul for the following morning. The service was excellent with an email reply confirming there was a spot on the tour for us within 15 minutes. The bus picked us up and dropped us off in front of our hotel. The tour guide spoke fluent English, had a great of humour and knowledgable about what occurred in Gallipoli. When you arrive in the town you are given lunch with a pretty spectacular view, and then you start the tour. You definitely feel like you have enough time at each place to take it all in and snap some photos. It's a very well organised tour and I would recommend it to any one who is looking for a day trip to Gallipoli from Istanbul.

    Alessandra Younger
    Hasan has researched the Gallipoli campaign very thoroughly and was able to provide a greater insight into the ANZAC battles than we had before. His commentary was unbiased and supported by the evidence he had gathered from reliable resources. The tour itself was very comprehensive, covering all of the relevant coastline, including the narrows on the Dardenelles, as well as the areas in the hills which had been the targets for the attack and the lines of defence of both the ANZACs and the Turks, and which now include the majority of the War Cemeteries and Memorials. RSL Tours were very professional from booking to conducting the tour. We did the day tour from Istanbul, which made for a very long day - 0615 to 2130 - but it was paced in such a way that we were quite comfortable and did not feel exhausted at the end. We would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to visit Gallipoli.

    Arlyne Parr
    My wife and joined RSL tours for a Gallipoli day tour from Eceabat. The day was informative and exceeded our expectations particularly in regard to the informative guide for the ANZAC Cove area. His knowledge and obvious passion for the past conflict provided balanced insights.He also offered personal opinions but indicated this was the case.

    Mckinley Goodrich
    From the very beginning, my emails and inquiries were responded to promptly. Although it was a very early start (6:45am) and a long drive, it is well worth it. Once in Eceabat, our guide, Hasan, showed us so many aspects, including the distance between the Dardanelles, and key strategic locations with fortresses. He demonstrated using maps, readings and facts, including works from Charles Bean. We started along the beach, stopping at at least four sites. Then we went up into the hills to see the ridges and key strategic points for capture/defense. We stopped at Lone Pine, the New Zealand memorial and the Turkish memorial, plus we saw many trenches. In all honesty, what made this tour great was our guide. He told unbiased facts, plus myths and stories, and asked for our ideas sometimes. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, I found the information about the Turkish 57th regiment very interesting. We spent over three and a half hours around Gallipoli, and were back in Istanbul by 9:30pm. Overall, we had a fantastic day and I would highly recommend this for anyone considering a trip to Gallipoli.

    Antwan Moyer
    The guide whose name I missed but who has given me an others an email address for continued correspondence on the sibject should one desire was brilliant. He is both informative and passionate about it. He is also honest which may not please everyone. The ANZACs were part of a invading force which, I think, sometimes gets overlooked. The easiest thing for any guide in such circumstances to do is pitch to the bias of the group he is presenting to rather than keep to the facts. Our guide kept to the facts and presented the documentation , from all sides, to support his statements. It was both very informative historically and emotionally moving. It was also well paced as there is a lot to get through and take in. Very good value for money. All of us found it excellent. It is a long day but a comfortable one; well worth it.

    Simonne Ludwig
    RSL Tours did an excellent job at helping us fill in the blanks about Gallipoli. As our guide took us around he gave historical background to each site without overwhelming us with information. We had time to walk on Anzac Cove and around the grave sights. Our guide told us stories about the people and events and made it live. The whole day was extremely moving - more than we expected! We were picked up from our hotel exactly on time and then at the end of the day, as we were going south instead of returning to Istanbul, we were helped with the next leg of our journey. Great service and a fascinating tour.

    Gaylord Gandy
    Virtually all aspects of this tour were top class. The entire RSL team were highly professional. The tour was very well organised, the coaches comfortable and the guide (Hassein Gundogar?) was extraordinarily knowledgeable, a first class communicator and very generous with his time. i would recommend it irrespective of the level of prior knowledge of the Gallipoli Campaign.

    Odessa Moya
    The tour from Istanbul to Escabat and then Gallipoli was worth it. I think it is on the 'must see' list when in Turkey, or close by this country. The guide was knowledgeable and answered all my questions. He posed the story from his research and was open to conversation about the campaign and the sights and the region in general. The lunch and the bus was good. It is a value for money day trip and I recommend this company even though it is not associated with RSL in Australia.

    Yuk Swain
    I would like to thank Hasan Gundogar For a really informative and well-researched tour of Gallipoli. I recommend this tour. And thanks Hasan for supplying us with references to follow up later too. :-).

    Joey Scoggins
    Absolutely FANTASTIC, totally worry-free and amazing adventure arranged in a truly professional manner! A never to be forgotten experience filled with only good memories. Highly recommended! :-)

    Karyn Quick
    I caught a bus down from Istanbul to Canakkale and spent a night there. Did the Gallipoli tour with not much expectation, but ended up very impressed by the end of the day. Hasan was very informative and the tour as a whole gave me a lasting insight on the War. Definitely recommended for any Aussie/Kiwi.

    Prudence Petty
    Our RSL Tour Company tour of the Gallipoli was awesome our Tour Guide Hasan Gundogar was amazing had so much information at his finger tip. He was very professional and gave us an unbelievable commentary of both the Turkish and the Australian side of Gallipoli – Hasan has done a lot of research and had used the Web Site for The Australian War Museum to gather a lot of the material that he used for our tour. A very moving day that we will never forget.

    Celsa Marquez
    Three of us went on this tour in mid October. We fully agree with the comments by Alison from Perth. At over 300 k each way it is a long day, 6 to 11. Comfortable bus, regular toilet stops and very generous breakfast and lunch included. Tour guide Hasan Gundogar was wonderful, being knowledgeable, respectful and commited to the history from both sides.

    Tambra Clement
    From the time we were picked up in Istanbul to the time we were dropped off back at our apartment in the evening the service and hospitality was exceptional. Our English speaking guide on the way down was great, our driver was excellent, vehicle very comfortable, the staff and food at the hotel were excellent. Our tour guide of the Gallipoli Peninsular was outstanding and I can't recommend this trip enough. From our very first email to the time we arrived everything went exactly as planned. If ever you go to visit Gallipoli then contact RSL tours. You won't be disappointed. A day never to be forgotten.

    Rubye Keating
    We booked RSL Tours for our day trip and tour to Gallipoli on a private tour for our family. We had a great day and everything was organised as per our emails with the staff from Australia. Our guide Ash was just great and heaps of fun. He got us there and back in one piece with plenty of laughs and extra information. Our guide at Gallipoli, Edam (Adam) was very informative and very interesting, he gave us extra time at places as my Mother In Law's Grand Parents met on the battlefield, so it was very special for the family and he respected that. It was just a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend using this company! They also helped with getting transfers and accommodation in Turkey, just brillian :)

    Crista Bratcher
    We booked the tour in Canakkale and joined the group, starting with lunch and then the visits to the different sites in Gallipoli. For us coming from Sweden with not much knowledge about the events it was fantastic to have a guide as Hasan Gundogar, very professional in his way of guiding and telling the history from different point of views.

    Donita Porterfield
    A long day trip but well worth the effort when you get a guide like Hasan Gundogar whose enthusiasm and knowledge about Gallipoli was fantastic. Great value for money, breakfast and lunch were included which was fine contrary to other reviews on Trip Advisor.

    Eric Washington
    One of the most infomative day of my travels and well worth the long bus trip from Istanbul to Gallipoli,it was organised thru RSL tours and cost approx $120 all included ,although I was quoted up to $550 from another tour company in Istanbul for the same trip,so beware. We had an excellent guide in Hasan Gundogar his knowledge of the Gallipoli campaign from both sides was excellent the visits to both Turkish and ANZAC memorials was very touching and never forgotten ,don't think I have met a guide with more passion for his job than Hasan.

    Debra Miller
    Doing this trip in one day was going to be a long one and we wouldn't have missed it for the world. No expectations but surprises in fact. Our guide Hasan was faultless in his knowledge, information and also not predjudice in relating the history of what took place at Gallipoli. His English was excellent and he had a great sense of humour which added to the enjoyment of the trip. Being there meant so much to us as not only our parents were involved in the second WW, our son served in the NZ army and spent six months in Afganistan and insisted that we made the trip as he hasn't had the opportunity to do so. It was our private pilgrimage especially for him. As occupied as you are with the history you couldn't help realising this is a beautiful place. There is a low key area where families holiday at a camp site which we were not saddened by it was actually satisfying to see it appreciated. History is important there is no doubt and one should never forget but life is vital.

    Juan Hall
    Hassan is a guy who really knows the history of this time and area extremely well and he imparts it all with humour and well-chosen stories, facts and anecdotes. He is someone who understands that history is complex and has a number of sides to it, but equally he has a point of view and is not afraid to express it with rare humanity. I found this tour richly rewarding. (My only complaint would be that the bus back to Istanbul was terribly cold and the driver would not change the air-conditioning temperature when I repeatedly asked for it.)

    Virginia Diaz
    This was a well organised tour, including the gun emplacements and a walk along the beach at Anzac Cove. Hasan is an excellent guide. His commentary is well researched, thoughtful and challenges stereotypes and spin.

    Tina Cooper
    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

    Annie Roberts
    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.

    Paul James
    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!

    Jessica Hill
    We did a Gallipoli tour from Istanbul with RSL tours and were very impressed with our very knowledgable guide and the lovely Emiine, lady at the hotel who coordinated all the logistics, who completely went out of her way to ensure we were well looked after and comfortable at every stage. Thank you Emiine!

    Phyllis Richardson
    I did a Gallipoli day tour with RSL tours and would highly recommend anyone to them. Our Guide Hasan had so much knowledge about the Anzacs and Turkish army which was great. Lunch was provided which was beautiful. A long drive from Istanbul but just think how long it took the Anzacs to get to Anzac Cove. Thank you for a great day.

    Judith Rivera
    Our day trip to Gallipoli while long was very good, plenty of rest stops for breakfast and lunch were fine. From the Tour guide to the drivers they were all considerate and professional, the vehicle was great, comfortable and clean. We all had a wonderful informative day with a very well organised company. The tour was spot on, and the Hasan the guide put forward some really interesting thoughts on the historical events. We have no hesitation in recommending RSL Tour Comany.

    Andrew Collins
    My husband and I joined a 1 day Gallipoli tour with RSL and both thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend them to other travellers. Our tour group was small with only 5 of us (I'm not sure if this is normal), and we had a very knowledgeable guide who not only provided an informative commentary at each location but also was able to knowledgably answer questions and took us on a slight diversion to visit the battle site where a relative of one of our group would have fought. The only improvement I would suggest would be the breakfast that was provided.