GALLIPOLI, TROY AND THE NEW TROY MUSEUM
The peninsula of Gallipoli is a unique landscape that stretches between the Aegean Sea and the Dardanelles Straits. For many nations, this is hallowed ground, and a poignant place of pilgrimage where visitors attend the ANZAC Day service, in April, and commemorate the famous battles of The Great War. On arrival at the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park, we visit the ANZAC Cove, where the Australia and New Zealand Forces made their landing. Cemeteries and memorials to the fallen are situated in the Cove. Of the 31 cemeteries in the National Park, the largest one is the Lone Pine Cemetery, which commands sprawling views in all directions across the famous battlefield of 1915. Remains of trenches are still visible today. Our moving and reflective tour also visits the Beach Cemetery, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Quinn’s Post and other memorials of 20th-century conflict.
Our excursion is rounded off in another location that is famed for its legendary battle – the UNESCO World Heritage site of Troy. For centuries, the ancient city was regarded as a mythical legend, but today visitors have the opportunity to explore the archaeological site and marvel at the 5000-year old exhibits.
Troy has a rich collection of excavated sarcophaguses, sculptures, pottery, weapons, coins and gold jewelry that shouldn’t be missed on your visit to Turkey.