There is an extensive amount of walking required, often on grassy or unpaved, uneven paths,
in addition to the climbing of hills and stairs at the landing areas and ruins. We recommend
you wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably with rubber or non-slip soles. We suggest you
bring a jacket as it can be cool on the coast. Vehicles are the best available in the area. The ferry
used to cross the Dardanelles is a public one and not exclusive to Silversea guests. Depart the
ship guests and cross the Dardanelle by public ferry. From here, drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula
and Anzac Cove. Proceed to see Brighton’s Beach, the intended landing place of the Australian
Army during WWI, and on to the Beach Cemetery.
Continue with a visit to the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Johnston’s Jolly. Here you will see
at the original Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels. Other memorials include The Nek - site of
the famous Light Horse Brigade depicted in the movie Gallipoli and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand
Memorial. The last visit will be to the Kapatepe War Museum, which contains relics from the
campaign including original diary extracts and letters.
Leaving the battlefields, you will take the ferry back across the Dardanelles and head to the Tusan
Hotel for lunch (the hotel is the best in the area).
Following lunch, coaches will take you to the ancient city of Troy. To many around the world, the
story of the siege of Troy (Ilion in Greek, Truva in Turkish) is a familiar one. Few realize that the
historical city of Troy’s actual location is inside the borders of modern Turkey. Once thought to
be only a mythical city invented by Homer in the Iliad, most historians now accept that this city
was his inspiration for the tale, and perhaps even was besieged (for ten long years!) at the time
specified by Homer. Alexander the Great declared himself a descendent of Achilles and made a pilgrimage to Troy in 334 BC. Although the city shows evidence of 5,000 years of habitation in nine
levels, few structures remain intact, making it rather difficult to evoke images of the imposing
ancient city of warriors, heroes, and beauties, such as Paris, Hector and Helen of Troy.
Remaining sites to explore include Troy’s ancient walls, some palaces and houses, as well as
a Roman theatre, the Pillar House, believed to be the Palace of King Priam and, of course, the giant
replica of the Trojan Horse. The epic film Troy has revived interest in this piece of ancient history.
At the end of the visit, return to Canakkale with some free time before returning to the ship.