Welcome to Eceabat
Eceabat (ancient Maydos) is an unremarkable waterfront town on the southern shore of the Dardanelles. It is notable only for its proximity to the main Gallipoli battlefields and for its ferry link to Çanakkale. Ferries dock by the main square (Cumhuriyet Meydanı), which is ringed by hotels, restaurants, ATMs, a post office, bus-company offices, and dolmuş and taxi stands
Top experiences in Eceabat
Troy Day Trip from Istanbul
After an early pickup from your Istanbul hotel, hit the road and travel south by luxury coach toward the ancient city of Troy. The full journey takes up most of the morning, so to break it up, stop in the town of Tekirdag for breakfast and a Turkish coffee (own expense). Around midday, stop again in Eceabat, on the east coast of the Dardanelles.After your two-course lunch in one of the town’s best seafood restaurants – Liman – hop on board a ferry for the 20-minute crossing to Canakkale. From here, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Troy is a short coach ride away. Easily one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, Troy dates back nearly 4,000 years and is said to signify the first contact between Anatolia and the Mediterranean countries. On a 1-hour walking tour around the site, your guide will talk about Troy’s history and its development as a series of settlements. Learn how it started as a Bronze Age dwelling, survived a Balkan invasion, was rejuvenated during Greek and Roman rules, and even a had stint as a Byzantine town before falling into a state of ruin.Hear tales of the Trojan War – an important Greek mythological story – and learn about the Trojan prince (Paris) who ran away with Zeus’ daughter (Helen) and thus sparked the 10-year war. After exploring the ruins, visit the wooden Trojan Horse that symbolizes the town and the Trojan War before returning to Istanbul.
2-Day Trip to Gallipoli and Troy, Including Accommodation and Entrance Fees From Istanbul
Day 1: Gallipoli Tour (B,L)After picking you up from your hotel, you will join the local guide and other traveling companions. You drive on a comfortable road system approximately for 4 hours, stopping in Tekirdag for open buffet breakfast. Enjoy lunch (drinks are not included) when you arrive in Eceabat. Then you begin your guided tour of ANZAC Battlefields visiting Brighton Beach, ANZAC Cove, Beach Cemetery, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Turkish and allied tunnels and trenches at Johnston’s Jolly, 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zelland Memorial. About 5pm the first day of your tour will come to an end. Overnight in Eceabat.Day 2: Troy Tour - Istanbul (B,L)After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you cross the Strait Dardanelles by ferry to Canakkale and depart for Troya Archeological Site where you see the UNESCO recognized ruins of the ancient kingdom of Troy. You stroll through the site to see where the Trojan War, Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy, Prince Paris all come from. About 11:30am end of the tour and free time in the lively university town of Canakkale for lunch (drinks are not included) on your own and casual relaxation. At 6:30pm drive back to Istanbul. About 11pm, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Istanbul.
Journey to Troy Day Tour from Istanbul
Your guide will confirm your exact meeting time – likely around 7am – and meet you in the lobby of your Istanbul hotel for the 4-hour, 15-minute drive to the waterfront town of Eceabat, where you'll savor a classic Turkish lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you'll hop across the Dardanelles by ferry, arriving in Canakkale for the hour-or-so drive to Troy. Your first stop at the site will be the recreated Trojan Horse. Feel free to pose for photos, as your guide explains the legend of Troy: learn how the Greeks faked their departure and used the horse as a tool to make their way into Troy and capture the city. Discover the epic rivalry between Achilles and Hector, and learn about Helen, the legendary beauty whose face launched a thousand ships. Next, it's time to explore the complex ruins of the city: the UNESCO-listed site dates back around 4,000 years and contains remains from many different eras. Marvel at the ancient city walls, which date back long before the fall of Troy over 3,000 years ago. See Roman ruins from its later incarnation as Ilion, including a concert hall, council house, and central theater. Let your imagination run wild as your guide retells stories from Troy. Around 5:30pm, you'll begin your journey back to your Istanbul, arriving around 11pm.
Gallipoli Full Day Tour from Istanbul
At noon you’ll arrive in Eceabat and enjoy lunch and views of the Dardanelles from the roof of the Grand Eceabat Hotel.You’ll have the full afternoon at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. Visit Brighton Beach, the original intended landing site for the troops. Stop at the Beach Cemetery, the most famous of all the Anzac cemeteries, where you can see the grave of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, one of the best-known Anzac soldiers. Ari Burnu Cemetery, one of the first cemeteries, is situated between the beach and the cliff under Plugge’s Plateau. See the Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach, just below the sphinx, where the dawn service is hold on Anzac Day. Take an optional walk to Shell Green Cemetery on the Artillery Road from the shoreline to Lone Pine. The Lone Pine Australian Memorial is the main Australian cemetery in Gallipoli. You’ll see Johnston's Jolly, where the Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels were within 30 feet of each other. Stop at Chunuk Bair, the site of one of New Zealand’s epic stands on the Gallipoli peninsula, on 8 August 1915. At around 18:00 you’ll leave on the return trip to Istanbul and stop for dinner on the way.
4-Day ANZAC Dawn Service Gallipoli and Troy Tour From Istanbul
24 APR ISTANBUL - DAWN SERVICE4pm Meet at the front door of HAGIA SOPHIA MUSEUM4.15pm Depart for Eceabat9.30pm Depart Eceabat for Dawn Service.25 APR DAWN SERVICE - CANAKKALE ( B BOX L )5.30am Dawn ServiceService at Lone PineService at Chunuk BairLunch at Eceabat before returning to your hotel in CanakkaleOvernight Canakkale 26 APR GALLIPOLI - TROY ( B L ) Breakfast at the hotel8am Fully guided ANZAC Battlefield Tour visiting Brighton Beach Beach Cemetery ANZAC COVE Ariburnu Cemetery Lone Pine Memorial ( Australian ) Johnston’s Jolly Chunuk Bair Memorial ( New Zealand ) At the conclusion of your tour you will be transported to Restaurant for lunch2pm Across Dardanelles by ferry for Fully guided tour of the ancient city of Troy You will see and hear about : The Trojan Horse Helen of Troy The Trojan Wars Sacficial Altars The 3700 year old city walls Houses of Troy 1 3000B.C. – 2500 B.C. The battle between Achilles and Paris Remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX Return to your hotel Overnight Canakkale 27 APR CANAKKALE – ISTANBUL ( B ) Breakfast at your hotel9am A journey of 320 km which will include a comfort and refreshment stop on the half way Following the stop you will continue to Istanbul where your coach drop-off point will be Hagia Sophia Square ( Ayasofya Meydani in Turkish ) Local taxi transportation to your hotel at your expence
Dawn Service ANZAC Tour from Canakkale
DAY 1 April 24, 2016Your tour begins when you meet your guide at the Anzac House Youth Hostel in Canakkale. You will take a ferry across the Dardanelles and arrive in Eceabat around 9:30pm. You'll then depart for ANZAC dawn service site. A booklet which includes information about attending the commemorations, visitor movements and amenities at the commemorative sites as well as ceremonial protocols will be offered.You will spend the night at the commemoration site, please make sure you're prepared for all weather conditions, such as rain and cold. During the day on April 25th, conditions can become very hot. You should ensure that you have sun protection and water.DAY 2 April 25, 2016 The Spirit of Place will begin at 5am and last approximately 30 minutes. The dawn service will follow that and last around an hour. At 11am the Lone Pine Australian Memorial Service begins, lasting almost an hour. Finally, the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial Service runs from 1:45pm to 2:45pmAfter the services, a late lunch will be provided in Eceabat before returning to Canakkale.