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We are a family of five (three girls aged 15, 13 and 7), visiting Turkey in September and we are keen to get to Gallipoli but it is not the easiest of places to visit, I am finding, without a long bus tour from Istanbul.

We are flying from Antalya to Istanbul (Ataturk) on the morning of October 3 and fly back to Australia on October 5. I thought we could do Gallipoli on October 4.

Can anyone suggest the best way of doing this? Is there a bus from Ataturk Airport we could take on October 3 to Gallipoli to break up the travelling (then do the sights on October 4 before travelling back to Istanbul that night).

Or should we stay in a particular area in Istanbul on October 3 to make it easier to get to Gallipoli?

Or do we just stay in the old part of Istanbul (which we are doing at the start of our trip) on October 3, do the long day trip on October 4, knowing we can rest up on the trip home to Australia?

Any thoughts/tips would be much appreciated,

Thanks

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    The trip to the WWI battle sites, the memorial s and the cemetaries is more like six hours from istanbul. Add a couple of hours and dependence on regular bus schedules, you could never make it in one day.

    You have an option of getting a private guided tour which can pick you up immediately at the airport upon your arrival, so that you can come back that night.

    Otherwise, you would need to get a taxi to the bus depot, about a 15-30 minute ride from the airport depending on the traffic which should be fine in the morning, jump on the first bus that goes to the town of Gelibolu.

    Then, from Gelibolu, you could try for a regular scheduled minibus to Eceabat, rent a car or get a guided private tour to Eceabat to the battle sites and back.

    You may then be able to get a night bus back to Istanbul or stay the night at a simple hotel at Gelibolu.

    check for Istanbul-Gelibolu Otobus on google.
    you may also check for Istanbul-Eceabat, in case there are any.

    Finally, you can rent a car at IST airport upon arrival and take off immediately, driving 10-15 minutes to TEM motorway to Edirne direction, and then taking the Tekirdag-Gelibolu exit and continue on the excellent divided highway till Gelibolu. The peninsula road from Gelibolu to Eceabat is single but not crowded and is quite scenic.

    If you are not tired, even heeding the speed limits, you can make it to Eceabat in 5 hours because motorway has 120 + 10% (with very infrequent speed checks) speed limit, divided highway 110+10% (very frequent radar) and others up to 90 +10% (high possibility of radar)

    To also help on your other trip:

    Be on the lookout for :

    -any small car facing you on your side of the road
    -any small car facing you on your side of the car with hood or trunk up
    - any small car facing you on the median of a divided highway facing you.

    especially within 10 kilometres of each town, arriving or leaving.

    IMPORTANT NOTE if you rent a car in Istanbul for Gallipoli, it must have an OGS or a HGS device, otherwise you cannot use toll roads (no cash lanes)
    and make sure that you take the correct lane. If car has OGS and you take HGS lane you'll be fined.

    The only toll road in Western Turkey is Izmir-Selcuk-Aydin. However, if your car does not have one of the devices, there is a decent non toll alternative which will be somewhat slower but more scenic.

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