Although the Gallipoli Campaign involved many nationalities it is most significant for people from down under. The sector where the Australians and New Zealanders fought is called Anzac. It is the most compact and also the most visited of the three battlefields (the others being Helles and Suvla). If however you have a more general interest and want to get a good general overview of the Gallipoli campaign during your visit: read more at "the gallipoli battlefields".
To get an impression on the main Anzac battlefield (including Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove and Commemorative Site, Ariburnu and Beach Cemetery, Lone Pine, Johnston`s Jolly, Quinn's Post, Baby 700, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial) you should at least allow a half day, possibly a full day if you want to visit in detail.
Those with a more vivid interest in the Anzac involvement should allow another half a day to visit the "Left hook", located north of "Old Anzac" towards Suvla. The very often ignored area is the scene of the August offensive on Chunuk Bair, the last major attempt by the Allied forces at Gallipoli to break the stalemate that had persisted since the landings by outflanking the Ottomans. The 4th Australian of Monash and both the New Zealand Infantry and Mounted Rifles Brigades participated in this action. Here you will find the Outposts, Sazli Dere, Chailak Dere, Aghyl Dere, Mauri Pa, Table Top, Bauchops Hill, Rhododendron Ridge, Taylors Gap, Australia Valley, Hill 60, just to name a few; a further six CWGC cemeteries are located in this area.
Although the Helles battlefields are a mainly British/French affair the 2nd Australian Infantry and the New Zealand Infantry Brigades fought here in the 2nd battle of Krithia (8th May 1915). Place names like V-beach, Clapham Junction, the Eski Lines, Tommy's Trench, the Redoubt line, Tommy's Trench, Engineer Gully, the Daisy Patch, Fir Tree Wood and Twelve Tree Copse will sound familiar to people who have done some reading on the campaign. The Anzacs who died during this advance in May are commemorated on the Helles and New Zealand Twelve Tree Copse Memorials but you will also find a number of their graves in the six CWGC cemeteries of Helles.
Those who really want to experience the battlefields will have to allow some extra time for walking the battlefields. Hiking to places such as Plugge's Plateau, Shrapnel Valley, Shell Green, Braund Hill, Russell's Top and/or the New Zealand trail from Chunuk Bair to the outposts are a second to none experience. Walking in Anzac should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing.
As the hotel is close to the Anzac battlefield, and because of its high popularity, touring the Anzac area is easier and offers more alternatives than the Helles and Suvla ones.
A rental car still is the best way to tour as it gives you total freedom to do Anzac, the Left Hook and Helles at your own pace and fit in a few walks along the way. Nearly all places in the Anzac sector can be reached by regular car all year round as most are asphalt roads. Only the road to Shell Green (artillery road) and Hill 60 and the tracks in the valleys of the Left Hook are a bit bumpy and can put some strain on your vehicle. In winter, early spring and late autumn access to these tracks becomes difficult (impossible even) and are then only accessible with a 4WD vehicle.
For those who want complete freedom to move around, we will provide a map and guidebook to use throughout their stay but, if requested, a professional guide can accompany you (on one or more days) in your car. Two outstanding guides available are: Bulent (Bill) Korkmaz (recommended by Lonely Planet) and Kenan Celik (recommended by the Rough Guide).
For those who don't like the idea of a rental car and/or those who want to do some walking the alternative is a combination of an organised tour (half day-afternoon-daily departure) and local taxis. To get your bearings (before hiking) it is a good idea to participate in a guided tour as it does not only provide transport but it will give you a good idea of what happened here and the guide will show spots and relate stories picked up from long experience.
Taxis are available for both transfers and daily tours. Note however that they are more expensive than city cabs as they operate on a "rural" fare structure, probably double the price of urban taxis. It is possible to work a fixed fee with the driver. Again if wanted a professional guide can accompany you in the taxi. For hikers a drop-off in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon from any point on the battlefields can be organised and is cheaper than a full day rental of the taxi.
Another alternative is a chartered vehicle with/without local guide (note that English speaking drivers are a rarity). If however you are only visiting Anzac it is rather expensive and unnecessary.
A word of advice for those who plan to do some walking. Come prepared, it's rough country. Good walking boots, long pants, a sun hat, and lots of water are a must! Anzac is the most compact of the three and can be covered in one day. Note however that the high temperature from mid-June to early September puts an extra strain on the effort.
... Thank you for making our stay at The Gallipoli Houses so enjoyable. The accommodation was first class, the food superb, and not least, your wide knowledge of the campaign, which you shared so generously with us, ensured a most memorable stay. In fact as you will remember we extended our stay...
Terry and Jenny Gregory
Australia - December 2008
... In particular your knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand positions from WW1 helped us enormously with our "Gallipoli" experience....
Australia - July 2009
... and for fully organising our activities for the next two days. We especially appreciated the walk down the NZ trail and the time we had with you Eric in which you so willing shared your knowledge of the campaign. The walk down will be something that we will treasure and remember for the rest of our lives. Thank you for organising the Troy tour and for arranging our bus tickets to Istanbul. That day worked like clockwork...
Matt Regan & Kathryn Wood
New Zealand - August 2011