Crowded House Tours
Walk in the footsteps of history, take a journey into the past among the memorials and trenches of the Gallipoli Campaign. Let Crowded House Tours to take you back to 1915.
Crowded House Tours - based in Eceabat, the nearest town to the battlefields of 1915 - has long established itself at a leader in battlefield and historical tourism.
However, despite our name, we do not just do tours: we do history. Our experienced guides lead you on a journey through the past, following the path of those who fought and died on this land some 100 years ago.
Our most popular package, one enjoyed by thousands of visitors to the battlefields every year, is our one day Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul.
Crowded House's private tour bus departs daily from Istanbul early in the morning and returns to Istanbul in the evening following our Gallipoli tour. We pick up our guests directly from their hotels and drop them off at their hotel door the same night.
Our daily Gallipoli tour from Canakkale & Eceabat focuses on the ANZAC sector of the battlefields, stopping at 11 points of interest including ANZAC Cove, Beach Cemetery, Lone Pine, The Nek, and Chunuk Bair. All of our battlefield tours are conducted by experienced guides.
For those who like their history a bit more ancient, we also conduct a one day Troy Tour from Istanbul, again offering a direct pick up at your hotel in Istanbul, travel to Eceabat, lunch, ferry to the city of Canakkale and then bus trip to the site of ancient Troy with our guide, returning to Eceabat in time for the return to Istanbul.
Of course, you may chose to stay overnight or longer, either in hotels in Eceabat, elsewhere on the peninsula or across the Dardanelles Strait in Canakkale. If you do stay overnight, you will have the opportunity to take in both our Gallipoli and Troy tours during your two day, one night visit.
An increasing number of our visitors are not just interested in visiting the ANZAC battlefield but also the Helles sector at the southern end of the Gallipoli Peninsula, where the British and French forces fought. Crowded House Tours is the only company conducting regular tours of the Helles battlefield. Our Helles tour takes you to the areas where the British and French soldiers landed and served. Joining our Helles tour gives you the opportunity to get an understanding of the whole campaign of 1915. You can combine our Helles tour with our Gallipoli tour with our two days / one night Gallipoli and Helles Tour from Istanbul. Alternatively, you can visit the ANZAC sector, the Helles sector and Troy all in one tour; our two day / one night Gallipoli in Depth package.
While there is still much to see on the battlefields, there is also history beneath the waves, with many relics from 1915 below the water of the crystal clear Aegean Sea. During the summer, we run our daily ANZAC Snorkelling Tour, swimming over the wreck of the supply ship Milo, which lies just to the north of ANZAC Cove. Our snorkelling tour is a great way to learn more about the campaign, swim off the same beaches the Australians and New Zealanders landed on and see the land as they saw it as they came ashore. You can combine a snorkelling tour with our two days / one night Gallipoli & Snorkel Tour.
What makes us different?
Crowded House is the only tour company based on the Gallipoli Peninsula that focuses exclusively on providing services to overseas visitors. This focus gives us an advantage when shaping and developing tours for our guests, and has allowed us to build up a history of expertise in meeting the needs of visitors who join us for our tours.
That expertise has helped us become the leading tour provider in the region, bringing more overseas guests to the battlefields of 1915 and to the ancient city of Troy than any other tour company.
Our guides are among the most senior tour leaders on the peninsula, with many years of experience of introducing visitors to the history of the battlefields and telling the stories of the men and women who served in the campaign.
It is not just our experience that makes a difference, but what we bring to our tours that make them unique. Our guides use reproductions of original and rarely seen photos from 1915 from a private collection to better tell the story of the campaign, giving our guests a greater understanding of the conditions the men and women involved in the conflict experienced.
We also offer each of our guests an exclusive memento of their pilgrimage to the battlefields of the peninsula, a printed reproduction of a photo taken in 1915 as a reminder of your visit to the past.
Anzac Day commemorative package
Another feature of our Anzac Day tours is our commemorative package, consisting of reproductions of photos taken in 1923 of the first official Anzac Day ceremony on the battlefields. These photos, made available from a private collection, are exclusive to Crowded House and are a part of the long tradition of commemoration and remembrance that connects the past and the present.
Private tour options
Crowded House can also provide a personalized service for your visit to the battlefields, designing tours to meet your special interests.
Crowded House offers an extensive range of private tours, allowing our guests to visit the many out of the way places of interest on the peninsula in the company of one of our experienced guides. You can join our private Suvla Tour, take one of our walking tours in company with one of our trekking guides or shape your own itinerary.
We can help develop your personal itinerary for you and, for those who have family members who served in the campaign, we can help you locate the cemeteries or memorials where relatives are commemorated or areas of the battlefields where they served and arrange to include a visit to these sites as part of a specialised private tour.
Crowded House Tours is the preferred choice as on the ground partner for many specialised private, school or military groups who come here on extended visits. We have a long history of arranging tour packages for groups that include travel, accommodation, guides and support services to allow visitors to get the most out of their Gallipoli experience.
For those planning a longer stay, we can also book you into a hotel to meet your required level of price and service, ranging from five-star, through to boutique and to budget through our extensive network of accommodation providers.
We also offer a range of tourism experiences away from the Gallipoli Peninsula. One of these options is a trip to the ancient city of Ephesus, with a stop to visit the ancient city of Pergamum on the way. That is a great option for travellers who want to continue to Ephesus after Gallipoli. We can pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul and drop off you at your hotel around Ephesus (Selcuk-Kusadasi). This package is our two day/one night Gallipoli, Troy & Pergamum Tour
As a fully registered travel agency, Crowded House Tours can also make all your travel arrangements for your trip through Turkey and beyond.