www.anzacgallipolitours.com is a full-fledged travel agent & tour operator run by Turkish / Australian couple (TJ & Bernina) who are experienced destination planners. Both management & guides have a long running reputation for being the Gallipoli tour specialists, having run daily Gallipoli tours to the ANZAC site for over 25 years.
TJ (Ilhami Gezici) was born to guide the battlefields & Turkey. His name says it all. The direct translation would be: Ilhami = inspirational / Gezici = wanderer or traveller. TJ is the Inspirational Traveller. A local boy who studied high school in Eceabat, Ilhamis' love of the battlefields grew from the enthusiasm of his history teacher who would take his students around the Gallipoli Peninsula & tell stories handed down from the local elders. Ilhami started out as an all 'round Turkey guide on long multi - city itineraries mostly for Americans who gave him the nickname TJ. As the travel agents & hoteliers got to know him by this nickname, it stuck & he has used it ever since. *'Marrying historical knowledge & general enthusiasm' TJ decided to settle in Eceabat to start TJ's Travel Agency running the most comprehensive day tours in the region.
*Verity Campbell (Lonely Planet author)
Bernina - "As a couple, I think we bring great harmony to our business. TJ is an excellent guide & has such a strong commitment to the Gallipoli peninsula that it shines through in his tours. As a trained Catholic school teacher, my organisational & interactive skills have helped me make an easy transition from teacher to tour operator & the religious training I have made it easier to melt our two worlds into one as both of us have kept our faith & merged our beliefs together to form a strong bond of what we believe makes for a more harmonious world. I was granted Turkish citizenship in 2005 & TJ was given his Australian citizenship in 2006, so together we have embraced both cultures & traditions, which I think makes for a great team in the tourism sector."
While staying true to our origins, in 2011 we have launched our new website with a wide range of new travel services for like-minded independent travellers. We wholeheartedly believe our best assets are enthusiastic, well-educated guides, drivers & office personnel who have first hand knowledge acquired through living - guiding tours in Turkey & they are eager to share our country's treasures as you are to experience them.
We often provide any or all of the following:
Gallipoli tours & ANZAC Day services
Troy / Assos cultural daily tours
Comprehensive itineraries & travel management
Cultural, historical, religious, leisure & other theme travel itineraries
Domestic & international plane / train / ferry / coach tickets
Hotels & accommodation booking at special local rates
Metro & domestic transportation passes
Event bookings & reservations, festival tickets & information
Licensed & tour guides (whole or part of your tour)
Daily city tours & complete travel packages
Museum passes, admission tickets
Transportation & transfers to & from any airport in Turkey
Charter boats & planes
Special occasions, anniversary, honeymoon, study - groups
Incentive travel, corporate, VIP travel services
Assistance & translations for business meetings