Once you arrive Canakkale port, your Canakkale guide will hold up a sign with your name on it and provide you with Canakkale City map. Now let us start the tour together with Troy.
Most of us must have heard of this famous ancient city. Its fame has been boosted up in the popular culture by the new Hollywood version with Brad Pitt in it. Here you will see Iliad's characters such as Helen and Paris coming alive. Heinrich Schliemann, a German-born American millionaire-turned amateur archaeologist, had invested a lot of money and and time on excavation the site. When he actually discovered the ancient city, everyone else was astonished. Troy is full of ancient evidence and finds that are still in its almost perfect condition and well preserved.
Troy has 9 layers, each built on top of one another. It is called nine strata. Troy I dates from 3200 BC. Look out for house foundations, city walls, a temple and theatre. You will want to be lost in this ancient city. After exploring the city as much as you can, enjoy relaxing at your leisure while having lunch. The guide will give you a free hour to spend it alone. We suggest watching people passing by while having lunch at a local restaurant. After that we will move to Assos.
Assos is a traditional stone
house village found by Aeolian colonists from Lesvos. It is set upon a mountainside with a beautiful harbor down the bottom,
overlooking the island of Lesvos. Both mountain and sea sides are equally old
and full of stone buildings representing ancient Mediterranean art and
architecture. The city experienced its great prosperity in 530 BC and the
dwellers built a Doric Temple to Athena on top of the crag. Enjoy the tour
around the Temple of Athena before trying Turkish tea at
a local tea House. Here in Assos, the tea houses offer quite an extraordinary
set of coffee tables for visitors to sit at and be forever enchanted.
Assos was the place where
Aristotle opened an Academy. He married the King’s niece. However, the city was
attacked by the Persians and the King was captured and assassinated. Aristotle
fled to Macedonia under the refuge of King of Macedon. He was teaching the
King’s son, Alexander the Great, who later drove out the Persians away from
Assos. The city was ruled by the Kings of Pergamon between 241-133 BC. Then it
ended up being absorbed by the Romans. You will see ruins that will tell the story of this ancient city all over the place. Ask your guide when ou want to know anything.
When the tour has finished
your tour guide will return you to your port of call in our air-conditioned
Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour. We will suggest options for local Turkish restaurants and provide ample time for you to have a sit-down lunch.
- Port pick-up and drop-off
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Luxury air-con coach
- Licensed tour guide
- Drinking water in vehicle
- Lunch and beverages
- Entrance fees to the Terrace Houses $15 extra (optional)
- Gratuities (optional)
This tour requires a bit of walking and we suggest you wear comfortable tennis shoes or sandals. As it can be very hot in summer months, please bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and any other necessary sun gear with you.
For optional mosque visits you need to bring a sarong to cover legs and a head scarf for women.