The Troy Culture Route is located in Çanakkale (historical name Troas) and connects the Aegean and the Marmara seas on an east-west axis and Europe and Asia on a north-south axis. Archeological studies show that this region is one of the routes that the Anatolian populations used to migrate to the European territories as of 7000 BC. Troas has never lost its significance over the course of history. It carries the traces of the Trojan Wars, the Hellens, Lidians, Persians, of Alexander the Great, Rome, Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire. Also, the Dardanelles Campaign was an indication of how the region played a key role in history in the way that it changed the course of world history as well as the First World War itself. The route is approximately 120 km long. It starts at the Antique City of Troy and ends at the Antique Harbour of Assos.
Archaeological site of Troy, a Unesco World heritage site
Cezayırlı Hasan Pasha Pavilion, an example of the 18-19th century Ottoman landowners’ and gentries’ farm/country houses.
Attikus baths at Alexandria Troas
Apollon Smintheus, Ruins of a temple dedicated to Apollo ‘ Lord of Mice’ Smintheus
Ancient harbour ciy of Assos.
Day 1. Archaeological site of Troy- museum-Cezayırlı Hasan Pasha Pavilion-Geyikli
Following a visit to Unesco World heritage site Troya and the musuem we start with an easy walk through a mainly agricultural area to Üyecik where we walk between windmills and then past olive groves and the archaeological site Hanaytepe höyüğü to Geyikli where we finish the walk with a dip in the sea. After the walk there is a transfer to our accommodation.
Walk: 16 km – mainly flat and easy.
Day 2. Geyikli- Dalyan Antique port -Akçakeçili
After a short transfer back to Geyikli we follow the route to Alexandria Troas a very important city during the reign of the Roman emperors Caesar and Constantine. After a quick visit to Dalyan Antique port visited by St Paul on his second missionary journey, we follow the course of the aquaduct to the Attikus baths in the ancient city and then continue on a path between olive trees to the place where the Ilıca stream meets the sea. During this part of the walk we can see the Tumulus of the Ancient city of Kolonai.
Walk: 22 km – mainly flat and easy.
Day 3. Akçakecili-Kösedere
Akçakecili and Alemsah are among the oldest and charming villages of Çanakkale
Palamutçu Hüseyin Ağa mansion in Alemsah reflects the glory and originality of the old times. Today’s route which ends at Kösedere is beautiful and has magnificient sea views
After we are collected at Kösedere w’ll visit the old Roman road and bridge before driving to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Walk: 15 km- easy.
Day 4. Gülpınar-Kocköy-Bademli-Koyunevi-Bektaş-Koruoba
After breakfast transfer and visit to the temple of Apollon Smintheus, Smintheion Sacred court was an important cult centre in the Ancient times. The first historical association of Apollo with mice was made in the Troas region. The God Apollo ‘ Lord of mice’ punished Kings with the black plaque spread by mice for all the maltreatment against their people and helped restore justice. After the visit we follow the scientic route through Olive groves then climb to 300 m above sea level at Bademli. The views,with the hills on our left and the sea on the right are wonderful . The walk ends at Koruoba village where we will meet with our vehicle for a short transfer to our accommodation.
Walk: 25 km – easy/ moderate.
Day 5. Koruoba-Assos
We conclude the program with a beautiful walk through open pastures and along mountain ridges ; a very varied route with views of the Aegean Sea and Greek island of Lesbos. In Assos we will visit the Ancient port, meet our vehicle and visit the Temple of Athena. Following a break in Behram village we will be transferred to Çanakkale where the tour ends.
Walk: 12 km – easy/moderate.
The price includes:
4 nights accommodation in guesthouses and pension
4 x breakfast
4 x dinner
4 x ( packed) lunch
Transfers and luggage transfers mentioned in the program
Turkish, English speaking Guide
Admissions fees to national park
Türsab health insurance
The price excludes:
Transfers to and from Çanakkale from other places.
Admissions fees to museums
*** this tour goes ahead with minimum 6 maximum 16 persons ****