Day 1 - Istanbul to Canakkale - (L/D)
Early in the morning we will drive west, skirting the northern shore of the beautiful Sea of Marmara, heading towards the Aegean Sea.
Sites you’ll see today:
*Gallipoli (Gelibolu) and the Dardanelles --After our lunch, we willl devote our afternoon to visiting Gallipoli, where fierce World War I fighting took place between Allied forces and the Turkish Army. At ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Armed Corps) Cove, thousands lost their lives on one fateful dawn morning. We'll also visit other famous WWI battlesites and cemetaries in this area, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. From here, we'll board a ferry and cross the Dardanelles Strait. World War I history buffs will know that the Dardanelles Strait was a strategic crossing point for the Allied armies to cross from Europe into Asia Minor.
Over a 9-month campaign, more than half a million soldiers lost their lives in the struggle to control this strait and the nearby Gallipoli peninsula. Still today, many villagers in this quiet and peaceful region speak of seeing ghosts wandering the cemeteries and hearing the sounds of battle.
*Canakkale will be our final destination for today and where we will spend our evening. After dinner, you might want to stroll the harbor wall; here, locals buy sunflower seeds and take evening strolls with their families to watch the sunset. When they reach the end of the promenade, they turn around, perhaps buy ice cream and walk again. Why not join them?
Overnight in Canakkale
Day 2 - Canakkale to Istanbul - (B/L/D)
We continue our scenic drive along the Aegean, stopping for photo opportunities and perhaps to indulge the taste buds at one of the many farmer road side stands that sell olives, figs, pistachios, and other seasonal fruits. We then will head east towards Troy.
*Troy (Truva) is the ancient site written about by Homer in the classic Iliad. It dates back to approximately 3,000 BC and has been the site of nine different cities through the thousands of years it has been in existence. Upon entering Troy, a large wooden Trojan horse full-scale reproduction will dominate your view. You'll definitely want to climb up and get your picture taken! There is also a small museum on-site to help you get oriented.
* Assos is a seaside ancient village where Aristotle lived and opened his famed Academy, and was visited by St. Paul. The early settlers built a Doric Temple to Athena in 530 BC. It is possible to see much of the surrounding area from the top of a Trachyte Crag. From this temple, it is possible to see Lesbos Island in the south, Pergamum to the southeast, and Mount Ida of Phrygia in the east. You will also see the dramatic city gate featuring two massive Hellenic-style columns.
Overnight in Canakkale
Day 3 - Canakkale to Istanbul - (B)
After breakfast, we will provide a bus transfer for you to Istanbul. Arriving in istanbul will mark the end of this program.
(We can also provide bus transfer to any other destination.)
Prices are starting from 285 Euros per person in a double, contact us to get a price quote for your dates
* 2 nights' accommodation at a centrally-located 4-star hotel
* Professional, English-speaking tour guides
All land transfers
* Entrance fees to Kabatepe Museum and Troy
* All meals mentioned in itinerary
* All taxes and service charges
* Drinks with meals
* Tips to the guide or driver
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