Tuesday – Dalyan 81 km
It was at Canakkale that Leander swam what was then called the Hellespont to his love Hero whose legend was narrated by Lord Bryon as a romantic feat. We continue on the south road for 12km to Guzelyali, and then off-road onto Troy (now called Truva). Evocative of the epic struggle highlighted in the Iliad, Troy was believed to be only a work of Homer’s imagination until nine levels of civilization were unearthed in the 1870 archaeological excavation work. The second bottom layer, where a great deal of treasure was found, is believed to be Homer’s Troy. We continue to Geyikli and onto our hotel at Kestanbol.
The ancient city of Troy lies across the Gallipoli Peninsula in Thrace, Turkey’s European Part. With its rugged cliffs, pretty hills and flat plains, the area’s stunning natural beauty and wealth of historical treasures help to give it a magical air.
Troy’s history, made famous by Homer’s poems, Iliad and The Odyssey, was for a long time thought to have been based on Greek mythology. However, in the 1860’s, archaeological digs in the Çanakkale province of modern Turkey discovered ancient ruins which are thought to be that of the ancient city of Troy, subject of legend and literature and the site of the Trojan War. Troy became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, and is worth visiting for its ruins- some of which date back to about 3000BC- as well as its ancient walls, beautiful scenery and its close proximity to the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli.
Troy is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the world. This ancient site, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is set on great plains and contains the remnants of nine different periods of settlement which date back as far as the Bronze Age. Among the jumble of ruins is foundations of houses, the old city walls, the Temple of Athena and a theatre; there are boards which explain the ruins. The Troy site was first excavated in 1868 by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who unfortunately destroyed much of it in the process.
The site itself is beautiful, with views of the Dardanelles and the surrounding hills. A wooden replica of the Trojan horse has also been erected on site and visitors are free to wander around an inside it. Some of the artifacts excavated from the Troy site are available for viewing at the nearby Çanakkale Archaeological Museum.
Accommodation : Overnight stay in Kestanbol