Cruise Port Atlas | Canakkale (Troy), Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

Canakkale (Troy), Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Canakkale: Star Clippers, Voyages to Antiquity, Crystal, Paul Gauguin, Seabourn

Key Attractions: Cimenlik Castle, Military Marine Museum, Minelayer Nusret Archaeological Museum, Kilitbahir Castle, Guzelyali, Ancient Troy, Troa, Hisarlik Hill, Roman Odeon, Gallipoli Battlefields, ANZAC Cove, Epic Simulation Center and Museum

Canakkale Attractions

Canakkale Cruise Berth to Cimenlik Castle / Military Museum - 0.6 KM, 2 minutes, 6 minute walk
Canakkale Cruise Berth to Ferry Terminal - 0.4 KM, 2 minutes, 5 minute walk
Canakkale Cruise Berth to Archaeological Museum - 2.3 KM, 7 minutes
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Guarding the narrow straits are two Ottoman castles, Cimenlik Castle on the Canakkale side and Kilitbahir Castle on the opposite shore. Both are worth visiting and were built by Sultan Mehmet II in the mid-15th century to guard against aggression by the Mediterranean powers. The castle and grounds of the Cimenlik Castle are now a Military and Marine museum. The most famous attraction is the World War I Turkish minelaying boat, the Nusret. In the southern part of the city is a small Archaeological Museum featuring relics from the region including some from Troy. Nearby are several nice beach resort areas including Guzelyali. Near the port at Canakkale is the model of the Trojan Horse used in the recent Brad Pitt film, Troy.



Photo by Edal Anton Lefterov of Trojan Horse used in the movie Troy

Ancient Troy and Assos

Canakkale Cruise Berth to Troy - 31 KM, 38 minutes
Canakkale Cruise Berth to Assos - 86 KM, 1 hour 30 minutes
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The UNESCO World Heritage Site Troy is an easy drive to the southwest from the port at Canakkale. Discovered by non-archaeologists significant damage was done to the site during the initial excavations, but recent work has uncovered layers of cities which existed on the spot during ancient times, including what is likely the site of the Battle of Troy described in Homer's Iliad. Most of the significant remains at the site are from later eras including a Roman theater from the 1st century BCE. Nine different cities occupying the site between 3000 BCE and Roman Ilium have been identified. Homer's Troy was most likely the one that existed around 1250 BCE, which archaeologists call Troy VII. This civilization was selected as Homer's Troy because ancient historians dated the battle to around the period and because the remains demonstrate that city was destroyed by war. Near the city is a modern replica of a Trojan horse.

During the 4th century after leaving the Platonic school in Athens, Aristotle moved to Assos and started a school of philosophy there. After the Persians conquered the area, he moved to Macedonia where he became the teacher of the boy who would become Alexander the Great. In the area of Assos are important Greek ruins including a Temple of Athena and a theater.



Photo of Troy's Walls by Adam Carr's mother, Photo of Assos Amphitheater by Vindobona

Gallipoli Battlefields

Ferry to Kilitbahir - 15-20 minutes Kilitbahir Ferry Terminal to Lone Pine Cemetery - 18 KM, 26 minutes
Kilitbahir Ferry Terminal to ANZAC Cove - 30 KM, 43 minutes
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While not so famous in the US, the Battle of Gallipoli is legendary in the history of England, Australia, New Zealand, France and of course, Turkey. While commonly called a battle, it was actually a nine month campaign and almost a war unto itself. In an effort to open a supply route to their ally Russia, France and England decided to take Constantinople (now Istanbul) by sailing up the Dardenelles. The Turks successfully mined the narrow straits and repulsed the British and French fleets. So the Allies decided to attack via the Gallipoli peninsula. A large contingent of Australian and New Zealand military (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps - ANZAC) were training at the time in Egypt. In April 1915 these forces along with French, English and smaller contigents from other United Kingdom colonial areas attempted to take the Dardenelles over land. The Turkish forces successfully blocked the attack and what followed was the devasting trench warfare that was experienced in Northwestern Europe during World War I. Among the leaders on the Turkish side was Kemal Attaturk who would later use his renown to become the first leader of Modern Turkey. In the end Gallipoli represents the most devastating Allied failure of World War I and the most heroic victory for the Turks. The peninsula is filled with battlefields, memorials, cemeteries and even a new Epic Simulation Center and Museum which is said to allow you to experience the campaign. ANZAC Cove is the most famous location in the area.



Photo of Attaturk Memorial by Romtobbi

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