Troy Culture Route
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. Archaelogical studies show that this region is one of the routes that the Anatolian populations used to migrate tothe 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 Future is in Tourism Programme supports the Troy Culture Route and itstarts at Troy, the city made immortal by Homer’s verses in the Iliad. It is where Paris eloped with Hellen and where the Trojan Wars took place. It is home to Priam’s priceless treasures as per Schliemann and today is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The route is approximately 120 km long. It starts at the Antique City of Troy and ends at the Antique Harbour of Assos. Completing the entire route would take about 5-7 days depending on your pace in biking or hiking, the time spent at the villages, beaches and historical sites on the trail. The route consists of several stages, therefore it is also possible to do shorter or thematic tours.