One more Unesco World Heritage site in Turkey, that should be on your to do list, is Troy! The history books and Hollywood have taught us the legend of the wooden horse of Troy and the infamous love story of Helen and Paris. Steeped in over 4,000 years of history, here is your chance to step in the footsteps of the legends with the Troy day trip from Istanbul.
Troy or Truva is located in the Canakkale region of Turkey, which is also a site of more recent history, with the battlefields of World War I, and the invasion of the Allied troops along its shores, to the great loss and detriment of both Turkish and Allied troops.
Today in Troy, a new wooden horse commemorates the spot where the original would have been brought in past the city walls and heralded the downfall of this once great city. It is an exact replica of the Hollywood version. If this hasn’t whetted your appetite enough, the tour guide will tell you this and so much more along the route of the ancients.
In 2023, price of Troy Day Trip from Istanbul is 75 € for adults, 39 € for children between age 6 and 12, free for children at and under 5 years old.
Everyday, all year round from 06:30 to 20:30.
Your excursion will begin with an early morning pick up (approximately 06:30) from your hotel in Istanbul and a greeting from your guide when you board your modern coach. When everyone has been picked up, you will begin your journey south westerly to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Canakkale. With comfort stops along the way, you will reach the town of Eceabat where lunch will be served at an authentic Turkish restaurant and you will have the chance to taste traditionally cooked Turkish food. After lunch you head on to Troy itself.
Here you will see the Hollywood Trojan Horse, led to the spot within the city walls that signalled the downfall of that once great metropolis. You will be able to see the city walls themselves, built for the defense of this once monumental citadel. Troy was founded between 3000 BC and 2500 BC and boasted the greatest defences in the then known world. You will not only be able to see the defence walls but also the agora where ancient politics were agreed or disagreed, plus the sacrificial altars to the Gods, which were prevalent at that time.
After your visit to the Agora you will be shown the Torjan houses and altars that were once home and places of worship to the famous Trojan people. Of course you will be given interesting and information about their lives by your professional guide. Once you have discovered the legend of Helen of Troy and the famous attack on the city, you will return to your coach and begin the journey back to Istanbul.
Cost of Istanbul Troy Day Trip is 75 € for adults, 39 € for children between age 6 and 12, free for children at and under 5 years old in 2023.
Anyone, young or old, who love to walk in the path of history and legend.
It is perhaps not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties and families with very young children would find it unsuitable.
This is a very popular tour, going out seven days a week on demand.
Your air conditioned transport throughout the day. Professional English speaking guide, lunch and insurance, plus museum entries.
N.B. Any accompanying children must provide passport proof of age for entering museums.
Your personal expenditure throughout the tour. Drinks are also extra to ticket price as are snacks, other than lunch.
Appropriate and comfortable walking shoes are the first recommendation.
Comfortable clothing, a shawl or sweater for any colder weather (normally out of season).
Sun cream, sunglasses and sunhat are also a good idea.
Don’t forget your camera, with so many unique photo opportunities it would be a shame to miss out.
Do bring some money. Not only for extra snacks or drinks, but for any memorabilia you may wish to purchase along the way.
Your guide will be with you throughout the tour, and with an extensive knowledge of the area and its history, you are unlikely to miss a thing.