More than just a launching pad for visits to Gallipoli and Troy, Canakkale is a lively seaside port on the Dardanelles that’s an ideal destination for day trips from Istanbul.

The waterfront promenade is the place to be in summer, thronged with visitors enjoying the sunshine, outdoor bars and restaurants, and water views. The multistory clock tower near the harbor is a Canakkale landmark, built in 1897.

The town’s Military Museum includes Gallipoli exhibits, and Canakkale’s Cimenlik castle that was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452. The archaeology museum has prized displays from Troy and Assos, and the cannons dotted around town are from WWI.

You’ll also see a grand model of a Trojan Horse in Canakkale, left over from the 2004 movie Troy, and a model of the ancient city.

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2-Day Small-Group Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul

4.5 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Step back in time at Gallipoli and Troy on this enlightening 2-day tour from Istanbul, including round-trip transport, three meals and overnight accommodation. ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $239.99

7-Day Turkey Classics Tour from Istanbul: Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Ankara

Tick through Turkey’s classic sights on this spellbinding 7-day tour that starts and finishes in Istanbul. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an expert ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $624.89
$735.16 Save $110.27

3-Day Tour from Istanbul to Kusadasi: Troy, Gallipoli and Ephesus

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Blend Turkish history with must-see sights on a 3-day tour from Istanbul to Kusadasi! With an expert guide, visit the poignant World War I battlefields —  ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $490.00

4-Day ANZAC Tour: Istanbul, Gallipoli and Troy

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

If you only have a few days in Turkey and want to see the major highlights, this is the tour for you. This four-day trip takes you to Troy, Gallipoli and ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

From USD $393.75

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