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Hellespont Swimming Wilusa Travel Agency is the only and authorized company in Turkey to bring foreign swimmers to Hellespont Swim. This package programme also consists of Troy and Gallipoli tours. Wilusa Travel is the local, registered touri...
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Hellespont Swimming

Wilusa Travel Agency is the only and authorized company in Turkey to bring foreign swimmers to Hellespont Swim. This package programme also consists of Troy and Gallipoli tours. Wilusa Travel is the local, registered tourism company to organise this event in Turkey and SwimTrek is the world wide company to market and book clients to this event.

Mythology of Dardanelles

The name Dardanalles comes from Dardanus, mythical ancestor of nearby Troy. It was also called the Hellespont in ancient times. According to ancient writers, in mythology ,the name derives from Hele who fell from the back of the golden-fleeced ram while passing through the strait on the way to Colchis in the Black Sea. Despite unpredictable weather and swift surface currents, the Dardanelles has been a strategic water route and an object of conguest throughout history. Unlike the Bosphorus in İstanbul, there is no bridge today on the Dardanelles. In the 5 BC the Persian king Xerxes built a pantoon bridge which streched from Abydos to Sestos on his war against the Greeks. 

Hero and Leander

In mythology Hero and Leander were lovers. Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, lived in Sestos, leander lived in abydos, on the other side of the Hellespont (Dardanelles). Every night, guided by a lamp placed by Hero, Leander swam across the strait to be with her. One night a tempest arose, the lamp was extinguished and Leander drawned; when Hero saw her dead lover she commited suicide.

The story is the subject of Christopher Marrow’s unfinished poem “Hero and Leander” and Lord Byron’s “The Bride of Abydos”. 

The winds are high on Helle’s wave
As on that night of stormy weather
When love, who sent, forgot to save
The young the beautiful the brave
The lonely hope of Sestos’ daughter

Actually this legend inspired Lord Byron to Swim the Hellespont in 1810. To commemorate this crossing he wrote a poem, “Written after swimming from Sestos to Abydos”

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    Transfers

  • Istanbul Airport >> Çanakkale Hotel - for Hellespont Swim

    You can choose a shared transfer espeacially offered for SwimTrek guests on August 28 from Istanbul Airport to your accommodation options in Canakkale. From Departure to Arrival there are 2 options;Departure from Istanbul Airport: 14:00 Arrival to Canakkale Hotel: 20:45Departure from Istanbul Airport: 20:00 Arrival to Canakkale Hotel: 02:00 Read More





  • Canakkale Hotel >> Istanbul - for Hellespont Swim

    For Çanakkale Hotel to Airport: Please be at your hotel reception at 06.40, Arr. Istanbul Airport: 13:30, Sultanahmet: 14:00. | You can choose a date from August 29 to September 3. | Shared Return Transfer from Canakkale to Istanbul | Fri 31 Aug and Sat 1 Sep 2018; A shared return transfer from Canakkale to Istanbul is also available at the end of your trip on either Friday 31 August or Saturday 1 September 2018. The departure and arrival times for this transfer service are as follows: Çanakkale Hotels > Istanbul Airport 06:45 Approx. 13:30, Çanakkale Hotels > Sultanahmet (City Centre) 06:45 Approx. 14:00 Read More





    Tours

  • Gallipoli Battlefields Tour

    30,00
    EUR

    Things to Remember The Gallipoli battlefields are on the Gallipoli (Gelibolu) Peninsula, away from any towns or villages. There are no shops on the tour route so kit yourself with whatever you need beforehand. A snack box and toilet stop are part of the tour. The Gallipoli battlefields are actually quite a long way from the town of Gallipoli (nowadays 'Gelibolu') that gave its name to the peninsula, and hence the campaign. Çanakkale is therefore a more logical place to stay, offering more in the way of facilities and things to do when not on the tour. Çanakkale is a real Turkish town, not a tourist resort, with a fairly active cultural and social life.... Read More





  • Daily Troy Tour

    30,00
    EUR

    We take a minibus from Çanakkale down to the site of Troy. The trip takes 25 minutes each way. The tour of the site lasts about one hour. Most visitors find this quite adequate. We usually do a short stop at one other location on the way back in order to enjoy the majestic views of the historic Dardanelles Straits. The cost includes air-conditioned minibus, professional guide, and entrance fees... Read More





  • Bozcaada Island Swim

    30,00
    EUR

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    Accommodations

  • Çanak Hotel - 3 Stars

    Çanak Hotel
    Çanak Hotel is located in Canakkale city centre, only 150 metres from the ferry port and the sea. The hotel features a gym, terrace with Dardanelles views and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.All rooms have a balcony at Hotel Çanak and some of them offer sea views... Read More

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  • Kule Hotel - 3 Stars

    Kule Hotel
    The hotel is located at the entrance of Canakkale Pier, which is the iconic symbol of Çanakkale and which is the heart of the city and has the capacity of 40 rooms and 80 beds. While staying at our hotel, you can watch the historical texture and magnificent scenery of Çanakkale Bosphorus from both sides. You will be amazed to other side view "Kilitbahir" built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror who means the lock of the sea. You, our valued guests, will have an unforgettable holiday and you will feel comfort and comfort in your home with perfect service understanding. Read More

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  • Artur Hotel - 3 Stars

    Artur Hotel
    ARTUR HOTEL; the brand otel of Canakkale, which is a modern city of Marmara with thousands years of history from Troy term to the present, is at the service of our distinguished guests, with its sense of home comfort, modern and comfortable architectural design. Read More

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  • Hotel Akol - 4 Stars

    Akol Hotel
    GENERAL INFORMATIONS Overlooking the Dardanelles Strait, The Akol is located in the heart of Canakkale, only a few steps from the seaside. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a balcony and views of the water... Read More

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  • Truva Hotel - 4 Stars

    Buyuk Truva Hotel
    Buyuk Truva Hotel Canakkale is located in central Canakkale, right on the sea and close to shopping, cafes and restaurants. The ancient city of Troy is just a short drive from the hotel... Read More

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  • Kolin Hotel - 5 Stars

    Kolin Hotel
    Located on 86000 sq mt land, and 42000 sq mt building, KOLİN HOTEL ÇANAKKALE * * * * *with its 650 meter coast line, 274 rooms and 670 bed... Read More

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