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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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    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

    25,00
    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





    Accommodations

  • Grand Anzac Hotel - 3 Stars

    Grand Anzac Hotel
    Continuous improvement in order to respond and satisfy the ever-changing needs and requirements of our customers is the heart of all our efforts in Anzac Hotel. Doing so, ultimate customer satisfaction through high quality at reasonable rates is our main philosphy that lies beneath... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hotel Yasmak Sultan - 4 Stars

    Hotel Yasmak Sultan
    From our hotel you have easy access to all of the most important, most magical sights both of ancient Costantinople and modern Istanbul. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar are at your doorstep. All that Istanbul's Old City Center has to offer is within walking distance of the Yasmak Sultan Hotel... Read More

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