The Troy Culture Route Project is carried out by the Çanakkale History and Culture Foundation (ÇATKAV) and the Governorship of Çanakkale and aims to preserve the cultural identity and heritage of the villages from Çanakkale to Assos, while strengthening the relation among visitors and the community. Troy Culture Route Project is supported by Future is in Tourism which is implemented with the partnership of Ministry of Culture and Tourism, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Anadolu Efes.

The project’s goal is to implement the 120 km route that contains ancient trails between Çanakkale and Assos with a sustainable tourism approach, make the route available for trekking and biking and bring social and economic development to the villages on its way as a result.

Travellers nowadays prefer to take vacations where they get to appreciate the cultural, historical and natural values simultaneously, and where they can spend time with the locals and experience the provincial life. In this context, trekking and biking trails incorporate the historical, natural and cultural values and form an important part of sustainable tourism, and so their numbers increase by the day.

The phisibility research for the trails of the Troy Culture Route Project resulted in the identification of two different legs. The first leg which is a 120 km route, will start in Troy and end in Assos and will be completed as part of the “Future is in Tourism” by the end of 2018. Thus, the first cultural route of the region at international standards, with rewarding views, and one that provides a combination of the distinct archeological, historical, cultural and natural assets will be formed.

Direction signs and road markings are put up along the Troy Culture Route and an environmental cleanup is also carried out. A route map and guide book will also be released by the end of 2018. The route will also be accessible via the internet and GPS-based applications. The tourism establishments and initiatives on the route will be marked on this map hence will be made visible.

Trainings is also provided for the local communities in the large region that

the Project covers, which includes Çanakkale, the ancient harbour of Dalyan village, Tavaklı, Babadere, Kösedere, Tuzla, Gülpınar, Kocaköy, Bademli, Koyunevi, Balabanlı, Bektaş, Kuruoba, Korubaşı, Behramkale and the ancient Harbour or Assos, on sustainable tourism, bed and breakfast running, regulations and about preserving the cultural and natural values around them.

The Project is being realised in the same year as the Year of Troy 2018 and is expected to contribute to the cultural and touristic values of the region and increase its tourism potential.

What are the benefits of the Troy Culture Route?

It will create a linkage between the cultural and natural assets of the region with a route hence contribute to the diversification of tourism activities.

It will increase the vacation durations of the tourists, as a result will revive the tourism and sub-sectors such as the accommodation, food and beverage, souvenir making

and selling and agricultural product marketing and will contribute to the local economy.

It will make the rich cultural and natural values of the region more visible and accessible.

The outputs of the region that currently relies on agriculture and stockbreeding will be integrated to tourism.

In the medium to long term, the tourism potential of the region will improve and thus, the tourism capacity of the local establishments will increase. This, in turn, will mean increased presence for the local community in tourism related work.

It will help enable local establishments to provide services in a sustainable way so that the tourism quality will rise.

Troy Culture route Project is run by the valuable contributions of experts on archeology, culture and tourism and with the kind support of the Governorship of Çanakkale that activates the public institutions in the region for the realization of the Project. The Project is carried out by ÇATKAV and the contributors are as fallows: Assist. Prof. Mustafa Boz (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Uni. Tourism Faculty), Prof. Rüstem Aslan (Head of Troy Excavations), Seyhan Boztepe (Assist. Prof. At the Fine Arts Faculty of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Uni.) and Deniz Erbaş (Project management Expert). The culture route and tourism experts that are building the route are Ilhan Varlık and Hakan Karan.