F i n a l V e r s i o n :
Please download the InSEA World Congress Programme and Book of Abstracts which also includes other valuable information.
Welcome Reception at the Troy Museum
-Monday, September 4, free for all registered InSEA World Congress participants, bring your congress badge-
At 4-4:15pm, shuttle buses leave the congress venue to Troy Museum (27km, 30min bus trip)
Explore the treasures of ancient Troy and learn more about the myth of the Trojan War that has captivated people for thousands of years! The excavation site can be visited at another day (see tours below).
InSEA World Councilors will join us at 6pm for the Welcome Reception with the museum’s director, and representatives from the mayor’s as well as the governor’s office.
Around 8:30pm: First shuttle buses start returning to the city center.
Dardanelles Sunset Cruise
-Tuesday, September 5, approx. 6pm, free for all registered InSEA World Congress participants; bring your InSEA Congress Badge-
Meet us at the Ferry Pier (“Iskele”) around 6pm at the city center!
While cruising the Dardanelles with a typical ferryboat, we will learn more about one of the world's narrowest straits used for international navigation, as well as its great importance throughout history. Music and refreshments will be provided.
-Thursday, September 7, not included in your registration fee-
Make sure to book your seat and join us at the InSEA World Congress 2023 Gala Dinner at a rooftop-restaurant at the Çanakkale seaside promenade (Kordon), enjoying sweeping views, good company, and delicious food.
Whirling Dervish Ceremony
-Friday, September 8th, free for all InSEA World Congress participants, bring your congress badge-
Get swept away by Mevlevi Dervishes of Çanakkale performing the mystical Sufi ceremony known as a sema at the Mevlana Kültür ve Sanat Evi
Here is what you should know before attending a whirling dervish ceremony in Turkey: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/heres-what-you-should-know-before-attending-a-whirling-dervish-ceremony-in-turkey/2019/04/11/1af4bbac-57af-11e9-9136-f8e636f1f6df_story.html
REGISTERED congress participants will have the opportunity to book the following tours on-site at the InSEA World Congress Venue (10 persons minimum group size):
Troy Museum & UNESCO World Heritage Troy Excavation Site
With a lineage of over 4,000 years, Troy is often quoted as the center of ancient civilization. For many years a fabled city, it was only rediscovered in the 19th Century near the modern city of Çanakkale and is a must visit in order to appreciate the importance of the strait and Troy’s position on it. Learn more https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/849/#:~:text=Outstanding%20Universal%20Value&text=The%20Archaeological%20Site%20of%20Troy,and%20the%20burgeoning%20Mediterranean%20world
Charming Assos is nestled on the shores of the Gulf of Edremit. Ancient Assos (today Behramkale) reached the pinnacle of its glory when Plato’s protégé, Aristotle, founded a school of philosophy here in 340 BC. St. Paul is reputed to have passed through Assos on his third biblic journey. After the fall of the Byzantine empire the town’s commercial fortunes declined, but the Archaeology Department of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (with its excavation centre in Assos) unearthed many big and small treasures from this period. Find out more at https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/6242/
Island of Bozcaada
The beautiful, windy, little island of Bozcaada (https://nymag.com/travel/2018/04/island-vacation-ideas-summer-2018.html), is covered in vineyards. New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/travel/on-a-turkish-isle-winds-tend-the-vines.html) listed Bozcaada Island under the “52 places to go in 2017” and you’ll find out for yourself why.
Every year thousands of visitors from all over the world, particularly Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France as well as Turkey follow in the footsteps of the Allied troops and pay their respects at the WWI battlefields at Gallipoli peninsula (Gelibolu in Turkish) on ANZAC day. The region has three museums and is dotted with cemeteries and monuments. Even if you are not overly interested in military matters, it’s still worth visiting for the natural beauty of the site. Today the Gallipoli battlefields are peaceful places covered in scrubby brush and pine forests, with many quiet coves and sandy beaches and several luscious vineyards.
Book our Transfer Bus for Sunday, Sept. 3rd and Saturday, Sept. 9th
We ask you to book your (non-refundable) ticket on our shared transfer latest by August 15th.
Step-by-step instructions for booking a Ticket for our Shuttle Bus from Istanbul to Çanakkale (and back):
Directions for finding our Shuttle Bus at the Arrival Level--due to limited space, make sure you booked your ticket BEFORE the trip:
IF you are returing to the airport for the shuttle by taxi, please tell/ show your taxi driver "Dis Hatlar Gelis Kati, 14 numerali Kapi" (international arrivals, gate 14).
Book a Public Bus
Book a Public Bus from Istanbul [IST] Airport and Back
If your flight arrival does not coincide with the shared transfer service, we recommend booking a bus ticket with the following companies. We calculate at least 2 hours between the arrival time of your flight AND the departure of the shuttle bus (this time frame also allows for a bit of a possible delay of your flight).
Traveling from the airport to Çanakkale requires booking with two different trips.
1. leg: departing Istanbul Airport (havalimani in Turkish) to the city of Tekirdag. Travel time: 2-2.5 hours (depending on the time of the day).
2. leg: Tekirdag to Canakkale, travel time 3 to 3.5 hours.
Instructions on how to book your public bus ticket from Istanbul International Airport to the city of Tekirdag
For the (second leg of) your trip, from Tekirdag to Çanakkale, go to https://www.obilet.com/en and select FROM “Tekirdag Turkey” TO “Canakkale Turkey” and your preferred departure date and time. You should calculate 30minutes between your two buses.
If your flight DEPARTURE does not coincide with the shared transfer service on Sept 9th, we recommend booking your return ticket the same way following instructions above: Go to https://www.obilet.com/en and select FROM “Canakkale Turkey” to “Tekirdag Turkey”. and the second ticket from “Tekirdag” to “Istanbul Airport”
WHERE do I find the Istanbul Seyahat public bus (as well as buses into Istanbul city center) at Istanbul Airport?
Exit the baggage area
Turn left and walk towards Exit 9
When arriving at exit 9, take the elevator to Level -2 (public bus level)
At Level -2, you will see an information board where you can check bus schedules and other prices (taxi, metro, etc.)
Istanbul Seyahat buses and platforms are listed on the right side, and usually depart to Tekirdag on platform 18.
Book a Public Bus from Istanbul city center to Çanakkale (and Back)
What if I booked a flight to Sabiha Gökçen Airport?
Sabiha Gökçen Airport is a smaller airport on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Please keep in mind that international travellers must have a valid passport (at least 6 months from the date of your arrival) to enter the country. Tourist visa requirements vary depending on which country you are travelling from. Through the Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System, tourists travelling to Turkey can easily obtain their e-Visa online in just a few minutes (www.evisa.gov.tr).
For specific information on travel documents required to visit Turkey from other countries please visit the Government of Türkiye website at: https://www.mfa.gov.tr