Footsteps of Alexander the Great Turkey

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: A Historical Tour of Turkey

Have you ever dreamt of walking in the path of one of history’s greatest conquerors? Well, wonder no more! Turkey is the place to be if you want to re-live the epic journey of Alexander the Great. From historical ruins to epic battles, this gorgeous country has it all. Here are some places that will take you back in time.

1. Troy: The Legendary City

Troy Trojan Horse

Troy Trojan Horse

We first stop at ancient city called Troy. Remember a story about a wooden horse in mythology? Yes, that is right! Looking at it, even though it might not be original wooden horse; but for sure there are ruins and they have history attached to them. It is just possible to imagine wandering through what remains of walls which were once venues for great wars fought many years ago.

Current Tip: It is well maintained with clear pathways and informative plaques on site. Contact us to find a local guide who knows interesting anecdotes and insights about this place.

2. Pergamon: The Ancient Acropolis

Pergamon

Pergamon

The next stopover is Pergamon, a former cultural center of magnitude. The site is located on top of a hill, thus offering stunning scenes and extraordinary ruins. What stands out here is the Altar of Zeus, which was so awesome that some parts were carried to Berlin (don’t worry – we still have the originals right here in Turkey!).

Current Tip: Be sure to wear comfy shoes; the site is huge and requires some walking uphill. In case you don’t want to get tired before exploring the ruins, there’s a cable car.

3. Ephesus: The City of Artemis

Library of Celsus in Ephesus

Library of Celsus in Ephesus

Ephesus should be in any touristic calendar for those who are interested in history. Once the home of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this city has turned into an open air museum. Take leisurely walks along streets paved with marble, visit a grand amphitheater and don’t miss admiring Library of Celsius.

Current Tip: Come early in order to avoid crowds and heat. It opens at 8am sharp; trust me it’s worth getting up early for.

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4. Antalya: The Gateway to the Lycian Way

Antalya Duden Waterfalls

Antalya Duden Waterfalls

The journey of ours will not be complete without visiting Antalya, which is a beautiful coastal city that acts as a door way for Lycian Way. The former trade route has been overshadowed by the ruins, tombs and the breath-taking views of the shores but it’s not connected directly with Alexander somehow this is an amazing way to explore ancient history and natural beauty in Turkey.

Current Tip: If you can, spend a few days here. The beaches are stunning and there are loads of great hiking trails for those who like adventure.

5. Gordion: The knot untied by Alexander the Great

Gordium Tomb of King Midas

Gordium Tomb of King Midas

The phrase “cutting the Gordian Knot” ever rang a bell? Well this is where it all began from; Alexander the Great came to Gordium and solved what seemed an impossible puzzle by cutting off with his sword. Although these ruins may not be as extensive as Ephesus or Troy but they bear just as rich history as does these places also.

While you’re here you must see King Midas‘ tomb (yes, from the legendary golden touch!) and explore ancient ruins that date back to early Iron Age.

Current Tip: Because it’s off-the-beaten-path, it’s less crowded there. Take your time exploring history and enjoy the quietness around.

Turkey is a country where ancient and modern times blend seamlessly together. Going on Alexander the Great’s footsteps gives one an opportunity not only to plunge into history but also to experience diverse cultures thriving throughout its lively streets and astonishing sceneries found in this incredible country so don’t forget your suitcase or baggage full of clothes plus brush up on your historical facts for an indelible travel!

See you on road!

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