Cruises from Dardanelles
The Dardanelles is a narrow strait in NW Turkey, connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Like the Bosphorus, it separates Europe and the mainland of Asia. Of great strategic importance, it was crossed by Alexander the Great in 334 BC, was part of the Byzantine Empire until the 14th century, and was the scene of an Allied campaign in WWI. Today, the Gallipoli battlefields are silent, preserved as a national historic park strewn with marble and bronze monuments, among the most emotionally touching places in Turkey.
The strait is also rich with legend, such as the legend of the mythical princess Helle, who gave the straits the ancient name of Hellespont.