Assos Tour; day tours from Canakkale and from Istanbul to Assos – Behramkale. Temple of Athena, Aristotle, St. Paul and more…
Tour Type: Cultural, Private, Other
Transportation Method: Private car with a private driver.
Activity Level: Light
‘You must be able to get in and out of a car’.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Assos Tour Visits:
- Acropolis with a stunning view
- Temple of Athena
- City walls
- Ottoman Mosque
- Necropolis, Theatre
- Ancient harbour
Assos Tour from Canakkale
Meet up location: Canakkale airport or your hotel.
End location: Canakkale airport or your hotel.
Duration: 8 hours
5-6 Hours touring in Assos
Assos Tour from Istanbul
Meet up location: Istanbul airport or your hotel.
End location: Istanbul airport or your hotel.
6 hours from Istanbul to Canakkale.
6 hours from Canakkale to Istanbul.
4 Hours touring in Assos.
Assos Tour Price
What is included on Private Assos Tour
Transfers: All transfers with a private car.
Lunch: Fish, Salat, Water and Bread
Guiding: All guiding in Assos.
Driver: All payment for the car and the driver included.
Legal Docs: All legal Documents such as TURSAB, local trav
Fees: Entrance fees of Assos
What is Extra
Drinks at lunch
About the Assos
Assos, also known as Behramkale or for short Behram, is a small historically rich town in the Ayvacık district of the Çanakkale Province, Turkey.
After leaving the Platonic Academy in Athens, Aristotle (joined by Xenocrates) went to Assos, where he was welcomed by King Hermias, and opened an Academy in this city. Aristotle also married Pythias, the adopted daughter of Hermias. In the Academy of Assos, Aristotle became a chief to a group of philosophers, and together with them, he made innovative observations on zoology and biology. When the Persians attacked Assos, KingHermias was caught and put to death. Aristotle fled to Macedonia, which was ruled by his friend King Philip II of Macedon. There, he tutored Philip’s son, Alexander the Great. There is a modern statue of Aristotle at the town entrance.
The Acts of the Apostles refers to visits by Luke the Evangelist and Paul the Apostle to Assos.
Today, Assos is an Aegean-coast seaside retreat amid ancient ruins.
Geography of Assos
Though officially named Behramkale (pronounced [behˈramkale]), most people still call the town by its ancient name of Assos. The town is on the southern side of Biga Peninsula, better known by its ancient name, Troad. The town is located on the coast of the Adramyttian Gulf (Turkish: Edremit Körfezi).
It is possible to see much of the surrounding area from the ancient Temple of Athena, built on top of a trachyte crag. From this temple, it is possible on a clear day to see nearby Lesbos in the south, Pergamum in the southeast, and Mount Ida of Phrygia in the east. To the north, the Tuzla River flows. To the northwest, there is the gate to the city of two massive Hellenic columns that still exist today.
Assos had a harbour, which was the only good harbour on the 80 kilometres (50 mi) of the north coast of the Adramyttian Gulf. This made Assos a key shipping station through the Troad.
History of Assos
The city was founded from 1000 to 900 BC by Aeolian colonists from Lesbos, who specifically are said to have come from Methymna. The settlers built a Doric Temple to Athena on top of the crag in 530 BC. From this temple Hermias of Atarneus, a student of Plato, ruled Assos, the Troad and Lesbos for a period of time, under which the city experienced its greatest prosperity. (Strangely, Hermias was actually the slave of the ruler of Atarneus.) Under his rule, he encouraged philosophers to move to the city. As part of this, in 348 BC Aristotle came here and married King Hermeias‘s niece, Pythia, before leaving for Lesbos three years later in 345 BC. This ‘golden period’ of Assos ended several years later when the Persians arrived, and subsequently tortured Hermias to death.
The Persians were driven out by Alexander the Great in 334 BC. Between 241 and 133 BC, the city was ruled by the Kings of Pergamon. However, in 133 BC, the Pergamons lost control of the city as it was absorbed by the Roman Empire.
St. Paul also visited the city during his third missionary journey through Asia Minor, which was between 53-57 AD, on his way to Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. Acts 20 records that Luke the Evangelist and his companions (‘we’) “went ahead to the ship and sailed [from Troas] to Assos, there intending to take Paul on board … and when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene“.
From this period onwards, Assos shrunk to a small village, as it has remained ever since. Ruins around Assoscontinue to be excavated.
The pillars from the ancient port lay in the harbor for over a millennia. Eventually they were probably sold.
In the early 1900s an attempt was made to move the contents of the Temple of Athena. Much of the art has been moved to museums like the Louvre. The art found includes pictures both of mythical creatures and heraldic events.