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Istanbul: Once known as the capital of capital cities, has many unique features. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital for 3 mighty Empires Roman, Byzantine & Ottoman. Istanbul still remains the commercial, historical & cultural pulse of Turkey, Ancient & modern, religious & secular, Asia & Europe, mystical & earthly all co-exist here.

Antalya: Offering all the mysticism of past in our day, is now called the “Turkish Riviera” due to its natural beauties & its perfect climate throughout the year. Antalya is the place where sea, sun, history & nature constitute a perfect harmony. Antalya features a shoreline of 657 km with beaches, ports & ancient cities scattered throughout. An ideal location for visiting nearby Side & Aspendos.

Kusadasi: One of Turkey’s principle holiday resorts, offers an excellent environment for an unforgettable holiday. Situated on the west coast of Turkey, 90km south of Izmir, Kusadasi, is reputed for one of the most attractive city of the Aegean, as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus, Didyma, Priene, Miletos the principals of ancient times & ideal for sightseers.

Bursa: Bursa is a beautiful province in the Marmara region of Turkey, where you can relax in the lazy warmth of the summer sun. Situated at the foot of Mt. Uludag, the place owns the title green from the vivacious greenery of its gardens & parks. Bursa is well-known with its hot springs since Byzantine era. The famous Turkish Baths are located all over the town in all the hotels.It is the 4th largest city of Turkey.

Ankara: Ankara is the capital of Turkey & the country’s second largest city after Istanbul. Centrally located in Anatolia, Ankara is an important commercial & industrial city. It is the center of the Turkish Government & houses all foreign embassies. It is an important crossroads of trade, strategically located at the center of Turkey’s highway & railway networks& serves as the marketing center for the surrounding agricultural area.

Gallipoli: The Gallipoli peninsula is located in Turkish Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west & the Dardanelles to the east. It was here for nearly 9 months in 1915 soldiers from every corner of the planet fought, against the Turks in an effort to open the Dardanelles for their war ships. A visit to the battlefields has become a pilgrimage for ANZAC nations.

Bodrum: Situated on a beautiful peninsula, Bodrum, home of the famous Greek historian Herodotus, is these days better known as a popular holiday resort with non-stop nightlife. Enchanting villages of houses painted in white & trimmed with purple bougainvillea together with miles of sandy beaches & ideal locations for water sports. The medieval Crusaders Castle is the worlds largest underwater archaeology museum.

Dalyan: Dalyan is a town located between the well-known districts of Marmaris & Fethiye. Dalyan’s Iztuzu Beach, a breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle species. Life in Dalyan revolves around the Dalyan River which flows past the town. The boats that ply up & down the river, navigating the maze of reeds, are the preferred means of transport to all the local sites.

Didim: Today Didyma, is a small village close to the sea and praised by tourists and Turks on holiday for its golden sandy beaches. The sea however is not the only attraction for tourists, more so the ruins of the famous Temple of Apollo, a superb example of architecture dating from the Greco – Roman period & a sign of grandeur of this area, outstanding for culture & art.

Ephesus: Ephesus was established as a port & used to be the most important commercial centre of Asia Minor. It played a great role in the ancient times with its strategic location. Ephesus is located on a very fertile valley. Once, the trade centre of the ancient world, a religious centre of the early Christianity & today, the ancient city is located near Selcuk & Kusadasi. Nearby are the ruins of Artemis Temple.

Fethiye: The Lycian civilisation left it’s mark as carved rock tombs in Fethiye’s cliffs. The lovely marina & water front area a hive of activity with sleek yachts, traditional Turkish Gulets & pleasure crafts in & around Fethiye. Olu Deniz is very famous as it is probably the most photographed beach in Turkey if not Europe, by paragliders taking off from the nearby summits. OluDeniz offers an experience to behold.

Simena: The city is a charming mix of ancient, medieval & modern history making it interesting as well as beautiful. In ancient times Simena was a small fishing village & was later an outpost of the Knights of Rhodes. Here used to be a village, part of it sank under the surface as a result of an earthquake. From the village of Ucagiz it is possible to see these ruins by glass bottom boats.

The town of Marmaris is located at the meeting place of the Aegean & Mediterranean seas, on the world’s largest natural harbour, surrounded by pine-clad hills. Situated in southwest Turkey, to the north lies the Gulf of Gokova, to the south the Mediterranean. All year round Marmaris is surrounded by blue & green. The hills running in to the sea & the beautiful bays make it very special.

Mount Nemrut was discovered in 1881. The site was constructed by Antiochus, who believed himself to be the descendent of Apollo so, he built a statue of himself along with those of Apollo, Zeus, Tyche & Hercules flanked by a lion & an eagle. An artificial mountain peak of rock 50 mts high is piled between the two ledges of the gods & some suspect Antiochus’ tomb may be underneath it.

Pamukkale is famous not only for the beauty of its unique geological formations but also for its historical remains. The calcium oxide-rich waters flowing down the slope of Caldag located north of the ruins have, over the millennia, built up deposits of white travertine on the plateau thus fully justifying both the site’s ancient name of Hierapolis (Holy City) & its modern one of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle).

Safranbolu displays its extremely rich historical & cultural heritage through 1008 architectural structures displaying a good example of Turkish architecture, all preserved in their original environment. Safranbolu was placed in the world Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO in appreciation of the successful efforts in the preservation of its heritage as a whole.

Situated in the south central region of the vast Anatolian steppe, the city of Konya is famous far beyond the borders of Turkey. The city’s renown derives from the nearby ruins of Catalhoyuk & more so, from the shrine of Rumi, the great Sufi poet. Remains of ancient settlements have been discovered on the Konya plain, giving evidence that humans have long favoured this region.

Sile is a nice little seaside resort on the Black Sea Coast. Due to its convenient location close to Istanbul it is especially popular among weekend trippers who want to escape the hot city. Therefore Sile can transform from a pleasant, quite beach resort to a crowded, lively party destination during high summer weekends. Nevertheless Sile retains its harbour town charm with many authentic restaurants.

Situated in a very beautiful & natural setting, Sumela Monastery built in the 14th century is nestled into the side of rocks in a famous valley in Macka. The setting is 1200 mts above the sea level. Two Greek monks, Barnaby & Sophronios started the original building. The 7th century icon apparently painted by an anonymous Trabzon artist became the symbol of the monastery.

Immortalized by the writings of Homer, the legendary city of Troy invites you with its picturesque settings & historical ruins. While on vacation in Turkey, an excursion to this ancient city will give you the opportunity to savor the striking scenery & wealth of archaeological sites of a long lost kingdom. If mythology is what intrigues you or if you are an avid literature lover, Troy is the perfect place.

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