Turkey has been called “The Crossroads of the Civilizations”. The numerous escorted tours will help you discover the most popular destinations in Turkey. There is something for everyone, history, archaeology, nature, markets, diving.
Your guide points out the highlights and shares with you inside information only a native would know. You don’t have to worry about restaurants, hotels, driving, getting lost, etc.
Escorted tours to Turkey are filled with old and complex history, incredible archeological ruins and unusual scenery.
See Istanbul, the only city in the world that bridges Europe and Asia.
In Cappadocia you’ll be in awe of the chimney-like rock formations that are part of the rugged landscape. Visit the Byzantine churches of Goreme carved into the cliffs and caves with colorful frescoes dating to the 7th century. Walk in the footsteps of early Christians during your visit of the underground city which is 8 stories beneath the surface of earth. You’ll find wine cellars, classrooms and tombs where early Christians lived for months at a time undetected.
Antalya where you’ll find mosaic walkways, extensive ruins including a stadium where 15,000 spectators would cheer. Aspendos has one of the best preserved theaters in the world with acoustics so fine that a coin dropped on stage can be heard in the last row.
Visit Ephesus, highlight of every escorted tours to Turkey. It is one of the most magnificent and best-preserved ancient sites in the world. You will be captivated by this site. Ancient historians believed that Ephesus was founded by the Amazons, but now believed to have been the Hittite city of Apasa. It is said that The Virgin Mary visited the site between 37 and 45 A.D.
Pamukkale is known as the “cotton castles”. From hot springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created a “Cotton Castle”. Amazing!
The waters of Pamukkale have been known to be therapeutic since antiquity. The waters’ s temperature is about 35 celcius at the point where it springs. The water contains calcium bicarbonates, calcium sulphates, sodium, magnesium, carbon dioxide and is useful for heart disease, hypertension, rheumatism, urinary infections as well as skin, kidney and eye infections. You can take a bath in the TERRACES of Pamukkale.
And would you like to visit the ruins of Troy and see the famous Wooden Horse? Some escorted tours to Turkey include these famous highlights.
Interesting Facts about Turkey
- Turkey’s history goes back ten thousand years
- The sun shines three hundred days in a year
- It has five Thousand miles of coast line
- One of the most controversial cultural representation of our time!
- The only city in the world located on two continents is Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman for more than 2000 years.
- The oldest shipwreck (3000 years old, Bronze Age) in the World was discovered in 1982 in Kas/Uluburun.
- The first and the only Underwater-Archaeology Museum in the World is in Bodrum.
- Baklava (famous dessert) is Turkish not Greek.
- World’s biggest underground city is in Cappadocia. Imagine, escorted tours to Turkey will get you there.
- The number of archaeological excavations going on in Turkey every year is at least 150.
- The oldest known human settlement is in Catalhoyuk, Turkey (7500 BC).
- Julius Ceasar proclaimed his celebrated words, “Veni, Vidi, Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered) in Turkey when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black Sea region of Turkey.
- Turks introduced coffee to Europe.
- Turks gave the Dutch their famous tulips.
- According to legend, Noah’s Ark landed on Agri Dagi (Mount Ararat) in Eastern Turkey.
- The last meal on Noah’s Ark, a pudding with nearly 20 ingredients, is still served throughout Turkey.
- The last home of Virgin Mary is in Selcuk.
- St. John, St. Nicholas, St. Paul and St. Peter have all lived and prayed in Southern Anatolia.
- Part of Turkey’s southwestern shore was a wedding gift that Mark Anthony gave to Cleopatra.
- Homer was born in Izmir on the west coast of Turkey and he depicted Troy in his Epic the Iliad.
- Aesop, famous for his fables and parables, was born in Anatolia.
- Early Christians escaping Roman persecution nearly 2000 years ago sheltered in Cappadocia in Central Anatolia.
- The Famous Trojan Wars took place in western Turkey, around the site where a wooden statue of the Trojan Horse rests today.
- The first church built by man (St. Peter’s Church) is in Antioch (Antakya).
- Turkey provides 70% of the world’s hazelnuts.
- Istanbul has a 540-year-old covered shopping mall of 64 streets, 4000 shops, 22 entrances and 25,000 workers, -the famous Grand Bazaar.
- Anatolia is the origin of the names of Paris, Philadelphia and Europe