This itinerary describes our 2014 tour in Turkey.
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details about our 2017 hiking and cultural tours.
Highlights: Istanbul, Antalya, Lycia and Aegean coast cruise, Nemrut Dag, Eastern Turkey to Trabzon on the Black Sea
Magnificent blue tiled mosques and Ottoman palaces , pure turquoise seas, rocky, forested mountains and spectacular geological oddities -- Turkey is all this. Spectacular discoveries abound on Turkey’s southwest coast and mountains. You can join the optional guided hikes, or just enjoy the ancient historical sites and scenic views. We'll leave the bus for several days of cruising the Turquoise coast in a gulet (Turkish yacht) offering unique views of the often inaccessible Turkish coast. Each day we’ll drop anchor and explore, with swimming, hiking and other activities. Other highlights include visits to unexcavated ruins and tracing Roman aqueducts, Silk Road caravan paths and goat herders’ trails. We'll explore isolated, less visited ruins of once prosperous city states such as Xanthos, Selge, Phaselis, Antiphellos and Patara After the flaming rocks at Chimaera, amid the spring profusion of oleander, anemones, poppies, and other wildflowers, we'll travel to Konya, the shrine of Rumi, founder of the whirling dervishes, then see the and prehistoric site Catal Hoyuk.
Cappadocia will be our base for several days exploring troglodyte caves and underground cities. Pottery and carpet weaving are among the many crafts to be found here. Then we'll move to the less visited eastern desert and mountains, stopping first at the colossal Nemrut Dag. The ancient cities of Urfa, Diyarbakir and Van lead us to the picaresque Ishak Pasa palace and an enormous meteor crater near the Iranian border. Continuing north we'll visit the ruins of the medieval Armenian capital of Ani before crossing the Kackar mountains to Trabzon, the last outpost of the Byzantine empire.
This will be our 7th
trip to Turkey and we have hiked and
of the places we’ll be visiting.
The emphasis will be on
photography and moderate day hiking,
the actual group. The tour is organized by our friend,
Lutfi Atay, a National
by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism.
He has been our guide for our previous trips,
including a Mazamas outing
and will accompany us throughout this trip. We’ll stay in 3-4 star hotels,
with 2 night stays whenever possible. Almost
all meals are included. Breakfasts
and most other meals give you a wide range of choices from Continental and
Turkish regional specialties. We’ll travel in an air conditioned,
private minibus. It
will take us to and from trailheads
and ancient sites each day.
34 Days in Turkey
Itinerary details: 34 Days in Turkey
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