Experience Turkey and Istanbul.
Looking for a different vacation
idea? Consider Turkey!
Turkey is an inexpensive place to
visit, and there are some extraordinary sights to see. Turkey is rich in
both history and ancient ruins. Ephesus, Pergamum, and Troy are just a few
of the ancient cities you can tour. Volcanic deposits in the east and
mineral formations in the west compliment the beauty of the mountains and
coastlines. Turkish carpets and handicrafts are of extraordinary quality
and available everywhere. There are some things to be aware of:
like mosquito season and eastern toilets. Consult a good guidebook at the
library or bookstore. I recommend going in April when there are no
mosquitoes and few tourists.
Most important, hire a reputable tour guide, especially if
you don't speak the language. We are very glad we choose
Aydin Sekerin and 7 Wonders
Travel. We had good drivers and guides each day, and I would
especially like to recommend Sevim Sipahi, who was with us for the last three
days in Turkey. From the moment we arrived in the Aegean area and saw a taxi
driver holding up a card with our name on it, everything went like clockwork.
Every transfer got us to our destination on time, every hotel was clean and
comfortable, and every tour was led by a friendly and knowledgeable guide who
spoke English. You can plan the details of your own tour, if you wish,
but it would probably cost more than ours. Our travel agent was on hand
when we arrived in Turkey, and persuaded the customs agents that the price of a visa had
dropped in half that very day, getting us the lower price. Our agent also
chose hotels and restaurants that were exceptionally clean and prepared fresh food.
Across the Dardanelles.
Upstream leads to the Sea of Marmara and Istanbul.
Obelisk of Theodosius, carved of granite
in Egypt about 1500 BC,
in was erected in Heliopolis to commemorate the victories of Thutmose III
It was brought to Constantinople (now Istanbul) in AD 390
by the Byzantine emperor Theodosius.
The origin of this rough-stone obelisk
If you don't want to see a closeup of a
Turkish toilet, don't click here.