Nov
03
2011
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Turkish Gulet Cruises – Plain Sailing

 

One of the most popular ways to experience the Mediterranean, Turkish gulet cruises are known for their stable and pleasant sailing. They are broad, beamy and heavy and offer a very comfortable ride through the water. It’s often a good choice for those who aren’t so used to the motion of boats, as well as those with sturdier sea-legs. Although the gulets nowadays are sometimes powered by engines rather than being exclusively at the mercy of winds and sails like the vessels of old, there is still plenty of romance in taking to the high seas. Here are a couple of experienced mariner’s tips for those just setting sail:

Avoiding Sea Sickness

As opposed to conditions in the larger oceans, the Mediterranean waters around the Turkish coast generally tend to be much calmer. As well, gulet captains will watch the weather to avoid windy patches, and there are plenty of places to take shelter along the coast in the unlikely event of rough seas on your Turkish gulet cruises. As the Mediterranean is a non-tidal sea, however, this happens only rarely.

Still, it can be wise to take precautions if you know you’re prone to sea sickness. Make sure you’re well stocked with travel sickness pills, or try acupuncture wrist bands. There are even special patches available to wear on the skin in order to combat sea sickness, but sometimes, simply being on deck in the sunshine and fresh air is enough to relieve a troubled stomach.

It’s All About the Timing

If you’re a keen swimmer, and eager to take advantage of a dip in the beautiful Mediterranean, then it’s often a good idea to visit in the summer months – when the sea is warmed to perfection. Although the water is cooler in the spring, those travelling on Turkish gulet cruises at that time will have the benefit of Turkey’s wild flowers in full bloom when they go ashore. They’re easily some of the most beautiful in all Eurasia, and you can see the ancient cities carpeted with poppies and other natives. The entire landscape is lush and verdant in the spring before the full heat of summer has dried it out, and those who aren’t afraid of a little chill on their skin can still enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean without discomfort.

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Nov
01
2011
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Turkey Tours to İzmir Province

the izmir clock towerİzmir clock tower, photo by Filip Maljković

Amongst the destinations, away from the most popular centres of Ankara and Istanbul, on the itineraries of tours in Turkey, the country’s ‘third city’ of İzmir is also well worth a visit, along with the province that surrounds it.  On the western edge of Turkey, reaching out to the Aegean Sea, İzmir is a significant financial and trade centre, with a history as one of the most important and prosperous cities in the Ottoman, when it was known as Smyrna.

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Oct
25
2011
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The Ancient City of Aspendos

the preserved theatre at AspendosImage by levork.

 

The increasing popularity of Turkish gulet cruises means that more and more people are discovering the delights of southern Turkey. Amongst these, the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Aspendos are a short ride from the coast, and provide a portrait of a fascinating era. If you come as far as Antalya on one of the Turkish gulet cruises then you will find Aspendos about an hour’s drive to the east.

History and Trade

Aspendos was an ancient city built in the province of Pamphylia, on the Eurymedon river, and shared a border with the city of Side, always a rival for the dominant settlement in the region. Founded around 1000 BC by a predominantly Greek population, Aspendos soon became one of the most important cities in Pamphylia due to its location for trade, specifically in commodities such as salt, olive oil, and wool.

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Oct
18
2011
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Turkey Tours to the Cities Carved From Rock

fairy chimneys near GoremeFairy chimneys near Goreme, photo by Frank Kovalchek

 

Many visitors on tours of Turkey will focus their holidays on the population centers of Istanbul and Ankara, but after you’ve explored these where should you aim for?  Even well-seasoned travellers to the country will find new Turkey tours offering new sights and experiences – not least the rock cut churches and underground cities of Cappadocia.

One of the most popular ways to enjoy Turkey tours in the Cappadocia region is by getting a bird’s-eye view from a hot-air balloon over the region. Famously lunar and alien in its appearance, the Cappadocia region has become one of Turkey’s most impressive natural wonders.  Formed by the eruption of volcanoes around 60 million years ago, it was slowly sculpted by the gradual erosion of the wind and rain.

Of particular interest to those who take Turkey tours to Cappadocia are the towering rock pillars known as fairy chimneys, the enchanting underground cities, and the hundreds of churches that have been hewn from the natural rock.

Göreme is an interesting spot and an essential inclusion on the itinerary of Turkey tours to the Cappadocia region. Known as Korama in the oldest documents, the town is close to the Göreme Open Air Museum, a highly regarded UNESCO World Heritage Site. This incredible museum is home to many churches and monasteries carved into the rock, many featuring examples of Byzantine art, especially paintings on the walls and ceilings of the churches.

 

Derinkuyu, photo by Elena PleskevichDerinkuyu, photo by Elena Pleskevich

 

Derinkuyu is just one of the many other popular tourist destinations in Cappadocia, and equally worth seeing.  One of the world’s deepest and most elaborate underground cities, it consists of at least eight layers carved into the volcanic rock. As you explore, walking through the labyrinthine passages almost crouched double, it’s hard to imagine large numbers of people using these extraordinary settlements that include multiple stories of living accommodation with storage areas, kitchens, wine presses and much more.

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Oct
11
2011
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Turkey’s Mediterranean Coastline

turkey’s coastlineImage by Dan Taylor.

 

Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline stretches from its border with Syria around to Europe and the border with Greece. There is a wide array of resorts to be enjoyed on a tour of Turkey along the Mediterranean, and few areas of the world have seen as much history as this region.

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Oct
04
2011
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The Literature of Turkey

turkish novelsImage by jm3.

 

Holiday readers will find a lot they can enjoy on their Turkey tours. Turkey’s rich literary culture makes enjoying a Turkish novel a real treat, and an excellent way to experience the country beyond architecture, cuisine or history. When you have a moment to yourself, why not put your feet up and enjoy a good read that might just reveal a little more about Turkey and its people.

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Sep
27
2011
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Nazar Boncugu

the nazar boncuguImage by ccarlstead.

 

No matter where you go on your Turkey tours, you’re likely to notice some blue eyes watching you. These are called nazar boncugu, or the ‘evil eye bead’, and they take the form of small blue glass charms that seem to look like eyes. They’re a popular amulet in Turkish culture, and they come in many different sizes and forms; hanging over doorways, on rear view mirrors, worn as earrings… the list is practically endless. They’re a common gift item in Turkey. Many families keep some on hand to give guests, and they’re one of the most popular souvenirs on tours of Turkey.

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Sep
20
2011
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Enjoy a Kebap on your Turkey Tours

a delicious Iskender kebap!A delicious Iskender kebap. Image by gsz.

When it comes to discovering a country’s culture, eating is one of the experiences that can be universally enjoyed. It engages all your senses and, on Turkey tours, it can be experienced every day! With a wide range of different (and delicious) dishes on offer, with endless variations from the different regions of Turkey, the food choices on Turkey tours might be overwhelming. Where to start? Why not try a classic Turkish kebap to get you started.’

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Sep
13
2011
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Haggling on your Turkey Tours

turkish marketImage by John Picken.

Those on Turkey tours will quickly realise that haggling is a way of life when it comes to visiting markets and bazaars throughout the country. Many people find haggling for prices a real hassle, but that’s no reason to dismiss it entirely while you’re shopping for souvenirs, and many people discover a real enjoyment to the social aspect of haggling. Here are a few tips to help you haggle comfortably.

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Aug
03
2011
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Istanbul’s Cultural Hotspots

A cosy corner in the Ataturk Cultural Centre. Image by yellow book.

Turkey tours to Istanbul have cemented the city’s reputation as one of the best places to take in classical music and ballet – why not explore a few of the premier cultural attractions on offer in Istanbul when you visit?
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