Istanbul, Cappadocia, Kusadasi, and Ephesus, Turkey, a Greek Islands cruise and a visit to Venice

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This trip is a dream come true for me. In the fifth grade I did a country project on Turkey and since then I have wanted to visit. Originally our trip was set up to be a week in Turkey and then a week in Egypt, however, due to the policitcal unrest in north Africa Sam and I decided to change our week in Egypt to a cruise among the Greek Islands.

Our trip begins in Istanbul. The Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, and the Grand Bazaar are just a few of sights we will see in Instanbul. After Istanbul we move on to the Cappadocia region in Turkey. This area is known for its unique natural wonders better known as fairy chimney's. We may even get to spend the night in a cave, how cool is that. Kuşadası comes after Cappadocia. Kuşadası is a resort town on the Aegean Sea coast and is also relatively close to the ancient city of Ephesus. Finally we will visit Pamukkale and the thermal hot springs. We will spend seven days touring Turkey before heading to Venice, Italy to board our cruise ship.

Once on the cruise ship our first stop will be Bari, Italy. Then we ahead to Olympia, Greece, followed by the Greek Islands of Santorini and Rhodes. Our final port will be the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia. After the cruise we'll spend one day in Venice, Italy and then we're headed back to the States via London and Amsterdamn.

Our trip looks to be loads of fun and full of interesting sights and lots of historical information, however, the best part will be experiencing the entire trip with Sam. Our trip is all planned now we are just counting the days until we leave, I hope to keep a daily blog like I did last summer but again it will depend on the availiability of internet connection.

  • Getting Excited!
  • I wish everyone I know were in Venice with me!
Trip Start May 01, 2011
Trip End May 18, 2011

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