Turkey: Sacred Lands & Ancient Civilizations...An OAT Travel Experience

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Turkey is the crossroads and cradle of many ancient civilizations including Hittites, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Seljuks and others. Everywhere you go you can sense the history and enjoy the rich culture of the inhabitants. It is a country part occidental and part oriental and with a magnificent geography that takes you to beautiful beaches, stunning mountains, and the surreal landscape of Cappadocia. This was a return trip for us but different from the others as it first brought us to Istanbul but then transported us to the Black Sea areas, and eastern and southern boundaries that we had not previously visited.

Our guided tour through Turkey (an Overseas Adventure Travel Tour) consisted of 18 days visiting Istanbul, Van, Kars, Erzurum, Trabzon, Ankara, Uchisar in Cappadocia, Antakya (Ancient Antioch), Gaziantep and Mount Nemrut, Adana and Tarsus. Our two favorite stops were in Cappadocia and Mount Nemrut, which we equate to being Turkey's "Easter Island" Both of these places were AWESOME!

Following our Turkey tour we had opted for a post-trip that would take us to beautiful Syria which is often referred to as the "cradle of civilization". Here we would have visited Damascus, the oldest continuous inhabited city in the world, Aleppo, one of the key towns on the old Silk Route, and the impressive ruins of Palmyra. However, about 50 days before our scheduled departure we received a call from OAT that the Syria extension was cancelled because of unrest in that region. It was a terrible disappointment not to be able to visit this land but safety concerns won out.

We hope that you will enjoy the photos along our route through Turkey. If you are interested in seeing more photos of Istanbul and of western Turkey, be sure to check out our other blog at http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/bumihills/9/tpod.html

Some of our photos can also be purchased from us through http://www.shutterstock.com/g/alabaster.

  • Exotic Istanbul
  • Home of Cleopatra's Gate
Trip Start Jul 25, 2011
Trip End Aug 14, 2011

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