Turkey, known as Asia Minor in the time of the New Testament of the Christian Bible, is the place where St Paul did most of his missionary work. It is also here that the first Christian congregations were established. This makesTurkey of high significance to the Christian traveller.
We arrive early in the day at Istanbul, and we drive directly to Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey. Here we visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal, better known as Ataturk, father of the Turks. His reformations led to modern, secular Turkey.
From Ankara we travel to the region called Cappadocia. Strange rock formations, called fairy chimneys, are everywhere and create a landscape one would expect to find in a book on fairy tales. In this relatively solidified volcanic ash, people excavated homes that are still lived in today. This area is also well-known for large underground cities, dating back to the 4th century BC. These cities provided safe havens for various persecuted groups. An early morning hot-air balloon flight in Cappadocia is an experience never to forget. We will also visit churches and chapels with beautiful frescoes.
We will have the opportunity to buy beautiful pottery items, carpets and other mementoes from this interesting area.
On our way to Antalya, we will pay a visit to the Sultanhani Caravanserai, In this place traders of old could find safety and rest during their perilous journeys. It dates back to the 10th century.
We find ourselves now in the coastal region of Antalya in the south or Turkey. We visit the magnificent, well-preserved theatre of Aspendos, as well as the ruins at Perge.
We continue our journey to see the amazing sight of the so-called cotton castle. It consists of white, mineral salt deposits from hot spring water that flows down the slope of a hill, creating this unique phenomenon.
Our journey to Istanbul takes us through interesting places like Hierapolis, Philadelphia, Sardis and Ephesus, where we will visit the house of st Mary, the mother of Jesus. We will see many interesting sites, and sights, on our journey. There will be opportunities to buy local products like carpets, leather jackets, and cottonware. In Troy we will see a model of the famous mythological creature, the wooden horse, which led to the down fall of Troy in the war against the Greeks.
Finally we arrive in Istanbul. On our way to the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, we take a good look at Hippodrome Square. Istanbul is home to many palaces, and we visit a few of them, situated along the Bosphorus.
We take a boat ride on the Bosphorus, and we visit the Grand Bazaar, where one can buy anything under the sun.
A tour to Turkey is not to be missed.
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