Why Turkey?

  • Istanbul – the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia, gives it a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures and traditions
  • Cradle of some of the world’s oldest civilizations and empires - the Hittites, Lycians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottoman; Catalhoyuk – 6500BC – was possibly man’s first settlement.
  • The only country with two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum
  • Birthplace of many historical figures – Homer(poet), Herodotus (historian), St. Paul the Apostle, St. Nicolas (known as Santa Claus)
  • Place of famous Greek, Biblical and Christian legends - The Trojan wars: Helen, Achilles and The Trojan Horse of; Noah’s Ark is believed by some to have settled on Mount Ararat; Alexander Great travelled through the land and cut the ‘Gordion knot’ near Ankara; and local legend places the death of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus
  • St. Peter’s, Christianity’s first church, was built in Antioch and the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse are situated in Turkey
  • Many archaeological places and natural wonders including 13 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Try delicious Turkish cuisine – its mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ingredients makes it one of the most distinctive tastes in the world
  • Southern Turkey – over 300 days of sunshine and great locations for water sports
  • Meet friendly and hospitable Turkish people who treat visitors as guests
  • The chance to treat yourself to a traditional Turkish Bath (hamam)
  • Test your bargaining skills as you wander around the labyrinth of nearly 4,000 shops in the Grand Bazaar; great value for money
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