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Turkey


We visited Turkey twice during 2008 year. First time in late April we went to Kemer and visited several places from there. And in November went on longer trip around the country. Later, in 2013, we flew to Istanbul for weekend.

Impression of the country is highly dependent on the number of tourists. So, in late April there were a lot of them everywhere. In summer there have to be even more. And in November there were almost no tourists in all the places we visited. Thus, the best time to travel around the country - beginning of April and the beginning of November.

Turkey is the ideal country for lovers of the history. Of all the countries we visited, the number of ancient monuments here is the largest. Natural wonders are also presented.

Unfortunately public transport is still not perfect. Due to the reconstruction of railways, buses are the main transport now. Because of the large distances they are inconvenient. It is expected that railways for high-speed trains will appear in recent years.

Description of our trip in Turkey


Turkey on a larger map

Day 1 - Istanbul

During the first trip to Istanbul we had only one day and it's too short period of time for such a large city. We managed to see only the main Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet. So later we came again for the weekend and visited much more places. Our article about Istanbul is describing three days, but we're pretty active travelers, so the program can be transfomed into four days or more.

Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque ©Yuriy Buriak


Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia ©Yuriy Buriak


Istanbul cats
Istanbul cats ©Yuriy Buriak


Galata tower
Galata tower ©Yuriy Buriak


Istiqlal Street
Istiqlal Street ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the Galata tower
View from the Galata tower ©Yuriy Buriak


View of Istanbul from Buyuk Chamlydzha
View of Istanbul from Buyuk Chamlydzha ©Yuriy Buriak

Later in the afternoon we went to Ankara. The distance is about 430 kilometers and the road is very good.

Day 2 - Ankara, Hattushash, Yazilikaya

Early in the morning we went for a walk around Ankara.

Ankara
Ankara ©forum.awd.ru


The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara
The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara ©Yuriy Buriak


Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara ©Yuriy Buriak

Further continued our way to the east and visited the ruins of Hattushash - the ancient capital of the Hittites.

Hattushash
Hattushash ©Yuriy Buriak

In a few kilometers visited a very ancient Hittite sanctuary - Yazilikaya.

Yazilikaya
Yazilikaya ©Klaus-Peter Simon / wikipedia.org

Went to sleep in Goreme (Cappadocia).

Day 3 - Derinkuyu Underground City, Goreme National Park, Stone columns in Cappadocia

In the morning we went to see the underground city of Derinkuyu.

Derinkuyu Underground City
Derinkuyu Underground City ©Yuriy Buriak

Next - the monasteries in Goreme.

Goreme National Park
Goreme National Park ©Yuriy Buriak

And of course visited the main attraction of Cappadocia - stone columns.

Monks Valley in Cappadocia
Monks Valley in Cappadocia ©Yuriy Buriak


Imagination Valley in Cappadocia
Imagination Valley in Cappadocia ©Yuriy Buriak

We spent the night in the same hotel in Goreme.

Day 4 - Caravanserai in Sutanhani, Mevlana Museum in Konya, Akshehir - the native land of Hodja Nasreddin

In the morning we started our travel in the direction of Konya and stopped at caravanserai in Sutanhani.

Caravanserai in Sutanhani
Caravanserai in Sutanhani ©Yuriy Buriak

In Konya we visited Mevlana Museum (Rumi - a prominent Turkish Sufi poet, thinker and philosopher).

Mevlana Museum in Konya
Mevlana Museum in Konya ©Yuriy Buriak

Next town is Akshehir, the birthplace of Nasreddin Hodja. Had a little walk there.

Akshehir - the native land of Nasreddin Hodja
Akshehir - the native land of Nasreddin Hodja ©Yuriy Buriak

Next we pass another interesting place - a highway strip, built by the military.

Airfield on the road
Airfield on the road ©Yuriy Buriak

In the evening we arrived at Pamukkale and settled near the lake.

Day 5 - Pamukkale, Kusadasi

Next morning we spent 4 hours in Pamukkale, visited limestone terraces and the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Pamukkale
Pamukkale ©Yuriy Buriak


Pamukkale
Pamukkale ©Yuriy Buriak


Pamukkale
Pamukkale ©Yuriy Buriak


Pamukkale
Pamukkale ©Yuriy Buriak


ne of the largest ancient theaters in Turkey, capacity - 10-12 thousand spectators
ne of the largest ancient theaters in Turkey, capacity - 10-12 thousand spectators ©Yuriy Buriak


Pamukkale
Pamukkale ©Yuriy Buriak

Next interesting place is an ancient city of Ephesus. This day we visited the House of the Virgin Mary and the temple of Artemis. Spent the night in Kusadasi, a resort on the Aegean coast.

Kusadasi
Kusadasi ©Dietmar Giljohann / wikipedia.org

Day 6 - Ephesus, Izmir, Pergamon

In the morning we went to Ephesus, walked there for 3 hours.

 Library of Celsus in Ephesus
Library of Celsus in Ephesus ©Yuriy Buriak


Large theater in Ephesus
Large theater in Ephesus ©Yuriy Buriak


Toilet in Ephesus
Toilet in Ephesus ©Yuriy Buriak


Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus
Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus ©Yuriy Buriak

Next we went to the big city of Izmir and walked in the center, which is beautiful.

Izmir
Izmir ©Yuriy Buriak


Izmir
Izmir ©Yuriy Buriak


Izmir
Izmir ©Yuriy Buriak


Izmir
Izmir ©Yuriy Buriak


Izmir
Izmir ©Yuriy Buriak

After went to see the ancient city of Pergamon.

Pergam
Pergam ©Yuriy Buriak

We spend the night in the resort town of Ayvalik. In November it was completely empty.

Ayvalik
Ayvalik ©Yuriy Buriak

Day 7 - Troy

On the way to the ruins of Troy we stopped several times to make a pictures of a beautiful landscapes.

Observation deck near Ayvalik
Observation deck near Ayvalik ©Yuriy Buriak


Observation deck near Ayvalik
Observation deck near Ayvalik ©Yuriy Buriak


On the way to Troy
On the way to Troy ©Yuriy Buriak

Troy

Troy
Troy ©Yuriy Buriak


Troy
Troy ©Yuriy Buriak


Trojan Horse in Troy
Trojan Horse in Troy ©Yuriy Buriak

In Canakkale we reached the other shore by the ferry and went to Istabul on the european part of Turkey. This day our trip ended. While relaxing on the southern coast, we visited a few more places:

Kemer

Promenade of Kemer
Promenade of Kemer ©FlankerFF / wikipedia.org

Antalya

Antalya, harbor in the old town
Antalya, harbor in the old town ©Yuriy Buriak


Antalya, harbor in the old town
Antalya, harbor in the old town ©Yuriy Buriak


Antalya
Antalya ©Yuriy Buriak

Demre

Tombs of the ancient city of Myra
Tombs of the ancient city of Myra ©Yuriy Buriak


Tombs of the ancient city of Myra
Tombs of the ancient city of Myra ©Yuriy Buriak


Amphitheater of the ancient city of Myra
Amphitheater of the ancient city of Myra ©Yuriy Buriak

Kekova

Ruins of ancient city Dolihiste
Ruins of ancient city Dolihiste ©Yuriy Buriak

Ride on a boat along the coast

Boat trip from Kemer
Boat trip from Kemer ©Yuriy Buriak

Useful links :
http://www.goturkey.com - official tourism portal of Turkey
http://www.turkishairlines.com - the main Turkish airline
http://ferries-turkey.com - all ferries
http://www.seat61.com/Turkey2.htm - all about rail transport in Turkey.
http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/tcdding/index.htm - official website of railways
http://www.neredennereye.com/en/ - All kinds of practical information about Turkey, timetable of public transport
http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com - a lot of information about Turkey
http://www.allaboutturkey.com/map.htm - roads
http://maps.turkishpress.com - maps
http://www.iett.gov.tr/en - public transport in Istanbul
http://www.istanbul.net.tr - ferries in Istanbul
http://taksiyle.com/en - costing taxi in Istanbul
http://www.biletix.com - all activities in Istanbul
http://www.roomsinistanbul.com/ - rooms and apartments in Istanbul
http://www.dmi.gov.tr/ - weather forecast in Turkey
http://www.3dmekanlar.com/en - 3D-panoramas of Turkish attractions
http://www.ibb.gov.tr ​​- webcams of Istanbul
http://www.only-apartments.com/turkey-en.html - apartments
http://www.guzelbirtatil.com/kamp-alanlari/ - campings in Turkey

Maps of Turkey:

Tourist Map of Turkey
Tourist Map of Turkey ©@


Railway Map of Turkey
Railway Map of Turkey ©wikipedia.org


Some movies which show Turkey

Troy (2004) - probably the most famous film about Turkey, although it was filmed not in Turkey.

Topkapi
(1964) - a classic detective adventure about a team of thieves who are stilling dagger in Topkapi Palace. A lot of cool shots of old Istanbul.

From Russia with Love (1963) - the second James Bond film, mostly shot in the suburbs of Istanbul.

World Is Not Enough (1999) - another Bond film, partly shot in Turkey. Showing Kuchuksu Palace and Maiden's Tower.

Skyfall ( 2012) - Bond loves Istanbul , so one more movie was filmed here. Opening chase takes place in Istanbul.

Ghost Rider 2 (2011) - some scenes filmed in Cappadocia and Pamukkale.

Taken 2 ( 2012) - thriller about a very angry dad Liam Neeson. Many scenes filmed in Istanbul. Especially impressive chase on the roofs in the old city.

International (2009) - a political thriller with Clive Owen. The final scenes are filmed in Istanbul and again chase over the rooftops.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) - Sidney Lumet's film based on one of the best works of Agatha Christie. Initial scenes are filmed in Istanbul.

Web 2.0 (2006) - a little-known thriller, shot entirely in Istanbul.

The Accidental Spy
(2001) - an action comedy starring Jackie Chan. A good half of the movie filmed in Istanbul. There are interesting chase scene on the roofs of Turkish baths and naked Jackie on the streets of Istanbul :)

Hamam (1997) - a romantic drama, filmed in Istanbul, well-told story about a Turkish bath.

Istanbul tales (2005) - a modern urban fairy tale. A few unrelated stories in Istanbul.

Argo (2012 ) - Ben Affleck's political thriller based on real events. Film is about Iran, but was filmed in Istanbul. Received three Oscars, including best film.


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