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Travel Turkey on a Budget - Turkey Overland Tours

Monday, November 15th, 2010
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For travellers seeking to explore an enticing land of ancient history, outstanding scenery and exotic culture, Turkey budget travel offers the chance to go back in time to the early powerhouses that shaped the world as we know it today. Situated in the Anatolian peninsula in western Asia on one side, and Thrace in the Balkan region of south-eastern Europe on the other side,

Turkey is one of the world's few truly Eurasian destinations. The country borders the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Aegean Sea to the west and the Black Sea to the north, giving it 3 different climatic zones across the country that further adds to its rich diversity. With spectacular beaches, many ancient ruins and key historical sites plus vast forests, steep mountainous areas and a rich and fascinating cultural blend of Arabic and Mediterranean influences, Turkey overland tours are beyond anything you could imagine.

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Some of the main highlights to enjoy in Turkey include the following:

Istanbul The huge and thriving city of Istanbul is one of the largest cities in Europe, dating back many thousands of years. Some of the old parts of the city can still be found alongside the modern architecture. Beautifully intricate mosques and temples, world-class shopping centres, traditional Turkish coffee houses and baths, and the ever-present side-walk cafes result in a vibrant blend of new and old, and a diverse, thriving population of local Turks and other nationalities.

Olympos As one of the most famous highlights on any Turkey budget travel adventure, Olympos is right up there in the top things to see in Turkey. This is where one of the most interesting natural phenomena can be found – the flame-spewing rocks that are found amidst the ancient ruins, pristine beach and lush pine forests that have slowly reclaimed this former resplendent city. The locals believe that the mythical Chimaera caused the rocks to breath fire, resulting in many legends that surrounds Olympos. Oludeniz The world’s most photographed beach is by far one of the most popular attractions to enjoy on Turkey overland tours, and after visiting Oludeniz and its breathtaking blue lagoon, one can truly believe that paradise exists. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, Oludeniz is famous for its peaceful lagoon, lush pine forests, sleepy resort atmosphere and ancient ruins and historical sites that can be found nearby. A thriving nightlife and lively ambience add to the appeal of Oludeniz, making it a much-loved holiday destination for locals and tourists alike.

Troy The famous city of Troy is most known for being the site of one of the most iconic battles in history – the Trojan War. The original city of Troy is located in northwest Anatolia in what is now Turkey, and played a major role in the great poet Homer's works - especially the Iliad and the Odyssey. Today, the Troia archaeological site holds the remains of this city, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and a renowned Turkey budget travel highlight.

Ephesus Another must-see on any Turkey backpacking tour, Ephesus was once the second largest powerhouse after Rome. The remains of this city are situated in the Aegean region of Turkey, which was originally a Greek city until it was overtaken by the Romans, going on to become one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Key sites here include the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, alongside gladiator graveyards, bath complexes and many other interesting relics that make Ephesus a must-visit on any Turkey overland tours.

For all Turkey budget travel and Turkey overland tour information and trips, contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.

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Top Places to visit in Turkey

Monday, October 11th, 2010
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Turkey overflows with historic sites and archaeological wonders set in varied and beautiful landscapes. We have made it easy for you and picked the best sights and highlights of Turkey. What are you waiting for!!

Gallipoli

Gallipoli Gallipoli and the Gallipoli Peninsula is a pilgrimage destination for the thousands who travel here every year  to commemorate the ANZAC day memorial celebrations. Daily tours of the battlefields and graves operate from Çanakkale and Eceabat.

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Cappadocia The area is steeped with mystery and the rock formations are said to be the conclusion of years of water and wind working together to create the outstanding landscapes. The cave houses and underground city date from 3000 BC and you can take trips through the underground city when you visit the area. 

Ephesus The town is said to be the best preserved ancient city in the Eastern Mediterranean and one of the best preserved Greek sites in the world. Home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven original ancient wonders of the world, which is now only represented by one single remaining column.

Pammukale

Pamukkale Many travellers visit this area in order to bathe in the spectacular mineral pools and baths. The natural hot water springs are responsible for the calcium terraces that give the area it's unique 'snow-like' look. Skiing not recommended! ;)

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Istanbul Istanbul is Turkeys most populous city, and its cultural and financial hub. The city is best explored on foot, as most sights are within easy walking distance of one another. If the pace gets too much, a cay bahce (tea garden) is never too far away. Check out the history and stunning architecture of the 'old city', Sultanahmet and the bustling Grand Bazaar if nothing else.

Olympos

Olympos Ancient Lycian ruins, an isolated Mediterranean beach, accommodation in tree houses and flames that mysteriously burn from the side of a mountain are some of the attractions of Olympos in the south of Turkey. Sleeping in a tree house is pretty unique as well!

Oludeniz

Oludeniz Oludeniz is a beautiful inland bay and small resort village in the South West of Turkey on the Aegean Sea. Rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travellers, the resort is also famous for its paragliding opportunities. It is regarded as one of the best (and highest) places in the world to paraglide due to its unique panoramic views. Check out all of these amazing highlights on a Overland Trip in the Middle East or contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com for info.

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Tags: cappadocia, gallipoli, istanbul, top-turkey-highlights, turkey, turkey-adventure, turkey-budget-travel, turkey-overland


8 Turkey ‘Things To Do Before You Die’

Friday, October 8th, 2010
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Too much to see and do and only a limited time to do it? We have the top 8 Turkey activities nailed down for you be it adventure, history or 'chill out' based!

Rafting

River Rafting Turkey has plenty of rivers perfect for rafting. The top two choices are the beautiful and exciting, but safe and easy, Köprüçay near Antalya, and the wild and dangerous Çoruh near Erzurum (for experienced rafters only). Spelunking Turkey is well known for its wondrous and majestic underground paradises. With vast underground lakes, churches and cisterns, stalactites and stalagmites, these caves are an entirely different world just waiting for you to explore!

Diving Turkey

Diving The Mediterranean Coast of Turkey offers a number of dive destinations abundant with marine life, beautiful reefs, shipwrecks and cave dives for SCUBA divers of all experience levels. Dive amidst schools of Parrotfish, Moray Eels, Octopus or Amberjack and on occasion you may even come across dolphins. Snow, Ski’s and Spas Winter vacations in Turkey have become popular and more affordable than the ski centres of central Europe. While there are many ski resorts to choose from in Turkey, Mount Uludag, near Bursa, is arguably the one of the best.

Gulet

Gulet Cruise on the Aegean Sea Cruise on a Gulet (yacht) along Turkey's Aegean or Mediterranean shores. These sturdy motor-sailers are built for comfort, not speed, with wide decks and lots of room. The crew cooks your meals with today's fish caught fresh and infused bay leaves collected from shore. Windsurfing Several locations along Turkey's Aegean coast draws windsurfers (sailboarders) from around the world because of their excellent conditions. Alaçati, at the tip of the Çesme peninsula west of Izmir, is a protected bay with a sandy bottom, very few rocks and combined with reliable, steady wind make this a windsurfing paradise.

pammukale

Pamukkale Day Tour Visit the Pamukkale Hierapolis. In Pamukkale you will see the Cotton Cliffs, one of the natural wonders of the world, formed by deposits of calcareous salts. People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years and it is popularly believed that the waters of Pamukkale are beneficial for the heart, circulation, nerves, kidneys, rheumatic, and paralytic disorders, and that they condition the skin.

Underground City

Explore the underground cities of Cappadocia There are scores of these underground cities some reaching up to 40 meters in depth. Only a few have been opened for tourists including the caves at Kaymakli, Tatlarin and Derinkuyu. You can spend the day exploring Cappadocia underground where they have discovered sites big enough to fit 50,000 people.

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