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Activities to do
You can explore the depths of the Dardanelles;
Visit shipwrecks, frozen for all time. A poignant reminder of the battles
of history. Drift in the crystal clear blue waters of the Aegean at Bodrum
, or maybe meet with a fish or two in the Mediterranean sea from Marmaris.
In Fethiye we recommend: Dolphin Diving Centre (John & Maria)!
: If being hauled along behind a boat is your sort of thing then Oludeniz,
Kusadasi, Marmaris, and Fethiye are the places for you.
: Explore the wildness of Turkey on a variety of walks . Ranging from 1
day to 3 day treks , you can climb the Taurus ranges shrouded in pine
forests and bush in Selcuk. What about a gentle stroll up the hills of
Oludeniz to see the view that made them want to film the Blue lagoon here.
What about a tramp through a national park in Egirdir, or the un-missable
valleys of the Cappadocia region.
Paragliding : Fall from the sky with professional guides at Oludeniz,
view the world in a whole new way. There is also a nice site in Kas.
: Now this is a thrill seeker that everyone can enjoy. With a variety of
excursions available from 1 day to a whole week including camping and
canoeing , there truly is something for everyone. What a setting, from the
grade 4 rivers of Dalaman , to the natural wonder of Saklikent
Gorge or the truly awesome Zamanti river outside of Cappadocia. The
company that works these rivers are managed by a professional team headed
by a Kiwi bloke Jay, so they must be good.
Horse riding : This is a
great way to get out and see the real Turkey. Trot along tracks that are
inaccessible by bus or car. This easy pass time can be done in a number of
the beauty spots of Turkey, Cappadocia (Goreme), Olympos, Kemer, Marmaris,
Patara and Kayakoy.
: With Turkey's coastline encompassing the Mediterranean sea what better
place to sail the 'Turquoise coast' than here. Trips can be as little as
one day around harbours and islands, to five day excursions with magical
stops at seaside ruins and underwater cities. The Turkish style yachts
known as Gulets, can comfortably handle groups of 12 to 16 people and
supply captain, crew and meals. This relatively inexpensive activity can
be enjoyed in a number of resorts but are especially pleasurable when
taken from either Marmaris, Kas
Mopeds and Motor Bikes : Get
out there and do it for yourself, mopeds optimise the independent
travellers sense of fun. Blazing about the streets, hills and countryside
of Turkey is a great way to spend the day and can be easily accessed in
Goreme, Marmaris, Oludeniz, Fethiye, Kusadasi and Bodrum. (You can also
get them in Istanbul, but I've yet to meet someone crazy enough to try.)
: The motorbike of the water, rev it up and hit the waves in Oludeniz,
Sunken City, Kusadasi, Didiya, Bodrum and Marmaris.
Tours : Turkey has been the home of many of the greatest
civilisations of the world and with so much history , the only true way to
get the full story is with guided tours. Most sites supply guides who are
conversant in many languages , that can bring history alive for you in a
way that no guide book can compete with. Recommended guided tours are in
and can even secure discounted prices for groups as small as 5.
: Fly the sky at dawn and sunset in the basket of a hot air balloon, what
could be more special than sailing the skies of Goreme. This magical
wonderland unfolds beneath you as you silently float your way over
volcanic landscapes and unusual rock structures.
trips : It's so easy to pop over to Greek
islands by ferry, that most people do it as a day trip. Change
cultures for a day with departures from Kusadasi to Samos, Bodrum to Kos
and Marmaris to Rhodes.
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is in close vicinity of Topkapi Palace, in the direction of
Gulhane park entrance. There are many collections in the museum.
From Egyptian and Assyrian empires to Roman and Byzantine statues,
marvellous sarcophagi, and pieces of some Temples. A rich
also as St. Saviour, this church is famous for it's mosaics. The
second most important Byzantine church in Istanbul, has beautiful
frescoes with the theme of death and resurrection.
Closed Monday & Tuesday
of ancient cannons, costumes, and weaponry from Ottoman Empires.
Also the Janisary Band performs in front of the museums during the
summer months, between the hours 15:00-16:00
Palace is the symbol and the centre of the Ottoman Empire.
Overlooking Istanbul Bogazici (Bosphorus) and the Marmara Sea,
stands this amazing building that was the great palace of the
Ottoman Sultans. The palace is a collection of buildings arranged
around a series of courtyards and has incredible collections of
jewels, pieces of Ottoman and Islamic artwork.
by Constantin the Great, also known as the church of the Divine
Wisdom designed to impress the strength and wealth of the Roman
emperors. Once it was the greatest Christian church in the world.
to be the Palace of Ibrahim Pasa is a museum containing a large
collection of Islamic artwork.
in the fourth century, is one of the underground cisterns that
riddle the foundations of the city. It has been extensively
excavated and renovated and is worth visiting and exploring while
listening to the tunes of classical music. A unique experience !
world's biggest covered historic bazaar. It is one of the most
famous spots of Istanbul, always filled with crowds who not only
come to shop but to window-shop carpets, jewellery, leathers,
handycrafts, home decoration items and many many more.
century Genoese fortification. The view from the tower is
magnificent. All Bosphorus river is under your feet.
Spice or Egyptian
is a small bazaar, known in Turkish as Misir (Egyptian) bazaar. As
the name suggests, the shops have hundreds, if not thousands of
different spices and different types of food, from caviar to
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Palace was built as a second residence to the Sultan Abdulmecid
mid 19th century. The palace commands a nice view right on the
Bosphorus and its gardens are very pretty, especially in spring
and summer. The founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk has
died in this palace on November 10, 1938 at 9.05 a.m..
during Prayer Times
called the Sultanahmet Mosque, the Blue Mosque got its name
because of its magnificent interior decorations of blue Iznik
tiles. Outside of the Blue Mosque stands the tomb of Sultan Ahmet.
It is decorated with 17th century Iznik tiles. The Sultan was
buried here along with his wife and three sons.
Everyday, except during Prayer Times
mosque of Istanbul. The Ottoman sultans held their coronation
During Prayer Times
by Mimar Sinan, the great architect, and completed in just seven
years is considered to be the most beautiful of all imperial
mosques in Istanbul. It dominates the skyline of the Golden Horn.
Adjoining the mosque there are schools of theology, schools of
medicine, and a caravanseray.