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Newsletter September 07, 2012
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Turkey - A Walk through History
Where Culture Meets History
Turkey - the seat of some of the oldest human civilizations - has held on to much of its mystique and rich legacy in modern times. Each year millions of tourists head to Turkey, some to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the land, some to enjoy the magnificent architecture, and yet others to learn more about the very origins of mankind. Turkey welcomes them all with characteristic warmth and teaches them precious lessons in adaptability and survival. The country is both historic and beautiful, both modern and cultural, both urban and rustic in its charms.
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Most Visited Cities of Turkey
It could be the rich history of the land or the colorful culture, the unique architecture or the warmth of the people - no matter what the reason; Turkey is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the world.
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Istanbul

The cultural capital and financial hub of Turkey, Istanbul is also the largest city in the country and one of the most-visited cities across the globe.

Ankara

The capital city of Turkey, Ankara, is also a seat of administration and political center.

Antalya

The historic city of Antalya is also a very popular tourist destination in Turkey, drawing millions each year.

Izmir

Previously called Smyma, the pearl of Aegean - Izmir is a beautiful city with a rich cultural legacy.

Bodrum

Bodrum is a festive town best known for the Mausoleum of Mausolus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

When To Visit Turkey
Best Weather:
April, May, through mid-June, mid-September through October
Affordable Rates
Late October to early April
Most Crowded:
April to June
Turkey Travel Tips
Though most places accept credit cards and travelers' checks it is wise to carry a lot of cash. Local establishments prefer the Lira.
Local women do not like being photographed. Do seek permission before you start clicking.
The smaller local eateries often provide better food at inexpensive rates. These are often a better option than high end restaurants.
Wear long loose pants (men) and skirts (women) and do carry a scarf. Most mosques consider this the dress code and may deny entry without these.
Carry comfortable walking shoes. The best way to see some of the old part of Turkish towns in on foot.
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Istanbul is a bi-continental city - a city built on two continents, Europe and Asia. The Bosporus divides the city and the two continents.
The Church of Saint Peter in Antalya - Antioch - in Turkey is believed to be the oldest church built in the world.
To the end of the Great Flood, Noah's Ark is believed to have landed on Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi) in the eastern part of Turkey.
There are over a 100 festivals and cultural activities held in Turkey each year. These festivals draw huge visitors.
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