"Moore advice: Before..." Turkey Things to Do Tip by jmoore

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Moore advice: Before beginning to finalize your trip plans, first, you need to decide the style of travel which you feel will best fit your needs (budget, time, knowledge level, distances to cover, etc.)for your upcoming trip. The biggest decision to make is whether you want to 1.set up your own travel,2. whether you want to be fully escorted and how many optionals you want to avail yourself of,3.if you want to move yourself between cities and then have meet and transfer to hotel services,4. or if you want the services of a local guide at each location who can drive you and tell you about what you are seeing, doing, and about the local life which is unique, or 5. your own style.
For the Turkey trip, fully escorted was the choice because of the changes in location and covering distances on land. The guide for the entire journey was wonderful. His voice quality and language were great, and he had knowledge about every stop we made as well as about the entire country. Lavant was the perfect guide and he always said good night by saying, 'And just in case you want to share a bottle of champange, I'll be in room __'.{This lovely habit is an idea which I have passed on to a new tour leader in Bulg. who had requested and appreciated my assistance on several matters.] This was a Cosmos trip with air fare included, many meals, transfers, tips, and most day trips. The evening of the second day was the time to sign up for extra side trips, and the options were explained well.

The company sent someone to the airport for 'transferring' even though the plane arrived late. The next morning we left Istanbul early. The first sightseeing events were Troy, Gallipoli, and (my first ruin overseas) Pergamum. The weather was the coldest in many years, and some locations had snow.
Ephesus was as exciting as Disneyland even though there were no rides. The first sight of the Library of Celsus was an experience not to be missed, and almost everyone in our group felt the same way. You'll learn about the secret passageway, running hot water, multi-holers, and orginal streetside advertising. I stood and spoke from the spot where John had preached, and live performances are still held in the amphitheater.
Each day held unique treasures. Pamukkale is an excellent example of how humans can mess up a wonder of nature when someone tries to 'commericalize the hell out of it'. The formations were created over thousands of years by water tumbling down the mountainside and over rocks. In less than a year the area was almost killed from overuse by the people flocking to stay in the the newly built resort (which is now closed). Much care and decades are now needed to restore the formations and the health benefits of the(abused)water. This was surely a region which deserved a full day to carefully explore becasue of the ancient structures alongside. Other joys of the counrty are Konya,the town where the Whirling Dervishes started, Cappadocia with its painted churches, the silk road outposts, Bursa (the first capital of the Ottoman Empire), Ankara (capital of the Turkish Republic with Attaturk's Mausoleum, Roman ruins), and of course, Istanbul.

Directions: Istanbul spans/links Europe and Asia minor. The city is a blend of new and somewhat old, and old. A specific treasure for me was the Cistern which I had first learned about on the Travel Channel. This
othercontact: Turkey is a varied counrty with

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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