Turkey - Europe

Turkey - A Fusion Of Cultures.

Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.

Average Weather and Climate in Turkey

Because of Turkey's geographical conditions, one cannot speak about a general overall climate. In Istanbul and around the Sea of Marmara the climate is moderate. In winter 4 degrees Celsius and summer 27 degrees Celsius (39 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Rainfall is low and there is more snow. The average temperature is 23 degrees Celsius in summer and -2 in winter.
Season and Climate in Turkey is a year-round destination depending on your wishes. Although the tourist "high season" (with associated higher rates) is from mid-June through mid-September, spring and fall are the best seasons to travel. The sun is warm and skies are generally clear. You can expect mild to warm temperatures and some rain during this time.

Recommended for families and couples to visit in September

ISTANBUL

Istanbul is a city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring dome and Christian mosaics.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I

Hagia Sophia is a former Christian patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey

The Topkapı Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey, that was the one of the major residency of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years of their 624-year reign

The Süleymaniye Mosque is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey. It is the largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul

The Galata Tower called Christea Turris by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus.

Pera Museumis an art museum in the Tepebaşı quarter of the Beyoğlu district in Istanbul, Turkey, located at Meşrutiyet Avenue No. 65 It has a particular focus on Orientalism in 19th century art.

Çırağan Palace, a former Ottoman palace, is now a five-star hotel in the Kempinski Hotels chain. It is located on the European shore of the Bosporus, between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy in Istanbul, Turkey.

ACCOMMODATION

AVIENNA HOTEL (4*)

Housed in a 19th-century traditional wooden structure, Avicenna Hotel Istanbul seamlessly combines old world glamour with modern comfort and convenience in the heart of heritage-rich Istanbul. This sophisticated and stylish hotel offers deluxe accommodations, personalized service and easy access to the Historic Areas of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists can also marvel at the majesty of Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, The New Mosque and Suleymaniye Mosque. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.avicennahotel.com/

GREEN PARK TAXIM HOTEL (4*)

The Green Park Hotel Taksim is located in the hotels region of Taksim, Talimhane, considered as the heart of Istanbul and it provides guests business connections easily and enables walking to the main thoroughfares of the city. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.thegreenparktaksim.com/

CAPPADOCIA

Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is full of otherworldly natural sites, most notably the “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley and elsewhere. Popular for exploration are Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN CAPPADOCIA

Hot-air Balloon: This is by far the most popular thing to do in Cappadocia and for good reason. Apparently more balloon trips are made here than anywhere else in the world. The landscape is crazy and the view from above is a great way to see it.

Horseback: For those who like to ride horses, Cappadocia is a great place. Hills and valleys with few trees, the landscape is perfect for riding. Make sure you get a good horse and know what you are doing.

4-Wheeler (ATV)/Motorcycle: Just as the landscape is good for horses, the motorcycle & ATV enthusiast will enjoy the dirt trails between Göreme and Çavuşin. Unfortunately, for ATVs guided tours are generally the only option as the authorities fear people will drive onto private property and suffer the wrath of local land owners.

Hiking– For those who love simple nature and/or on a small budget, Cappadocia offers endless trails for the hiker.

Volcano– As you probably know Cappadocia as we know it today is a result of volcanic eruptions and the erosion that followed. In the summer tours are offered to climb one of the two volcanoes (Hasan Dağ near Aksaray and Erciyes near Kayseri).

ACCOMMODATION

AVRASYA HOTEL (4*)

Since 1995, our hotel is furnishing services with its personnel and management to make our guests feel at home and to make the holiday in your dreams come true. Located by Kizilirmak River that adorns Cappadocia with its redness - Cappadocia having a history that goes back to 3000 B.C., shaped by the magic hands of the nature and being a world of wonders with the chimney rocks -, our hotel is 1 km far from the city center of Avanos which is famous for ceramic art. Avrasya Hotel family will be pleased to host you in Cappadocia which is ideal for both cultural tourism, congress and seminar organizations and also for sport activities and camping.Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.avrasyahotel.com

PERI TOWER HOTEL (4*)

Peri Tower Hotel accommodation and recreational facilities in hotels of Cappadocia region is one of the finest in the region. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: peritower.com

PAMMUKHALE

Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN PAMMUKALE

Roman Theater: The spectacular Roman theater, capable of seating more than 12,000 spectators, was built in two stages by the emperors Hadrian and Septimius Severus. Much of the stage survives, along with some of the decorative panels and the front-row 'box' seats for VIPs.

Hierapolis Archaeology Museum: Housed in former Roman baths, this excellent museum exhibits spectacular sarcophagi from Laodicea and elsewhere; small finds including jewellery, oil lamps and stamp seals from Hierapolis and around; and in the third room, its entrance watched by a sphinx, friezes and Roman-era statuary from the nearby theater.

Gymnasium: An important building in health-orientated Hierapolis, the gymnasium collapsed in a seventh-century earthquake and only a few Doric columns now stand.

Antique Pool: The sacred pool in this spa's courtyard has submerged sections of original fluted marble columns to lounge against. The water, which is abundant in minerals and a more-than-balmy 36 degrees, was thought to have restorative powers in antiquity, and may well still do.

Martyrium of St Philip the Apostle: From the theater, take one of the rough tracks heading uphill and eventually you'll come to the extraordinary octagonal Martyrium of St Philip the Apostle, built on the site where it's believed that St Philip was martyred. The arches of the eight individual chapels are all marked with crosses. Views from here are wonderful, and few of the regular tours bother to bring visitors up this far.

Arch of Domitian: The ruins of the Arch of Domitian, with its twin towers, are at the northern end, but just before them don't miss the surprisingly large latrine building, with two channels cut into its floor, one to carry away sewage, the other for fresh water

ACCOMMODATION

TRIPOLIS HOTEL (3*)

Just a short drive from Hierapolis, the Tripolis Hotel features an indoor and an outdoor pool in addition to a spa centre with a beauty centre, a Jacuzzi and a sauna. The hotel is close to the area's sightseeing attractions, and Cotton Castle is a 20-minute stroll away. Pamukkale town centre is within a 20-minute walk. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.tripolishotel.com

KUSADASI

Kuşadası is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district of the same name in Aydın Province. Kuşadası lies at a distance of 95 km (59 mi) to the south from the region's largest metropolitan center of İzmir, and 71 km (44 mi) from the provincial seat of Aydın situated inland. Its primary industry is tourism. The district neighbours on the northeast to Germencik district, on the southeast to Söke district, on the west to the Aegean Sea, and on the north to Selçuk district.

SIGHTSEEING'S / THINGS TO DO IN KUSADASI

Ladies Beach is a beach in Kuşadası, Aydın Province, Turkey. The beach is visited by local residents especially on Sundays. The beach is sandy

The House of the Virgin Mary is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus, 7 kilometers from Selçuk in Turkey.

The Temple of Artemis or Artemision, also known less precisely as the Temple of Diana, was a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Ephesus Archaeological Museum is an archaeological museum in Selçuk near İzmir, Turkey. It houses finds from the nearby Ephesus excavation site. Its best-known exhibit is the statue of Artemis retrieved from the temple of the goddess in Ephesus.

The Basilica of St. John was a basilica in Ephesus. It was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. It was modeled after the now lost Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople.

The İsabey Mosque, constructed in 1374–75, is one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the Anatolian beyliks. The mosque is situated on the outskirts of the Ayasluğ Hills at Selçuk, İzmir

ACCOMMODATION

FANTASIA HOTEL (5*)

Located in Kusadası, this beach side hotel offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a spa and fitness center. All rooms come with satellite TV and minibar.

The House of Virgin Mary is a 25-minute drive from Hotel Fantasia Deluxe. Free parking is available at the hotel. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.fantasia.com.tr

IZMIR

Izmir is a city on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Known as Smyrna in antiquity, it was conquered by Alexander the Great and the Ottoman Empire, and retains landmarks from its long, rich history. Kemeraltı, the traditional bazaar district, is home to the Kızlarağası Han, a market in a restored inn, and Hisar Mosque, dating to the 1500s

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN IZMIR

Kadifekale is the name of the hill located within the urban zone of İzmir, Turkey, as well as being the name of the ancient castle on top of the same hill

İzmir Alsancak Terminal or İzmir Alsancak Railway Station in İzmir is the second-oldest railway station in Turkey, after the Kemer Railway Station, being completed in 1858.

Asansör is a historical building in İzmir's Karataş quarter, within the boundaries of the metropolitan district of Konak.

Izmir Clock Tower is a historic clock tower located at the Konak Square in Konak district of İzmir, Turkey

The Konak Pier was designed by Gustave Eiffel and inaugurated in 1890 at the port of İzmir, Turkey, near Konak Square, within the boundaries of the central metropolitan district of Konak

Mount Yamanlar is a mountain in İzmir, Turkey, located within the boundaries of the Greater Metropolitan Area of the city. Easily accessible from Izmir, Yamanlar is a popular excursion spot for the inhabitants of the city.

Mount Spil, the ancient Mount Sipylus, is a mountain rich in legends and history in Manisa Province, Turkey, in what used to be the heartland of the Lydians and what now Turkey’s Aegean Region is.

The İzmir Art and Sculpture Museum and Gallery is an art museum in İzmir, Turkey. Established by the Turkish state in 1952 as the İzmir State Painting and Sculpture Museum, the museum was later moved

ACCOMMODATION

ORTY AIRPORT HOTEL (3*)

Your time is precious. We are at your service with the privilege of being the first and unique airport hotel in Izmir.Orty Hotel Airport is ready to welcoming you and your guests with stylish and comfortable 52 rooms and the meeting facilities. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: ortyhotel.com


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