Turkey > Odysseys in the Orient
After traveling all the way to Asia Minor, you will want to take your time exploring this land, as varied as the many people who have lived here over the millennia. Perhaps you will explore the Aegean Coast, an integral part of the Greek and Roman world in the classical age. The coast abounds with important centers, such as Troy, which once controlled the entrance to the Black Sea and suffered the tragic war described by Homer; Assos and Pergamum, hilltop cities crowned with temples and magnificent views; Ephesus, capital of this area to the Romans, and home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Perhaps you have been to Turkey before and would like to explore another area ; if so, the central corridor–from Ankara to Cappadocia to Konya and finally Antalya–offers a unique combination of historical heritage and landscapes that seem drawn from a dream. From the fairy-chimneys of Cappadocia to the glittering waters of Antalya, you will surely be entranced. Or, if time permits, why not combine both journeys in a Grand Tour of Turkey? Whichever odyssey you choose, you will surely wish to visit Istanbul, a fascinating mix of modern and ancient, which showcases the finest examples of the contrastng cultures in the rest of the country. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus, the buzz of the Grand Bazaar... all will entrance you in Istanbul.
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