Cradle of the Civilizations
Welcome to Turkey... This is the country where the eastern and the western civilizations meet
in a great harmony. It is like an open air museum of various important civilizations which flourished on this
land since 9,000 B.C. It would be a great mistake to consider Turkey as only a historical place. It
is also a cultural and artistic melting pot of all its rich past. The people, living in modern Turkey
now, are descendants of these past civilizations on various ways. Naturally, in Turkey you will experience an
incredible diversity in environment, history, culture, art, ideas and beliefs. This is in itself may not be
a challenge for the seasoned traveller. After all, diversity is the most prized feature of favourite
destinations. In Turkey, this diversity is high enough to challenge even the most experienced eye because it is
packed in spaces with abrupt changes in scenery.
You will explore ancient empires and centuries old battlefields. During this fantastic journey you
will encounter many wonders starting from the fascinating city of Istanbul, previously known as
Constantinople, to treasures of art and nature in Cappadocia, the marvels of Pamukkale, the mystery
of Nemrud Dag and the boundless silences of Mount Ararat. Never to mention the wonderful western and
southern coast of Turkey. It can only be described as magnificent... The famous ancient city of Troia
with its wooden horse, just next to Gallipoli; the famous biblical city of Ephesus, with the house
of Virgin Mary next to it; the birthplace of Homer, Smyrna, now called Izmir; the Hellenistic splendor
of Pergamum are only the most evident and striking notes in an archaeological context one cannot help
but marvel at and admire.
Turkey as a modern state and a republic today, is only the last picture in this marvellous album of
civilizations. It carries many colours from very ancient times. Hattis, Hittites, Phyrgians, Urartians,
Lycians, Lydians, Ionians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans have all
held important places in Turkey's history and its people's culture.
Do not miss the opportunity of exploring and even becoming a part of this unique country in the earliest
occasion. It is one of our favourites...