Fleurblanche Tourism & Travel Agency

Places in Turkey:

 
Map

This map is intended to show the relative locations of cities, towns and sites of interest to tourists.



Istanbul

Istanbul, with approximately twelve million people, is by far Turkey’s largest city.  It is also one the world’s most beautiful and affordable large cities.  Being located on the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul has an extensive scenic coast.   It was also the capital city of two of history’s great empires:  The Byzantine and Ottoman.

Istanbul is a gem for tourists.  It can be difficult to decide which sites to visit because there are so many choices.  For more information of this subject, please review our tour programs.  If you want to make your own program, then our “Visitor-designed Tours of Istanbul” is just what you need.  Although one or two day tours of Istanbul are routine, it really isn’t enough time to properly visit the city.  Many visitors say 3-5 days are sufficient.

Although Istanbul is a very large city, it is definitely less stressful than other major cities and it certainly is not dangerous.  We hope you will see for yourself.

NOTE:  Because of the city’s fame and history, some people might use the name Constantinople.  This name is historical and should be used only when referring to the time of the Byzantine Empire.


 

Cappadocia

This region is located in central Turkey.  It is easily reached by plane from Istanbul or by car from Ankara.  The region is mentioned in the Bible and it has a very unusual landscape characterized by large conical structures (humorously called fairy chimneys) of soft stone.  The soft stone was easy for early residents to hollow out the conical structures and ravine faces for their homes, churches and animals.  Because hostile forces occasionally swept through, the residents made their structures defensive as well as hidden.  The best examples of this are the extensive underground cities that are not apparent from above ground.

For a long time Cappadocia had a large Christian population.  This is apparent in the number of old churches and monastery complexes.  The region also has a number of Greek houses dating from the Ottoman period.  Cappadocia also has unusual wines due to their ancient storage techniques.

Please review our programs for some of the excellent tour possibilities.  Cappadocia also offers opportunities for trekking.  For trekking or other special interest programs, please contact us.


Interior of Anatolia

Turkey’s Asian part is properly called Anatolia rather than by its ancient Roman name of Asia Minor.  The interior of this region is a high, immense and undulating plateau that is surrounded by relatively high coastal mountains.  In as sense it is like a fortress which is a role it has played many times.  It is fairly dry and generally has a low humidity and cool nights.  Summers are sunny and can be hot but this should not discourage visitors because even during the hottest days it is not difficult to cool off.

Anatolia is big and it has a wealth of interesting things to offer the visitor:

Cappadocia with its unusual geological formations and history.
The capital city of Ankara with its outstanding Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
The archeological site of Catal Hoyuk is considered to be the world’s earliest established community to be discovered.
Sites from some of the oldest empires as well as the more recent ones.
Sites of religious significance.
Picturesque towns such as Safranbolu with its large collection of Ottoman houses.
Relics of the ancient Silk Road such as caravanserais, hans and covered markets.

Please review our programs for some of the tour possibilities.  For special interest programs, please contact us.
 

Aegean Sea

Turkey’s Aegean region is the area between the Aegean Sea’s long coastline and the interior plateau.  This region is characterized by sea, scenic views, a Mediterranean climate and it has many outstanding Hellenistic & Roman era ruins.  There is no better place in the world for visiting the best-preserved ancient sites including Ephesus, Pergamum, Afrodisias, Priene, Didyma and Miletus.  Remarkably, Turkey has more ancient Greek ruins (and in better condition) than Greece.  The same is also true for ancient Roman ruins compared to Italy!

A number of sites in this region are also of significant religious importance such as the Seven Churches and the Ecumenical Councils held at Ephesus and Nicaea (modern Iznik).

Please review our programs for some excellent tours of classical ruins, sites of religious significance as well as for relaxing & scenic cruises.  For special interest programs, please contact us.

 

Mediterranean Sea

Turkey’s Mediterranean region is long, rugged and scenic.  There are many well-preserved classical ruins from a variety of city states such as Olympos, Termessos, Perge, Aspendos, Side, Tios and Xanthos.  Along the coast there are number of cruise possibilities to view the region’s scenery and some ancient sites.  The ancient city of Antioch, important for its religious history, is at the eastern end of Turkey’s Mediterranean region.

Please review our programs for tours into Turkey’s Mediterranean region and for relaxing & scenic cruises.  For special interest programs, please contact us.

 

Black Sea

Turkey’s Black Sea region is the least visited region.  It never fails to surprise visitors because it is exceptionally green and lush.  The eastern part of the region has the dramatic, spruce-covered Kackar Mountains with their alpine meadows that come alive each summer with the return of the Laz who are one of Turkey’s most colorful groups.  They are well known in Turkey for their cheerfulness, colorful costumes, joyous dances (everyone is welcome to join in!) and unique music.

Almost all sites of historical or religious interest are also located in the eastern part of this region.  Among these are a number of interesting ancient Georgian churches and a former Greek Orthodox monastery that is perched on a surprisingly high cliff.

This region has the greatest trekking and white water rafting possibilities. We can always develop special interest programs.  Please contact us.

 

Eastern & Southeastern Turkey

This is a large, varied and fairly dry region.  It’s character and appearance is more “Middle Eastern”.  It has the Tigris & Euphrates Rivers, several sites of religious significance, functioning Syrian Orthodox monasteries as well as some exceptional ancient ruins.

Visits to and from this region require domestic flights because it is far from Turkey’s major cities.  Also, because it is a big region, sometimes a long ride is necessary between sites though the scenery between and at the sites is interesting.  Usually visitors to eastern Turkey have already toured one or more regions of Turkey on a previous trip, although this is by no means a requirement!  The region is not frequently visited and it is conservative (best to keep shoulders and legs covered).  Parts of eastern Turkey experienced a period of civil unrest that was frequently reported (and sometimes misreported).  The unrest has passed.  The region is now experiencing significant improvements, particularly because of an enormous broad-based development project called GAP.  It is safe to travel in eastern Turkey and no doubt it would be a very rewarding and memorable visit.

Please review our programs for some of the tour possibilities.  For special interest programs, please contact us.




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