Senior Travel to Turkey, a Country Rich in History

Oct 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Senior travel to Turkey can be an exciting adventure!  Let’s talk about where you can get information on the Internet to plan a trip to the ‘European Capital of Culture for 2010, the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul.  

This amazing city is celebrating its status as ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2010 with year-round events ranging from artist workshops to international competitions -including the 2nd Istanbul International Ballet Competition. Organized by the Directorate General of State Opera and Ballet of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the competition took place on July 5 – 10, 2010. The Istanbul International Ballet Competition, which has been accredited by the General Assembly of the International Federation of Ballet Competitions (IFBC), aims to create opportunities on an international level for young dancers from around the world. Like being selected as the European Cultural Capital in 2010, hosting this major biannual competition made an ongoing contribution to the cultural life of Istanbul at http://english.istanbul.com/about-istanbul.

Istanbul unites its natural beauties with its historical and cultural accumulation and modern infrastructure, ascending in world league as the new favorite city for international organizations. The city historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople is the largest city in Turkey and 5th largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.8 million, also making it the second largest metropolitan area in Europe by population, and the largest metropolitan city proper. My nephew and his wife recently returned from Turkey and they could not say enough about their journey.

Istanbul is one of the most preferred cities in the world tourism with its historical and cultural heritage dating back to thousands of years. In this respect, it has been attracting attention in the international arena

in recent years as a rising star in the congress tourism.  Many travelers think there is little to Turkey outside of Istanbul and Istanbul is a hard act to follow.  Crossing the Bosporus into Asia Minor, however,  leads you into an exotic and exciting country.  Here are some recommendations on the best places to visit in Turkey; you can also make your reservations to explore this most alluring country.  A great map of the country with a suggested route to travel to explore the country’s other treasures is also available.

Turkey’s location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.

The Official Site of the Ministry of Tourism offers regional information, tourism statistics, facts for visitors and publications.  Facts for senior visitors can be found at GoTurkey.com.  

The country is loaded with biblical sites such as Ephesus.  Ephesus, an ancient city in the process of being restored, is a must see.  Dating from the seventh century BC (and possibly earlier) Ephesus provides an interesting view of  ancient life; the city’s ruins illustrate how ancient cities worked and how the people played.  Ephesus is a site that should interest anyone but it holds special reverence for Christians who believe that the Virgin Mary lived in the area at the end of her life.

I could not simply end here without providing information from Lonely Planet. Turkey might be the world’s most contested country. Its landscape is dotted with battlegrounds, ruined castles and the palaces of great empires. This is the land where Alexander the Great slashed the Gordion Knot, where Achilles battled the Trojans in Homer’s Iliad, and where the Ottoman Empire fought battles that would shape the world. History buffs can immerse themselves in marvels and mementos stretching back to the dawn of civilization.

The peak season for visiting Turkey is the national holiday time from July to mid-September, so the best time to visit is before or after this period to avoid the crowds and also the mosquitoes. Snowfall between November–May could hamper tourism in eastern regions.

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Spectacular archaeological ruins are never far away.  There is so much history here that if you are the least little bit interested in history, you will find it here.            jeb



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