Turkey

Walking in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a mix of Toyland and Bedrock City so we were never sure whether to expect Noddy or Fred Flintstone; though there was always something new around the next corner. The “fairy chimneys” were everywhere, assuming a host of different shapes such as seals and camels as well as more evocative ones in the aptly named Love Valley.

Walking in Cappadocia
Pat RogersTurkey

Cappadocia

A year ago I hadn’t heard of Cappadocia, but during a week in September I became enchanted with its strange rock formations and houses like dwellings out of a fairytale. It would not have been surprising to see Snow White and her dwarves, or a knight on a quest, while Rapunzel let down her hair from one of the fairy chimneys.

Pat RogersTurkey
Cappadocia
Hilary JonesTurkey

A Cultural Walking Holiday in Istanbul

Our great-uncle served through two world wars, as a gunner and later ordnance officer – and survived! At the end of WW1 he was posted to Constantinople – modern day Istanbul – with the Army of the Black Sea, where his key roles were security and ammunition disposal.

Hilary JonesTurkey
A Cultural Walking Holiday in Istanbul

Devouring the Lycian Way

The long-distance footpath through southern Turkey has existed since 1999, when Kate Clow finally way marked the whole of a 500 km walk around the coast of the Teke Peninsula, ancient Lycia, from the pleasant harbour town of Fethiye almost to Antalya. Antalya is certainly one of Turkey’s greatest cities on the Mediterranean and it was our arrival and departure point for this exciting holiday.

Devouring the Lycian Way

Discovering Cultural Istanbul

Istanbul is a vibrant city straddling not only the Bosporus and Golden Horn, but also different cultures, and has retained many of its historical buildings and artifacts. The Ramblers Worldwide Holidays programme ‘A Cultural Week in Istanbul’ beautifully captures these different facets and manages to include many varied experiences in a busy week using, as a base, a good centrally located hotel.

Discovering Cultural Istanbul

Inspiring Istanbul

We had a wonderful week in Istanbul, with perfect weather for rambling around. It’s a fascinating city and struck me as surprisingly western, despite the ubiquitous head scarves and more complete forms of cover (burqa, chador, niqab, hijab – the definitions seem to be rather complicated).

Inspiring Istanbul

The Lycian Way

The breathtaking scenery, great walks, blue sea and magnificent ruins will, of course, remain the backdrop to our memories of this holiday. But Turkey is very much a sum of small parts and so every grand experience is underpinned by smaller memories that make this holiday so special.

The Lycian Way

The Turkish Delights of Istanbul

This must be the most effective way of seeing Istanbul in a week. A dream for history buffs, the programme facilitated appreciation of many mosques with their historical tiles and mosaics, amazing palaces and harems, a basilica and a fairly recently abandoned aqueduct that had been in operation from the 5th Century (the design may be useful in south east England right now!). 

The Turkish Delights of Istanbul

Exploring the Bosphorus in Istanbul

Sun shining and locals dining – what a phenomenal first glimpse of Istanbul. Our warm welcome in Istanbul began immediately as we exited the airport and observed the people of Istanbul enjoying the weather by the Bosphorus.

Exploring the Bosphorus in Istanbul

The Lycian Way Continues

After the penance of Finike, we’ve been treated to a taste of paradise in Cirali! Wonderful to step outside in the morning to the scent of honeysuckle and walk past green lawns and palm trees and pomegranate bushes.

The Lycian Way Continues
Tricia ColeTurkey

A cultural week in Istanbul

A chance to catch up with friends from past holidays and meet new ones on our Younger Person’s trip to Istanbul. The week certainly lived up to its billing as a cultural week, with amazing architecture and the famous tiles at every turn.

Tricia ColeTurkey
A cultural week in Istanbul

Istanbul

There’s a real buzz to Istanbul – it’s exciting in a way few other cities are. The labyrinth of the Grand Bazaar is the hub of a great magical wheel. 

Istanbul

Turkey

We were 18 (including Julia, our Leader) walking the Lycian Way in Turkey in April ‘10. Six singles and six couples. I don’t know if I have done a D+ Ramblers Worldwide Holidays walk before, but at times it was indeed challenging, although not too extreme.
 

Turkey
Brenda JeromeTurkey

The Lycian Way

We arrived in Antalya on Thursday evening (22 April), hardly able to believe we’d made it after all. We’d spent the previous days on a volcano rollercoaster, watching the progress of the ash from Eyjafjallajokull. 

Brenda JeromeTurkey
The Lycian Way