Turkey Travel Stories

Turkey Travel Stories is a collection of travel stories from all over Turkey contributed by travelers, sharing the experience of Turkish culture, special places, nature, Turkish hospitality and also some other travel experiences you should read before you travel.

Bodrum is a Turkish coastal town located not too far from the Greek Island of Kos and is built over the ruins of the Ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus. Halicarnassus was home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Settled in the 7th...

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People crammed onto the tram as we got closer to downtown Istanbul. Fresh off the plane, I was seated with my large backpack still attached, my excitement brewing rapidly as we approached the heart of this pumping city. I hadn’t realized how much I loved Istanbul – until I made...

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My adventures are getting even more exciting – as I am now traveling through Turkey, Syria and Jordan with a group of 15. Our tour began with a real introduction to ‘Turkey’. We were waiting for a minibus to deliver us from our meeting point to the main bus station....

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We took a little afternoon trip up to a small ancient Greek village out in the country. The village was situated right in the steep hills, quaint, charming and picturesque. Its main produce is wine and olives, so wine tasting was on the menu! We tried a large selection of...

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A 5 hour slightly cramped bus trip was rewarded with a gorgeous little coast town called Fethiye. The coast was beautiful, as were the surrounding mountains. The morning after arriving, half of us set off at 8am for a solid day hike up into the mountains taking us up into...

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An early breakfast back at the hostel, and on the bus again for another long trip including a cargo ferry trip across the Euphrates. Our destination was a tiny village near Sanliurfa, to stay overnight in a family’s home – for an authentic peek into the lives of a ‘Turkish’...

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Another long bus ride to a mountain hostel in Nemrut Dagi. The weather started turning on us, and it wasn’t looking good for the planned early start the next morning to watch the sunrise from the mountain top with the ancient stone heads. It was freezing when we arrived, and...

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Although the Eastern Archdeaconry Synod meeting officially ended with the Eucharist and Ordination Service on the morning of Sunday 11th October, most synod members stayed on for a Sunday afternoon outing and guided tour to the Greco-Roman remains of the city of Ephesus some 50 miles/80 km south of Izmir....

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Turkey was truly delightful! We spent our time in three different parts of the country: Ankara, Cappadochia, and Istanbul. Our time in Ankara was shaped by our reunion with our good friends. Special friends we have known since our time in Japan. Not only do we all enjoy each others’...

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After 17 years in my stash drawer, this Turkish fabric will be the backing of the bird quilt. I bought it at an incredibly low price in Turkey, when I was engaged to get married for the first time. It was in Mersin, a southern harbour, where we went to...

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