Visiting Turkey on a Cruise

Turkey has always been a top destination for tourists seeking sun, sea and sights but it is now also becoming a popular place to visit on a cruise. The long beautiful coastline provides a wonderful selection of interesting and beautiful places for people to visit.

Marmaris in South West Turkey is the country’s biggest beach resort. It is also a sensational stop for many cruises, allowing passengers to stop and enjoy the traditional hammams (steam baths). The beautiful town on Dalyan is nearby where many hundreds of years of history are on show, with Lycian tombs and the Ancient Kaunos theatre being great attractions. Dalyan beach plays host to endangered loggerhead turtles, protected by wooden stakes which mark out their nesting grounds.

Thomson Holidays offer Cruise and Stay holidays, which combines a week cruising with a week staying in a Dalaman hotel or apartment. The cruise part of the holiday has three different options: Egypt and the Holy Land, Ancient Wonders or Crimean Discovery. These offer an unmissable introduction to the Turkish cruising destinations along with other key cities in the region.

Alanya is an ancient town which is believed to have been inhabited since pre-historic times. The town was given to Cleopatra as a present from Mark Anthony in 44BC. For modern day visitors, there is plenty to do and see. The pretty harbour is surrounded by a wide assortment of restaurants and cafes, where you can sit and relax between your sight seeing trips. The striking Citadel with its hexagonal Red Tower is in the centre of the port. One great place to visit is the Damlatas Cave, where stalagmites and stalactites have formed over the years to create magical rocky formations. Thomson Celebration’s Portrait of the Past cruise visits Alanya as part of its voyage around the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

The Blue Cruise in Bodrum is another interesting holiday idea. The term “Blue Cruise” derives from a Turkish book by Azra Erhat and usually refers to a sailing holiday in the Turkish riviera. Many companies offer cruises on traditional Turkish gulets (sailing boats) or it is possible to charter a yacht for a dream holiday with a group of friends or family.

Kusadasi is a delightful seaside town on the Aegean coast, where the silky sands tempt many tourists to chill out and enjoy the turquoise blue waters. For more of an active trip, the town of Ephesus is nearby. Ephesus was the site of Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It has a colourful history as an Ancient Greek city, then later as a key Roman city. Many ancient ruins remain, including the largest collection of Roman ruins in the Eastern Mediterranean.

So if you have never ventured past the beautiful beaches of the Turkish coast, then you may have missed out. Turkey’s rich and varied history has left many spectacular sights that can be easily visited from a cruise trip and are sure to enrich your holiday experience.

Photo via fabiomiami on Flickr.

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