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7 Awesome places in Turkey everyone should visit

16th November 2014

Here are 7 awesome places in Turkey that everyone should visit;

1. Gallipoli Cemeteries and Memorials
Gallipoli is a moving experience for all visitors to Turkey, (particularly for those from Australia and New Zealand)
Visit Anzac Cove, site of the WWI battle between the Turkish and the Allies - Commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Learn the history of the ANZACs and visit 'ANZAC Cove', the site of the famous battle between Allied and Turkish troops, where heavy casualties were suffered on both sides.
See the Turkish and Allied Trenches at Johnston's Jolly and visit 'The Nek', a narrow stretch of ridge in the battlefield on the Gallipoli peninsula and the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair, (site of one of New Zealand's epic stands on the Gallipoli peninsula in August 1915)
Gallipoli is a peninsula which is located in northwest coast of Turkey.

2. Cappadocia
A visit to Cappadocia is a MUST for every Turkey traveller – the combination between nature and art is unique.
Take a few days of your time – you will not regret it. Walking and hiking - this is the way to explore Cappadocia so a good pair of walking shoes is essential. Summers can be very hot and winters are pretty cold but if you stay in one of the cave hotels you will be up for a surprise.
Cappadocia is suitable for every age – however most of the attractions need at least a minimum of fitness.
If your budget permits you should take a hot air balloon trip, especially on lovely summer morning (note: morning starts at 5 am!) its well worth it and the ballon will give you the chance to observe the whole moonscaped area at one glimpse.
Read more about Cappadocia

3. Underground cistern Istanbul
There are many of them in Istanbul but two of them have been restored beautifully and are open for visitors.

Binbirdirek Sarnici :( cistern) meaning 1001 columns. It is the oldest one in Istanbul and has been restored in the year 2002. It holds today 212 of the once 224 columns. It is located in the district of Fatih close to the Blue Mosque.
Yerebatan Sarnici: (cistern) it is the largest of all cisterns, the base of two columns displaying the head of Medusa. The cistern is illuminated with a soft lightshow and classical music. 1963 the cistern was used as apart of the James Bond Film “From Russia with Love”. It is located in the district of Fatih, close to the blue mosque.
Read more Sight Seeing in Istanbul

4. Ephesus
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ruins that are visible give some idea of the city's original splendor, and the names associated with the ruins are evocative of its former life. Walking around Ephesus is like a step back in time, this ancient city is so well preserved and restored that it gives you a clear insight into how this ancient city would have looked and felt.
Read more about Ephesus

5. The Princess Islands, Istanbul
No cars are allowed here, just horse-drawn carriages. Many people visiting Istanbul come to the islands, enjoying the peace and tranquility.  The islands offer lovely quaint restaurants and some have small hotels for overnight visits. The natural beauty on each of the islands is breath taking.
Read more about the Princess Islands

6. Blue mosque
one of the symbols of Istanbul. It got its name from the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. When visiting please remember to take your shoes off, keep shoulders, knees and hair covered.
How to get there: Tram: the nearest tram stop is Sultanahmed. From here you walk 3 minutes to the Blue Mosque.
Metro: the nearest metro stop is Aksaray
Read more Sight Seeing in Istanbul

7. Greek Orthodox Monastery Turkey
The Sümela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery, standing at the foot of a steep cliff facing the Altindere valley. The monastery was Founded in 386 AD during the reign of the Roman Emperor Theodosius I (375 – 395), and legend has it that two priests undertook the founding of the monastery on the site after having discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain.
Sumela Monastery of Virgin Mary is located near Trabzon on Turkey's Black Sea coast.


At YellAli we offer tours to all of the above destinations, if you would like to book a tour or require further information contact us today;
info@yellali.com


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