Given the current political and social uncertainties of Turkey’s neighbors, we know that most Americans are not planning Turkish vacations in the near future.
But we think it helps to put things in perspective: there’s no disputing that the region now known as the Turkish Republic has always made the headlines—whether in cuneiform, Kufic script, or texted tweets. Good news or bad, the fact is that all news travels faster today than it did in antiquity. Meanwhile, distressing news from afar, about situations Americans may not fully comprehend, has the power to overwhelm and numb us into inertia and indifference.
And whether or not most Americans pay attention to the day-to-day issues that concern Turks, modern Turkey, comprised of Asian Anatolia and European Thrace, continues to be an exciting place—a crossroads of ideas, goods, and peoples.
Even so, readers may think it ironic that we’d expend our energy to urge you to come to Turkey this year. But let me emphasize, my colleagues and I DO urge you—especially this year.
Consider that, prior to the 1980s, Turkey, with very little tourism infrastructure, was largely unknown to Americans unless they’d come as hippies, educators, or military advisors. But thanks to glossy magazines and myriad travel articles, boatloads of Americans were attracted to Aegean ports and Istanbul bazaars, while busloads of us found our way to Cappadocia’s early rock-cut churches and Konya’s Whirling Dervishes…
Things are different in 2015, and for the sort of person reading this website, this year’s situation presents an opportunity: to explore Turkey as an American traveler rather than as a statistical “American tourist.”
If you’re an individualist, someone who enjoys getting off the beaten track, consider Turkey in 2015, a year to discover places groups rarely visit.
Seek our help booking arrangements should you chose to travel alone. Or ask for all the bells-and-whistles and let us design a one-of-a-kind adventure that includes archeological site visits and coastal sailing on a traditional Turkish gulet. Some of our favorite yachts may be available last minute or at lower rates and our most sought-after English-speaking guides, academic lecturers, and cultural specialists are easier to book this season.
In the realm of GOOD news from the Middle East, we’re pleased to report that UNESCO has just accepted thirteen additional archeological sites in Turkey to be considered as World Heritage Sites. The site names themselves are the stuff of legend: Hittite Arslantepe… Armenian Anavarza… Assyrian Christian Mor Yakup…
See this article in the Hurryiet Daily News
Whatever your nationality, a warm welcome awaits you in Turkey.