In the geography where east and west meet, the lands that hosted the most significant civilizations in the world history is called Anatolia.
Cappadocia is the largest rock-carved habitat made by humans on the ground made of tuffs of Mount Erciyes, one of the most important extinct volcanoes of Anatolia. One of the first settlements of Christians, the land is a region built on tens of thousands of acres with many churches, soup kitchens, tombs and similar settlements.
"Anatolia, the land where money was invented, is the land of many rich civilizations."
Olympos Beach is one of the important historical and touristic spots of Antalya city located in the south of Anatolia. It is located in the ancient Olympos Ancient City, right next to the Olympos Stream flowing into this golden sandy beach where the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra came and swam.
"Göbeklitepe is the first known religious ceremony temple in the history of mankind from 10,000 BC to the present day."
Patara is a port and trade city located in the south-west of Anatolia and dating back to the Bronze Age. It is believed that Patarus, son of Apollo, founded Patara. Patara, one of the most important cities of the Lycia region, has one of the unique beaches of the Turkish Riviera with its 18 km length. Many famous priests of the early Christian period lived in this region. Patara is the birthplace of St. Nicholas in 270 AD. The ancient city still hosts important ruins.
"Achilles and Hector, considered to be the greatest warriors of history, came face to face in Troy, one of the most important cities in Anatolia."
Ephesus is an ancient Greek city located in the west of Anatolia in the Selçuk region of Izmir province. Founded in the 10th century BC in the region on the Aegean Sea, Ephesus was one of the 12 cities of the Ionian civilization in the classical Greek period. In 129 BC, the Roman Republic came under the rule. Ephesus, a magnificent city in its region, has an important place in terms of trade and culture. The second largest library in history is located in Ephesus. Remaining ruins are one of the most tourist-attracting places in Anatolia.
"The Hittites, the civilization that made the first written treaty in history, was established and ruled in Anatolia."
Ayder is a yayla (Alpine pasture) in the northern part of Anatolia in the Black Sea region. Located within the borders of Rize province, Ayder is a summer vacation area with its greenery and hot springs. With an altitude of 1350 meters, Ayder, which presents the green of nature in different shades, is a beautiful symbol of the plateaus, one of the most significant preferences of Anatolia.
"The greatest commanders of history from Alexander the Great to Suleiman the Magnificent ruled in Anatolia."
Zeugma is an ancient city of Commagene Kingdom. The name of Zeugma, which is located within the borders of Gaziantep province in the modern age, means bridge. The city built next to the Euphrates River is an important road as it is a transit area. With the mosaics made inside the Roman villas in Zeugma reaching today, one of the most comprehensive mosaic museums in the world was established in this region.
"Many amphitheaters and ancient city ruins on the shores of the Aegean Sea, located in the west of Anatolia, can still be visited today."
The Bosphorus, also known as Istanbul Strait, is a waterway that separates Asia from Europe and passes through the middle of Istanbul, the capital of the two largest empires in history. It is the narrowest strait used for international maritime trade in the world. Passing through the middle of both sides of the city of Istanbul, the strait is the first of the two straits connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.
"Anatolia is the most fertile land in the world that has hosted people of all beliefs throughout history, from its deep blue seas to its snowy mountains, from its lush green plateaus to its endless plains."
The most popular of the many blue voyage routes in Turkey and legendary voyages on the sea of civilizations. Turkey offers blue cruise opportunities for visitors to explore magical destinations, hidden coves and wonderful ancient cities.
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