The 13 Day Turkish Treasures is worthwhile and very inexpensive. To our surprise, the food is the best among 5 tours (countries) we joined w/ Gate1. It has the mix flavor (taste) of Eastern and Western food.
Istanbul (Constantinople, the capital of Eastern Roman Empire) is the core of Byzantine Architecture & Ottman Architecture. Greek and Roman left countless ruins and culture treasures (such as Homer's Iliad, 13th century BC Trojan War........) throughout western & central part of Turkey (where we toured) during thousands year of ruling there. In 11 days of motorcoach we visited Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque & Basilica Cistern (Roman built underground water storage) in Istanbul. In Izmir, we toured Ephesus (a Greek city first built in 1000 BC), one of the greatest ruined cities in the western world. In Ankara (the capital), we visited Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, named museum of the year in 1997. I was amazed at how ancient the history is and the intrigue culture treasure that Turkey inherits from Greek and Roman.
Especially we enjoyed the tour guider's information throughout the entire trip. Nesli is so knowledgeable and organized that we were able to follow daily itinerary on time and see/learn a lot about Turkey (past & present) during our trip.
We have joined Gate 1 so far 5 tours and enjoyed all. All their tour guides are very professional. But Nesli is the best among all. She has wide range of knowledge about Turkey, from history, culture, architecture in the past to political, social and economic status at the present time.
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