Up and Coming Adventure Travel (again) in Turkey

Turkey is back – and it’s not because you just got socked in the stomach minutes after finishing Thanksgiving dinner. After tourism is the diverse country fell off post-9/11, last year visits to the country surged and surpassed pre-9/11 numbers. To quote the L.A. Times:

“TO the surprise of almost everyone in the travel industry, Turkey welcomed a near record number of 500,000 American tourists in 2006, even more than in the heady travel days before 9/11.

If you’re looking to discover Turkey yourself, BootsnAll can help, the next 14 day tour of the country gets underway in April and includes many highlights:

“Admire Istanbul’s Byzantine splendour, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Explore historic Troy, home of the Trojan horse and gaze in wonder at the Library of Celcus in Ephesus. See scenery dotted with orange and lemon groves, shimmering limestone terraces and pine forests. Cruise the Aegean coast onboard a gullet. Next travel off the beaten path as you are guided around Konya, Ankara and Bursa. Marvel at Cappadocia’s surreal landscape and try your bargaining skills in the many bazaars – just a few of the highlights!” 

If you’d rather go it alone, Away.com has this list of the Top 20 Turkish Adventures, from rafting Koprulu Canyon, Trekking the Krackar Mountains and Snowshoeing Cappdocia, and that’s just a start.

Also, hear what this BnA member didn’t expect from her visit to Turkey.