Fancy joining the kiwi travel writer in Turkey – read on . . .
“I can’t wait to go back in May next year. When I rave about this tour people ask me what I liked most, I think I exhaust them with so many highlights” so says Anna, director and owner of 50plustravel when talking about her recent trip to Turkey.
She continues. “We had lots of fun strolling around the Grand Bazaar, exploring many small and humble shops. It is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 5,000 shops – which is why we only visited a few! There are whole streets of shops specialising in jewellery, leather goods, ceramic and spices to list just a few. There are thousands of things you can find, bargain for, and then buy in the Grand Bazaar. It’s also an opportunity to discover the utterly fabulous Turkish hospitality and of course drink their sweet apple tea.”
Now I’m excited too … I am joining her New Zealand team for the 20-day tour of Turkey in May 2012. As a travel writer it will be fun to be able to help anyone on the small group who wants to improve their writing about their travels by passing on some tips that I’ve learnt over the years of writing about travel for newspapers and magazines. (See my webpage for more information about my writing, my book, and some of the publications I’ve appeared in. Note: my book, Naked in Budapest, was read, in seven episodes, on Radio NZ National earlier this year and the book has a chapter of Turkey – it will be fabulous to get back there.)
What I’m looking forward to see again is Cappadocia, then Konya, home of the Whirling Dervishes; and Karavanserai where we will see a resting house used on the ancient Silk Road and having a Turkish Folklore evening with its “all you can eat and drink” Turkish meal, local folk dancers, and a belly dancer!
I’m particularly looking forward to watching the sunrise from our Hot Air Balloon ride – this will definitely be one of the highlights of the tour for me.
Anna’s newsletter said “We did not want to leave Turkey! I can’t wait to take you there in May next year. I’d love you to have the same experience as we had and see for yourself this marvellous destination. Please book NOW as our groups are small and places are limited.” (See the map here)
Discover Turkey Tour
Istanbul Gallipoli Selcuk Kusadasi Kas Antalya Cappadocia Ankara Bursa
20 outstanding days. Depart NZ 20th May 2012 – Originally $6,975 now $6,775
SAVE $200 … see the webpage for more goodies
Of course you don’t have to leave from New Zealand – I can meet you in Istanbul!