Armenian Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross (from 10th century), Akdamar Island, Van
14 – 28 June 2016
Turkey Anatolia-Lycia Tour (TAL) Dossier 2016 Click to download itinerary (pdf format)
A fascinating journey through the Anatolian plains of Asia Minor, visiting the little discovered Eastern region of Turkey where great empires have flourished and faded over the millennia, and stunning scenery and landscapes capture the imagination. Various cultures came and left their mark including the Assyrians, Hittites and Phrygians and there will be an opportunity to admire Byzantine churches and the architecture of the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks. In contrast, and unique in its content, our itinerary also includes the rich cultural heritage of ancient Lycia, founded in the 2nd century BC and that later became a Roman province. This South West region of Turkey has an unrivalled concentration of archaeological treasures as a result, comparable to an open-air museum, and we spend time visiting a carefully chosen selection of the best sites. Antalya, the eastern border of ancient Lycia, with Perge and Aspendos on its doorstep plus some of the principal Lycian cities; Tlos, Patara, Myra, Arycanda and Phaselis in the heart of Lycia.
Never in a million years would I have dreamed that on those numerous and wonderful moments that I walked along the colonnaded street in Roman Palmyra would I be reading such an awful and heartbreaking BBC headline.
If Palmyra is destroyed we can only blame ourselves for creating this hideous mess that the Middle East is now embroiled in….pity the people of Syria…..