In Istanbul the Church of Haghia Sophia will embrace you, as it did Christendom for 1000 years. Listen to the call to prayer, as it beckons from the pinnacles of the minarets from the greatest mosques ever created by Sinan, the chief Ottoman architect. The covered Grand Bazaar will invite you to sample from its 4000 shops and nearby you can sit spellbound, as the Sufi Whirling Dervishes seek a higher state. We have walked the cobbled-stone streets of Ephesus and listened, as the ancient theater whispered with the words of Saint Paul. In Turkey you can follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Saint Paul, Rumi, Ataturk, and Saint Nicholas. Along the Mediterranean Coast you can hike the flower strewn valleys, sprinkled with nomadic camps and monastic ruins, or sail with sea captains like Enver, Toson, or Taner where you will try new food, dabble in backgammon, and experience Turkish hospitality at its warmest.
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