Turkish delights for active travelers

NEW YORK -- Active travelers can choose from at least two group programs in Turkey this fall.

Butterfield & Robinson, in Toronto, is offering an Oct. 3 departure for its Turkey walking expedition through Cappadocia .

The region's bizarre landscape of rock formations -- cones, chimneys and pillars -- also boasts cave dwellings and rough-hewn churches.

Following the Cappadocia portion of the trip, clients fly to the Turquoise Coast to travel on foot among the Greek and Roman ruins and to relax each night on a luxurious royal Gulet yacht.

Accommodations in Cappadocia are at Les Maisons de Cappadocia and in Bodrum at the Marmara Hotel.

The hiking level is classified as 1B: 25 to 30 miles a day.

The tour cost is $4,750.

World of Oz, in Virginia Beach, Va., operates a year-round program of soft adventures and trekking on Turkey's southern coast.

The operator features three one-day excursions from Antalya; three in the vicinity of Bodrum, and two from Bodrum, Marmaris or Dalaman.

Walking trips are made in conjunction with the operator's selection of three-night or longer minitours in these seaside destinations, which serve as home bases for participants as they explore on foot the ruins of ancient cities, temples and theaters.

While all excursions require walking, none are particularly strenuous for fit individuals.

Excursions include transportation from the main town to the hiking starting point, services of a guide, water, entrance fees and a snack or lunch. The cost ranges from $90 to $190, depending on the route.

Also of note from the World of Oz this fall is its 13-night Crossroads of Civilizations tour to Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale and Izmir.

The tour, which departs Oct. 15, features deluxe hotels, a tour escort, most meals, sightseeing and overland motorcoach travel; the land cost is $2,999.

Butterfield & Robinson
Phone: (800) 678-1147
Web: www.butterfield.com

World of Oz
Phone: (800) 248-0234
Web: www.worldoz.com

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