Explore some of the world’s most ancient cities for a journey with a difference, says Tania Bhattacharya in the Telegraph, Calcutta, India.
So, you’ve run out of ideas for your next vacation, and all you know is that you’d like to make a trip that stands out from every other holiday. Well, how about hitting one of the world’s oldest, continuously inhabited city?
Gazientep in Turkey has been in existence since 3650 BC.and since it’s not easy to reach you’ll have a fair share of adventure en route as well. So strap in!
This Turkish city is among the ten oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. A place of breathtaking beauty owing to its stunning historical lineage, Gaziantep takes its culture very seriously. The city is dotted with several age-old inns that seamlessly merge the past and the present in one perfect experience.
For the gastronomically inclined, the sinful dessert, Baklava, is said to have originated here. Gaziantep’s pistachios are also well-known, as are its ‘Yemeni’ slippers and copper ware. And if you want a taste of history, just visit the city’s numerous museums or monuments — there’s the Hasan Suzer Ethnography Museum, Gaziantep Citadel and more.
Imaginative Traveller, a British tour provider, has a 13-night, 14-day trip to Central Turkey and Black Sea, which takes you to Gaziantep for a night and two days. The trip starts and ends in Istanbul and also takes you to Cappadocia, Amasra, Sinop, Kahta and more. Departure dates are available from July to October. The trip includes accommodation with breakfast, local flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul and land transfers between destinations, sightseeing as per itinerary and arrival airport transfer. Go to www.imaginative-traveller.com/trips/PECE
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