Turkey & Greece

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There are hundreds of sights to see on International Expeditions’ new Turkey and Greece cruise, but nothing can happen without sustenance. Luckily, Turkey boasts one of the world's richest, most diverse and delicious cuisines.

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Nestled in the Aegean Sea along with its other Dodecanese archipelago counterparts, Lindos, on the island of Rhodes, tends to outshine the other islands of Greece with its beauty and cultural significance.

Lindos is situated on the Northern side of Rhodes with buildings that are formed along a steep cliff formation. Among them is what is possibly one of the most important buildings in Greek history - the Lindos acropolis. According to Business Today Egypt, this acropolis is the only one left other than its counterpart in Athens.

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Turkey's Turquoise Coast is a beautiful sight to see, and the area's historical significance makes this a must see on your Greece and Turkey cruise itinerary. The ancient Lycian civilization that once populated this region of Turkey is one of the most fascinating of its time, and many monuments, tombs and other structures carved into limestone hills and cliffs are still standing.

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When archaeologists began digging off the coasts of Turkey in the 1960s, they found what are now determined to be some of the oldest shipwrecks from the Bronze Age.

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Many of the stops on a Turkey and Greece cruise have more to do with ancient Greek and Roman cultures than Christianity, but Meryemana, or the House of the Virgin, is an exception.

Local legend tells that this house, now a church, is the place Mary fled to after Jesus was crucified. Located between Ephesus and Seljuk, Turkey, the site has received the official sanction of the Vatican and is now a popular site for religious pilgrims.

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One of the most exciting aspects of a Turkey and Greece cruise is reliving the ancient history that is scattered across the islands and peninsulas. In ancient times and today, people were familiar with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. But it was not until Praxiteles, a sculptor from the 4th century B.C., made his famous work that the world came to know her in the buff.

September 06, 2011

Sponge Treasures in Symi

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Greece's rich history as one of the world's earliest civilizations sometimes overshadows the smaller details of the country's landscape that offer incredible nature travel opportunities.

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There is a reason the sparkling shoreline of Turkey is called the Turquoise Coast. Not because of any abundance of a certain mineral, but rather for the bright green-blue of its Aegean and Mediterranean waters. However, an even more apt name for the area may be something that pays homage to its historical roots, as everything in the region — from its cliffs to its bays — is steeped in the history and culture of the Lycians, an ancient group of people who made history for their peaceful democratic societies and institutions.

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Though sites like Machu Picchu, the Great Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge may differ from one another in several ways, they are all bound by at least one similarity — distinction as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The prestigious title reflects these locations' unique positions as arbiters of the local culture and as a commanding physical significance for the area in which it is found.

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