6 Turkish adventures beyond the beaches and bazaars

By Robin Gauldie, for CNNUpdated 16th January 2014
Turkey's big, very big -- and train travel reveals it.
Turkey's big, very big -- and train travel reveals it.
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Ruin-spotting companion: one of several kinds of Turkish tortoise.
Ruin-spotting companion: one of several kinds of Turkish tortoise.
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Van: odd-eyed swimming cats and an ancient church.
Van: odd-eyed swimming cats and an ancient church.
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Pick your trail ...
Pick your trail ...
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A view along the Lycian Way.
A view along the Lycian Way.
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Ararat: mentioned in the Bible, although don't use it as a guide book.
Ararat: mentioned in the Bible, although don't use it as a guide book.
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Ankara is slightly dull but worth flying into for connections to many sights.
Ankara is slightly dull but worth flying into for connections to many sights.
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