Turkey Travel by Bus and by Boat

I try to show the more mundane realities of travel along with all the glorious sights in my shows. For instance, when exploring Turkey, the bus system is excellent: I wouldn’t drive or take the train. The best approach for travelers is to take cheap flights for long hops and intercity buses for shorter trips. Another fun dimension of traveling here is taking a little cruise along the Turkish Riviera.

My early memories of travel in Turkey, back when I was a student, included long bus rides. On board was an attendant who handed out water and sprinkled cologne on all the stinking passengers. The tradition survives — and we filmed it.

My early memories of travel in Turkey, back when I was a student, included long bus rides. On board was an attendant who handed out water and sprinkled cologne on all the stinking passengers. The tradition survives — and we filmed it.

Lale and her husband, Tan, spearheaded the research and writing of the Rick Steves’ Istanbul guidebook. They coordinate our booming Turkey tour program and, with the help of our tour department, have trained a number of excellent guides who take good care of our groups. Now Lale is taking two weeks away from her family to help us weave the things we see and experience in our tours into two new TV shows.

Lale and her husband, Tan, spearheaded the research and writing of the Rick Steves’ Istanbul guidebook. They coordinate our booming Turkey tour program and, with the help of our tour department, have trained a number of excellent guides who take good care of our groups. Now Lale is taking two weeks away from her family to help us weave the things we see and experience in our tours into two new TV shows.

 The Turkish coast just west of Antalya has peaceful beaches and great swimming. This bay also comes with an amazing ancient ruined city— Phaselis. Photo credit: Dean Cannon.

The Turkish coast just west of Antalya has peaceful beaches and great swimming. This bay also comes with an amazing ancient ruined city— Phaselis. Photo credit: Dean Cannon.

We hired a gulet (a traditional Turkish boat) for a delightful day at sea —peaceful bays, a big lunch, backgammon with raki, and a refreshing dip — all with the camera rolling. Photo credit: Dean Cannon.

We hired a gulet (a traditional Turkish boat) for a delightful day at sea —peaceful bays, a big lunch, backgammon with raki, and a refreshing dip — all with the camera rolling. Photo credit: Dean Cannon.

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