Five times a day one hears the lonesome distant wail of a Call to Worship that comes from the tall stately minarets dotted around the Turkish countryside. In the Olden Days, religious leaders stood on the small circular balcony at the top of the towers calling their flock to worship, but during modern times, the Calls eminate from recordings. You hear it in the early morning, and again at midday, but you have to also give respect to people who practice their religion so openly and so loyally and with such sincerity.
Other things to do during your cruise is to visit a Turkish Bath, ride a camel, and shop for carpets, copper, leather, and pottery. A visit to a nearby Greek Island also offers a fine contrast: Greece is Christian, and Turkey is Muslim. Greece has black-robed priests, and Turkey has mosques with minarets and calls to worship. Greece has white-washed villages, while Turkey has camels, tobacco fields and women who wear veils over their faces, and Greece is only fifteen miles away.
But a visit to Turkey would not be complete without a visit to Ephesus, where it is believed that the Gospel of John was written. Ephesus was founded by the ancient Greeks, but flourished through the days of the Roman Empire. Today there remains a theatre, a temple, residences, library, gate, Odeon and the tomb of John the Apostle, and much more. It is located just outside of Izmir, and is well worth the visit. For this reason, we suggest flying out of Izmir…. Like us on Facebook to learn more.
Let original Nicholson brokers Julie Nicholson, Sylvia Weston, and Shelby Nicholson arrange a cruise for you along the Coast of Turkey this summer. Click here for our Summer 2013 Turkish rate sheet, where you will see at a glance the wide range of vessels available there with captain and crew – sail and power, large and small. Click on the name of the yacht for an e-brochure, or email us, and we will be happy to recommend specific yachts for your purposes. Nikyacht@comcast.net. Tel: 800 662 6066. Some e-brochures require a password. This month it is 616535864.
The Mediterranean season is from May through October, with July and August being high season, June and September being mid-or low season, and May and October is low season. But don’t think you will be short-changed by the weather during May and October. These are two of our most popular months, and they are less crowded.