“No man can cross the same river twice, because neither the man nor the river are the same.”

by herakleitos from ephesus

Off-the Beaten Path - KARS

During the pandemic period we have been busy with travelling to the untouched destinations in Turkey. This week we spent a high quality time in Kars and its environs to introduce you unique experiences. Kars geographically is located between the Eastern and Northeastern Anatolia bordered with Armenia and Georgia. Its altitude is around 1650m and surrounded with the highlands at the altitudes between 2500m and 2800m. The area attracts the birdwatchers and botanists. The wetlands, marshes, plateaus , meadows are the paradise for the nature lovers.

It’s an 8 nights tour itinerary through the four seasons and we offer a customized itinerary according to your interest.

Hiking, Birdwatching, Beekeeping, Weaving, Unique Experiences of Rural Life, The Wildflowers (Geophytes) and a full day strolling through the streets and city walls of the ancient city of Ani and more…

Please ask for the detailed suggestions to petenturizm@petentour.com.

In the Steps of Ten Thousand based on the book Anabasıs by Xenophon

I hiked on the trail of Anabasis from the capital city of the Lydian Kingdom, Sardis to the hinterland of the Phrygian Kingdom. The nature led my path , I crossed the Meander, Kaystros and Lycus Valleys in the Aegean Region of Turkey. This ancient route offers breathtaking scenery, took me through the villages, orchards and ancient cities, outstanding landscape and geological formations. I hope you will enjoy going through my new travel project I created during the pandemic. Please ask the detailed itinerary – petenturizm@petentour.com.

Unique Skiing Experiences at Palandöken

Another our pandemic travel project is to take you to the highest summit in Turkey, Palandöken Ski Resort is one of the infrequent gems in the world. Being located in the coldest region of Turkey, snow quality never goes bad and the joy of powder snow skiing can be experienced as the region is crisp where the temperatures reach the level of -40oC (-40 F) at nights. The snow depth at the resort reaches 2-3 meters.

22 tracks with a total length of 28 km and the longest track length is 12 km. there are blue, red, and black tracks in the facilities.

Tracks starting from about 2,200 meters go up to a height of 3,176 meters. Skiing season starts in about late October at Palandöken Ski Resort and you can ski at its tracks in high regions until the first weeks of May.

There are direct flights between Istanbul and Erzurum, in the Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, is a unique destination with its history and natural beauty. Located at the foot of Palandöken Mountain. The Orient Express stops at Erzurum before its final city of Kars. I can design unbeatable itineraries for you to this destination. Please contact for further information – petenturizm@petentour.com.

The Leleg Trail

Hiking through the pastoral and rural Bodrum peninsula is the most interesting nature walks. The walk takes us uphill through lush vegetation and abundant display of wildflowers to breathtaking panoramic views.

One of the most important trade routes of Pedasa ancient city in Bodrum, which is 2,400 years old, is the Leleg Road. I took this road as my pandemic project and covered up a good distance in March. The wild flowers were blooming, the birds were singing, the azure Aegean Sea in distance was blinking. I felt the healing power of nature in my bones after having been locked down in Istanbul.

The Lelegs were the natives of the Bodrum Peninsula and founded eight cities located on the range of mountains, where they were visible to each other. I invite the nature lovers to explore the Leleg trail throughout the season. Please contact petenturizm@petentour.com for the detailed information.

A “gulet” is a picturesque traditional wooden yacht modified to accommodate passengers. These boats are powered by a quiet engine most of the time as their sails are mostly for show. However our captains use the sails whenever possible. Our gulets are between 32 and 42-metre vessels with 4, 5 or 6 air-conditioned cabins beautifully finished with mahogany paneling. Each cabin has a private bathroom with a shower. There is plenty of room for relaxing and reading in the lounge or on the decks outside. A large kitchen and bar area is located towards the back of the gulet, and meals are served in a large open area at the stern. Canvas and sailcloth awnings cover the dining area and a portion of the foredeck thus providing shade for comfortable lounging. All of our boats carry emergency medical kits and also have a basic library offering both classical and modern literature for your reading pleasure.

Please see the Discover Turkey by Land and Sea Tour for a sample of a possible itinerary. Of course Peten Travels is open to any ideas you may have in regards to exploring the Turkish Mediterranean coast.

All of our gulets comply with the high safety standards of local government regulations, which are monitored thoroughly by the coast guard.

Please contact us at petenturizm@petentour.com.

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