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Traveller's Tree, Series 5 Episode 5 of 6

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 18 May 2009

Katie Derham presents the holiday magazine which examines our holiday and travel trends.

With British holiday bookings to Turkey up over 20 per cent and a host of new air routes to the country, Katie and the team look at the country that has become the most popular 'outside the Euro-zone' destination.

Sarah Rainsford, at the end of her stay in Turkey as BBC correspondent, gives an insider's guide to Instanbul, the city she has come to love, and author and journalist Jeremy Seal takes a meander inland. Plus a report on Cappodocia, one of the world's most bizarre landscapes where holiday accommodation is in caves.

A Just Radio/Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

  • Mentioned in the programme

    Our studio guests were Melissa Shales and Jeremy Seal.

    Melissa pointed out that with such a long coastline you don’t have to go very far to get out of the reach of other tourists. She mentioned in particular the Saklikent Gorge with its wonderful trout restaurants.

    Jeremy Seal reported the beautifully unspoiled Ottoman hilltown of Sirince, near Ephesus in the Aegean hinterland. He also highly recommended exploring the Turkish coast onboard a gulet, a traditional wooden fishing boat.

    Dorian Jones’ tour of Istanbul took us to Asmalimescit, a vibrant quarter of downtown Istanbul. He also went to Rustem Pasha Mosque in Eminonu.

    Author Louis de Bernières talked about the village of Karakoy not far from Fethiye on the South Western corner of Turkey, which is the setting for his book Birds Without Wings.

    Daniel Goldstein took a hot air balloon tour through Cappadoccia’s otherworldly landscape as part of a 14-day coach trip offered by Voyages Jules Verne. Also running coach trips to Capadoccia and other parts of Turkey are Cosmos Tours, Archers Direct, and Milestones.

  • Further reading

    Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières
    Published by Vintage

    The Little Hotel Book of Turkey
    by Sevan Nisanyan
    Published by Milet Publishing Ltd


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