Language: The Turkish language is spread over a large geographical are in Europe and Asia; it is spoken in the Azeri, the Turkmen, the Tartar, the Uzbek, the Baskurti; the Hogay, the Kirgiz, the Kazakh, the Yakuti, the Guvas, and other dialects. The Turkish spoken in Turkey represents that of the Turkish language group coming from the southwest branch of the Uralic-Altayic language family. The oldest written records of Turkish are found upon stone monuments in Central Asia, in the Orhun, Yenisey and Talas regions within the boundaries of present day Mongolia, and belong to the years 725, 732 and 735 A.D. After the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923 and following the achievement of national unity, Latin alphabet using Turkish phonetics was adopted in 1928
As recommended in The Daily Telegraph Climbs the ruins of Tlos:
Tlos is one of the ancient Lycian cities, with the adventure of discovering a truely natural, beautiful site; Here you will have the opportunity to explore the theatre, acropolis fort, baths with seven arched windows and unusual cliff tombs. And view the fertile plains for miles around, - there are super snap shots to be had! Then stop for a break in the beautiful water gardens at the Yakapark trout farm. Lunch is fresly cooked and served by the river at Saklikent before we explore the gorge. During the retourn journey we stop at local weaving co-operative. A change to pick-up a bargain or two. Return to hotel in Fethiye - Oludeniz. (L)
THE NEW YORK TIMES (Oct. 22, 2000) An article about us.. Ezop Tour company offering a number of day trips is Ezop Travel, (90-212) 292 81 70, fax (90-212) 292 81 72, www.ezoptravel.com, based in Istanbul. Ezop offers a daily West Antalya tour, which includes a visit to ancient Phaselis, where there is a Roman aqueduct, baths and a theater among pine trees; the ruins of the Lycian city of Olympos; Chimaera; Demre (Kale); and Myra, with its Lycian tombs carved in a rock cliff. Cost depends on the number of visitors taking the tour: $75 for 9 to 16, and up to $192 for one person; lunch included.