Picks and Pans Review: The Turquoise Coast Via Istanbul

updated 03/27/1989 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/27/1989 01:00AM

If you want spectacular coastlines and some of the best ruins in the world—and you're of the opinion that Greece has become a virtual tourist parking lot—try the Turkish coast. In this excellent 50-minute tour, you'll lay eyes on the Turquoise Coast just as the Romans did many centuries ago—from a boat. You will then sail along the coast, stopping at the sundrenched towns of Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye and Ka?, an unspoiled favorite among sophisticated European travelers. From the scenic port of Kusadasi (Bird Island) it's just a short drive to Ephesus, the fabled city where St. Paul preached and Alexander the Great restored the grand Temple of Artemis, which was originally built to honor the Greek goddess in the 6th century B.C. And if Ephesus whets your archaeological appetite, take a side trip to view the magnificent tombs carved in the cliffs above the city of Demre, where St. Nicholas was martyred in the 4th century. Or head for Aspendos, where the world's best-preserved Roman amphitheater is still in use. Plugs for local shops and hotels follow the tour, but at that point, you can simply eject the tape. (Travelview International, $29.95; 800-325-3108)

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