Find in­spi­ra­tion and win a hol­i­day

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THIS year’s AFTA Sun­day Mail Hol­i­day Expo will prove to be a Turk­ish de­light for one lucky vis­i­tor with a fab­u­lous trip for two on of­fer.

In three decades as South Aus­tralia’s largest travel fair, with dozens of ex­perts of­fer­ing in­spi­ra­tion and in­for­ma­tion on all forms of travel, the expo has given away al­most 40 in­ter­na­tional trips and plenty of do­mes­tic hol­i­days.

This year there is again a ter­rific hol­i­day on of­fer – a re­turn trip for two to Turkey, fly­ing Ade­laide to Is­tan­bul re­turn with Malaysia Air­lines (taxes at win­ner’s ex­pense) plus travel in­sur­ance with QBE.

The tour it­self is the Globus 14-day Turk­ish De­light pack­age, pro­vid­ing a to­tal prize value of $8000 a cou­ple.

The Globus tour takes in high­lights such as Is­tan­bul, Bursa, Ankara, Cap­pado­cia, Konya, An­talya, Pa­mukkale, Izmir and the Troy area.

The time in Is­tan­bul in­cludes vis­its to the Blue Mosque, Top­kapi Seraglio and the Grand Bazaar.

Then cross the Bosporus into Asia Mi­nor and con­tinue to Bursa, the first cap­i­tal of the Ot­toman Em­pire, where sight­see­ing in­cludes the Green Ot­toman Com­plex and the Great Mosque.

Trav­el­ling via Gor­dion, where Alexan­der the Great cut the prover­bial knot and thus opened the way to Asia, you con­tinue on to Earth Tu­mu­lus.

In Ankara, cap­i­tal of Turkey since 1923, visit the Mau­soleum of Ataturk and the Mu­seum of Ana­to­lian Civ­i­liza­tions.

Ex­plore the ex­otic Car­a­vansary of Agzikara­han and then visit Cap­pado­cia to see the early Chris­tians’ Rock Chapels and the un­der­ground city of Ozkonak.

Also tour the fas­ci­nat­ing ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site of Hier­apo­lis in Pa­mukkale, then dis­cover the in­trigu­ing his­tory of Eph­e­sus and Troy and pay re­spects at the World War I ceme­tery on your way back to Is­tan­bul.

To be in the run­ning to win, see the en­try form in next week’s Es­cape sec­tion, which will also in­clude a spe­cial sup­ple­ment on the AFTA Sun­day Mail Hol­i­day Expo.

Then col­lect the to­kens which will ap­pear the fol­low­ing Mon­day to Fri­day on the weather page of the The Ad­ver­tiser.

The 2012 AFTA Sun­day Mail Hol­i­day Expo will be held at the Ade­laide Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, North Tce, start­ing on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 3, from 4-8pm and con­tin­u­ing on the Satur­day and Sun­day from 10am-5pm. En­try is $9, se­niors/con­ces­sion $8. More than 150 ex­hibitors will of­fer the best in hol­i­day ideas, from ma­jor world tours to week­end get­aways, at this year’s expo.

The di­verse range of ex­hibitors will in­clude national tourism or­gan­i­sa­tions, ma­jor air­lines, lux­ury re­sorts, highly rep­utable travel com­pa­nies and do­mes­tic tourism com­mis­sions of­fer­ing hol­i­day ideas rang­ing from sun-soaked beach breaks to ski ad­ven­tures, from es­corted coach tours to rail and self-drive breaks, from Euro­pean va­ca­tions to Asian, African, Amer­i­can and Antarc­tic es­capes.

There also will be plenty of in­for­ma­tion about an­cil­lary travel needs, health, cam­eras, in­sur­ance, lug­gage, maps, cloth­ing, gad­gets, money and more.

The Expo is pre­sented by Turn­styles Exhibitions & Events on be­half of SA mem­bers of the Aus­tralian Fed­er­a­tion of Travel Agents and is spon­sored by The Sun­day Mail.

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