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Turkey

Turkey – a country of 1001 nights

The Republic of Turkey is a Eurasian country which has a significant geostrategic importance located between the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia and Thrace (Rumelia) in the Balkan region of south-eastern Europe.

History

The Republic of Turkey was established in 1923 under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal, known as "Ataturk", who led the founding of the young and modern republic. Since then, Turkey has become increasingly integrated with the West through membership in organisations such as the Council of Europe, NATO, OECD and the G-20 major economies.

Tourism

As a bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey has a rich history to be expected of a country at such an important cultural crossroads. Turkey's long and varied sea coast, high mountains and lakes, and its many historical, religious, and archaeological sites give the country unrivalled potential. There are many interesting places to visit and many activities to do. Turkey attracts almost 30 million people from all around the world every year, who come to enjoy the sandy beaches and the clear seas, see the many interesting landscapes, or visit the historical sites. The Turkish Cuisine is one of the best in the world. It has a wide variety of dishes mainly prepared with fresh vegetables and olive oil which makes it healthy as well as delicious. All kinds of fresh fruits can be found, traditional “baklava” and “lokum” (known as Turkish delight) are the Turkish specialities not to miss among traditional deserts.

Holiday dialysis in Turkey

Since 1998, NephroCare dialysis centres are located almost everywhere in the country. Today more than 50 dialysis centres are operated in different destinations. They are ready to provide high quality haemodialysis services for patients who travel both for business and leisure purposes. Our qualified and experienced clinical staff will be more than happy to welcome our guests in need of dialysis while travelling.

Tips for destinations

Antalya

Antalya is situated on the Turkish Riviera, the most stunning part of Turkey's Mediterranean coast. It is typical of Turkey, a thriving modern city, with a historic heart in the centre of Kaleiçi inside the old city walls. This area has seen something of a renaissance in recent years, with many of the wooden Ottoman mansions being restored and turned into boutique hotels. No cars are allowed in the narrow streets of the old town so it is a good place to soak up the atmosphere around the charming harbour. The symbol of Antalya is the fluted minaret or Yivli Minare built by the Seljuks in the 13th century. There are plenty of interesting pieces in the Archaeological Museum, dating from the Palaeolithic Age right through to Ottoman times.

Antalya has a backdrop of stunning mountain scenery, and the city is set high on cliffs, with many of its grandest hotels overlooking the sea on the outskirts of the town. The beach area of Lara, approximately 12 km to the east is home to the best beach in the area, known for its golden sand, and is rapidly becoming a resort in its own right. To the west, the long pebble beach of Konyaalti is also popular. Heading up into the mountains, you can make the most of the beautiful scenery by visiting the spectacular Düden or Kursunlu waterfalls. At Saklikent, just 50 km away from the city centre, you can even ski, where they usually have snow on the slopes until early April.

The most popular Historic Sites of Antalya Region:

 

Aspendos:

Just 50 km east of Antalya, Aspendos was an important centre of trade during Roman times. Today, the most impressive aspect of Aspendos is its stunning theatre, which was built in approx. 162 AD. It seats 15,000 and has been beautifully preserved. Each year it hosts the Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival which takes place in June and July and gives you the opportunity to see performances of classics in a magnificent setting. The aqueduct, which supplied water to the city is also still relatively intact and is an impressive sight.

 

 

Phaselis:

The three harbours of this Lycian port city were once a major commercial centre. In the shelter of Mount Tahtali, it is a popular stopping off point for yachts, and its clear waters and sandy beaches are popular with sun-seekers. The archeological remains are mostly Roman and include a theatre, baths, aqueducts, Hadrian's Gate, an agora and an acropolis.

 

 

Perge:

Just 18 kms from Antalya, Perge was an important city in Pamphylia and was visited by St. Paul during his missionary journeys. Today, the city gate, flanked by lofty towers, theatre and baths, are of interest.

 

 

Demre:

Also known as Kale, the ancient city of Myra, is mostly famous for its connection with St. Nicholas, who was bishop here in the 4th century. His church is the focus of the annual ceremony which takes place to commemorate him on or around his feast day of 6th December. It is well worth seeing the Roman theatre which remains here, overlooked by spectacular rock tombs, dating from the 4th century BC.

 

NephroCare centre in Antalya

The capital of vacation in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, Antalya offers perfect vacation options for dialysis patients in every season. But due to its mild climate and advantageous off-season prices, it is worthwhile having a vacation in Antalya in spring, autumn, and winter.

The view of the stupendous Taurus Mountains and the turquoise sea can be seen along the entire coastline accompanied by the scent of orange trees. Besides its rich natural beauty, Antalya is also well-known for its historic sites and remains. Old manor houses in the city centre within the fortress walls, the ancient Marina, and the ancient city Aspendos are just a few of them. You can also go shopping in the old town or enjoy the colourful night life in the city centre.

Since 1989, Fresenius Medical Care’s Antalya Holiday Dialysis Centre has been the choice of dialysis patients who come to Antalya for vacation. Today, with its 25 years of experience, friendly and qualified personnel, modern infrastructure, use of state-of-the-art technology and universal guidelines, our dialysis centre provides the best possible dialysis care to patients from all around the world. There is one nephrologist, two dialysis physicians, eight nurses, one technician, five service staff, and one cook who all are experts in dialysis care and have been experienced in this field for many years. Fresenius Medical Care’s Antalya Holiday Dialysis Centre is in a detached building in a beautiful housing complex with a big swimming pool at the entrance of the clinic where your family can swim and relax while you are having your dialysis treatment. All of our three dialysis rooms have a panoramic view of the swimming pool.

During your dialysis, you can watch European TV channels, listen to the radio, use free Wi-Fi or read magazines in several languages. In the meantime, we serve delicious Turkish cuisine prepared according to your renal diet by our professional cook. Your family can also enjoy Turkish cuisine in our cafeteria free of charge. The location of our clinic is very convenient. It is very close to the world famous Lara sandy beaches and all inclusive hotels. We provide a free shuttle service between your hotel and the dialysis centre which takes 5-15 minutes depending on the location of your hotel. We provide a shuttle service for other regions of Antalya too, so you do not need to worry about organising transfers

Antalya Holiday Dialysis Centre

Bayındırlık Cad. Lara Kent Sitesi S Blok Guzeloba

ANTALYA

Tel: +90 242 349 20 04

www.antalyaholidaydialysis.com

Holidaydialysis.Turkey@fmc-ag.com

Spoken languages:
English, German, French, Russian, Dutch

Dialysis Machines:
25 Fresenius 5008S CorDiax (separate machines for Hep. B and Hep. C positive patients)

Istanbul

Istanbul is truly a world city, a city which everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture, a vibrant, modern city, with a unique identity. Its rich past coexists alongside its youthful exuberance. Although no longer the capital of Turkey, Istanbul still remains the country's cultural and business centre.

It is a city of contrasts, bustling with the cacophony of 21st century life, and yet is achingly beautiful. It is set in a stunning location, surrounded by water which is the narrow strait of the Bosphorus and the serene sea of Marmara separating Europe from Asia. Istanbul has a foot in each, celebrating the best of both heritages. As Byzantium, Constantinople and finally, Istanbul, it has been the capital of three Empires, each leaving their mark in the form of stunning palaces, castles, mosques, churches and monuments. The legacy of its chequered past can be seen at every turn in the modern city.

The layout of Istanbul can seem confusing at first. The Bosphorus divides the city into the European and Asian sides: spanning the continents, it is linked by two magnificent bridges the first of which was opened in 1973 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Republic. Most visitors to the city, staying for a few days, will have little reason to visit the Asian side, except as part of a Bosphorus tour, on a boat which zigzags from side to side, to take in the best of each.

The European side, however, is also divided in two by the Golden Horn or Haliç, which roughly divides the historic part of old Istanbul, encompassing the areas of Sultanahmet and Laleli, from the modern city. It is crossed by a number of bridges, the most famous of which is the pontoon, the Galata Bridge. Most visitors on short city breaks stay in the old town as the vast majority of the sites which they will be visiting are in this area. Istanbul's most famous sites - The Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia), Topkapi Sarayi (Palace) and the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) - are all within a 30 minute walk of each other. It is easy to get around on foot or by making use of the tram, which provides a regular service on the pedestrianised main street. In terms of accommodation, there are now a number of characterful boutique hotels in the area of Sultanahmet, many of which are restored Ottoman wooden mansions. These are ideal for those who really want to savour the authentic atmosphere of the Old Town. Visitors on a budget may want to consider the more modern and competitively priced hotels of the Laleli district, although this area is much busier.