Touristic Orient Express Departs to Introduce the Hidden Beauties of Turkey

Touristic Orient Express Departs to Introduce the Hidden Beauties of Turkey
Touristic Orient Express Departs to Introduce the Hidden Beauties of Turkey

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that the Touristic East Express set out to introduce the hidden beauties and riches of Turkey to the world in a much more comfortable way, and said that they have finished the compulsory stop of the Touristic East Express.

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu spoke at the touristic Eastern Express farewell ceremony; “Since the laying of the first rail on the İzmir-Aydın line in 1856, our railways have; carries the history of our nation's pains, joys, separations and reunions. Our trains have not only carried cargo and passengers since those days, but also carried our values ​​that ensure our unity and solidarity. Our trains; He reunited students with their schools, soldiers with their families, and loved ones with each other.”

Karaismailoğlu stated that the Eastern Express, first and foremost, follows the material and spiritual values ​​of the Anatolian cultural heritage, and continues to do so:

“The Touristic Orient Express set out to introduce the hidden beauties and riches of our country to the world in a much more comfortable way. Since its first voyage, it has made 368 trips and covered a total of 483 thousand 920 kilometers. Thousands of passengers from all walks of life, from photography enthusiasts to travelers, traveled on the Eastern Express route, which was chosen as one of the top 4 train routes in the world by travel writers. However, unfortunately, due to the coronavirus that affected the whole world, we unintentionally interrupted our flights since the middle of March 2020. Today, we are finishing this compulsory stop of our Touristic Orient Express. With the speed we have achieved in the vaccination works, we are returning the Eastern Express to the rails to introduce the beauties of our country, without neglecting the precaution.”

“Touristic Orient Express; He is on the road again to remind us of our history and culture, and to introduce our beautiful villages and towns that scatter in Anatolia like pearls,” said Minister of Transport, Karaismailoğlu, adding that an adventure stretching from Ankara to Kars is a journey through the unique history and geography of Anatolia. told.


He stated that the Eastern Express completed its 300-kilometer track in approximately 31,5 hours and offered a unique sightseeing and scenery feast to both citizens and guests coming to Turkey. Emphasizing that passengers have the opportunity to see historical and cultural values ​​while tasting different flavors of Turkish cuisine, Karaismailoğlu said, “Our train is an opportunity to explore not only Kars but also Kayseri, Sivas, Erzurum and Erzincan on its route. Between Ankara and Kars; In İliç and Erzurum, between Kars and Ankara; It stops in Erzincan, Divriği and Sivas for 3 hours each, allowing group and individual passengers to visit touristic places. Our train takes its passengers to explore the natural and cultural heritage, including the Dark Canyon, Üç Vaults, Double Minaret Madrasa, Ani Archaeological Site, Divriği Great Mosque, Gök Madrasa. Dogu Express offers us a picture of Turkey, as it were," he said.


Expressing that they are very pleased with the interest shown in the Touristic Orient Express, Karaismailoğlu said, “We are planning new routes full of culture. We will tell the railway culture and activities in our country, and the story of the railways, on the most beautiful routes leading to our young people and our historical fabric. Together we will go on an exploration of gastronomy, nature and culture. We continue our efforts to implement many different touristic routes," he said.

Pointing out that the railways were neglected for almost half a century before 2003, and that no nails were driven, so to speak, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu made the following assessments:

“However, we initiated a reform in the railways under the leadership of our President. We have provided our railways with a modern, comfortable and safe structure. We built a total of 213 thousand 2 kilometers of new lines, of which 149 kilometers is YHT. We increased our railway network to 12 kilometers. In addition to the new line construction, we also completely renewed the existing conventional lines. To date, approximately 803 million passengers have traveled by High Speed ​​Trains. The Middle Corridor, known as the route that passes through our country and connects the Far East countries, especially China, to the European Continent. With the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line put into service, we started to use the Middle Corridor actively in the rail freight traffic between China and Europe. The 60 thousand 11 kilometer China-Turkey track is completed in 483 days. In the following years, we are working to shift 12 percent of the annual 5 thousand block train to Europe via China-Russia (Siberia), which is designated as the northern line, to Turkey. We aim to operate 30 block trains per year from the Middle Corridor and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars route, and to reduce the 500-day cruise time between China and Turkey to 12 days.”


Expressing that the target of freight transport in railways is 2021 million tons for 36, Karaismailoğlu noted that they will increase it to over 2023 million tons in 50. Explaining that Turkey has an important trade volume in regional freight transportation and that they will increase this potential by establishing logistics centers, Karaismaioğlu continued his speech as follows:

“With the projects we plan within the scope of the Transport and Logistics Master Plan, we aim to increase the share of railways in land transportation from 5 percent to 11 percent in the first place. We continue the construction of a total of 4 kilometers, of which 7 thousand 357 kilometers are High Speed ​​​​Train and 4 kilometers are conventional lines. We will open the Karaman-Konya high-speed train line into operation soon. Ankara-Sivas, Ankara-Izmir, Halkalı-Our work continues on Kapikule, Bursa-Yenişehir-Osmaneli, Mersin-Adana-Gaziantep, Karaman-Ulukışla, Aksaray-Ulukışla-Mersin-Yenice High Speed ​​​​Train Lines. In addition, we have completed the planning of the tender works for our Ankara-Yozgat (Yerköy)-Kayseri High Speed ​​​​Train Line. Gebze-Sabiha Gökçen Airport-Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge-Istanbul Airport-Çatalca-Halkalı Our work for the High Speed ​​​​Train Project continues. With this project, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, which has more than one critical economic value for Turkey, will once again integrate the two continents with railway transportation. We will continue to invest in railways in order to reduce the logistics cost of the manufacturing sector and increase exports.”


Stating that they save 770 million dollars every year with their railway investments, Karaismailoğlu underlined that in the light of the Logistics Master Plan, they developed business models to increase the efficiency and efficiency of the railway network and logistics centers. "On the other hand, we are working to increase the length of the railway line to 28 thousand 590 kilometers," said the Minister of Transport, Karaismailoğlu, and concluded his words as follows:

“Behind the popularity of the Eastern Express lately lies the new face and new vision of our developing railway sector. The developments in railway transportation also affected the travel preferences of our citizens. Our railways will once again trust the trust of our citizens. kazanwas. We recreated the spring mood on the railways. We caught that wonderful excitement again. If the AK Party governments had not invested in railways, it would not have been possible to talk about the Eastern Express, innovative railways and train culture today. We do not invest in Turkey's future with statues, but by nationalizing our railway network. We know that railways are of strategic importance for Turkey. With this awareness, we are resurrecting the railways as if combining the pieces of the mosaic. On the one hand, we are transforming Turkey into an international production and logistics base. On the other hand, we are spreading the development in every field from economy to culture throughout the country.”

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