Balkan Express sets off from Turkey for 50-day trip

A special train, the Balkan Express, departed on Tuesday for a 50-day trip to 22 cities in nine Balkan countries.

Balkan Express sets off from Turkey for 50-day trip

A special train, the Balkan Express, departed on Tuesday for a 50-day trip to 22 cities in nine Balkan countries.

Initiated jointly by Turkey's state-run broadcaster TRT and Turkish State Railways, the Balkan Express set out for its journey after a ceremony at Ankara's train station.

During its 50-day journey, the train will stop by Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece. Around 40 people, including a TRT television crew, will be travelling on board the train. TRT crew will produce live broadcast from these destinations for TRT shows.

Speaking at the ceremony, Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim described the Balkan Express as a cultural envoy and said it set off in a bid to make known hidden beauties and riches of the Balkans.

"This train has been launched to ease the pain of separation and unearth our common cultural values with Balkan nations," Yildirim said.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Haziran 2010, 12:57

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