This is a huge country scattered with stunning ancient artefacts and populated by some of the friendliest people on earth. Flowers seem to burst from every crevice, the sun shines endlessly (other than in winter!), transport systems are efficient and the beer's good and readily available.
Experience Istanbul's blend of East and West, including getting swept up in the colourful grand bazaar and see the elegant Topkapi Palace with its gilded harem. Be amazed at the wind-swept landscape of Cappadocia, ruins at Ephesus and soak in the sun at the resort town of Bodrum. For the active explorer, venture east of Turkey to uncover the less visited gems of the country.
Apr-Jun & Sep-Nov
The Turkish landmass has been the stage upon which countless empires and kingdoms have flourished and declined, and its history lingers in famous ruins, mosques lavish with ornament, and that glittering distillation of Ottoman glory, the half-European, half-Asian Istanbul. Even on this short trip in Turkey covering the highlights – Ephesus, Cappadocia and Istanbul, you can witness its magnificent past and breathtaking landscape.
Traipse amongst the fairytale landscapes of Cappadocia, followed by an exploration of the city that straddles two continents – IstanbuL .Take relaxing to the next level by extending your hedonistic sojourn with a 4 day 3 night luxury gulet charter along one of the most gorgeous coastal stretches of the country, from Marmaris to Fethiye.
This historically in-depth trip takes in the historical highlights beginning with the impressive travertine terraces of Pamukkale, and the ancient Greek cities of Pergamon, Afrodisias, Hierapolis, and Ephesus. Cappadocia will astound with its fairytale landscapes. Ending back in Istanbul, we explore the Christian world in Fener and Balat, and Ottoman architecture from Suleymaniye to Vefa, on top of the iconic sights in Sultanahmet.
The mysterious east will reward intrepid travelers willing to venture off the beaten path, and to put up with relatively basic accommodation and rugged touring, with incredible landscapes and an insight to the various cultures of this part of the world. Explore the wonderfully diverse and lesser-visited gems as you travel from the dusty Kurdish southwest, to the lush Armenian and Georgian northeast.
A 3-day Kackars extension is ideal for those seeking respite from the hectic lifestyle, with refreshing day walks through grasslands, valleys, and dense forests.