Meeting place of the Eastern and Western worlds, Turkey has always been a land of contrasts. Cosmopolitan Istanbul stood at the head of the Christian Roman (Byzantine) Empire for 1000 years, while its Islamic successor the Ottomans ruled the Mediterranean and beyond for six centuries more. This long Christian and Islamic history has left a legacy of historical sites, while Turkey's Mediterranean coastline has long been famous for its beaches and wild nightlife. Travel Turkey east into the interior, however, and a more traditional Turkey still awaits, where life moves slowly, and the legendary Turkish hospitality lives on.
Turkey Explorer (ETTE)
Marvel at painted churches chiseled into rock, descend into underground cities, walk through ancient towns and savour fresh seafood in seaside villages as you discover the treasures of Turkey. Travel days are well paced, allowing you the time to really experience Turkey's riches. And while enjoying its coastline, you'll return each night to a cozy bed so you're fresh each morning. This trip offers all the adventure activities, culture and vivid history of this magnificent land for those who prefer a more comfortable option.
Highlights: Discovering historic cities and Roman ruins, Dining in a traditional family home, Relaxing on a full day boat cruise, Meeting local people and exploring their culture.
Ultimate Turkey (ETUT)
Combining the best of western and eastern Turkey, this comprehensive adventure offers a sweeping view of this fascinating country. From the architectural highlights of Istanbul's long history, make your way east for a glimpse of Turkey’s less travelled and more traditional side. Explore exotic covered bazaars, mud brick cities and experience life in a place where time seems to stand still. From its incredible Mediterranean beaches to the unreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and giant stone heads of Nemrut Dagi—uncover all that Turkey has to offer.
Highlights: Dining in a local family home and tasting regional delicacies, relaxing on an overnight boat trip, exploring ancient ruins and bargaining in bazaars, watching the sunset over Nemrut Dagi surrounded by mysterious rock sculptures, marvelling at the landscapes of Cappadocia.