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.
Turkish Treasures (ETTTD)
Standing in the heart of Istanbul, you realize just how much history and beauty Turkey has to offer. Marvel at the Byzantine masterpiece of the Aya Sofya and take in the symmetry of the Blue Mosque. Travel across this ancient land and encounter Cappadocia’s incredible fairy chimneys and its otherworldly landscape. Bask in history as you walk through the incredibly preserved Roman ruins of Ephesus. Your handpicked guide will take the hassle out of planning and leave you free to savour the ancient treasures of Turkey.
Highlights: Uncovering your inner archaeologist as you explore ancient ruins with a local expert, Sharing a meal with the locals in rural villages, Walking through the surreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, Being overwhelmed by the beauty of Topkapi Palace