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.
Absolute Turkey: Winter (ETAW)
This comprehensive tour of Turkey combines history, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming culture. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the amazing white cliff waterfalls of Pamukkale to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul, our local CEOs will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.
Highlights: Discovering historic cities and exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus, marvelling at the extraordinary scenery of Cappadocia, enjoying dinner in a local family home, meeting a local family on a homestay
Taste of Turkey (ETTT)
When it comes to the most desired locales to visit, Turkey tends to fly under the radar. We can't imagine why. Throughout 9 days of Turkey's best highlights, we'll visit Aya Sofya in Istanbul, the Göreme Open Air Museum, and World War I sites in Gallipoli. We'll also take a jaunt to the ancient Roman town of Ephesus and tour the city of Troy. Of course, no trip to this vibrant country would be complete without wine tastings and native cuisine, including a dinner with a local family in Cappadocia. Throw in comfortable accommodations, private transfers and quick flights, and you'll want to return to Turkey again and again.
Highlights: Explore ancient ruins with a local expert, visit rural villages and share a meal, walk through the surreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, balance the traditions of East-meets-West