A place where east meets west, history meets modernity and dramatic architecture meets natural wonder; Turkey is a veritable crossroads of cultures.
The birthplace of turquoise waters, step onto pristine shores to gaze up at skies dotted with hot air balloons as they drift over steaming thermal springs and cities laced with exotic spices. From Romans, Ottomans and Byzantines, a flurry of historical figures and empires have made their mark on this magical country that was once a stopover along the Silk Road. It’s true, a luxury holiday in Turkey unveils whole new worlds. Looking to explore one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world or simply stroll through the grand city of Istanbul? With us, expect this and much more.
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At its western edge, Turkey touches hands with post-Warsaw Pact Europe (Soviet Ladas begin to throng the roads, while the alphabet switches to Cyrilic). In the east of its sprawling bulk, Turkey gazes out over Syria and the far plains of Mesopotamia. From the warm, entrancing souks of Antalya to the resplendent luxury and buzzing markets of Istanbul, it is a country that packs a surprising and meaty punch. And, among the cave houses and endless skies of Cappadocia, you’ll encounter one of the most beautifully alien landscapes in this part of the world.
Unmissable for history buffs and lovers of bustling culture, we’ll introduce you to the best that this continent-straddling city has to offer – from calm, chic suites to private tours with views over the glittering Bosphorus, speckled with globe-crossing tankers and bright sailing yachts. A private sundown sail tour along the river, champagne in hand, will bring you past the lavish Ottoman summer palaces and rich, botanical gardens of Cağaloğlu. From there you can wine and dine among some of this historic, twice-named city’s best nightspots – whether in sight of the rotund Galata Tower or to up-and-coming Karaköy, and on to the world’s oldest shopping mall – the brilliant, baroque Grand Bazaar.
A resort that once housed the largest floating night-club in Europe (this is unverified, and a hazy memory), Bodrum – capped with a quite glorious 13th century crusader castle – has had a major renaissance in recent years, becoming a haughty haunt for celebrities and the global jet-set. Sort of like a Middle Eastern Cannes, if you will. Its harbour glitters with white golden sands and warm, lapping waves; shady restaurants; and private boat tours out to some truly tranquil and hidden islands.
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Formerly known as Constantinople and once the capital during the Ottoman empire, the great city of Istanbul has become the most popular destination in the country. Unmissable for history devotees and food lovers, Istanbul features historical highlights, the bustling bazaars, The Blue Mosque and resplendent markets. One of the most delicious culinary spots in the world, foodies can dine out on mouth-watering treats by street food vendors, in authentic restaurants or at Michelin star eateries.
Join the flurry of balloons that float over the dream-like landscape.
This semi-arid region in central Turkey is home to one of the most alien-like landscapes in this part of the world. Famously known for its unique geological formations called the ‘fairy chimneys’ and the Bronze Age homes that have been carved into the valley’s walls; the best way to view these natural wonders are of course by birds-eye-view. Skip the queues and soar through the skies in a hot air balloon at 2,000 feet high, watching the sunrise over Pigeon Valley.
Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
Blessed with thick, emerald-green landscapes, glistening blue coastlines and an array of magnificently preserved monuments, the district of Bodrum has something for everyone. Whether it’s exploring halls of the 13th century Castle of St Peter, sunbathing by the shallow blue waters of Bitez Bay, visiting the spectacular Mausoleum of Halicarnassus or shopping in the charming town of Tϋrkbϋkϋ, we’ve got you covered. Doesn’t it sound exciting?
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