Turkey

An intoxicating mix of Asia and Europe, and a place like no other. Turkey has it all.

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Carol, Jun 2014

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Rich culture and heritage

The country's history is rich, boasting legends, big names, and grand empires such as the Ottoman. Spires and minarets pierce its skylines, while its vibrant streets lead to bustling bazaars. You'll also find otherworldly landscapes in places like Cappadocia, and out-of-this-world cuisine in just about every city you visit. 

Istanbul

Greeks, Romans, and Persians all held sway over Istanbul, at one time or another. However, it was the Byzantines and Ottomans who shaped this magnificent city of mosaics and minarets. Journey into the city’s past with a visit to the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the Byzantine’s chariot racing arena. Immerse yourself in royal history at Topkapi Palace, former residence of the Ottoman sultans. Marvel at two of the city’s most iconic structures, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. No visit to Istanbul would be complete without a shopping spree in the Grand Bazaar, the world’s oldest and largest covered market. 

Cappodocia

From honeycombed hills to world-famous pottery, Cappadocia’s is a place where bewitching natural beauty meets skilled human artistry. Visit Pasabag and the red valley, one of the most dramatic landscapes in Turkey. Stop at a regional rug-making centre and experience traditional techniques up-close. Visit the historical town of Göreme, which nestles among the “fairy chimney” rock formation. Then, journey to Avanos, famous for high-quality pottery fashion from red clay. 

Çanakkale

From Hero and Leander to the Golden Fleece, the city of Çanakkale will forever be intertwined with classic mythology. Close by are the remnants of Troy, the ancient city of Homer’s epic poem, the Illiad. The city is also a perfect base from which to explore Gallipoli, the site of many battles during the First World War. Be sure to visit the poignant Anzac Cover, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine Cemetary. If you have time in Çanakkale itself, stroll along its cobbled lanes or take a walk along its sweeping waterfront promenade. 

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