Turkey

Visiting Turkey is an intoxicating experience. Its history straddles empires, the landscape is awe-inspiring, and the culture melds the modern world with ancient traditions. Read more...

The aroma of exotic spices fills the air in the bazaars and markets, ancient monuments and stunning landscapes capture the imagination, and, if you ever forget where you are, the haunting call to prayer is sure to remind you – you’re immersed in one of the world’s most exciting destinations, Turkey.

This is where Europe meets Asia; where cultures from across the world and eras – the ancient Greeks as well as the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires – have come together. It makes for a vibrant and cosmopolitan country that blends history and modernity, and offers visitors everything from outstanding shopping to extraordinary food.

No journey to Turkey would be complete without a few days spent in the extraordinary city of Istanbul. Stare in awe at the outstanding palaces, churches and bazaars in the Old Town, before walking across the Galata Bridge – at its most beautiful at sunset – to the New Town, with its towering buildings, chic shops and excellent restaurants and bars.

Further afield, float above the craggy rock formations of Cappadocia in a hot-air balloon or take to the turquoise seas of the Turkish Riviera in a gulet (traditional wooden boat). History buffs will be in thrall wherever they venture, from the Roman ruins of Ephesus to the battlefields of Gallipoli.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Haggle for handcrafted ceramics or textiles at Istanbul’s impressive Grand Bazaar, which first opened in 1455.
  • Relax in the steam room then have a massage at a traditional hammer.
  • Watch the sun rise during a stirring dawn service on Anzac Day at Gallipoli.
  • Fly above the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia in a hot-air balloon.
  • Sail in a traditional wooden boat along the stunning Turkish Riviera.