Turkey Explored Overview
- 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31
Sink your teeth into a Turkish adventure from Istanbul to Urfa
Historically rich with its medieval Ottoman period and chronicle of Gallipoli, and fashionably chic with the cosmopolitan buzz of Istanbul and the celebrity getaway of Antalya, Turkey is an unmissable country overflowing with character, where Noah’s Ark (allegedly) landed, Santa Claus originated and Hemingway was inspired. It's a place where the yin and yang of old and new complement each other - contemporary galleries stand next to cathedrals, stylish cafes sit alongside bazaars and trendsetting bars float over turquoise waters. Travel from Istanbul through the very best of Turkey - Gallipoli, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Antalya, and Cappadocia - and discover the people, history, cuisine and landscapes that make this destination such a treasure.
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Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.
The Gallipoli Peninsula, a place of devastation and tragedy during World War I, is a place of great beauty and a memorial to all soldiers that fell there.
Selcuk's claim to fame is its proximity to the amazing ruins of Ephesus, although it has its own charm with its orchards, forests and strong cultural roots.
The arresting cascade of travertines and nearby hot springs have attracted visitors to Pamukkale since ancient times.
The beach at Oludeniz is the Turkish Tourist Board's poster child, three kilometres of golden sand abutting the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. Enjoy the laidback atmosphere of Fethiye and stroll the impressive harbour filled with traditional gulet, fishing boats and cruise boats that day-trip the pretty harbour islands.
Lying off the coast not far from Kas is the island of Kekova and its fascinating sunken city - an ancient settlement submerged in a few metres of translucent, turquoise water.
With cobblestone streets and beautifully preserved Ottoman-style buildings, Antalya's Old Town lies along Turkey's Mediterranean coast and looks on to picturesque mountains.
Be dazzled by the surreal landscape of Goreme, nestled in the heartland of Cappadocia. See churches and dwellings scooped out of soft volcanic rock that stretches upwards in epic columns. Lose track of time at the Goreme Open Air Museum, a monastic complex composed of ancient churches, chapels and rectories. Incredibly, some of these buildings date back to AD900.
Stare into the eyes of the colossal stone heads atop Mt Nemrut (also known as Nemrut Dagi) and have the camera ready for some stunning sunset shots. These creations adorn the tomb of King Antiochus, a warlord and king who lived thousands of years ago.
Experience local life at a homestay in Kahta. Enjoy a feast prepared by our friendly hosts and learn about the local culture. Tonight, curl up on a traditional Urfa mattress or sleep out under the stars.
Take a private transfer from Nemrut to Urfa ( approximately 2hrs ) 120km. included: Ataturk Dam, Gobeklitepe, Urfa Balik Pools optional: Bazaar Urfa Legends abound in Urfa, the Prophets' City. Abraham of Bible fame was born in a cave here, and pilgrims flock to Dergah to visit both the cave and the Throne of Nimrod fortress, where Nimrod threw Abraham into the fire. Here you will also find a sacred pool filled with well-fed carp. Keep an eye out for a white one, as legend states you will go to heaven if you see it. You might also like to explore the Urfa Museum, or the wondrous medieval bazaar where villagers make their way to daily to sell their local produce. In your free time wander the meandering alleyways to discover some of the fine old Urfa houses. An interesting blend of Turkish, Kurdish and Arabic influences intertwine here to make your visit a magical one.
Jump on board a local bus out to Mardin. Orientate yourself with a walk around the city before visiting the magnificent Deyrulzafaran Monastery. Located off the beaten track, this historical landmark is a real treasure and well worth exploring. Time permitting, we’ll venture over to Sabanci City Museum afterwards.
Fly back to Istanbul and catch up on some last minute sightseeing and shopping. Experience the crazy, colourful nightlife on offer, whether it be raging away at a nightclub, celebrity spotting at an upmarket bar or jamming at a live gig. Alternatively, sit down to a long meal of Turkish delicacies and finish with a glass of the potent, anise-flavoured liquor, raki.
Turkey Explored Reviews
Our Turkey Explored trips score an average of 4.93 out of 5 based on 14 reviews in the last year.
Turkey Explored, May 2014
The leader (Erkan) was amazing, the group was great and, despite being a Basix trip, we felt that we got a whole lot out of the experience. Absolutely flawless
Review submitted 27 Jun 2014
Turkey Explored, May 2014
From superb tour guide to superb logistics, this turned into a trip of a lifetime. 12,000 years of history, culinary adventures, cultural impact.
Review submitted 15 Jun 2014
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