Perched high above the village of Uchisar, this serenely beautiful and utterly unique hotel is simply the perfect place to relax during your Cappadocia vacation. Built from ancient ruins, caves and underground tunnels and perfectly located for the exploration of all of Cappadocia's treasures, Argos is without doubt one of the best 5 star hotels in Turkey. Celebrating Cappadocia's tradition of cave dwellings, the hotel provides 40 luxurious and spacious rooms that open onto balconies, terraces and secluded courtyards, often with splendid views of neighboring Pigeon Valley and distant peaks. Capturing the feel and texture of timeless stone and wood, each room is different, designed as a fusion of ancient and contemporary styles. All Splendid Suites even have their own private in-suite swimming pool. Other features of the Argos in Cappadocia include the Seki Restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the valley and "fairy chimneys." It uses locally grown products and spices to create the ideal combination of regional cuisine with international fare. The hotel's huge cellar, housed in its own caves, showcases bottles from its own Kalecik Karasi and Shiraz vineyards as well as other Cappadocian selections. Overall, a picturesque jumble of ancient stone houses, caves and underground tunnels turned beautiful boutique hotel, Argos is sure to offer you the most luxurious vacation in Turkey.
Antalya, Turquoise Riviera
Vacations in Turkey always offer a fascinating combination of sun, sea, relaxation, culture and nightlife. But vacations in Turkey's Antalya region raise the expectations to a new level. The beaches are delightful – most are sandy and slope gently into a sea of pure turquoise, making them perfect for everyone. Resorts like Side, with its 10km stretch of glorious beach, and Alanya which is noted for water sports, including water skiing, scuba diving and parasailing, provide an excellent contrast to the Antalya's shingle and stunning cliffs. They also add the extra dimension of choice, making the decision to take last minute vacations to Turkey a very safe bet. And there's much more to enjoy. Turkey's Antalya coastline was at the heart of the ancient world, with four august cities - Aspendos, Side, Perge and Sillyon – forming important bastions of the Greek, Persian, Roman and Byzantine empires. Today the remnants of these civilizations still give fascinating glimpses into the past, as well as providing a contrast with the wealth of fine restaurants, lively bars and clubs, modern shopping facilities and traditional Turkish markets selling everything from porcelain to hand-woven rugs. With its combination of sun, sea, relaxation, culture and nightlife, the luxury of its best 5 star hotels in Turkey, water sports, shopping and entertainment, Antalya most definitely has got it all to turn your Turkey vacation into an unforgettable experience.
Basilica Cistern, Istanbul
While on a Turkey vacation in Istanbul you would appreciate that this city has numerous sights that worth a visit. One of them is the Basilica Cistern, an extraordinary subterranean structure, built by Justinian in 532, is the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul. Now one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, it's a great place to while away 30 minutes or so, especially during summer when its cavernous depths stay wonderfully cool. Like most sites in Istanbul, the cistern has an unusual history. Known in Byzantium as the Basilica Cistern because it lay underneath the Stoa Basilica, one of the great squares on the first hill, it was used to store water for the Great Palace and surrounding buildings. Eventually closed, the cistern seems to have been forgotten by the city authorities some time before the Conquest. Walking on the raised wooden platforms, you'll feel the water dripping from the vaulted ceiling and see schools of ghostly carp patrolling the water. Lighting is atmospheric and the small cafe near the exit is certainly an unusual spot to enjoy a glass of tea. Don't miss the two columns in the northwestern corner supported by blocks carved into Medusa heads or the column towards the centre featuring a teardrop design – we don't know where these columns originally came from but it's great to speculate. You can visit the Basilica Cistern through an amazing Istanbul tour offered by Travel2Turkey as well as you enjoy a wonderful vacation in Turkey.
The Ancient City of Ephesus
If you want to visit a place where you can really get a feel for what life was like more than 2,000 years ago during the glory-days of Greece and Rome, then a tour to Ephesus is what you need. Located on Turkey's western coast, Ephesus is among the best-preserved ancient sites in the Mediterranean, rivaled only by Pompeii. It is remarkable to see how efficiently life functioned before the advent of technology. Ancient Ephesus was a great trading city and a centre for the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility goddess. Under the influence of the Ionians, Cybele became Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt and the moon, and so a fabulous temple was built in her honor. When the Romans took over and made this the province of Asia, Artemis became Diana and Ephesus became the Roman provincial capital. Ephesus which experienced its most glorious days during the Hellenistic and Roman Ages had a population of 200.000 as the capital and the biggest harbor city of the Asian province. Over the centuries, a succession of empires—Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and, finally, Ottoman—ruled over the city of Ephesus. Yet no matter how many times it changed hands, the city remained one of the most vibrant metropolises of the ancient world. Today, Ephesus is an open air museum and is being visited by many tourists. In view of that, Travel2Turkey through a variety of Turkey travel packages does not only provide you the opportunity to visit Ephesus but also to enjoy the most memorable vacations in Turkey.
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul
While enjoying your Turkey vacation in Istanbul do not neglect to visit one of the city's premier sights, the Blue Mosque. Built near the Hagia Sophia in the early 17th century during the rule of Sultan Ahmet I, the Blue Mosque nowadays is undoubtedly one of the most exceptional mosques in Turkey. Famed for its six minarets (towers), and gorgeous internal decorations, this 17th-century Ottoman mosque is one of the best examples of classical Turkish architecture. The impressive interior design is the combination of Turkish and Islamic styles. Calligraphic inscriptions on the walls, Frescoes with mainly floral motives, Domes, semi-domes, arches, four gigantic pillars, are all in tremendous harmony with religious dimensions. The striking feature of its exterior is beautifully-arranged with a cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the great central dome. The arcades running beneath each dome add further visual rhythm. None of the exterior is blue - the name "Blue Mosque" comes from the blue tiles inside. The Blue Mosque welcomes visitors and tourists at any time of the day except for the prayer hours. The way to properly appreciate the splendid architecture of the Blue Mosque is to approach it from the Hippodrome (that is, from the west) so you can appreciate its magic. Travel2Turkey offers you the opportunity to visit the Blue Mosque through an amazing Istanbul tour all part of an amazing and unforgettable vacation in Turkey.
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Bodrum
Situated on one of the magnificent bays of Bodrum, Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is much more than an ordinary coastal luxury hotel in an up and coming vacation paradise. A luxury hotel dedicated to solitude and relaxation, the Kempinski Hotel is an oasis leisurely forgetful of the complications of everyday life. It is easy to understand why so many come here to regroup and rejuvenate the body and inner spirit. Undoubtedly one of the finest 5 star hotels in Turkey, the Kempinski hotel is the unrivaled choice for anyone who prefers luxurious and elegant comfort for their limited times of care-freeness and de-stress all year. The magnificent view which blends perfectly with the elegant architecture creates an idyllic retreat. Each and every one of the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay's 173 rooms and suites has its own balcony or terrace to enjoy the magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. The Spa, one of the largest spas in the Mediterranean, the biggest infinity pool in the region and the finest service available are some of the signature details of this glorious property. With all these amenities plus the exceptional and friendly service of its stuff, the Kempinski Hotel ensures to you a wonderful Turkey vacation full of tranquility and relaxation.
Kaputas Beach, Turquoise Riviera
If a summer vacation in Turkey makes you think of crowded beaches and heaving resorts, think again. Nestled between huge cliffs that offer
striking views of the surrounding mountains, a beautiful secluded cove at the base of a steep gorge, Kaputas beach opens out into a stretch
of sand. Located about ten minutes from Kalkan, Kaputas is a popular beach with locals, which gives it a very different feel to many of
Turkey's more accessible stretches of coastline. This is the beach often pictured in travel brochures for Turkey, although it doesn't get
crowded as one would expect. The long flight of steps down from the road means there are no facilities on the beach, so take water and a
parasol if you're planning to stay a while. With its amazing crystal clear turquoise waters that kiss wonderfully the golden sand, this beach
offers a untouched natural beauty that leads to a wonderful setting of peace and tranquility.
Maiden's Tower, Istanbul
While on a vacation in Istanbul do not ignore to visit one of the city's most historic and most photographed landmarks, the Maiden's Tower.
Positioned on a tiny islet near Uskudar on the Asian side of Istanbul, it has a history spanning over 2,500 years. Also known as Leander's
Tower, this beautiful landmark has been used for a variety of purposes since its first construction. First, this small island was used to
control the navy traffic and as a customs office in 411 B.C. In the 12th century, the Byzantines used to protect the Bosporus and they built a
defense tower on the island. Although the Ottoman Empire continued to use it for the same reason after the conquest of Istanbul, Sultan Mehmed
the Conqueror replaced the old tower with a new one. The tower was completely destroyed by a fire in 1716 but rebuilt in 1725. Today, with its
white color and its sliced Baroque dome with a flagstaff on the top of the dome it's a very striking spectacle. It has become symbol of
Istanbul, and is one of the first things which comes to one's mind about this city and has been subject of many paintings and pictures. It has
recently been renovated and opened for sightseeing. Travel2Turkey with a great range of Turkey travel packages including Istanbul tours offers
you the opportunity to visit the Maiden's Tower and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Istanbul.
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia
Looking for an adventure? Then you should absolutely travel to Turkey and experience a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia's breathtaking
landscapes. An ultimate adventurous experience in an area that is known around the world as one of the best places to fly with hot air
balloons, gives you an incredible feeling of time suspended as the world drifts quietly below. In Cappadocia, the spectacular surrealistic
landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn
into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards – through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and
features – and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region. With our Turkey travel packages you can enjoy your
vacations in Cappadocia and dare to experience an unforgettable hot air balloon ride.
Positioned in a superb gulf in the Aegean Region of Turkey, Kuşadası is one of Turkey's largest and most cosmopolitan resorts and a
stopping-off point for the large cruise-liners. A brilliant all round resort, offering great beaches, excellent shopping and some serious
nightlife, Kuşadası offers an excellent environment for an unforgettable Turkey vacation. Kuşadası literally means 'Bird Island' and takes its
name from the tiny islet known as Güvercin Adası or Pigeon Island, which is attached to the mainland by a causeway and boasts a 14th century
Genoese fort. There are a number of sandy beaches in the area. Kadınlar Plajı or 'Ladies Beach' is central but can get a bit crowded, so it's
wiser in high season to head a little further out and off the beaten path where the beaches are just as sandy but offer more space. With a
great range of Turkey travel packages you can experience Kuşadası and enjoy a full range of amenities one can expect of a tourist center
destination. Kuşadası's setting also makes it a good base for those wanting to visit Ephesus which is approximately 30 minutes' drive away
Bosporus Bridge, Istanbul
Also known as the First Bosporus Bridge, the Bosporus Bridge is not just a simple bridge in Istanbul but it is also one of the most beautiful
and significant bridges in the world as it connects two continents, Europe and Asia. This fact makes the bridge quite unique. It is quite a
great feeling driving over the bridge and leaving the one continent only to enter the other a few minutes later. Really enchanting at night,
that bridge offers a inimitable beauty that makes everyone admire it. Definitely, no Istanbul tour would be complete if at least you don't
cross that bridge.
The Marmara Taksim: A Luxury Istanbul Hotel
Are you looking for an amazing vacation in Istanbul but you have not decided on any precise hotel? According to our great Turkey travel
packages which do not guarantee you just an incredible Turkey vacation but also a remarkable luxury accommodation, we definitely recommend to
you one of the most excellent 5 star hotels in Turkey, the Maramara Taksim. Located in the heart of Istanbul, and more specifically in Taksim
Square, the Marmara Taksim is central to several of Istanbul's major tourist attractions including modern shopping as well as the entertainment
and historic districts. A luxury hotel in tradition amongst Europe's finest hotels, The Marmara Taksim features spectacular accommodations for
both the business and the leisure traveler coming to take in Istanbul's pleasures, all accessed from its ideal location in the very heart of
the city. Decorated in a classic, contemporary style with art nouveau accents, the hotel is certainly an outstanding large facility, having
on site the restaurants Panorama and Tuti, two bars, shops that sell souvenirs and jewelry as well as a steam bath, pool, fitness center and
a business center. The hotel offers astounding views of the Bosporus and is just over 25 kilometers from Ataturk International Airport. With
its trademark efficient and discreet service, this amazing deluxe hotel carries its guests above the hustle and bustle of the city, offering
an astonishing view of both contemporary and classic Istanbul. Definitely, the Marmara Taksim would be a significant incentive for visiting
Ölüdeniz Beach, Turquoise Riviera
With our Turkey travel packages you have the opportunity to explore the amazing Turquoise Riviera, home to the most iconic beaches of Turkey.
One of those, the most photographed of Turkey beaches is Ölüdeniz beach. An archetypal picture-postcard beach backed by dramatic pine-clad
hills is situated in the Fethiye district on the South-West coast of Turkey. Literally translated as 'dead sea', the stunning lagoon is a
protected area, ensuring that its natural beauty is preserved. Famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, Ölüdeniz is an official blue
flag beach and is frequently rated among the top beaches in the world by travelers and tourism journals alike. Most of its surrounding houses,
built in the traditional local Muğla style, are set back from the beachfront. There is a strip alongside the seafront promenade with a number
of relaxing bars and restaurants, serving local and international cuisine, while shops stay open well into the night. Its calm, crystal clear
waters make the beach ideal for a variety of water sports and a very safe place for children to swim. Ölüdeniz is not just one of the most
beautiful beaches in Turkey but it is also a perfect family resort, great for a laid-back beach holidays, with plenty of facilities. In
addition, it is regarded as one of the best places in the world to paraglide due to its unique panoramic views, and the Babadağ Mountain's
exceptional height. No vacation in Turkey is complete with at least spending a day in Ölüdeniz.
With its white-sand beaches and shop-lined streets, the city of Bodrum has long been for many a favorite seaside retreat for a Turkey vacation.
Situated on Turkey's southwestern coast, Bodrum is a paradise for its climate, sea, natural beauty, magnificent coves and history, as well as
for its modern nightlife where the show goes on until sunrise. A world renowned holiday and entertainment peninsula, the city is also a
painterly tableau of white-washed stucco homes, purple bougainvilleas and olive-green hillsides. Its many resorts and hotels cater to every
need of their visitors. Since the dawn of the time, Bodrum, known in antiquity as Halircarnasus, has amazed human beings and carried the
imprint of many cultures and civilizations, including Carian, Persian, Dorian, Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. During a Bodrum tour
you will observe that the city is also awash in historical attractions, including the stumpy foundation of the Mausoleum--one of the seven
wonders of the ancient world--and the Bodrum Castle built by The Knights of St. John, that has become a symbol of the peninsula. On the other
hand, this ancient fishing village, set against the blue waters of the Aegean Sea, has already joined the global party circuit. Bodrum's world
class night life beckons the jet set. Young well-dressed revelers converge onto Cumhuriyet Caddesi, which visitors call Bar Street, before
heading to behemoth discos. Either because you are a person who loves history, or because you love the modern nightlife, definitely a vacation
in Bodrum will fulfill your expectations.
With traditional villages and communities scattered around a unique landscape of "fairy chimneys," Cappadocia is for sure one of the highlights of any trip to Turkey. Situated at the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, in a stunning area of other-worldly rock formations,
subterranean churches and underground dwellings, the scale of which is over-whelming, Cappadocia was a refuge for the early Christians, who
escaped persecution by living and worshipping underground. Through a Cappadocia tour you will become vividly aware that there are an estimated
3000 rock churches in this region, not all of which are open to the public. In addition, these days the cave dwellers are predominantly
tourists staying in cave hotels who have been drawn to this part of Turkey by its surreal scenery, wealth of ancient churches and unparalleled
opportunities for adventure activities. Where else can you float over the fairy chimneys in a hot-air balloon in the morning, admire Byzantine
frescoes in the afternoon and sample fine food and wine at night? Let alone taking a spectacular hike through a rose-tinted gorge, indulging in
a frenzy of shopping at a covered bazaar dating from Ottoman times and seeing dervishes whirl in an atmospheric caravanserai. It's this mix of
attractions that makes a Cappadocia vacation seem perfect.
An unusual natural and historical site with the sparkling white castle-like cascades, Pamukkale is one of the most important highlights of
Turkey and unique in the world. It is also famous not only for the entrancing beauty of its singular geological formations but also for its
historical remains. The site is named in Turkish as "Pamukkale", that means "cotton castle", parallel to the glorious and spectacular view of
the site. The dazzling white calcareous castles are formed by limestone-laden thermal springs, creating the unbelievable formation of
stalactites, potholes and cataracts. The calcium oxide-rich waters flowing down the southern slope of Caldag located north of the ruins have,
over the millennia, built up deposits of white travertine on the plateau thus fully justifying both the site's ancient name of Hierapolis (Holy
City) and its modern one of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle). This underground water which once gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis now helps
Pamukkale be one of the most important thermal centers of Turkey. The water of Pamukkale is famous for its benefits to the eyes and skin; and
its curing properties to the ills of asthma and rheumatism as well. The remains of the ancient Hierapolis are situated on back of the thrilling
white terraces, standing wondrously in the area. The fairyland Pamukkale is a must-see traveling through this region, during a vacation in
Ciragan Palace Kempinksi, Istanbul
Once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans, the Çırağan Palace Hotel Kempinski is the only Luxury Hotel in Istanbul situated directly on
the European shores of the Bosphorus. Built between 1863 and 1867, in a period which all Ottoman sultans used to build their own palaces rather
than using those of their ancestors. Çırağan Palace is the last example of this period. Afterwards, the Palace changed its appearance many
times until the year of 1989, when the abandoned palace then, was bought by a Japanese corporation, which restored it and added a modern hotel
complex next to it in its garden. The Palace was renovated again during in 2007, resembling the authentic palace with the baroque style and
soft colors. Today, combining the architectural grandeur of the Palace with the modern comfort of a Deluxe Hotel, the Çırağan Palace Kempinski
definitely is one of the best 5 star hotels in Istanbul offering a resort ambience in the Center of the City, conveniently located close to
business districts, as well as its historic and cultural sites.
Located in southwest Turkey along the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera, Marmaris is one of Turkey's most popular resorts attracting thousands
of tourists every year. Set against a backdrop of pine clad hills, it is definitely a resort that combines natural beauty with an astounding
zest for life. Famed for its nightlife, the most extravagant on the entire South coast, this developed resort offers the best of both worlds;
the nightlife is unending, and numerous clubs and bars stretch along the coast from the elegant marina to the curve of Icmeler, the smaller
resort close by. On the other hand, the surrounding countryside offers the best in culture, due to the succession of scenic roads and cute
villages, which lead to ancient ruins and unspoilt beaches. In addition, with the full range of amenities including some of the best 5 star
hotels in Turkey, a vacation in Marmaris should be perfect for all age groups. Definitely, Marmaris is one of the most popular resorts in
Turkey. Once you visit it, you will understand why.