Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling and cosmopolitan crossroads. Your Istanbul Tour will travel you through across cultures, architecture styles, sights and tastes. Guests will experience a unique meeting of East and West in Istanbul as the juxtaposition of the old and the new, tradition and modernity, is striking.
Some of the oldest known human settlements were established in the hills and valleys of Central Anatolia, but none as remarkable as the magical landscape of Cappadocia, where wind and rain have shaped the area's soft volcanic rock into a kind of fairytale landscape. Enjoy your stay in one of the exotic Cappadocia Cave Hotels!
The Central Aegean Region of Turkey offers rolling hills and mountains surrounded by clear blue seas. Its largest city is Izmir, modern and industrial, but home to a rich local culture and ancient archaeological gems. If the sea is more your style, the port town of Kusadasi offers a superb base for exploring the region, most notably the ancient City of Ephesus.
Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has built a centuries-long reputation on the restorative qualities of its calcium-rich waters. The ancient city of Hierapolis is an example of how long the magical springs of have cast their spell. Its unique formations of travertine hug the ridge above the town creating a breathtaking white “Cotton Castle.”
The province of Canakkale lies on both sides of the Dardanelles which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean Sea. The historically rich area is known to have witnessed two very important battles: the mythological war of Troy, which Homer immortalized in his Illiad and the Battle of Canakkale which took place during World War I. Take advantage of the optional Canakkale Tour with a visit to Gallipoli’s Anzac Cove and Canakkale Sehitleri Aniti (Martyrs Memorial).
Bodrum is Turkey's foremost chic seaside resort town, with two perfect bays framing a noble crusader castle. Home of the famous Greek historian Herodotus, Bodrum is better known as cosmopolitan resort area. The weather in Bodrum has helped to make it an international center for yachting. There are enchanting villages of houses painted in white and trimmed with purple bougainvillea together with miles of sandy beaches.
The Turquoise Riviera is just as stunning as the name suggests, with luminous blue-green ocean waves lapping at isolated coves and beaches that range from multicolored polished marble pebbles to miles of yellow sand. This Luxury Destination along the Turkish coast is home to some of the country's most iconic beaches and spectacular ruins from ancient cities of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine origin. Guest can chose from a selection of luxury hotels in Antalya, Kalkan, Datca, Gocek and Marmaris.
Ankara, deep in the heart of Anatolia’a plain, is Turkey’s capital. It is divided into an old section, called Ulus, and a new section, called Yenişehir. Ancient buildings reflecting Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman history and narrow winding streets mark the old section. The new section, centered around Kızılay is a sophisticated international metropolis. Your Ankara Hotel is in close distance to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and Ataturk Mausoleum, great sites included in your private tour of Ankara.