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. Guests will experience a unique meeting of East and West in Istanbul is the juxtaposition of the old and the new, tradition and modernity, is striking.
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 Ephesus Archaeological Site.
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.