Situated on the geographical divide between the East and West, Turkey is an iconic destination for its culture, food, and role in redefining the world’s civilizations. Journey to a place where you will experience the wonders of Middle Eastern culture in perfect harmony with the laid-back European lifestyle. Enjoy an opulent stay in a luxury Istanbul hotel and head out into this picture-perfect city, where you will uncover architectural marvels at every turn. With its mixture of Greek, Roman and Ottoman history, Istanbul has a legacy of being extremely diverse, both in its people and its skyline. No trip is complete without stopping by the Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace or the iconic Süleymaniye Mosque. Of course, you will also want to spend some time perusing the Grand Bazaar too. This legendary spot is a wonderful place to explore, but also to barter. Get lost in the vibrant stalls and be sure to pick out something special to remember the city by.
Head inland and unwind in your lush hotel in the capital of Ankara. Weave through winding streets as you delve into its lavish food scene, and do not forget to join the locals for an afternoon cup of tea in one of the city’s many beautiful tea gardens. If you are feeling hungry, this gastronomic paradise is the place to be. Home to a blend of the best of Asian cuisine, tapas-style social eating and the most popular dish (kebap), the country is famed for both its traditional fare and an exquisite selection of seafood, mezze platters and rich Turkish coffee. Go to a classic meyhane bar or restaurant and share dinner with both friends and locals. Hop back and forth between Europe and Asia on the ferry in Istanbul, or escape to the outdoors in the seaside getaway of Antalya to get back in touch with nature. Wherever you end up, you will quickly understand just why Turkey has been considered for so many centuries as one of the most mesmerizing places in the world.