“Veni… Vidi…Vici…” “I came, I saw, I conquered”. This is what Julius Caesar said upon first seeing Asia Minor – now part of modern-day Turkey – in the First Century. After visiting Turkey, one always leaves with the feeling that there is more left to conquer. It’s no wonder that Turkish destinations continue to appear in ‘top lists’ of many travel magazines including National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and The New York Times.
Present day Turkey is indeed a bridge between Asia and Europe, making it a unique country with unparalleled historic and cultural sites to explore.
Where to go in Turkey?
- Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, is at the top of the list of the most beautiful and fascinating cities on this planet.
- The stunning ruins of ancient Ephesus, an important city that is mentioned in The Bible and home to one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, is thought by many travelers to be the high point of any tour of the world!
- The Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia, which one can tour on foot or from the sky in a hot air balloon, and the “Cotton Cliffs” of Pamukkale are two of the incredible natural wonders unique to Turkey.
- The “Turquoise Coast” near Antalya, featuring crystal clear waters, partially-submerged ancient sites, beautiful beaches, and luxurious resorts.
- Bodrum, referred to as “The New St. Tropez” is home to some of the world’s greatest hotels and seems filled with energy day and night.
- Gobeklitepe, where the discovery of a 12,000-year-old temple is literally rewriting history books as the earliest known religious site in the world.
Still asking, Why Turkey?
- Exquisite beauty on land and along the coasts
- Excellent value, with a booming free-market economy and excellent shopping opportunities
- Exceptionally good food, from the mezes of the Aegean coast to the pistachio baklava of Gaziantep
- Important remnants of pre-historic, Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage
- A rich history, peppered with capitals of ancient empires such as Hattusas, of the Hittites, Gordium, of the Phrygians, Sardes of the Lydians, Van of the Urarti Kingdom, Konya of the Seljuks, Istanbul of the East Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, and finally Ankara, the capital of the modern Turkish Republic.
- Turkey was the hub of the ancient world, home of Troy from the Iliad, Gordium of the famous “Gordian Knot” (and where King Midas with the “golden touch” lived), and Sardes of wealthy King Croesus. Also, St. Paul was from Tarsus, St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) from Demre near Antalya, and Noah’s Ark is thought to have landed on Mt. Ararat. The house of The Virgin Mary, where she spent her last years, is located near Ephesus
Our first-hand knowledge of the above means that we can uniquely arrange incredible experiences for you:
- Swim on the Aegean and the Mediterranean Coasts of Turkey, where Anthony and Cleopatra once swam in the moonlight;
- Recreate centuries-old arts, at pottery and carpet making demonstrations, cooking classes, and Ottoman music concerts that influenced Mozart and others;
- Pamper yourself at the thermal baths of Bursa, at Turkish Hamams in Istanbul, or at the acclaimed luxury resorts and spas dotting the Turkish coastline;
- Be the private guests of a Turkish couple at their 150-year-old stone house in a tiny village for an authentic dinner with wines from local vineyards;
- Have a very memorable private tour or shore excursion that is custom designed for you from the Turkey At Its Best collection!