5 Tours That Will Unveil Turkey

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Istanbul, not Constantinople
Istanbul, not Constantinople

Once home to the powerful and huge Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s strategic location along the Mediterranean and sharing a border with the Black Sea to the north and the Aegean Sea to thee west has made it a land with a diverse and rich culture background and history. Blending east and west, Turkey is home to scenic landscapes, bustling urban centers and beautiful Muslim temples. From its delicious cuisine, to the spice filled markets and interesting textiles, Turkey has a lot to offer adventurous travelers who want to get off the beaten path. But with exploring a less explored nation comes a lot of uncertainty, which is why signing up for a small group adventure to Turkey could be the perfect way to experience this unique and diverse country. So, whether you want to explore Istanbul or visit the Russian imperial buildings in Kars, Turkey is a veritable treasure trove of interested sights, tastes and smells waiting to be discovered.

So, ok, I know what you are thinking. “A travel tour? Isn’t that what old people do?” The answer is no. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. First off, they keep the groups small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. Second, these tours don’t just scratch the surface of the places you visit. In fact, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own. Also, because these tours have already been developed to showcase the best of the best, you’ll save yourself from countless hours of potentially pointless research trying to find out where to go and what to eat. Oh, and don’t worry, you definitely won’t be experiencing Turkey from the window of some bus the entire time. These tours will have you visiting museums and battle sites, see the cultural melting pot at Istanbul, exploring the desert, floating in the ocean, to bathing in the purifying waters of Pamukkale. So, get ready for an adventure of a lifetime and pack your bags for Turkey!

A Slice of Turkey

Savour the highlights of this fascinating country on a weeklong adventure. Travel from lively Istanbul and the sobering Gallipoli Peninsula, south to the Aegean coast and then on to the ancient site of Ephesus and the therapeutic waters of Pamukkale. Discover a culture brimming with mysticism, as we peel back the layers of Byzantine, Ottoman and Roman history. Thrill to a short journey that offers such a superb slice of Turkey.

4 Day Anzac Tour

On this tour you will combine exploration of Istanbul, the memorial sites, battlefield, museum, and Anzac Peninsular with the memorial service. The Anzac service is held at dawn, traditionally the favored time for attack among soldiers. What should have been a quick campaign at Gallipoli in 1915 became a long drawn out battle and Australians and New Zealanders now mark 25 April as their Remembrance Day.

Middle East Overland

For those with a little more time to travel, this tour is a A magical journey that takes you from Istanbul, a cultural melting pot of different people, cuisines and architectural styles, to Aswan, where the mighty Nile was tamed, and to Cairo. The pace of life and variety of culture experienced on this tour is mesmerising and most visitors don’t want to leave. Highlights include exploring Roman Ephesus, the cave villages of Cappadocia, bargaining in the fabled souks of Aleppo, standing in awe at the entrance to Petra and marveling at the never-ending splendour of the giant ancient Egyptian monuments. Travel by truck, mini bus, traditional felucca and train. Try mint tea, Turkish kebabs, baklava, spicy mezes and a plethora of other Middle Eastern delights as you soak up the atmosphere and wonderful hospitality of this region. This tour truly has it all.

Absolute Turkey

Ancient Ruins, bustling bazaars, beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery and much much more await you on this fabulous adventure through Turkey. With highlights such as Troy, Gallipoli and Ephesus, this is a perfect adventure for history buffs or anyone with a curious spirit.

Turkish Delights

This 15 day trip takes you from Istanbul through the Turquoise coast, out to Cappadocia and ends back in Istanbul. This is the best-selling Turkey tour because it’s a perfect sample of the amazing country of Turkey.

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