HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY
Envisioning bygone eras in Istanbul with relics of the Byzantine and Ottoman civilisations peppered throughout this charismatic metropolis. Gazing at the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia as the magical call to prayer echoes across the city never ceases to enchant us.
Plunging into the aquamarine sea and learning to windsurf with the locals in Alaçati. Devouring exquisite Mediterranean fare at Alavya and getting a few windsurfing tips from the friendly hotel owners.
Shopping in Istanbul: weave your way through the sprawling, centuries-old Grand Bazaar with all its hand-made carpets, glittering lamps and colourful, aromatic spices. Pick up ‘designer bags’ here or get the real deal over in Nisantasi, Istanbul’s chic shopping district brimming with high-end boutiques.
Climbing into a hot air balloon basket at the crack of dawn and drifting through the skies above Cappadocia, with the sun casting an ethereal glow over the extraordinary rocky terrain below. Sip champagne with a breakfast picnic when you land after a spectacular ride.
Sailing the glittering Mediterranean waters around Bodrum and the Turquoise Coast as you glide past the undulating mountains of Turkey and Lycian ruins along the way. There’s no better way to sail in Turkey than on a luxury gulet – a traditional Turkish yacht – with a crew to help you on your way.
Contemplating 10,000 years of history at the ruins of Ephesus, an ancient port city where Greco-Roman civilisation flourished and still only a fraction of its entirety has been unearthed by archaeologists...