By: Tully Luxury Travel
an insiders look • turkey • travel
Rich in old-world culture and steeped in tradition, Turkey mesmerizes at every turn. It is both familiar and exotic, close to home and yet distant at the same time. At the crossroads of East and West, it’s deeply Mediterranean lifestyle is colourfully flavoured by Turkey’s Oriental charm. Awe-inspiring palaces and mosques line the Bosphorus, boasting of Turkey’s Imperial Ottoman prowess. It’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites speak to an even longer history, while the captivatingly turquoise coastlines of the Aegean, Black and Mediterranean seas shelter some of the most exclusive properties in Europe.
Turkey is back on the radar and there has never been a better time to visit.
Straddling two continents, Istanbul – which is actually Europe’s largest city – is divided by the narrow waterway known as the Bosphorus. The city embraces a mixture of European and Asian culture, with the contrast visible at every turn. By day or night, Istanbul is beautiful, energetic, charismatic and undeniably attractive. One visit will leave you poised for many more to come.
Scale the Galata Tower to savour the panoramic view of Istanbul’s beautiful old town
Cruise the Bosphorus by private gullet boat
Enjoy a private tour of the impressive Hagia Sophia
Descend into the Basilica Cistern, the largest underground cistern in Turkey, famed as the setting for the closing scenes of Dan Brown’s Inferno
Eating in Istanbul is a feast for the senses, and to truly appreciate the cuisine we can arrange for you to join a local family for a totally authentic cooking experience
Visit the Grand Bazaar, the most exciting shopping experience you will ever have. It has more than 5000 shops covering over 60 streets
If there is one thing you must do in Turkey, it is experience a Turkish bath. Evolved from the ancient Roman tradition, Turkish bath houses were established across the Ottoman Empire as places for religious ritual cleansing as well as socialization
Stay at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet or The Four Seasons Bosphorus, the spot to stay when visiting Istanbul
The mystical site of Cappadocia is a breath-taking window into human evolution and history. Its infamous “fairy chimneys,” – incredible cone-shaped rock boulders scattered throughout the valley – disguise underground villages, ancient tunnels and rock-faced churches, carved and inhabited from the Bronze Age onwards.
The historical city of Ephesus reveals some of the deepest known secrets of the ancient world. From its place in the Roman Republic to its Biblical ties, Ephesus remains the best-preserved city of this era.
On the southwestern end of Turkey, Bodrum is a beach town with a rich history. Bodrum offers incredible shopping, and a plethora of archaeological sites and museums.
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