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An Insiders Look:

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.

| Istanbul


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.

  • Explore the famed Dolmabahçe Palace – and learn about the life at the centre of the Ottoman Empire
  • 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

| Cappadocia

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.

  • Float serenely over the chimneys of the valley in your private hot-air balloon, and let the valley’s vineyards and pigeon houses be revealed to you from the heavens above
  • Hike through the valley and visit Cappadocia’s villages and vineyards from ground level
  • Explore the underground dwellings and tunnel towns with exceptional private guides and learn of their ancient history and construction

| Ephesus

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.

  • Walk through the Ruins of Ephesus to experience the city where Paul the apostle spent three years of his ministry
  • Visit the Artemis Temple, considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world

| Bodrum

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.

  • Explore Turkey’s pristine coastline by private gullet charter
  • Relax at some of Europe’s finest spas and beaches. Indulge in water sports, fishing trips or simply relax under the sun
  • Stay at the Mandarin Oriental, a chic property with 2 private beaches, 8 restaurants and 3 bars right on the Aegean Sea

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