Turkey- Where Different Worlds Meet
Welcome to our Turkey travel guide, Turkey is where the East meets the West; this amazing country acquired its rich cultural heritage from the numerous invasions from different kingdoms. Turkey boasts to perfectly combine the cultures and legacies of the Mediterranean, Balkans, Middle East and the Central Asia.
From mosques to churches, from temples to Roman theaters, this country is a mixing pot of alluring cultural, architectural and scenic beauty.
The locals are friendly; they will easily make a friend out of you and you would find yourself getting many invitations to join them.
Even if they are doing so to try to sell their goods to you, they are genuine and warm and the Turkish people have always had a reputation of welcoming people regardless of their background as they are used to a multi-ethnic and multi-religious culture.
The Magic of Istanbul
Istanbul, previously known to the world as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most popular city of Turkey. This city is the main historic, cultural and economic hub. This seventh largest European city has a lot to offer to travelers during Turkey tours. One of the strategic points of this city is the historic Silk Road.
This city is divided into eight districts and each of the districts is well known for their beautiful sceneries and incredible history. This city is well connected, it has bus, tram & metro services to use when you go to explore the monuments built during the times of various rulers from myriads of countries.
You should also visit the Blue mosque, the Basilica Cistern which will give you a mysterious feeling, the Hagia Sophia- the identity of Istanbul and the Topkapi Place. While on your Turkey luxury tour, remember to visit the hammam spots and enjoy the tulips and nargile while you are in the city.
Once known as Smyrna, the city of Izmir is known for its broad boulevards, modern shopping centers and glass fronted modern buildings. This place will give you the vibe of Mediterranean Europe without missing on the traditional Turkish culture. You can reach there by air, by boat, by train or by bus.
The highlights are the Teleferik cable car, the Konak Square that has the famous clock tower and mosque, the Asanor elevator that will take you to the top of the hill and let you have a fantastic view of the city, and its beaches, the Alsancak where you can have the famous Turkish tea, the old castle on the hill in Kadifekale. While in Izmir, visit the souks for purchasing souvenirs such as stone jewelry and carpets.
Fly Through Cappadocia
If you are thinking of taking a Turkey custom tour and you want to go to a less populated area, visit Cappadocia. There, you will be greeted by the natural beauty of Turkey. There are various underground cities for you to visit; you can also visit the Selime Cathedral, the Zelve Open Air Museum, the Old Greek Houses, and the Rose Valley etc.
This city is known all over for the various hot air balloon rides that will help you get a surreal view of the beautiful landscapes by gently flying above them.
There are various cave hotels that will help you to experience something unique. These hotels are well known throughout the world. Visit the local wine farmers and the wine factory. Cappadocia is one of the biggest wine producers in Europe and produces one of the finest wines.
Do not forget to taste the specialty Jug Kebab and Manti; a food produced using minced meat, garlic sauce, and yogurt.
Now, if you love history and diverse culture, then Turkey is the best place for you to visit. This country is rich in culture, accumulated over time throughout the various reigns of various rulers from different parts of the world.
The next time you are walking in the streets Istanbul or Cappadocia, remember to stand still and enjoy the grandeur of the country! Happy Traveling!
Mahmoud is the owner and operator of Osiris Tours. Osiris Tours offers custom private guided tours to Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Jordan, Dubai, and more. The flexibility of Osiris’s offerings result in custom-made journeys that are designed carefully to deliver personalized and different travel experience like no other company.