Turkey


Years ago, merchants and tradesmen set out on a long journey in their caravans to trade, mainly in silk. The route ended in Turkey. Merchants exchanged not only their wares, but also exchanged elements of culture, language and of course food! Tranquil Escapes takes you to this melting pot of culture…Merhaba! Turkey!!


Turkey, was a hot favorite for many ruling dynasties due to its strategic location. Partly in Europe and partly in Asia, in close proximity to the Middle East, having the Mediterranean Sea, the Aegean sea and the Black Sea surrounding it on 3 sides, it proved to be a very important link for trade over the centuries. The Greeks, Roman, Seljuks and the Ottomans left behind stories of their days through a number of historical sites that you can visit today. The Greco – Roman ruins in Ephesus, the underground cities of Cappadocia, the Topkapi Palace in Instanbul will not fail to stir your thoughts on Turkey through the ages.

If you are want to go beyond the man-made wonders, Turkey offers you some natural wonders through Pamukkale’s “Cotton Castle” and Cappadocia’s “Fairy chimneys”, visit them and get ready to be amazed.

Good time to Visit: May to October

Duration: 8 to 12 days

Ideal for: History & Culture, Exotic Landscapes, Couples, Families, Shopping, Adventure, Food


Highlights


  • Istanbul

    At the heart of Turkey's economy, history & culture is Istanbul. Straddling Europe and Asia, this city is a cultural medley! The city has so many facets that need discovering, that you will fall short of time. The Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque will draw you into the Ottoman dynasty's history. Want to go on a shopping spree?? There are options galore! For handicrafts, dry fruits, leather goods, it's the Grand Bazar for you. International brands? Cross the Galatabridge and take a walk down the Isitkal Street. There is something for everyone!

  • Cappadocia

    As you float above fairy chimneys, mushroom shaped hill structures and crater like topography, you may wonder if you have escaped into a dream or to another world.. well, this is just what a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia entails. The topography of this semi-arid region in Central Turkey is whimsical and psychedelic to say the least. If the regions lunar landscape wasn't enough, the region also has underground treasures…the underground cities of Kaymkali and Derinkuyu! A guided tour into the deep bellies of these cities where the early adopters of Christianity took refuge, will just add to the feeling of awe that Cappadocia evokes. Check-in to a cave hotel in Goreme, just another one of its kind experience in Cappadocia.

  • Ephesus

    A little away from the port town of Kusadasi, are the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Ephesus. As you move across the excavated sites – walk along the Curetesstreet, take a seat at the Odeum, stroll inside the Library of Celsus – the history of the place will come alive for you! In close proximity to the Ephesus city, are the ruins of the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world), the house of the Virgin Mary (believed to be her last place of residence), Basilica of St. John. Over the years, the city was subject to raids, an earthquake and silting. The excavations that we can visit now constitute only about 10% of what the ancient city, the rest still waiting to be uncovered.

  • Pamukkale

    Natural spring waters, rich in calcium deposits, flowed over the cliffs of this mountain, creating terraces of calcium called Travertines. These white saucer shaped Travertines, give you the impression of a castle made of cotton, hence the Turkish name “Pamukkale”. The hot spring water that collects in these travertine is believed to have healing powers, visitors would soak themselves in this spring water looking for a cure to their maladies. The Romans built the spa-city of Hierapolis here.



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