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About Turkey Tours
Ask anyone who’s ever been there before-you can go on any number of Turkey Tours and still not see everything there is to see! This wonderfully multifaceted nation between Europe and Asia offers an almost endless wealth of sights and experiences for the traveller and it’s almost impossible to decide where to begin. Still, we all have to start somewhere, so here’s a basic list for the first-timer traveller in Turkey.
With its rich history as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, it comes as no surprise that Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city (and its cultural and business centre), is where many first-time visitors begin their Turkey Tours. Istanbul straddles both Europe and Asia, and there’s no better way to make sure you see both sides than a boat ride on the Bosphorus. This trip will show you some of the most stunning vistas to be seen on Turkey – distinctive skylines with turreted roofs and minarets, views of palaces, 15th century fortresses and Ottoman mansions.
Other must-visit places on the Istanbul leg of first-timer Turkey Tours are:
- Topkapi Palace– the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Come early, and make sure you visit the Harem along with its four courtyards.
- Haghia Sophia – known as the jewel of the Byzantine Empire, a wonderful showcase of its art and architecture. With 30 million gold tesserae, it’s one of the most impressive sights you will experience on your Turkey tours!
- The Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Market – brush up on your bargaining skills! With at least 4000 shops, restaurants and more, everyone knows shopping is a must on Turkey Tours.
- Cosmopolitan Istanbul – Turkey Tours just aren’t complete until you find out why Istanbul has been called “the world’s hippest city” by the top trend spotters!
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Turkey’s capital, having grown into its identity as a modern international city, tends to be underrated as a destination on historical and cultural Turkey Tours. Still, with a regional history dating back to the Hatti civilizations of the Bronze Age, there is no dearth of sights to see in Ankara. Here are a few things you shouldn’t miss:
- Museum Of Anatolian Civilisations – over 200,000 artifacts from the early Bronze Age onwards, including a collection of tablets with translations that provide an insight to life in ancient times.
- Citadel of Ankara – the city’s symbolic structure sits on top of a hill and provides not just prime examples of traditional architecture but a 360 view of the city below.
- Ataturk Mausoleum – First time visitors on Turkey tours should take time out to visit the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
Where To Go Next?
There’s practically no end to the choices of where to go next in Turkey. Tours can take you to great adventures in varied, yet equally stunning landscapes take your pick from experiences such as hot air balloon rides over Cappadocia, sailing tours to picturesque islands and submerged cities, or ski on wonderful powdery slopes in the morning and swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean in the afternoon if you want! With so much to see and do, chances are, you’ll already be planning your next several Turkey Tours even before your first one ends.