An amalgamation of ancient and contemporary, Turkey is everything you’re hoping for in a European experience: history, culture, art, archaeology, nature, cruising and authentic lifestyle. Here’s why Turkey should be on your bucket list. 

Cappadocia (Enough Said)

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You’ve likely not experienced as surreal and stunning a landscape as that of Cappadocia. If at all possible, take a hot-air balloon flight at dawn to fully appreciate the otherworldliness of tis fascinating region. There are historical sights for days, fairy chimneys formed 60 million years ago and eight-story underground cities. Among the many reasons we love Cappadocia: spending a night in a cave house, riding horseback through the park, wandering through the Goreme and Zelve open-air museums and discovering the pink-hued Rose Valley and its eye-catching rock formations. 

Turkish Cuisine 

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With a distinctive taste in practically every region of the country, Turkish cuisine is constantly surprising. Go beyond the tasty kebabs and baklava and try fresh seafood, meze (small plates for grazing, brought in before the main meal) and balik ekmek (fish sandwiches). There are fresh vegetable dishes, Ottoman specialties and lavish breakfasts. Shop with the locals for food and species at the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. And, of course, sit for a spell in a local cafe and enjoy a “Caj” (tea) or Turkish coffee.

Beautiful (and Bountiful) Beaches … and Baths

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Summer stays for six months in the southern regions of Turkey, allowing more time for playing on the sand and in the waves of the country’s stunning beaches. Favorites include those in the Bodrum, Antalya, Izmir and Fethiye regions. Take a yachting voyage to explore all the beaches - a truly decadent way to travel along the Aegean Coast. And don’t miss a hammam experience - you’re scrubbed, washed and massaged, the ultimate way to unwind. 

Archaeological Treasures & Amazing Museums 

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With a history dating back 25,000 years, Turkey has seen a great number of civilizations rise and fall. The Hittites, Hellens, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans have all left their mark. With such a remarkable past, it’s little wonder the country boasts the most archaeological sites in the world, including Ephesus, the City of Troy, Cappadocia, St. Peter’s cave church, the ruined medieval Armenian city of Ani and Mount Nemrut, an ancient king’s tomb. 

Inside its museums, Turkey holds even more treasures. Explore the world’s largest mosaic museum - Zeugma in Gaziantep) and Istanbul’s Ottoman palace museums. Stay for hours in the Aya Sofya Museum, a Byzantine paradise with rich frescoes that speak to the Constantinople era. 

Natural Wonders 

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Venture outside the cities to discover the natural beauty of Turkey. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale will stun you with its brilliantly white travertine terraces. The Uludag Mountains entice skiers and the Rize Province calls to hikers. The Butterfly Valley enchants visitors with its sparkling pebble beach and clear waters. From the Kackar Mountains to the Ulubey Canyon, Turkey is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Those seeking an adrenaline rush can try rock climbing, mountaineering, white-water rafting, biking, surfing, paragliding, mountain biking, parasailing and more. 

Turkish People

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Don’t be surprised when a local villager invites you in for Caj (tea) or espresso - the Turkish people are known for their warm hospitality. Their craving for authentic interactions with travelers is the epitome of why we should all be venturing beyond our borders. Ask about their culture and you’ll learn all you wanted to know. 


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Beyond your photos and long-lasting memories, there are so many incredible souvenirs to bring home from Turkey. Shop for artistically designed carpets, rugs and kilims. Pick up dried fruits, nuts, olives and Turkish delights at one of the many open-air bazaars. Turkish ceramics are a treasure, known for their vibrant colors and intricate designs. You can even find locally produced jewelry inspired by authentic Ottoman pieces for an historically nuanced gift. 

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