There are few places with a more intriguing and varied history than Turkey. With ties to the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman empires, just to name a few, there's plenty here to intrigue history buffs, plus diverse natural bounty for outdoor enthusiasts and delicious cuisine for gourmands. Not sure where to start? Head for Istanbul (not Constantinople) for a taste of everything Turkish. Book your Turkey accommodation and begin your adventure today!
Settle in at one of our Turkey hotels and set out to explore Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia is an obvious stop on any trip. This Christian basilica turned Muslim mosque turned national museum features an impressive dome and is considered an important bastion of architectural heritage. Next, visit the nearby Topkapi Palace, the former residence of many Ottoman rulers. The Ottoman Empire ended in 1923, “re-sultan” in the palace's transformation into a museum. South of here, you can visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, more popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the colour of its tiles. Women, take note: It's “ta-blue” to go in without a head covering.
Once you've savoured some downtime at our Istanbul hotels, set out to explore the rest of the country. Further south along the coast, you'll find the ruins of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the shores of the Mediterranean. This was also the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Want to see more? Head inland to visit Ankara, the capital, and the beauty of Cappadocia.
Touch down at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST), which is just about 20 km west of the city. You can access the city centre via bus, metro or private cab. Once in Istanbul, get around the city using its network of metro, bus, tram and boat lines (it's best to keep a map on you).
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