Visit ancient monuments, cities & villages, eat delicious turkish food, see stunning scenery and beaches - an adventure of a lifetime.
Istanbul straddles Asia and Europe across the Bosphorus strait and is one of the world’s greatest cities. Explore the ancient Haga Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace before getting lost shopping and browsing in the Grand and Spice Bazaar. Enjoy the best fish sandwich in the world ( the iconic balik ekmek) next to Galata Bridge before heading up to Taksim Square. Stroll down Istikal Avenue to Galata Tower, be sure to stop for delicious baklava and turkish delight on the way.
SLEEP AT CIRAGAN PALACE KEMPINSKI
Welcome to the only Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus. Ciragan Palace Kempinski offers a resort ambience in the city and reflects the ultimate luxury of a genuine Ottoman Palace.
SLEEP AT SOHO HOUSE ISTANBUL
Soho House Istanbul is a members' club in a 19th century palazzo with bedrooms in an adjacent glass building and annex. Soho House was founded in London in 1995 as a home from home for people working in creative fields. they have opened clubs across Europe and North America and now have 20 clubs around the world, with more in the works.
SLEEP AT MERCURE ISTANBUL TAKSIM
Mercure Istanbul Taksim is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a hotel located at the heart of Istanbul. Taksim is known for being a location which includes historical buildings, great cafes, fancy restaurants, bars and exciting night clubs. Mercure Istanbul Taksim is a hotel near the Bosphorus. From the balcony of your room, you have a fantastic view of the Bosphorus.
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center is a haven of elegance with quality spa facilities, sky-high dining and a range of unique rooms and suites. Centrally located in Sisli, you can enjoy easy access to many Istanbul attractions – from iconic Taksim square to shopping centers, from business districts to historic sites.
SLEEP AT ESER PREMIUM HOTEL & SPA
This 5-star resort is only 10 minutes’ drive from Tuyap Exhibition Center. Its extensive spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, and a cardio gym with Marmara Sea views. High speed internet is available throughout the property.
SLEEP AT #bunk
#bunk hostel opened its doors in March 2014 after having renovated a historical building with a stunning result. It consists of 170 beds (22 quad, 9 sixer, 6 twin and 8 double rooms). A 6 floor luxurious hostel with an elevator is located in Taksim, commonly regarded as the center of the city.
EAT AT MAIDEN'S TOWER RESTAURANT
The Maiden’s Tower is located 150-200 meters off the shore of the Salacak district in Üsküdar. Although it is not definite as to when the Maiden’s Tower was built, the tower’s architectural style is said by some sources to be from around 340 BCE.
PLAY AT SECRET FOOD TOURS ISTANBUL
When you take the Secret Food Tours Istanbul you will experience the most charming, less traveled areas. Let them share with you the food and culture of this amazing historic city.
PLAY AT MY LOCAL GUIDE ISTANBUL
Enjoy the food, people and culture of Turkey. My Local Guide Istanbul offers daily small group tours, layover tours and private Istanbul tours which include the top sights and hidden gems.Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of the city that crosses two continents.
CAPPADOCIA (ONE HOUR FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL)
Cappadocia is a fantasy world of honeycombed hills and towering boulders. A balloon ride over Cappadocia is a must on your bucket list ! Spend three days and visit the rock castle at Uchisar, the Goreme Open Air Museum, the ancient villages of Cavusin and Ortahisar, the underground city of Derinkuyu and the Selime Cathedral. Be sure to watch at least one sunset from the start of the Red and Rose Valley hike.
SLEEP AT TASKONAKLAR HOTEL
A village, thousands of years old; buildings, untouched since 1950s when their inhabitants left in search for more modern places... An astonishing nature and historical texture that leave you speechless.
SLEEP AT MUSEUM HOTEL
Unique...’ There is no other word that better describes Museum Hotel. Situated in a very special geographic region in Cappadocia, Museum Hotel has been designed and created from a distinctive combination of the land and historical features and ruins, some intact and some beautifully restored to their original glory.
EAT AT ZIGGY CAFE
Located in an exquisitely restored stone house, Ziggy Café is a modern version of the ancient caravanseri where travelers and locals connected. Intimate, yet spacious, the café’s three outdoor terraces have breathtaking views of Urgup, the region’s most cosmopolitan town.
PLAY AT ROYAL BALLOON
Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Rides are one of the best ways to discover and explore the area of Cappadocia. While you are soaring between the rock formations in the deep valleys of Cappadocia onboard your Hot Air Balloon, you will close your eyes and listen to the sound of silence and peace.
End your Turkish adventure at one or all three of these great coastal destinations in Turkey:
BODRUM (1 1/4 HOUR FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL)
Bodrum Peninsula stretches from Turkey’s southwest coast into the Aegean Sea. The area is renowned for its great beaches, watersports, boat tours and night life.
SLEEP AT SWISSOTEL RESORT, BODRUM BEACH
Swissotel Resort, Bodrum Beach lies directly on the waterfront in Turgutreis, approximately 20 km from the center of Bodrum, a very popular destination as it offers ideal conditions for water sports, culture and Aegean relaxation.
SLEEP AND EAT AT 4REASONS HOTEL + BISTRO
4reasons hotel + bistro is a chic boutique hotel in Bodrum Peninsula, well-known for its excellence in service quality, and considered as one of the most stylish, romantic boutique hotels in Bodrum, Turkey. the 4reasons only serves guests over the age of 12. The property is settled on the peaceful hills of Yalikavak, a small, charming Aegean seaside town.
EAT AT LIMON GÜMÜSLÜK
Limon Cafe is a pretty cafe overlooking the antique city of Myndos in the village of Gümüslük. This little place decorated in a relaxing style with wooden chairs and tables, sofas and big cushions laying invitingly on huge straw rugs, promises everlasting peace and comfort to its visitors.
MOVE AT SALAMANDER VOYAGES
Salamander Voyages provides a unique blend of western business culture and a thoroughly local cultural experience on their own stunning gulet in Turkey and their partners' gulet in Montenegro. They are passionate about good holidays, the gulet cruise packages are therefore fully customisable to meet your wishes. The crew is handpicked for their skills and charm and, with your own personal chef on board, you will receive 5-star class food as well as local wines and soft drinks.
FETHIYE (1 1/4 HOUR FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL)
Fethiye is on Turkey's southwestern Turquoise Coast. It's known for its natural harbor, blue waters and numerous rock tombs including the 4th-century B.C. Tomb of Amyntas, carved into a bluff overlooking the city. Near-shore islands are popular for day trips by boat. Visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, just over an hour’s drive from Fethiye. (Photo above)
SLEEP AT LISSIYA HOTEL
The houses at Lissiya have been designed that they do not face each other in independent locations and they all have sea views and balconies. All of the houses are built inside the valley and are designed as an extension of nature. There are 2 Deluxe Suites, 2 Suites and 6 Standard rooms, all providing you with the unique views of endless blue and the sky full of stars at night.
IZMIR (1 HOUR FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL)
Izmir is a laid-back city on the west coast. Spend three days to visit the ancient monuments, markets, beaches and surrounding villages. Be sure to visit Hierapolis-Pamukkale - an UNESCO World Heritage Site of travertine steps and ancient ruins. (Photo above)
SLEEP AT SWISSOTEL BÜYÜK EFES
Set in 12.000 m2; of landscaped gardens Swissotel Büyük Efes, Izmir is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the heart of the city’s commercial hub and overlooking the spectacular Kordon Promenade, on Turkey’s Aegean Sea. The Hotel is within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum, Commercial Centre and Izmir Cultural Park.