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EXPERIENCES

Turkey’s Fascinating Cultural Heritage and Terrain

With its long history as a trading center and with its strategic position between cultures, Turkey offers an incredible amount of culture and heritage to explore. Beyond the mesmerizing rock churches and neolithic pottery, you’ll discover a landscape of dramatic gorges and world-class beaches.

When to go
Mar-Jun, Sept-Oct
From price
$9,500 pp*
Ideal length
10 nights

ISTANBUL

Your adventure through Turkey begins in Istanbul—the gateway between the East and the West and a city with Greek, Roman, and Venetian heritage (along with Ottoman, of course).u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eThe legacy of the latter is perhaps most visible in the imperial mosques that jostle amid the skyline, and you’ll explore these alongside an expert guide who will illuminate the legacies of past rulers. See the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia, among other iconic landmarks. Afterward explore the city’s incredible cuisine, such as delicious mezes and fresh seafood.

CAPPADOCIA

From Istanbul travel inland to the honeycomb sandstone hills and ‘fairy tower’ rock formations of Cappadocia. You’ll stay in an atmospheric hotel built into the ancient cave dwellings that characterize the region.

Hike to the Guvercinlik Valley and find the secret evil eye tree. Join the parade of balloons at sunrise as you board your own to see this romantic landscape of fairy towers and orchards from above in the golden hour light.

See medieval rock-hewn churches accompanied by an expert in medieval Byzantine art and history. Tour a collection of pottery that dates back to the Neolithic era, displayed, suitably enough, in a huge cave. Ride horses into the Red Valley for an exploration at your own pace before returning to the ranch for a tasting of the local wine.

DERVISH

Next, see the remarkable rock formations of Pasabag and Love Valley, before meeting the locals of spectacular Ortahisar and learning about their ancient rug weaving traditions.

At a caravanserai on the Silk Road, have a cultural encounter with the Dervish and dine in a cave as they deliver a folkloric performance for your entertainment. Afterward, hike the incredible gorge at Ihlara Valley, following the river until you reach the town of Guzelyurt with its millennium-old rock-cut churches. You’ll also discover the town’s subterranean city beneath the town center, and discover how some of these unique churches were converted into mosques, a shift indicative of Turkey’s complex past.

 

KAUNOS

Travel to the coast to find the incredible Kaunos Rock Tombs. Your archaeologist guide will provide insight into the creation and the culture behind these 3000-year-old tombs carved out of the rockface.  

Discover Tlos—a less-visited gem (your company will mostly be free-roaming goats) and an expansive historical site with a fascinating past.

Follow the fresh sea breeze to Kabak—a gorgeous seaside town enclosed by forested hills. Reach its stunning beach following meandering, pine-scented paths through the forest before being rewarded with a wonderful swim in the cerulean waters.

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 4 adults traveling for 10 nights excluding international flights.