Landscapes of Turkey
Our landscapes of Turkey itinerary is an immersive two centre journey exploring two of Turkey’s most fascinating regions. The first few days in Istanbul allow guests the opportunity to uncover the city’s rich heritage from the Romans to the Ottoman’s with time to appreciate it’s position between Europe and Asia. You’ll explore the delights of Sultan Ahmet including the iconic Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. There is also the choice of taking a relaxing sunset cruise on the Bosphorus or embarking on an immersive street food tour. Then it is onto Cappadocia, to experience the fairy chimney landscapes, accommodation is truly in keeping with the surrounds and very atmospheric. The region is sizeable so we include privately guided itineraries with a driver and of course a bucket list balloon ride. The itinerary can also be enjoyed in reverse and further tailor made to include the coast, other regions and other durations of stay.
Istanbul is a spectacular city that you will never tire of. Steeped in ancient history, today it is a café society with a minaret-lined skyline, a confluence of ancient tradition and contemporary delights. It bemuses and amuses in equal measure. The city famously straddles – both geographically and philosophically – Europe and Asia and stimulates every visitor with a melange of the exotic and familiar. Its geographical position alone – at the neck of trading routes between the Mediterranean and Africa – has afforded the city an important trading position since the Byzantine era. And the Golden Horn, nestling within the city, is one of the world’s finest natural harbours.
Sights, sounds and scents are plentiful. Marvel at mosaic archways, decorative architecture, Ottoman mosques, classical columns, Byzantine structures, ancient city walls and fine churches. Get lost in the labyrinth of passageways leading to spice bazaars, bakeries, book shops and authentic fish restaurants frequented by the locals.
The National Park of Cappadocia has some of the most astonishing geology we have ever experienced on our travels and is quite simply the most extraordinary region that we feature with a fascinating history to match. Situated in the heart of central Anatolia the region spans over 24,000 square kilometres and boasts an unusual and distinct landscape; from subterranean cities to giant fairy chimneys, houses carved out of the soft tufa rock and deep gorges with valleys that stretch for miles. The Cappadocia National Park is Turkey’s equivalent of the Grand Canyon and some, with awe inspiring landscapes and natural beauty that is hard to match. The principal main chocolate box villages are Ürgüp, Uchisar and Goreme with a fascinating array of sites in between and the area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The region offers a host of active pursuits in breathtaking scenery whatever the season. Trek through blankets of poppies in springtime, an abundance of fruit in summer and stunning autumnal colours are followed by the snowscapes of winter.