Dream Destination 8: Turkish Delights

Here’s one of TravelAvidly’s more adventurous trips: 15-day odyssey through Turkey. It promises to be a captivating blend of East and West, where history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes intertwine. This fast-paced journey is perfect gift for lovers of Turkish delights and those who want a feast of the cultural, traditional, and cosmopolitan. From the bustling markets of Istanbul to the tranquil beaches along the Aegean Sea, each day promises a new adventure in this fascinating country.

The journey starts with an international flight to Istanbul, from where, a private minibus takes us through Thrace to explore the ancient cities of Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, and Perge. Immerse yourself in the rich history of these cities, and discover quaint villages along the Aegean coast. There’s also the chance to enjoy relaxing beach time and the famous local fruit wine.

The tour continues to Izmir, a bustling cosmopolitan city, before a domestic flight transports us to Cappadocia in the Central Anatolia region. Known as the most popular hot air balloon flight region in the world, we take in the surreal landscapes with a sunrise balloon ride. We’ll also explore underground cities, caves, and other-worldly terrain before enjoying a fun Turkish night with a fabulous show.

The final leg of the journey brings us back to Istanbul, where the last four days are dedicated to exploring the wonders of this ancient city. Highlights include a panoramic tour of Çanakkale with views of the Dardanelles Strait, a visit to the Trojan horse used in the movie Troy, and a walking tour of the ancient city of Troy. A stroll on Istiklal Street, possibly the most famous street in Turkey, precedes a tour of Old Istanbul, featuring iconic landmarks such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque.  We’ll end this amazing adventure with a night cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, adorned with city lights and a delightful dinner.

This 15-day journey promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, combining history, culture, and the natural beauty of Turkey.