Travelers continue to be drawn to Turkey’s shores for the same reasons they have been for centuries – culture, history, landscape, gastronomy, and the genuine warmth and openness of its people.
Turkey sits on a treasured piece of real estate, at the juncture of two continents. It is a vast stage on which history has played out over thousands of years. You’ve heard the adage that Turkey is a bridge between East and West. At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s true.
TWO CONTINENTS, ONE SOUL
This convergence of two very different parts of our world shapes virtually everything in Turkey – cuisine, art, architecture, music, politics, and the faces of its diverse people.
We all carry with us a striking impression of our first time in Turkey.
For some of us, it is the early morning smell of freshly baked simit (Turkish bagel) being sold on the Galata Bridge, crossing the Golden Horn. As the fog clears, all the domes and minarets of Istanbul are revealed, one by one.
For others, it is the deep shadows of the rising sun on the surreal lunar landscapes of Cappadocia from the vantage point of your privately chartered hot air balloon.
Or it could be the cadenced sound of the traditional call to prayer, reverberating among wooden Ottoman mansions in a little town no one else knows about.
It could be the sweet, sticky taste of gooey kunefe in Antakya (ancient Antioch) at our favorite local bakery.
Or maybe what stays with you most is the oddly soothing feeling of the cold marble slab against your skin after a soapy scrub in a steamy 16th-century Hamam.
The impressions our clients carry home are a reflection of the various perspectives we offer on Turkey.
The imprints of previous cultures left upon Turkey’s soil are numerous: the Byzantines, the Ottomans, early Christians, Persians, Mongols, Greeks, Romans, and long-lost civilizations – Hittite, Phrygian, Lydian, Selcuk, and Carian only a few among them. This is the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and it also has a 2,000-year-old Jewish community. Much of the history of early Christianity happened on its soil.
Indeed, Turkey is incredibly rich and multi-faceted, and the opposing pulls of Europe and Asia, secularism and religion, modernity and tradition, are part of what makes Turkey such an enthralling place for the sophisticated 21st-century traveler.
We strive to create thoughtful trips for our clients, offering insight and authenticity. We present Turkey honestly, with all its complexities front and center, with heart and with pride.
We will introduce you to some fascinating people: in their homes over dinner, walking through an archaeological site they helped excavate, teaching you to belly dance, or captaining your private gulet as you explore the Turquoise Coast together.
Be sure to visit our Idea Lab for what we can do for you so that our Turkey can become your Turkey.