Escorted tours in Turkey

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Arguably the only country in the world that contains every extreme of Eastern and Western culture - as well as many intriguing fusions of the two - your tour to Turkey will reveal a fascinating mix of diverse cultures and tumultuous history. Straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey has been home to ancient Anatolian civilizations, Greeks, Thracians, Persians, Romans and Ottomans as well as the Turks themselves – a magical blend of influences that will come alive on this Turkey tour.

Your tour of Turkey will take you to the ancient city of Ephesus, and along its central marble road in the footsteps of St Paul and St John. In Pergamon, perched on a high rocky outcrop,

you’ll visit one of the ancient world’s greatest centres of learning and healing that was home to a Greek colony of 100,000 people. There’s incomparable Troy, dating from 3,000 BC with nine separate cities built over each other. And there’s Istanbul, the glorious jewel in the crown with its amazing Blue Mosque and bustling Grand Bazaar. Topkapi Palace was the glittering residence of the Sultans for 400 years, while the breathtaking 6th century Haghia Sophia was the largest covered space on earth for more than twice as long – first as Christendom’s greatest church and then as one of Islam’s most revered mosques.

But you can extend this memorable tour to Turkey still further with our five day “pre-tour” of Cappadocia –

home to some of the world’s very earliest societies, underground cities and the centre of Christendom for a thousand years. A natural wonderland of astonishing 30 million year old volcanic rock formations, this is the ancient land of the Hittites who discovered iron making and invented the wheel. Following the iconic Silk Road you’ll visit the historic home of the Whirling Dervishes in Konya, stay in the thermal wonderland of Pamukkale’s “white castle” where Roman emperors once bathed, and discover the ancient city of Aphrodisias, dedicated to the Greek goddess of love.

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