From mountain ranges to sun-drenched beaches and olive groves to ancient history, Turkey is a diverse destination for all travellers. With the fascinating history of Ephesus, Acropolis of Pergamon and Homer’s Troy, as well as the cosmopolitan, cultural melting pot of Istanbul, Turkey is the perfect tour if you are looking for something a little different. The cuisine is incredible too, with Mediterranean specialities, healthy fresh seafood and spiced lamb, often combined with the incredible local red wines. In Turkey, you’ll be sure to experience the effects of a distinctive blend of diverse heritage, centuries of history and an unforgettable ambience that links the mysterious east with the west.
At Riviera Travel, there are a number of expert-led escorted tours to Turkey, each with its unique charm. First is Istanbul, Ephesus & Troy, which can also be enjoyed as a solo traveller, which starts in Kusadasi, the perfect base from which to explore the ruins of Ephesus, Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis and the remains of St John’s Basilica, built by the Emperor Justinian. We also take an amazingly scenic cruise from Asia back to Europe across the Dardanelles Straight before seeing the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia and its Byzantine mosaics, as well as the Topkapi Palace in all its splendour. On this tour of Turkey there is also the option to extend your holiday to include the incredible Cappadocia and Anatoli pre-tour, which features the likes of the unique underground city of Kaymakli, Monks Valley and Goreme.
If you’d prefer to cruise, sailing the Black Sea on the Azamara Journey might be the holiday to Turkey for you. On this immersive itinerary, your luxury vessel visits seven diverse countries, stopping off in Ephesus, Istanbul and Troy, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime private classical concert at the Odeon theatre of Ephesus.