Few places in the world can claim as dynamic a cultural mix as modern-day Turkey. Straddling Europe and Asia, the lands have served as one of the great global cultural highways, leaving behind history underfoot for the archeological connoisseur—from the 1,400 year-old Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, to the Biblical city of Ephesus, and Lord of the Rings-like Lycian tombs hewn into the rocky bluffs of the south coast.
Guests at hotels in Turkey can also enjoy Mediterranean splendor at far cheaper rates than the country’s European neighbors, whether it be cruising the azure waters of the coast on a yacht, exploring sunken cities below or parasailing above it all. When finished and famished, nearly every accommodation in Turkey will satisfy your Epicurean fancy with one of the premier cuisine, from the olive-oil, fish and vegetable diet of the seaside regions to rich, peppery meats and nuts of the hinterlands.
With no shortage of bazaars near our hotels, Turkey is a souvenir hunter’s dream, so leave room in the bag for the exotic, Oriental ceramics and fabrics. What’s more, all prices are negotiable if you are savvy enough. But the most significant thing you might take from Turkey is the hospitality.