The Many Faces of Turkey
From tranquil beaches along the Eastern Mediterranean to ancient ruins in the mountains to fascinating geographic formations, Turkey contains multitudes. Its varying environments from one locale to the next offer everything the adventurous traveler could ever want to explore in a destination.
Looking more like a landscape out of a fantasy movie, Cappadocia provides an unbelievable environment to hike and discover. The unique rock formations paint a picture that are the result of volcanic eruptions and erosions thousands of years ago. You can better appreciate the scene from up high in a hot air balloon ride.
Cliffs dotted with verdant forests, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters make the inlet of Oludeniz an absolute paradise. This enticing landscape is a short journey from Fethiye and happens to be one of the world’s top paragliding destinations. Once you take to these skies, you may never want to come back down.
Another sanctuary close to Fethiye, Butterfly Valley gives you the chance to channel your inner flower child and become one with nature. Turkey’s government dubbed it a preservation area to protect the butterflies for which it’s named and the local flora. The Rock Bar in the area offers hammocks, campfires and music to add to the region’s ambience.
History and mythology become one when you make a trek to Canakkale. Here you can explore the ruins of Troy, a city so famous for its epic battle, it has sparked the imagination for generations and continues to inspire stories. You will also find the battlefields of the Gallipoli Campaign. This World War I site contains a ambience that calls for reflection.
The third-largest island of the country is quite possibly its most beautiful. Also known as Tenedos, Bozcaada is best known for its windmills, vineyards and wineries. White, sandy beaches against the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea tempt any traveler looking for a moment to discover a quieter adventure. It’s one of the most popular snorkeling spots in the country.
The ancient remnants of Pergamon (also called Pergamum) call out to every explorer. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these ruins of old tell stories of a past long gone, but never forgotten. The site’s crowning jewel, the Pergamon Altar, a monument to Zeus, impresses even the most seasoned traveler who thinks they have seen it all.
You can experience and visit many of these destinations in Turkey on our 15-Night Historic Trek Through Turkey and Israel, 12-Night Monumental Egypt and Israel or 24-Night Comprehensive Anatolia and The Holy Land MAX SHORE itineraries.