Turkey, the fabled land that joins the familiar West with the mystery of the East, is a prime destination for the adventure traveler. The history and
legend of Turkey presents an eclectic mix of new and ancient in the warmth of an open and welcoming culture.
Our adventure begins in Istanbul, the great city that links Europe to Asia across the Bosphorus. Istanbul was once the capital of the “civilized” world
in the early days of Christendom and continues to be the heart of Turkey today. Encounter the ancient and the modern through active bazaars situated
alongside grand monuments such as Topkapi Palace, the 1,500-year old Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
Heading west, we follow the Sea of Marmara and visit the World War I battle site of Gallipoli and its monuments. We stop in ancient Troy, tour a
family-owned olive oil processing plant and hike around the local village. At Ephesus, we explore one of the best-preserved classical sites still in
existence. We board a gulet, a traditional Turkish yacht, for three days of cruising on the Mediterranean. In Antalya, we take in the bustling activity
of the ancient harbor and the narrow streets of the “old city”.
Leaving the coast, we head to Cappadocia, where wind and water have sculpted the volcanic bedrock into bizarre formations. Here, ancient peoples built
entire cities below ground. The deep canyons and lush fertile valleys are the perfect place for a unique balloon flight (an optional tour). We explore
the natural and man-made phenomena that make Cappadocia a destination for history and archeology buffs. Hike up Mt. Nemrut to see the giant heads
mysteriously looking out to the surrounding valleys for 2 millennia.
In Ankara, we visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, reputed to be one of the best museums in the world. Heading to the inner Black Sea region,
we stop in Safranbolu, a unique and well-preserved Ottoman town. Our adventure concludes in Istanbul.