Diamonds of Turkey

9 Nights / 10 Days

Cover the most fascinating places in the country with no overland journeys. See the biggest metropolis in Turkey, experience rural life in Cappadocia, visit the glorious civilizations of the past at Ephesus, and pamper yourself at the most popular tourist destination in Turkey, Antalya.

Istanbul

The most fascinating thing about Istanbul is that it’s split with Asia on the one hand and Europe on the other!!

The grandeur of the Bosphorus river and its cruise is an experience like no other. The spectacular architecture, the museums, Taksim square and its energy put together are very contageous.

The gastronomy is to die for (veg and non-veg, both!) and the Turkish coffee and its fortune telling capabilities. The whole package is mouth-watering. When in Istanbul you must see the the Grand Bazaar for a very traditional feel.

The Hagia Sophia, the largest Church in the World converted to a Mosque by the Ottoman Turks and then to a Library by the visionary Kamal Attaturk. Of course the Black sea and the Marmara sea are there with the Istanbul Strait running through the middle of the city. Overall, the people are very cordial, international and tourist friendly. Language is not a problem and its easy to find your bearings in a day.

The Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace are exotic experiences. The party on the Clubs on the Bosphorus make Istanbul rock. You also have the option to see the famous Dervish dance.

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is located deep in the heart of the country, with an interesting topography including the landscapes and the houses. Cappadocia essentially invites you to enjoy what it has to offer, at your own pace. My trip here included a stay in the famous Cave Suites.

I had heard a lot about them and I was far from disappointed! But even otherwise, the hot air ballooning over Cappadocia is such a beautiful experience. Where else can you float over the fairy chimneys in a hot-air balloon in the morning?? For those who enjoy hiking, there are quite a few spots depending upon your liking. However, I’d like to concur with the folks who say that the best part about Cappadocia is the way of life here.

It’s far away from the hustle and bustle of a normal metropolitan city like Istanbul. If you can appreciate that, you’ll fall in love with the place as soon as you get there! Everything Cappadocia offers makes it such a compelling tourist destination – there truly is something here for everyone.

Kusadasi

Kusadasi is one of Turkey's principle holiday resorts, offering an excellent environment for an unforgettable holiday. Situated on the west coast of Turkey- 90km south of Izmir, Kusadasi, is reputed for one of the most attractive city of the Aegean, as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus, Didyma, Priene, Miletos-the principals of ancient times, and ideal for sightseers.

The good thing is that Kusadasi has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, providing a long tourism season. Also it has numerous powdery sandy beaches with clear waters, allowing a greater variety of water and beach facilities. It’s a good change to go windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and beach volley in European waters too! After sunbathing restfully during the day, the city awaits the superb sunset.

As the sun sets, also lined up are the cafes and restaurants through the palm-lined boulevard, which get busy. What really takes the cake for me is the panoramic view of the sunset, on a pre-drink before dinner. The restaurants, serving a variety of fresh seafood &fish and Aegean specialties, offer a delicious meal in Kusadasi. Dancing and entertaining at a lively bar or a disco until dawn, may end an ideal day in Kusadasi.

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