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Travel to Turkey with Heritage Tours Private Travel
The very name of Istanbul conjures up images of a majestic skyline of slender minarets, domed mosques and sultans’ palaces crowning the hilltops of this majestic city. It calls to mind a city of intrigue and beauty at the terminus of the Orient Express and at the juncture of two continents.
Its former names of Byzantium and Constantinople recall the fabled wealth, magnificent art and compelling history of this many-layered city.
Once-great, long-vanquished empires and twenty-seven centuries of history are embodied in this great city known at various times as Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul. The empires it once ruled spread from Western Europe to the Holy Land to Central Asia to North Africa.
Become completely enraptured by Istanbul. Just remember that this legendary city is but one jewel in a vast, diverse and rewarding land.
Allow yourself to be swept away by the wonders of Turkey—ancient ruins, underground cities, hidden churches and some of the most beautiful shoreline in the world.
The unique and surreal landscape of Cappadoccia is a land of fairy chimneys and richly-frescoed churches carved from caves. A land where underground cities extend eight floors below the surface of the earth.
The Greek and Roman ruins (among the most extensive and best-preserved in the world) of Ephesus, Pergamon, Aphrodisias, Sardis and Troy are all found in Turkey. Equally enthralling and more romantic are the countless lesser-known sites scattered all over Anatolia.
Most romantic of all are those ruins found along the serene waters of the Turquoise Coast—some submerged below the crystal-clear water. Ideal for relaxing, swimming and boating by gulet (traditional wooden boats), the Turquoise Coast is dotted by charming harbor towns as well as isolated lagoons, sandy beaches and romantic islands.
Let Heritage Tours take you to this land of sultans’ palaces, harems, lush gardens, treasure-filled museums and underground cities.
Experience this exotic culture nurtured by peoples from many lands: Turkic invaders from central Asia, Jewish refugees from Spain, Greeks, North Africans, Asians and Europeans.
Stay in deluxe and romantic hotels in restored monuments. Sample outstanding Turkish cuisine—and save room for dessert. Go shopping in Turkey’s famed bazaars offering luxurious silks, ancient rugs, hand-crafted glass and tile, many hand-made using methods perfected over the centuries and handed down from father to son.
As always, our tours are custom-designed to fit your interests and passions. Whether you are looking for romance, culture, relaxation, adventure or all of these, Turkey is waiting for you.