Why travel in Turkey?

The rocky crags of Turkey’s Kackar Mountains, wide Black Sea coastline and burning chimaeras make it a worthy destination for adventurers. The wide contours of this country also leave plenty of room for flourishing culture, from winding bazaars to whirling dervishes.

Turkey’s Silk Road Charm

In the heyday of the Silk Road, the Turks knew the famous trade route as the ‘Uzun Yol’ (the ‘Long Road’). Via the deep canyons of Cappadocia and the vast Anatolian plains, that winding network of highways traversed this country from east to west.

For caravans travelling across Turkey, the Great Horn was the final destination. Then as now, Constantinople (modern Istanbul) is for the precipice beyond which Europe stops and Asia begins, and the known drifts into the unknown.

Things to do in Turkey

Rise with the call to prayer in Istanbul. This ancient city is best explored from the crack of dawn. Istanbul comes to life as the words of the muezzin are uttered across the rooftops and down its winding alleys. That being said, we specialise in devising Istanbul tours that stray far beyond the Hagia Sophia.

Loosen up with a hammam. Get laid down on a marble slab, have your back drummed by a portly Turk and be scrubbed better than you have all year. Afterwards, submerge yourself in the hammam’s steaming hot and icy cold baths. Rinse and repeat.

Hunt for Noah’s Ark. In 2010, a team of Christian evangelists were 99.9% sure that they’d found it. We take that with a pinch of salt, but there’s nothing wrong with having a go yourself. Rumour is that the arc might be washed up on the slopes of Mount Ararat.

Embark on a Silk Road Adventure

In the near future, we are looking to unveil a range of bespoke Turkey tours. In the meantime, check out our Caucasus itineraries for a taste of the crossroads between east and west.

If you’re really keen to see Turkey from the Silk Road perspective, we are always interested in discussing tailored tours. Whether you want to add a Turkish destination onto an existing itinerary or start from scratch, we’d love to share our Silk Road expertise with you. Why not get in touch?

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