Pearl of the Aegean
Discover why this country’s untamed beauty and cultural heritage are compared to the priceless elegance of a pearl. Turks invented the kebab and their delicious cuisine that has been enjoyed in countries around the world for thousands of years. Turkish traders were the first to introduce tulips to other lands. And, St. Nicholas, known as Santa Claus, was actually born in Turkey, not the North Pole. So, whether you are exploring temple ruins dating back to the Hunter-Gatherer Era or watching muscular athletes compete in the national sport of oil wrestling, there is something for everyone in this modern-day destination of antiquity.
The Cappadocia International Hot Air Balloon Festival
Wake up early if you want to see hundreds of colorful, hot air balloons fill the sky over the rugged landscape of Cappadocia. The festival events start at sunrise when balloons from dozens of countri... See more
Ruins of Ephesus
This seaport was the crossroads between the East and the West and was considered to be one of the most important trading centers in the Mediterranean. You can imagine yourself in the Golden Age of th... See more
This palace takes you into the fantastical, opulent world of the sultans. It was from here that the sultans of the Ottoman Era carved out an empire that would extend up into Europe and down through th... See more
Pamukkale Water Terraces
These magnificent rock formations were formed by ancient hot springs cascading over white, travertine terraces.
During the Roman era, this was a popular health spa located below the ancient city of ... See more
Hagia Sophia Museum
Known as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, Hagia Sophia, also called Aya Sofya, is not only one of the top things to do in Istanbul, but also in Turkey.
Built in 537 A.D., this former ... See more
Ottoman Bird Palaces
Thousands of years ago, before the age of the Ottoman Empire, people were constructing bird houses. Ornate, miniature mansions were built for Istanbul’s feathered residents and for centuries, the cit... See more
Roman Theater of Aspendos
Just south of Antalya, the jaw-dropping mammoth bulk of the Roman Theater of Aspendos celebrates the pomp and ceremony of Marcus Aurelius’ rule. Considered the finest surviving example of a classical ... See more
Pergamum the Greco Roman Ruins
Turkey has an abundance of Greco-Roman ruins, but none can be so romantically placed as ancient Pergamum in modern-day Bergama. Once home to one of the ancient world’s most important libraries, now on... See more