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A leading player in every epoch and a contributor to humanity’s vocabulary for all that is magnificent and untrammelled, Turkey is a triptych carved by nature, history and culture.
Ancient city of Ephesus – One of the best preserved ancient cities, a stroll through these ruins takes you straight back in time. The marvellous structures here include the near intact facade of the Roman Library of Celsus.
Ancient Caria and Lycia – It’s time travelling in a boat. These ruins adorn the rugged coastline and are best viewed from the water. See the remains of Knidos, the rock-cut tombs of Kaunos near Dalyan, and the sprawling site at Xanthos.
Troy & Gallipoli – It’s a two in one history lesson. Visit the legendary site of the Greek epic which is a treasure trove for historians, having as many as 24 excavated levels! Stop by at the battlefield of Gallipoli, where the Allies landed in a bid to capture Istanbul. This site is of special significance to not just the Turks, but to soldiers from far off Australia and New Zealand as well.
The Lycian Trek – One of the top treks in the world, the Lycian Way is a 540 km, 29-day journey, around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya. The trail (created by historian Kate Clow) consists of Roman roads, old footpaths and mule trails. Trek the entire route or do parts of it to see fantastic scenery, eat fresh produce, walk among ruins, swim, chill out on isolated beaches and absorb the rich historical heritage of the region.
Kekova Sea Kayaking – Sign up for sea kayaking over the sunken city of Kekova. The necropolis and rock labyrinth are said to be the remnants of a mysterious clan of ‘sea people’, dating back to the 12th century.
Rafting in Korprulu Canyon, Antalya – High in the mountains, with wild scenery and dotted with Roman bridges, the Korprulu Canyon is one of Antalya's most scenic spots. You can trek or get ready for a day’s rafting down the Köprüçay River. The rapids are graded 3, making it suitable for most age groups. Round it off with a meal of fresh trout, the specialty of the region.
You can expect the moon in a country that invented the Turkish bath. Wellness holidays mean five star spas, natural hot springs & top of the line treatments. FYI, the country draws over 500,000 ‘thermal’ tourists a year!
Bodrum – Called the Turkish Riviera, it sees celebs from across the world drop by for some R&R at its famed spas including the one at Marriott Bodrum.
Lake Kohcegiz – Wallow in style. Cover yourself in the healing mud of the lake's shores and wash it off at a natural hot spring.
Davutlar-Kusadasi – Peace, quiet, natural springs & pure air are what draw people to this quaint village, nestled in the Dilek Mountains. Top picks are the Radon Thermal hot springs and Natur-Med Spa retreat.
Marmara Region – Try the hot springs at Bursa, Canakkale or Yalova known for their healing properties. You could also soak in Sivas, where tiny doctor fish nibble at your skin leaving it blemish free and beautiful!
Historical Hamams, Istanbul – Enjoy the lore and lure of these Hamams. Your Istanbul trip should include a visit to the Haseki Hürrem Sultan Hamam situated between the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, built in 1556. It is one of Istanbul’s swankiest, with gold plated bath bowls and silk/cotton bath wraps.
The world’s largest covered market, the Grand Bazaar is every bit as grand as its name suggests.
The Old Stone House (250-years-old) at Gokcebel, serves as the perfect backdrop for the quintessential artist's adventure.