By Oliver Pelling
Before visiting Turkey, I had few preconceptions of the place. I had fewer still of Istanbul. This likely isn’t a good thing for someone who writes about travel for a living to admit, but there we go.
All I had rattling around my mind were a few stock travel...
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Trips & tours in TurkeyPrice$ 0Countries visited: Turkey18 daysThink of this trip as a Turkish kebab with the lot. Chunks of Istanbul’s Old Town, dollops of Ayvalik charm, only the freshest of Cappadocia garnishings and Pamukkale hot...Countries visited: Turkey11 daysKick off your trip in Istanbul with some Grand Bazaar and Old Town times. Head to Gallipoli then on to Ayvalik for some delicious treats. Next up is ancient Selcuk and Greco-Roman...Countries visited: Turkey11 daysStart with a kebab in Istanbul, leave for Gallipoli then zoom through Eceabat to Ayvalik for a visit to Troy and harbourside bevvies. On to Selcuk to explore Ephesus (where Antony...Countries visited: Turkey15 daysTake two weeks to discover all that makes Turkey remarkable. A land of true beauty and cultural contrast awaits you. It's the warmth and cuisine of the locals, the picture perfect beaches, azure seas, ancient ruins and...Countries visited: Turkey5 daysFairies, valleys, kebabs – oh my! You’ve got a handful of days to get to grips with cracking Cappadocia and here’s how you do it: get totes historic in Kaleici, go underground in Derinkuyu, hike the Ihlara...
Why we love Turkey
Any country that straddles two continents has to be diverse, right? Right. You could say that Turkey has so many things to see and do it needed an extra continent to share the load. But do you know who totally ruined it? The Greeks, the Romans and the Ottomans.
Their ruins are everywhere (lololol). There’s Ephesus’ ancient amphitheater, Pammukale where Cleopatra used to take a dip, Cappadoccia’s cave houses and an entire city near Kekova Island that’s under the water.
Goggles might be required for that one. What else? The food! Kebabs, fish sandwiches, pistachio ice cream and lots and lots of tea. And then, if all that eating and sightseeing makes you tired you could just sit on a boat and sail through turquoise waters.
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From our Blog
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If you want to see the real Turkey, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone better to show it to you than Peregrine leader Ergun Akkan. The leader of seven years loves telling his family and friends about all the interesting people he meets on his trip – and Peregrine travellers love telling their family and...Read on...
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Turkey is a land of sparkling beauty and arresting sights – but no other moment can match the raw power of Gallipoli on 25th April, ANZAC Day.
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