Lake Van, Turkey

Turkey

Our Turkey tours are a journey through time as we embrace the ancient and modern marvels of Europe and Asia. Straddling two continents, Istanbul and the Republic of Turkey make for a most intriguing adventure as we travel back to 7500 BC at various ruins sites—including some wonderfully intact medieval mosques and Ottoman palaces. During our travel to Turkey, we’ll spend plenty of time in Istanbul, savoring a luxury hotel stay near the Topkapi Palace, and taking our time to discover the treasures of Constantinople, from the breathtaking Hagia Sophia to the bargain-friendly Spice Market and massive Grand Bazaar. Our Turkey tours also take us into the magical Cappadocia region with its storied underground cities and far into the eastern part of the country, to Dogubeyazit and its striking Ishak Pasha Palace.

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