Being a cradle of many notable civilizations, Istanbul offers a treasure trove of cultural and historical riches...
The magical ‘fairy chimney’ landscape of Cappadocia is truly inspiring...
One of the most important World Culture Heritage...
Antiochus I wished to be immortal,he succeeded...
Move smoothly and let us guide you through the antiquities, artisans, and architecture of Turkey. Along with the our gracious culture of culinary secrets and the rich history of local coffee houses, you will experience an assortment of traditional tastes and scents of our beautiful country. In Turkey we say “Afiyet Olsun” which translates into “enjoy this feast of handmade cuisine prepared especially for you!”
Straddling Europe and Asia--the Bosphorus cleaves between the two--Turkey is home to eighteen World Heritage Sites, making it one of the most historically significant countries in the world. Its rich history, combined with marvelous cuisine, modern infrastructure, and cultural diversity, makes Turkey one of the most visited countries in the world.
Admire the magnificent views of Istanbul while exploring the remnants of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Embark on a trip to Istanbul's Grand Bazaar and step back in time at the 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia. Travel outside Istanbul and explore breathtaking Cappadocia, ancient ruins, crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea, the glorious Eastern part of Turkey, and a variety of rich cuisines.
Turkey, also known as Anatolia, has been the home of many great civilizations throughout history. From 10,000 BC to today, each civilization has contributed to Anatolia's culture and world history. Hittites invented the first chariots that made them a superpower of the time (2,500BCE). Phrygians who were famous for their king Midas, donkey ears, and golden touch, dominated central Turkey and built great tumulus (graves). Persians came into Anatolia with their unusual religion; Zoroastrianism and ruled for 200 years until Alexander the Great liberated Greek city states. When Romans controlled Anatolia, the population of the land was over 5 million. They built their great temples, theaters, fountains, aqueducts and decorated cities with beautiful mosaics. Byzantium added more on their predecessors’ contributions. They built edifice churches and palaces. When Ottoman Turks arrived in Anatolia, they blended their culture and experiences with earlier cultures.
There are 17,958 ancient sites in modern Turkey. We have marked some of them on the maps you can see in the sections; Popular destinations, Biblical Turkey, and Extraordinary Turkey. If you have further questions, please email us.
Turkey Popular Places
With its unique location,cultural heritages and famous cuisine,Turkey is attracting millions of people all around the world every year and it offers a lot of sightseeing places for each person’ interest.Vibrant culture and vast history of Istanbul has many choises to offer more than you imagine.Standing with its glory for 1,485 years,Hagia Sophia and competitive architecture of Blue Mosque and whispering history of Ottomans with its mighty walls of Topkapi Palace are top visited places in Istanbul.
Other than Istanbul,another most visited place in Turkey is magical land of Cappadocia.Walking through valleys of fairy chimneys,taking a breathe with a cup of Turkish tea,having traditional Turkish homemade lunch,tasting local wines of Cappadocia and wonderful experience of hot air balloon flight…Cappadocia is a place where people meet with their dreams.
At the western part of Turkey,Ephesus ancient city welcomes visitors to speak about its glorious days.Walking through colonnaded streets of the city and visiting amazing Roman villas,terrace houses,with mosaic floors and beautiful paintings on the walls…Head to famous and third richest library of Celcus and walk to the largest ancient theatre of Turkey… Ephesus ancient city is visited by over 2 million people every year.(exceptional during pandemic)
We do organize your Turkey travel depending on your time and interest.There are easy 1 hour flights to Cappadocia from Istanbul.There are also flights from Kayseri or Nevsehir airports to Izmir for Ephesus and around. You can make a clockwise/anti clockwise directions on the map.
If you have time and want to see more in Turkey,you can make a road trip.There are many places of interest among these places.
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Biblical Tour to Turkey
Many people are not aware of Turkey is a Bible land too,rather than Israel.After Jerussalem was destroyed in 586 BC,many Jews were dispersed outside of Israel.Later Asia Minor/Anatolia (Modern Turkey) became the home of numerous Diaspora Jewish communities.
For the rest of first century,the land of Turkey became center of growing Christian movement.When we look at the Bible,there are a number of references to Anatolian regions and cities in the Old Testament and two-thirds of the twenty seven boks in the New testament were either written to or from Asia Minor.
Saul known as St. Paul’ hometown was Tarsus,located at the south of Turkey.The first journey of St. Paul and Barnabas (46-49 AD) was from Antioch to Cyprus then into Sourthern Anatolia,Perga.John Mark left them and returned to Jerussalem.Paul and Barnabas went on to Psiadian Antioch.
At his second missionary journey,(49-52 AD)he visited Tarsus,Derbe and Lystra.Paul and his companions,Silas and Timothy had plans to joruney to southwest of Anatolia but a night before they set out,Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia begging him to go to Macedonia to help them.
According to Acts,Paul began his third missionary journey (52-56 AD) by travelling all around the region of Galatia and Phyrgia ; Derbe,Lystra,Iconium and Psidian Antioch.Then he traveled to Ephesus, an important centre of early Christianity and stayed there for almost three years.During his stay in Ephesus,Paul wrote four letters to the church in Corinth.On his way back to Jerussalem Paul and his companions visited other cities such as ; Troas,Miletus,Phillipi,Rhodos and Tyre.
St. John the Apostle also called St. John the Evengelist or St. John the Divine one of the twelve apostle of Jesus and traditionally believed to be the author of three letters of John,the Fourth Gospel and possibly Revelation in the New Testament.
According to the Fourth Gospel,also known as Gospel of John (19:26-27),on the cross ; When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,he said to his mother,’Woman,behold,your son’.Then he said to the disciple,’Behold your mother’.And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
The disciple whom he loved is thought to have been St. John.The tradition holds that taking Virgin Mary with him,St John travelled to Ephesus in Anatolia,was exiled to the island of Patmos,wrote the Fourth Gospel and the book of Revelation thereand finally returned to Ephesus where he died and was buried.
His basilica and burial place is located 1 mile away from Ephesus ancient city.
Seven Churches of Revelation are located at the westren part of Turkey;
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Special Interest Places in Turkey
When travelling through Turkey,there are many places not to be missed on the way.Although it is very difficult to select places of interest , we have chosen just some of them and marked on the map.For instance ; Euromos ancient city is on the way to Bodrum,although there is a sign,you need to keep your attention on to see it because it is located in the middle of olive trees.Or Stratonikeia.. It is at the junction of Milas-Bodrum road and it is just a few minutes driving away on the way to Bodrum.
Eastern part of Turkey is a gem waiting to be discovered by people.Mardin city is waiting to speak what it has witnessed in the history throughout centuries at Mesopotamia.Sanliurfa is welcoming people to introduce earliest temple of the world from 10.000 BC at Gobeklitepe.
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American citizens need an e-visa,which can be easily applied for online 24/7 at www.evisa.gov.tr. The visa is approved within 72 hours and is valid for 3 months.Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your ecpected date of entry into Turkey.
Turkish Ministry of Health announced on May 30, 2022 that masks are only required indoors in health institutions.
Turkish Ministry of Interior announced on May 31, 2022 that passengers entering Turkey at all border gates will not be required to show negative PCR tests.
Turkey began the move to change its internationally recognised official name in English to Türkiye in December,at 2 June 2022.
The United Nations has changed the Republic of Turkey’s country name at the organisation from “Turkey” to “Türkiye”, following a request from Ankara for the change.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that a letter had been received from the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, requesting the use of “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey” for all affairs.Because there is no letter -ü- at international keyboards,it will be used as 'Turkiye' at online platforms.View