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Gondola ride along the Porsuk River

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

With its name literally translating as “old city”, one would expect the dignity and seriousness of a centuries-old settlement from Eskişehir. However, unlike its name, the city is vigorous and lively, densely populated by young students from the two major local universities, and planned with the...

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All the best Istanbul hotels, tried and tested by The Guide Istanbul, including five-star international brands, boutique hotels, and private apartments.

It’s the siren song of the water – cool and inviting waves lapping against the skins of our city's blessed and beautiful, every shade of blue the perfect antidote for those other kinds of weekday blues. Can you hear it calling to you? We’re here to help you answer, in a city that thrives by the...

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Çamlıhemşin, Rize - photo by Yalçın Örsoğlu

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

The vast, tranquil waters of the Black Sea and a land covered in dense verdant forest of the region hug each other at Turkey’s northern district of Rize and offer a wealth of untouched treasures. The region is filled with inspiring vistas, such as Çamlıhemşin, hidden amongst the green. Set in...

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Aşk Vadisi, photo by Merve Göral

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

Cappadocia, the land of the wild horses, is where this journey takes place, where Hittites, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, Ottomans and most recently in its long history Turks have taken up residence in the cave dwellings that proudly rise from the volcanic ashes of the inactive Mount Erciyes. With..., Where to eat Babayan Evi Ayşegül’s cooking takes center stage. For dinner, she prepares dishes of local flavors, almost all cooked in a traditional tandır (tandoori). Expect delicious cuisine that is likely to include bulgur çorbası (bulghur soup) prepared with finely chopped green peppers and..., What to drink The art of winemaking has always been a part of daily life in Cappadocia, the tradition dating back thousands of years to the Hittites, whose methods of grape cultivation was developed by the subsequent civilizations that resided in the area. During Ottoman rule, non-Muslims were..., What to do Cappadocia, the land of the wild horses, is where this journey takes place, where Hittites, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, Ottomans and most recently in its long history Turks have taken up residence in the cave dwellings that proudly rise from the volcanic ashes of the inactive Mount..., What to see Cappadocia, the land of the wild horses, is where this journey takes place, where Hittites, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, Ottomans and most recently in its long history Turks have taken up residence in the cave dwellings that proudly rise from the volcanic ashes of the inactive Mount...

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Vagia Cafe, Patmos - photo by Cem Apa

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

If your idea of vacation is to dance until the wee hours of the morning, you can cross Patmos off your vacation destination list. If you dream of swimming in picturesque bays with pristine clear waters, eating at simple tavernas, taking long walks, and meeting wonderful locals, Patmos Island is the...

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Konya, photo by Merve Göral

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

The history of Konya, an Anatolian settlement known in the ancient times as Iconium, goes back more than a millennium. Visiting today, one might wonder if anything happened here before Mevlana, the Sufi poet, theologian and mystic more commonly known around the world as Rumi. One of the largest...

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Thrace Wine Route

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

The story behind grape cultivation in Thrace is the story of the people behind it. Legendary for its quality of grapevines since ancient times, the region is blessed with a prime environment and known as the birthplace of the Old World’s greatest winemakers. Here, we discover the contemporary...

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Barel, Thrace Travel Guide

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

Bakucha Vineyard Hotel & Spa is a picturesque property attached to Arcadia vineyard. The local cooperative supplies the kitchen with quality produce, which the restaurant turns into excellent dishes paired with local wines. With 21 rooms and a spa, the place is far from any disappointments....

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Urla Vineyards - photo by Merve Göral

From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

The enchanting lands of Urla have a direct effect on the people who traverse these blessed landscapes. Here, folks are merry; nature evokes a feeling of sanctuary, which invokes inspirational prose, most literary. Residents of Urla are gentle and at ease and spending a few days here turns visitors...

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Edirne, Selimiye Cami - photo by Merve Göral

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

Though it has neither spectacular views of the sea, nor entertainment sites comparable to Istanbul, it was Edirne that was once called “gate of happiness” ( Der-i Saadet ) by the ruling sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Witness to many victorious celebrations, the place was among the lucky charms of...

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ODTU Ormanı and Eymir Gölü, where to go in Ankara

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

Ankara is many things: the Turkish capital, a political stage, a diplomatic epicentre, and the historic founding place of the Republic – at least, these are what the metropolis is generally known for. However, with the passage of time, Ankara has seen a remarkable transformation and gentrification...

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Yeşil Türbe, Bursa

A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

In comparison with Istanbul, the city of Bursa might seem like a quiet, provincial town. The good news is that Bursa is in fact calm and welcoming – a perfect place to escape the crowds and frenzy of the megacity. But on top of this, there are Ottoman monuments that rival the mosques of Istanbul,...

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Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

An ongoing project seeks to position Turkey as the “world’s largest museum,” based on the staggering wealth of archaeological and historical sites to be found here. Anyone that’s ever road tripped around Turkey will know how frequently the little brown signs that point to yet another historical...

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A summer holiday along the coasts of Turkey or a winter holiday in snowy mountains: discover and find hotels in Bodrum, Çeşme, Antalya, Cappadocia, and more.

One of the main reasons why visitors (especially domestic tourists) visit Gaziantep is its legendary cuisine – the result of trading caravans having tramped their way through this dusty oasis following the Silk Road. The sought-after spices, carried to Europe from the East, created a trade that...

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Located on the Asian side of the city, the Haydarpaşa Railway Station was a major hub of transport in Istanbul since its construction in 1872 - before it was closed for renovation in 2013, it was the largest and busiest rail terminal in the Middle East. The castle-like building of today was...

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Zoe Yacht Cruises, photo by Merve Göral

Book a sunset Bosphorus trip on Zoe, a 12-person motor yacht, and explore parts of the strait not available on normal tours. Zoe's two- or four-hour trips are fully customisable - they can curate an itinerary to suit your needs, organise parties or a stop in a romantic spot for you to propose to...

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Atatürk International Airport is one of the two existing airports in Istanbul and is located on the European side of the city. It is the only airport in Istanbul that can be reached by metro.

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The elegant, vintage-inspired, and handmade Armada boat is available for private tours of the Istanbul waters complete with dining and event planning. Visit the website for more information and reservations.

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Sabiha Gökçen Airport is one of the two existing international airports in Istanbul, located on the Asian side of the city.

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With a fresh approach to the ideal of tour guiding, Locally Istanbul aims to spend less time exploring the usual sights and more time in the areas inhabited by the locals. Recommended tours include Galata-Pera- Çukurcuma, Asian Istanbul, Turkish Design, Golden Horn, Istanbul by Night, and the...

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More than 25 years of experience certifies the quality of Fest Travel as one of the top cultural and educational tourism agencies in Turkey. As a cultural baron the director of Fest Tour, Faruk Pekin, has consolidated his agency by offering top quality cultural, educational, religious, and research...

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A city like Istanbul has much to offer, but when you're time is limited it can be difficult to fit it all in. That's when it's best to use the services of a reputable tour company – to ensure you make the most of the time you have. Professional tour guide, Sinan Sökmen, founded Istanbul Tour...

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STH Tourism and Organisation offers tailor made excursions, escorted tours, religious tours, daily sightseeing, gulet (traditional Turkish sailing vessel) vacations, and event management. The company organizes tours globally, enabling many adventurers to explore the world. Apart from the popular...

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Once the last stop on the Orient Express, the grand Sirkeci Train Station was and is a rail hub between Istanbul and Europe. Located just inland of the confluence of the Golden Horn and the mighty Bosphorus, the station is itself a kind of coming together – of different peoples, geographies as well...

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Another one of the many Marinas in a city by the sea, Marintürk Pendik is the home of yacht owners who are looking to dock as well as the additional bit of service. Featured is a business center, laundry services, baby care, security, and sanitary units among many other options that make the Marina...

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Guided tours with art scene insiders from Grizine online magazine through Istanbul’s most important neighborhoods. Related Content Article Grizine Art Walk ; by Rhiannon Davies

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Since Istanbul is surrounded by the beautiful Bosphorous, sea transportations make avoiding traffic extremely easy. Navette is one of those transportation services (with three boat options to choose from), whether you are interested in travelling between marinas, a sea cab, or private boat tours....

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