This magical meeting place of East and West has more top-drawer attractions than it has minarets (and that's a lot). Why I Love İstanbul By Virginia Maxwell, Author Why do I love this city? Let me count the ways. I love the locals, who have an endless supply of hospitality, good-humour and insightful conversation at their disposal.
Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar
Visit six top Istanbul attractions in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city! The action-packed day includes a comprehensive tour of the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood where many of the city’s finest...
More than anywhere else, the Greco-Roman world comes alive at Ephesus. After almost 150 years of excavation, the city's recovered and renovated structures have made Ephesus Europe's most complete classical metropolis – and that's with 82% of the city still to be unearthed. As capital of Roman Asia Minor, Ephesus was a vibrant city of over 250,000 inhabitants.
The ruins of Ani, 45km east of Kars, are an absolute must-see, even if you're not an architecture buff. Your first view is stunning: wrecks of great stone buildings adrift on a sea of undulating grass, landmarks in a ghost city that was once the stately Armenian capital and home to nearly 100,000 people, rivalling Constantinople in power and glory.
Gallipoli (Gelibolu) Peninsula
Today, the Gallipoli battlefields are protected landscapes covered in pine forests and fringed by idyllic beaches and coves. However, the bloody battles fought here in 1915 are still alive in Turkish and foreign memories and hold important places in the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand national narratives.
An independent traveller's guide to Gallipoli
Its tranquil hills and gullies are now covered in pine forests and wildflowers, but one hundred years ago this slender peninsula between the Dardanelles and the Aegean Sea was the location of a prolonged, noisy and bl...
The Kaçkar Mountains (Kaçkar Dağları) form a rugged range between the Black Sea and the Çoruh River, stretching roughly 30km northeast. Dense forest covers the lower valleys, but above about 2000m grasslands carpet the passes and plateaus, and the jagged ranges are studded with lakes and alpine summer yaylar. The Kaçkars are renowned for their trekking opportunities.