The soft rock of Cappadocia in central Turkey has led to an extraordinary landscape of ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations. Experience them by hot air balloon as the sun rises over Goreme, or from Ushisar’s citadel castle. Nearby Pigeon Valley boasts ancient underground homes, while Ihlara Canyon is dotted with important rock-cut churches.
Sightseeing in Troy
Legend mixes with reality for Turkey sightseeing tours to Troy, the UNESCO World Heritage Site founded some 5000 years ago. Its story is told in the Troy Museum, providing insight into the ancient streets, temples, and walls that can still be explored today, watched over by a modern version of the famed Trojan Horse.
Gallipoli Peninsula Sightseeing
A short distance from ancient Troy, the Gallipoli Peninsula stands at a strategic position close to the narrow channel known as the Dardanelles. A key battlefield during World War One as a result, the natural beauty of the region belies the horrors of the Gallipoli campaign, commemorated at Anzac Cove.
Turkey’s biggest city lies at the meeting point of Europe and Asia. Cosmopolitan as it is historic, the stalls of the Grand Bazaar display spices, clothes, and trinkets from across the globe. The Hagia Sophia and Galata Tower point to the city’s earlier incarnation as Constantinople, while the Topkapi Palace Museum and Blue Mosque are just two of the treasures that date from the Ottoman era.
A stone’s throw from the Aegean’s blue waters, Ephesus has a wonderful range of well-preserved Roman monuments. The ancient Library of Celsus is particularly fine, alongside the bathhouse and amphitheater. But what’s most impressive for those on Turkey sightseeing trips is the feeling that Ephesus remains a city, rather than isolated marvels from another age.
Sightseeing tours in Turkey offer an incredible insight into all this amazing country has to offer. Whether it’s the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, ruins of Troy and Ephesus, memorials of Gallipoli, or treasures of Istanbul, visitors are sure to have an incredible time.