Straddling the divide between Europe and Asia, Turkey was historically the crossroads through which spices, silks and coffee found their way into Europe. Today it is a fascinating country that exists in two worlds, and has a unique cultural heritage to show for it. From the modern, bustling city of Istanbul, to the sun drenched beaches of its Mediterranean coast, to the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey is a dream destination for all types of vacationers.
Modern Turkish society is the most progressive in the Middle East. Turkey is a secular constitutional republic in which all religions and lifestyles are respected. Of course, religion is a vital part of the society, but a peek behind the veil shows Turkish culture to be vibrant, ancient and very deep.
In February, 2013, 1.27 million people visited Turkey, a 27 percent increase from the previous year. Many flock to the beach resorts at Izmir and Ouldeniz. While you can have a great vacation at the big resorts, the Turkish coast has many quiet beaches, such as the never busy Iztuzu Beach, for those who prefer a more remote seaside experience.
To make the most of a visit to a country with so much to offer, many vacationers opt for small group Turkey tours, either for general trips or tours with a more focused purpose, such as scuba diving or kayaking. Escorted turkey tours have knowledgable guides who assist with language, provide insight into culture, and assure a rich travel experience.
Many companies operate small group Turkey tours and private turkey tours, so there’s something for every type of traveller. Luxury turkey tours might offer 5 star accommodations and special private tours of historical sites, while some small group Turkey tours might focus on a particular region or interest.
Fact is, there is so much to do, see, and eat in Turkey that it’s impossible to experience everything the country has to offer in one vacation. The right small group Turkey tours ensure that, on your trip, you’ll see the sights but also experience the culture. It’s that combination of history and Turkish hospitality that will make you want to visit again and again.