Turkey is a destination that has been consistently developing its tourism industry and its tourism infrastructure. Over the last few years, Turkey has emerged as a highly regarded destination for visitors and the number of travellers has been rising to a significant extent. Part of the fascination with Turkey is that it is a country that confounds the preconceived notions of travellers. With its immense—and immensely complicated— history, Turkey is not easy to pin down. It is increasingly a Westernised country, with its sophisticated and charming capital city of Istanbul demonstrating its modern side but nevertheless featuring major historical sites. It is, on the other hand, a country with a rich, a vibrant mix of influences from farther East as well, due to its imperial history. Turkey is secular but religion also plays a significant role in its cultural identity. Westerners can enjoy the comforts of modernity and Turkey’s exotic pleasures. Often, these will be footsteps away from each other as in Istanbul.
Within Istanbul and away from it, Turkey offers a rich diversity of opportunities for travellers to witness archaeological sites, ruins and artefacts of the glorious past. Its important geographic location, a bridge from Europe to Asia, from West to East, means that Turkey can claim to be home to more Ancient Greek ruins than Greece itself as well as more Roman sites than Italy. Reminders of the Ottoman Empire’s fascinating past are also found in much of the country, and there are Byzantine artefacts as well.
Turkey is not free of creature comforts by any means. In fact, Antalya by itself has more resort hotels than the entire Spanish coast does. The country has developed a great deal over recent decades, not only working to preserve its cultural history, but also to develop into a truly modern and sophisticated destination. Travellers will find comfortable accommodation, delicious food, excellent infrastructure and a variety of historical and sacred sites that fascinate with the power of their beauty and heritage. After that, they will be able to rest and relax in true comfort, preparing for the next day in this enthralling country.
UK specialist tour operator Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays to Turkey that covers many of the country’s most remarkable natural and historical sites, including the capital Istanbul. The company’s escorted holiday features comfortable accommodations as well as the services of a professional, friendly Tour Manager.