Magical minarets, markets and meals

As a former stopover along the famed Silk Road, Turkey has unsurprisingly been influenced by a myriad of different cultures and civilisations, including the Ottomans, Byzantines and Romans. Turkey is filled with resplendent architecture, delicious cuisine and its markets are a sensory overload. Wandering the streets of its capital Istanbul is an experience in itself. Make sure you discover its local markets, sip some apple tea and sample some authentic turkish delight and other Turkish treats. 

Venture out to the sacred site of Gallipoli to honour those New Zealanders who perished there during WWI. History buffs might also like to take an opportunity to make a side trip to what many believe is the site of the ancient city of Troy. If beautiful scenery is your thing, you can’t miss Cappadocia - perhaps top it off with a balloon ride at sunrise to really see this landscape at its best. 

Ask our expert travel consultants for their best Turkey recommendations so you can make the most of your visit to this fascinating destination.

Things you should know about Turkey

Tulips were first grown in the Ottoman Empire and these flowers that are now so iconic to the Netherlands were transported to Holland in the 16th century. 

Is Turkey part of Europe or part of Asia? Geographically at least it stretches across both continents. 

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of oldest shopping malls in the world and welcomes over 400,000 shoppers every day.

Tips and advice from our travel advisors

If a balloon ride is on your bucket list, there's one place in the world you can't miss, the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey. Float over Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys, tuff valleys and rock-cut churches and experience the sunrise. It’s magical.
Deb Gilmour
World Travellers New Plymouth

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