Imagine Turkey …
…and finding yourself out on a rooftop in Istanbul at sunset as hundreds of mosques issue their evening Call to Prayer. it is hypnotic, strange and undeniably beautiful.
Choose from a historic mansion with a view of the 1,480-year-old Haggia Sophia, or a chic boutique hotel waterfront on the Bosphorus.
Ready to Shop ?
Under Ozgur’s care, you’ll select only the primo vendors in the vast Bazaar – the best pistachio baker from Gaziantep, the scarf merchant who sells to Matthew Broderick and Doctor Oz (and Melanie Tucker ) and the leatherworker with Turkey’s prized brand, GON.
Ready to Eat ?
The bounty of the Mediterranean is everywhere, from your first cold meze of grilled calamari to your main course of whole Snapper. To say nothing of Sunday’s big meal – Sunday brings a traditional Turkish brunch – a real feast! The highlight for me is clotted cream and local honey on iconic simit bread.
And Turkish wine and black tea – which they call “chai” – are ubiquitous.
Ready to Play ?
Charter a yacht for a private cruise down the Bosphorus.
Befriend the locals – which is easily done.
Relax at a dinner club with belly-dancers.
Take a hammam at a 300-year-old bath.
Cheer Fenerbahce, the local soccer team, in a neighborhood tavern while you enjoy a hooka pipe.
Stroll the centuries-old cobbestone-d lanes that only locals know. I promise you …
A weekend affair with this city will produce a lifelong love.
For all its grandeur and intricate history, there’s much more to Turkey than Istanbul.
In Cappadocia, that fairytale land locked in the heart of Turkey, you can explore a 7-story underground city of Derinkuyu (complete with winery, morgue, and chapel) where up to 20,000 once lived. Visit a world-famous local potter. Play the uniquely Turkish game of Cross Golf.
Sleep overnight in a cave hotel and rise up in a hot air balloon at sunrise!
Or the food-obsessed southeast region of Gaziantep – considered the soul of Turkish Cuisine. Here, gastronomy is synonymous with festivity, intercultural dialogue, and learning.
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Enjoying a Turkish Coffee
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