Turkey

Turkey’s stunning scenery and rich historic legacy makes it a great choice for a holiday hotspot. Istanbul – like London, New York or Paris – is one of the world’s great cities. The old quarter of Istanbul, with its oriental-fantasy skyline of domes and minarets, and its narrow cobbled streets are just as charming as the neighbourhoods in the south where the blue waters of the Sea of Marmara glitter invitingly. North, across the graceful curve of the Golden Horn, flicker the bright lights of the pulsating entertainment quarter of Beyo?lu. On a trip to Istanbul get charmed by the mighty Byzantine Church of the Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia or Aya Sofya), as well as the splendid pavilions of the fulcrum of the Ottoman Empire, the Topkap? Palace. There is more to Turkey than the dynamism of Istanbul. Those who venture further inland will find that an altogether different but equally striking experience awaits in Cappadocia. In Anatolia in central Turkey, the World Heritage region is strewn with an estimated 3,000 churches and features towering pillars of soft rock pockmarked with humble cave homes and cut by a network of underground cities. If you have long days on the beach and really hard nights on the dancefloor in mind, then visit Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera where beach bars and clubs will keep you entertained all day and late into the night... And finally our favourite place in Turkey has to be Pamukkale. Where else can you swim in hot mineral waters with Roman columns lying underneath you? Now a Unesco World Heritage site, the site also has ancient graves, a museum, and the remains of a theatre. It’s best to go by bus to Denizli and then on to Pamukkale and stay in the village for a few nights to give ample time to explore this fascinating area. Let Flying Squirrel Holidays, one of Kolkata’s leading tour operators, plan this wonderful destination for you.

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