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Magical Turkey

Few countries in the world can indulge a traveler as Turkey does - from the historic quarters in Istanbul, dominated by the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, to the stunning chimney rock formations of Cappadocia, from the beaches on black sea and the Mediterranean to the unexplored borders with Georgia & Armenia, from belly-dancers to whirling dervishes, from Turkish coffee to the kebabs to the baklava – Turkey has something for every traveler. While seeking its own identity amidst European and Asian influences, Turkey certainly has made a unique position for itself on the global tourist map.



  • Wonder at the Blue Mosque – the supreme Imperial mosque of the Ottoman empire and one of the most beautiful and most visited mosques in the World – its name originates from the blue tiles used to decorate the interior
  • Take a balloon ride over the chimney rock formations of Cappadocia – and  spend a night in the cave hotels of Ürgüp or Uçhisar – troglodyte dwellings carved into the hills of Central Turkey.
  • Relax on a full day 12-island cruise of the Turkish-Greek islands of the coast of Fethiye in the Mediterranean
  • Dip in the therapeutic spring waters of the travertine terraces of Pamukkale – literally meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish
  • Watch traditional Turkish art forms – Belly Dancing and the Whirling Dervishes and feast on some of the most amazing food in the world – from Kebabs to Baklava
  • Wander among the numerous traditional bazaars in Istanbul, and indulge in some of the most exciting jewelry, ceramic , carpets and textile products


  • The famous Trojan Wars took place in Western Turkey, around the site where the Trojan horse rests today.
  • Ephesus and Halicarnasus ( two of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world) are in Turkey.
  • Istanbul, built on two continents has a 540-year-old covered shopping mall of 64 streets, 4000 shops, 22 entrances and 25,000 workers, -the famous Grand Bazaar.
  • The most valuable silk carpet in the world, is in the Mevlana Museum, Konya with 144 knots per square centimeter.
  • Here's a good one to remember next time you sip a mocha. Turks introduced coffee to Europe.
  • Turks answer the phone with the phrase, "My Master?"
  • Baklava, shish kebab, stuffed bell peppers, zucchini, and grape leaves, rice pilaf, olives, lots of fresh fruit and veggies.... Turkey has amazing food.
  • If a Turkish person invites you to his house after you’ve known him for half an hour, don’t panic.
  • Wearing a headscarf is forbidden in public buildings


Because of the geographic diversity of the country, Turkey’s climate, and hence the best times to visit vary from region to region. The best times to visit Istanbul and Western Turkey (including Cappadocia), are the months of May and September. Maps and Stories has scheduled trips to Turkey in both months – contact us for further details.


Here is what is included in the price:

  • Airport transfers, rental car and petrol
  • Air tickets for travel within Turkey
  • Entrance fees to all attractions, with the exception of the Balloon ride in Cappadocia, which is additional
  • Accommodation in 3-star or 4-star hotels, on a twin sharing basis
  • Breakfast is included
  • Schenghen Visa charges and visa related expenses
  • Medical and/or travel insurance

And here is what is not included:

  • Airfare – Airfare is not included in the price. Trip starts and ends in Istanbul international airport.
  • Balloon ride over the chimney rock formations in Cappadocia is not included
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as shopping, tips in restaurants and hotels and alcohol

Please contact us for exact pricing



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