Why visit Turkey?

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Turkey has a long and ancient history and has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic Age including various ancient Anatolian civilizations like the Aeolian, Dorian and Ionian Greeks, Thracians, Armenians and Assyrians… And followed by the Greeks under Alexander, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Seljuk Turks and the Ottomans before it took its form as a modern, democratic, secular, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage…

This treasure of cultural and historical significance in one country was too much to resist for us. We spent quite some time traipsing around this magnificently beautiful country and its sudden shifts of cultural landscapes… There is a lot that Turkey has to offer – from the tourism hot spot that is Istanbul (with its ancient monuments, places of worship and bazaars rubbing shoulders with showrooms of the best of brands and a vibrant night-life) to beach resorts along the south-western and southern coast, called the Turkish Riviera (especially along the Mediterranean coast near Antalya) to cultural and historical attractions like the sites of Ephesus, Troy, Pergamon, Trabzon, Rumi’s Konya, etc. and the ruined cities and landscapes of Cappadocia.


There is too much there… Lots of it so impressive that we are going back for more… Till then, we have crafted these itineraries for you – one to give the time-starved traveler a quick glimpse of what Turkey is all about and the other a more immersive tour of the historical side of Turkey… Of course, both with the magic dollop of the unique time-anomalous but hugely interesting and entertaining Istanbul…

Come with us and experience this magical amalgam of modernity and ancient history… Come Beyonder…


Turkey Experiences

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Best places to visit in Turkey?

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that stands across the Bosphorus Strait – the confluence of Europe and Asia. The Old City is a veritable potpourri of cultural and religious influences of the many rulers in this land – the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome, Egyptian obelisks, the Byzantine Hagia Sophia, the Bazaars, etc.


Cappadocia in central Turkey, is famous for the distinctive naturally-formed “fairy chimneys”- these are tall, conical rocks in the Monks Valley, Göreme and around the area. There are many other places of interest like the troglodyte homes carved into the walls of the valley dating back to the Bronze Age and later used by the early Christians as safe refuges to escape persecution and the deep Ihlara Canyon with its many rock-face churches.

The stark beauty of Pamukkale, in western Turkey. The place is renowned for its white travertine hillside-terraces with flowing mineral-rich thermal water. The spa city of Hierapolis (founded in 190 BC), that the ancient Romans used is nearby. Numerous places of interest here include the ruins of an ancient theater (surprisingly well-preserved), a 2km long necropolis with sarcophagi and the Antique Pool with its submerged Roman columns.

Ephesus near Kusadasi is now a small settlement, but in the days of yore, it was a Greek city on the coast of Ionia near Selcuk. It was founded by colonizing Greeks in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital.

Rumi’s land of Konya is a small city in Central Turkey and a pilgrimage destination for Sufis. The focus is the tomb of Jalaluddin Rumi, the founder of the Mevlana order. It’s a place that seems to breathe mysticism with the mosques, history, ancient CaravanSerai and the Sema whirling dervish ceremonies.

The seacoast and towns of Bodrun, Izmir, Antalya, etc. These are idyllic coastal towns with some bit of history and culture for those who seek it. For instance, Antalya has an Old Harbour and lovely beaches with lots of hotels and resorts. It’s considered to be the entrance to the Turquoise Coast – a name given to the southern Mediterranean region of Turkey because of the striking blue waters. History-seekers can whet their passion by visiting the remains of the time when Antalya was a major Roman port, like the 2nd century AD Hadrian’s Gate and Hidirlik Tower.

The highlands of Trabzon on the Black Sea coast in Northeastern Turkey, which showcases a very different flavor of the country – abundant natural beauty, old Churches, Mosques and museums.


Top Things to do in Turkey

  • The contrast between the 2 continents of Asia and Europe in Istanbul
  • Cruise on the river Bosphorus
  • History and culture all magnificently preserved all over the country
  • The reconstructed wooden Trojan horse in Troy, Canakkale
  • Ballooning in Cappadocia
  • The natural beauty and ancient ruins in and around Cappadocia
  • The Temple of Artemis and Ephesus
  • Natural spa experience in Pamukkale
  • Witness the meditative dance of the Whirling Dervishes
  • Take in a belly-dancing show
  • The exquisite Turkish cuisine and the joys of Shawarma and Sheesha
  • Bargaining in the famous Turkish bazaars for spices, carpets, knick-knacks like the Evil-eye, etc
  • Go souvenir shopping at the Night market

Things to note

Spring and autumn, from April to May and September to mid-November, is the ideal time to visit Istanbul and the inland regions
We have created these experience capsules after travelling and experiencing this country ourselves. We can, of course, customize these to your requirement or interest areas – a holiday tailored exactly to your needs

Come Beyonder to Turkey and experience nature, culture and history in a region that once was the crucible of civilization

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What our Travellers to Turkey Say

M A SayeedBeyonder Traveller - Turkey

Right from day one , Beyonder’s local representative kept us updated about about our daily itinerary , and all the other details of the tour, and the best part was the calls from India, to know as to whether everything was fine with the arrangement and whether we were comfortable or not?


Such courtesy and concern is bound to earn good points with the customers as this reflects that you and your team are besides being the best professionals are also very good human beings. Please keep it up.


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