Turkey is an enticing country where East meets West in peaceful co-existence. People rave about it as among one of the most fascinating honeymoon destinations in the world. Tourists are treated to an enchanting fusion of old world charm and contemporary culture with a cosmopolitan flavour. There’s a dazzling selection of exotic sights to see and exciting activities to enjoy.
The gracious warmth of Turkish hospitality, exquisite scenery, delicious cuisine, delightful bazaar shopping and intriguing history await you and newlywed couples are becoming increasingly interested in spending a romantic holiday in Turkey.
There are daily flights from the UK to Turkey, the majority of which fly between London’s main airports and Istanbul. Upon arrival, you may want to linger in the city for a few days before travelling to the coast. After checking in at one of the romantic hotels in the city’s old quarters, you can take a guided tour. You may also want to explore on your own, browse bazaars and soak in the charms of the city. For the experience, try a refreshing dip at a Turkish bath.
A boat cruise through the Bosphorus Strait that separates Europe and Asia gives you a taste of Turkey’s East-West heritage. Get a glimpse of the Rumeli Fortress and the sultanate’s lavish palaces. As you cross the intercontinental bridge to the Asian side, stop over at Camlica Hill, the highest spot offering a panoramic view of Istanbul.
Other regions in Turkey are equally must-see places in the itinerary of honeymooners. Ephesus is an ancient city with magnificent Greek-Roman ruins, theatres, monuments and fountains. Admire the Temple of Artemis, Grand Theatre, Agora, Celsus Library, Odeon, Roman Baths, Trajan Fountain and more. Also worth the visit is the House of the Blessed Virgin Mary where she is said to have lived her remaining days, the chapel exuding peace and spiritual harmony. Located on top of Bulbul Mountain, the place is a pilgrimage site for people of many different faiths.
Cappadocia is a marvellous place for adventure. Visit the amazing rock-carved churches and the Kaymakli Underground City where Christians once sought refuge. View the famous fairy chimneys, which are extraordinary volcanic rock formations on Devrent and Monk’s Valley.
Turkish resorts boast pristine waters and picture-pretty coastlines. The Bodrum Peninsula’s beautiful sandy beaches, lovely flora and breathtakingly verdant hills make it a favourite tourist spot. Take a leisurely cruise along the stunning bays and coves of the Turquoise Coast. Another popular destination is Fethiye, where you can embark on a 12 Island Boat Cruise. Double-decker boats take tourists on an all-day tour which includes a sumptuous lunch. The Mediterranean and Aegean Seas provide the perfect setting for exhilarating aquatic sports. Surf, ski, swim and sunbathe to your heart’s content. Plunge into the waters for some snorkelling or diving.
Captivating landscapes and picturesque seascapes set in a romantic ambience; is there a better way to celebrate the start of your marriage? Visit Turkey in 2013 and create wonderful memories together to last a lifetime.