“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”
-Alphonse de Lamartine, writer
We all carry with us a salient impression of our first time in Turkey.
For some of us, it is the early morning smell of freshly baked simit (Turkish bagel) being sold on the Galata Bridge, crossing the Golden Horn. As the fog clears, all the domes and minarets of Istanbul are revealed, one by one.
For others, it is the low shadows of the rising sun on the surreal lunar landscapes of Cappadocia from the vantage point of your privately chartered hot air balloon.
Or it could be the cadenced sound of the traditional call to prayer, reverberating among wooden Ottoman mansions in a little town no one else knows about.
It could be the sweet, sticky taste of gooey kunefe in Antakya (ancient Antioch) at our favorite local bakery.
Or maybe what stays with you most is the oddly soothing feeling of the cold marble slab against your skin after a soapy scrub in a steamy 16th century hamam.
The impressions our clients carry home are a reflection of the various perspectives we offer on Turkey.
The imprints of previous cultures left upon Turkey’s soil, are numerous: the Byzantines, the Ottomans, early Christians, Persians, Mongols, Greeks, Romans, and long-lost civilizations – Hittite, Phyrgian, Lydian, Selcuk, and Carian only a few among them. This is the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church and it also has a 2,000-year-old Jewish community. Much of the history of early Christianity happened on its soil.
Indeed, Turkey is incredibly rich and multi-faceted, and the opposing pulls of Europe and Asia, of secularism and religion, modernity and tradition, are part of what make Turkey such an enthralling place for the sophisticated 21st-century traveler.
We strive to create thoughtful trips for our clients, offering insight and authenticity. We present Turkey honestly, with all its complexities front and center, with heart and with pride.
We will introduce you to some fascinating people: in their homes over dinner, walking through an archaeological site they helped excavate, teaching you to belly dance, or captaining your private gulet as you explore the Turquoise Coast together.
Be sure to visit our Idea Lab for what we can do for you, so that our Turkey can become your Turkey.