If you could throw them into a suitcase, before the bikinis, sun cream, T-shirts and passports, security and safety are probably the first two elements that any family would pack to ensure a great holiday. Those two are coming more and more into the thinking of holidaymakers looking for a bit of fun in the

Glory of the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park The Gallipoli Peninsula, a craggy outpost and historical national park, facing the Aegean Sea in Turkey’s north-west, is a major tourist attraction because of its influential footnote in the history of modern-day Turkey, and the bloody campaign that saw thousands of soldiers killed and wounded in the

Cave Hotels and Hot Air Balloons – Cappadocia’s Biggest Attractions The Anatolian region of Cappadocia in central Turkey boasts of many quirky aspects including fairy chimneys, underground cities, and ancient churches but by far, two of its biggest attractions luring thousands of travellers every year are its cave hotels and early morning sunrise hot air

As the 37th largest country in the world, the diversity of culture, traditions, weather, landscapes, and food throughout Turkey is overwhelming in itself. Even the history of the country would fill a book containing thousands of pages, yet it is because of its past that we see the glory of Turkey as it is now,

Despite Turkey’s status as a secular Muslim country, its historical timeline in Christianity is strong and still evident in the country today. Indeed the Cappadocia Fathers, who later became saints stemmed from the central Anatolian region and are widely contributed with spreading Christianity in its early days. Saint John, Paul, and the Virgin Mary also

Where to Stay and Eat Best bang-for-your-buck hotel Kayakapi is my new favorite. It’s a refurbished series of cave houses and mansions set in Urgup, and part of a national park that is a UNESCO World Heritage site and includes a historic church and mosque. The views of the valley are beautiful and the rooms

As one of the Seven Churches of Revelation mentioned in the New Testament, the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus are a religious treasure but extensive excavation work also makes it a historical marvel. Ongoing since 1927, only a small fraction of the city has been uncovered yet the ruins of a library, houses,

Named as a top city break destination by Trip Advisor, Istanbul is a cosmopolitan destination that captures attention with its mystical blend of romanticism, urban influences, and historical timeline. Previously the capital and ruling centre of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and named Byzantium and Constantinople respectively, these days, it is Turkey’s busiest city and

Known as the land of beautiful horses because of its Hittite heritage, Cappadocia defies everything you thought you knew about Mother Nature. The rugged landscape, formed over thousands of years after an eruption from Mount Erciyes is a weird collection of soft rocks shaped into what the locals call fairy chimneys. Tucked away within the

Ships and Cabins Best short cruise: Seabourn Quest’s seven-day Baltic experience is short and to the point—ideal if one wishes to absorb all that this area offers in a brief time. Sail from Stockholm to Copenhagen, perhaps taking in more of these cities pre- and post-cruise, and in between enjoy three days in St. Petersburg plus