Turkey is a naturally stunning and utterly intriguing country that spans over two continents, combining the east and the west. Paradise for those interested in ancient history and archaeology, the empires of the Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman and Persian have all left their mark on Turkey. As such, the country is bursting at the seams with historical sites - including ancient cities, fascinating ruins and striking temples. A true historical highlight is the Ancient City of Ephesus, built back in 10th century BC.
The Aegean southeast coast - including Bodrum and Dalaman - is often frequented by the world's elite for upscale summer escapes. Think turquoise seas dotted with yachts, elegant promenades and twisting backstreets overflowing with cocktail bars and swish seafood eateries. Uncover brilliant beaches and luxurious boutique hotels, not forgetting charming towns and marinas. Renowned for their wonderful hospitality, rub shoulders with locals over platters of meze and sweet, sticky baklava at one of the many traditional taverns.