Planning a luxury trip to Turkey? We’ve visited several times. This Turkey itinerary shares how to spend 14 wonderful days in the exotic country – the best sights, hotels and more!
Turkey is fascinating – one of our favorite places in the world!
Its rich history includes the powerful Ottoman empire. The attractions are exotic (think Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace). And Turkish cuisine is some of the tastiest in the world (we love all the mezzes).
Quick Turkey travel information:
About: Covering an area of 302,450 sq. miles (783,500 sq. km), Turkey is located mainly in western Asia (but Istanbul straddles both Europe and Asia and much of the Turkish coast hugs the Mediterranean Sea)
Population: 84 million
Currency: The Turkish lira (see current exchange rates)
Language: Turkish, but many people in the tourism sector speak English too
Turkey trip planning: Find airplane and hotel booking tips (plus other useful info) in our Resources guide
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It’s worth waking up early to go hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey. The moonlike landscape is one of the world’s best places to soar in a balloon!
Steam, scrub, soap suds and a silky massage. Ahhhh… We checked out the best Turkish hammams in Istanbul to make you feel like a Sultan or princess.
From historic to hip: Pera Palace, TomTom Suites and Sumahan on the Water are among the top boutique hotels in Istanbul. A’Jia and Romance Istanbul are also lovely.
Carved into Cappadocia’s rock cliffs, Esbelli Evi is a charming boutique cave hotel. Its 13 rooms and suites are cocoons of comfort, with kilim rugs and lace curtains made by the owner’s mother.
Macakizi doesn’t have a beach. But it’s a very cool hotel on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula; you can dive off its sunning docks right into the sea.
Casa Dell’Arte is not just a beautiful luxury hotel in Bodrum with 12 chic suites. It’s also an art gallery filled with original Turkish art.
We couldn’t miss Ephesus. Where breezes carry the imagined chatter of Romans bartering with shopkeepers among marble ruins and the Celsus Library.