Thursday, 13 August 2015

Top 4 Mesmerizing Destinations That You Should Add To Your Istanbul Tour

Well, a Turkey tour is incomplete without visiting the stunning, exciting, vibrant city, Istanbul. This is one of the most popular, historic city in Turkey and is a home to over 13 million people; which makes it second most populated city around the world. Even, this sightseeing destination hosts lots of things to do and see. If you have a shortage of time, then go through our selections for destinations to visit in Istanbul. No doubt, these amazing destinations can definitely make you fall in love with this city and want to visit this ancient city time and time again.

Picturesque Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque, established in the early 17th century  is a home to handful mosques throughout the world boasting six minarets. Well, one question arises in mind, is it really blue! In fact, not noticeably; but all the walls of the mosque are equipped with finest iznik tiles. This mosque even houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmed I, the person who had given the name the name of this mosque as well as the neighborhood.
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Shopping in The Grand Bazaar
In fact, the Grand Bazaar is a must-see destination in Istanbul. Even if you find shopping boring and dull, while visiting the Grand Bazaar you will love this market the most! Since 1461, the Bazzar has been covering around 60 streets and having 500 shops and traders. You will find here everything; from pottery, rugs, jewelry to the clothes. Worldwide visitors can wander around the architectural shops, winding roads, stunning surrounding areas. Spare some time during your visit to Istanbul and go to The Bazaar; no doubt you will spend the entire afternoon in shopping!

Visit the Basilica Cistern
However, the Basilica Cistern was constructed for the water storage purposes for the Great Palace in the 6th century. After that, it was no longer fit for any purpose. But now it has restored beautifully; so you can enjoy here seeing the stunning marble columns supporting the ceiling and wander around this ancient, hidden gem of Istanbul.

Spectacular Wonders at the Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi Palace was earlier an abode to the Ottoman Sultans over 400 years; but now it stands out as the top most sightseeing attractions of Istanbul. The name Topkapi means ‘Cannon Gate’ which was given in the 19th century; previously this palace is known as The New Palace.  Here, you can witness the ultimate splendor of the Sultan’s residence, the harem and the splendid courtyards. So immerse yourself in the ancient royal history of this palace by spending the whole afternoon wandering around the spectacular surroundings.

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How To Visit These Captivating Istanbul Destinations
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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Top 5 Cappadocia Sights That You Shouldn’t Give a Miss in 2015

Cappadocia, an awe-inspiring destination is located right at the heart of the Anatolian region of Turkey and is well-known for the existence of spectacular landscapes and stunning underground cities. In simple words, it’s an enchanting wonderland; that both the natural enthusiasts and history buffs appreciate the most. Due to the presence of wide open and undefined region, Cappadocia is considered as a well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site; that means you will find here lots of things to explore, do and see. But whatever may interest you the most, be sure not to give a miss our top 5 amazing stops while going on private tours in Cappadocia.

Goreme Open Air Museum

The splendid town of Goreme was built around 20,000 years ago and there is even a true evidence that Saint Basel was settled in this town on 4th century AD. In earlier days, Goreme was the religious destination; that’s the main reason why all the incredible landmarks found in the Goreme Open Air Museum are the Churches.

However, during your private tour in Cappadocia, you can enjoy walking all day and explore new cave churches, fairy chimneys; which are erected towards the sky and a small museum offering the every detail of the town and the inhabitants.

Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley is a narrow, greenish valley located in Cappadocia; which is nothing but a nature lover’s delight. Encircled by rugged, steep cliffs, Ihlara Valley is a lush Eden of the tallest trees and fertile farming areas along the babbling Melendiz River; which flows up to 14km from Ihlara Village to Selime Village. However, the Kokar Kilise (Fragrant Church), Snake Church and St. George Church are the top 3 destinations that worth a visit during your private tours in Cappadocia.


Well, the top most attractive sights of the small village of Cavusin are two stunning Byzantine Churches. While entering into the town, you will see Cavusin Church with striking interior of frescoes and other at the village centre; i.e. the Church of St John the Baptist. This is most often considered as the oldest church throughout Cappadocia.


The small village of Uchisar is conquered by mammoth root-cut fortress. Like the underground cities, this rocky, outcrop fortress was provided villagers with ultimate protection from the invaders during the era of the Romans and Byzantine. Even, you can climb the fortress and the sweeping panoramas from the top are well-worth to visit; if you will opt to head for heights.


Avanos is a lively town located close to the Kizilirmak River. The exclusive attractions of Cappadocia is its amazing pottery. After all, this town has an incredible pottery history, which let you go back to the Hittite period. Here, you will find pottery workshops along the main road in the town centre. Most of them are happy to let you watch them work and let you an opportunity to create a simple pot on your own!

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