An ancient land with much unchanged culture, brimming with natural beauty and bustling cities, Turkey makes for an exotic getaway with plenty to explore.

From land to sea Turkey offers every traveller a unique and diverse experience. Starting your journey in the capital – Istanbul – highlights to explore include the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum. A feast for the culture vultures among you, Istanbul reveals both history and stunning architecture in one fell swoop.

Well worth a visit are the shores of Gallipoli where you can visit the memorial sites including Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine or visit the Kabatepe War Museum for a little more information on the significance of these sites and the role Turkey played in World War 1.

Passion for the Classics? No trip to Turkey is complete without visiting the ancient city of Troy – the setting of Homer’s epic, Iliad –  and the famous tale of the giant wooden horse.

Taking to the waters that surround Turkey, exploring via a traditional Turkish Gulet boat will transport you back in time as you take in the crystal blue waters before docking at Bedri Rahmi Bay for the night as the Sea of Marmara rocks you to sleep. Evoking a real sense of adventure on a Gulet Cruise – other points of interest include Manastir Bay and Aga Limani all interspersed with swimming breaks and lunch and dinners in different locations.

From here it’s on to the lively town of Marmaris – famous for its nightlife, so if sailing and culture has all seemed a bit tame to you – a night out in Marmaris will certainly scratch that itch.

A real highlight and a bucket list item whilst visiting Turkey is a visit to Pamukkale. This is where you’ll find the jaw dropping limestone pools that cascade down the hillside. The name Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish and you can see why by the bright white of the limestone that encases the hot springs and travertines resulting in the appearance of terraces made by the flowing, mineral filled water which has soothingly bathed visitors at its majestic site for thousands of years.

From jaw dropping to awe inspiring The Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia are a unique range of rock formations – best seen with a hot air balloon flight to truly take in their fairy-tale magic. The rocks have been formed over millions of years from volcanic ash and lava and have acted as refuge to locals for thousands of years.

To see all these sites and more, we suggest Travel Talk Tours’ Best of Turkey by Gulet 12 Day adventure with prices starting from $1168.