Turkey

Turkey proudly sits astride two continents: a position that has given rise to a culture that reflects both East and West. It is a country where a European way of life sits comfortably alongside Asian traditions and the volatile atmosphere of the Middle East, blending seamlessly into the relaxed outlook of the Mediterranean world.

Highlights include the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya Museum and the city`s Archaeological Museum.

Explore the northern suburbs of Istanbul by ferry-boat, crisscrossing the Bosphorus to visit villages that stretch up to the mouth of the Black Sea. Experience the charm of the Mediterranean city of Antalya, with its atmospheric old town and harbour, Kaleiçi. Visit the superb Archaeological Museum and tour the many historic sights surrounding the city.

Witness the bizarre sport of grease wrestling at the Kirkpinar Festival outside Edirne in early summer or the even stranger spectacle of camel wrestling that takes place in mid-winter at Selçuk on the Aegean coast.

Seek out the superb Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the Ethnographic Museum in Ankara. The Turkish capital has some excellent museums.

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