Enhance your holiday with one of these exciting bolt-ons. Take a relaxing beach break in coastal , head east and discover the spectacular shrine of Mount Nemrut, mystical Urfa and the beehive houses of Harran, take a step back in time on an excursion to the peaceful Princes Islands, or combine your tour of Turkey with a city break in Sofia, Bulgaria’s charming capital!
Located in the Sea of Marmara off the coast of Istanbul, the Princes’ Islands are a chain of nine islands offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Turkey’s largest city. There are no cars on the islands and the main mode of transportation is horse and cart or bicycle, giving the islands a wonderful nostalgic vibe. Buyukada is the largest island of the nine and one of the most attractive with two peaks and gingerbread-style villas lining the slopes.
The UNESCO-listed Mount Nemrut, or Nemrut Dagi as it is known, is Eastern Turkey’s star attraction. Rising to a height of 2150m, the spell-binding peak is a magical combination of beautiful scenery and fascinating historical sights. Sat atop the summit is an impressive funerary sanctuary dedicated to numerous Roman and Greek gods in the forms of statues. The fallen heads are outstanding works of art, emanating mystery in their mountain setting.
Discover the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Sofia, an intoxicating mix of east-meets-west with grand onion-domed churches and imposing Ottoman mosques standing alongside modern shopping malls and a thriving scene of museums, galleries and restaurants. Compact enough to explore on foot, Sofia is an attractive city with enough culture and historic sites to keep you entertained for days.
Marmaris with its long coastline of beaches and secluded bays is the perfect place to get away. Extend your holiday with our 3 night beach stay. Relax by the beach or large outdoor hotel swimming pool or opt for a day trip to the Greek Island of Rhodes - only an hour catamaran ride away!
Every year since 1640 Turkey’s best wrestlers, men and boys, gather and lather up for the oldest wrestling contest in the world. Competitors pair off, grappling and struggling to gain a grip on their opponent. Tactical moves include a hand down the side of the pants trick and the common schoolboy ‘wedgie’ (grab, lift, flip and throw) to pin ones opponent to the ground! The winner goes on to fight another winner, and so on, until there is only one wrestler left standing.
Join us at the Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Championships on Saturday 05 July 2014, perfectly timed with the commencement of our Aegean Explorer, Istanbul to the Med, Turkey Unplugged, Turkey & Tutankhamen and Turkey Discovered tours starting on this date.
Note: Championship organisers have yet to confirm tournament dates for 2014. This information is normally released in Nov. Bookings for this bolt-on will be taken from Nov 2013 onward. Watch this space for more info.