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There’s something for everyone in Turkey – from lounging at the beaches and navigating the winding alleys of millennia-old cities to skiing, mountaineering, and whitewater rafting. You’ll also find a myriad of historical sites and ancient ruins, all surrounded by dramatic, often breathtaking, scenery.

Things to do in Turkey

Goreme National Park

Rise with the lark and take to the skies in a hot-air balloon for a bird’s eye view of Cappadocia’s dramatic valleys and unlikely rock formations.

Kapadokya Balloons, Uchisar Yolu, 011-90-384-271-2442, www.kapadokyaballoons.com
Tags: family | smart splurge | views | things to do | outdoors | tour | national park

Gulet cruise

Take advantage of Bodrum’s coastal location to cruise the Mediterranean. Cobra Queen runs trips in gulets (traditional Turkish wooden yachts). From navigating to cooking, the ship’s crew provides for your every need.

Cobra Queen, Umurca Mahallesı; Artemis Caddesi 25, 011-90-252-316-3189, www.cobrayachting.com
Tags: cruise | smart splurge | things to do | history | tour

Koprulu Kanyon

Ride the whitewater rapids (Class 1 and 2) on the Koprulu River, which races down from the mountains just east of Antalya. The long-distance St. Paul’s Trail skirts the nearby ruins of Roman Selge.

Medraft, Portakal Cicegi Bulvari; Huseyin Kuzu Apt 14/3, 011-90-242-312-5770, www.medraft.com
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | history | national park | whitewater rafting


Play at being an Ottoman in this preserved, historic town of picturesque wooden houses, many of them now hotels. Shop for hand-made fabrics and watch saddle-makers and copper-beaters in the colorful bazaar.

Safranbolu, Havuzlu Azmaslar Konagi, 011-90-370-725-2883, www.safranbolukonak.com
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | culture | history

Sumela Monastery

Scramble up the hillside to this dramatic, deserted monastery inside a national park full of conifers. Then dine on fresh trout in a nearby village and bed down for the night in Trabzon.

Eyce Tours, Ishani Sokak 11, 011-90-462-326-7174, www.eycetours.com (Turkish only)
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | history


Sweep down the slopes at Turkey’s finest, family-friendly ski resort, located in a national park on the outskirts of historic Bursa. Amenities include: funicular to slopes, equipment for hire, and choice of hotels on site. Enjoy pleasant mountain walks in the summer.

143 miles east of Istanbul, www.uludaghotels.com
Tags: family | skiing | things to do | outdoors

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