Custom Solo Tours to Turkey


Turkey has such a lot to offer that it can easily draw you back time and time again. From bustling bazaars and historic sites to stunning landscapes and serene beaches, there is something for everyone. If you are a foodie like us then Turkey is your next destination.

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Highlighted Destinations

Istanbul

There are so many reasons to visit this timeless city but in our opinion there is something so incredibly captivating and spellbinding about how everything moulds itself together in one beautiful masterpiece. From the stunning tile work of the Blue Mosque to its’ neighbour the Haiga Sophia first a church then a mosque and now a museum, It definitely has a history without borders. For us the Hagia Sophia exemplifies its’ name "wisdom” and Its’ cultural significance cuts across a spectrum of faiths and nationalities and is a testament that wisdom does transcends these boundaries. Also the Chora Church in Istanbul is as beautiful as the iconic Haiga Sophia but much less known. It tells many stories of the church and the biblical history of ancient Constantinople. If there is one place to see the splendour of the Byzantine era then look no further than the Chora Church with its’ amazing frescoes and mosaics. Just imagine and ask it from Istanbul, she will satisfy you.

Cappadocia

Home to hot air balloons flying over the fairy chimneys, incredible landscapes and one of a kind rock formations Cappadocia will leave you breathless and the best way to see this surreal landscape is without a doubt from way up in the air. Cappadocia’s unbelievable landscape will certainly make it one of your highlights in Turkey.

Kas

The coastal town of Kas is a jewel on Turkey's already stunning Turquoise coast as it has managed to retain its’ charm, atmosphere and local character, partly because it is still immersed in the history of Lycia. Bougainvillea-lined marble streets filled with the lingering fragrance of jasmine make this one of our favourite places to relax in Turkey.

Safranbolu

Located in the Black Sea Region, the city of Safranbolu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its’ beautifully preserved old Ottoman buildings. The town brings history to life through its’ historic hammam, mosque, shops, cobbled laneways and traditional houses.

Bozcaada

Well off the tourist trail, the island of Bozcaada is quaint and picturesque with beautiful sandy beaches, friendly people and a thriving cafe and restaurant scene. Also known as Tenedos, the former Greek island is full of cobblestoned streets, old rustic homes with colourful windowpanes, deserted sandy beaches, excellent vineyards, and traditional tavernas under the grapevines. Aside from its beautiful sunset, Bozcaada also offers a beautiful lighthouse, beautiful grape vines, whitewashed village houses, Mediterranean cuisine, swimming holes and magnificent hidden beaches.

Gypsian Nitty Gritty on Turkey

The Taste Test

For us Turkish cuisine is one of the most appetising and rich cuisines we have ever tasted and trust us Turkish people are extremely passionate about their food. Turkish cuisine is a delicious mix of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Balkan influences, seasoned liberally with the robust flavours of a nomadic past. Their food is nourished by its’ individual regions therefore varies across the country. Because of Istanbul’s multicultural structure almost all kinds of cuisines can be tasted.

• Breakfast - cheeses, Kaymak (buffalo cream), hazelnut paste, honey, olives, dried beef pastrami, simit, menemen (Turkish scrambled eggs) washed down with traditional Turkish tea (cay)

• Lunch – traditional Turkish lahmacun (Turkey’s take on pizza and the ultimate street food) topped with either spicy lamb . Mercimek Corbasi (Turkish lentil soup).

• Dinner – It’s impossible to start a meal in Turkey without the ubiquitous mezze, or Turkish dips. Don’t be fooled, this is nothing like your local trio-of-dips platter back home. Earthy roast beetroot salads, cacik with minted garlic and thick Turkish yoghurt, aubergine salad and a spicy Antep ezmesi (spicy tomato dip) are just the beginning of your Turkish feast!

Rug Traditions and Weaving

Women learned their skills at an early age and took months or years to weave the beautiful rugs and kilims that she created as traditional floor coverings, tent decoration These weavings comprised her marriage dowry and her reputation was enhanced by both the quantity and the quality of her ‘dowry’ weavings.

For thousands of years women have been hand weaving rugs using of single (aysmmetrical senna knot) for Persian carpets or double (symmetrical Ghiordes knots) for Turkish carpets. These are hand tied onto warp lines interspersed with perpendicular wefts. One or more wefts are placed to secure the knots in place with a skilled weaver accomplishing 8000-12 000 knots on an eight-hour day. Hand spun wool from their own herds were used for warps, wefts and knots in tribal and village carpets, with cotton and silk used for the warps of workshop carpets.

Simple rules

In rug weaving countries every region, village or tribe has sizes, colours and designs that are specific to that area. Comparison is possible only within the same country, group, or style of rugs, therefore it's all but impossible to compare a funky Boho tribal rug in price, quality or value with a fine formal 'palace' style rug.
Hand made means hand knotted or woven, so if you turn over the back of the rug you will see clearly the slightly individual knot structure on the back (machine made rugs are either totally even or look plastic on the back, or may have a backing to them). Many rug dealers push the concept of the higher the knot count the better the rug but knot count varies from group to group so tribal rugs generally have thicker and less knots while silk rugs are sold specifically by the high number of knots. Always compare 'same with same '.
Look through a range of rugs as price can also vary significantly from group to group, so if you are not "married" to one style you may find a far better price option from a different group. Treat them as 'apples and oranges' and celebrate their individuality and then buy the rug that works best for you!

Embracing Turkish Culture

Like so many others cities in the world Istanbul is a modern city. What makes it unique (except the vast amount of historical sightseeing spots) is the mix of Oriental and Western influences. Add a predominantly Muslim population to the mix, and you’re all set to experience a variety of cultural differences. So, to make most of your stay familiarise yourself with some common Turkish customs and etiquette rules that apply in Istanbul. Remember Muslim holidays (like Ramadan) are strictly observed and dressing modestly is encouraged.