Exceptional Experiences: Turkey

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Bodrum Castle and sailing boats.

Turkish Delights

Castles, Coffee and Handmade Carpets

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Turkish coffee.
Lamps at the Grand Bazaar.

Europe and Asia in a Day
Explore Istanbul, the only city to straddle two continents
, beginning with a private boat cruise along the Bosphorus. On the Asian side, you’ll sample fresh yogurt in Kanlıca village; after you sip some Turkish coffee, a local will tell your future using the grounds left in your cup. Visit fishing villages, palaces and historical wooden houses; enjoy a curator-led tour of the private Museum of Lady Sadberk in Tarabya; then gain a 360-degree perspective from the ancient Galata Tower before browsing the Grand Bazaar.
 
Underwater at Bodrum Castle
Join an expert archeologist at Bodrum Castle for a private tour
of the Museum of Underwater Archeology. The most important of its kind in the world, the museum contains treasures from historic shipwrecks discovered along Turkey’s southern shores, including the world’s oldest wreckage from the 14th century B.C. In Glasswreck Hall, you’ll see more than three tons of glass cullet, cargo from a medieval shipwreck dating from 1025 A.D.
 
Cruising Bodrum Aboard a Gulet
Spend a day exploring the Bodrum Peninsula aboard your privately chartered luxury gulet. It’s sheer romance as the wind catches the sails of this dualmasted traditional wooden yacht; you’ll also have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the Aegean’s turquoise waters. Your on-board chef will prepare a gourmet Turkish lunch, while the yacht’s attentive crew refills your glass with chilled wine.
 
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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.


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