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Qatar Airways Companion Special to Europe
The Bridge Between East and West - Discover Turkey
Extraordinary Experiences in 2016
In the News
And Finally
Qatar Airways Companion Special to Europe

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The Bridge Between East and West - Discover Turkey

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul - Visit it on the Treasure of Turkey Tour
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

The bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey is a fascinating and exotic melting pot of cultures and a truly unique destination. Turkey is one of the oldest continually inhabited regions in the world, with a history stretching some 10,000 years it’s no wonder that it is home to more than 40,000 ancient sites. And there’s no limit to the amount of ways you can soak in the mysteries of this ancient nation. You can try your hand at bartering at one of the 3,000 shops in the labyrinth that is the Grand Bazaar. You can take in the majesty of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul or unwind on one of the sandy beaches on the Mediterranean coast. Cruise along the waters of Southwest Turkey’s coast in your own private boat, or explore the ruins of Troy. Turkey has such a plethora of options for your itinerary, you’ll surely be coming back for more. 

Your first destination in Turkey should be cosmopolitan Istanbul. Here you can visit landmarks of this ancient city such as the famous Blue Mosque; the 15th century Topkapi Palace, medieval home of the Ottoman sultans; and the Aya Sofia with its well preserved Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. But the grand architecture of Istanbul is also home to a bustling daily life. You can savour the sights and smells of the Spice Market where you can taste local delicacies, before losing yourself in the maze that is the Grand Bazaar. Be sure to take a moment amongst your sightseeing to stop and relax with a traditional Turkish coffee or at one of the bath houses and watch Istanbul life go by. 

ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli - Visit the Dawn Service with Silversea in 2016
Anzac Cove - Attend the Dawn Service in 2016 with Silversea

If you move south to the Gallipoli Peninsula you may take a moment at Anzac Cove and pay your respects at the Commonwealth military cemeteries including Lone Pine. Also worth a visit, if you’re interested in history, is the military museum near the site. From the peninsula it is only a ferry ride across the Dardenelles before you can make your way to Troy. Excavations began here in the late 1800s and the blurred lines between fact and fiction will leave you yearning to know more. After a day of history you can spend your night on the seaside at a typical Turkish town such as Canakkale. 

From Canakkale you can take the scenic road to Assos. A city whose ancient walls are amongst the best preserved in Turkey. From here you can visit the Temple of Athena before winding through olive groves, past pebbly Aegean beaches to the ancient ruins of Pergamum. Spend the night in Izmir before moving on to explore the site of Ephesu, the best preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the ancients and feel as though the history is coming to life. 

Balloons in Cappadocia - Visit them on the Treasures of Turkey Tour with Abercrombie and Kent
Ballooning over Cappadocia

But be careful not to be distracted by Turkey’s coast, inland has just as much to offer. Perhaps the most famous district is Cappadocia. Who hasn’t experienced wanderlust looking at the photos of the hot air balloons gliding over the honeycomb hills of the Anatolian plains? Goreme is a perfect starting point for the region, famous for its ‘Fairy Chimneys’, the pinnacle shaped monoliths and underground cities. You can also visit the extraordinary rock-carved Byzantine churches, now an open-air museum, and their beautiful painted frescoes. Once the heart of the ancient Hittite Empire and then a key point on the Silk Road, Cappadocia has much more to offer. You can explore the underground city of Kaymakli or stay above ground with a hike along the Red Valley. 

Argos in Cappadocia
Argos in Cappadocia

While in Cappadocia a must stay at hotel is the incredible and unique Argos in Cappadocia. This luxury resort truly encapsulates the breathtaking nature of the region. Nestled underneath an ancient monastery, this luxury hotel inhabits five and a half kilometres of tunnels all connecting a collection of fabulously appointed mini manors. Staying at Argos in Cappadocia is like immersing yourself into the old fables of ancient Arabia while not sacrificing a world lass level of luxury.

The weather in Turkey varies strongly, average temperatures in Istanbul range from freezing in January to around 30°C in August. There are certain times of year that give you an extra reason to travel to Turkey. In April Istanbul hosts it’s Tulip Festival and 18 million bulbs blossom across the city. Also in April is the annual commemoration of the WWI battle for the Dardanelles is held with moving dawn services at Gallipoli on the 25th. In June is the International Istanbul Music Festival which features some 30 performances in historic buildings and palaces and in September Istanbul hosts the International Istanbul Biennial, a themed arts festival.

Whether food, history, culture, beach resorts or beautiful photo opportunities are your thing; Turkey has something to offer everyone. It has often been listed as one of the most ideal travel destinations and also happens to be one of the cheapest air entry points into Europe. The question should not be whether or not you should visit Turkey, but how many times you can go back. 

 

Exotic Tours of Turkey in 2016

Treasures of Turkey Tour with Abercrombie and Kent
Experience the Treasures of Turkey on this 10 Day private tour with Abercrombie & Kent. Visit amazing sites from the majestic Blue Mosque to the wondrous Fairy Chimneys from $10,525 per person twin share
Balkan Explorer Tour Aboard Golden Eagle
Absorb a unique blend of culture, ancient tales and architectural treasures on this fascinating voyage aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. This exclusive rail cruise delivers a captivating exploration of the Balkan nations and their surrounding countries from US$15,995 per person twin share.
Turkey a Land of Contrast Tour with Tauck
Turkey is truly a land of contrasts, from the blending of east and west as Europe meets Asia in sophisticated Istanbul to people living in homes they’ve dug into the side of a bluff in the Göreme Valley. You'll see the true heart of Turkey on this 12 Day tour with fares from US$5,975 per person twin share
Istanbul and The Aegean Coast with Abercrombie and Kent
Connect with historical Turkey on this 12 day Abercrombie & Kent tour of Istanbul and the Aegean with fares from US$5,225 per person twin share
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Extraordinary Experiences in 2016

With the new year just starting now is the perfect time to make your plans for visiting the best the world has to offer in 2016.

Golf Stars and Sports Cars

British Open Golf Tour 2016
Tick one off the "Bucket List" and watch the British Open live. Play on some of the world's best golf courses all whist staying in luxury.
Monaco Grand Prix 2016
Monaco F1 Grand Prix is one of the greatest and most challenging racing events on the sports calendar, boasts a full load of action, glamour and excitement on & around the track.
Super Bowl and Pheonix Open Golf Tours 2016
Tee off in Arizona sun shine on this 9 night golfing tour. Attend the Phoenix Open as well as the game that stops the nation the "Super Bowl".
Melbourne Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix 2016
Feel the adrenaline and the roar of the engines of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne. In March 2016, experience a one of a kind hospitality and entertainment event.

 

Gourmet and Musical Discoveries

The Ultimate Tuscan Experience: Supertuscans meet Andrea Bocelli
In July, as the gentle hills are swept by summer breezes and fields of sunflowers bow reverently to the bright blue sky and warm sun, Andrea Bocelli will be coming home to Tuscany once again to hold another sublime concert within Teatro del Silenzio’s spellbinding setting.
Best of Tuscan Food and Wine Tour
Discover the best of Tuscany with this incredible 5 day custom itinerary that boasts an all star roster of the greatest wineries in Tuscany. Throw in a top seafood restaurant, meals at iconic estates as well as a stay in the best hotel in Chianti, and you've got an amzing trip with no equal.
Private Italy Tour Private Italy Exploration Tour
Leave the beaten track in Italy with this 7 day private tour and see the sites like the Marsala Salt Windmills, Temples Valley of Agrigento and more with your own private guide.
VIP Grammy Awards Package VIP Grammy Awards Package
Attend the most important and glamorous event in music, the 58th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, live in Los Angeles on 15Feb16. This exclusive package includes Bronze-level tickets, access to the celebrity-filled after-party, luxury accommodations at The Beverly Hills Hotel, and luxury sedan for the event and airport transfers.

 

Oriental Adventures

Discover the Real Jspan Discover the Real Japan
Discover a Japan of unparalleled luxury with a journey that will suite the first-time, but also for discerning travellers who wish to explore the country in depth. From Tokyo to Kyoto and everywhere in between, this jam packed tour offers an unbelievable authentic Japanese experience.
Golden Eagle Mongolia Golden Eagle Trans-Mongolian Express and Naadam Festival
Experience a full insight into Mongolian culture and indulge yourself in rail luxury with this amazing tour. Climb onboard the Golden eagle Naadam Festival Trans-Siberian departures for the journey of a lifetime. Journey across Russia onboard the Golden Eagle combined with a visit to the lively Mongolian national festival.
Inspiring Myanmar Inspiring Myanmar Tour
Explore beautiful and mysterious Myanmar.  Set off from Yangon on this 13 day tour and see the best of what this amazing country has to offer.

 

Live Like a Lord or Lady

Dickins & Hawkes Dickins & Hawkes Authentic Luxury 1920s Manor Experience
Every wanted to live in the world of Downton Abbey? To have your every whim waited one in an elegant manor while you peruse an exotic library or ride in a hunt through English countryside? Dickens & Hawkes can bring your dreams to life with their authentic 1920s era manor experience.
The Glorious Twelfth The Glorious Twelfth - The Ultimate Country Sport Experience in Scotland
On the Glorious Twelfth all over Scotland the Estates host the biggest game drive of the season – driven Red Grouse. Join the thrill of the season in 2016 at Angus Glens, renowned grouse moors since the 18th century. 

 

Seabound Soujourns

Hidden Treasures of the Mediterranean with Azamara Club Cruises
Climb on board the elegant Azamara Journey for a 34 night experience with no equal. This exclusive charter takes you on the journey of a lifetime visiting the most iconic ports in the Mediterranean and the Aegean. Sets sail from Nice on the 20Apr16 and navigates to Venice.

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In the News

In the news...

Qatar Celebrates New Year with New Los Angeles Flights
Qatar Airways rang in the New Year with a new daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, which started 01Jan16. The new route...

Etihad Airways Expands Dreamliner Network
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today unveiled plans to fly its Boeing 787s to five more destinations during 2016.  With a phased delivery of five new 787s over...

Oneworld Named Best Airline Alliance for On Time Flights
Oneworld is the best alliance for on-time flights, according to FlightStats, Inc., the leading airline industry data services and solutions technology company, which today presented oneworld with its...

Also in the news...

United Airlines Frequent Flyer Voted Best for 12th Time by Global Traveler
Singapore Airlines Closes Perth Lounge for Maintenance
Etihad Airways Trades Up Planes on USA Routes

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And Finally

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