Explore the stunning vistas and ancient culture of Turkey and Morocco. These legendary locales conjure images of windswept deserts, Byzantine grandeur, lush oases, and spice-filled adventure, and they do not disappoint. For travelers who want to diverge from the well-beaten path of typical vacation destinations, there are no better stops at a journey’s end.

Highlights of your visit will surely include explorations of Istanbul and Fes, the most prominent cities of these two Middle Eastern countries. At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the economic and cultural heart of Turkey. Travel back in time as you visit monuments such as TopkapI Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque, the Church of St. Savior in Chora, and the world-famous Hagia Sophia. Architectural marvels, they also provide a glimpse into Turkey’s fascinating history.

In Fes, be sure to visit Fes el Bali. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medina is a city unto itself. Car-free, this walled city is brimming with stunning architecture and every corner is full of history. It is also a vibrant living city, full of souks, craftsmen, and residents who live a life very similar to that of previous generations, dating back 1,000 years.

The geography and natural surroundings of Morocco and Turkey play an integral role in the countries’ development and culture. What better way to experience this than with a visit to Cappadocia? Here, you will find over 3,000 rock churches. Nestled in the soft rock of volcanic deposits are churches, monasteries, and homes – a world carved into stone. As amazing a feat as that is, the frescos inside may be even more spectacular.

You will get your fill of walking and touring as you see the sights of Turkey and Morocco. But there are other activities to enjoy. Fulfil your dream of riding a camel, engage in the ancient art of dickering over prices at local souks, relieve the heat with a plunge into the deep blue sea, or indulge in a spa treatment.  Modern accommodations provide a comfortable, luxurious touch-point after your adventures exploring ancient and rugged ruins, cities, and landscapes.  It’s the best of all worlds!

Visiting Turkey and Morocco gives you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of history. Take a glimpse into the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, explore the world much as it was centuries ago, and discover how the modern world has integrated itself into the ancient cities to create a unique, vibrant experience for any intrepid traveler.

Enid Glasgow