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, as you’ll learn on this latest of Tauck’s Turkey tours. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace tell stories from antiquity in Istanbul; magnificent Ephesus brings the Greeks and Romans into focus; and the fanciful rock formations called "fairy chimneys" have tales to tell about both ancient days and today. Glimpse modern daily life in the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, and imagine it when surrounded by ruins of shops dating back to the Romans and beyond in Perge and the Agora at Izmir, once the marketplace of ancient Smyrna. Gain insights into the mysticism of the Whirling Dervishes... explore an underground refuge of the early Christians... and float over eerie landscapes in a hot air balloon! Discover the contrasts for yourself on these intriguing Turkey tours.