Located in Turkey’s Central Anatolia region, Cappadocia combines fascinating historical and cultural heritage with an unforgettable natural landscape dotted with 6th-century monasteries and churches, cave dwellings, and underground cities. For visitors, seeing Cappadocia from the sky is an extraordinary opportunity to discover the area’s age-old valleys and ancient ruins. However, this once-in-a-lifetime aerial adventure is only one way to explore one of Turkey’s most luxurious destinations.
Cappadocia means “Land of Beautiful Horses,” and for thousands of years, Anatolian and Arabian horses have been critical to the region’s history. For those who enjoy solitude, trotting past Cappadocia’s magnificent vistas on horseback offers a much different vantage point than the one you’ll get from the air. As you ride through Pigeon Valley, the largest and longest valley in Cappadocia open for tours, pause to look at the many pigeon houses carved into the valley’s walls by the residents of Uchisar, a Cappadocian settlement. Here you’ll spot Uchisar Castle, which offers a magnificent panorama view with Mount Erciyes, a stratovolcano, in the distance.
Experience Turkish Hospitality First Hand
Turkey is the only place in the world where three continents — Europe, Africa, and Asia — collide. Surrounded by the Aegean, Black, and Mediterranean Seas, Turkey yields more than 5,000 miles of coastline and 1300 thermal springs. An amalgamation of quaint seaside villages, sophisticated cities, and fascinating natural landscapes, it’s no surprise that Turkey is one of the world’s fastest-growing destinations for travelers.
Besides Istanbul, a posh major city that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait, Cappadocia is, arguably, transcontinental Turkey’s most popular destination for travelers. Fifteen years ago, Argos, a sophisticated world-class hotel, began turning a complex of more than 40 ancient dwellings into a highly imaginative 42-room, boutique hotel and concert hall touted as one of the most romantic hotels in the world.
Argos is perched above Uchisar and connected by underground tunnels that recall Cappadocia’s ancient underground architecture. Spacious balconies and terraces offer breathtaking views of the neighboring Güvercinlik Valley, and Turkish carpets and artifacts provide an authentic luxury experience. The 100-seat indoor and outdoor SEKI Restaurant, Lounge & Cellar serves local and regional dishes, as well as unique and delicious cocktails. The hotel’s wine cellar showcases bottles from its own Kalecik Karasi and Syrah vineyards, as well as other Turkish and international wines.
Travelling in Style
Servicing more than 120 countries, Turkish Airlines promises to transform your trip into an incomparable experience. When flying Business Class, service starts and ends with the new Exclusive Drive program, where private, chauffeured limos bring passengers to and from the airport. On board, passengers can take advantage of free WiFi, modern, comfortable seating, first-rate entertainment, and a dedicated bar featuring a seasonal cocktail menu. Turkish coffee and Turkish delight service, hot towel service, and a private washroom are only a few of the lavish amenities available to Business Class passengers.
Turkish Airlines has professionally trained in-flight “Flying Chefs” providing unforgettable culinary experiences to all long-distance and select short distance flights. Some flights even offer candlelight dining, a first for in-flight catering. Turkish Airlines also offers unparalleled stopover possibilities for those flying from its nine U.S. gateways. Travelers with a transfer time of seven hours or more can indulge in the Istanbul Bosphorus Experience. This includes a private, guided cruise on the Bosphorus strait and an unforgettable culinary experience at the five-star Çiragan Palace Kempinski Hotel. It is the only Ottoman Imperial palace and hotel on the Bosphorus and guests have included John F. Kennedy Jr., Sophia Loren, Madonna and Oprah Winfrey.
In 2018, Istanbul New Airport, located northwest of the city in the Arnavutköy district, opened, expecting to move 200 million passengers each year. It is second in size only to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai. Using the latest in technological innovation, Turkish Airlines believes the new airport will usher in a new era for the carrier allowing growth for both passenger and cargo transportation. The airline expects the airport will play a key role in its goal of serving 120 million passengers with a fleet of 500 planes/aircrafts by 2023.
For those staying in Istanbul, Raffles Istanbul, a timeless luxury hotel that refers to itself as ‘the embodiment of the new young face of an ancient city,’ brings haute couture design and world-class cuisine to all travelers. A culinary hotspot, food aficionados will delight in not-only Istanbul’s contemporary fine dining, but also in many small, family-owned restaurants where you’ll find the country’s many delectable dishes.
“Blending east and west, Turkey dazzles with modernity, making one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.”
A Quieter Side of Turkey
On the Aegean Sea in Turkey’s Çesme Peninsula, you’ll find one of the nation’s best-preserved towns, Alacati. A sunny destination for those seeking cobbled streets, quaint cafes, and boutique hotels, you’ll be greeted in Alacati by clusters of vibrant flowers arching over narrow laneways and upscale restaurants. The city’s renaissance began nearly two decades ago with the opening of Tas Hotel, a Greek home repurposed to become a trendy hotel. Best known for its colorful stone houses and white-sand beaches, Alacati is also known for its winemaking tradition.
Alacati is not the only Turkish destination with deep roots in vineyards. In fact, across the country, Turkish wine producers are hoping to increase their distribution internationally, and educate
global wine lovers about the multiple wine-producing regions of Turkey. To help expose global travelers to Turkish wine, Turkish Airlines is committed to serving an array of locally produced wine as part of the Flying Chefs program.
Turkey is unrivaled for adventure seekers looking for a unique destination rich in ancient history, but also contemporary luxury. Its diverse natural landscapes, from vast valleys to majestic mountains, offer limitless possibilities to visitors, whether you’re seeking seaside relaxation or a fast-paced cosmopolitan getaway. Blending east and west, Turkey dazzles with modernity, making it one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.