When you chart your vacation with IBMT Tours for one of their amazing tours to Turkey, you should know that you are at the intersection of Europe and Asia. Tours to Turkey will encompass a great deal of old world history that will educate and entertain the most experienced world traveler. Turkey is unique, it sits at the intersection of many cultures that have left an imprint on the country – from the Greeks, the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Ottomans – have all left their indelible mark on the country. With the deep historical ties too much of the ancient world, Turkey is a must-visit destination for the historian in you. When visiting the country, Turkey tours can be a thrill of a lifetime. One thing that all visitors should know when taking one of the many tours of Turkey offered by IBMT is that the country contains not one but two of the Seven Wonders of the World. Complementing Sophia and Hagia and the Temple of Artemis is the designation that Turkey is one of the most beautiful destinations in the Middle East and that doesn't come by accident. Picturesque, the panorama that provides the vistas you can visit in Turkey makes it the most Instagrammed countries in the entire world for its rich scenery and cultural accommodations. Ancient ruins abound in Turkey from early Roman and Persian settlements to the oldest known settlement in the world in the Catalhoyuk region. Grand designs speak to the power and culture of the country from ancient times and the structures that were built during the heyday of Constantinople have endured and are a spectacle for the eye to behold. Turkey isn’t just a destination; no it is more of a trip back in time that connects the traveler with ancient culture and lifestyle in the 21st-century backdrop of luxury and recreation.
Tours of Turkey can provide a visitor with many options, so much so that you won't fit everything in that you wanted to see and will be left wanting more from the country that will steal your heart. With so much to see and do, IBMT Tours has taken the guesswork out of your vacation of a lifetime and set up tours to help travelers the best of the country in what time they have available.
• When you touch down in Turkey, know that Istanbul will be a logical destination that will be at the top of the list for travelers. The Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace will be must-see, old city staples that date back well over 1000 years. The mosque is well known for the blue tiles that adorn the centre of worship, the Hippodrome is the Turkish version of the Roman Coliseum, where sports and politics intersected, and the palace was home to the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Last, but by no means least is the Grand Bazaar, the biggest covered market in the world, with over 4000 vendors selling everything under the sun and then some.
• Next stop in the tours of Turkey is Ankara, the capital of the country and its the second largest city with over four million people calling it home. While the city dates back to the time of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire is a contemporary, the cosmopolitan city that has lots of activities to occupy the short time you will spend there. In Ankara, two featured destinations to see are the Hittite Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk. There are many ancient artifacts on display at the museum and for a history buff, it is the only place to go. If you aren’t a history buff but enjoy sculpture, and art, you will find it a place that is appealing to the eye. The mausoleum is a tribute to the first president of the Turkish Republic and sits high atop a hill just west of Ankara looming like the jewel it is over the city.
• Using the town of Izmir as home base, you can travel short distances to the ruins of the Necropolis Graveyard, the Roman Baths, the Basilica and the calcium cliffs that are unique to the area. A trip the area wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary or a stop at the former Roman capital of Asia Minor, Ephesus. The Temple of Hadrian, the ruins of Odeon, the Hercules gate, and Agora await the traveler and they are steeped in the history of the country that shows off the pristine beauty and imagination of the architects who designed these splendid monuments.
Still traveling but wanted to thank you for planning a marvelous trip. It is truly a trip of a lifetime.
The IBMT Bar Mitzvah tour was fantastic! It was the perfect blend of family time and peer group time, of sites with religious/historic significance and just plain fun. The guide was personable and informative, and even the bus driver was great. All the details were attended to and you didn’t have to concern yourself with or worry about a thing. It was a true vacation. We would highly recommend it to anyone. If you are going to Eilat, Petra is a must!
We went on a church group to the Holyland with IBMT Tours and had a great trip, everything was planned for us perfectly. There was over 123 people in four different bus groups and things went smoothly, I thought it was going to be hectic with that many people in the group but IBMT did a wonderful job and made sure the buses did not go convoy, every bus had its own time table and itinerary for the day, our guide Dani was so knowledgeable and loving. We love you IBMT and we will recommend you guys. Thanks for everything you have done for us.
We just returned from Israel on an IBMT Bar Mitzvah Tour for our three grandsons. We had enough family members to warrant our own bus. After checking out many tour companies we went with IBMT and all of us were glad we did. The hotels were fabulous and the rooms allotted even more so. From the INBAL in Jerusalem, KFAR BLUM in the Galilee, the SHERATON in Tel Aviv, to the ROYAL BEACH in Eilat we couldn’t have asked for more. Our meals were equally excellent. Beginning with a welcome reception at the INBAL to the closing dinner at the CANAAN restaurant in Tel Aviv one and all loved them.
It was a busy tour made even more so by my husband who was determined the grandchildren see “everything”. Fortunately for us, we had the best guide when Ornan (from IBMT) gave us GADI. All of the groups loved their guides but Gadi was special. He was able to reach the kids (ages 7-13) as well as the adults. His knowledge, willingness to adjust the schedule, and good nature gave him a soft spot in all of our hearts. He filled in at Yad Vashem when the guide droned on a bit too much for some of us. He searched out a cemetery where a father, grandfather and great grandfather was buried and proceeded to enlighten us on the rituals and customs of a military cemetery. He adjusted our times to include those little extras. When weather precluded the camels, we visited Qumran. After the Bar Mitzvahs, some wanted to walk down Masada - again, no problem.
We loved everything. Friday night dinner with an Israeli family (coincidentally the husband was from Toronto), meeting the soldiers on the kibbutz, the Druze lunch, sampling different foods at the shuk, the bullet factory and on and on. Although the weather was precarious in December, it didn’t stop us and we were able to celebrate Chanukah in Israel...menorahs everywhere, sufganiyot of every kind, celebrations in the street galore.
Would we recommend this tour...without a moments hesitation. We had a family trip of a lifetime. Thank you also to our bus driver Louie, whom we all loved and who got us around safely.
“Gadi” - what else can we say ... g double o - d, j-o-b. Good job, good job. V-e-r-y-n-i-c-e, very nice, very nice.💕
I cannot imagine a better, more organized, more perfect experience! IBMT went above and beyond all expectations!
Loved the trip! The itinerary was fantastic and really kept us moving. We were able to see and do so much. Best of all was our tour guide Natalie. She was very kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of Israel.
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