Turkey is a spectacular melting pot of all who have influenced its history. Straddling Eastern Europe and western Asia, it has cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire. Roam palaces and mosques in Istanbul, and be particularly awed by Sultan Ahmed Mosque – popularly known as the Blue Mosque. Dip into Pamukkale, Denizli Province’s “cotton castle” one of the most spectacular sights in the world, and fly over Cappadocia in a hot air balloon. Explore ancient ruins or sip a coconut on the beach, and get your fill of local culture at the country’s chaotic bazaars – grand or otherwise – as well as mouth-watering fare you will likely never tire of eating.