Istanbul-based Magister Tours of Turkey plans highly customized itineraries for individuals, families and groups, as well as incentive programs, with needs, budgets and interests in mind.
Angela Miller, the company’s U.S.-based director of marketing, says Turkey is ideal for faith-based travelers, as its Anatolia region is referenced many times in the Bible.
“Paul traveled extensively throughout the region, and when one follows in his footsteps, it brings Bible teachings to life. Magister Tours creates itineraries for Christian and Jewish groups, adding a special experience to suit each spirituality,” she says.
With 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Turkey is alive with history, from the underground cities in the Cappadocia area to the 12,000-year-old Gobekli Tepe, the oldest man-made place of worship. Visitors can also see the famous Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
“Turkey is arguably home to more ancient sites than most anywhere else on the planet,” Miller says. The company has also developed a culinary program for groups looking to get a taste of Turkish cuisine and can arrange cooking classes and demonstrations.
Some of Magister Tours’ planned trips include Western Turkey and the Aegean with stops in Cappadocia and Pamukkale; Mediterranean Turkey, with a blue cruise aboard a wooden gulet; and Eastern Turkey and the Black Sea region. Each is 12 to 14 days long but can be tailored to group needs.
“Turkey can easily be visited many times before one can say that they have really seen it,” Miller says.
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