An Unforgettable Family Adventure in Turkey: From Cappadocia to Bodrum and Istanbul
Guest Blog Writer: Miguel Assis, VOQIN
This summer my wife and I together with our 6 year old sun and 10 year old daughter, embarked on an unforgettable 17-night adventure through Turkey, a country where history blends seamlessly with natural beauty and modern delights. From the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia to the sun-kissed beaches of Bodrum, and the bustling streets of Istanbul, each destination left an indelible mark on our hearts.
Our journey began in the heart of Cappadocia, where the ancient and surreal landscape welcomed us with open arms. We marvelled at the whimsical fairy chimneys, carved into the rock formations by centuries of wind and water. The highlight of our visit was a breathtaking hot air balloon ride at dawn, floating above a sea of mesmerizing Cappadocian landscapes. As the sun rose, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink, we felt like we were drifting through a dream.
From Cappadocia, we headed to Bodrum, where we indulged in a luxurious gullet boat rental. Since the boat set sail, we embarked on a coastal odyssey that would introduce us to some of the most enchanting destinations along the Aegean. Over the course of our voyage, we passed by the historic ruins of Knidos, marvelled at the preserved beauty of Datça Old Town, and anchored in idyllic spots like Bencik, Kamelya Island, Selimiye, Kuzbuku, Dirsekbuku, Inceburun, and Kara Ada. Each place unveiled its own unique charm, with stunning vistas, azure waters, and delightful encounters with local culture and cuisine.
Our grand finale was Istanbul, a city that seamlessly blends Europe and Asia, ancient and modern. The historic treasures of Istanbul mesmerized us – from the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia to the intricate beauty of the Blue Mosque. We wandered through the bustling Grand Bazaar, where the aroma of spices and the sparkle of colourful ceramics enchanted our senses. Strolling along the Bosphorus, we watched the sunset over this magical city, feeling the heartbeat of Turkey’s past and present.
As we bid farewell to Turkey, our hearts overflowed with gratitude for the incredible experiences we had shared as a family. From the ethereal skies of Cappadocia to the tranquil shores of Bodrum and the bustling streets of Istanbul, Turkey had shown us its diverse and captivating facets. This family vacation was a symphony of experiences, a tapestry of memories that we would treasure forever. We left with the promise to return, eager to explore even more of this remarkable country.