A Private Tour of Turkey: Worth It or Not?

Traveling is a part of our life. We travel to places and get to experience the culture, climate and people. If you are an independent traveler and you wish to plan your own itinerary and add a touch of luxury to your trip, then a custom personal tour guide is the best.

Turkey is one of the breath taking Mediterranean countries that offers the best to tourists. It is laced with beautiful beaches, coves, mountains, waterfalls, bays, peninsulas and islands. Turkey’s location and the attractions there make it the best destination for individuals and families.

Turkey

Turkey by Mr Hicks46

 

Advantages

 

Though there are many tour operators who conduct group trips to Turkey, you can opt for a private tour to enjoy the holidays in the exact way you wish. Combining your breaks, short stays in huge hotels, customizing your trip schedule, planning your own sightseeing agenda and more is possible with private touring.

 

A personal tour guide offers you the flexibility and freedom to choose the places you want to visit and plan your trip as you desire. If you are looking for the best hotels, guides, cuisine and anything different from what group visits offer, then custom touring is for you.

 

A private tour is a tailor-made package created to suit you and your family. It can include your close knit friends and affiliates too. Packages for private tours in Turkey are created depending on your convenience and requirements.

 

Why?

Basically, there are 3 main reasons why you must choose a private tour package for your family. First, you can choose the hotels, places of interest, mode of travel and other activities, including the number of days you stay, without any restrictions. You can revise or modify your schedule as per your preferences. Also, you can create side trips and itineraries yourself.

 

Your interests might vary from what the group packages include. If you love sports and adventure, then you must go in for a customize package to Turkey. Also, if you are inclined to a specific cuisine and food, you can always take the liberty of choosing your hotel based on the food you would like to enjoy during your stay. Also, you can choose activities and events as per your interests. The tour operator will have the details of the hotels, festivities and other things going on in Turkey at the time of your visit, cuisines served in various inns and so on. You can find more information on the Internet before deciding where you will stay.

 

Thirdly, they offer you professional and well qualified guides. You can know and understand the places you visit while they guide you through the tour. Furthermore, they are certified. They can, at times, go beyond guiding and help you to get a feel for the real Turkey by telling you about certain areas related to the place.

 

Bottom Line

Although private tours of Turkey cost more than group trips, there is something special you get through such a route. It is you who creates the tour based on your interests and preferences making it a highly personalized one. So go order your Turkey Visa right now for a hassle-free, friendly and professional service – the money you spend is worth it.

Amsterdam at its Best

When you think of the Norse countries, you generally think of something cold, distant and quite on the grim side. Yet, many of the people are surprised when visiting the Northern countries by the fact that these places look nothing like the dark Viking land everybody knows from the movies. Actually, the Netherlands in general (and Amsterdam in particular) are quite the opposite when you visit them during the spring season. Why is that and why should you pick the first months of spring as your date for your Amsterdam trip? Read on and find out!

The Flowers

If you did not know this already (although you very much likely did know it), Amsterdam is a city of wonderful flowers, with tulips crowned as the national symbol. Visiting Amsterdam in the spring will be a joy for the eyes and a joy for your soul, as the multitude of colours, the splendid arrangements and the absolutely mesmerizing sight will definitely bring you into a very good mood. The Keukenhof Gardens are definitely a must-see in Amsterdam, but if you want a bit more “wilderness”, you can check out the nearby tulip fields for an explosion of colour and beauty.

Why Amsterdam is best to be visited in Spring

Why Amsterdam is best to be visited in Spring

The National Celebrations

Picking spring as your season to visit Amsterdam means that you have a chance of being there during the most important celebrations for the Dutch. Queen’s Day, Remembrance Day as well as the Liberation Day are all celebrated in spring and that means that you will get a better glimpse into what this country is really about. The Remembrance Day, for example, commemorates the fallen ones in the World War II and although it is not a public holiday, 2 minutes of silence are observed at 8 pm every single year. Following this day, on the 5th of May, the Dutch celebrate Liberation Day, also related to the World War II and to the Nazi occupation in Netherlands during it.

The Prices

There is a very high chance that you can score quite big on your savings if you choose to visit Amsterdam in the spring, especially in March when prices are still low. While the temperatures then may not be at their best, this will also mean that accommodation will most likely cost a lot less than in the summer, for example. As soon as the temperatures rise, the prices rise with them as well. Book in advance and you will be able to enjoy the gorgeous Amsterdam even on a smaller budget. Anyway you choose to do this, it will still be worth every single penny because Amsterdam is truly one in a million!

Berlin, Germany’s Hipster Heaven

Berlin has come a long way in recent decades. Once harshly divided by the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the dark days of the Cold War, Berlin has emerged in recent years as the ultimate hip city in Europe. Its gained a reputation for having a somewhat rebellious and freewheeling attitude, and draws artists, writers and other creative types from all over the world. Berlin has also begun to see itself become a hotspot for entrepreneurs and people who make their livings online. In addition to the fact that prices here remain cheaper than in other parts of Europe, the abundance of co-working spaces makes it a great place to network and build something.

Photos of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, Berlin
This photo of Memorial of the Berlin Wall is courtesy of TripAdvisor

There is a great deal to do in Berlin, so whether you are working there or just visiting to see what all the hype is about, this is one city not to miss when you’re in Europe.

Despite its current status as a flourishing and cosmopolitan city, Berlin still very much bears the scars of the Cold War era, and there are many places to visit where you can learn more about Germany’s place in modern history.

The Memorial of the Berlin Wall stands as a testament to that infamous landmark, and to the nation – the families and friends – that were divided by it. It’s free to visit the memorial, and provides an opportunity to reflect on its historic significance. Past visitors have reported that it is a rather intensely emotional experience, so it is best to go alone or with one or two other people rather than in a large group, to allow yourself the chance to really take it in.

Take a step a bit further back in German history by visiting the Topography of Terror, which is described by TripAdvisor as “a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located during the “Third Reich”. Previous visitors have praised the thoroughness of the exhibit, in that it displays history honestly and humanizes the atrocities that took place during World War II.

One of the highest ranked activities on TripAdvisor is taking in a performance at the Berlin Philharmonic, so if you need something to lighten your spirits after visiting either of the above attractions, this may be the place to go. But you’ll want to plan this in advance, since tickets sell out ahead of shows and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear some of the excellent performances here.

Another must-see on the historic and cultural learning list is the Pergamon Museum. It is a world-renowned museum, and includes gems from the ancient world. Among them are the Altar of Zeus and Babylon’s Ishtar Gate. Other reproductions of historically significant landmarks and structures will leave you speechless and give a greater appreciation and a sense of connectedness with world history.

Italy’s Luxury Hotels

Italy has a gorgeously lush history to match its beautiful surroundings. And where better to experience the best that Italy has to offer than in one of the country’s luxury hotels? We’ve collected information on a few of the country’s most spectacular properties.

Sardinia Hotel

Photo by HLB

Hotel Romazzino 

An absolute charm on the famous Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, Romazzino is an amazing hotel at which to spend memorable European holidays. Each of its 78 guest rooms and 16 suites has a private terrace or balcony decorated in Sardinian style with handmade ceramics, fabrics and wood furnishings made by the island’s best craftsmen. The elegant restaurant found here serves truly regional cuisine, designed to delight your taste buds with the various available options. Located only 35 minutes drive from Olbia Airport, enter a realm of relaxation of Romazzino, a true pleasure be full of charming moments.

Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda

If you are looking for a luxury boutique hotel housing extreme elegance, offering complete discretion and tailored service, then Villa Feltrinelli is the place for you. The mere entrance into this posh property will enlighten your senses due to its wonderful atmosphere. The exclusive seclusion of this boutique hotel will make you go gaga, and you can feel true peace of mind.

Villla Mangiacane in Tuscany

Just 20 minutes away from Florence Airport and just 12 kms away from the Historic Centre of Florence, Villas Mangiance is the ideal place for discovering and relishing in Italy’s most stunning regions. There are 28 rooms and suites which are perfectly embellished and a Gourmet Restaurant is recognized for its Tuscan pasta and meat specialities. The Nadushka spa is constructed for the well being of the guests. Guests feel gratified to experience such a wide range of holistic and wellness therapies, one can also get a charming glow with beauty treatments such as manicures, facials and pedicures.

St Regis Grand in Rome

There are several luxury boutique hotels in Rome, but St. Regis Grand has managed to enchant the guests due to their exclusive services and mesmerizing ambience . Many national and international dignitaries, heads of state, business executives, and widely known celebrities love to fall prey to this lovely hotel’s charm. In addition, you can also dine in the the number one restaurant, Vivendo, nominated by Zagat and the Gold Key award winner for decor. Just 40 minutes by drive from Rome Fiumicino Airport will take you to this hotel.

Bulgari Hotel Milan 

Any trip to Italy accompanied with a stay in Bulgari Hotel takes splendor to the next level. The hotel’s 58 rooms are furnished using teak, oak and granite and are opulent and decent. Bulgari Spa is there to immerse visitors into serenity and is perfect way to unite the soul peace.

Why not make your next Italian vacation the height of luxuriousness?

Wonderful Spain

Spain, a country in Europe and a member state of European Union, is located in south-western Europe. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the south and east, by France to the north and by Portugal and Atlantic Ocean to the northwest and west. The capital of Spain is the city of Madrid. The official language of Spain is Spanish with other recognized regional languages being Aranese, Basque, Catalan/Valencian and Galician. The peseta was the old currency in use in Spain. In 2002, it was replaced by the euro.

Spain

Spain by Jelle Oostrom

Spain is the world’s 51st-largest country, with an area of 504,782 square kilometers. The Teide is the highest peak in Spain and it is the third largest volcano in the world, as measured from its base. Tourism is one of Spain’s main national industries and a large source of stable employment and development. The climatic conditions of Spain, its historical and cultural monuments, and its geographic position, together with its top-notch facilities make Spain a wonderful tourist spot. Here are some of the wonderful places to visit in Spain.

Valencia Cathedral:

The Valencia Cathedral is located in Valencia and was built in the Gothic style. It is Valencia’s largest church, and its Miguelete Tower is one of the emblems of the city and also one of its best tourist attractions. Also pay a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences. This complex is situated on the old river bed of Turia. It contains five buildings, each devoted to a specific branch of the arts or a particular type of science.

Museums:

The Prado has the most detailed collection of Spanish art from the 11th-18th centuries. The collection of paintings in The Prado’s collection is renowned for its variety and quality. Thyssen-Bornemisza is one of the world’s finest museums. It is located in Madrid and is said to hold one of the best private collections of paintings in the world. For several generations the Thyssen-Bornemisza family gathered together this art collection which is today exhibited in this museum.

Madrid:

Madrid is a city known for its extensive musical culture. It has numerous bars, discos and cafes. Madrid is a shopper’s paradise. At Plaza Mayor Square you can get anything and everything that is available on earth.

Barcelona:

It is the capital of Catalonia. Barcelona is a place under the amazing influence of the Mediterranean climate. This city has everything to impress both nature lovers and art lovers.

Malaga:

It is a city known for its peaceful environment, a city with soothing hues, the houses and the bougainvillea bushes with their profusions of pink flowers located all through the city adds more beauty to the entire area.

Bilbao:

It is a city famous for the Guggenheim Museum which has a contemporary art collection dating back to the 20th century. The collection of paintings and sculptures exhibited here are of great cultural value.

There is literally so much to see in Spain! Where will you start?

Lots to Do in Lovely Loire

Loire valley is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of French language. The Loire Valley is an enchanted land of vineyards, flowers and rolling green hills dotted with more than a thousand chateaux. It is perhaps the charm of its gentle pace of life that has, for centuries, made it a sought-after location for poets and writers. It is a step back through the history of some of France’s finest works of art.

Loire

Loire River by Benh LIEU SONG

FACTS OF LOIRE VALLEY:

The Loire River is France’s longest, at over 600 miles. The region commonly referred to as the Loire Valley comprises approximately 100 miles of the river’s most fertile land between Anger to the west and Orleans to the east. The river was historically a primary means of transportation, but today the sandy river is not maintained for motored boat navigation.

The Loire Valley was the site of major warfare between England and France during the middle Ages and the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). The Loire Valley’s golden age started under King Francois I in the 15th century. He hired Renaissance craftsmen from Italy, including Leonardo da Vinci, to aid inconstructing and furnishing grand castles. France’s power base resided here until around 1600.

When the aristocracy moved to the Paris region, many aristocrats continued to build chateaus along the Loire until the French Revolution. Today’s Loire Valley still has hundreds of restored and maintained chateaus from its historical past. It is also known as the “Garden of France,” with renowned wines, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and cuisine.

The entire Loire Valley region is filled with a large number of vineyards, ancient cities, cultural monuments and picturesque landscapes, which are worth visiting when on a holiday to France. The main towns, which are covered by this lush green region of the country, include Amboise, Blois, Chinon, Orleans, Saumur and Tours. One can travel to these historical towns and pay a visit to the numerous architectural monuments and buildings, which consists of castles, chateaus, cathedrals, museum, abbeys and ancient medieval houses.

One can say that the Loire valley is a cultural landscape, as one can find glaring examples of French culture and heritage over here. The biggest attractions of this region are the chateaus. These chateaus are examples of architecture dating back to the renaissance period. Some of the chateaus worth visiting include Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Saumur, and others.

The Loire Valley provides its visitors with so many diverse attractions and activities that one trip is never going to be enough to sample its delights. The list of things to do covers everything from canoeing down the Loire river and its tributaries, to seeing the Loire chateaux from lofty heights via balloon travel or gently cycling the roads and tracks of this beautiful part of France.