Why Turkey is on my 2020 Travel List

Why Turkey is on my 2020 Travel List

This thoughtful travel itinerary is packed with both iconic and private spots throughout Turkey to inspire your next adventure!

In 2020, I plan on reaching higher and traveling farther (metaphorically and actually!), and that includes vacations. As much as I love to travel, I have to be honest that Turkey hasn’t really been on my mind – until recently. It all started when I saw a stunning photo of a hot air balloon at sunrise (the only reason I’ll get up at 4 am). With small kids and a husband who travels a lot, most of our travels are long weekends to nearby destinations like Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Mexico. 

Now that Turkey is on my mind, I’m making my 2020 travel plans go the distance, and have started to look around for travel inspiration and ideas. 

First, let’s check out a few dreamy hotels. Did you know there is a Turkish Riviera? And it’s stunning! Just last year, Edition Hotels opened The Bodrum EDITION. The 108-room hotel is 3 kilometers from Yalikavak Marina at the westernmost point of the Bodrum peninsula, and minutes from Bodrum Castle and Bodrum Amphitheatre. 

id you know there is a Turkish Riviera? And it's stunning! Just last year, Edition Hotels opened The Bodrum EDITION. The 108-room hotel is
From Edition Hotels: REDEFINING LUXURY IN THE TURKISH RIVIERA

Ready to go super luxe? Yeah, me too. I’m also drooling over the new Six Senses Hotel, transformed from two historic mansions in Istanbul. Set on 6+ acres, it’s called Six Senses Kocataş Mansions and just opened a couple of weeks ago. 

I'm also drooling over the new Six Senses Hotel, transformed from two historic mansions in Istanbul. Set on 6+ acres, it's
Six Senses Kocataş Mansions

I can’t take credit for the sample itinerary below; it was posted on the Conde Nast Traveler’s Facebook Group, Women Who Travel, by a lovely woman who recently went to Turkey. I love the flow of it and the stunning moments she shared from the spots listed here.

Day 1: Istanbul

  • Galata Tower
  • Umbrella Street in Han Karaköy 
  • Lavanten Karaköy (drinks and shisha) 
  • Dolmabahce Palace
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Day 2: Istanbul

  • Seven Hills restaurant for breakfast (view of Hagia Sophia)
  • Sultanahmet Mosque
  • Kubbe rooftop 
  • Balat neighborhood (colorful houses on Kiremit Caddesi)

Day 3: Alaçati

  • Flight to Izmir & taxi to Alaçati
  • Spend the afternoon wandering through the picturesque streets
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Day 4: Cappadocia 

  • Flight to Kayseri airport and rent a car to drive to Cappadocia 
  • Silk Road Cafe for lunch (order the sac tava!!)
  • Galerie Ikman Carpet Shop 
  • Stay at Museum Hotel – Luxury Cave Hotel Cappadocia

Day 5: Cappadocia 

  • Sultan Cave Suites rooftop at sunrise for views and photos
  • Fairy Chimneys 
  • Uchisar Castle

Day 6: Cappadocia 

  • Sunset point at sunrise for balloon views
  • Shopping & lunch in Göreme

Day 7: Istanbul

  • Hot air balloon ride at sunrise
  • Flight to Istanbul
  • Finish your trip in Istanbul and head home the next morning 
Stunning spots to make the most of your 2020 trip to Turkey This thoughtful travel itinerary is packed with both iconic and private spots throughout Turkey to inspire your next adventure!

As we move into 2020, I’m ready to break out of my safety zone in so many ways. And as much as I love my Rosewood Hotels (still the best!), I also know that to truly spread my wings, I need to see new places, try new foods, and experience new adventures. What adventures do you have on your mind for this new decade? I invite you to join me in a new year of exploration. xx

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