HipTravel organizes travel programs for all destinations within Turkey and additionaly also in some
other countries in cooperation with its partner agencies. Our itineraries have been crafted based on
the wishes and expectations of our customers and they are executed with continuous passion for
highest service quality. Following sites and cities are some of the most visited destinations by our
The city of empires
Probably there is no other city in the world where west meets east, collides, shuffles and melts into
a gigantic hub of diverse traditions of cultures, lifestyles, architecture and cuisines. This dynamic
and amazing city is decorated with tremendous historic treasures as it has been the capital of
Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires for more than 1500 years. Its natural beauty is
breathtaking as it is the only city in the world located in two continents where Asian and European
zones are separated with Bosphorus Straits. İstanbul is a “must see” place for everyone and it is
always ready to surprise its visitors with its rich culture and vast dynamism.
A unique natural wonder and an important cultural center
Located in heart of Anatolian peninsula, Cappadocia is an otherworldly miracle of both nature and
men. The unique landscape of Cappadocia region was formed about 60 million years ago. Soft
volcanic rock shaped by erosion into towers, cones, valleys and carved for making caves, tunnels,
underground cities decorated with outstanding examples of different civilizations. The spectacular
landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide uniqe evidence
of Byzantine art. As if plucked from a whimsical fairytale and set down upon the stark Anatolian
plains, Cappadocia is a geological oddity of honeycombed hills and towering boulders of
otherworldly beauty. The fantastical topography is matched by the human history here. People
have long utilized the region’s soft stone, seeking shelter underground and leaving the countryside
scattered with fascinating cavern architecture. The fresco-adorned rock-cut churches of Göreme
Open-Air Museum and the subterranean refuges of Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı are the most famous
sights, while simply bedding down in one of Cappadocia’s cave hotels is an experience in 21st-
century cave living
Trading center of ancient world
Once an ancient Roman city of Ephesus, comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman
settlements founded on new locations. Those serial sites show the long settlement history of the
place, each of them making an important contribution to overall value of Ephesus. It is the home of
grand monuments of Library of Celsus and Great Theatre from Roman period, remains of Temple
of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world and also the House of the Virgin Mary. Ephesus
is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of Hellenistic, Roman Imperial and early
Christian periods
Vivid night life, blue flag beaches and historical landscape…
Homeros, writer of Odysseia, describes Halicarnassus (ancient name of Bodrum) as “the land of
the eternal blue”. Bodrum is a spectacular coastal town where beauty of Aegean Sea is combined
with vivid night life and set in a historical, glorious landscape. It is located on a peninsula at the

south-west corner of the Türkiye where Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet. On Bodrum
peninsula, there are plenty of nice, little towns and resorts scattered through its hinterland. It has
variety of high quality hotels and holiday villages including some of the chicest in Europe. At the
center of Bodrum Bay, there is a spectacular medieval castle built by the Knights of the Rhodes,
which today hosts one of the world’s most important underwater archeology museums. Bodrum is
the place where once held the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the
world. Mausoleum was destroyed by earthquakes during middle ages but now there is the vibrant
and charming town of Bodrum in its place which hosts millions of visitors all over the world,
including some celebrities and high net worth individuals. With its intense nightlife, beautiful
beaches, historical sites, quality hotels and holiday villages, Bodrum is one of the most popular
coastal towns not only in Türkiye but throughout the Mediterranean Region.
Spectacular white travertines and well-preserved ancient city
Pamukkale, as its name implies (Cotton Castle), is an unreal landscape made up of mineral
forests, petrified waterfalls and series of terraced basins. At the end of 2nd century BC, the
dynasty of Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of
baths, temples and other monuments can be seen at Pamukkale. Hierapolis is in exceptional
example of Greco-Roman thermal installation established on an extraordinary natural site. The
therapeutic virtues of waters were exploited at the various thermal installations. Pamukkale-
Hierapolis site is largely intact and includes all attributes to express its universal value. (UNESCO
World Heritage Site, 1988)
Once the most famous and the most magnificent city of Asia Minor
Located in the Aegean Region, the heart of the Antique World and at the crossroads between
Europe and the Middle East, city of Pergamon once was an important cultural, scientific and
political centre. Pergamon was founded in the 3rd century BC as the capital of the Attalid dynasty.
Monumental temples, theaters, stoa or porticoes, gymnasium, altar and library were set into the
sloping terrain surrounded by an extensive city wall. The rock-cut Cybele Sanctuary lies to the
north-west on another hill visually linked to the acropolis. During the Roman period, Pergamon
maintained its significance and developed further becoming “the most famous and magnificent city
of the Asia Minor”, as described by the 1st century AD philosopher and author Pliny the Elder. City
was the capital of the Roman province of Asia known for its Asclepieion healing centre. The
acropolis crowns a landscape containing burial mounds and remains of the Roman, Byzantine and
Ottoman empires in and around the modern town of Bergama on the lower slopes.
Göbekli Tepe
A groundbreaking archeological finding. Once upon a time 11,500 years ago…
History of mankind is being rewritten. One single archeological site recently found in south-east
Türkiye has been shaking the scientific community and forcing the history is to be written.
Following 25 years of excavations, 11,600 years old Göbekli Tepe (Hill with Belly) has been
opened for visitors in 2019. Apart from being a well preserved and very old site (7,000 years older
than England’s Stonehenge and 7,500 years older than the Egyptian pyramids), Göbekli Tepe has
been changing a fundamental presumption about human history.
Before Göbekli Tepe, archeologists only had evidence of farming and settlement communities
being able to construct temples and social structures. Göbekli Tepe however, was built by hunter-
gatherers. The sculptures and megalithic architecture which make up what is perhaps the world’s
earliest temple at Göbekli Tepe, predate the invention pottery, metallurgy, writing, the wheel and
also most stunningly the beginning of agriculture.
The construction of a large complex social site such as this one took a large amount of
organization and resources that archeologists did not know was possible by hunter-gatherers. It
was believed that hunter-gatherers needed too much free-time and land to gather food to collect in
large enough communities to build such monuments. The stones weighed over seven tons and
would require hundreds of works to carve, erect, and bury. In order for this to happen the workers
needed to be housed, clothed, and fed which is why the city nearby shows signs of becoming a
farming community with 1,000 years of the construction of Göbekli Tepe. This might mean that the

construction of this site actually laid the foundation for a complex society to form. Göbekli Tepe
shows that sociocultural changes were developed before agriculture. The fact that hunter–gatherer
peoples could organize the construction of such a complex site as far back as the 10th or 11th
millennium BC not only revolutionizes our understanding of hunter-gatherer culture but poses a
serious challenge to the conventional view of the rise of  civilization .