AN IDYL­LIC ODYSSEY

Com­bine the con­ve­nience and com­fort of Turk­ish Air­lines with Aus­tria for a hol­i­day that gives you new ad­ven­tures and ex­pe­ri­ences that linger.

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It's the clas­sic co­nun­drum when plan­ning your hol­i­day – win­ter or sum­mer, snow or sun­shine, glaciers or beaches; how can you make the most of your time? There is, sur­pris­ingly, an easy an­swer to this ques­tion. Fly Turk­ish Air­lines from Jakarta to Is­tan­bul, then on to Salzburg for a hol­i­day that gives you ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly de­sire.

Voted Europe's Best Air­line by Sky­trax in 2016 for the sixth con­sec­u­tive year, Turk­ish Air­lines has di­rect flights from Jakarta to Is­tan­bul, which is a fas­ci­nat­ing des­ti­na­tion in its own right as well as a con­ve­nient hub to 275 other des­ti­na­tions. On your re­turn jour­ney through Is­tan­bul Atatürk Air­port, be sure to leave time to ex­plore the award-win­ning, glob­ally renowned Turk­ish Air­lines de­par­ture lounge. You can while away hours in com­plete com­fort, play pool, im­prove your golf, play the piano, watch a film and the kids can en­joy the great Chil­dren's Zone.

ZELL AM SEE-KAPRUN

Save Salzburg for the jour­ney back and take an easy one-hour drive south to Zell am See-kaprun, a unique year-round glacier, moun­tain, lake des­ti­na­tion. Where else could you can be stand­ing in snow on top of a glacier in the morn­ing and loung­ing

by a lake in the sun in the af­ter­noon? This nat­u­ral par­adise is ideal for ac­tive hol­i­day­mak­ers and fam­i­lies alike, with a di­verse range of Alpine ex­pe­ri­ences.

Per­haps the most un­usual trip in Zell am See-kaprun is to Wer­fen, where the largest ice cave in the world can be found. Mar­vel at the crys­talline beauty of the nat­u­ral ice for­ma­tions, as well as the shim­mer­ing, eerily creak­ing glacier in­side this mas­sive cave that ex­tends 42km deep into the moun­tain. Ac­cess this stunning nat­u­ral won­der from the steep­est gon­dola lift in Aus­tria.

An­other ex­hil­a­rat­ing out­door ad­ven­ture is the Kitzstein­horn glacier tour where you can ex­plore glacial ice, golden ea­gles and end, af­ter three ca­ble trips of up to 3,000m, at the “Top of Salzburg” panoramic plat­form. Skiers may also want to take ad­van­tage of this idyl­lic glacial ski venue.

Mean­while, lake­side, there are fes­ti­vals through­out the sum­mer months, mag­i­cal lake shows in­cor­po­rat­ing wa­ter, lights, mu­sic and lasers, fireworks over the lake, boat trips, shop­ping and all kinds of tra­di­tional and mod­ern cuisines to try, as well as award-win­ning res­tau­rants. Lake Zell it­self has wa­ter so pure that you can drink it.

From hik­ing and moun­taineer­ing, to trail run­ning and cy­cling, to­bog­gan­ing to paraglid­ing, kayak­ing and sail­ing to 36-hole golf, ski­ing and snow­board­ing to the kids' ad­ven­ture world and ski kin­der­garten; there are in­nu­mer­able things to do and ex­plore in Zell am See-kaprun. And if you need a busi­ness-re­lated ex­cuse to visit, the mul­ti­func­tion Ferry Porsche Congress Cen­tre is ideal for con­fer­ences for up to 1,200 peo­ple.

SALZBURG

Fully re­laxed, head north for a few days to Mozart's birth­place, the city of Salzburg, a ver­i­ta­ble trove of his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural at­trac­tions. If you en­joy cy­cling, then take ad­van­tage of the miles of paved cy­cle paths around the city and along the pic­turesque river.

One un­miss­able at­trac­tion is the clifftop Ho­hen­salzburg Fortress. Built in 1077, it has stunning views over the Old Town and the Alps and vis­i­tors can see how roy­alty lived in the royal apart­ments and state rooms.

An­other awe-in­spir­ing lo­ca­tion is St. Peter's Abbey, founded in 696. The Ro­manesque church in the abbey grounds was built from 1130 on­wards and has a dra­matic, clas­sic in­te­rior. Within the abbey grounds is Stiftskeller St. Peter, the old­est restau­rant in Europe, where din­ner con­certs whisk you back to Mozart's time. The menu is based on his­tor­i­cal recipes and Mozart's mu­sic is played by renowned mu­si­cians wear­ing pe­riod cos­tumes and play­ing pe­riod in­stru­ments.

Still on a his­tor­i­cal note, Ge­trei­dgasse is a fab­u­lous me­dieval shop­ping street that sticks to the spirit of the olden days. Watch a black­smith ply his trade, drink some schnapps and en­joy the fas­ci­nat­ing jux­ta­po­si­tion of mod­ern and olden times.

For film buffs, Salzburg is, of course, as­so­ci­ated with the Sound of Mu­sic and there are walk­ing tours that in­clude places like the famed gazebo, the trick foun­tains, the ter­race where Do Re Mi be­gan and many other iconic points of in­ter­est.

Be sure to visit Res­i­denz Square, the city's buzzing hub, to see the tow­er­ing Horse Foun­tain, take in a visit to one of the beer halls, like that at Stiegl brew­ery, which opened in 1492 and don't miss Mirabell Palace and its stunning gar­dens.

There are nu­mer­ous fes­ti­vals in Salzburg, so be sure to check what's on when you plan your trip.

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