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Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey holidays

A classic in its own right. Turkey’s cities pour with history, its coastlines dazzle under the sun and its culture always shines proudly – it epitomises everything that is right about a great destination.

The ease with which one can reach Turkey is remarkable, with daily flights to and from almost every UK airport into all the main towns of Turkey.

In Istanbul, at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, the familiar and the exotic sit comfortably side by side; but travel further east and the culture and atmosphere become more obviously Central Asian.

Experiences

Choose from our collection of curated experiences that will help us to create a bespoke and memorable journey for you.

2020 Nomad Games

Dubbed the Olympics for nomads, the 4th World Nomad Games will be held in Bursa, located two and half hours from Istanbul.

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The Fairy Chimneys

Hike through the dramatic Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia.

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Board a Traditional Gulet

Access remote coves and bays, unreachable by the masses, onboard a traditional gulet.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take to the air in a hot air balloon to view the magical lunar landscapes of Cappadocia.

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Çatalhöyük

Visit Çatalhöyük one of the oldest towns in the world, a fascinating Neolithic site.

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Mount Nemrut

Climb Mount Nemrut at sunrise and marvel at the colossal stone heads of Antiochus.

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Mardin

Soak up the history of Mardin, blending a fascinating mixture of different religions and influences.

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Ani Ruins

Lose yourself among the ruins of Ani, once the stately Armenian capital.

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Sample Baklava

Indulge in delicious Baklava in Gaziantep.

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Self-Drive the Mediterranean Coast

Hire a car for real freedom to explore the dramatic mountains, stunning beaches, cosmopolitan ports and rustic villages.

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Our experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

Goreme Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey
Duden Waterfall, Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey
Nemrut Dagi, Turkey
Nemrut Dagi, Turkey
Pamakkule, Turkey
Turkey
Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Hot Air Balloons, Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey
Turkish Gulet, Turkey
Turkey

Why we like Turkey

Turkey is a vast and diverse country with vibrant cities, historical sites, mile upon mile of pretty coastline, incredible scenery and magical landscapes, like those found at Cappadocia. Delicious food, warm, welcoming people and an efficient infrastructure which makes travelling around Turkey effortless are all waiting.

Amasra, Turkey
Turkey
Istanbul Bosphorus Bridge, Turkey
Istanbul Bosphorus Bridge, Turkey
Fethiye Coast, Turkey
Datca Peninsula, Turkey
Bodrum, Turkey
Turkey

What to expect on your holiday to Turkey

There are two distinct sides to Turkey. There is the southern coastline crammed with cheap hotels catering to mass package tours and cheap flights, and then there is the rest of the country. We can help you choose the south coast-based hotels with care. Admittedly, there are points where the two meet, but for the most part, it is possible to travel around Turkey without encountering crowds of foreigners.

Sunset, Ephesus, Turkey
Ephesus, Turkey
Pamakkule, Turkey
Turkey
Aegean Sea, Turkey
Aegean Sea, Turkey
Fethiye Coast, Turkey
Datca Peninsula, Turkey

Some ideas for a Turkey holiday

  • Spend a week cruising the Aegean coast in a luxurious gulet, a wide-beamed traditional sailing/motor yacht.
  • In Cappadocia, visit underground towns that housed over 3,000 people and stay in stylish hotels with bedrooms cut into rock.
  • Istanbul is the filament between east and west – there’s not enough space here to extol its wonders. Don’t miss it.
  • Journey through eastern Turkey and visit Gobekli Tepe, the recently excavated 9,000-year-old temple that has rewritten the history books.
  • Attend the Sufi, or Whirling Dervish festival in Konya, in December.
  • Transport yourself back to Roman times as you stroll around the ancient city of Ephesus.
  • Climb Mount Nemrut at sunrise and marvel at the colossal stone heads of Antiochus.

Explore Turkey

  • Aegean Coast
  • Black Sea Coast
  • Cappadocia
  • Istanbul
  • Eastern Turkey
  • Mediterranean Coast

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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The early morning balloon trip was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip, but a trip of so many lovely and varied highlights. The wine tasting was such a lovely surprise and what a great region for wines. Thank you for arranging this. We look forward to our next adventure with Steppes!

Turkey

Guides knowledge excellent and he left no stone unturned! The driver was excellent. Between them, they made our holiday.

Eastern Turkey

Frequently asked questions about Turkey

Is it okay to visit Turkey during Ramadan?

Yes. Turkey is a great place to visit during Ramadan as you get a greater insight into the Muslim culture along with a shed load of local festivities. Be prepared for coming across a few difficulties getting hold of alcohol in restaurants but this should not be a problem in your hotels.

How can I avoid the crowds when visiting Cappadocia?

If you do not mind colder temperatures and potentially a snowy landscape, then the winter months are a great time to visit Cappadocia. Cappadocia is a must during a visit to Turkey, and hot air balloons take flight all year round. Imagine this otherworldly landscape in a winter blanket of white. Incredibly Instagramable.

What are the quality of hotels like in Turkey?

Hotel standards vary greatly between Eastern and Western Turkey.  Hotels in the east are clean and comfortable but simple, and usually business style. Cappadocia is an exception with boutique cave hotels in a unique setting. The coastal regions on the Aegean Sea, and the western capital of Istanbul have an impressive offering of accommodations with Bodrum and Istanbul home to the Mandarin Oriental, Kempinski Hotels and LUX, Six Senses and Four Seasons.

Do I need a visa to enter Turkey?

Yes, you will need to obtain an e-visa prior to arriving in-country. The link to use is https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.  The visa is valid for entry into Turkey within 180 days from the day you apply online. You cannot exceed a stay of 90 days. It is a multiple entry visa and the charge is USD35.

If you are a UK citizen you may still obtain a visa on arrival. You will be required to pay for this in hard cash in USD.

Is the food safe to eat?

Like any country when you travel, we always suggest eating at busy places which are popular with the locals and where the food is fresh. Avoid buffets and food which is not freshly prepared.

Is there anything I need to know before arriving?

It is compulsory for everyone in Turkey, local and tourist, to carry photo ID with them at all times. Make sure you have a photocopy of your passport before departing.

Is Turkey safe?

Please refer to the current FCO guidelines regarding travel to Turkey. There are a few restrictions still in place for the southeastern reaches of the country but by and large travel to the country is trouble-free. As a tourist destination, Turkey is safe to travel around. When visiting the bazaars and crowded places, we always recommend caution and keeping an eye on your belongings, as with any destination, and leaving valuables at home.

What should I see during my stay?

Being such a diverse country with a wealth of history, Turkey has lots for visitors to see and do. Highlights include a visit to the mesmerising Blue Mosque, which dominates the Istanbul skyline, and inside is an oasis of tranquillity amongst the buzzing city outside. Those wanting to leave the hubbub behind should travel to Cappadocia, where they will be met by an ethereal lunar landscape and villages carved into the rock. Here it is possible to take a balloon ride as the sun rises over the valleys and canyons of this remarkable scenery.

Can I drink alcohol?

Alcohol is widely available in Turkey, especially in the larger cities and tourist areas. Local spirits such as ‘Raki’ are hugely popular among locals, and should be tried during a visit.

Can I drink alcohol?

Alcohol is widely available in Turkey, especially in the larger cities and tourist areas. Local spirits such as ‘Raki’ are hugely popular among locals and should be tried during a visit.

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