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Turkey holidays

Turkey’s cities pour with history, its coastlines dazzle under the sun and its culture always shines proudly

Turkey is a vast and diverse country with vibrant cities, historical sites, mile upon mile of pretty coastline, incredible scenery and magical landscapes. Istanbul is 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.

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 tourists.

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.
  • 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.

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Browse our Turkey holiday ideas.

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.

Experiences

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

Knidos Ruins

Explore the Datça peninsula with its pretty harbour town and ancient ruins at Knidos.

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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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Explore Turkey

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

Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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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.

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.

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Charlotte Lawton

My strong sense of belonging in Asia stemmed from a childhood in Hong Kong and Nepal. My Grandmother was born in a tent in India. Some of my clearest memories are of walking through a dense, tropical jungle while hailstones the size of cricket balls rained down on us; of being carried on my father’s shoulders as we trekked through the Himalayas; my mother wearing flipflops on a snowy mountainside; and me falling into Dal Lake in Srinagar as we disembarked from our houseboat. 

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Turkey

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