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Turkey Holidays

With cosmopolitan cities, traditional caravan towns, jagged mountains and a coastline bordering three seas, Turkey is a melting pot of cultures. Istanbul, straddling Europe and Asia, is one of the world's great cities whilst the western Aegean coastline passes some of the most iconic classical sites of the Mediterranean with Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus giving way to pretty seaside towns and villages. Central Turkey is best known for the unique natural rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia or head towards the Black Sea to explore the beautiful Ottoman town of Safranbolu. To the east, the Plains of Mesopotamia are relatively unknown and little-visited with the iconic statues of Mt Nemrut, Akdamar Island on Lake Van and snow-capped Mount Ararat particular highlights. We have over 35 years experience in planning tailor-made holidays and tours to Turkey.

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Places to visit in Turkey

Perfect for a city break, or as part of a longer tour, Istanbul in Northern Turkey is a cultural gem. The ancient district of Sultanhamet is a highlight with its quaint cobbled streets, impressive mosques, imperial palaces and vibrant markets including the atmospheric Grand Bazaar. Travel to Cappadocia in Central Turkey home to fascinating underground cities, extraordinary rock formations and ancient cave systems. For those interested in classical history, follow the Aegean Coast to Izmir visiting the ruins of Troy, the beautiful village of Assos, ancient Pergamon and the city of Ephesus with its exceptionally well-preserved Greek and Roman remains. From the Black Sea coast spent time exploring the region’s Ottoman heritage in Amasya, Kastamonu and Safranbolu or relax beside the azure seas of Turkey’s southern Mediterranean Coast.


When to Visit turkey

Turkey is a large country so there is some variation in climate. In general, the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts tend to enjoy dry summers, with average peak temperatures consistently hitting the mid-30s. High summer can be even hotter in these coastal areas but after this the weather then becomes mild throughout autumn. Istanbul enjoys similarly hot summers, as well as a temperate spring and autumn, however, winters can be surprisingly wet and chilly with even the occasional light snowfall. The Black Sea coast to the east has fairly mild weather throughout the year but if you travel into the Anatolian heartland expect more extreme weather – particularly on higher ground.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

flag of Turkey Capital: Ankara

Main Language: Turkish

Time Zone: GMT + 2

Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)

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Accommodation in Turkey

There is an excellent wide range of hotel accommodation in Turkey from luxurious heritage properties and modern international resorts to quaint homestays and boutique hotels. Sultanahmet, the ancient and cultural heart of Istanbul, is home to some of the city’s finest properties, many of which are historic, whilst in the areas of Beyoglu, Taksim and Ortakoy there are many international luxury hotels. South of Istanbul, the beautiful Aegean coastline shelters a number of charming small hotels and characterful homestays with the amount of luxury resorts increasing as you reach the Mediterranean. With its ethereal landscape, Cappadocia has its own unique accommodation and it is possible to stay in a ‘cave hotel’ making for a unique and memorable experience.

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