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Turkey holidays tailor-made

Straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey provides a bridge between cultures and continents. Secular and Westernised, it's still possible to get a flavour of traditional Turkey by stopping for tea at a street market or being scrubbed and massaged in a hamam steam bath. [See Turkey holidays tailor-made itinerary ideas]

Istanbul is the exotic hub where East meets West and ancient collides with modern. Formerly called Constantinople, this vibrant, evolving city straddles the Bosphorus and is Turkey's modern face. Yet it is also home to architectural wonders such as Aya Sofia, a cathedral built by the Romans and converted into a mosque by the conquering Ottomans. It features an enormous dome and some stunning Byzantine mosaics. Make sure to also see the Topkapi Palace, admire the minarets of the Blue Mosque and browse the intoxicating Grand Bazaar.

Go in search of archaeological sites and ruins at Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in the region, travel to Pergamum to see the Acropolis and Asclepion or watch sunrise over the enormous sculpted heads lying on the mountain top at Nemrut Dagi. Tour the Gallipoli Peninsula to see the poignant Anzac battlefields, trek into the Kackar Mountains to see Sumela monastery clinging to a rockface or explore the ruins of the Ishak Pasa Palace as the sunsets over Mt Ararat.

Elsewhere, Cappadocia has an unusual landscape of surreal rock formations. Capped pinnacles and jutting ravines hide dwellings hewn from the rock and are the remains of a semi-troglodyte population, which can best be appreciated from a hot air balloon. Elsewhere, in East Anatolia, the landscape is a mixture of red ochre plateaux, forests, waterfalls and green pastures whilst the peak of Mount Agri is permanently snow-capped.

The Turquoise Coast is a beautiful stretch of shore; drift along it and explore the archipelago of islands that lie close by on board a gullet or traditional sailing craft. Weigh anchor in secluded bays to explore historic sites or snorkel in clear waters. Ports such as Fethiye are perfect places to pick up a boat. Alternatively, walk sections of the Lycian Way to appreciate the rugged beauty of this region.

Wexas Travel brochure for Turkey holidays tailor-made

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Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.


When to go

The climate in Turkey depends on the proximity to the coast. The coastal regions experience mild winters and warm, dry summers, whereas inland temperatures vary wildly, especially towards the eastern end of the country, where winters see heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures and summers bring oven-like conditions, with temperatures reaching the mid-40s.

The pleasant summer temperatures along the coast attract big holiday crowds. Spring and autumn can be the best seasons for visiting Turkey, when temperatures don't make sightseeing quite so exhausting (or, during periods of heavy snowfall and intense cold, near-impossible) and coastal resorts are a little quieter.

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Essential Experiences

We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.


Practical Information

Capital - Ankara

Size - 783,562 sq km

Language - Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages

Population - 80 million

Religion - Muslim (>99%)

Currency - Turkish lira

Time zone - GMT +2

Flight time from the UK - 4hrs

Festivals

January - Camel wrestling festival, Selçuk

April - Istanbul film festival

JuneAspendos international opera and ballet festival

June - Kirkpinar, annual Turkish oil-wrestling tournament, held since the 1300s.

July - Istanbul international music festival

August - Taskopru culture and garlic festival

October - Büyükçekmece international culture and art festival

December - Mevlâna festival, festival of whirling dervishes in Konya

Visas

Please note that entry requirements and visa regulations can change often and at short notice. We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip and this information may be included after the itinerary section of your quotation. Your specific passport and visa requirements and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Please call your WEXAS specialist if you wish to discuss entry requirements.

Passport requirements

Passports must be valid for a minimum of six months and have at least three months validity from the date you leave Turkey.

Money

The Turkish lira is the official currency of Turkey. Coins come in denominations of 5kr (kurus), 10kr, 25kr, 50kr and 1-lira; notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200-lira.

The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and Mastercard. A surcharge is sometimes added to the cost of a purchase. This can be 5% or 10% of the overall price. There are ATMs throughout Turkey, many with instructions in English. There's likely to be a small charge for foreign transactions, though exchange rates at ATMs are generally as good as you'll find anywhere else.

Be sure to notify your bank of your travels to avoid them from blocking your card when an international transaction is made.

Regions [7]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in Turkey holidays tailor-made, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.


Itinerary ideas [42]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Turkey holidays tailor-made. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.

Park Hyatt Istanbul

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Short break

Amid the fashionable Nisantasi district in Sisli with its upscale designer stores and trendy bars and restaurants you’ll find Park Hyatt Istanbul.

Istanbul, Cappadocia & Old Antalya

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Beach City History & culture

Discover the mesmerising sights and sounds of Istanbul, the dramatic landscape and rich history of Cappadocia and the gorgeous beaches of Antalya on Turkey's …

Turkey - a private tour Western Anatolia

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Food & wine History & culture Natural world

Soak up the unique landcapes and heritage of Turkey's Western Anatolia region in this 12-day private tour.

Gulf of Hisaronu luxury gulet cruise

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Beach Exploration cruise History & culture

It's hard to imagine a more relaxing ways to travel than by luxury gulet - the traditional wooden yachts found along Turkey's beautiful southern coast.

Best of Istanbul and Bodrum

From £1,550 pp incl. flights
Beach City History & culture

Straddling the deep blue waters of the Bosphorus, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the ancient city of Istanbul is one of the world's truly great travel …

Jewels of Persia

From £8,695 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Escorted tour

Jewels of Persia is a spectacular luxury rail journey, offering a unique chance to travel overland through Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, before …

Turkey - Luxury Gulet Cruising

From £899 pp incl. flights
Beach History & culture Luxury travel

Join this fantastic seven-night cruise aboard a beautifully crafted, traditional wooden Turkish motor-yacht. Known as gulet’s, these wonderful vessels have a …

Ancient Turkey and the Cotton Castle

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City Escorted tour History & culture

Discover Turkey's most important ancient sites on this enthralling nine-day guided tour, staying in four-star accommodation throughout.

Tailor-made Turkey

From £2,360 pp incl. flights
Beach City History & culture

Situated at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey is a fascinating, diverse and beautiful country, blessed with a rich history, dramatic landscapes and …

The 4* Ottoman Residence

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It is currently 33ºC and sunny at the Ottoman Residence Hotel : a beautifully designed hotel in an idyllic riverfront setting & with wonderful views of Akyaka. …

London to Istanbul by Rail

From £3,149 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Travel across Europe by train, explore tiny villages and big capital cities, soak in gorgeous Alpine scenery from the window of the Glacier Express, sample …

Absolute Turkey

From £999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Discover historic cities and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, marvel at the extraordinary scenery of Cappadocia, enjoy dinner in a local family home, relax …

The Best of Turkey

From £599 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Explore ancient historic cities, overnight in a converted Ottoman mansion, discover ancient Roman ruins and amazing natural scenery, taste delicious local …

Turquoise Coast Ride

From £849 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Ride Turkey's rugged coastal roads

ANZAC Day Memorial Tour

From £149 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Witness the moving dawn service and accompanying memorials, explore the ancient city of Troy

Turquoise Coast Adventure

From £799 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Family

Enjoy a range of different activities on Turkey's spectacular Turquoise Coast

Eastern Turkey Adventure

From £699 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Explore ancient mud brick cities, bargain in bazaars, taste regional specialties, visit the mysterious stone heads of Mount Nemrut

Lycian Activity Week

From £749 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings

Absolute Turkey: Winter

From £949 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Discover historic cities and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, marvel at the extraordinary scenery of Cappadocia, enjoy dinner in a local family home, meet …

Highlights of Turkey

From £1,179 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Visit some of Western civilisation's most iconic sites in Turkey

Turkey Active Adventure

From £999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Sports & activities

Ride around the valleys of Cappadocia on horseback, enjoy local hospitality in remote villages, go sea kayaking in spectacular coves, cycle from the mountains …

Taurus Mountains Trek

From £899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Explore a rarely visited part of Turkish wilderness

Lycian Way Trekking

From £499 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Sports & activities

Trek the famous Lycian Way, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the inspiring views, stay in local beach huts along the stunning coastline, visit Turkish …

Walking in Cappadocia

From £1,069 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Trek through Turkey's amazing rock formations in Cappadocia

Budapest to Istanbul by Rail

From £1,199 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Discover the rich and varied culture of Eastern Europe, visit 'Dracula's Castle' and charming Slavic villages, explore the spectacular cities of Budapest and …

Sailing Turkey - Fethiye to Bodrum

From £1,199 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Family History & culture

Discover tiny villages and secluded islands with deserted beaches, swim in clear turquoise waters, learn to sail a catamaran, hike through ancient ruins, marvel …

Walking the Lycian Way

From £799 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Explore monuments of Turkey's cultural heritage

Sailing Turkey - Bodrum to Fethiye

From £1,199 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Family History & culture

Discover tiny villages along the Turkish coastline, secluded islands and deserted beaches, swim in clear turquoise waters, learn to sail on a state-of-the-art …

Walking the Turquoise Coast

From £679 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Enjoy glorious Turkish coastline and varied trails

Ultimate Turkey

From £1,649 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Relaxation

Dine in a local family home and taste regional delicacies, relax on an overnight boat trip, explore ancient ruins and bargain in bazaars, watch the sunset over …

Aegean Coast & Lakes Ride

From £929 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Explore Turkey's coast, lakes, ruins and villages

Taste of Turkey

From £929 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Relaxation

Explore ancient ruins with a local expert guide, visit rural villages and taste local wine, walk through the surreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, balance the …

Turkish Winter Wilderness

From £899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Winter

Snowshoe and walk through Turkey's most magical regions

Turkey On A Budget

From £749 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture

Discover historic cities and extraordinary scenery, get cultured in local villages, relax on an overnight boat trip, explore the bustling streets of Istanbul.

Kayaking on the Turquoise Coast

From £899 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Explore the beautiful Turkish Turquoise Coast

Turkey Explorer

From £1,449 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Relaxation

Discover historic cities and ancient Roman ruins, enjoy dinner in a traditional family home and sample local treats, relax on a boat excursion on turquoise …

Turkey Diving Week

From £999 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour

Underwater adventures on the Turquoise Coast

Places to stay [15]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Turkey holidays tailor-made. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Turkey holidays tailor-made, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.

Hotel Levni, Istanbul

Location is the key to this modern property, just a five-minute stroll from the walls of Istanbul's old town as well as being well positioned for the nearby …

Rhapsody Hotel, Kalkan, Turkey

With stunning views over Kalkan, this is a unique property set in a hillside location, close to the resort centre. The Rhapsody Hotel is perfect for couples …

Ottoman Residence, Akyaka, Turkey

Beach

A charming and rustic hotel situated in an idyllic riverfront setting. This traditional Mugla style property has just 39 rooms and is perfect for those seeking …

Hilton Bodrum Turkbuku Resort and Spa, Turkey

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Beach Family History & culture

Located on the northern tip of the beautiful Bodrum Peninsula with views of the Aegean Sea, Hilton Bodrum Turkbuku Resort & Spa offers luxury beachfront …

Gloria Golf Resort, Turkey

£££££
Beach Family Golf

Located near the small town of Belek on Turkey's spectacular Mediterranean coast and set between two 18-hole championship golf courses and a nine-hole academy …

The Yacht Classic Hotel, Fethiye, Turkey

Beach

The Yacht Classic Hotel is a contemporary boutique hotel located next to the marina in Fethiye, just a short walk from the many shops, bars and restaurants.

Likya Residence Hotel & Spa, Kalkan

Beach

Likya Residence Hotel and Spa is a boutique adults-only hotel. Sitting with its toes in the Mediterranean, Boasting some of the largest rooms in Kalkan the …

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Bodrum

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Beach Family Relaxation

Overlooking pristine Barbaros Bay, the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is within easy reach of central Bodrum and its vibrant nightlife and an easy journey from …

D-Hotel Maris, Turkey

Beach Spa

Set high up on a hillside on Turkey's stunning Datça Peninsula where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea, D-Hotel Maris offers exclusive accommodation in …

Mediterranean Offers

Holidaying in the sun-drenched Mediterranean has never been more appealing, with an incredible diversity of destinations, cultures and cuisine, along with a …

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