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Turkey tailor-made holidays


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.

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.


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Flying time from UK
4 hours

Time zone
GMT +2

New Turkish Lira (YTL) 1 YTL = 100 New Kuru (YKr)


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Top itineraries in Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London–Istanbul

9-day luxury rail journey from £18,030 pp incl. flights

Each year, the Orient Express takes an exclusive few on its original route, enjoying luxury stays and curated tours in France, Hungary and Romania.

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Istanbul Explorer

7-day tailor-made city break from £1,780 pp incl. flights

Istanbul, long the bridge between Europe and Asia. This short break will see you explore the city in the company of an expert private guide. Highlights include the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, the food-lovers' district of Beyoglu, and the Grand Bazaar, some of the true gems of Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Splendours of Turkey

11-day tailor-made holiday from £1,665 pp incl. flights

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

Morning ballooning Cappadocia

Istanbul & Cappadocia

8-day tailor-made from £1,820 pp incl. flights

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 sun-drenched Mediterranean coast on this superb 11-day tailor-made holiday.

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What our clients say about our Turkey holidays

  • Thank you for making my first trip overseas so stress free. From my first contact with you I have been impressed by your care and attention to detail. The interest you took in my suggestions as to my itinerary and the way you turned them into reality was impressive. The hotels you suggested were first class and the help and care of your local agent was reassuring. My trip was enhanced beyond my expectations by the local guides supplied. Both were sympathetic to my age and abilities. What could have been a bland sightseeing tour was turned into a vibrant and interesting tour of both Istanbul and Ephesus. The Ephesus guide was passionate about his subject and the trouble he took to explain the site was spellbinding. I have no hesitation in using your services again in the future.

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Top places to stay in Turkey

Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey

Historic hotel

Stay in a 19th-century Ottoman palace on the shores of the Bosphorus River, enjoying all the requisite luxuries. Think fine-dining restaurants, elegant rooms and superb spa facilities.

Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul

Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul, Turkey

Historic hotel

Located in the prosperous Sariyer district of Istanbul’s European side, famous for its “Pearls of Bosphorus” waterfront properties.

Pera Palace Hotel 1892, Istanbul

Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand & elegant hotel

A genuine slice of old-world luxury in bustling Istanbul, Turkey, this grand old icon has played host to everyone from Hemingway and Hitchcock to Agatha Christie. Today, guests can enjoy its timeless elegance alongside a luxury spa and some of the city's best dining.

Airshooting, D-Hotel Maris

D-Maris Bay, Turkey

7-night luxury holiday from £1,340 pp incl. flights & transfers

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 one of the most breathtaking locations imaginable.

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Where to go in Turkey

Mediterranean Turkey

Mediterranean Turkey is a less developed version of the Turquoise Coast. For those who bypass the busy tourist regions of Antalya and Ölüdeniz, this is one of the most unspoilt coastal stretches in Turkey. The sweep of the Taurus Mountains hovers above the sea line, fringed by golden sands.

Turquoise Coast

Giving onto the Mediterranean Sea, the Turquoise Coast takes its name from the stunning hues of its seascapes. Here you will find some of the most idyllic beaches in the world, including the iconic white-sand beaches at Ölüdeniz. This abundance of natural beauty has long established the area as the…

Black Sea Coast

The Black Sea is a spot famous for bathing because of its low salinity, caused by the constant flow of fresh water from rain-swollen rivers and run-off from the region's verdant mountain slopes. This unusually wet weather has helped stem the influx of mass tourism to this region, making this one of…

Marmara Region

The Marmara Region marks the joining of Europe and Asia and is home to Istanbul, the only city in the world to span continental boundaries. The most developed region in Turkey, this is the land of the Grand bazaar, where all that is traditionally Turkish comes together in one loud frenetic collisio…

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When to go to Turkey

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 …

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Turkey articles

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    The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – a cabin guide

    Don't know your twin cabins from your grand suites? Product manager Andy Austen takes a closer look at the different cabin types on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to make sure you select the one that’s right for you.

  • Middle East Souks

    9 of the Best Souks & Markets in the Middle East and Africa

    For many visitors to the Middle East and North Africa, it's the local markets that provide the real attraction (or distraction, depending on how you see it). From Istanbul's Golden Horn to the shores of the Gulf and beyond, here's a selection of the best.

  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    As one of our favourite rail journeys, we’re a little protective over the Orient Express. So, take a look at the trailer for its latest film adaptation with us and see if its all-star cast lives up to expectations.

  • Top 5 spring-time breaks

    Looking for an injection of sun, cultural invigoration or striking landscapes this spring? Then take a look at our top 5 suggestions for a spring-time escape around the world. Highlights include new ways to discover India's Golden Triangle, a journey through Turkey's Byzantine past, the chance to s…

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