Turkey tours give an in-depth exploration of the country's rich culture and heritage. Turkey showcases a mixture of European, Asian and Middle Eastern influences and its intriguing history is derived from the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Explore the capital, Istanbul, with its Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Hagia Sofia, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Troy and see the ancient ruins of Ephesus.
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- 7 Nights - Izmir to Istanbul
- Fly Tour from £829
A city of great diversity, Istanbul is a combination of tree-lined boulevards, cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants set against a backdrop where little has changed for centuries. High-class jewellery and fashion shops jostle with hawkers selling freshly prepared food, shoe-shine boys and the largest covered bazaar in the world.
- 7 Nights - Istanbul and Back
- Fly Tour from £1,249
World-famous monuments, delicious cuisine and intriguing history combine to make Turkey a traveller's dream come true. We'll discover the top highlights and immerse in culture on this fascinating tour.
- 12 Nights - Ankara to Istanbul
- Fly Tour from £1,499
Turkey is an intriguing country with a unique identity straddling both Europe and Asia. In a place where familiarity merges with the exotic, we find a magical blend of the ancient, Christian and Ottoman worlds. One of the greatest pleasures of visiting this diverse country is to meet the Turks themselves, a wonderfully, welcoming people with a well-deserved reputation for friendliness.
- 14 Nights - Athens and Back
- Cruise Only from £3,841
Discover the treasures of some of the world's most ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean as you explore history through archaeology, religion and culture on a 7-day, multi-continent cruise.
Tours to Turkey can combine relaxing stays along the Aegean or Mediterranean coasts with visits to dynamic cities and enthralling ancient towns. It is a destination with so much to offer and these tours are the best way to experience the real Turkey. The country’s intriguing history has derived from a chain of figures and empires including the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans who have left their stamp on the country in the form of world-famous ruins and ancient monuments.
Many of these fascinating historical remnants can be seen at the array of fantastic archaeology sites such as Troy and Ephesus, Gaziantep and Hattusa. Even the dynamic city of Istanbul with its modern persona and trendy bars, prides itself on its historical significance and cultural charm.
Turkey’s impressive landscape ranges from glorious coastlines dotted with beaches to outstanding rock formations and cityscapes with astonishing architecture. Whether you are hot air ballooning over the cave towns of Cappadocia, trekking in the alpine pastures of the Kaçkar Mountains, relaxing in Pamukkale’s thermal baths or lounging on a Mediterranean beach, it is almost impossible not to admire Turkey’s varied yet beautifully dramatic landscape.
The diversity of heritage across Turkey means that the culture and traditions vary immensely from one region to another. Turkish, Arabic, and European cultures are noticeably prominent but other cultures have also been intertwined throughout history, including Greek, Armenian and Georgian. One thing that all Turk’s have in common is the love of celebration. Special events and celebratory occasions are very popular throughout the country and Turkey’s people know how to have a good time.
The people of Turkey are incredibly hospitable, they love to help and will always show generosity to their guests. The locals also boast fantastic cooking skills and have a talent for creating delicious dishes. Turkey’s rich cuisine draws influences from Europe and Asia meaning each region offers different specialities. For example, in one region the dishes may be centred around fresh fish and vegetables whereas another region may rustle up hearty dishes of meat kebabs and dough-based desserts. The Turkish art of cooking has a deep-rooted past and the Turkish people are known to be passionate about their food.
Highlights of Turkey
The Istanbul spans across both European and the Asian continent and is one of the world’s greatest cities with an intoxicating mix of mix of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences. The city boasts dazzling historical and cultural buildings, including the minaret-studded Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia cathedral with its magnificent mosaics. One of the main highlights in Istanbul is Topkapi Palace which served as the main residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years museums. Perhaps visit the city’s Ottoman bathhouses, explore the array of museums, hit the rooftop bars and try delicious seafood in the trendy restaurants.
The region of Cappadocia is somewhat surreal with its astonishing landscapes and manmade marvels. Cappadocia’s otherworldly terrain boasts striking rock formations, deep canyons and fairy chimneys which were formed from volcanic rock that has been eroded by the elements over millions of years. The Göreme National Park and open-air museum is a must-visit displaying fascinating examples of underground cities and rock-cut churches which were built by early Christian settlers. In the evening, the sky above Cappadocia is dotted with hot air balloons as people eagerly take in the wonderful views.
The stunning Aegean Coast has an impressive 5,000-year-old history and was the backdrop for Homer’s legendary Greek poem Iliad. The Aegean Coast boasts marvellous cities, charming Old Towns, warm turquoise waters, pristine beaches and plenty of marine life. The vibrant city of Bodrum was once the site of the Halicarnassus mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and has been a much-loved destination since the days of Cleopatra. The picturesque resort of Turgutreis is one of Turkey’s last unspoilt resort with a lovely old village and chilled bars.
Ephesus was built in the 10th century BC and is one of the world’s best surviving Greco-Roman classical cities and Europe’s most complete classical metropolis. 80% of this remarkable city is yet to be unearthed but the magnificent buildings that have been unearthed and preserved remain mainly intact. Visit the Temple of Hadrian, the Great Theatre, which originally entertained 24,000 people; and the Library of Celsus.
Turkey’s popular turquoise coast is a beach paradise and the perfect place to relax with a number of staggeringly beautiful beaches. Away from the sparkling waters and soft sand there are ancient cities such as Xanthos, Tlos and Arykanda perched on top of hills. History lovers can also explore the regions many ancient ruins including the fascinating Lycian rock-face tombs, Roman amphitheatre and ruined mountain fort of Fethiye. Fethiye also has a cobbled old town and wonderful seaside restaurants offering some of the region’s finest seafood.
Located on the Aegean Coast, the town of Pamukkale is best known for the mineral-rich thermal waters which flow down brilliant white travertine terraces. This remarkable natural wonder attracts tourists from far and wide who want to witness the geological phenomenon and even bathe in the picturesque pool filled with warm, mineral rich waters. Pamukkale, which translated to ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish, also boasts the remarkably well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis which lies just above the travertine terraces.
Ankara may not be the most popular city in Turkey but the city has come a long way in recent years and is now the dynamic setting for international affairs. The beauty of Turkey’s capital city is that it is always buzzing with life but it never overcrowded. The atmosphere is refreshingly chilled and there is a vibrant street life with a youthful flair and a flourishing restaurant scene. Ankara is also home to two amazing monuments which are pivotal to Turkey’s history; the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the Anıt Kabir, a magnificent tribute to Atatürk, modern Turkey's founder.