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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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Special offers in Turkey

Jerusalem. Israel

Israel & the Mediterranean on Celebrity Apex

13-day ocean cruise from £2,210 pp incl. flights

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Contrast the UNESCO-listed gems of Rome and Athens with the religious sites of Israel's Holy Land on this in-depth exploration of some of Europe's most ancient and historically important cities.

Top itineraries in Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Italy, Turkey & Greece on Celebrity Beyond

12-day luxury ocean cruise from £2,930 pp incl. flights

Discover some of the eastern Mediterranean’s most iconic ports in style, sailing between Rome, Sicily, the Greek Islands and Istanbul aboard Celebrity Beyond.

Split, Croatia

Verona Opera & treasures of the Adriatic on Seven Seas Explorer

11-day tailor-made cruise holiday from £5,405 pp incl. flights

Enjoy the spectacle of Bizet's Carmen at the world-famous Arena di Verona, before cruising from Trieste to Athens aboard Regent's Seven Seas Explorer, visiting historic ports in Croatia, Greece, Montenegro and Turkey.

sunset over whitewashed houses overlooking the sea.

Treasures of the Adriatic on Seven Seas Explorer

8-day luxury ocean cruise from £5,555 pp incl. flights

Cruise from Trieste to Athens aboard Regent's luxury ship - Seven Seas Explorer. Visit historic ports in Croatia, Greece, Montenegro and Turkey as you explore the old city walls, quaint local shops and fantastic seafood along the way.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Athens to Rome on Seven Seas Grandeur

11-day ocean cruise from £6,965 pp incl. flights

Enjoy an in-depth appreciation of Turkey, Greece, Malta and Italy's most historic cities and beautiful coastlines on Regent's brand-new, luxury ship – Seven Seas Grandeur.

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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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  • I really appreciate the sensitive and immediate way that Wexas helped with the necessary itinerary changes resulting from my father-in-law's funeral. Thank you for helping.

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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

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.

Bodrum EDITION Hotel

The Bodrum EDITION, Bodrum, Turkey

4-night luxury holiday from £2,095 pp incl. flights & transfers

Located on the Turkish Riviera on the beautiful Bodrum Peninsula with beachfront views of the Aegean Sea,

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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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    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.

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    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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