Turkey

Located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Turkey has an intoxicating culture and heritage that dates back millennia.

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Whilst its beating heart is undoubtedly Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), further afield is a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered by visitors.

A trip to Istanbul is like travelling through time with the Old City awash with the distinct influences of its different ruling empires – from the Byzantine Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, to the opulent Ottoman Topkapi Palace. And as the city expands, so new districts are emerging to showcase all that the country’s contemporary culture has to offer.

But there are plenty of Turkish delights further afield. The country has over 8,000km of coastline where sparklingly clear turquoise water meets pristine white sandy beaches and picturesque ports, including UNESCO world heritage site Mount Nemrut, the Roman town of Ephesus, Pamukkale terraces, ancient settlements of Aspendos and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus at Bodrum, which is recognised as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Less well-known, but no less spectacular, is the country’s acres of forests and parkland, which is ripe for exploring, particularly outside of the scorching summer months. Add to this its mouth-watering cuisine, spiced to perfection with influences inspired by the Ottoman era, and you have the recipe for the perfect trip.

Create your own tour!

We are 100% flexible and can adapt each tour to suit you

From short city or beach breaks to longer stays, we would be delighted to share our local knowledge with you and curate the perfect holiday that combines Colombia's best-known attractions with lesser known treasures that are slightly more off the beaten track. Here are a few sample tour itineraries to get you inspired.

Itineraries

Seven Churches of Revelation

7 nights
Tour Highlights

Izmir

Thyatira and Pergamum

Smyrna, Sardis and Philadelphia

Pamukkale, Laodicea and Collossea

Kusadasi and Ephesus

Istanbul

Istanbul & The Aegean

7 nights
Tour Highlights

Istanbul

Canakkale & Troy

Pergamum & Izmir

Pamukkale

Aphrodisias

Selcuk & Ephesus

Kusadasi

Turkey at a glance

Language

Turkish

Time Difference

GMT +3

Currency

Turkish Lira (TRY)

Flight duration

London – Istanbul: 3 hours 40 minutes

Read

My Name is Red by Orphan Pamuk

Strolling Through Istanbul by Hilary Sumner-Boyd & John Freely

Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières

Listen

Tarkan

The Tasksim Trio

Eat

Traditional Turkish Delight

Kofte

Borek

 

Drink

Turkish coffee

Raki

Salep

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Holidays designed completely to your vision, interests and budget.

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Special perks: extra baggage allowance; longer deposit times; flexible booking conditions; loyalty card.