Turkey holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

We have 114 Turkey holidays. Straddling Europe and Asia Turkey is a vast country with wildly varied landscapes waiting to be explored. Travel by bike or kayak to get upclose to the beautiful landscapes and have authentic encounters with locals along the way, join facinating cultural and gastronimic tours or just relax on your holiday in Turkey at laid back Cirali beach. All of our Turkey holidays help support local communities and do their bit to protect the the local environment.
Small group tour of Turkey
The perfect introduction to cosmopolitan and memorial Turkey, from £479 - £589 (8 days) ex flights
Family activity holidays in Turkey
Activities, adventure & stunning coastal views, from £950 (8 days) inc UK flights
Cirali villa holiday in Turkey
5 self-catering houses located in an eco-garden in Turkey, from £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Family activity holiday in Turkey
Exciting, active and varied family holiday in Turkey., from £465 - £499 (8 days) ex flights
Lycian activity holiday
High adventure under the Mediterranean sun, from £899 (8 days) inc UK flights
Turkey sailing and photography holiday
Sailing and Photography - Turkey and the Greek Dodecanese, from £1900 (7 days) ex flights
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Luxurious beach bungalows on Cirali's stunning beach front, from £650 - £700 per person per week
Gulet cruises in Turkey
Cruise the sundrenched waters of southern Turkey, from £885 - £921 (8 days) inc UK flights
Yoga Gulet cruise in Turkey
Enjoy Yoga in the blue Aegean on board a traditional Gulet, from £475 (7 days) ex flights
Activity holidays in Turkey
Fun, adventurous multi-activity week in fascinating Turkey, from £465 - £499 (8 days) ex flights
Kayaking in Turkey, Turquoise coast
Some of the best kayaking in Europe, from £929 - £999 (8 days) inc UK flights
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm., from £495 - £550 (7 days)
Turkey small group tour
Discover the wonders of Turkey on this 10 day tour., from £585 - £719 (10 days) ex flights
Gulet cruise in Turkey, gastronomy cruise
Rated One of ‘The World’s Tastiest Cruises’ The Sunday Times, from £2125 (8 days) ex flights
Turkey mountain biking holiday, Turquoise Coast
For the novice & more experienced alike, from £949 (8 days) inc UK flights
Taurus Mountains walking holiday, Turkey
Explore ancient sites on this walk in the Taurus Mountains, from £1095 (9 days) ex flights
Lycian Way walking tour in Turkey
Hike Turkey's coastline, from £799 (8 days) inc UK flights
Istanbul holiday accommodation, Turkey
Holiday apartments with elegance and character in Istanbul, from €90 - €270 per apartment per night
Gulet cruise in Turkey
Relaxed cruising with inland walks and exploration, from £899 (8 days) inc UK flights
Aegean Coast walking holiday in Turkey
Where craggy limestone mountains plunge into azure seas, from £1189 - £1459 (8 days) inc UK flights
Cappadocia walking holiday in Turkey
Trek the unique and fairytale landscape of Cappadocia, from £1049 - £1059 (8 days) inc UK flights
Sea kayaking holiday on the Turquoise coast
Experience the beautiful and remote Turkish Turquoise Coast, from £490 (6 days) ex flights
Self guided walking holiday in Turkey
Enjoy walking the Lycian Way, from £350 - £450 (7 days) ex flights
Ephesus holiday cottages, Turkey
Relax & enjoy rural Turkey from this hillside village, from £125 - £140 per cottage per night
Istanbul self catering apartment, Turkey
A studio flat with unmatched views in Istanbul, from €150 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
Romantic cottage in Turkish village with sea views, from £350 - £450 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Turkey small group holiday, a food adventure
Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Turkey., from £1495 - £1540 (13 days) ex flights
Photography holiday in Turkey
Cave houses of Cappodocia, back streets of Istanbul, from €1750 (7 days) ex flights
Cirali beach holiday, Turkey
Rustic beach chalets just 250m from Cirali's stunning beach, from £570 - £630 (7 days)
Turkey cultural tour & gulet cruise holiday
See Turkey from a traditional gulet!, from £810 (12 days) ex flights

304 reviews for Turkey holidays4 star overall rating

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Activity holidays in Turkey
Booked a one week package of hiking, mountain biking, canyoning and sea and lake kayaking for two adults and two children (10 and 12 year old boys). We all loved it. (more)Martin Short
Excellent!!!! One of the best!! Hotels staff fab and the tour guides were fantastic too. (more)Karren Probyn
Totally wonderful. Would definitely do another holiday again with this op in Turkey....Organisation behind the scenes exemplary - Julie was always at hand on the end of emails answering our questions promptly. (more)Sue Hodnett
From £465 - £499 excluding flights
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
It's a very special place and we had a fabulous holiday - it will be hard to beat. (more)Su Winsbury
Exceptional, unforgettable...The people at the hotel, the peace and solitude of the place, nature (more)Olga Coulton-Shaw
Probably one of the best holidays we have ever had. If you're looking for somewhere to relax, good food, wonderful people, as little or as much to do and see as you like then book now! (more)Kathryn Spalding
From £495 - £550
Family activity holiday in Turkey
Excellent! Probably the best family holiday we have had. Try it for your self! (more)Angelique Crooks
Excellent...the guides could not have been more helpful or accommodating. We had a wonderful time. (more)David Scanlon
It was good to go with a local travel company rather than a group one. We have recommended it to lots of friends. So many good memories and hard to pinpoint anything. The accommodation was lovely and felt like we were staying with an extended family rather than employees. (more)Kate Fox Evans
From £465 - £499 excluding flights
Istanbul holiday accommodation, Turkey
The most exciting part was just being in Istanbul...Brilliant holiday and very personable local contact. (more)Frances Smyth
Istanbul was a great place to stay, with so much to do. The accommodation was in a brilliant location to enjoy both the historic sights and going out. It has been beautifully restored and was perfect for a couple. (more)Eleanor Tomlinson
From €90 - €270 per apartment per night
Kayaking in Turkey, Turquoise coast
This was a fabulous holiday with amazing people. As my first small group holiday, I was a bit unsure about what to expect but as soon as I arrived I felt comfortable and started having fun! Turkey is simply beautiful... (more)Fran Armitage
8-10 (more)Stefania Timanti
Excellent. Each day seem to get better and better. The guide was brilliant and we also had a good bunch of people which helped. (more)Kelvin Bell
From £929 - £999 including UK flights
Turkey adventure holiday
Memorable parts? Cappadocia - the hot air ballooning and the walk through to our new home stay Ortahisar. Tips? Ensure the guide offers competitive prices. I think that the price of the hot air ballooning was potentially double/more than what another group offered but we were "on the spot" with the decision and there was no comparative pricing and the marketing push was that everyone including all the other groups were fully booked. It was a very expensive trip. The cheaper tour... (more)Robyn Chalmers
From £995 - £1195 excluding flights
Self guided walking holiday in Turkey
Memorable parts? Lurkey Turkey! The stand out stay of the menagerie of dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, etc. lurkey was also the not so proud father of approx 9 hatchlings just before we left. The views, the ambience and the rushing streams of water, the locals, the fish restaurants, etc. and the library of books....... Tips? The Lycian way is a couple of very steep Kms away so not really an option unless you have a car. Deborah did offer to drive us and pick us up as she did for our... (more)Trish Wyeth
From £350 - £450 excluding flights
Cirali villa holiday in Turkey
It was a really special holiday! We highly recommend staying with the family and also Cirali as a great destination to relax in and enjoy. (more)Becky Moden
Perfect, couldn't have wished for anything better. There are not many beaches in the world where the only thing you can see from the beach are mountains (more)Louisa Wren
Really lovely, the accommodation was brilliant... The beautiful and serene location. Perfect for relaxing all week long! (more)Holly Roberts
From £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Sea kayaking in Turkey
A brilliant trip. Got to get away from the crowded tourist areas and see the real beauty of Turkey. Really friendly and helpful guides and company owner who helped us with everything we needed and more. (more)Emma Borrows
An excellent guide who was knowledgeable about the environment, sights, history and culture of the region. Engin was able to entertain Adults and children alike with little surprises when energy levels were flagging. (more)Cathy Denney
From £60 - £245 excluding flights
Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
Deborah is a fine host with a wonderful cottage set in a beautiful location abounding with lovely, friendly animals. A perfect getaway and base to explore this stunning part of Lycia. (more)JOHN COLGAN
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the cottage for the first time as it was so much nicer than we had even hoped for! (more)Portia Dunmore
The most memorable part was the accommodation's location. It was great to be up in a little village, very peaceful, away from the pre-season warm up mode of Kalkan and surrounded by locals. (more)Amy Hill
From £350 - £450 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Sea kayaking holiday on the Turquoise coast
Quite an adventure, and requiring a reasonable level of fitness. Fantastic scenery, perfect weather and great swimming and snorkelling opportunities. (more)Alice baverstock
Stunning coastlines and great people; my favourite part was kayaking into this fabulous cave where the light turned the whole cave a beautiful blue colour. (more)Ross Geraghty
We had a fantastic time, loved the kayaking, camping and the scenery. Having a Turkish guide gave us a much better insight to the country, local food and history. (more)Fizz Williams
From £490 excluding flights
Cirali beach holiday, Turkey
One of the main reasons we picked Cirali as our holiday destinations was to see the sea turtles, or as the locals know them, the Caretta...We were honoured to watch the turtle's arduous journey down to the sea, just as the sun was beginning to rise. It was exactly like the natural history documentaries, only without the commentary from David Attenborough! (more)Amy Pickard
Most memorable was sitting in the shade having a fantastic breakfast looking straight out onto the beach in glorious sunshine and swimming with turtles on a day out in a local fisherman's boat (more)Anna Bradley
Brilliant for a honeymoon. Perfect place to relax, enjoy each others company and great food. The sea is great for swimming as it gets deep quickly.... you don't have to wade out for miles! (more)Laura Smith
From £570 - £630
Small group tour of Turkey
We enjoyed the trip. It was well organized. It was a good example of small group travel in an interesting place. The most memorable things were the amazing historical sites and the excellent Turkish food. (more)Barry Singer
Going to Troy, even for too short a time was the most memorable part og the holiday (more)Mary Brown
From £479 - £589 excluding flights
Turkey small group tour
Memorable parts? Cappadocia and balloon flight. Tips? Take euro's and take universal sink plug. Local benefits? Yes we supported local businesses and co-operatives. Overall rating? Excellent for travel but well below average for accommodation. (star ratings not reflected on services). (more)Judith and Alan Hepburn
From £585 - £719 excluding flights
Eastern Europe cultural tour
Memorable parts? Travelling to new countries others have not heard of or still think are in a war zone. Unspoilt, beautiful countryside and towns with people who have not caught up with the greed of tourism. Tips? This trip is full board and your have the company guide who looks after you, then you have a local guide who speaks good English and a driver for each country. The tour is full on with lots to see and do but not much free time if you want to do your own thing. Although... (more)Anne Higgins
From £1379 excluding flights
Turkey cultural tour & gulet cruise holiday
Memorable parts? Istanbul. Tips? Don't expect it all to go to plan. Local benefits? No way of telling. Overall rating? Very good, but the problems experienced by all of our group with hotels was disappointing. (more)Jim Robinson
From £810 excluding flights
Turkey activity holiday
Memorable parts? The canyoning part, definitely. Followed by a night by the river, with BBQ and nice chats. To wake up and enjoy a demanding, yet fun, rafting day. Tips? Appropriate clothing and sport gear as temperatures can be quite high and activities quite challenging. Local benefits? Yes I do, especially due to the local guide who loves his country and his doing his best to protect it against anything (garbage, mass tourism, incivilities...) which may alter it. He knows,... (more)Laurent Dorey
From £540 - £580 excluding flights
Cirali beach self catering wooden chalets, Turkey
Memorable parts? Chimera, and the general feeling in Cirali Tips? Get cash out before you arrive in Cirali Local benefits? Yes, and we appreciated that the room wasn't cleaned every day Overall rating? The best we've ever been on, the memories will last a life time. (more)Sam Mason
From £900 - £1100 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Really excellent...The best thigs were the warm sea. the quiet. the beautiful mountains above the beach. Great food, reading books in the shade. (more)Sarah Gray
The beach, accommodations, food and friendly people were outstanding. (more)Joanne Albright
The absolute peace & tranquillity of the destination was the most memorable part of the holiday..Superb. (more)Doris Monsell
From £650 - £700 per person per week
Lycian way walking holiday
Just amazing and everyone should do this trip!! We arrived home early hours this morning, tired and in love with Turkey. (more)Chris Smith
Superb....The finale - arriving at the ruins of SIDYMA was the most memorable part (more)Geoffrey Crill
From £450 excluding flights
Gulet cruises in Turkey
A very enjoyable holiday - great to be outdoors all the time in the warmth and in the breeze when motoring. Really relaxing as no bother about what to wear - it's your swimmers, or where or what to eat as the choices are all made for you. (more)Jacqueline Hollister
This was a holiday which was active and relaxing all at once. Perfect for teenagers who get bored sitting round a pool, and parents who like to explore but with minimum stress. We loved it. (more)Cherry Noble
It was nice to spend time on the boat with nice people, beautiful bays to swim, good food and some interesting archaeological sites. (more)Arianna Rebeschini
From £885 - £921 including UK flights
Villa holiday in Kas, Turkey
Very good and hugely relaxing...the most memorable part was diving off the rocks into the sea first thing each morning and the views from the bedroom windows across the sea. (more)anna bradley
A Fabulous rest in a beautiful setting, but still always something to do if you wanted. (more)jane edwards
We rented a house so the most memorable part was arriving and finding a lovely place that was ours for a week. The house is very well equipped, comfortable, with a beautiful garden, access to the sea and a nice (shared) swimming pool. (more)Elizabeth Caird
From £500 - £1250 per villa per week
Hot air ballooning holiday in Cappadocia
Most memorable? Definitely the balloon flight. Seeing the landscape from above is like seeing it for the first time again... The hotel, tours and balloon flights were all local outfits, no multinationals... Really enjoyed it, despite variable weather (early April). (more)Anthony Preston
Could not fault it - really great for learning about the culture and history of the region and the hot air ballooning was great fun. (more)David Harris
I had an absolutely amazing time. From hiking, to flying to learning about local history and culture, this was the perfect holiday for me. (more)Siobhan Doyle
From £650 - £925 excluding flights
Family sailing holiday in Turkey
We all enjoyed traveling on the gullet and being with the other families. We had great fun snorkeling each day. (more)Sarah Nicholas
Skocjan caves was amazing, but we also really enjoyed the experience of kayaking and rafting down the river, the scenery was so beautiful and we had never done that before. (more)Suzanne Rogers
From £999 including UK flights
Family activity holidays in Turkey
Fantastic....Everything was memorable, we had a fantastic time. The tubing was great fun and the lazy boat day was the perfect way to start the week. (more)Tracey Podger
So many good bits, but probably tubing and relaxing on platforms over the river afterwards were the most memorable (more)David Netherwood
I would give the holiday 10 out of 10. The activities were suitable for adults and teenagers, and you had the option to either take them at your own pace or push yourself. Personally I enjoyed the Hiking and Mountain biking days the best. (more)Debbie Potts
From £950 including UK flights
Beach club and watersports holiday in Turkey
The view from the hotel is wonderful and the windsurfing was great fun, just next door. (more)Francesca Jarvis-Rouse
Beautiful setting, with lights, gourds and candles lit up around the bay at night...We all absolutely loved the holiday; it was a little bit of paradise. (more)Karen Buckley
The holiday was very enjoyable and provided us with exactly what we were looking for. A small well run hotel in a beachside location with water sports onsite and within walking distance of numerous local restaurants. (more)Paul Le Marquand
From €40 - €80 per person per night
Faralya boutique hotel, near Oludeniz
Memorable parts? A small boat trip on the turquoise coast and watching the sun set every night from our balcony. Small compact and bijou with some much fruit and veg locally produced and good (if repetitive) food. Also very much enjoyed exploring some of the many ancient ruined cities. Tips? There are more bees than you can imagine so those with a sting allergy be aware, there must be 40,000 hives in this area of Turkey which is the major honey producing area! We had no problems... (more)Charlie MacDermot-Roe
From €195 - €285 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Ephesus holiday cottages, Turkey
Wonderful; a great mix of culture and relaxation. Every day was packed with fantastic recommendations from the owners, custom made for us and our interests. (more)Bev Taylor-Wade
We loved the house where we stayed. It was beautifully furnished and had everything we needed for our comfort., including air- conditioning in the bedroom and a well-equipped bathroom. (more)Trish Hayes
A wonderful experience! Made us all reflect on who we are and how we live at home. Grapevine Cottage felt immediately like a good place to be, safe, relaxed, comfortable and incredibly beautiful. It was nice to be together. (more)Liz Glover
From £125 - £140 per cottage per night
Cave hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey
Memorable parts? Everything was memorable, starting with the emails from Abdullah from the hotel whilst we were planning our trip, then the welcome we received on arrival at 11.00pm at night, the meal that had been prepared for us at that late hour, the rooms that we and our 2 friends stayed in, the amazing buffet breakfast each morning, Fathi the waiter who happily laid up a table for us on the terrace for dinner on warmer evenings & always emphasised that Gamirasu was our home, then there... (more)Sue Ivey
From €175 - €1200 per room per night
Turkey cultural tour holiday
There were many highlights of our holiday. Istanbul was an interesting and colourful city to visit, especially the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Cirali Beach was quiet and very relaxing. We went on a boat trip on day, spending 8 hours out, exploring different bays, swimming in the clear blue sea and eating a fresh fish dinner on board. (more)Jean Tallis
The scenery was fascinating - from the calcium pools in Pamukkale, through high mountains to the wonderful landscape of Cappadocia. (more)Rosemary Shippard
The itinerary was well done and we had the opportunity of visiting a variety of natural and historical sites and learn about life in present and past Turkey, which is a very diversified country with a lot to offer (more)Antonio Matos
From £1350 - £1600 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Turkey travel information

At the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey is rich in cultural heritage. As Constantinople and later Istanbul, the capital city was at the heart of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, and fabulous monuments include early churches with fine mosaics and grand domes, towering mosques and oriental bazaars. The vast central plateau of Anatolia was the cradle of Hittite and Phrygian civilisations, and there are also rich remains from Pontic, Roman and Seljuk empires.

Cappadocia is an almost surreal landscape of pink cones, pinnacles and ravines, the soft volcanic rock having been hewn into elaborate cave systems for more than 5000 years. The Mediterranean and Aegean waters of Asia Minor were busy in Classical times, with Roman galleys, Greek triremes, Phoenician merchantmen and Egyptian dhows plying their trade between some of the most famous cities of the ancient world. Ephesus, Miletus, Knidos, Caunos are some of the most beautiful and well-preserved sites of the ancient world.

Country facts for Turkey holidays

Weather
Aegean and Mediterranean coastal areas enjoy the typical Mediterranean climate. There is hardly a drop of rain during the sunny and hot summer (May to October). Winters are mild and rainy in these regions. The water temperature in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas is warm during the long summer season (May to October) which constitutes the swimming season and fluctuates between 23° and 28°C from north to south.

The Marmara region around the Sea of Marmara, including Istanbul, has a transitional climate between an oceanic climate and a semi-Mediterranean climate, but it does rain, albeit not a lot, during the very warm summer (as showers which tend to last for 15-30 minutes). Its winters are colder than those of the western and southern coasts. The water temperature in the Sea of Marmara is also colder than the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, with the water temperature reaching only between 20° and 24°C during the summer (June, July and August) and the swimming season is restricted to those summer months.

The Black Sea region has an oceanic climate (thanks to the protective shield effect of Caucasus mountains) with the greatest amount of precipitation and is the only region of Turkey that receives high precipitation throughout the year. Summers are warm and humid while the winters are cool and damp. The water temperature in the whole Turkish Black Sea coast is always cool and fluctuates between 10° and 20°C throughout the year, and is even less suitable for swimming during the summer than in the Sea of Marmara.

Languages
The official language of Turkey is Turkish, but some Turkish residents speak Kurdish and/or Arabic.

Money
From 2005 through 2008, Turkey's currency was called the New Turkish Lira (Yeni Türk Lirasi, YTL or TRY). As of January 1, 2009, the "New" (Yeni) has been dropped. The currency is again simply the Turkish Lira.

Time zone
Turkey is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
 
 
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