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We have 111 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.

Turkey holidays
Turkey small group tour
Discover the wonders of Turkey on this 10 day tour., from £585 - £689 (10 days) ex flights
Lycian activity holiday
High adventure under the Mediterranean sun, from £879 - £999 (8 days) inc UK flights
Turkey cultural tour & gulet cruise holiday
See Turkey from a traditional gulet!, from £810 (12 days) ex flights
Kayaking in Turkey, Turquoise coast
Some of the best kayaking in Europe, from £929 - £999 (8 days) inc UK flights
Aegean Coast cycling holiday in Turkey
Visit quiet villages, beautiful countryside and meet local people, from £949 - £999 (8 days) inc UK flights
Small group tour of Turkey
The perfect introduction to cosmopolitan and memorial Turkey, from £479 - £535 (8 days) ex flights
Turkey small group holiday, a food adventure
Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Turkey., from £1495 - £1540 (13 days) ex flights
Active holiday in Turkey
Forge a path through unexplored terrain into the historical heart of Turkey, from £878 - £1005 (12 days) ex flights
Ephesus holiday cottages, Turkey
Relax & enjoy rural Turkey from this hillside village, from £125 - £140 per cottage per night
The Turquoise coast holiday in Turkey
An alluring combination of beautiful scenery and ancient sites, from £719 - £799 (8 days) inc UK 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 cultural tour
Savour the highlights of fascinating Turkey, from £567 - £805 (10 days) ex flights
Self guided walking holiday in Turkey
Enjoy walking the Lycian Way, from £350 - £450 (7 days) ex flights
Gulet cruise and walking holiday in Turkey
A walking and sailing trip in Turkey, from £890 (8 days) ex flights
Turkey adventure holiday
Explore the mysterious land of the Ottomans, from £855 - £1140 (15 days) ex flights
Istanbul self catering apartment, Turkey
A studio flat with unmatched views in Istanbul, from €150 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Turkey sailing and photography holiday
Sailing and Photography - Turkey and the Greek Dodecanese, from £1900 (7 days) ex flights
Activity holidays in Turkey
Fun, adventurous multi-activity week in fascinating Turkey, from £465 - £499 (8 days) ex flights
Family activity holidays in Turkey
Activities, adventure & stunning coastal views, from £920 - £950 (8 days) inc UK flights
Gulet cruises in Turkey
Cruise the sundrenched waters of southern Turkey, from £835 - £921 (8 days) inc UK flights
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm., from £495 - £550 (7 days)
Lycian Way walking tour in Turkey
Hike Turkey's coastline, from £799 - £849 (8 days) inc UK flights
Lycian way walking holiday
Spectacular scenery and rural Turkish life in ancient Lycia, from £450 (5 days) ex flights
Short breaks to Istanbul
Explore this fascinating, magical and exciting city, from £455 (4 days) ex flights

282 reviews for Turkey holidays4 star overall rating

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Cirali villa holiday in Turkey
Really lovely, the accommodation was brilliant... The beautiful and serene location. Perfect for relaxing all week long! (more)Holly Roberts
Wonderful. I'd have no hesitation in recommending it to anybody. Its a beautiful part of the world, full of astounding wonders, and accommodation is the best way to enjoy all of them (more)Beth Taplin
It's not many places you go to and it feels like home. This villa is one of them. We had 3 children under 6 and they loved every bit of the stay. We all were made to feel so welcome and Serpil and her family are so warm and lovely. The orange blossom fragrance, the walks to the beach and ruins and the home cooked meals - lots of special memories! (more)chitra nagarajaiah
From £700 - £1030 per couple per week
Family activity holiday in Turkey
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
A rewarding and life affirming experience...Canyoning was particularly memorable as it provided a wonderful opportunity to explore the landscape, scenery and wildlife, as well as a balance of challenge through rock scrambling and chill time plunging in refreshing rock pools. (more)Kim Smith
From £465 - £499 excluding flights
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
The rest and relaxation was wonderful... (more)Amy Coleman
Cirali is a beautiful area - breathtaking mountains surrounding the crystal clear water and pebble beach. I highly recommend rising one morning at dawn and heading to the beach to watch the loggerhead turtles hatching - an unforgettable experience and definitely worth an early start. (more)Edward Parker
Excellent; best holiday in years....Fantastic welcome and marvellous service in magical surroundings. Food absolutely excellent, and lots of it. Chimera is fascinating; visited twice in spite of the incredibly hot walk up the hill. Not to be missed. (more)Nic Tudge
From £495 - £550
Activity holidays in Turkey
One of the best- excellent. A local Turkish guide who is knowledgeable, spoke excellent english and was passionate about you enjoying yourself really made it. (more)Sarah Gabbott
This was, according to our children, the best holiday that they have ever been on and they can't wait to go back. They loved the varied culture, the friendliness of all of the people they met, the range of activities that they took part in as well as the additional ones that were arranged for them - parascending and scuba diving. (more)Ian Pollard
All activities were fantastic and very well planned. Rafting and Canyoning were amazing! This holiday was fabulous. (more)Vaishali Avery
From £465 - £499 excluding flights
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
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
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
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 £920 - £950 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 £855 - £1140 excluding flights
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
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 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 - £689 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)
Ephesus holiday cottages, Turkey
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
Excellent...Visits to Ephesus, Claros, Prienne and other wonderful ancient sites. Relaxing breakfasts provided by our lovely hosts. The wonderful sunshine and clear starry nights. The lovely, warm, gentle Turkish people and culture. (more)Anne Kane
We had a really enjoyable holiday. It is easy to get a sense of the enormous richness of Turkish , and more ancient history. The accommodation really is beautiful and the welcome very warm. (more)Peter Jones
From £125 - £140 per cottage per night
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
Small group tour of Turkey
Memorable parts? Going to Troy, even for too short a time. Tips? Be prepared to endure long hours in a mini bus, mostly unequipped with working seat belts. Make sure you have a variety of clothing to cope with the variety of weather. Always survey the vast spread of mostly pleasant food at the hotel buffets before choosing the first dish. Local benefits? Only in so far as it provided them with some much needed money. the visit to the leather factory was rather disgusting:... (more)Mary Brown
From £479 - £535 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
The Turquoise coast holiday in Turkey
Memorable parts? Eating with family in hills, at their home. Lovely beach. Kayaking for first time. Tips? If booking your own transfer, don't book with tour operator. We were quoted £110 for one way transfer before leaving uk but managed to get mini bus to airport from Kas for 60 lira, about £25 for both os us. A taxi was only 150 lira. Check out size of group, we had 12 which was great but the following group size was only 5, which seemed a bit on small side. Local benefits? Yes,... (more)Jayne fahy
From £719 - £799 including UK flights
Aegean Coast cycling holiday in Turkey
Memorable parts? I loved to bike through the remote little villages, where all locals were curious to see us, and all waved to us. The farmer hopped off from the tractor and offered honey melon, which he sliced and gave to our hands. Best energy booster ever:) I loved the seneries of the lakes, Salda lake was my favourite. I loved Pamukkale too- beautiful creation of nature. Our group was really nice, with all abilities of cycling, and there was always someone to cycle with. The food was... (more)Rita Bajusz
From £949 - £999 including UK flights
Gulet cruises in Turkey
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
The travel to the different ancient sites and the sailing/swimming ports of call was the most exciting part. (more)Pauline Munro
From £835 - £921 including UK 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 £985 - £999 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
Family holiday for teenagers to Turkey
Nice and laid back as everything was organised for us, great selection of activities and a superb guide with excellent local knowledge. (more)Helen Williams
The trip was well organised. Staff were helpful at booking stage. We enjoyed all activities (scuba diving, jeep drive to gorge and sea kayaking) and loved our time on the gullet. (more)Elke Hein
5 star - fantastic! (more)Lisa Rawlings
From £1069 - £1169 including UK flights
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
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
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
Lycian Way walking tour in Turkey
Memorable parts? The campsite the night before climbing Mt Olympus, with its beautiful location. Tips? Be prepared for some undulating and fairly sweaty walking. The terrain is fairly consistently pine forestry; it isn’t all coastal views as you might expect. All around a nice slice of Turkey, with the rest day in an idyllic location at the beach on Cirali. Local benefits? I really enjoyed getting to know the guides. However there was not too much interaction with other local... (more)Holly Hutton
From £799 - £849 including UK flights
Short breaks to Istanbul
Excellent. I now want to find out more of Istanbul's history and return. (more)Wendy Gerbi
Very good -- I really liked walking across the Galata Bridge & getting to see a neighborhood that was not quite as touristy as Sultanahmet. (more)Johanna Novales
Istanbul is such wonderful city, we loved all the amazing sites and having our own guide meant that we got the most out of our time. The food was really good, and we enjoyed going around the spice market collecting the ingredients we needed to cook them ourselves at home. (more)Jane Edwards
From £455 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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