Our Turkey tours are full of bucket list wonders, from the lively Grand Bazaar in Istanbul to the historic coastline of Çanakkale.
ENTER THE 17TH-CENTURY BLUE MOSQUE
If you're wondering what to do in Turkey, look no further than the Blue Mosque, the most photogenic building in Istanbul. Marvel at the huge domes and towering minarets, then step inside to find out how the mosque got its name. You'll be amazed by the dazzling interior of blue İznik tiles.
VISIT THE BYZANTINE HIPPODROME
No Istanbul trip is complete without visiting the Byzantine Hippodrome and your Travel Director will lead the way through this massive arena. Just as it was centuries ago, today the Hippodrome is a buzzing hub for the city's social life. As you wander the obelisks and statues, you can imagine the roar of chariots cheered on by Emperor Constantine the Great.
VISIT THE RED VALLEY IN CAPPADOCIA
If you’re wondering what to do in Turkey, look no further than the magical landscapes of Cappadocia. With hot air balloons dotting the skies, and whimsical fairy chimneys spread across the red valley, you’ll be amazed by this peculiar place. You can even wander through the underground homes and ancient rock churches of Göreme.
TURKEY TAILORED BY YOU
Tailor your ultimate Turkey trip your way with our range of Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like exploring Goreme's famous rock formations and a yacht cruise to the stunning Düden waterfall.
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TAKE A BOSPHORUS CRUISE
Cruise down the Bosphorus, with Asia on one side and Europe on the other. Take in the mix of grand hotels and old architecture while having fun with seagulls! Turkey is the perfect getaway where you see ancient ruins (think the library of Ephesus), amazing worship buildings (Haga Sophia, Blue Mosque) and beautiful nature (cotton castles of Pamukkale and out-of-the-world landscapes of Cappadocia) all in one trip!
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EXPLORE THE LOCAL TASTES AT SPICE BAZAAR
The Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul is the most famous and oldest covered bazaar in the city and was once used as the international trade centre of the Ottoman Empire. Here, the attractive smells of cumin, mint, cinnamon and countless other herbs and spices create an amazing ambience. There are so many colourful choices that it is hard to know what to taste first.
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DISCOVER TOPKAPI PALACE
Libidinous sultans, ambitious courtiers, beautiful concubines and scheming eunuchs lived and worked here between the 15th and 19th centuries when it was the court of the Ottoman empire. A visit to the palace's opulent pavilions, jewel-filled Treasury and sprawling Harem gives a fascinating glimpse into their lives. Make sure to give yourself a few good hours to explore this spacious palace.
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN TURKEY
We’ll show you the very best of Turkish food, from the juicy doner kebab, to the super sweet Turkish Delight, all washed down with a strong glass of Turkish tea.
Tea is big in Turkey. It’s a daily staple guzzled at breakfast and throughout the day, and you’ll quickly get used to the idea of sipping on traditional black Turkish brew out of special tea glasses, creatively poured by the locals. We won’t be surprised if you pick up some tea leaves to take back home!
Made with a mix of sugar and starch, these melt-in-your-mouth sweets are simply irresistible. Known as Turkish Delights around the world, you can go on the hunt for dozens of different flavours like pistachio, hazelnut, date, walnut, rosewater, lemon, coconut and chocolate... You'll find it hard to pick just one.
What to eat in Turkey first? Make tracks for the doner kebab, an iconic creation and street food favourite of roasted meat (traditionally lamb) shredded from a vertical grill. With the shaved meat tucked into a delicious flatbread, the doner kebab just might become your favorite Turkish food.
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT TURKEY
Whether you want to explore Turkey’s cities or relax on a Turkey beach holiday, here are some of the best times to visit this exciting country.
BEST TIME TO VISIT TURKEY’S BEACHES
Summer is the time to shine on Turkey’s beaches. The sunny season starts in June and peaks in July and August, and you’ll have perfect weather to soak in the sea or laze on the sand.
BEST TIME TO GO SIGHTSEEING IN TURKEY
If you’re looking to explore the ancient cities, war memorials, and natural treasures of Turkey, it’s best to go in autumn or spring when there are fewer crowds and milder temperatures.
BEST TIME TO VISIT CAPPADOCIA
Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s top tourist attractions, and timing is everything. Head there from the end of April to June or from September to October, when the days are warm, and there’s little wind and rain.
PACKING TIPS FOR TURKEY
HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN TURKEY
Be mindful of your souvenirs
Be careful what you buy in Turkey. Shells and coral should stay in the ocean where they belong, and never buy products made from endangered species.
Turkey is a fairly conservative country, so it's important to dress modestly. It’s best to keep your shoulders, midriff and thighs covered and always wear full-length clothing at religious sites.
Shop local - and embrace haggling
Haggling is a part of shopping in Turkey, but there’s a right way of going about it. Only begin haggling if you genuinely want to buy something, always offer a fair amount, and don’t feel obliged to buy if you can’t agree on a price.