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Turkey Tailormade Holidays

Discover Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia and more

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Turkey is literally brimming with archaeological treasures, ancient ruins and stunning landscapes. At the top of our list are the surreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, the Roman remains of Ephesus, the bustling city of Istanbul. And to top your tour of Turkey's historic sites, consider a few days by the crystal waters of Oludeniz, Kalkan and Kas on Turkey's Aegean coast. Whatever your interest, our team will handpick unique sites to see, things to do and places to stay to ensure your tailor-made holiday in Turkey is just right for you.

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Turkey – a nation that straddles both Europe and Asia is a bigger country than many people think. Admittedly most of the must-see places like Istanbul, ancient Ephesus and Pergamum, the cotton castles of Pamukkale and many of the idyllic beach spots are in the western portion of the country – however a journey further east to the delights of Cappadocia, Mount Nemrut and Akdamar Island is certainly worth the extra effort. Below are some of our most recommended sites and experiences.

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Cappadocia

If there is one place on the planet that is guaranteed to blow your mind, it is Cappadocia. Situated in Central Turkey and consisting of thousands of bizarre conical shaped rocks with pointed tips, this fascinating landscape is utterly unique in the world. The rugged plains stretch out for miles all around and are a reddish hue in colour. While nature has certainly done her bit to make this region one of the most spectacular on earth, man has contributed to its impressiveness as well by carving ...
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Istanbul

Originally named Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city in the world to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the strait of water that divides the continents of Europe and Asia and encompasses the natural harbour of the Golden Horn. Its illustrious past leaves a rich legacy of churches, mosques, palaces and museums, complemented by the behemoth Grand Bazaar with over 6,000 shops, the aromatic Egyptian Spice Market and colourful street life. Sultanahmet, the of ...
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Troy

The ruins of Troy may not be Turkey's most spectacular archaeological site but thanks to poet Homer and his great work 'The Iliad', they are quite likely the most famous. If you’ve read the story or seen the movie ‘Troy’ you’ll be familiar with the characters that helped give Troy its fame - Paris and Hector, the young Princes of Troy, the beautiful Helen, and then Agamemnon and Achilles (he of the heel) on the Achaean (Greek) side. The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s was a ...
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Gallipoli & Anzac Cove

Facing the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east, the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey is synonymous with the World War I Gallipoli Campaign and the thousands of soldiers that lost their life. With the intention of capturing and securing the Ottoman capital of Istanbul to open the road to Eastern Europe, Winston Churchill, British First Lord of the Admiralty, organised a naval assault on the strait. On 25th April 1915, British, Australian, New Zealand and Indian troops on at ...
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Nemrut Dagi

Built by the narcissistic ruler Antiochus I Epiphanes in the first century BC as a monument to himself, Nemrut Dagi is one of Turkey's most fascinating sites. It is located atop an impressive mountain and was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987. Surrounded by a rocky and rugged landscape, the sight of the numerous fallen heads scattered across the top of this artificial mound is eerily captivating. The heads were originally attached to large stone bodies that represented Zeus, Apollo, I ...
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Pamukkale

The UNESCO World Heritage listed Pamukkale looks as though it has been dropped on to this planet straight from a fairytale. Consisting of numerous calcium based shelves, filled with warm water that is jam packed with minerals and goodness, this natural phenomenon is unlike anything you will have ever witnessed before. No trip to Turkey would be complete without taking a dip in the tepid pools that make up the country's singe most visited attraction. Also known as "Cotton Castle" (the English of ...
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Pergamum

The ancient city of Pergamum, now part of the modern Turkish city of Bergama, sits atop a 1000ft hill and looks, dominantly, over the rest of Bergama. The main feature of this historical site is the Acropolis, which sits in crumbling ruins, just hinting at its former splendour. Although this area is well worth a visit and is filled with fascinating archaeological discoveries, many visitors to Turkey choose to skip it out due to the lack of accommodation in the area. While this is a shame, it it ...
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Ephesus

Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world to get a feel for what Roman life must have been like, Ephesus was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, it became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in its prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. All good things come to an of ...
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Central Turkey

The diverse region of Central Anatolia and its arid highlands are the heartland of Turkey, offering a plethora of sights from UNESCO listed Safranbolu to the treasure trove of Amasya. Konya, home to the iconic Whirling Dervishes is considered Turkey’s religious soul whilst Cappadocia’s surreal landscape and underground villages are without doubt one of the region’s most spectacular sights!< p>

Inspirations for a holiday in Turkey

Travel in style around Turkey with so many interesting and unique things to see and do. Here's some of our favourite little gems of special things to do whilst on a tailor made holiday to Turkey.

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Cook up a storm

Learn to cook Turkish cuisine

The highlight of visiting most countries is the new and delicious foods and Turkey is no different. Learn how to cook and of course taste, the delicious delicacies Turkey has to offer. Enjoy preparing and learning how to cook a traditional four course meal which concludes with eating what you made in the fantastic rooftop restaurant.

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Sundowners at the Marmara Pera

Fancy a tipple overlooking the Bosphorus and Golden Horn after a long days sightseeing? The Marmara Pera is one of many rooftop restaurants that afford stunning views over Istanbul. The perfect place to relax and take in the sight of one of the world’s most picturesque harbours and where you can see bot Europe and Asia!

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Take to the skies

Cappadocia Balloon Flight

There are few better ways to see the beauty of Cappadocia than from the air. An early morning start is well worth the effort for the spectacular sight of the surreal landscape of eroded rock of Cappadocia. As you cruise over and through the famous fairy chimneys you’ll have lots of time to take photos and absorb this stunning natural wonder

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Going underground

Stay in an amazing cave hotel

Cappadocia is home to many of Turkey’s finest, weirdest and wackiest hotels. Home to some of the countrys most unique scenery it is unsurprising that there are a number of cave hotels, all as unique as the next. If you’re wanting the ultimate Cappadocia experience then a night in a cave hotel is just for you!

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Eastern bliss

Visit Akdamar Island

Very few visitors to Turkey ever see further east than Cappadocia and this is a shame. Akdamar Island near the city of Van is a sight to behold. This picturesque island sat on Lake Van is home to a fully restored 10th century Armenian church and the views of the lake are legendary.

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Dreaming at dusk

Van citadel sunset

No holiday evening is complete without a beautiful sunset right? The citadel in Van in eastern Turkey is the perfect location for this nightly ritual. With beautiful views of the city as well as nearby Mount Nemrut and Lake Van – it is the perfect place to end the day.

Suggested tailormade holiday itineraries for Turkey

Turkey's classical sites can easily be combined with some relaxation on the coast with an itinerary from Istanbul to Marmaris or follow the Black Sea coast for charming ancient towns and Ottoman architecture. Alternatively, head into Antalia to marvel at the underground villages of Cappadocia or plan your own route with our interactive map below.

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Crystal Coast

7 days | FROM USD $4,045

See all that is iconic to Turkey, magnificent Istanbul, extraordinary Ephesus, moving Gallipoli and dream like...

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Black Sea Discovery

7 days | FROM USD $5,935

Explore the sites of enchanting Istanbul, then get off the beaten track and discover the dramatic natural of...

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Classical Turkey

10 days | FROM USD $5,395

A 10 day tour that uncovers the highlights of Turkey. From the striking architecture of Istanbul and the of to...

Aegean dreaming

Offering a thorough insight into the history, mythology and culture of Turkey’s greatest civilisations, the mighty ancient city of Ephesus is amazingly well-preserved and tells us much about what life is like under Roman rule. The resorts of Kusadasi, and Fethiye on the Mediterranean, make for a great beach break with a number of ancient sites of their own worth visiting, whilst the quieter towns of Sirince and Kas combine attractive settings with charming architecture.

Explore Turkey with our interactive map

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Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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