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Turkey is literally brimming with archaeological treasures, ancient ruins and stunning landscapes. At the top of our list of are the surreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, the Roman remains of Ephesus, the bustling city of Istanbul or stunning Akdamar Island in Eastern Turkey. 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.

Cappadocia Highlight

Cappadocia

The mysterious rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia are perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown. Whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft porous rock, creating a complex system of apartments, public rooms and underground interconnecting streets that once easily housed hundreds of people. The underground cities were largely used as hiding places by Hittites and early Christians and even today some are still inhabited. The UNESCO is ...
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Istanbul Highlight

Istanbul

Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city 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, 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 the colourful street life. Sultanahmet, the compact old city of is ...
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Troy Highlight

Troy

If you’ve seen the movie – ‘Troy’ based on poet Homer’s – ‘The Iliad’ you’ll be familiar with Paris – Prince of Troy, his prized Helen and Hector – Prince of Troy on the Trojan side and Agamemnon and Achilles (he of the heel) on the Archaean (Greek) side. The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was bought alive by its rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC! The oldest (Troy ...
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Gallipoli Highlight

Gallipoli & Anzac Cove

The Gallipoli and ANZAC Campaign - With the intention of capturing and securing the Ottoman capital of Istanbul, thus opening the road to Eastern Europe during World War One, Winston Churchill, British First Lord of the Admiralty, organised a naval assault on the strait. A strong Anglo - French fleet tried first in March 1915 but failed to secure the region. Then, on 25 April, 1915, British, Australian, New Zealand and Indian troops landed on Gallipoli at what is now known as ANZAC Cove. It is ...
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Nemrut Dagi Highlight

Nemrut Dagi

Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut), a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Turkey’s most awesome sights. Rediscovered by a geologist in 1881, and impressively located in a region that lies between the Taurus Mountains and the River Euphrates, Nemrut Dagi was built by narcissistic Antiochus II (69 to 34 B.C.), the king of a minor buffer state called Commagene between the Roman and Persian empires. Nemrut Dagi comprises a colossal funerary sanctuary dedicated to the megalomaniac king and two (open-air I ...
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Pamukkale Highlight

Pamukkale

Known locally as the Cotton Castles, Pamukkale is a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines. At the very top of the travertine pools is Pamukkale Thermal, where a pleasant dip can be enjoyed in the warm waters amongst submerged fragments of fluted marble columns. It is thought the pool ...
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Pergamum Highlight

Pergamum

Built essentially by Eumenes II, Pergamum (modern Bergama) is famous in antiquity for its library. Eumenes II was a passionate book collector and his library (said to have held over 200,000 volumes) was a symbol of the cultural and social power of Pergamum. In its time, it was thought to have rivalled the great library in ancient Alexandria. In fact, the Egyptians were so greatly afraid Pergamum and its library would attract famous scholars away from Alexandria, they cut off the supply and to of ...
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Ephesus Highlight

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, under the Romans 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 to ...
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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.

Cookery school | Turkey
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.

Istanbul view
A drink with a view

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!

Hot air ballooning | Cappadocia | Turkey
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

Cave hotel Cappadocia
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!

Akdamar Island | Lake Van | Eastern Turkey | Turkey
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.

Van citadel | Turkey
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.

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Some of our top hotel picks

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa, Cappadocia
Affording stunning views over the magical lunar landscape, Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa is without doubt one of Cappadocia's finest properties. Guest rooms are elegantly decorated with stone-based architecture, wooden floors and ornate furniture as well as beautiful en-suite facilities including complimentary Molton Brown toiletries. The spa offers a wide range of treatments and a Turkish Bath is a must! The resort is perfectly located overlooking Cappadocia.
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel
Nisanyan Evleri House, Sirince
Considered one of Turkey's finest hotels, the Nisanyan Evleri House is a simple and peaceful hotel. Comprising of three historic village houses, half a dozen rustic cottages a number of simple guest rooms and a vast and intriguing garden - it is a beautiful place to stay. Guests are served breakfast in a basket, complete with eggs, bread, jams, meats and other treats to cook or serve as they like. Dinner 'on top of the tower' is highly recommended - so be sure to book in advance! Set in a remote rural village only ten minutes from Ephesus.
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Standard Boutique Hotel
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel, Istanbul
Sitting on the shores of the mighty Bosphorus, the Ciragan Palace Kempinski offers a quintessential five star service for all it's guests. Rooms are tastefully decorated and often have a balcony looking over the river. Boasting no fewer than four restaurants, guests will enjoy fine dining with incredible city views. Relax in the infinity pool and watch the boats go by on the Bosphorus - our top tip! Well located on the European side of the river just a 10 minute drive from Taksim.
Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel
The Marmara Hotel, Antalya
With a unique revolving lobby, the Marmara Hotel really is a hotel with a difference. Guests staying in the revolving loft rooms will benefit from a different view come morning! All rooms are well equipped with comfortable beds, excellent amenities and en suite facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to all guests and the outdoor pool and private beach are great for cooling off in the Turkish heat! Perfectly located on the Felez cliffs overlooking the sparking Mediterranean Sea.
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel
The Museum Hotel, Cappadocia
Steeped in 1000s of years of history, the Museum Hotel was created out of ruins and many of the rooms feature old walls antiquities from the various historical periods. No two rooms are alike but all include complimentary Wi-Fi and excellent views of the valley. No stay at the Museum would be complete without a meal at the award winning Lil'a Restaurant famous for its incredible rare and traditional dishes! Located at the peak of Cappadocia at a pinnacle which overlooks the whole region.
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Boutique Hotel

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.

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