Turkey Tours & Trips
Where Middle Eastern spirit meets Mediterranean charm. Fall in love with Turkey on an award-winning group tour.
On our tours to Turkey, we'll take you beyond the picture-perfect views. You'll feel the heat from the hot air balloons in Cappadocia. You'll get lost in the bustling Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. You'll swim in the sparkling Aegean Sea. Because our Turkey holidays win British Travel Awards for a reason; we dig that little deeper.
Whatever's tempting you to visit Turkey, our holiday packages leave no stone unturned. History-lovers roam the ancient ruins, while sun-worshippers fall in love with the endless beaches. Culture vultures marvel at the mosques, while foodies can't get enough meze. Experience it all, with like-minded travellers by your side.
With its pristine coastline and fascinating ancient cities, Turkey regularly features on travellers' bucket lists. Istanbul is a treasure trove of architectural wonders from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi Palace. For many travellers, Turkey is a place for quiet reflection with the war memorials of Gallipoli and echoes of recent history. For others, Turkey is a place of awe and wonder with its incredible natural landscapes. From the calcium terraces of Pamukkale to the underground villages of Cappadocia, there's also plenty of coastline to soak up the sun.
We know planning the perfect trip can take time, especially when there's so much to explore. That's where we come in. From start to finish, we'll arrange the logistics - so you can make every second of your Turkey group tour count.
Turkey Group Tours
Our Turkey group tours range in length from one week to two and the majority of them start and finish in cosmopolitan Istanbul. Whichever of our fully escorted tours you pick, you'll take in the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus, the battlefields of Gallipoli and the white cotton castles of Pamukkale. Our longer tours take in the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, where you can soar above the landscape on a hot air balloon. And you can also join our combo tours to see the highlights of Greece and Egypt!
Aegean Explorer7 Days | FROM £1,067
Kicking off in the powerhouse of the Ottoman empire - Istanbul, pay your respects at Gallipoli, get lost in...
Istanbul to the Med7 days | FROM £1,195
Following the famed Aegean coastline, we discover Ottoman Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, ancient Ephesus and...
Turkey Unplugged10 Days | FROM £1,228
Explore stunning Istanbul with its bazaars and mosques and wander around the battlefields of Gallipoli See...
Christmas Turkey12 days | FROM £1,445
CHRISTMAS TOUR: There’s no stuffing birds or entertaining aunts! Enjoy snowflakes on fairy chimneys,...
Turkey Discovered14 Days | FROM £2,145
Discover the best of Turkey on a captivating two-week adventure. From the bustling bazaars of Istanbul to the...
Istanbul to Athens14 days | FROM £3,025
From Istanbul to Athens. The great capital of the Ottoman Empire to the ancient capital of Greece in 14...
Turkey & Tutankhamun16 days | FROM £1,995
From Ottoman Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli, Roman ruins, the Aegean Coast and the stunning mineral...
Turkey Private Tours
If you'd prefer to visit Turkey privately with your friends and family, then we have lots of itineraries that can be booked off the shelf. Many of these tours include internal flights and they take in all the same spectacular highlights as our group tours, from the underground cities of Cappadocia to the ancient ruins of Ephesus and incredible Istanbul. And you'll still enjoy the services of our local English-speaking tour guides! Simply pick your departure date and start planning your next adventure!
Istanbul & Cappadocia5 days | FROM £1,285
Explore two of Turkey's main attractions on this 5-day tour of Istanbul and Cappadocia. Enjoy guided...
Cultural Triangle of Turkey8 days | FROM £2,025
Take in the main highlights of Turkey on this eight-day tour of the Cultural Triangle. Discover the highlights...
Best of West Turkey9 days | FROM £1,985
Take in the highlights of Western Turkey on this nine-day tour. Travelling from Istanbul and the iconic Blue...
Classical Turkey10 days | FROM £3,505
PRIVATE TOUR: A 10 day tour that uncovers the highlights of Turkey. From the striking architecture of...
Jewels of Sultans Crown12 days | FROM £4,135
PRIVATE TOUR: From historic and majestic Istanbul to surreal Cappadocia, all the classics of Turkey are...
Istanbul to the Acropolis15 days | FROM £5,355
PRIVATE TOUR: From the great capital of the Ottoman Empire to the ancient capital of Greece, discover...
Turkey ANZAC Day 2023 Tours
For many Australian and New Zealand travellers, a visit to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day on 25 April is an important way to remember relatives and friends who gave their lives during the First World War. We run annual trips to join the Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove and to pay our respects at some of the cemeteries and memorials. These trips also include sightseeing in Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Pamukkale. Those with more time can combine ANZAC Day with a trip to take in the ancient treasures of Egypt.
Anzac Day Express4 days | FROM £555
ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2023. Starts: 23rd April. This express 4 day ANZAC tour of Turkey offers 4 star...
Anzac Day Gallipoli Tour6 days | FROM £895
ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2023. Starts: 21st April. Take in the highlights of Istanbul and enjoy a scenic cruise...
Anzac 2023 Memorial Tour of Turkey11 days | FROM £1,675
ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2023. Starts: 16th April. Take in the highlights of Turkey and attend the ANZAC Day Dawn...
Egypt & Gallipoli for ANZAC Day 202313 days | FROM £1,635
ANZAC Day Gallipoli 2023. Starts: 14th April. Combine the wonders of ancient Egypt with ANZAC Day in Turkey in...
Turkey Short Stays & Sailing Holidays
Istanbul is a great city break destination, with all the main sites easy to cover in a few days, and a vibrant atmosphere to enjoy. Our short stays include some guided sightseeing and free time to explore your way.
We also offer sailing holidays off the Turquoise coast, for those looking to unwind and take in some of the highlights of the Mediterranean from the comfort of a traditional gulet sailboat.
City of Sultans4 days | FROM £545
Visit Istanbul - the only city that spans two continents. See the beautiful Blue Mosque and ancient Hagia...
Gallipoli & Troy4 days | FROM £595
Head away on a short break with a difference. Pay your respects at Gallipoli and explore the ruins of...
Istanbul & Gallipoli5 days | FROM £945
Head to Turkey for a short break with a difference. Explore cosmopolitan Istanbul, pay your respects at...
Turkish Delight8 Days | FROM £735
SAILING HOLIDAY: From Bodrum, set sail through the beautiful waters and stunning scenery of the Gulf of...
The charm of Constantinople
Istanbul has been called many names and served many kings and sultans. Like most Turkish cities, it is packed with incredible highlights. And we make sure you see everything there is to see on your Turkey tour.
From the Bosphorus, which divides Europe and Asia, to the incredible Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, plus shopping in the Grand Bazaar, you won't miss a thing on our Turkey tours.
Recommended tour: City of Sultans →
Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in Turkey
Will I visit Istanbul?
Istanbul is probably Turkey's most popular destination, and you'll be glad to know that all of our Turkey tours (with the exception of our sailing holidays) start in the city formerly known as Constantinople. There's included sightseeing in the city on all Signature group tours, so you won't miss a thing.
You could also add on our 4-day City of Sultans short stay at the beginning or end of your Turkey tour, for even more time to explore Istanbul!
Can I visit Turkey to commemorate ANZAC Day?
The Gallipoli campaign during WWI tragically claimed the lives of many Australians and New Zealanders. We run annual tours to Gallipoli to coincide with the Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove on 25 April.
Our range of tours varies from a 4-day express visit to longer tours including sightseeing in Turkey and nearby Egypt. Browse our ANZAC Day page for more information about these trips.
Do you do any special Turkey trips at Christmas?
Visiting Turkey over Christmas is a fabulous experience, and our 12-day Christmas Turkey tour departs once per year and features a special festive itinerary. Christmas Eve is spent visiting the tomb of St Nicholas and enjoying a group dinner at a hilltop restaurant in Antalya. And we spend Christmas Day exploring the Roman ruins of Perge and Aspendos. We take in all the main sights of the country on this trip too, head to the relevant webpage for more information!
How big are your tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?
On our Signature Turkey small group tours, the maximum group size is 24 but the average is more like 14. You'll travel with like-minded people from a variety of English-speaking countries and ages range from those in their 20s all the way up to people in their 60s and beyond - all with a shared passion for travel! The average age on our tours is around 45.
On our Handpicked Turkey group tours, the maximum group size is 40, but you will still be staying in excellent 4 - 5 star accommodation, and fully escorted by a tour guide.
What is the standard of accommodation on your Turkey trips?
On our Signature and Handpicked Turkey holidays, you'll be staying in good quality accommodation - a mix of 4 and 5-star hotels. We select our hotels based on a wide array of criteria including great location, facilities, and comfort.
You can see an example of the hotels we use on the tour pages for many of our trips. However, please note that we reserve the right to substitute the hotels listed for others of a similar standard.
What is Turkish food like and can I drink the tap water?
The short answer: Turkish food is AMAZING!
Turkish food is renowned around the world. You'll eat plenty of meze and hummus, and the kebabs are nothing like the ones you find in London at 3am! Other famous Turkish dishes include pide, a kind of Turkish pizza, and kofte (meatballs). There's more information about the food in Turkey on our top tips page.
The tap water in Turkey is generally considered safe to drink, so bring a reusable water bottle with you to save money and plastic waste!
When is the best time to visit Turkey?
For this reason, we recommend travelling during spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. If joining one of our sailing holidays, then the warm summer months from June to August are best for topping up that tan! However, the winter season tends to be cheaper and there are fewer tourists, so if you don't mind wrapping up warm then you could consider traveling at this time!
Check out our extensive guide on when to visit Turkey.
Is Turkey a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?
According to the 2022 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, Turkey scores a D rating for LGBTQ+ traveller safety, ranking 103rd out of 203 countries.
Same sex marriage is not legal, and there are no constitutional or worker protections based on sexual orientation. 0 - 25% of consulted citizens consider Turkey a good place to live for gay and lesbian people. There are no legal punishments for same sex relations and most trips for LGBTQ+ travellers to Turkey are trouble-free.
The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travellers to the country.
Can I visit Egypt at the same time as Turkey?
Yes! We know lots of travellers from North America and Oceania love to explore more of Europe, Africa and the Middle East when travelling so far from home. Our 16-day Turkey & Tutankhamun tour includes guided sightseeing in Turkey, before travelling to Cairo in Egypt for touring of the Pyramids of Giza, Aswan and Luxor!
You can also explore some of the Greek islands and ancient Athens with our 14-day Istanbul to Athens group tour.
Can I do a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia?
Whilst we don't include hot air balloon rides on our tours in Turkey, it is an optional activity on all trips visiting Cappadocia. Your Turkey tour guide will be able to advise when this activity takes place, and you can book and pay for the hot air balloon ride locally. You'll get a unique perspective of the beautiful landscape of fairy chimneys and cave cities.
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ANCIENT RUINS, NEW-FOUND FRIENDS
Walk the streets of the Ottoman Empire. Stand where the Romans once stood. Travel through time and a fascinating history with our passionate guides. Enjoy delicious street food and Turkish coffee. Relax on the Mediterranean coast. And discover the unique history of Turkey - making like-minded new friends as you explore.
And with our award-winning service, we put you first. From zero credit card fees to our 5% returning customer loyalty discount, you can book our Turkey holidays with confidence. Our commitment to quality doesn't end there, though. From the moment you arrive, we'll deliver the outstanding value we pride ourselves on. So, why not make Turkey your next trip?
The Best of Turkey
The kind-hearted hospitality of the locals is unlike anywhere else. Whether you're being offered a cup of traditional Turkish tea or chatting about local life and Turkish culture, you'll leave with the fondest memories. And that's not the only thing that stands out about our Turkey trips. From Istanbul's Blue Mosque to the underground cities of Cappadocia, here are some of the country's main highlights, and places you simply can't leave Turkey without visiting.
Gateway to Asia and the starting point for all of our Turkey group tours, Istanbul is the place to be in Turkey. Take in the historical sites and other highlights, from Hagia Sofia to the Blue Mosque, barter at the Grand Bazaar, and don't forget to take to the Bosphorus on a cruise.
A magical land of fairy chimneys, subterranean churches and underground cities, Cappadocia is a place like no other. Head below ground to take it all in, then hop aboard a hot air balloon and sail serenely over the fairytale landscape for tremendous views.
Known locally as the Cotton Castles, these calcium formations are unlike anywhere else. Bask in the thermal pools that overlook the stunning cliffs of Pamukkale and walk along the beautiful terraces, then head to the nearby Roman spa town of Hierapolis.
For history buffs, it doesn't get better than Ephesus. These well-preserved Roman ruins are crowned by the extraordinary Library of Celsus, but you will also want to check out the amphitheatre. Imagine the city of old as you stroll amongst marble columns, taking it all in.
There's more to Turkey than cultural sights and history, especially on the Turquoise Coast. Fethiye is home to blissful beaches, gorgeous coastline, and crystal blue water. It's a great option for a beach break, or for taking a cruise on a traditional Turkish gulet.
Made famous by Greek mythology, the ancient ruins of Troy showcase centuries of history and are worth visiting in their own right. But the replica Trojan Horse towering over the site is another great highlight - especially when you can go inside!