Boasting an excellent Mediterranean climate, kilometres of unspoilt beaches, mountains, and lakes, as well as being home to a treasure house of historic and archaeological sites, our Turkey tours are filled with adventure. The places we visit are world-renowned: Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Gallipoli and Troy, and each has an undisputed place in world history.
Rightly touted as a country of wonderful beaches and coastline, Turkey is also home to untouched mountains and lakes. Nature displays its penchant for the beautiful and bizarre which is evident at Pamukkale’s limestone ‘cotton castles’ and Cappadocia’s unusual geological formations. Less well known, perhaps, is that Turkish food is rated as one of the world’s great cuisines.
Owing to its diverse landscapes, Turkey makes a wonderful outdoor playground for activities such as kayaking, abseiling and gorge walking, which you can experience on our Family Lycian Activity Week. But if you prefer to take things at a more leisurely pace, walk along the Turquoise Coast and soak up the sun-drenched scenery.
On our Turkey Tours you’re also introduced to vibrant cities and towns where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions. Discover the Byzantine and Ottoman empires of Istanbul, visit the Topkapi Palace and wander through the lively markets. The town of Kas is less frenetic than the capital and is home to Roman ruins, beachside restaurants and bougainvillea-strewn houses. Its azure waters hide colourful underwater realms great for scuba diving and snorkelling.
1. Explore Istanbul: Filled with incredible landmarks that date back to the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is as fascinating as it is beautiful. Some of the main sights include the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque. We recommend visiting the vibrant Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and biggest covered markets in the world. You can also complete your sightseeing with a few drinks at one of the cool downtown bars. 2. Discover Cappadocia: The soft volcanic rock around Cappadocia has created a fantasy landscape of lunar curves and ethereal ‘fairy chimneys’ which dominate the epic skyline. Head underground to uncover entire cities and intricately frescoed churches carved into the rock and walk along the Melendiz River and Ihlara Valley to experience village traditions and see the fabulous cave dwellings. The UNESCO-listed Goreme Open-Air Museum is spectacular with its vast complex of ancient monasteries and churches. 3. Trek the Lycian Way: Blessed with pine-forested mountains, amazing clifftop views, ancient ruins and beautiful beaches, the Lycian Way is an incredible hiking route that follows the old Lycian trade route along the Mediterranean Coast. Created by English author, Kate Clow, this long-distance route runs for 509kms from Fethiye to Antalya and has become one of the most prestigious hiking trails in the world. 4. Go sea kayaking: Kayaking is just one of the exciting ways to discover the sun-kissed beaches and stunning scenery along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Flanked by lofty peaks, pretty bays and shimmering water, it’s as though the coastline was created by the hands of Mother Nature just for adventure seekers. With a little practice you can soon learn how to navigate your way through the gentle waves to the magical bays of Göcek and the sunken city of Kekova. 5. Scuba Diving: Turkey isn’t the usual destination for scuba diving but just off the south coast from Antalya, the crystal-clear waters are home to colourful reefs, underwater caves and shipwrecks. There are many dive sites off the port of Kas where you can swim through tunnels and hopefully meet a few sea creatures along the way. If you’re lucky, you might even see dolphins, seals and seahorses as well as a kaleidoscopic shoals of fish. 6. Turkey on two wheels: Enjoy a unique perspective of Turkey’s landscapes as you explore cedar forests, archaeological sites and mile upon mile of unspoilt coastline by bike. As well as being able to cover more ground and see more places on two wheels, you can also head up into the mountains and enjoy exhilarating descents with fabulous views.
FAQs on Turkey Tours
Is Turkey a good destination for families?
With its sandy beaches, warm Mediterranean waters and diverse landscapes, Turkey is a great destination for families, especially for those that love outdoor activities. Whether you want to relax in the sun or try your hand at sea kayaking, canyoning and snorkelling, you’ll find plenty of things to keep you and the children occupied along the Turquoise Coast. There are also lots of ancient sites for the history lovers to explore or you can head up into the mountains on foot or by bike to enjoy breathtaking views. Alternatively, set off on an adrenaline-fuelled jeep safari through the Saklikent Gorge.
When is the best time to visit Turkey?
Between July and August, temperatures can get extremely hot in Turkey which might not be suitable for some activities. However, you’re less likely to see rainstorms during the summer months. Spring and autumn are the best times to enjoy Turkey tours as the landscapes are still beautiful, the temperatures are cooler and there are fewer tourists on the beaches. It does tend to get quite chilly in the evenings though and there’s always a chance of rain.
What are the best things to do in Istanbul?
This vibrant city is packed with historical sites, lively markets and striking architecture, so you’re never short of things to do in Istanbul. Walk through the old city, Sultanahmet, to see the famous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Roman Hippodrome and the Egyptian Obelisk of Theodosius. With over 3,000 stalls selling books, spices and handmade jewellery, the Grand Bazaar is another sight not to be missed when exploring the city. Overlooking the coast, the Topkapi Palace is rich in Ottoman history, and you can wander through the chamber houses and see the collections of jewels, weaponry and religious artefacts.
Where is Cappadocia in Turkey?
Home to one of most spectacular geological sites in the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean, Cappadocia is located on the plateau of the Taurus Mountains at the town of Goreme in the centre of Anatolia. The region is famous for its fairy chimneys which pierce the skyline above Monks Valley and Goreme with their distinctive rock towers.
Where’s the best place for walking in Turkey?
With an idyllic coastline, mountainous interior and ancient sites, Turkey is a fantastic destination for walking with a wide range of places to choose from. The Turquoise Coast leads you along sun-drenched shores to Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman ruins and between vibrant towns where you can enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine at one of the tavernas. Goreme Open Air Museum is a magnificent place to explore on foot and as well as boasting wonderful views over the valley, it’s also home to cave churches adorned with Byzantine frescoes. Walk through the distinctive landscape of Cappadocia, made up of unusual rock formations, or trek along the ancient trade route of the Lycian Way.
What are the highlights of Turkey?
Whether you prefer to be exploring hidden coves along the coast or seeking out historical gems, there are endless things to see and do in Turkey. Some of the main highlights include Istanbul’s beautiful mosques and ancient landmarks in the old city, the magical fairy chimneys at Cappadocia, and the cave churches at Goreme Open Air Museum. The picturesque port of Kas has a relaxed atmosphere and is perfect for water-based activities but if you want to delve deeper into the Turkey’s history, visit the Roman baths, tombs and Cleopatra’s Pool at Pamukkale.