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Turkey is frequently considered as one of the top travel destinations in the world, attracting over 35 million visitors each year. This beautiful country is blessed with a Mediterranean climate, sandy beaches, traditional cultures, authentic Turkish cuisines with influences from Asia and Europe, and countless sightseeing attractions. Turkey has a rich history; the country has been home to a number of ancient civilisations, and this has left behind a diverse array of important historical monuments.

We offer a great selection of Turkey holidays from the UK, including enticing packages to Bodrum , a port city in the Aegean region of Turkey. Bodrum boasts gorgeous beaches, beach resorts and plentiful restaurants and bars. We also offer low priced holiday deals to Antalya , a stunning city located on the Turquoise Riviera with blue flag beaches and impressive ancient sites, plus Marmaris, an equally charming resort town also located on the Turquoise Coast with a bustling seafront promenade and lively night scene.

We also offer holidays to Istanbul , the largest city in Turkey and a prominent arts and culture hub. There are plenty of holiday highlights to look forward to in Istanbul, including museums and galleries, Turkish hammans, centuries old sightseeing attractions, traditional restaurants, and bustling bazaars, to name a few. Istanbul is where Europe meets Asia; these two continents are separated here via the famous Bosphorus straight which you can take a cruise along and experience both worlds.

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Holiday Inn Antalya - Lara

Güzeloba, Lara, 2290. Sk., 07230 Muratpasa/Antalya, Türkiye

Half Board 5 Nights
From £379 per person View Offer

Bodrum Holiday Resort & Spa

Içmeler Koyu, Kizilagaç Mevkii, 48400 Bodrum/Mugla, Turkey

All Inclusive 7 Nights
From £469 per person View Offer

Julian Club Hotel

Armutalan, Maresal Fevzi Çakmak Cd. No:8, 48700 Marmaris/Mugla, Turkey

All Inclusive 7 Nights
From £469 per person View Offer
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Armada Istanbul Old City Hotel

Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Ahirkapi Cd No:24, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £499 per person View Offer
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town

Ordu cad. No:31, Beyazit-Istanbul, 34130, Turkey

Bed and Breakfast 5 Nights
From £619 per person View Offer

Top Destinations In Turkey

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Antalya

Antalya dates back to 200 BC. It's part of the Turquoise Coast bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The Taurus Mountains shelter the city making the spacious sandy beaches comfortable at any time. Antalya is very popular for family holidays. It has several theme parks including Aqualand, one of Turkey's largest waterparks. Antalya is ideal for hiking, rock climbing, and scuba diving amongst the ancient city of Kekova that sank during an earthquake in 100 AD. There are many ancient monuments including the elaborate Hadrian's Gate constructed in 130 AD. Modern Antalya has sophisticated shopping malls, restaurants, and lively nightlife.

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Bodrum

Bodrum's foundations were laid in 400 BC when the town was known as Halicarnassus. The town has many historical monuments including the Bodrum Antique Theatre, a well-preserved, ancient Greek amphitheatre. The centre of Bodrum is dominated by Saint Peter's Castle, a huge fortress built in 1402. It provides amazing views of the town's two bays and the Aegean sea. Bodrum has traditional neighbourhoods with whitewashed cottages on the hillsides. Some are guest houses offering accommodation for holidaymakers. There are also luxury hotels, shopping malls, and a thriving nightlife in restaurants and clubs. Leisure activities include scuba diving and hiking.

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Istanbul

Istanbul dates back to 330 AD. The city has evolved over centuries, occupying both sides of the Bosphorus. Turkey's largest city has a vibrant character with contemporary skyscrapers, ultra-modern hotels, and exclusive shopping malls. Restaurants, bars, and live music contribute to a very lively nightlife. Historical monuments are a great attraction, particularly the magnificent Hagia Sophia, which dates from 537 AD. Walking tours explore the fifth-century Theodosian Walls and the Old Town where many traditional street markets are held. There are also cruise tours around the Bosphorus. Sandy beaches can be reached around forty minutes from Istanbul's centre.

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Marmaris and Icmeler

These two resorts on the Aegean Sea are just five miles apart. They are both sheltered by pine forests on the surrounding hillsides where there are adventurous hiking trails. The town's bays are ideal for scuba diving, swimming, and yachting. The beaches are sandy with wonderful views of the coast. There is a traditional weekly market in Icmeler, while the Grand Bazaar in Marmara is a series of covered arcades with many fascinating shops. Icmeler has two large waterparks that are popular with families. Restaurants and bars in the two resorts feature an entertaining nightlife with traditional live music. 

Helpful Information About Turkey

Currency: You’ll be spending Turkish lira.

Language: Turkish is the official language.

Local Time: Three hours ahead of GMT.

Flight Time from the UK: Approximately three hours, and forty minutes.

Tourist Information: Visit the official Turkey tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.

Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Turkey, British citizens need a valid passport, no visa is required. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Turkey.

Other FAQs:

Q: Do I need a holiday visa to visit Turkey on holiday?

A: British passports enable visa-free holidays to Turkey.

Q: Is Turkey in the EU?

A: No, but they cooperate on many issues.

Q: What electrical plugs are used in Turkey?

A: Two-pin plugs C and F. An adaptor makes them compatible with UK appliances.

Q: When is the best time to holiday in Turkey?

A: April, May, September, and October are pleasantly warm.

Q: Is Turkey safe to visit on holiday?

A: Tourist areas are regarded as relatively safe, but seek trustworthy local advice about safe districts and join organised excursions if visiting.

Top Things to Do in Turkey

Turkey has attractions for everyone. They include ancient monuments such as Istanbul's Basilica Cistern, a fabulously ornate underground water system, and Aspendos, an ancient Roman city near Antalya. Bodrum's Myndos Gate is partly ruined, but it was once besieged by Alexander the Great. Many of the Old Town areas such as Sultanahmet in Istanbul have fascinating walking or cycling tours.

The countryside around many of Turkey's holiday resorts is largely unspoiled. The Marmaris National Park is particularly beautiful with waterfalls, wildlife, and mixed forests of pine, oak, and olive trees. It's ideal for hiking along its trails or being viewed from a pleasure boat cruise. Picturesque coves and quiet sandy beaches can be found on Cleopatra Island near Marmaris and on Princes' Islands near Istanbul.

Most Turkish resorts have theme parks. Istanbul has a great choice of parks featuring daring rides and amusements. Outdoor activities in Turkey include quad biking, paragliding, and watersports such as jet skiing. Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular near Marmaris, Icmeler, Bodrum, and Antalya. There are also several challenging golf courses such as the Lykia World Links near Antalya, and the Regnum Golf Club at Bodrum.

Weather in Turkey

July and August are the hottest months with temperatures regularly reaching 35°C (95°F). The coldest month, January, is around 14°C (57°F). January is often the wettest month with up to 100 millimetres of rain.


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