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.
Güzeloba, Lara, 2290. Sk., 07230 Muratpasa/Antalya, Türkiye
Sahil caddesi no:11, 07980 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey
Içmeler Koyu, Kizilagaç Mevkii, 48400 Bodrum/Mugla, Turkey
Armutalan, Maresal Fevzi Çakmak Cd. No:8, 48700 Marmaris/Mugla, Turkey
Içmeler Mah, Istiklal Caddesi, 74. Sk. No:22, 48720 Marmaris/Mugla, Turkey
Antalya is a gorgeous city located on the Turquoise Riviera, surrounded by blissful coastlines and towering mountains including the Tahtali Mountains. It’s the perfect choice for a beach break with a number of stunning blue flag beaches, and there are other natural wonders to marvel at here including waterfalls, valleys, nature parks, and exotic gardens. Brightsun Travel offers an excellent choice of cheap holidays to Antalya, as well as affordable premium holiday packages.
Antalya is steeped in history; the city was ruled by several ancient civilisations so visiting here will feel like stepping back in time. There are many impressive historic sites you can discover here, including the Roman Theatre of Aspendos and the charming town of Kaleici which is home to buildings dating back to the Ottoman period. To gain a deeper insight into Antalya’s rich history, explore the Antalya Museum which contains important archaeological items and artworks.
Turkey is renowned for its authentic Turkish cuisine which is prepared with fresh ingredients and influences from Europe and Asia; what better place to sample this traditional cuisine than Antalya? Must try dishes include the full Turkish breakfast, Baklava sweets, grilled seafood, and kebabs. The choice of dining options is extensive in Antalya; there are bustling bazaars with street food stalls, charming cafes, and contemporary restaurants to name a few, catering for all budgets and tastes.
Bodrum is a charming port city and resort town on the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey’s Aegean region, occupying a dramatic strip along Turkey’s southern coastline into the Aegean Sea. Bodrum offers an appealing combination of sun, sea and sand, plus plenty of gorgeous resorts, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Brightsun Travel offers a great choice of all-inclusive holidays to Bodrum which include direct flights from the UK and fantastic accommodation at resorts along the city’s coast.
Bodrum’s central marina is a highlight attraction, as are the city’s beaches with fine white sands and clear blue waters. The city also has a growing arts scene, and you’ll find many independent and contemporary art institutions here showcasing a range of local and international artworks, like the Ender Guzey Museum ARThill, an elegant private museum in the heart of the city owned by world-famous sculptor and painter Ender Güzey.
Bodrum has a rich history with boundless ancient marvels. Here you’ll be able to explore castles dating back centuries, old shipwrecks, crumbling mosques, and traditional white washed houses, to name a few. Travel just outside of Bodrum and discover one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus ruins. Whatever you are after from a holiday this year – whether it be history, art, food, glamour or beaches – Bodrum can certainly deliver.
Istanbul is one of Turkey’s most fascinating cities, located in between Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus strait of Istanbul separates these two continents and you can take a cruise here, admiring both sides of the city. Istanbul boasts a skyline of colourful structures, a dynamic night life with rooftop bars galore, bustling shopping streets and markets, impressive museums and much more. Brightsun Travel offers superb value luxury holidays to Istanbul from the UK, taking you to the heart of this charming city.
Istanbul has a rich history that goes back over 2500 years, and the city has been ruled by several ancient dynasties which have left behind many awe-inspiring landmarks. The Dolmabahçe Palace is a highlight, created with Neoclassical, Ottoman and Baroque architectural styles. Located in the Old City of Istanbul is the Ottoman style Topkapi Palace, the well-preserved Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque - three of Istanbul’s most important historical monuments, all of which are a sight for sore eyes.
There are countless must-do activities on a holiday to Istanbul… Immerse yourself in culture by people-watching in cafes, indulge on Turkish delicacies such as kebabs and Turkish delight, treat your loved ones to souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar, go sightseeing at the city’s art galleries and enjoy a sundowner at one of many stylish rooftop bars. Treat yourself to a charming city break in Istanbul and look forward to a plethora of unforgettable travel experiences.
Marmaris is one of Turkey’s most popular holiday resorts, located on the country’s turquoise Aegean coastline. There’s something for every type of traveller to enjoy here, including idyllic golden sand beaches, thrilling water sports, charming villages, water parks, a bustling town centre, a lively night scene, and lush mountain backdrops, so whether you’re a couple, family, group, or even a solo traveller, you won’t be disappointed on a holiday to Marmaris.
Situated around 8km from Marmaris is Icmeler, a laid-back beach resort best known for its blue flag beaches. Icmeler has a beautiful setting surrounded by verdant mountains and is very pedestrian friendly; highlights include taking a stroll down the resort’s colourful beachfront promenade, hiking up pine forests, and exploring the cobblestoned laneways of Icmeler’s Old Town to do some souvenir shopping and admire historic monuments.
Brightsun Travel offers a great choice of getaways to Icmeler and Marmaris, including luxury all-inclusive packages at low prices. Which of these two destinations sounds like your cup of tea? Could you picture yourself soaking up the sun on Icmeler’s pristine coastline? Or would you prefer the hustle and bustle of Marmaris’s entertainment centres? Contact us today and let us help you plan an unforgettable Turkish adventure.
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.
A: British passports enable visa-free holidays to Turkey.
A: No, but they cooperate on many issues.
A: Two-pin plugs C and F. An adaptor makes them compatible with UK appliances.
A: April, May, September, and October are pleasantly warm.
A: Tourist areas are regarded as relatively safe, but seek trustworthy local advice about safe districts and join organised excursions if visiting.
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.
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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