I’m just hopping over to Asia for a cup of tea’ never gets old. It’s just a short boat ride to the other continent! Also on that note, I love traditional Turkish apple tea, which I can never quite replicate at home.
Harriet, Original Traveller
Another firm Original Travel holiday favourite, Turkey offers the full scope of attractions from cultural cities to picturesque landscapes, and a beautiful coastline.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Istanbul. Europe's largest, and one of its most vibrant cities. The cobbled streets of the old town are busy and bustling, and full of beautiful cultural highlights too. The Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, the Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace are all must visits in their own right
- The Aegean Coast -beautiful crystal clear turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling and lovely little fishing villages to explore. A great way to see the coast is to take a gulet boat trip for the day. There is also excellent diving, wind and kite surfing
- The shopping is brilliant and the markets, although often very busy, are a great place to put your haggling skills to the test!
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Luxury Turkey Holidays: The Detail
There is no marmite scenario here, Turkey has a bit of everything for a luxury holiday, so there are plenty of places to love or hate, although the latter may never be applicable. The country is made up of Black Sea ports, sandy Anatolian plains, Mediterranean coasts and cosmopolitan cities.
Did you know
- Turkey is the only country in the world that is spread over two continents, with just 3% in Europe
- Most Turks didn't have surnames until 1934
- Turkey's Black Sea coastline has a length of 1650km, which is the same distance as Paris to Berlin
- There is no desert in Turkey and there are no native camels
- Turkey is the largest producer and exporter of hazelnuts in the world
The obvious starting point is Istanbul, a hugely atmospheric city, and a great destination for a long weekend. As well as being packed with historical and cultural treasures, modern Istanbul has a contemporary buzz to it. Once you've seen some of Istanbul's numerous sights, indulge in a visit to a traditional hammam or a haggling contest in one of the city's sprawling bazaars.
Elsewhere, the bizarre rock formations that characterise the Cappadocia region of central Turkey are the result of ancient volcanic eruptions that deposited thick layers of soft rock. The forces of nature have, over the ages, sculpted outlandish shapes such as the so-called 'fairy chimneys' - toadstool-like rock pinnacles that litter the valleys - while into it humans have, going back centuries, dug homes, churches and even entire underground cities. Some of these subterranean homes have been converted into cave-hotels - chic boltholes that offer everything the modern troglodyte could want.
Finally, the shores of the beautiful Lycean coast are home to an increasing number of excellent hotels and all but guaranteed good weather in a UK summer and even spring and autumn. This coast is also excellent for exploration from a gulet traditional wooden sailing boat, and this is something else we can organise.
Original Travel members have travelled the country, and know the best places to stay and visit, so can tailor make an itinerary to your exact specifications. Must sees should include soaring mosques, Byzantine churches, Ottoman palaces - exhibiting a combination of Turkish world empire heritage. Turkey has a lot to offer for a luxury holiday and we happen to know a few of those passionate travel folks who will gladly tailor make an itinerary for you.