Hot-air balloons flying above craggy rock formations in Cappadocia, the intricate temples of Istanbul, and the beaches of Antalya, Bodrum and Marmaris – Turkey has a bit of everything. Better yet, it’s out of the Euro, so you can really get good bang for your buck here. And that’s handy, because Turkish food and drink is to die for, and you’ll want to try heaps of it. Think real Turkish kebabs (none of this doner business), and sugar-dusted Turkish delight. History is a big deal here too, with areas of ancient ruins – like Ephesus city and the Lycian Way – being some of the most renowned on the planet.
Where to Go in Turkey
Combining Middle-Eastern vibes with a Mediterranean feel, wherever you go in Turkey you can expect something a bit different. Trawl temples and hear the call to prayer in Istanbul and Ankara, soar up the dusty landscapes in a balloon basket in Cappadocia, or head to the coast for golden sands and cocktails aplenty. Resorts like Gumbet, Bodrum and Marmaris are more lively, while Cirali, in Antalya, promises a more laid-back experience.
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More About Turkey
Capital city: Ankara
Currency: Turkish lira
Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations for entry to Turkey, but it is recommended that all travellers be up-to-date with their routine inoculations.
Flight time: London to Istanbul flight time is around 3 hours 50 minutes
Visas: British Citizens require a visa to visit Turkey. An evisa can be obtained online in advance, or you can purchase a visitor visa on arrival at the Turkish airport.
Top 3 Things to Do in Turkey
- Visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
- Take a hot-air balloon ride in Cappadocia
- Laze on the beaches of the Turquoise Coast
When to Go to Turkey
Turkey gets hot, hot, hot at the height of summer, so if you want to explore the ruins and hit the beaches when the weather is a bit cooler, opt for spring and autumn. Winters here can be harsh, but it’s also a great time to explore the many temples and mosques of Istanbul.
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Turkey Holidays: At Flight Centre we have a range of Turkey holidays, offering flights, hand-picked accommodation, transfers, and so much more.
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