The magnificent country of Turkey is a paradise of natural, historic and cultural riches. Naturally beautiful, its lavish landscapes are a haven of alpine mountains, lakes and rivers and a dazzling coastal peninsular touched by a crystal clear turquoise blue sea.
Its prime position linking the Asian and European continents is the reason it has been a strategic junction for many ancient civilisations which have influenced the world. Homeland to over 36 civilisations throughout its history including Babylon and Assyria, the Hattians, Trojans, Hittites, Urartians, Lydians, Pergamons, Romans, and the Byzantine & Ottoman Empires. The remains of historical monuments and archaeological sites relating to these periods which can be seen in Turkey rank among the finest in the world. Ephesus and Perga are just two of the amazing ancient ruined cities that you can visit. There are many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Turkey including; the white travertines, of Pamukkale in Denizli which attracts tourist from all over the world not just for its visual beauty but for it medicinal thermal waters; Hattusa, capital of the Hittite Empire; Mount Nemrut and the City of Safranbolu. But Turkey has many more riches besides, such as; the enchanting region of Cappadocia, a unique destination where over the years the rocks were excavated into homes and churches; Mardin in the south-east of Turkey, yet another architectural, archaeological and historical gem with a a deep-rooted Assyrian culture; and Bursa well know for its Ski resort at Uludag and its Thermal Springs.
Turkey is one of the worlds' foremost tourist destinations and this holiday paradise combines some of the most breath-taking beaches on the Mediterranean Sea with accommodation adequate for every budget. There are over 350 blue flag beaches along the Turkish coastline so you can feel assured that you and your family will be bathing in clear blue waters and walking on clean sand for that perfect beach holiday. Sailing holidays is another big tourist attraction for Turkey and it boast 21 blue flag marinas. For those interested in cultural and historical holidays, Turkey has an astounding history, over sixty percent of the places named in the bible are here in Turkey, it has been a centre of innovation since civilisation began. As an important trade route, it has housed one of the main arteries of the silk road, it is here that the first coins changed hands and where the first hospital cured a patient. Turkey also offers more specialist holidays suck as Skiing holidays, Diving holidays, Activity holidays, Eco friendly nature holidays, Art and music holidays as well as religious pilgrimages. A beautiful culture cultivated from its rich history, coupled with the warm hospitality of the people of modern Turkey. A holiday in Turkey will enrich your lives and fill your heart with unforgettable memories that will last a life time.
Language: Turkish but English is widely spoken
Religion: Turkey is a secular state with the majority being of Muslim faith.
International dialling code: 00 90
Main Airports: Ankara Esenboga (ESB), Antalya (AYT), Istanbul Ataturk (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen (SAW), Adana (ADA), Dalaman (DLM), Bodrum Milas (BJV), Trabzon (TZX),
Typical flying time: 3 hours 40minutes
Visa Requirements: Visa are required for British passport holders, these can be obtained using an e-Visa online application system (evisa.gov.tr). Visas are valid for upto 90 days over 180day period and are at a charge of 20US$. If you need help obtaining a Visa we would be happy to arrange it for you. Please contact us on 0207 730 2201 or visit us at our office in London Victoria.
Health requirements: None
Currency: Turkish Lire (TRY) (All major credit cards accepted)
Tipping: 10% is appreciated but more expensive restaurant may add a 10% service charge. Round up a taxis fare.
Time: GMT +3
Electricity: 230 volts (Adaptor required)
Driving: They drive on the right. British driving licence is accepted.