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Turkey Holidays 

With sunshine, souqs and superb accommodation, Turkey has become one of the world’s favourite destinations for sunseekers and families looking for an adventure packed break. With thousands of years of history to explore and plenty of great locations, one holiday in Turkey is never enough; this is a destination you’ll come back to again and again. The point where east truly meets west, this vibrant country has also been a key trading point for millennia. Today Turkey offers tourists a fabulous opportunity to haggle for a hookah or beat a trader down on the price of a classic Turkish rug. Holidays here really are a ‘Turkish Delight’!

40 °C

Temperatures range from cooler on the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts to hot summers and cold winters in the interior around Ankara. The southeastern desert region can be very hot, with summer temperatures of 40°C.

3.5 hours

Atatürk International Airport – Located in Istanbul and Turkey’s primary international air hub Esenboğa Airport – Ankara’s main airport

Sabiha Gökçen Airport – 50km east of Istanbul and the main hub for low-cost carriers.

Book a cheap holiday to Turkey with Airtours and discover an extraordinary world of spices, souqs, history and one of the warmest welcomes you’ll ever get. 

Featured holidays in Turkey

Hibiscus Gardens

Marmaris, Dalaman

11 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Within 100m of supermarket, shops, bars and restaurants
  • Two outdoor swimming pools, one with waterslide
  • Children's playground

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 395 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£144

Club Atrium Hotel & Apartments

Marmaris, Dalaman

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Family-friendly complex
  • À la carte restaurant
  • Adventure playground for children

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1054 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£169

Blue Palace Apartments

Marmaris, Dalaman

11 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • In resort centre
  • 24hr reception with money exchange
  • Occasional evening entertainment including traditional shows

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 327 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£172

Bilnur Apartments

Icmeler, Dalaman

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Quiet location
  • Within 500m of resort centre
  • On-site mini-market

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 194 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£176

Ercanhan Hotel

Icmeler, Dalaman

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Within 50m of bars, restaurants and shops
  • One outdoor swimming pool
  • Pub bar with satellite TV

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 347 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

From

£178

Turkey offers holiday lovers everything from Self Catering to All Inclusive, from beach holidays to trekking and mountain adventures or city breaks in the heart of ancient Istanbul. Bodrum is one of the most popular regions with families and those who want to discover Turkey’s historic past, while Antalya is a family-focused destination that’s blessed with beautiful beaches and glorious sunshine 300 days a year!  

Whether you love looking around ancient monuments or getting an adrenaline rush on the water, skiing and hiking in the mountains or are a dedicated shopaholic, Turkey has plenty for you to see and do. This adventure playground welcomes intrepid explorers and beach lovers, and we can’t think of a better place to spend those precious summer days than on a holiday in Turkey. 

No matter where you go on holiday in Turkey, you’ll discover echoes of its glorious (and sometimes turbulent) past. This fascinating country lies at the very crossroads of so many civilisations, it’s no surprise it’s been fought over and populated by Romans, Greeks, Ottomans, and even the occasional Mongolian Horde! Today, things have calmed down a bit, so you have the chance to discover the legendary city of Troy or the incredible and unique Cappadocian cave houses. Istanbul is rich with incredible architecture such as the iconic Hagia Sophia, perhaps one of the greatest Byzantine treasures in the world.

Turkey has some of the world’s finest beaches, and it’s not just us humans that think so. Head to İztuzu Beach on the Mediterranean coast and you may be lucky enough to encounter some of the ocean’s most secretive inhabitants – Loggerhead turtles. This 13km beach near Dalyan is one of their key nesting sites, although you need to be accompanied by a guide if you want to get close to the turtles. 

No holiday to Turkey is complete without a haggle or two! A visit to a souq or bazaar is practically obligatory, so get practising your bargaining skills before you go. If you’re holidaying in Dalyan then the Kemeralti Market in İzmir is perfect for leather goods and jewellery before reviving yourself with a shot of Turkish coffee. If you’re heading to Istanbul then you’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to an authentic bazaar shopping experience, but check out the wonderful Grand Bazaar – Istanbul’s legendary labyrinth where you’ll find everything from an authentic Turkish rug to gold and silver jewellery made by expert artisans. Expect to drink plenty of tea during your ‘negotiations’, and remember, haggling is expected, so don’t disappoint your hosts!

Turkey is best for

Families: The coastal resorts of Bodrum on the Aegean and Marmaris on the Mediterranean offer clean sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and some great party towns. 

History lovers: Because of its position straddling two continents, Turkey has a wealth of historical attractions, from the glorious citadels and castles like Mamure near Anamur to the spectacular Byzantine beauty of St Sophia in Istanbul.

Adventurers: Head to the interior and the north of the country for fantastic winter skiing, trekking and adventure holidays amongst spectacular scenery and majestic mountains.


Fast facts

Language: Turkish is the official language, although other languages are spoken including regional dialects such as Zaza, Azeri, Kurdish and Laz. Arabic is also widely spoken, as is French and English.  

Currency: Turkish Lira. Some major locations such as hotels and airports may also accept Euros.

Local Time: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly To: Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul, Esenboğa Airport in Ankara and Sabiha Gökçen Airport, 50km east of Istanbul.

Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 3.5 hours from London Heathrow.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information on Turkey can be found at www.goTurkey.com

Visa and Health: Before you travel to Turkey with Airtours visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel- advice/Turkey for help and advice on visa requirements and health considerations for your holiday to Turkey.


Weather and climate

Temperature: depends on location – high 20°s in the Mediterranean and Aegean coastal areas during July and August 

Best time to visit Turkey: If you’re looking for some excellent skiing then the winter months from November through to March are particularly good in the interior of the country. For sun lovers, head to the popular southern areas (where most resorts are located) from May onwards through to September for late breaks. The desert region of the south can get particularly hot during the summer, hitting as high as 40°C.


Getting Around

By Train: Turkey’s train infrastructure is limited, although it is a cheap way to explore some of the more off-the-beaten-track locations. There is a high-speed link between Ankara and Eskişehir and then on to Istanbul. 

By Taxi: Taxis are plentiful in the main resorts and are generally cheap. Look out also for dolmuş minibuses if you are travelling with friends.

By Boat: Ferries operate across Turkey and are fast and efficient.

By Hire Car: Hire cars can be booked in advance or when you arrive.

By Bus: Turkey’s bus network is excellent and very cheap, but buy your ticket from a reputable outlet and beware of ticket scammers!


Events

For dancers: Turkey loves dance, and this is celebrated every year with the Turkish International Bodrum Dance festival in May and attracts dancer from over 100 countries. 

For something traditional: In Edirne at the end of June you’ll see burly men in tight leather shorts covered in olive oil – this is the traditional Turkish Oil Wrestling competition and a chance to experience something uniquely traditional!

For Jazz lovers: Music fills the air in Akbank at the international Jazz festival every year, attracting both local and international jazz musicians.


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